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HCC incubator adds new start-up company owned by college staff

UTICA — The Hinds Community College-Utica Campus Business Incubation Center has added its newest business, D&J Solutions. The desktop publishing/events consultant company is owned and operated by Utica Campus employees Diana Brown, library assistant, and Joyce Woodhouse, administrative assistant. Brown says she and Woodhouse had been providing the services out of their homes for over […] [...]

NFIB survey: Small business owners uncertain about future

JACKSON — Small-business optimism remained flat in August, dropping 0.1 points from July for a final reading of 94.0, according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). While the total reading showed essentially no change over the month prior, a look at the individual indicators reveals incongruent details. Job creation plans leapt to a […] [...]

Local Main Street programs earn national accreditation

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi Main Street Association cities have been designated as accredited National Main Street Programs for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. The cities are Aberdeen, Amory, Baldwyn, Batesville, Bay St. Louis/Waveland, Belhaven, Biloxi, Booneville, Canton, Carthage, Cleveland, Clinton, Columbia, Columbus, Corinth, Greenville, Greenwood, Gulfport, […] [...]

NFIB survey finds optimism in economy rising, but…

WASHINGTON — After last month’s disappointing drop in small-business confidence, April’s Index of Small Business Optimism from the National Federation of Independent Business rose 2.6 points to 92.1, just above the recovery average of 90.7. In April’s report, four Index components rose, two fell and six were unchanged. Yet pessimism abounds within the sector, as […] [...]

Deadline approaching for post-tornado loans from SBA

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration reminds homeowners, renters, businesses and non-profit organizations of the deadline to submit disaster loan applications for damages due to the severe storms and tornadoes April 11-12. The deadline to apply for physical damage is June 17. Low-interest disaster loans are available in the following counties: Noxubee County […] [...]

IHL launches effort to aid minority businesses land contracts

JACKSON — The board of trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning has unveiled an initiative to assist minority businesses and facilitate the procurement process between universities and minority businesses. The Mississippi Public University Minority Economic Opportunity Initiative is aimed at giving both universities and minority businesses the tools they need to ensure that more […] [...]

SBA publishes interim rule on women-owned business program

WASHINGTON — An interim final rule published in the Federal Register and effective immediately will amend regulations to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program. According to the SBA, the interim final rule allows for greater access to federal contracting opportunities for women-owned businesses as a result of the National Defense […] [...]

Report: Confidence in Coast economy up modestly

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Director of research and policy Scott King and the Gulf Coast Business Council Research Foundation has released the quarterly CEO and Business Owners Confidence Report for the first quarter of 2013. “Confidence in the Gulf Coast’s economy is improving moderately,” said Jack Norris, president of the Gulf Coast Business Council. “This […] [...]

Deadline approaching for Hurricane Isaac assistance

SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes that June 3 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans available in Clarke, George, Greene, Jackson,Lauderdale and Wayne counties as a result of Hurricane Isaac. Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster […] [...]

Sign-up for aid for Isaac victims ends this month

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding businesses in Mississippi that working capital loans are still available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations affected by Hurricane Isaac. The deadline is May 30. Economic Injury Disaster Loans up to $2 million are available […] [...]

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