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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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U.S. HVAC hit hard by worker shortage

By TED CARTER Perhaps there’s no happier sight for a Mississippian with a broken air conditioner in July or kaput heating system in January than the arrival of an HVAC professional. So why does the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry suffer from low self-esteem and difficulties attracting new workers? Call it the “left behind” skill set, says Erin McCollum, ...

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Copiah-Lincoln Community College sees steady enrollment in HVAC

By TED CARTER Eighteen schools in Mississippi are giving assistance to a U.S. heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry starved for new workers. The schools, most of which are community colleges, offer programs designed to address a skills gap that could stall commercial and residential construction in Mississippi if not filled. At the Wesson campus of Copiah-Lincoln Community College, 20 ...

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Inflammatory breast cancer hides until it reaches Stage 3 level

By TED CARTER Cancers don’t fight fair. They can conceal themselves and strike with a suddenness that often leaves physicians in an uphill struggle to save their patients. This is especially so with inflammatory breast cancer, an exceptionally rare and aggressive disease in which cancer cells block lymph vessels in the skin of the breast. By the time the cancer ...

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