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SBA offering two emergency programs to storm victims

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — U.S. Small Business Administration assistance is now available after the Presidential disaster declaration due to severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began Feb. 10 in South Mississippi. The disaster declaration covers Forrest and Lamar counties in Mississippi, which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private non-profit ...

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Kasper chosen as director

Chase Kasper will become the director of the University of Southern Mississippi’s Office of Technology Development, effective Feb. 1. Before accepting the Southern Miss post, Kasper served as associate director of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer at Mississippi State University. He has been involved with technology licensing, intellectual property management and technology transfer in a university environment for ...

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Innovation to encounter ‘real-world’ market tests at Startup Weekend

Aspiring technology entrepreneurs and their more established counterparts are starting the New Year with a “Startup Weekend” Jan. 18-20 at Millsaps College in Jackson. Innovate Mississippi, formerly the Mississippi Technology Alliance, hopes the 54 hours of entrepreneurial brainstorming and mentoring builds on the success of last year’s Startup Weekend. February’s Start-up event drew 73 participants and included 37 ideas pitched, ...

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Utilities extend incentive plan to small businesses

JACKSON — Electric and natural gas utility companies doing business in Mississippi have submitted extensions of their Small Business Rate Incentive Plans, according to a release from Public Service Commissioner Leonard Bentz. Bentz originally put these plans into place in 2011. Incentive plans filed by Mississippi Power Company, Entergy Mississippi, Atmos Energy Corporation, CenterPoint Energy Resources and Wilmut Gas & ...

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Commissioner pushing for extension of utilities' incentives

JACKSON — Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is encouraging four of Mississippi’s major electric and gas utilities to extend small business rate incentives for another year. Incentives provided by Entergy Mississippi, Mississippi Power Company, CenterPoint Energy Resources and Wilmut Gas & Oil Company are set to expire Dec. 31. Atmos Energy Corporation has a similar program expiring in September 2013, ...

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Rick Estel finds success through strong customer relationships

Thank you for your business. You could have gone anywhere, and yet you chose us. We appreciate that!” I took note of this heartfelt statement by a recent vendor that I was dealing with. He was right. I could have gone anywhere, but I chose to do business with his company. Consumers in today’s world have a lot of choices. ...

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SBA-backed disaster loans available due to drought

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is making available federal economic injury disaster loans to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Mississippi as a result of the drought. This SBA’s disaster declaration includes the following counties: Bolivar, Calhoun, Coahoma, Grenada, Humphreys, Lafayette, Leflore, Panola, ...

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Mississippi State gets another grant for University Center

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University’s College of Business is receiving an additional $650,000 grant to leverage university resources for economic development. The award from the federal Economic Development Administration will enable the university to continue housing a University Center, an entity designed as a resource for entrepreneurs in rural areas. This grant comes on the heels of an additional $1.065 ...

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SBA offering loans to more drought-stricken counties

BENTON COUNTY and MARSHALL COUNTY — The U.S. Small Business Administration is making available federal economic injury disaster loans to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Benton and Marshall counties in Mississippi as a result of the drought. Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster ...

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Mississippi Leaders: John Lewis

Scott Shane, a professor and author of “Illusions of Entrepreneurship”, shares in his book the actual statistics on new business failure rates. The analysis was over a 10-year period revealed that over 50 percent of businesses fail within five years of launching and over 70 percent had closed their doors within ten years. This data comes from the U.S. Small ...

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