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MSU professors empower African-American women to succeed in higher education

By BECKY GILLETTE Tenure at universities is often highly political. White males still receive promotions and tenure more than any other group. Four Mississippi State University faculty members received a $57,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to help create programs to even the odds. That included a conference last month in Atlanta, “Preparing Black Female Faculty for Prominence, Power ...

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BankPlus lends support to women in business

Special to the MBJ BankPlus recently announced the launch of The Source, an initiative designed to provide Mississippi women in business with access to capital, mentoring support and networking opportunities to succeed in business. The Source will launch with the goal to loan $50 million from BankPlus to women seeking to start a business, grow a business or for any ...

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Working women need to find their health time

By LISA MONTI Melissa Peters has a busy life with a full-time job and two small children ages 4 years and 9 months. Like a lot of working moms, she makes it a point to stay healthy for her family’s sake as well as her own. “It is difficult to achieve the work/life balance, especially when you have small children, but ...

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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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ALAN TURNER — Celebrating Mississippi’s dynamic business women

Through the years, I’ve learned one highly encouraging thing about Mississippi—namely, that we are richly blessed with a great group of professional business women who own and manage businesses, direct large and small enterprises, serve the public good, educate, inform, and contribute to the overall quality of life in the Magnolia State. For 19 years now, the Mississippi Business Journal ...

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Women in Construction program provides with a way to make a living wage

By BECKY GILLETTE Single mothers without skills training or a college education have a tough time supporting their families. Poverty is greatest in households headed by single women. Many have to work two or three jobs at minimum wage, and even then aren’t able to provide for all their families’ needs. Providing women with a way to make a living wage ...

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State company gets OK from FAA on drone flights

By LISA MONTI A small, woman-owned business at Stennis Space Center now has federal approval to fly unmanned aerial vehicles at low altitudes on commercial missions. The Federal Aviation Administration granted the exemption to Innovative Imaging and Research to operate their drones under 200 feet anywhere except near airports and events with large crowds. “Getting the exemption is huge,” said Mary ...

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Women for Progress focuses on success among minorities

By BECKY GILLETTE For the last 38 years, Women for Progress (womenforprogress.net), a non-profit, non-partisan community organization, has facilitated the success and upward mobility of minorities. Activities have ranged from promoting minority women taking higher paying jobs in non-traditional fields to a monthly Lunch & Learn program where an outstanding minority business woman is honored, candidates for political office are ...

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Metropolitan Banks first women’s forum a huge success

Metropolitan Bank recently hosted the inaugural Metropolitan Women’s Forum.  The breakfast, held on April 21st at Duling Hall in Jackson, attracted over 100 influential women leaders from the Jackson area.  Metropolitan is a seven year old bank which recently reached $1 billion in assets, and boasts a very strong core of women leaders.  With this in mind, a few of ...

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Banking association ‘hit a home run’ with women’s conference

By LISA MONTI About 150 women attended the 2015 Women in Banking Conference March 24 in Jackson. The third annual conference provided women bankers with information on how to be successful in the financial industry and also was an opportunity for them to network with their peers and talk about career challenges and solutions. “The MBA Women in Banking Conference provides ...

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