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At 96, Okolona businessman still shows up for work each day

By LESLIE CRISS / Daily Journal A charcoal portrait of Harold Turner was done by a young Belgian artist who was dressing as a woman to evade the draft. Turner discovered him going through the garbage, so Turner started saving food for him. To show his appreciation for Turner’s friendship, he did this portrait of the young Mississippi soldier. It’s ...

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Single most important problem for small businesses is availability

By BECKY GILLETTE Unemployment is at its lowest rate in decades in Mississippi. That sounds good and it is for workers. But this low unemployment rate is “absolutely” a problem for small businesses, said National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Mississippi State Director Ron Aldridge. “Mississippi’s recent historic low unemployment rates and record-breaking number of workers with jobs is a ...

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Vicksburg District’s Deputy for Small Business receives award

Department of the Army’s Office of Small Business Programs recently presented the 2017 Small Business Professional of the Year Award to Demetric T. Erwin, the Deputy for the Vicksburg District’s Small Business Program and a special assistant to the District Engineer on all Small Business Program matters. Erwin was commended for her outstanding performance in managing the Vicksburg District’s Small ...

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Creating a big event: Evans’ Karovan provides the atmosphere

By JULIA MILLER When Karey Evans found out her third son was getting married two years ago, she knew she wanted to do something fun for the rehearsal dinner. So, Evans did what any modern woman would do. She took to the Internet to look for inspiration. “I really wanted to do something different,” she said. “I found these mobile ...

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Tax break might mean relief for craft brewers

By BECKY GILLETTE Here’s news you can lift a mug and do a “cheers” to. In late December the U.S. Congress passed a two-year version of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, which cuts the federal excise tax for craft breweries in half from $7/barrel to $3.50/barrel for domestic brewers producing less than two million barrels annually. The ...

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SBA’s executive training program is designed to increase profits, growth

By BECKY GILLETTE The SBA Mississippi District Office is currently seeking small-business owners who want to improve their profits and help create economic growth by participating in the SBA 2018 Emerging Leaders Executive Training Program. Emerging Leaders is an intensive executive-level entrepreneurship training program for small-business owners who want to take their businesses to the next level of success. “This ...

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Mississippi’s Geospatial Cluster Distributes Awards at Annual Meeting

The Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions (EIGS) recently announced its key business metrics and business award winners for the 2017 US Small Business Administration Geospatial Regional Innovative Cluster. EIGS hosted its annual meeting to bring our member companies together and share the results of our year in review. EIGS is a program of the Magnolia Business Alliance (MBA), and a ...

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6 graduate from SBA Emerging Leaders Executive Training Program

After spending eight months and more than 100 hours of work in evening classes, six small businesses will graduate from the Mississippi Small Business Administration’s 2017 Emerging Leaders Executive Training program. The SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative is a federal training initiative that specifically focuses on executives of businesses poised for growth in historically challenged communities. Graduates were Edward Peter Cole, ...

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