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Single most important problem for small businesses is availability

By BECKY GILLETTE Unemployment is at its lowest rate in decades in Mississippi. That sounds good and it is for workers. But this low unemployment rate is “absolutely” a problem for small businesses, said National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Mississippi State Director Ron Aldridge. “Mississippi’s recent historic low unemployment rates and record-breaking number of workers with jobs is a ...

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SBA economic injury disaster loans available in Mississippi

The U.S. Small Business Administration says federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available in Mississippi as a result of a drought that began Aug. 9. The SBA said in a news release the loans would be available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations. The SBA’s disaster declaration includes the following ...

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Finding a niche is key in starting business

By BECKY GILLETTE Women-owned businesses continue to increase in Mississippi, keeping pace with a national trend that now shows that 38 percent of all U.S. businesses are owned by women. “Women-owned businesses in Mississippi continue to be a force to be reckoned with,” says Janita R. Stewart, SBA District Director in Mississippi.  “They are right there alongside their male counterparts as ...

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Buying or selling: What’s the business worth?

By LISA MONTI San Francisco-based BizBuySell.com, which calls itself the Internet’s largest business-for-sale marketplace, reported recently that “the total number of small businesses changing hands in the first half of 2016 represents an increase from not only last year, but from the record-setting 2014 as well.” The company said 1,935 sales were reported in the second quarter of 2016, bringing ...

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Madison Mosquito Squad makes it safe to enjoy your back yard

By BECKY GILLETTE The Madison County Chamber of Commerce is planning a ribbon cutting at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 27 at the chamber office for new member Bradley Downey, owner of the Mosquito Squad of Greater Jackson and Vicksburg. While Downey’s home office in in Vicksburg, he provides services throughout the Jackson metro area, and connecting with the Madison County Chamber of ...

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BECOMING AN ENTREPRENEUR — Mother-daughter business launches new book, mobile fashion boutique

By BECKY GILLETTE When Marissa C. Simms was graduating from Jackson State University, she looked around and saw many of her fellow graduates were having trouble finding jobs. She decided to solve that problem herself by creating her own job going into partnership with her mother, Camille Stutts Simms, to open the first boutique on the Jackson State University campus, ...

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Coalition to help small businesses connect

By LISA MONTI  Mississippi small businesses have some new high tech help thanks to a unique partnership recently formed between the U.S. Small Business Administration and a group of major technology companies. The Small Business Technology Coalition announced March 30 will give small businesses “a streamlined interface to connect to innovative technology platforms as well as digital education and enterprise ...

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Canton distiller turning out corn whiskey

By JACK WEATHERLY  David Rich is turning out corn liquor at his distillery in Canton. He’s pounded the pavement of Madison and Hinds counties getting the word out about Rich Distilling Co., and getting its liquor in package stores. It’s moving off the shelves nicely, he said. McDade’s Wine and Spirits in Jackson’s Maywood Mart, for example, had sold nine ...

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