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BILL CRAWFORD: Higher ed boards face leadership choices

by Published: January 19,2015

Tags: Business, education, Eric Clark, Hank Bounds, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Bryant

IHL Commissioner Hank Bounds has accepted the job as president of the University of Nebraska system. Eric Clark, executive director of the Mississippi Community College system, has announced he will retire this year. So both the IHL Board of Trustees and the Mississippi Community College Board (MCCB) find themselves seeking new leaders.   The IHL […] [...]

MSU to host Producer Advisory Council Feb. 19

VERONA — Mississippi State University’s North Mississippi Research and Extension Center will host its annual Producer Advisory Council meeting Feb. 19 in Verona. Agricultural clients will meet with representatives from the MSU Extension Service and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station to discuss education and research needs. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the […] [...]

SBA’s deadline for economic injury disaster loans for private nonprofit organizations is Feb. 12

by Published: January 19,2015

Tags: Business, Mississippi, Small Business Association

ATLANTA —  The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding eligible private nonprofit organizations (PNPs) in Mississippi that Feb. 12, 2015 is the deadline to submit disaster loan applications for economic injury caused by the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding on April 28-May 3, 2014. PNPs that provide non-critical services located in the following Mississippi counties are eligible to apply: Itawamba, Jones, Leake,Lee, Lowndes, Newton, Rankin, Wayne and Winston are eligible to apply.   Examples of eligible […] [...]

LOUANN LOFTON: Jamison gives an exploration of empathy from many angles

Leslie Jamison’s arresting collection of essays, The Empathy Exams, graced more than one “best of” list at the end of 2014. After reading it, I can see why. It’s original, often challenging, and ultimately thought provoking. Not surprisingly, the quest to understand empathy – what it really means and how we come to experience it […] [...]

The state’s busiest port looks toward steady, productive 2015

By Tammy Leytham The Port of Pascagoula will move forward with two major projects in 2015, keeping steady im-provements at the state’s busiest seaport – a $20 million-a-year operation. More than 38 million tons of cargo are moved each year at the port, leading to 19,000 direct jobs on the waterways and 37,500 indirect jobs […] [...]

JEFFREY GITOMER: Proper, pointed, precise, purposeful response shortens the sales cycle

by Published: January 15,2015

Tags: advertising, Business, column, Jeffrey Gitomer, Mississippi, NEWS, PR

How do you respond to your customer’s words and barriers? The answer is: CAREFULLY, TRUTHFULLY, and with AUTHORITY. Whether it’s a bold statement in response to a challenge, or a it’s promise you make in order to gain buyer confidence, or it’s a guarantee that provides the prospect with peace of mind, whether it’s an […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS: The Bible belongs to Mississippi

Mark Twain once remarked that if Jesus were to come back the last thing he would be is a Christian. No doubt, Twain was commenting on the hypocrisy he saw in the Christian community of his time. If only Twain were alive today. He would surely relish in the joyful, loving and Christ-like behavior of […] [...]

MURRAY HARBER: Business leaders discuss employer health, health care reform

E mployer health costs continue to rise year after year causing it to be larger line item and concern as the costs are affecting the bottom line. Health systems and providers are also seeing increase costs due to medical inflation and the requirement of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PPACA). All players in […] [...]

MARK BLACKWELL: Key legislative issues for business owners

With the mid-term elections behind us and Congress returning to Washington soon, business owners and operators are wondering what the new year may have in store for them.  Here are four key national issues that could affect how you run your business in the years ahead: Immigration Reform There’s ongoing debate nationwide over the need […] [...]

JOSH MABUS: You are not too small to invest in the world wide web

by Published: January 9,2015

Tags: Business, Internet, Josh Mabus, Mabus Agency, marketing, Mississippi, NEWS

The internet was a small niche of business management during its first few years of existence, especially in a place like Mississippi. It’s an everyday reality now. When web began to make its way into Mississippi businesses, I often heard things like, “What use does a feed store have for a website.” Those were the […] [...]

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