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PHIL HARDWICK: Are Mississippians stuck or mobile?

by Published: May 9,2014

Tags: Business, column, Mississippi, Phil Hardwick

Just over 75 percent of all Mississippi residents were born in Mississippi. That is the sixth-highest percentage in the United States. That number reveals some good things and some not-so-good-things about the Magnolia State. One obvious good thing about that number is that it indicates that residents are apparently satisfied with living here. Even though […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK: In serarch of — and avoidance of — uniformity

by Published: April 7,2014

Tags: Business, column, economic development, Mississippi

What would you do if another state barred the sale of your products after having approved them for years and years even though other states allowed the sale of your products? Depending on the volume and sales of those products you might complain to state officials, contact your Congressional office or even file a lawsuit. […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK — Forecasting the future

by Published: March 7,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, Stennis

“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” — Yogi Berra   The World Future Society just issued it list of 20 Forecasts for 2014-2030. I’ve selected several from that list that I think will affect many Mississippi businesses and consumers and offer a bit of commentary about each. Amish Boom. The fastest-growing religious […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK — So you want to be a residential real estate investor? Part 2

by Published: February 21,2014

Tags: Business, economic development, Mississippi, real estate

In part one we discussed how to determine whether a person had the right characteristics to be a residential real estate investor and how to find the right neighborhood. We now move to finding and managing the right property. There are two really important axioms to keep in mind when investing in residential real estate. […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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