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By Staff
The Meridian Star
November 12, 2000
Walter R. "Bobby" Barr has been promoted to city president at the AmSouth Bank in Clarksdale.
Barr joined AmSouth in March 1999 as vice president and Small Business Relationship manager at the Meridian office. Barr was then promoted to branch manager of the Meridian office.
Barr is treasurer, district chairman and serves on the executive board of the Choctaw Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is also a member of the Meridian Posts of Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion and Loyal Order of Moose.
Barr holds a master's degree in business administration; a bachelor's degree in accounting from Delta State University; and, is a graduate of the School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University.
Barr is married to Judy Barr, who is employed by the Meridian Public School system as a reading facilitator. They have two children. Their daughter, Jessica, is a teacher with the Meridian Public School system; and their son, Robert, is a senior at Meridian High School.
The EMCC Board of Trustees recently named Nick Clark of Columbus as director of Institutional Development for the college.
Clark has been active in business and civic affairs in Columbus for the past 16 years. He has also been active in the work of the EMCC Alumni Association and Development Foundation. Clark is a 1966 graduate of EMCC and the 1998 Alumnus of the Year recipient.
Clark will coordinate work with the Alumni Association and the EMCC Development Foundation. Much of his time will be devoted to fundraising.
Mr. Clark and his wife, Dinni, have two sons, Jay and Conner, and a grand-daughter, Mary Morgan.
The U.S. Small Business Administration's premier technical assistance program, the Small Business Development Center program, marked its 20th anniversary this week by celebrating the more than eight million entrepreneurs it has helped to start or expand their business.
There are now 58 small business development centers, at least one in every state, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Through a network of over 1,000 service locations, the SBDCs provide management assistance to current and prospective small business owners. They are essentially one-stop shops for small business assistance, with a wide variety of information and guidance in central and easily accessible branch locations.
To find a local center, visit the SBDC Web Site at www.sba.gove.sbdc.

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