DENNIS SEID: Business Brief

Lafayette County
OXFORD – FNC Inc., the company that pioneered real estate collateral management software, has hired Steve Grundleger as executive vice president.
Grundleger managed the residential mortgage-backed securities bond rating business for Fitch Ratings before helping to build the structured finance business development group for Fitch.
Before to Fitch Ratings, Grundleger was a key principal developing and managing the RMBS bond rating business for Duff and Phelps Credit Rating Agency. Duff and Phelps was acquired by Fitch Ratings in 2000, when he assumed a senior role in the RMBS group at Fitch Ratings.
He also worked at Moody’s Investors Service, where he was a chairman of RMBS bond and mortgage collateral credit. His prior work, also in developing RMBS markets, was with Salomon Brothers (where RMBS was born) and the First Boston Corp.
Hinds county
Mississippi, Louisiana study green economy potential
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Employment Security and the Louisiana Workforce Commission have launched Growing Green (www.laworks .net/green), a website where employers, training providers and others will provide information about an ongoing study of the region’s green economy.
Made possible through a $2.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, the website is part of a joint effort that includes MDES, the Louisiana Workforce Commission, Mississippi State University and Louisiana State University.
The information will be used to compile a study about economic activities that help protect or restore the environment or conserve natural resources.
MSU and LSU researchers are determining how each sector of the economy is affected by adopting new technologies and business practices that benefit the environment. The project’s goal is to estimate the number of jobs involved in these activities and to develop comprehensive information that will guide future work force and economic development strategies.
The Growing Green website hosts six online questionnaires, each designed to gather detailed information about a stakeholder’s industry. Individuals and organizations involved in green activities are encouraged to complete a questionnaire.
In addition to the online questionnaires, a survey was mailed to a random sample of more than 7,000 Mississippi employers to gather related employment information. Any business that has received the survey should complete and return it as soon as possible.
Call MDES at (601) 321-6260 for more information.
Lee County
‘Listening to your business’ workshop at IDEAs Center
TUPELO – A free workshop will be offered Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Renasant Center for IDEAs business incubator.
The workshop, “Listening to your Business,” is limited to the first 20 registrants.
Frank Wiebe, Small Business Development Center business counselor and Wayne Averett, director of entrepreneurship at the IDEAs Center, will lead the discussion.
Workbooks and other materials will be provided. Free follow-up counseling will be provided.
Deadline to register is 5 p.m. Thursday.
For more information, call (662) 823-4332.
Manufacturing association exec at Networking at Noon
Tupelo – Jay Moon, president and CEO of the Mississippi Manufacturing Association, is the guest speaker at the Cellular South Networking at Noon luncheon on Sept. 21.
The meeting is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the BancorpSouth Conference Center.
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