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Chamber to honor local businesses

GULFPORT — Small businesses will be recognized and awarded $9,000 in grants at Gulfport Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Fall Meeting at 8 a.m., Oct. 27, at the Courtyard by Marriott Gulfport beachfront hotel. Mayor George Schloegel is the featured speaker at the breakfast. The event is open to the public free of charge. Businesses receiving grants are A Work of ...

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SBA introduces course for female entrepreneurs

WASHINGTON — Women who own small businesses will be able to use a new online U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) training course to learn how to identify and take advantage of federal contracting opportunities. The new training course, Winning Federal Contracts: A Guide for Women Entrepreneurs, is part of an ongoing government-wide initiative to promote opportunities for women-owned businesses in ...

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'Jump Start' bill introduced

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is supporting legislation that would allow new small business owners to deduct up to $10,000 of their initial start-up costs. Cochran is cosponsoring the Small Business Jump Start Act (S.1402), a bipartisan measure that would double the federal tax deduction from the current $5,000 to $10,000, for first-year small business start-up expenses. S.1402 ...

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SBA bond guarantees enhanced

WASHINGTON — Building on American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provisions implemented earlier this year, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced it can now provide surety bond guarantees on federal contracts valued at up to $10 million, if the contracting officer certifies that the guarantee is in the best interests of the government. An interim final rule is available for ...

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SBIC program augmented

WASHINGTON — Small businesses that would otherwise have difficulty securing private equity or venture capital may find funding easier to get as a result of changes made as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program. SBICs are privately owned and managed venture capital firms that are ...

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Chamber awards small business grants

BILOXI — On July 8, the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce awarded $12,000 in small business grants during “Breakfast with the Mayor” held at Edgewater Mall. The board of directors of the chamber of instituted a small business grant program to assist with small business development in the Biloxi area. The program’s aim is to assist small businesses in development and ...

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AT&T introduces new service option

AT&T is now offering small businesses access to its 3G network in 350 major U.S. metropolitan areas using netbooks or laptops. Small business customers nationwide can now purchase Acer, HP and Panasonic netbooks and laptops, featuring AT&T’s embedded wireless technology, through the company’s relationship with CDW, a provider of technology solutions. The effort is part of AT&T’s initiative to introduce ...

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