Business briefs

July 11, 2014 

SBA forum features ombudsman

The U.S. Small Business Administration's national ombudsman, Brian Castro, will be in Jackson on Tuesday to discuss federal regulatory issues affecting small businesses.

The free forum will be from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University, California Room, 1230 Raymond Road.

The local business community will be able to voice concerns about unfair regulatory enforcement, excessive fines, retaliation, burdensome regulations and other regulatory issues involving federal agencies. Comments and concerns raised at the regulatory-fairness forum will be directed to the appropriate federal agency for a fairness review.

RSVP by Monday at (601) 965-4378, ext. 17 or

Program tells how to do business with Stennis

PASCAGOULA -- Small-business owners can learn from Laurie Jugan "How to do Business with Stennis Space Center" on Wednesday.

The program is at 8 a.m. at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, 720 Krebs Ave.

Amazon asks FAA for permission to fly drones

NEW YORK -- Amazon is officially asking the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less.

The online retailer created a media frenzy in December when it outlined a plan on CBS' "60 Minutes" to deliver packages with self-guided aircraft that seemed straight out of science fiction.

In a letter to the FAA dated Wednesday, Amazon said it is developing aerial vehicles as part of Amazon Prime Air. The aircraft can travel 50 mph and carry loads of up to 5 pounds.

The FAA allows hobbyists and model aircraft makers to fly drones, but commercial use is banned.

Harley-Davidson recalls motorcycles

Harley-Davidson has recalled 66,241 motorcycles because of concerns the front brakes might engage unexpectedly.

The country's largest motorcycle manufacturer reported to the National Highway Safety Traffic Safety Administration that certain touring motorcycles outfitted with ABS braking systems and manufactured between July 1, 2013, and May 7, 2014, could experience sudden braking and front wheel lock-up.


-- Staff, wire reports

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