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TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE — ABC notches record ad sales for Academy Awards

ABC scored record sales of commercial time this year for the 87th Annual Academy Awards show. The price of a 30-second commercial spot during the telecast reached an average of $1.95 million, up 8 percent from last year, according to the Los Angeles Times. The lofty prices could help the network rake in more than […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS — Delbert Hosemann: An unsung hero chooses to remain so

My son and his Boy Scout troop had a rare treat this past Sunday. Mississippi’s Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann delivered the keynote speech to a group of newly awarded Eagle Scouts. Hosemann honored those who had gone the extra mile to earn their Eagle and encouraged younger scouts, like my son, to not give up, […] [...]

MARK BLACKWELL — Diversification is challenging for business owners

Savvy investors don’t put their entire portfolio in a single stock, yet owners of privately held businesses often keep the bulk of their wealth in one enterprise – their own.  This concentration means that business owners face a myriad of financial risks that others don’t have to worry about. For one, if anything hurts the […] [...]

BEN WILLIAMS and MOLLY MOODY — Never trust a trust

Coming to his own defense, the unrepentant Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett once retorted:  “If you can’t trust a trusty, who can you trust?”  The “trusty” in Governor Barnett’s story involved a prisoner on unauthorized extended leave.  This column pertains to the considerably less exciting legal practice where one person (the Grantor) transfers legal title of […] [...]

SBA ‘road show’ promotes innovation, technology

From wire reports WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration will launch an 18 state road tour, joined by 11 fellow federal agencies in the SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. The tour includes a Mississippi stop in Long Beach during the week of April 27, according to a news […] [...]

JOSH MABUS: The overdue truth about Facebook

by Published: February 19,2015

Tags: Business, Facebook, Josh Mabus, Mississippi, NEWS, social media

Facebook has become an inevitability in today’s business climate. And why? Because everyone is on it. Well, that’s not entirely true. Facebook has 1.9 billion mobile active users, which is impressive. And, 1.39 billion of those users are active over the course of a month, which means more people identify as active Facebook users than […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD — The impersonator grabs the spotlight

by Published: February 16,2015

Tags: Business, Democrats, GOP, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics, republicans

Uh oh, former state senator Tim Johnson and Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef have turned the public spotlight on an ugly thing politicians like to keep under the rug.     Johnson is a successful impersonator, mostly of Elvis Presley. Nosef suggests Johnson also impersonated being a Republican. Over a 20-year period Johnson was elected as […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS — The dirt on Kemper Coal

The State Supreme Court has told Mississippi Power and its parent Southern Company to refund money to almost 200,000 customers. The state’s Public Service Commission had given Southern Company permission to start increasing rates on customers in an effort to pay off what is easily the most expensive boondoggle in Mississippi history. Public Service Commission […] [...]

LOUANN LOFTON — Check out this engaging guidebook to your brain

Is there anything more applicable to each and every one of us than the study of neuroscience? If you’ve ever wondered what’s going on in that head of yours – or, perhaps, what’s going on in the heads of your family, friends, and coworkers – this is the book for you. Written by two neuroscientists, […] [...]

SELENA SWARTZFAGER — James Wilcox is a rising star indeed

by Published: February 12,2015

Tags: Business, economy, education, Mississippi, NEWS, Selena Swartzfager

If you don’t know James Wilcox, you are missing out.  I have had the pleasure of working with him for the past four years as he is the director of the Southern Entrepreneurship Program offered by the University of Southern Mississippi Center for Economics and Entrepreneurship Education (check it out at www.thesep.org).  The teachers he […] [...]

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