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Opening doors for entrepreneurs — State’s development centers offer free consulting, coaching and training

By LISA MONTI  The Mississippi Small Business Development Centers, a network of resource centers throughout the state, help entrepreneurs open and grow their businesses with free consulting, coaching and training programs. The resource centers serve as a one-stop shop to help owners do the groundwork for starting out in business and operating profitably once the doors are open. Examples of ...

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SBA ‘road show’ promotes innovation, technology

From wire reports WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration will launch an 18 state road tour, joined by 11 fellow federal agencies in the SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. The tour includes a Mississippi stop in Long Beach during the week of April 27, according to a news release from the SBA. The ...

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UPDATED: Bryant’s $50 million workforce training plan heads for floor votes

Matching House and Senate legislation that would pull  $25 million each of the next two years from the state’s unemployment compensation reserve fund to pay for workforce training made it to the floors of their respective houses Tuesday. The money would be used to step-up the state’s efforts to train workers for advanced manufacturing jobs and to create a future generation ...

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Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership annual meeting is Wednesday

The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership (GJCP) will host its 2014 annual meeting from 11:30 a.m. 6to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Jackson Convention Complex. Investors, volunteers and the general public will receive updates on the progress of the Partnership’s recent strategic plan initiatives for the Greater Jackson area.  Chairman Andy Taggart, Chairman-Elect David Gates and President Duane O’Neill will provide ...

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Fed’s Atlanta district reports employers switching to hiring mode

Demand for workers has increased throughout the Atlanta Federal Reserve District in recent weeks, the Federal Reserve reported in the Jan. 14 Beige Book. Published several times a year, the Beige Book provides assessments of economic conditions in the nation’s 12 Fed districts. Beige Book information is gathered from a network of business sources in each district. The Atlanta District, ...

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Science will meet sweat at new Guruz Fitness

If you’re looking for a new place to work off those extra pounds the holidays gave you, mark down Jan. 15. That’s the grand opening day for Guruz Fitness Studio at 6935 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland. Operated by chiropractor Dominique Chagnon and wife Lacee, the studio applies science through use of a specialized heart rate based training, the studio said in ...

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Survey of business & political leaders shows dismal assessment of roads, bridges

Electronic voting by about 150 business and political leaders Thursday showed that eight out of 10 of those surveyed rank repairs and maintenance of Mississippi’s highways and bridges above all other transportation infrastructure needs. Roads and bridge repairs and upkeep won out over such pursuits as expanding the state’s highway system and upgrading airports and seaports. A capacity crowd on ...

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It’s all about the customers at Delo’s House of Coffee in Gautier

By TAMMY LEYTHAM GAUTIER — Ask Delorise Nettles what makes a business successful and she doesn’t hesitate to answer. “Relationships.” It’s all about knowing your customers, said Nettles, owner of Delo’s Heavenly House of Coffee in Gautier. And it’s obvious she does. She chit chats with customers, asks about their school work, encourages their artistic aspirations and remembers their favorite ...

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MISSISSIPPI MAIN STREET — Association’s reach goes beyond just downtown

Mississippi Main Street Association, the economic development program which is rooted in downtown historic preservation, is all about providing visionary leadership and assistance to their 51 participating cities and towns. “Everything Mississippi Main Street does benefits small business,” said Stacy Pair, district manager. Whether it is a downtown facade program or a market analysis report, “Everything we do is geared ...

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