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With its multi-disciplines, Think Webstore delivers for its clients

Technology is changing everything, including advertising agencies, and Think Webstore is the need breed that combines multiple disciplines. This agency opened in Ridgeland in 2008 with a different premise — combining creative, technology and the business side for clients, and has already won Addy and Telly awards. President/CEO Bryan Carter says Think Webstore is a full-service marketing and media company, ...

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GITOMER: Online subscriptions offer amazing perks and value

Online publications are the rage and the future. They offer amazing value for the publisher, for the advertiser, and for the reader. They also offer more than significant cost reduction for all three players. BACKGROUND: I moved to Charlotte in 1988. I brought as much of the Northeast with me as I possibly could. That included my subscription to The ...

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BOOK BIZ — Rethinking what defines an underdog and how they manage to win

Author Malcolm Gladwell has made a career out of taking conventional wisdom and turning it on its head. Whether he’s explaining how seemingly small events transform themselves into trends (The Tipping Point), or how protégés and experts are made and not born (Outliers), or how what we perceive as instinct may not be (Blink), his books challenge us to reassess ...

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WILLOUGHBY: Customer focused — Frank Fair grows business

A friend of mine shared a quote that has stuck with me, “Salespeople and bartenders make the world go round; the rest of us are just bystanders.” I share this quote in jest to emphasize the point that the ability to sell your product or service is CRITICAL. While this may seem obvious, I have seen far too many entrepreneurs ...

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TODD SMITH'S THE SPIN CYCLE: Media Tips, Crisis Communications & Negative Press, Oh My!

As a former journalist, avid writer and lover of well-crafted turns of phrase, I spend a lot of time at our shop coaching, advising and strategizing with companies and organizations on how to come out on top while navigating the pitfalls of tough interviews, simmering crises and negative news. At Deane, Smith & Partners, we have a team of creative ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — So you want to be a residential real estate investor? Part 2

In part one we discussed how to determine whether a person had the right characteristics to be a residential real estate investor and how to find the right neighborhood. We now move to finding and managing the right property. There are two really important axioms to keep in mind when investing in residential real estate. First, successful investors make money ...

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Banking at the Post Office — Payday lenders more accepting of idea than bankers

The U.S. Postal Service may soon take financial services where traditional banks are no longer eager to be — low- and moderate-income neighborhoods in Mississippi and elsewhere around the country. Savings accounts, debit cards and small loans would become as common place at some post offices as Forever Stamps and parcel packages. Advocates for people who lack such financial services ...

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Innovate provides startup support

By becky Gillette I contributor mbj@msbusiness.com   Mississippi’s efforts to create a positive climate for new startup companies and in advanced manufacturing earned it two top five in the nation rankings this past year. Mississippi was ranked fifth in the nation for the most business startup activity in 2012, according to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Index of Entrepreneurial Activity. ...

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