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State trade mission to Central Europe

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JACKSON — The Mississippi Development Authority will lead a delegation of Mississippi companies on a business development trip to Central Europe on Aug. 31 through Sept. 4. MDA officials say in a news release that the trip will include visits with business leaders from Poland and the Czech Republic. Talks will be with prospects in information technology, electrical power systems, ...

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Bryant to speak at Export Summit in May

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant will be the keynote speaker May 7 at a conference to provide access to export and trade-related experts across the industry to Mississippi’s small and medium-sized firms. The 2015 Export Summit will be held at the Jackson Convention Center in downtown Jackson. Mississippi Development Authority officials say in a news release that one-on-one, pre-arranged meetings ...

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Bryant asks SBA to assess flood damage in DeSoto County

DESOTO COUNTY — Gov. Phil Bryant says he’s asking the federal Small Business Administration to send teams to DeSoto County to assess flood damage from last week’s heavy rainfall. If SBA makes assistance available, it would come in the form of low-interest loans. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says today that 10 businesses, eight apartments and four homes in DeSoto ...

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So, you want to open a home-based business?

So you want to start a home-based business. You’re not alone. The Small Business Administration estimates that more than half of all U.S. businesses are based out of an owner’s home. The SBA notes that Apple Computer, Hershey’s, Mary Kay Cosmetics and Ford Motor Company all started as home-based businesses. Those shiny examples aside, there are potential pitfalls to such ...

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Mississippi ranks sixth in growth of women-owned businesses

Mississippi is ranked sixth in the nation in the growth of women-owned firms between 1997 and 2013, according to American Express OPEN’s 2013 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report: A Summary of Important Trends, 1997-2013. The report showed that Mississippi had a 77.4 percent growth in the number of women-owned firms between 1997 and 2013. The growth in firm revenues over ...

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SBA disaster loan application deadline is Monday for Tupelo, Louisville

Disaster Loan Outreach Centers in Louisville and Tupelo will cease operations at the close of business Monday, the U.S. Small Business Administration said in a news release today. Monday is also the final day to file an SBA Disaster loan application, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes for physical damage caused by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that ...

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Poultry farmers lose more than one million birds to storms

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Poultry growers are reeling from the April 28 tornadoes that caused tremendous damage on farms and the loss of more than a million birds in four Mississippi counties. The Mississippi Board of Animal Health reported that 1,044,800 birds died from the tornadoes or subsequent power outages. Winston, Wayne, Newton and Scott counties reported 58 houses with major ...

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SBA appoints Lance Foster to head Gulfport branch

GULFPORT, Mississippi — Lance P. Foster, economic development specialist in the Small Business Administration’s Gulfport Office, has been named manager of the SBA’s Gulfport branch. Foster will handle distribution and promotion of the agency’s economic development programs and counseling services to Mississippi’s 12 most southern counties. He has been with the SBA since March 2006, formally holding the titles of ...

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Good, Blumenthal named small businesspeople of the year

Jeff Good and Dan Blumenthal, co-owners of Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint, are honored to have been selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration as the 2013 Mississippi State Small Business Persons of the Year. Each year since 1963, the President has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of Small Business Week. National Small ...

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BancorpSouth sets up $500 million business loan pool for 2013

Tupelo-based BancorpSouth has earmarked $500 million for loans to businesses and entrepreneurs seeking to locate in our state, as well as for existing businesses looking to expand operations through a loan pool dubbed “Grow Mississippi 2013.” In announcing the initiative, BancorpSouth CEO Dan Rollins said additional funding will be added to the loan pool during the year if needed, depending ...

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