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ALAN TURNER — Madison County a vision for growth


It’s really great to be back in Mississippi.  I had forgotten how many good friends I have in this state,” Dr. Lance Nail told us recently at the 2015 Vision Celebration, sponsored by the Madison County Business League & Foundation and the Madison County Economic Development Authority. Lance was the keynote speaker at the event, which was held at the ...

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Nan Morrison: a passion for financial literacy (WITH VIDEO)

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By ALAN TURNER Growing up on Long Island, Nan Morrison, president and CEO of the Council for Economic Education, says that she first learned about financial literacy from her father, who owned several radio stations in New York. She also acquired a love of numbers, and wound up with a degree in Applied Mathematics from Yale University, finishing magna cum ...

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ALAN TURNER — Polly Dement: celebrating Mississippi entrepreneurs (with video)

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Polly Dement, author of Mississippi Entrepreneurs, grew up in Vicksburg and learned her chosen craft of writing partly as a result of her education at Millsaps, where she was fortunate enough to attend some of the Welty seminars when the author was writer-in-residence there. From there, she wound up spending the next 30 years in Washington, D.C., where she worked ...

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ALAN TURNER — Entrepreneurship: it’s not just for the young

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While in Arizona recently, I spent some time with Dennis Shurtz, a retired Navy machinist who provided encouraging proof that starting a small business is not just for the twenty-something generation. Dennis got the idea for his business after admiring a handmade pen that was owned by a neighbor.  That’s how his business, which he calls The Ink Splat, was ...

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ALAN TURNER — Full circle for Masa Liles

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During the past few years, I’ve met and become acquainted with a number of business professionals who grew up in Mississippi, left to pursue careers, and wound up coming home to the Magnolia State. However, I don’t recall any whose career travels have been more extensive than Masa Liles, the new Property Manager at Highland Village. Having grown up in ...

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Annual health summit attracts public, private executives


By ALAN TURNER The annual Healthcare Summit was held last week at Mississippi College.  Sponsored by Mississippi College and the Mississippi Business Group on Health, the focus revolves around “The Business of Healthcare”. As we all know, the cost of providing health-care coverage for employees is one of the fastest growing costs of doing business, in Mississippi and all other ...

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ALAN TURNER — Paola recognized for her love of people, geography

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Carol Paola is one of those people who radiate enthusiasm, and it doesn’t take long to figure out that she truly loves teaching.  She must, since she’s entering her 49th year in the teaching profession. This past week, in an event hosted by the Mississippi Geographic Alliance, Carol was the recipient of the Jess McKee Award, which emphasizes the quality ...

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(MBJ-TV) ALAN TURNER — Alon Bee a banker and an optimist

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One seldom meets an executive who has essentially spent an entire career with one company, but Alon Bee can make that claim.  Although he started out working with banks that were then acquired by other banks and so on, he’s stayed the course through the years, and is today, the city president for Regions Bank’s Metro Jackson division. In his ...

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ALAN TURNER — Caring for the baby boomer generation

Senior care executives Don Glidewell and Steve Dobbs see difficult choices ahead in caring for aging baby boomers.

By ALAN TURNER Continuing our look at the explosive growth of the health care sector in America, it’s important to consider the whole issue of senior care as it relates to the retirement and aging of the baby boom generation. In the prior segment on the future of health care, we looked at the growth of health care in the ...

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ALAN TURNER — Carolyn Boteler of Tempstaff: One of Mississippi’s premier women entrepreneurs


If you ask the typical Mississippi businessperson to name the state’s largest employers, it’s likely that very few would include Tempstaff on the list.  However, as Carolyn Boteler, President of Tempstaff, told us recently, the company definitely qualifies as a major Mississippi employer. “We issued about 4,200 W-2’s last year,” she said.  “We’re really proud of our growth, and we ...

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