Business Briefs Sept. 9, 2007

Investing seminar Thursday
at Hilton Garden Inn
TUPELO – Edward Jones is sponsoring an “Investing 101” seminar on Thursday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Tupelo.

The basics of stocks and bonds, the advantages of investing in mutual funds, the benefits of asset allocation and the importance of investing now will be be discussed at the event at begins at 6 p.m.
To reserve a seat, call 842-2625.

Business seminar Sept. 18
at Renasant Center
TUPELO – A “First Steps” business seminar will be held Sept. 18 at the Renasant Center for IDEAs business incubator. The free seminar, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., is sponsored by the University of Mississippi Small Business Development Center Business Assistance Center.

For more information, call Jo Ann Harris at (662) 915-1291 or 800-725-7232 to pre-register.

FNC Inc.recognized on
inaugural Inc. 5000 List
OXFORD – FNC Inc., the provider of collateral management systems to major mortgage lenders, has been recognized as one of the nation’s fastest growing private companies. released its inaugural Inc. 5,000 list last week, placing FNC at number 2,661 among U.S.-based privately held companies. The Inc. 5,000 is ranked according to percentage of revenue growth from 2003 through 2006.

Founded in 1996 by four Ole Miss business professors, FNC now employs more than 250 people in Mississippi, California and other locations nationwide, including New York City, Atlanta, Dallas, and Charlotte, N.C. Its corporate headquarters are in Oxford in a two-year-old, 22,000 square-foot, high-tech facility. Continuing to grow, FNC’s short-term plans include doubling the size of its current building; construction began this summer.
FNC counts as its clients four of the nation’s top five lenders. In all, nearly 40 major lending institutions and 40,000 vendors use FNC’s technology.

Best Buy Teach Award
Program in fifth year
MINNEAPOLIS – For the 5th year, the Best Buy Teach Award program is rewarding K-12 schools that have found creative ways to use interactive technology in their classrooms. The Best Buy Teach Award program is focused on recognizing technology-based ideas that make learning fun for kids, regardless of the breadth or depth of their technology resources.

The program kicked off its fifth year in July with an application deadline of Sept. 30th. The school recipients will be announced Feb.18.

Interested people can get more information and apply online at

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