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Mississippi’s key economic indicators show slight strengthening

The performance of Mississippi’s economy in 2015 may hinge on growth in building permits, retail trade and consumer confidence offsetting a slowdown in U.S. manufacturing attributed to a stronger dollar, lower oil prices and bad weather. So say Mississippi state economists in the March issue of Mississippi’s Business, a monthly report on the state’s economy by the University Research Center ...

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Where ideas come to grow: Innovate Mississippi's Startup Weekend is March 27-29

Entrepreneurs and others with a great idea waiting to happen can pitcher their creations and receive assessments from their peers at the next Start’s Startup Weekend. The Mississippi College School of Law in downtown Jackson will host an Innovate Mississippi Startup Weekend from 8 a.m. March 27 to 5 p.m. March 29. The weekend event offers an intense 54 hours ...

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Hammer comes down on predatory robocallers (kind of, sort of)

Here’s something for the “Don’t-Spend-it-All –in-One-Place” file. The unscrupulous folks behind those annoying robocalls you’ve been getting have agreed to settle with the State of Mississippi for about the price of a compact automobile. The offenders, including serial annoyer Caribbean Cruise Line,  admit to violating the state’s No-Call Law but together will pay a fine of $22,136. Oh, forgot.  There’s ...

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Fed's Beige Book shows sustained rise in economic activity

Reports from the 12 Federal Reserve Districts indicate that economic activity continued to expand across most regions and sectors from early January through mid-February. Central and South Mississippi are part of the Fed’s Atlanta District while North Mississippi is in the St. Louis District. The Beige Book, last published on Jan., details economic assessments from the various districts. The new ...

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$2 million makeover for Jackson’s Smith Park in conceptual stage

A vision for the first revamp of downtown Jackson’s Smith Park in more than 40 years is taking shape. A project committee of downtown business leaders hope to raise private money to secure a contribution from state government for a $2 million redo that involves opening up the 2.4-acre park’s visibility and access, building a new bandstand and eliminating water ...

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SHEAR SUCCESS — Sharpening specialist Mark Bradshaw advances business at a steady clip

By LYNN LOFTON There’s FEW THINGS more frustrating than a pair of dull cutting shears, especially if you’re a hair stylist or barber. Mark Bradshaw’s goal is to take care of that problem with his Better Edge, a sideline business he opened last year. A sharpening specialist for Eaton Aerospace Engineering, he learned at an early age how to use ...

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Opening doors for entrepreneurs — State’s development centers offer free consulting, coaching and training

By LISA MONTI  The Mississippi Small Business Development Centers, a network of resource centers throughout the state, help entrepreneurs open and grow their businesses with free consulting, coaching and training programs. The resource centers serve as a one-stop shop to help owners do the groundwork for starting out in business and operating profitably once the doors are open. Examples of ...

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SBA ‘road show’ promotes innovation, technology

From wire reports WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration will launch an 18 state road tour, joined by 11 fellow federal agencies in the SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. The tour includes a Mississippi stop in Long Beach during the week of April 27, according to a news release from the SBA. The ...

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UPDATED: Bryant’s $50 million workforce training plan heads for floor votes

Matching House and Senate legislation that would pull  $25 million each of the next two years from the state’s unemployment compensation reserve fund to pay for workforce training made it to the floors of their respective houses Tuesday. The money would be used to step-up the state’s efforts to train workers for advanced manufacturing jobs and to create a future generation ...

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Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership annual meeting is Wednesday

The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership (GJCP) will host its 2014 annual meeting from 11:30 a.m. 6to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Jackson Convention Complex. Investors, volunteers and the general public will receive updates on the progress of the Partnership’s recent strategic plan initiatives for the Greater Jackson area.  Chairman Andy Taggart, Chairman-Elect David Gates and President Duane O’Neill will provide ...

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