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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701 — Doing business with the Government

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  The Founding Fathers would be dumbfounded if they could see our gigantesque government structure. This behemoth annually spends in excess of $6 trillion protecting, regulating, arbitrating, purchasing, managing, lending, insuring, competing, and, more recently, joining public–private partnerships. One of every six full-time U.S. workers is a local, state or federal governmental employee.  Inevitably, doing business will involve contact with ...

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MARK BLACKWELL — Business succession planning cannot wait


According to a Wells Fargo/Gallup survey of small-business owners, they work an average of 52 hours each week, over 30 percent more than a full-time employee.  More than half of these entrepreneurs have gone without a paycheck at some point to keep their company’s doors open.  They make these sacrifices because they know that a great idea, a strong business ...

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Financial literacy and the third grade reading gate

Della Archie, ARM JSU Regional Coordinator, provided instruction to over 20 AmeriCorps MS members at Jackson State University, who then used their newfound knowledge to tutor elementary school students on their reading skills.

During the 2014/2015 school year, the Mississippi Council on Economic Education (MCEE) partnered with America Reads – Mississippi (ARM) to deliver a program called Never Too Young: Personal Finance for Young Learners (NTY) to elementary school students in Mississippi.   This partnership arose from a networking event where I met Ronjanett Taylor, State Program Director of ARM and funding received ...

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JOSH MABUS — Ideas are IOUs


A big part of being a child in the South involves hearing stories and colloquialisms from your elders you won’t understand until much later. This is one I’m beginning to understand: Two birds are sitting on a power line. One bird decides to fly off. How many birds are sitting on the power line? One you say? No, there are ...

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LOUANN LOFTON — A complicated look at modern American medicine


The state of medicine in America today leaves something to be desired, whether you’re a patient or a physician. In his eye-opening second book, Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician, Dr. Sandeep Jauhar, a cardiologist and heart failure specialist, details the way things stand, explains how we got here, and describes what it means to be a doctor in ...

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SUMESH ARORA — Keeping the lights on and growing jobs with solar energy

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In my last column I shared the nationally acclaimed story about how the Mississippi Baptist Medical Center (MBMC) in Jackson kept its lights on in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina by relying on their combined heat and power system.  Another tiny ray of light, literally and figuratively, was the solar panel system installed at a home located on Mills ...

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TODD SMITH — 7 ways social media can improve customer satisfaction


As many organizations already know, social media can be a powerful customer relationship tool, driving traffic to your brand. It can also damage your brand when not used properly. “Many brands have been severely damaged by not respecting social media, either by engaging on an ad hoc basis or simply having the wrong team or individual (or strategy) to manage ...

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JOSH MABUS — Struggling for content? Don’t create, try to curate


You haven’t posted a Facebook message in days. You haven’t tweeted in weeks. Your blog? Well, it’s got more dust on it than a phone book. Now you’re covered in cold sweat, staring at your computer monitor. You’ve been told engaging your audience through social media is important, but you have immense trouble creating content regularly. You want to bang ...

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OP-ED — Support for Initiative 42


We are products of Mississippi’s public schools, as are our children. We are proud of the education that we received, an education that allowed each of us to secure decent jobs and to become contributing citizens in our communities. That is exactly what we hope each child in a Mississippi school today will find … a way to fulfill whatever ...

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