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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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Stennis project to produce "roadmap" for STEM jobs

With high-tech science and technology jobs expected to grow at a faster pace nationwide than other occupations, South Mississippi is embarking on a key project that should help ensure it can satisfy the growing need. In it’s 20th year of operation, the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) is conducting a unique project that will result in a “roadmap” of STEM ...

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Equifax asks U.S. Supreme Court to review DOR tax method ruling

Calling the Mississippi appeals process a virtual local lock for the state’s Department of Revenue, Equifax Credit Information Services has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review last summer’s Mississippi Supreme Court decision upholding the method DOR used in taxing Equifax. In a Feb. 19 petition for certiorari, Equifax argues that the Mississippi tax appeals process all but ensures that ...

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Navy supercomputing power to grow

The U.S. Navy DoD Supercomputing Resource Center at Stennis Space Center, one of the top 20 supercomputing sites in the world, is adding even more computer power. Starting in August, the new $21.8-million computers from Cray Inc. will be put to work performing large-scale scientific calculations for Department of Defense researchers around the county. “We have a customer base of ...

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MDA tabs nine industrial sites for development grants

The Mississippi Development Authority has awarded nine site development grants to economic development entities throughout the state. The matching grant program assists nonprofit economic development organizations or local governments in preparing available greenfield sites for industrial development. The program is open to all economic development organizations and units of local government. The MDA’s Grants Review Committee reviews applications and selects ...

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