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BOOK BIZ — Stories of entrepreneurial Mississippians are inspirational

Mississippi Entrepreneurs could be classified as a coffee table book since it’s bound with cloth and has a beautiful Mississippi River scene photo on the dust cover, and has content suitable for browsing. However, it’s more than a coffee table book. It’s something of a history of business in Mississippi and, more importantly, full of inspiring stories of 72 people ...

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BRENT CHRISTENSEN — Entrepreneurs: A vital fuel for Mississippi’s Economy

If you surveyed a hundred people and asked them what economic development is, I’m confident you would receive nearly 100 different answers. While they may be varied, the answers will likely be correct, just not complete. As the state’s lead economic development organization, Mississippi Development Authority is a lot of things to a lot of people and communities around the ...

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Startup Weekend for entrepreneurs coming to Jackson

Startup Weekend Jackson to be held Feb. 10-12 at Millsaps College Startup Weekend is an intense 54-hour, high-energy event powered by the Kauffman Foundation that operates worldwide and brings together like-minded entrepreneurs for a weekend of company creation. As a nonprofit program, it is designed to build entrepreneurial communities and promote collaboration among entrepreneurs, programmers, developers, graphic artists and business-minded ...

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Businesses secure more than $163M in federal contracts

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — In fiscal year 2011, more than $163.9 million in federal government contracts and modifications were awarded to Mississippi businesses certified in the U. S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) and HUBZone Programs, according to the Federal Procurement Data System – Next Generation (FPDS-NG). This activity occurred Oct. 1, 2010 to Sept. 30, 2011. “The federal government is the ...

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RSDecon showcases new facility at The Accelerator

HATTIESBURG — RSDecon recently hosted an open house of its patented Reactive Skin Decontamination Lotion (RSDL) that is produced at the University of Southern Mississippi’s materials science laboratory and business incubator, The Accelerator. RSDecon is a subsidiary of Bracco Diagnostics’ Healthcare Protective Products Division (HPPD). “I can tell you that one of the major selling points to us when looking ...

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Coast business incubator gets increased funding

MOSS POINT — Pascagoula officials have decided to restore its funding to the Jackson County Small Business Incubator. The city council voted yesterday to give the incubator the $10,000 that had been requested, up from the $2,500 the board originally approved. The Mississippi Press says the board was acting on the advice of City Manager Joe Huffman. Huffman said an ...

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SBA-Mississippi sets another quarterly record

JACKSON — The U. S. Small Business Administration Mississippi District Office has set another record for federal fiscal year 2011 (Oct. 1, 2010 to Sept. 30, 2011). A total of 749 loans were approved for Mississippi small businesses totaling a record $274,032,500. Janita R. Stewart, district director of the SBA in Mississippi, said, “We also set a record in fiscal ...

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Entrepreneurs selected for MTA's New Venture Challenge

JACKSON — Three Jackson entrepreneurs were selected to compete in the 4th-Annual Mississippi New Venture Challenge, organized by the Mississippi Technology Alliance (MTA). The annual competition was free and open to the public at the Jackson Convention Center located in downtown Jackson. Competitors include: Marla Group, of Jackson, which has a patented hooded hair dryer that provides a healthier, more ...

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SBA to honor state's best small businesses

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Each year since 1963, the President of the United States has proclaimed Small Business Week to recognize the contributions of small businesses to the economic well-being of America. SBA will hold a national celebration in May in Washington, D.C., to recognize the successes and achievements of top small business owners from across the nation. The Mississippi U.S. ...

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