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EMV chip offers safe haven from credit, debit card counterfeiting

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By TED CARTER The EMV card era begins officially for the United States on Oct.1, making it the last developed country on Earth to adopt the new generation of payments processing. It’s a case of better late than never for U.S. banks and businesses that expect the European export to put counterfeit credit and debit card fraudsters out of business – ...

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IRS drops a bomb on small employers


» Annual tax would be $36,500 per worker for noncompliance with Obamacare By JACK WEATHERLY  Employers with fewer than 50 employees were promised a break by not having to provide group health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. But now the IRS has served notice that under the rule that has been in effect since July 1 such employers are ...

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NFIB survey: Small business owners uncertain about future

JACKSON — Small-business optimism remained flat in August, dropping 0.1 points from July for a final reading of 94.0, according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). While the total reading showed essentially no change over the month prior, a look at the individual indicators reveals incongruent details. Job creation plans leapt to a level not seen since before ...

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NFIB: Index drop ends 'any hope of revival in confidence'

JACKSON — Small-business optimism remained in tepid territory in June, as the National Federation of Independent Business’ monthly economic index dropped just under a point (0.9) and landed at 93.5 — effectively ending any hope of a revival in confidence among job creators, NFIB says. Six of the 10 index components fell, while two rose and two were unchanged. Job ...

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Business owners can determine if customers can carry firearms on premises

Starting Monday, state law will allow firearms to be openly carried without a permit. House Bill 2, passed during the last session, was celebrated by supporters as an important step to protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. It essentially permits those who are not convicted felons to have on their person firearms that are visible. Concealed weapons still ...

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Ron Aldridge takes Woodmen board seat

Ron Aldridge, of Jackson, is now a member of the board of directors of Woodmen of the World/Omaha Woodmen Life Insurance Society. Aldridge has been an attorney-at-law in Aldridge Law Office since 1977. He has served as the Mississippi state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, representing 3,500 small business owners, from 1989-92 and from 1998-present, is executive ...

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Bill seeks to end accelerated sales tax system

Legislation that sits in the House and Ways and Means Committee would offer relief at the end of the state fiscal year for taxpayers who collect sales taxes. Currently, taxpayers who collect sales and use taxes — which encompasses almost all of the state’s small businesses — are allowed to remit them to the state no later than the 25th ...

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NFIB director discusses issues facing state’s small businesses

There are a lot of news stories and much campaign rhetoric about the challenges confronting small businesses everywhere. The Mississippi Business Journal asked Ron Aldridge, state director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), to address the leading issues facing the state’s small business owners. He says for the first time in almost four years, taxes have moved ahead ...

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Report says low to middle-income licensing too burdensome in state

A recent study by the Institute for Justice confirmed what small business advocate Ron Aldridge already knew: Mississippi’s licensing requirements for low- and middle-income occupations are excessive. The IJ report, released in May, reveals that Mississippi has what it calls “barriers of entry” for 55 of 102 low- and middle-income occupations examined. Four states license more of those occupations. Overall, ...

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Public land in Delta impacted by river flood

Every year, hunters flock to the Delta to take advantage of some of the best public hunting land in the state offered by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks’ wildlife management areas (WMAs) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge Complex. This year, however, hunters are wondering if they should find somewhere else ...

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