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PHIL HARDWICK — So you want to be a residential real estate investor

by Published: February 7,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, real estate, Stennis

Residential real estate rents are on the rise, interest rates are low and the stock market is scary. So is now the time to buy that residential investment property? Nationwide, landlords raised rents by an average of 0.8 percent to $1,083 a month in the most recent quarter, according to a report by Reis Inc., […] [...]

HARDWICK — The only thing there is that’s left to sell

by Published: January 24,2014

Tags: Business, economic development, Mississippi, Phil Hardwick

“The only things left to sell are convenience and an experience.” I heard those words over 10 years ago at a conference about future trends. The idea fascinated me so I’ve been observing the market, especially the retail market, to determine if the concept played out. It turns out that there are plenty of examples […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK — Nature Tourism, The Hike Inn way

by Published: January 16,2014

Tags: Appalachian Trail, Business, column, Georgia, Hike Inn, hiking, Mississippi

Although now may be the dead of winter in Mississippi, it might be a good time to consider booking a springtime hiking trip to the Hike Inn, an environmentally oriented destination in the scenic Chattahoochee National Forest in north Georgia. A visit to the Hike Inn is an invigorating, educating and relaxing experience as my […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK — In search of the perfect written planner

by Published: December 20,2013

Tags: economic development, Mississippi, Politics

When it comes to written planners, I am a maximizer, not a satisficer. It seems that I am in constant search of the very best when just any one of them would do. Why written, and not electronic? And which one do I always come back to? Read on to learn the answers to these […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK: A year-end quiz

by Published: December 6,2013

Tags: education, finance, Legislature, Mississippi, Politics

Soon it will be a new year, a time when individuals and organizations of all type look ahead and ponder what their goals will be for the coming year. Before doing so, it is a good idea to take stock of where we are now. In this column we will do that by reviewing a […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK — Holding a public meeting

by Published: November 22,2013

Tags: Business, meetings, Mississippi, public

“Let me even say before I even get inaugurated, during the transition we are going to be having meetings all across the country with community organizations so that you have input into the agenda for the next presidency of the United States of America.” — Barack Obama   “The least productive people are usually the […] [...]

HARDWICK: Looking for contacts? They are everywhere you turn

Businesses enter into contracts with consumers and other businesses every day. If I could wave a magic wand he would require every person to take a course in business law, especially the law as it relates to contracts. Every year there are thousands of cases filed in local courts, federal courts and through arbitration and […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK — Restrictions on property use come in many forms

by Published: October 25,2013

Tags: Business, Mississippi, Mississippi State University, Stennis

The UCLA baseball team recently learned that it may not have a place to play ball, a developer in the nation’s capital is frustrated that a new building can be no more than 130 feet in height and a Mississippi homeowner discovered that he could not burn his leaves in his backyard. In each case, […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK: Churches are changing

by Published: October 11,2013

Tags: Business, Hardwick, Mississippi, Stennis

The change is occurring in membership and in services. That, in turn, is affecting changes in the design of churches right down to the pews. The Pew Research Center (pun intended) has documented the changes going on in church membership in the United States. For the past few years of surveying, the Center has found […] [...]

HARDWICK: Your property’s history

If you live in an older house and are not familiar with its heritage you might want to consider becoming a house detective, so to speak. It’s fun and educational to find out about the history of your property. It takes only one trip to Europe to realize that there is no shortage of currently […] [...]

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