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Business league busy in Madison County — Organization plays vital role supporting economic growth

by Published: September 27,2013

Tags: Business, Collins, Jan, Madison, Mississippi, small business

By Lynn Lofton The Madison County Business League has been a busy group since it was created in 2008 and has grown to 135 members. A privately funded 501(c)(6) non-profit economic development stakeholder and support organization, it plays a vital role in this rapidly growing metro county. “The MCBL provides the Madison County Economic Development […] [...]

Hiring increasing — ever so slightly

by Published: September 27,2013

Tags: Business, Mississippi, small business

» Mississippi agencies see more professional, clerical type jobs available By Lisa Monti  Employment agencies across Mississippi say they are getting mixed messages about the economic recovery in the state based on their own track record of supplying staff to a variety of employers. But they do see slight improvement and are hopeful for better […] [...]

Olive Branch couple turns an ear toward hearing aid venture

After Joe Pickler was downsized from his job as a software salesman, he wasn’t ready to head into retirement. Instead, he and his wife, Gayle, a medical space planner, decided to start their own business. “No one wanted to hire a 64-year-old salesman,” Pickler said. “We are knowledgeable and talented. So we decided we would […] [...]

Colleges prep for interior design job surge

It’s all about space planning at the state’s interior design schools where students learn ways to make interior spaces more livable and workable. There are four-year accredited programs such as Mississippi College, Mississippi State University and the University of Southern Mississippi where students earn bachelor degrees in interior design. There are also university parallel programs […] [...]

SBA promise loan increase for country’s veterans

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s top lenders have signed on with the SBA’s Veteran Pledge Initiative to pump up their loans to veterans by 5 percent a year for the next five years. The SBA has enlisted its top 20 national lenders and about 100 regional and community lenders to help veteran-owned small businesses. SBA […] [...]

MSBDC project assists the new and existing

The Mississippi Small Business Development Centers have been providing a helping hand to start ups and existing businesses since the 1980s in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The MSBDC’s lead operation and administrative offices are housed at the University of Mississippi and there are seven centers and 17 counselors statewide. Over the last […] [...]

Stewart’s a big name in small business

It was apparent to those who voted her Miss Vicksburg High School that Janita R. Stewart was destined to make a mark on the world. Starting with being a student aide for the Vicksburg Corps of Engineers when she was still in high school, Stewart went on to stellar careers first with the Corps and […] [...]

Bike Crossing in right place at right time

The Bike Crossing on West Jackson Street in Ridgeland is a good example of a business having the right location and the right product at the right time. It’s owned by the Bartley family — Robert and Linda and their sons Michael and David — and opened in 2009 in Pocahontas on U.S. 49. The […] [...]

The “jewel” of Main Street

Bob Wilson, executive director, Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA), said Clinton is really one of the “jewels” of the Main Street program. “There are a lot of things that figure into its success,” Wilson said. “From the beginning, Main Street Clinton was fortunate to have a very supportive mayor and city council. Mayor Rosemary Aultman […] [...]

Main Street Clinton a model for successful downtown economic programs

The new kid on the Main Street block has been getting with the program in a big way. Although only in existence six years, Main Street Clinton has won awards all five years it has been eligible. This year Clinton won top awards Main Street Merchant of the Year, an award that recognizes excellence in […] [...]

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