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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 […] [...]

HARDWICK: Tipping still not an exact science

by Published: August 30,2013

Tags: economic development, Phil Hardwick, Stennis Institute

Tipping, a $40-billion item in the U.S. economy, is a subject about which there is no universal agreement. Although there are guidelines written about in numerous articles, it seems that the issue is getting more confusing. Some businesses have a policy against tipping. Some even say that tipping should be banned. To illustrate the wide […] [...]

HARDWICK: It’s all about the jobs

by Published: August 16,2013

Tags: economic development, jobs, Phil Bryants, Phil Hardwick

“As I said in my inaugural address, my first job is to make sure every Mississippian has a job.” — Gov. Phil Bryant State of the State Address — Jan. 24, 2012   “So we should be doing everything we can as a country to create more good jobs that pay good wages. Period.” — […] [...]

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