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Finley pushing for passage of SEAP legislation

JACKSON — Jim Finley, owner of The Growth Coach in Jackson, is pushing for passage of Senate Bill 2770, which he says will be an incentive for aspiring entrepreneurs. The Self Employment Assistance Program, known as SEAP, allows eligible workers who lose their jobs to receive unemployment benefits while actively working to start a business. It allows those receiving unemployment ...

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It’s time to invest in entrepreneurs

Mississippi has always been a laggard — the last to join the party and the last to leave the table. In 2009 national unemployment rates hit the 10 percent mark, but Mississippi managed to stay below average in this undesirable category. Within the last year, unemployment rates began to drop slightly, but Mississippi’s unemployment blew past the double-digit mark. In ...

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Lawmakers call for reform of patent system

WASHINGTON — Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker say that more job creation could result from the enactment of bipartisan Senate legislation to reform the American patent system. Cochran and Wicker are among 25 senators who have written to Majority Leader Harry Reid asking him to allow the Senate to debate and vote on the Patent Reform Act of 2009 ...

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USM's Accelerator off to fast start

HATTIESBURG — Just three months after opening its doors, the University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM’s) business incubator – called The Accelerator – is operating in high gear. Officially labeled The National Materials Science Innovation and Commercialization Accelerator, the new venture became the first facility to open in The Garden, the university’s Innovation and Commercialization Park, back in March of this ...

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Ablitech receives more 'Seed' money from MTA

RIDGELAND and HATTIESBURG — Mississippi Technology Alliance (MTA) president and CEO Tony Jeff announced that Ablitech Inc., a biotechnology company based in Hattiesburg, has received a second round Research and Development investment from the Mississippi Seed Fund. Ridgeland-based MTA invested $100,000 in Ablitech for further product and market development of Versadel, the company’s proprietary gene therapeutic delivery technology. Ablitech received ...

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Building a business from the ground up

Great entrepreneurs are usually great builders. Like a real estate developer who turns an open lot into a beautiful building, an entrepreneur takes an idea and turns it into reality.  In this sense, entrepreneurs are truly creative people.  The business world is where they do their art.  In this process, entrepreneurs create value.  They create value for their investors, employees,and ...

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Calling all entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs come in all varieties: young, old, male, female, those with advanced degrees as well as those who never completed high school.  Entrepreneurs represent all races, all creeds, all perspectives. They include those with access to serious capital and many who succeed with no capital at all. Entrepreneurs are the people who are driven to start and run businesses, create ...

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