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LaborChex flourishing in fast-growing employment background screening industry

By TED CARTER You can still get hired in a New York Minute – or something close to it. The difference is that nowadays the person doing the hiring knows a lot more about you and can set expectations accordingly, says Ricky Rayborn, a principal and president of LaborChex Inc., a Brandon employment background screening company that did its first ...

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Employers can go deep into your background but must avoid pitfalls

By TED CARTER Mississippi pretty much leaves it to the federal government to regulate job and credit background screenings of state residents. Under federal provisions, screeners can make a deep dive into a job applicant’s past. They can look into credit history, consumer history, criminal history, civil litigation history, driving records, previous employment history, educational history, social media history, and ...

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Background screeners have been growing exponentially

By TED CARTER The U.S. professional background screening business has never been hotter. Eight out of 10 employers use it for full-time hires. That expansion has occurred rapidly with improvements in the completeness of the screenings, the speed in which they are performed and their affordability. Related stories » LaborChex flourishing in fast-growing employment  » Employers can go deep into ...

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Report puts spotlight on challenges of Mississippi’s rural small businesses

By TED CARTER A national business advocacy group says a survey it did of small businesses in rural Mississippi found a troubled landscape with a growing need for problem solvers. One consequence of the difficult terrain is lingering pain from the “great recession”. It has yet to entirely lift in the harder-to-reach stretches of the Magnolia State, say the authors ...

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Broadband legislation could prove timely to rural small businesses

By TED CARTER The director of national outreach for the Small Business Majority left Mississippi last year having compiled a lengthy list of the challenges the state’s rural small businesses face. Atop the list: An absence of broadband internet service and spotty cellular phone service. That broadband problem could ease, however, in the months ahead now that the state’s rural ...

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Report details roundtables in state

By TED CARTER Optimism still has a hold on small businesses around the country, but in rural Mississippi keeping or increasing that positive outlook is going to require more opportunities to borrow money and achieve a host of other business enhancements. So says a Feb. 12 report compiled by business advocacy group the Small Business Majority after holding focus groups ...

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We’re out of business, SBA says as it awaits return to mission

By TED CARTER A partial federal government shutdown that has brought Mississippi’s Small Business Administration lending to a standstill threatens a growth spurt SBA lending is having in the state. Without a thaw in the federal freeze, the state’s SBA operation could lose an opportunity in 2019 to build on several years of loan growth that have pushed the value ...

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Generic drugs leaving you feeling gouged?

By TED CARTER Talk often turned to price-fixing whenever leaders of generic drug companies gathered a half dozen or so years ago, say Mississippi’s attorney general and attorneys general of 46 other states. The result:  Mississippians and residents of the other states paid artificially inflated prices for generic drugs and continue to do so, say the states in a lawsuit ...

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Pharmacists say they’re mostly left in dark on generic drug price hikes

By TED CARTER Longtime Mississippi pharmacists Kim Rodgers and Bill Mosby say sudden price run-ups in for certain generic drugs often leave them scratching their heads. “I’m sure there is a basis for it,” said Rodgers, only half serious, as he recalled the trip into orbit by the price of oral antibiotic Doxycycline Hyclate in 2011. The Journal of Investigative ...

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CAVS perceives off-road unmanned vehicles as avenue to success

By TED CARTER Mississippi State University’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, or CAVS, decided a few years back that what it really wanted was the Great Outdoors. It’s getting its wish. CAVS sees itself on a road less taken through its work with the U.S. Army researching and building driverless off-road vehicles.  A sign of how far CAVS intends to ...

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