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SBA offering disaster loans in four southern counties

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes as a result of drought that began Jan. 3. The SBA’s disaster declaration includes the following counties: Hancock, Harrison, Pearl River and Stone. ...

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Livingston Farm’s Kuiper making most of entrepreneurial spirit

Entrepreneurial leaders push the boundaries and take calculated risks to pursue their passions. Without these bold and courageous people, we would not have the benefit of so many of the innovations that we take for granted today. I came across an interesting definition of entrepreneurship that struck a chord with me. Almost 40 years ago Harvard professor Howard Stevenson stated, ...

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Is Barksdale's lack of economic development a concern?

There were many names in the rumor mill as possible candidates for the next executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority. Jim Barksdale was not one of them. However, Gov.-elect Phil Bryant yesterday announced Barksdale as his choice as interim MDA director. Barksdale would succeed Leland Speed, who has also been serving in an interim basis at MDA. Like Speed, ...

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Bryant taps Barksdale as interim MDA director

JACKSON — Gov.-elect Phil Bryant says he plans to name former Netscape CEO Jim Barksdale as the next interim leader of Mississippi’s economic development agency. “One of the world’s best entrepreneurs will be the next director of the Mississippi Development Authority and that man is Jim Barksdale,” Bryant said. Bryant said he wants Barksdale to conduct a review of the ...

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Miss. leaders focus on startups for job growth

Economic downtown is a great time for startups to begin and flourish Dynamism in the economy comes from new businesses, but the bad news is new business creation has dropped over the past five years. However, Americans can take comfort in the fact that “50 percent of our largest companies today were founded in either a bear market or in ...

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Businesses secure more than $163M in federal contracts

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — In fiscal year 2011, more than $163.9 million in federal government contracts and modifications were awarded to Mississippi businesses certified in the U. S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) and HUBZone Programs, according to the Federal Procurement Data System – Next Generation (FPDS-NG). This activity occurred Oct. 1, 2010 to Sept. 30, 2011. “The federal government is the ...

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RSDecon showcases new facility at The Accelerator

HATTIESBURG — RSDecon recently hosted an open house of its patented Reactive Skin Decontamination Lotion (RSDL) that is produced at the University of Southern Mississippi’s materials science laboratory and business incubator, The Accelerator. RSDecon is a subsidiary of Bracco Diagnostics’ Healthcare Protective Products Division (HPPD). “I can tell you that one of the major selling points to us when looking ...

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SBA-Mississippi sets another quarterly record

JACKSON — The U. S. Small Business Administration Mississippi District Office has set another record for federal fiscal year 2011 (Oct. 1, 2010 to Sept. 30, 2011). A total of 749 loans were approved for Mississippi small businesses totaling a record $274,032,500. Janita R. Stewart, district director of the SBA in Mississippi, said, “We also set a record in fiscal ...

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Nooe sells two restaurants, opens Grant's Kitchen

JACKSON — Chef Grant Nooe, whose past restaurant projects include Brick Oven Cafe, Pan Asia, Fresh Market Cafe and 400 East Capitol, has opened a new “quick cuisine” restaurant. Grant’s Kitchen is located at the corner of  River Oaks and Lakeland Drive. While fast casual dining has seen exponential growth nationally as well as right here in Jackson in a ...

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New women's group to hold kick-off event

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Women Entrepreneurs Gulf Coast (WE), a program of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, will host its kick-off event June 18 at The Innovation Center. WE meetings are a forum for shared resources and experiences, while networking and growing business through ongoing connections over a lunch program. WE’s aim is to give business women and ...

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