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BLACKWELL: Modern wealth management — Looking at the bigger picture

by For the MBJ Published: April 21,2014

Tags: Business, finance, Mississippi

Anyone who had an investment portfolio five or six years ago understands, at least in a general sense, the nature of market risk.  A position that goes up in value can also go down.  The factors that create the “up” tend to be anticipated — a company increases its earnings or the economy improves, for […] [...]

TURNER: Mississippi Non-Profits: Paying it Forward

by Alan Turner Published: April 21,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, nonprofit

Ever Reaching Community Outreach began as a small, grass-roots group dedicated to helping one family in need, and has now grown to an organization helping many needy individuals and families around the Magnolia State. In a recent meeting with Van and Tammy Brun, who were instrumental in getting the group organized, up and running, we […] [...]

GITOMER: The customer is stalling. What do I say now?

by Jeffrey Gitomer Published: April 21,2014

Tags: Business, gitomer, Mississippi

Jeffrey, When a client says he or she is “still reviewing their options,” I know you say that’s the result of their ability to see the value in my product or service. But how should I respond to this objection without pushing the customer away? Thanks, Gladys You are correct that the customer has not […] [...]

THE SPIN CYCLE: Tap into the 10 best sentences from literature

by Ross Reily Published: April 21,2014

Tags: Business, Deane Smith, JACKSON, Mississippi

The Spin Cycle is always on the lookout for the best turns of phrase — and how words are strung together on paper to make a lasting impact on our everyday lives. So, when publications like American Scholar focuses on the craft of writing, it sets my Wordsmith heart racing. Recently, the editors of the […] [...]

BOOKBIZ: Images of dogs add to contrasts of the Delta

by Lynn Lofton Published: April 21,2014

Tags: books, Business, Mississippi

Who doesn’t like dogs? This is a coffee table book that’s sure to bring smiles to a lot of faces along with some reflective pondering. The photographer of the popular Delta Land has turned her camera to the dogs of this region. The Mississippi Delta is known for many things. It’s a land of stark […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: Bob Lomenick gains reputation as industry innovator

by Martin Willoughby Published: April 21,2014

Tags: Business, education, Mississippi, Steve Jobs

Thomas Edison once said, “I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent it.” Edison was a prolific innovator with over 1,000 patents in his name. I believe he captured the true spirit of an entrepreneur with his statement. Entrepreneurs are visionaries who are not satisfied with the status quo. While others […] [...]

BRENT CHRISTENSEN — Entrepreneurs: A vital fuel for Mississippi’s Economy

by For the MBJ Published: April 17,2014

Tags: Business, Entrepreneurs, manufacturing, MDA, Mississippi, Mississippi Development Authority

If you surveyed a hundred people and asked them what economic development is, I’m confident you would receive nearly 100 different answers. While they may be varied, the answers will likely be correct, just not complete. As the state’s lead economic development organization, Mississippi Development Authority is a lot of things to a lot of […] [...]

ALAN TURNER — McClain Lodge is an entrepreneurial family affair

by Alan Turner Published: April 14,2014

Tags: Business, hospitality, Mississippi

Joni and Buddy McClain are a great Mississippi success story. When we met recently at their property, the McClain Lodge (located on Clark Creek Road in Brandon), we discussed their various business ventures and how they came to be so successful. For those who might not know, Buddy owns over 60 Sonic locations throughout Mississippi, […] [...]

BOOL BIZ — An old literary form gets new life from a writer on the rise

by For the MBJ Published: April 14,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, reading, writing

For many of us, the word “essay” conjures up thoughts of college application essays or the essay portions from exams in middle school and beyond. Or, perhaps we remember the assigned readings of essays by thinkers like Frenchman Michel de Montaigne (who was the first person to describe his writing as essays back in the […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY — Darden North combines medicine with writing

by Martin Willoughby Published: April 14,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, writing

A few years ago, authors Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers) and Geoff Colvin (Talent is Overrated) brought to the public’s attention the 10,000 hour rule for becoming an expert. They were citing the research of psychology professor Dr. K. Anders Ericsson in which he concluded that it takes about 10,000 hours of “deliberate practice” to truly become […] [...]

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