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TODD SMITH — Earned media still matters, according to new poll

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In a world ruled by social media, a new study from Ogilvy PR reminds us that traditional media outlets have not, in fact, gone the way of the dinosaur – and neither should the earned media portion of your publicity plan. In fact, the survey reveals that earned media is still, by leaps and bounds, the most powerful resource for ...

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DAVID DALLAS: Mississippi Republicans speak on the GOP presidential candidates

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Some of the nation’s best and brightest Republican operatives call Mississippi home. Of course, the biggest of the best and brightest is our former Governor and Yazoo City native, Haley Barbour. The former Chairman of the RNC and successful lobbyist, Barbour knows a thing or two about politics. Barbour says there are “no true frontrunners” in the GOP Primary. He ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Frierson takes hard looks at tax breaks and Initiative 42

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You’ve got to admire Herb Frierson. There aren’t many straight shooters in Mississippi politics anymore.   Back in 2013, the House Appropriations Committee chairman called the increasing number of tax breaks coming out of the Republican legislature a big problem, noting the legislature had no way to determine the cumulative impact of such cuts over time.   As reported in ...

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Commercial Finance 701 – Business entity selection: Choose wisely or pay later

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By Clark C. Luke The choice of entity form is perhaps one of the most confusing and difficult decisions an entrepreneur will face.  The decision will have significant implications for future taxation, personal liability, management\voting rights, ease of financing, and subsequent transfers of assets or ownership. My law partners Molly Jeffcoat Moody and Ben Williams, the regular authors of this ...

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DAVID DALLAS: For Fear of 42

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According to Hinds County Chancery Judge William Singletary, the Mississippi Legislature is off the hook when it comes to funding our K-12 schools under a formula outlined in the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP), at least for now. Former Mississippi Governor, Ronnie Musgrove, lost his case to have school districts fully funded under MAEP in order to meet mid-level academic ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Blanton, court make higher rates likely for MPC customers

A look at the Kemper County Coal Plant from the top. The plant will be tasked with mining lignite coal a few hundred yards away from the plant. That coal is moved through a process that will convert it to syngas. The syngas is then used to drive the energy output of the plant, and the resulting electricity is then moved into the grid.

For years, communities, businesses, and consumers in southeast Mississippi have counted on Mississippi Power Company for far more than electricity. The company has been a valued partner in economic development projects, disaster recovery (especially after Katrina), fights to save military bases, and more. Further, company leaders frequently provide effective leadership for statewide initiatives.  »» READ: Thomas Blanton’s response to this ...

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BOOKBIZ — A book for cultivating your inner courage

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  Maybe it’s an idea for a start-up that you keep talking yourself out of. Or a new line of business for your company that you believe would improve your fortunes tremendously, but would be something of a risk to pursue. Or it could be finally sticking with an exercise routine – no matter how painful it is at first ...

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IKE TROTTER — Planning is vital for small businesses

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Here in Mississippi and, in particular, the Delta, small businesses are the backbone to our economy. And, equally as important, small businesses can be the glue that brings children back home to run and eventually succeed in the ownership of a business. But, as many know, running a small business today involves a great deal of risk. Needless to say, ...

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JOSH MABUS — Add your own symbol to your portfolio

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A business owner who enjoys spending money on marketing is hard to find. There always seems to be something else that is an easier expenditure. Fear and trepidation surrounds marketing expenditures. It’s no wonder. Even legendary retailer George Wanamaker once remarked, “Half the money I spend on marketing is wasted; the trouble is, I don’t know which half.” Many think ...

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MARK BLACKWELL — A trip abroad may be cheaper this year

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  If your family is like mine, you may be in the habit of vacationing in the same stateside location summer after summer.  There is a lot to be said for sticking with what’s familiar – locales where you know you will find amenities that everyone has enjoyed in the past and would likely enjoy again.  However, this may also ...

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