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IHL launches minority business enterprise

The College Board has started a program trustees hope will ease the procurement process between minority-owned businesses and state universities. The Mississippi Public University Minority Economic Opportunity Initiative is designed to ensure minority-owned businesses have everything they need to be included in the bidding process when universities start one. “The Board of Trustees has asked […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

SBA offering disaster loans to tornado victims

NOXUBEE COUNTY — The Small Business Administration is offering disaster loans to residents and business owners in Noxubee County affected by a tornado that severely damaged parts of Shuqualak on April 12. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has reported 49 homes and 12 businesses were either destroyed or damaged as a result of the storm. […] [...]

SBA names restaurateurs as year’s best entrepreneurs

JACKSON — Jeff E. Good and Daniel J. Blumenthal, owners of Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint of Jackson, have been named the SBA 2013 Mississippi Small Business Persons of the Year by the Mississippi District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Small Business Person of the Year winners from […] [...]

Mayoral candidate says she hated being prostitute

VICKSBURG — Vicksburg mayoral candidate Linda Fondren says she’s proud of her long list of accomplishments: building businesses from a gym to storage facilities and housing with her husband, volunteering for nonprofits, leading an ambitious local weight-loss program, raising a family, and traveling the world after a childhood in poverty. But as the primary election […] [...]

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