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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 […] [...]

State applies for SHOP insurance marketplace

JACKSON — On Aug. 28, the United States Department of Health and Human Services issued regulations that will now allow states to apply to operate a state-based free market Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) marketplace. “Mississippi is in a position to begin operation of a free market SHOP marketplace in the first quarter of […] [...]

SBA offering disaster loans to those affected by late freeze

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is making available federal economic injury disaster loans to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in George, Greene, Jackson and Wayne counties as a result of frost and freezing on March 25-29, 2013. Under […] [...]

Sweet Magnolia Ice Cream started out just for family

Hugh Balthrop says he just started making ice cream in his kitchen for his kids. Then for the rest of his family. Then his friends. Today, the Clarksdale entrepreneur is having pints of his acclaimed Sweet Magnolia Ice Cream delivered all over the state: From upscale restaurants in Greater Memphis to coffee shops and caterers […] [...]

SBA disaster assistance available to victims of spring freeze

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Mississippi as a result of freeze on March 25-29. The disaster declaration includes Amite, Carroll, Claiborne, Clarke, Copiah, Covington, […] [...]

Two companies graduate from MSET incubator at Stennis

HANCOCK COUNTY — The Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) recently graduated two companies from their incubator program at Stennis Space Center. DQSI, is a woman-owned, 8(a), small disadvantaged firm that specializes in information technology and GIS, document management and seismic digitization, construction and environmental consulting. Melhcorp builds electronics systems, particularly for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Life in Sebastopol is like a jar of fudge

Something creamy and dreamy is stirring in rural Scott County. Just off Mississippi 21 in Sebastopol, SpoonFudge is working on homemade desserts for local residents, online customers and anyone lucky enough to come into their tasty shop. Co-owners Tarah Boykin and Aleisa Johnson took over the business in 2011 from a local photographer who had […] [...]

Pentimento is a must-visit for Mississippi readers

CLINTON- When Debbie Amacker Tillman was growing up in small town Mississippi, one of her favorite things to do was read. “We had a bookmobile which was the thrill of the week in Pelahatchie,” Tillman says. After her family moved to Natchez, not a week went by when she couldn’t be found reading at the […] [...]

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, […] [...]

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