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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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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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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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Higher tax withholdings point to more jobs filled; Mississippi sectors index shows gains

By TED CARTER The value of an index tracking Mississippi’s key business sectors rose a full 1 percent in August, maintaining an upward trend that began five months ago, state economists said in the October “Mississippi Business Report.” The growth in value tracked in the Mississippi Lead Index, or MLI, occurred in all sectors other than manufacturing, said Corey Miller, ...

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