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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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Melissa’s Mattress partners with American Cancer Society

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • Melissa’s Mattress, which debuted at the Winter Tupelo Furniture Market in January, now has a high-profile partnership in hand. Recently, owners Morris and Melissa Miley got the news they were hoping to get – a chance to partner with the American Cancer Society and the organization’s Hope Lodge program. “This is something ...

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“Sweet Valentine” — Nandy’s Candy a staple for love and chocolate in Mississippi

By JACK WEATHERLY Valentine’s is just what America needs, as Nancy King sees it. Her shop, Nandy’s Candy, has been around for nearly 40 years and seen social and political change. “Our country seems to be divided about everything,” she says ensconced in her tiny office. “Valentine’s gives you a break. Who can argue politics or anything else with love.” ...

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