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MDA Model Contractor Programs preps business for success

Each time there are major state or federal construction projects in the state, there is an opportunity for minority contractors to obtain a share of the work set aside for minority business through the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program. The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) Model Contractor Program is designed to help minority businesses be better prepared to win SBA 8(a) ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Crowers cower from tax plan

What is needed is a thorough restructuring of the tax laws – one that is broad and yet achievable,” crowed House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan in his “Roadmap for America’s Future” released in 2010. “I believe we must make the tax code simpler and fairer,” crowed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012. “We must reduce tax rates for job ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: More money found, but members gave away the right to appropriate

By Bobby Harrison The Mississippi Legislature has nearly $250 million more to spend than when House and Senate members passed their respective budget proposals earlier this session. Yet, most of the rank-and-file members of the House and Senate will have limited ability in saying how those funds are spent. On the opening days of the current four-year term in January ...

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Delta State president takes an active recruiting role

By Chris Kieffer, Daily Journal TUPELO – The new president of Delta State University has spent much time on the road recently, actively working to attract students to the regional university. Bill LaForge, who has been on the job since April 15, visited Lee County on Thursday, making recruiting trips to Baldwyn, Saltillo and Tupelo high schools. He’s visited three dozen ...

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Planters Bank promotes Chris Makamson, LeAnn Cummins and Chandra Hines

Planters Bank has made several promotions. Chris Makamson has been promoted to the new position of vice president/credit administrator. Makamson has worked in banking for 20 years with eight years at Planters Bank’s Indianola office. He received his B.P. in accounting from Mississippi State University and is a graduate of the Mississippi School of Banking and the Louisiana State University ...

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Matt Allen promoted by Community Bancshares Inc.

Matt Allen has been promoted to SBA loan officer for Community Bancshares Inc., the parent company of Community Bank, in the SBA Department. Allen joined Community Bank in 2010 as a loan processor in the Central Documents Preparation Department. In 2012, he moved to the SBA Department to assist in loans. Active in the community, Allen volunteers his time at ...

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Innovate Mississippi names Lynlee Honea as its capital analyst

Innovate Mississippi has named Lynlee Honea as its capital analyst. Honea began her career at Innovate Mississippi in June 2013 as the capital formation intern. In her new role as capital analyst, Honea coordinates the Mississippi Angel Network. She received her bachelor of arts in international studies with an emphasis in international business from Mississippi College in 2012 and her ...

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MSU's Pedro Mago selected as a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Pedro Mago, an endowed professor in the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University, is receiving the highest membership honor from an international organization. Mago, the Tennessee Valley Authority professor of mechanical engineering, has been selected as a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Mago has been an active ASME member since he joined the Mississippi State ...

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MSU’s Pedro Mago selected as a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Pedro Mago, an endowed professor in the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University, is receiving the highest membership honor from an international organization. Mago, the Tennessee Valley Authority professor of mechanical engineering, has been selected as a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Mago has been an active ASME member since he joined the Mississippi State ...

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Kelly Boutwell added, Jason Word promoted at MEC

  Kelly Boutwell is the new director of member involvement at the Mississippi Economic Council, joining MEC from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where she served as senior marketing specialist. She began her professional career as service manager at BRAVO! Italian Restaurant, where she became the state’s youngest certified sommelier at age 23. Boutwell is a native of Forest. ...

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