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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 […] [...]

ELIZABETH BARBER — Putting Mississippi to work in a restoration economy

by Published: February 12,2015

Tags: Business, column, Elizabeth Barber, environment, Mississippi, NEWS

Every region in the country has an economy that is tied to specific sectors, and the Mississippi Coast is no different. A “cluster,” in economics, is a geographic concentration of interconnected industries and businesses in a specific field. In December 2014, the Mississippi Business Journal published a study looking at Mississippi’s “blue economy”: the cluster […] [...]

JOSH MABUS: Reinvigorate your space; reinvigorate your business

Shut your doors. Turn off income for more than a dozen days. Invest money with a return-on-investment that is incredibly difficult to track. In other words, take a true leap of faith to improve your business. The Eat With Us Group (Harveys, Sweet Peppers Deli and The Grill) took a risk closing their Harveys location […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS — Elvis to take on Tater

It appears that Mississippi’s most fortunate son, Lieutenant Governor “Tater” Reeves will finally face some opposition in his upcoming race for our State’s most powerful political position. Enter the Elvis Impersonator. There is really no need to call the candidate anything other than Elvis. After Tater takes him down, we won’t remember his real name […] [...]

SELENA SWARTZFAGER — Learning economics in a worldly classroom

By Selena Swatrzfager Welcos, Devcos, Lescos … oh my! I recently had the opportunity to meet trade ambassadors from South America, Africa and Asia.  They came from countries such as Brazil, Ghana and Laos. These ambassadors had the responsibility of importing and exporting goods and services for their countries. While negotiating with ambassadors from other […] [...]

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