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Crops and agritourism growing together at Mitchell Farms

April 24, 2014

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By Kaitlyn Byrne MSU Ag Communications COLLINS, Mississippi – When Jo Lynn Mitchell started an agritourism business to add income to the family farm, she had no idea she would end up proving that people can still farm for a living. Mitchell fell in love with farming as a way of life after marrying her […]

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SBA grants disaster declaration request; opening center

April 16, 2014

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Folks who are being impacted by the recent storms and subsequent flooding are being offered assistance. Residents and businesses in Southwest Mississippi affected by severe weather and flooding that occurred on March 28–29 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced. Contreras-Sweet made the loans available […]

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Bryant signs tax apportionment bill MEC says will help fix ‘out of whack’ system

April 10, 2014

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  The Mississippi Economic Council capped off its annual luncheon Thursday with Gov. Phil Bryant’s signing of a tax apportionment law the business organization had proclaimed its top priority heading into the 2014 legislative session. Bryant, joined by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, signed House Bill 799 in the corridors of the Jackson Convention Center Complex […]

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State to end sales tax on interest paid on store-financed merchandise

April 2, 2014

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Toting the note just got easier for Mississippi car dealers and other merchants who finance their customers’ purchases. Gov. Phil Bryant’s signing of House Bill 260 Tuesday puts a July 1 end to sales taxes on interest and other finance charges at buy-here-pay-here retail locations, including auto dealerships and furniture and appliance stores that arrange […]

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Stennis Center linked to NASA selections for small business tech proposals

March 10, 2014

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Two proposals being administered by the Stennis Space Center in South Mississippi are among the 108 research and technology proposals from U.S. small businesses that NASA has selected to enable NASA’s future missions while benefiting America’s technology-driven economy on Earth. The selected proposals now will enter into negotiations for contract awards as part of Phase […]

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DOR issues advisory to businesses on Jackson’s new higher sales tax

February 17, 2014

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The new City of Jackson 1 percent sales tax goes into effect March 1 and applies to activities subject to the 7 percent (or more) retail sales tax with certain exceptions, including most groceries. Businesses should begin collecting the 1 percent additional tax from their customers on March 1. The Mississippi Department of Revenue advises […]

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Gentiva Health to cut ‘hundreds’ of jobs, close 46 locations

February 7, 2014

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Gentiva Health Services Inc., whose website lists 24 locations in Mississippi, including two in Fl,owood, says it is closing 46 of its home health-care locations across the country. Hundreds of clinicians and other health care professionals are expected to lose their jobs, the Atlanta-based company said in a report published Thursday by the Atlanta Business […]

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Several hundred Miss. businesses will be affected by Obama’s minimum wage hike order

January 31, 2014

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By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – Some of Mississippi’s 350 businesses with $161 million in current federal contracts will be affected by President Barack Obama’s plans to increase minimum pay per hour by 39 percent for employees paid with federal money. But just how many state businesses currently contracting with the federal government and […]

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Post Office mulls financial services to unbanked and under-banked

January 30, 2014

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The United States Postal Service may expand its financial services beyond money orders and remittances, the Credit Union Times reported Thursday. “More than a quarter of Americans live partially or completely without access to mainstream financial services and are often forced to rely on costly services like payday loans or check cashing to cover their […]

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Min Sang armed robbery is troubling

January 21, 2014

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I know my fellow Greenvillians were saddened by the news of an armed robbery at Min Sang Grocery Store, while relieved to hear that the Sue brothers, though wounded, are fine. What is troubling is how long the store on Alexander Street has operated even as the neighborhoods around it have declined, and the blow […]

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