Business briefs

June 27, 2014 

Monday is Social Media Day

BILOXI -- Beau Rivage Resort & Casino will join businesses and groups worldwide or the fifth annual Social Media Day on Monday.

The global event was launched by Mashable in 2010 to recognize the digital revolution and always is observed June 30.

Beau Rivage will celebrate at EIGHT75 Monday from 5 to 9 p.m. with drink specials, contests, a photo booth and prizes of Saltoriya tickets, restaurant comps, Chromecasts and iPad Minis. Admission is free and participants should bring their mobile device to enter into the contests and giveaways.

Beau Rivage media specialist Leigh Ann Crochet will be among the staff at the event.

Details: facebook.com/beaurivage

Gas prices rise prior to July 4 holiday

North American oil prices have advanced by just a few pennies since Iraqi violence put a question mark around the future stability of supply, but U.S. consumers will still see the most expensive July 4th gasoline prices in six years, GasBuddy predicts.

GasBuddy chief oil analyst Tom Kloza said U.S. oil production is as high as it has been since October 1986 and gasoline should be well supplied in all states during the holidays.

The U.S. is nowhere near as dependent on Middle Eastern oil as it was as recently as three years ago, but the global market could be nervous about Iraq from now through the peak weeks of the Atlantic Hurricane season, GasBuddy analysts suggest.

SBA provides tips for after disasters

WASHINGTON -- Agility Recovery and the U.S. Small Business Administration will host a free seminar July 8 on the Top 5 risks to businesses following a natural disaster.

The presentation is from 1 to 3 p.m. and will be followed by a question and answer session.

Registration: www1.gotomeeting.com/register/923337112

Astronauts getting espresso maker

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Talk about a cosmic caffeine jolt. The International Space Station is getting a real Italian espresso machine.

Astronauts of all nationalities -- but especially the Italians -- have long grumbled about the tepid instant coffee served in pouches and drunk with straws 260 miles above Earth. The pouches and straws aren't going away, but at least the brew will pack some zero-gravity punch.

The specially-designed-for-space espresso machine is dubbed ISSpresso -- ISS for International Space Station.

-- Staff, wire reports

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