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Legislative Black Caucus pushing for more contracts to minorities

JACKSON — Mississippi government agencies needs to make a stronger effort to buy more goods and services from businesses owned by minorities and women, leaders of the Legislative Black Caucus say. “We allocate billions of dollars for tools and resources to lure large corporations to this state,” said Sen. Kenny Wayne Jones, D-Canton, the caucus […] [...]

Brown would make history if confirmed as judge

JACKSON — President Barack Obama has nominated attorney Debra M. Brown to be a U.S. District judge for northern Mississippi. If confirmed, Brown would be the first African-American woman to serve as a federal district judge in the state, said a spokesman for U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). “I congratulate Debra Brown on her historic […] [...]

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 […] [...]

City looks to honor former Catfish Alley business owners

COLUMBUS — Columbus Mayor Robert Smith says the city hopes to place a monument to honor the black men and women who operated businesses on Fourth Street South between Main Street and College Street, commonly known as Catfish Alley. Smith tells The Commercial Dispatch plans are for a mid-April dedication. The city is spending $25,000 […] [...]

MDA launches new tool to identify minority businesses

JACKSON — The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) has launched the Mississippi Minority Business Registry, a resource for businesses and public entities looking for prospective suppliers or contractors that can meet their procurement needs. The new registry can be accessed online at www.mmbr.org. A component of MDA’s Diversity in Contracting initiative, which focuses on increasing minority- […] [...]

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