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Opening doors for entrepreneurs — State’s development centers offer free consulting, coaching and training

By LISA MONTI  The Mississippi Small Business Development Centers, a network of resource centers throughout the state, help entrepreneurs open and grow their businesses with free consulting, coaching and training programs. The resource centers serve as a one-stop shop to help owners do the groundwork for starting out in business and operating profitably once the […] [...]

SBA ‘road show’ promotes innovation, technology

From wire reports WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration will launch an 18 state road tour, joined by 11 fellow federal agencies in the SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. The tour includes a Mississippi stop in Long Beach during the week of April 27, according to a news […] [...]

MAKING DREAMS COME TRUE — Mississippi bankers see increase in young homebuyers

By BECKY GILLETTE With rent going up in many areas, and employment rising as the economy improves, home buying is beginning to improve in some areas of the state. “Lower rates are improving housing affordability relative to rents, and many of the recent applicants think this is a good time to buy,” said Scott Dickey, […] [...]

A HOME AWAY FROM HOME … As long as it has modern technology, meal plans, friends and no parking worries

By LYNN LOFTON  The recently completed Century Park South at the University of Southern Mississippi is on the cutting edge of student housing. There are 954 bed spaces in the state-of-the-art $55.6 million complex that was built by the Harrell Contracting Group of Jackson. There was significant site preparation before the two-year building project could […] [...]

MCEF Foundation projects more constuction jobs and is trying to draw students to the craft

By LISA MONTI  The Mississippi Construction Education Foundation is on a mission to recruit and train workers for the plentiful, well-paying jobs in the construction industry. Besides reaching out to students, the foundation teaches the benefits of construction and manufacturing jobs to moms and dads who want their kids to go to work rather than […] [...]

Autism insurance proposals advancing in Miss. Legislature

by Published: February 10,2015

Tags: autism, Business, GOP, healthcare, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are pushing bills that would require insurance companies to offer autism coverage on health plans sold in the state. Senate Bill 2581 passed the Senate on a split vote Tuesday, with 39 senators voting for the bill and six voting against it. Republican Sen. Will Longwitz of Madison says autism treatment […] [...]

Students are learning about economics early thanks to the … STOCK MARKET GAME

Most people don’t play the “stock market game” until they are adults trying to figure out how to invest their money for the best return. The lessons learned can come at great expense. But now more than 60,000 4th through 12th grade students in Mississippi have gotten a lesson in economics and the stock market […] [...]

SELENA SWARTZFAGER — Learning economics in a worldly classroom

By Selena Swatrzfager Welcos, Devcos, Lescos … oh my! I recently had the opportunity to meet trade ambassadors from South America, Africa and Asia.  They came from countries such as Brazil, Ghana and Laos. These ambassadors had the responsibility of importing and exporting goods and services for their countries. While negotiating with ambassadors from other […] [...]

Turning students into financial scholars

Trustmark is teaming up with 125 schools across Mississippi to teach students financial skills to help prepare them for real-world money matters. “The Trustmark Financial Scholars Program allows us to partner with our Mississippi educators in teaching students how to establish a solid foundation in responsible financial management,” Trustmark CEO Jerry Host said. “This program […] [...]

HEADACHES FOR HOSPITALS — Regardless of ownership type, facilities face strong challenges

Do you know what type of hospital ownership you have in your community? Many people don’t, said Shawn Rossi, vice president for marketing and public relations, Mississippi Hospital Association. In Mississippi, about a third of hospitals are nonprofit, a third for-profit and a third owned by the government. “From a business perspective, in a nutshell, […] [...]

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