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HUNTER ARNOLD: Mississippi, Gulf Coast states focus on global business markets

It is true that, as technology becomes more advanced, the world is getting smaller. Markets are becoming truly global. So you will be happy to know that both Mississippi and Louisiana each have organizations focused on promoting our products to the global marketplace. Each of these states has World Trade Center organizations, which are non-profits that are fully-licensed members of ...

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IKE TROTTER: lt’s time to get a handle on your budget

Do you often wonder about where your money goes each month? Does it seem like you’re never able to get ahead? If so, you may want to establish a budget to help you keep track of how you spend your money and help you reach your financial goals. Here’s a few first of the year ideas that might help you ...

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U.S. Treasury Department awards Mississippi more than $4.4 million in state small business credit initiative funds

The U.S. Treasury Department has awarded Mississippi more than $4.4 million in State Small Business Credit Initiative funds, which will be disbursed by the Mississippi Development Authority. The funds will assist the state’s small businesses with accessing the capital needed to grow and create jobs. To date, more than $13 million in SSBCI funds have been allotted to MDA to ...

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MURRAY HARBER: Business leaders discuss employer health, health care reform

E mployer health costs continue to rise year after year causing it to be larger line item and concern as the costs are affecting the bottom line. Health systems and providers are also seeing increase costs due to medical inflation and the requirement of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PPACA). All players in the US health system including ...

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Wesley Health Systems Federal Credit Union to merge with Keesler Federal Credit Union

BILOXI –  Wesley Health Systems Federal Credit Union, located in Hattiesburg, will merge with Keesler Federal Credit Union on Feb. 28, 2015.  First chartered in 1968 to serve employees of the former Methodist Hospital, Wesley FCU now serves all of Forrest County and select employee groups in Forrest, Lamar and Marion Counties. Wesley FCU will assume the name of Keesler ...

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BankPlus recognized for alternative program to payday lending

RIDGELAND — BankPlus and City First Enterprises of Washington, D.C., are the winners of the inaugural Empowerment Awards, which recognize promising projects that provide or encourage access to safe, fair financial services in underserved communities. BankPlus won in the Community Development Banking category for its innovative alternative to payday lending, and City First won in the Access category for its ...

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Citizens Holding offering increased quarterly dividend

PHILADELPHIA — Citizens Holding Company’s board of directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.23 per share payable Dec. 31 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 15. “Today I am announcing our fourth quarter 2014 dividend of $0.23 per share,” said Greg L. McKee, president and CEO. “This is an increase of $0.01 per share to $0.23 per share ...

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Experian: State's auto-loan delinquency rates at or near top in nation

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A survey by Experian Automotive finds that 30- and 60-day automotive-loan delinquencies were up in the third quarter of 2014, and Mississippi is first and second, respectively, in both categories. According to its latest State of the Automotive Finance Market report, 30-day delinquencies grew 3.7 percent from the previous year. Similarly, 60-day delinquencies jumped 8.6 percent during ...

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