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Small businesses struggle with health insurance premiums

If you’re self-employed, good luck finding affordable healthcare coverage. Thanks to bumpy rate increases and stricter underwriting criteria, the number of uninsured working-age Americans should easily surpass the 27-million mark this year. More than half are entrepreneurs. For a healthy middle-aged small business owner and his spouse, insurance through major healthcare providers starts in the $700 range and up per ...

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SBA reports early successes with GO Loan program

Even before Congress passed the Gulf Opportunity (GO) Zone Act of 2005, which helps businesses in 40 Mississippi counties affected by Hurricane Katrina rebuild and expand, and attracts new investment and new businesses with more than a dozen tax incentives, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) began beefing up its staff of lenders in Mississippi for its GO Loan Pilot ...

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Peters excited about downtown and metro-area projects

While other developers have seen their share of attention for downtown Jackson restoration successes, Mike Peters has quietly completed a massive project, wrapped up a residential project and is collaborating with a fellow developer and a local school board on a new $25-million development featuring luxury condominiums. “It needed to be done,” said Peters, with a grin. When Peters acquired ...

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Delta communities see robust market activity

The mystique surrounding the Mississippi Delta blues is attracting West Coast investors, who have burrowed into downtown Clarksdale. Delta State University is prompting Cleveland’s sprawl, Viking Range Corporation is spurring Greenwood’s growth, and Wal-Mart has invested heavily in many rural towns, including Indianola and Greenville. “A lifestyle here is so different from these other places,” said Joe Middleton, a Realtor ...

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Returning Guard troops get assistance — and jobs back

Last month, the final members of the 155th Brigade Combat Team still deployed in Iraq returned home, representing the single largest deployed unit in Mississippi since World War II. While the homecoming has been joyous, the deployment and adjustment period has been understandably difficult for some. Department of Defense records show that more than 56,000 active National Guard troops and ...

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Competitive corporate income tax rates a draw?

Because taxation is the 400-pound gorilla roaming the State Capitol this legislative session, is it time for a look at Mississippi’s corporate income tax structure, even though low rates make us competitive with neighboring states? “Look at the things that have happened at automobile industries across the South,” said Dr. Cecil D. Burge, vice president for research and economic development ...

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Winners pleased with Best Places to Work recognition

Sixty-seven Mississippi companies made the final cut for the first-ever Best Places to Work recognition program. At the Mississippi Business and Technology EXPO 2006 kick-off breakfast January 18, three companies in each of the four size categories were recognized as attaining the pinnacle of workplace success. Trustmark National Bank, Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) and SuperTalk Mississippi radio sponsored the event, ...

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Association weighs in on eminent domain legislation

The Mississippi Association of Realtors (MAR) is closely monitoring eminent domain-related bills floating around the State Capitol. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on June 23, 2005, concerning Kelo v. City of New London, Ct., has sparked debate concerning the government’s use of eminent domain in cases where the public accommodation of private economic development or commercial projects may threaten to ...

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