A Much Needed Shot in the Arm for Craft Breweries

Most people are shocked when they learn that the most costly ingredient that goes into the manufacturing of beer is taxes. Federal, state and local taxes, on average, make up more than 40 percent of the cost of beer purchased in the United States. Currently, the federal government levies an excise tax of $7 per […]
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New Markets Tax Credit Program Extension

Today, President Obama released the Administration’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Budget proposal, which includes $233.5 million for the U.S. Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund). This funding would extend the CDFI Fund’s efforts to spur economic development and job growth in underserved communities. “The President’s 2016 Budget calls for everyone to share […]
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The 10 Best Oyster Houses in the South

Originally posted on The Daily South:
Photo courtesy of Kimball House In truth, the best oyster bar is whichever one you’re closest to, but these merit the journey. Acme Oyster House: New Orleans, LA For many, the French Quarter spot and its worn marble counters is the final word in raw bars. It’s also host of…

Run A Nonprofit Like A Startup To Move Fast And Help Things

Originally posted on TechCrunch:
Editor’s Note: Ryan Seashore is the founder and CEO of the non-profit programming educational service, CodeNow, and a former associate in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. The nonprofit model is broken. Unless you’re part of a unicorn nonprofit like Charity: Water then your organization likely has too much overhead, too much bureaucracy, and…

National Register 2014: Individual Listings

Originally posted on Preservation in Mississippi:
I know yesterday I promised a post about the buildings that were proposed but not approved for Mississippi Landmark designation, but I’m still working on some background research about that subject, which is more complex than transparent, so instead we’ll end 2014 and begin 2015 on a happier note…

Auld Lang Syne: Friends We Lost in 2014

Originally posted on Preservation in Mississippi:
It’s time to start our traditional MissPres end-of-year lists for 2014 and as usual, we begin with a sad list of lost historic buildings. Some of these have gotten attention through the year, some haven’t, but I think it’s important to see them again in a long row to…

Mississippi’s Craft Beer Industry

The link below will direct you to an article co-authored by Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company’s Mark Henderson and me on the craft beer industry in Mississippi.  This article appears in the Winter issue of Innovate Mississippi’s Pointe Innovation magazine. http://innovatems.uberflip.com/i/433631/49 Cheers!

Craft Beer in Review – 2014

The craft beer segment concludes another successful year in 2014 with some astonishing statistics released by the Brewers Association earlier this week. “It’s remarkable to see how beer has evolved in the past century. Year over year we’re seeing tremendous growth in the craft beer sector, and 2014 proved that craft beer is moving into […]
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1 Million Cups, One Month In

A little over a month ago, Whitney Grant, Patty Patterson, Curnis Upkins, III, and I launched 1 Million Cups (1MC) at the Hatch in Jackson. Each week, we have two local entrepreneurs present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs. The presenters prepare a six-minute educational presentation and engage in twenty […]
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Mississippi’s Beer Laws Need Reform

  Prior to Prohibition, some alcohol manufacturers used heavy-handed business practices to pressure retail establishments to promote their products aggressively, and exclusively in certain circumstances. These close knit relationships between the manufacturer and the retailer became known as “tied houses.” After the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, many states added an intermediate level of distribution […]
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