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MMBA honors Neel-Schaffer for diversity efforts

JACKSON — Neel-Schaffer received the Minority Business Champion Award for 2014 at the recent Mississippi Minority Business Alliance banquet. Founded in 1997, the MMBA is a non-profit organization that aims to enhance minority business opportunities. The Minority Business Champion Award, according to MMBA Chief Executive Officer Shellie Michael, is given annually to “corporate citizens who have demonstrated continuous commitment to ...

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Cochran continues to reach out to African American voters

JACKSON — Republican Sen. Thad Cochran told black voters yesterday that when he first ran for Congress in 1972, Mississippi was in a period of fear and uncertainty because race relations were changing. He said the gubernatorial election of 1971 was the first time a candidate for a major office in the state, Democrat Bill Waller, made an effort to ...

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Legislative Black Caucus pushing for more contracts to minorities

JACKSON — Mississippi government agencies needs to make a stronger effort to buy more goods and services from businesses owned by minorities and women, leaders of the Legislative Black Caucus say. “We allocate billions of dollars for tools and resources to lure large corporations to this state,” said Sen. Kenny Wayne Jones, D-Canton, the caucus chairman said this past week. ...

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Redlaser earns 8(a) program certification from SBA

The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Mississippi District Office has certified Redlaser Technology Inc. into the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program 8(a) program. The 8(a) program is a nine-year program established to assist eligible socially and economically disadvantaged individuals to develop and grow their businesses. Business development assistance includes one-on-one counseling, training, matchmaking opportunities with federal buyers, opportunities for ...

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Brown would make history if confirmed as judge

JACKSON — President Barack Obama has nominated attorney Debra M. Brown to be a U.S. District judge for northern Mississippi. If confirmed, Brown would be the first African-American woman to serve as a federal district judge in the state, said a spokesman for U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). “I congratulate Debra Brown on her historic nomination and am hopeful the ...

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IHL launches effort to aid minority businesses land contracts

JACKSON — The board of trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning has unveiled an initiative to assist minority businesses and facilitate the procurement process between universities and minority businesses. The Mississippi Public University Minority Economic Opportunity Initiative is aimed at giving both universities and minority businesses the tools they need to ensure that more minority businesses will have opportunities ...

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Women's group says 'Engage. Learn. Find Success!'

The Women’s Business Enterprise Council South is presenting a program titled ‘Engage. Learn. Find Success!” The event will be held Thursday, May 23, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Belhaven College’s Center for the Arts in Jackson. The program will provide attendees an opportunity to meet, network and engage with corporate representatives. The Meet & Greet session will be ...

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SBA publishes interim rule on women-owned business program

WASHINGTON — An interim final rule published in the Federal Register and effective immediately will amend regulations to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program. According to the SBA, the interim final rule allows for greater access to federal contracting opportunities for women-owned businesses as a result of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA) ...

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City looks to honor former Catfish Alley business owners

COLUMBUS — Columbus Mayor Robert Smith says the city hopes to place a monument to honor the black men and women who operated businesses on Fourth Street South between Main Street and College Street, commonly known as Catfish Alley. Smith tells The Commercial Dispatch plans are for a mid-April dedication. The city is spending $25,000 for benches, trash cans, flower ...

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MDA launches new tool to identify minority businesses

JACKSON — The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) has launched the Mississippi Minority Business Registry, a resource for businesses and public entities looking for prospective suppliers or contractors that can meet their procurement needs. The new registry can be accessed online at www.mmbr.org. A component of MDA’s Diversity in Contracting initiative, which focuses on increasing minority- and women-owned business participation in ...

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