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TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE: New PR and marketing study busts myths on industries

By Todd Smith Some commonly held beliefs about PR and marketing – especially content marketing and SEO adoption – are more myth than reality according to a comprehensive study on industry trends conducted recently by Vocus, a public relations and marketing software company, and Market Connections Inc., a research firm based in Virginia. The results […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: New book provides photographic tour of capital city

by Published: July 7,2014

Tags: Book Biz, books, Business, JACKSON, Mississippi

Prolific Bay St. Louis photographer Ken Murphy presents another beautiful book of photos that is sure to become a collector’s item. This time the subject is Jackson, Mississippi’s largest and capital city and hub of political and business activity. Jackson is a 183-page photography book with a foreword by Lemuria Bookstore owner John Evans and […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: Coyt Bailey ignores naysayers, grows Mercury Aviation

by Published: July 7,2014

Tags: Business, column, leaders, Mississippi, NEWS

Follow your bliss. That summarizes the philosophy of 20th century author and mythologist Joseph Campbell. In his book, Reflections in the Art of Living: A Joseph Campbell Companion, Campbell said, “If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the […] [...]

MARK BLACKWELL: Managing debt in a low-rate environment

by Published: July 7,2014

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Investors understand the concept of “Tactical Asset Allocation” — the practice of shifting investments from asset classes or sectors that seem to be overpriced to those that are expected to provide greater returns in the upcoming weeks or months. When bonds have outpaced stocks, for example, the investor may sell some of the bonds at […] [...]

SELENA SWARTZFAGER: Mississippi students in the top 10, and it is a good thing this time

This summer a teacher and three young men from rural Mississippi traveled to our nation’s Capitol. This was not your ordinary sight-seeing vacation. While they did visit several Smithsonian museums, Capitol Hill and the monuments, they also attended meetings at Morgan Stanley, RKC Investments and FINRA. Nelson Robbins, Wyatt Noris and Trent House, all rising […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK — The value of corporate headquarters to communities

For many people, growing up in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1950′s and ’60′s meant banking at Deposit Guaranty, buying groceries at Jitney Jungle and shopping for clothing at McRae’s. Today, those homegrown local businesses are no longer wearing the same names as a result of being acquired by even bigger businesses. Not only did the […] [...]

TODD SMITH — The Spin Cycle: O.J.’s wild ride 20 years ago ushered in new era of journalism

It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since our world was transfixed by an astonishing, slow-motion car chase – O.J. Simpson in that white Bronco, pal Al Cowlings at the wheel, more than a dozen police cars in pursuit, TV helicopters looming overhead. Simpson’s former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: Scherry Gilliland leads The Rotary Club of Jackson

Prior to moving to Memphis, I was a member for a number of years of The Rotary Club of Jackson, which is the State of Mississippi’s largest service club.  Most readers are probably familiar with Rotary, but for those who aren’t, it is an international service organization formed in 1905 with over 1.2 million members […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: Lisa Howorth’s first novel opens old family secrets

In the spirit of supporting Mississippi writers and Mississippi independent bookstores, we’re doing both this week by shining the spotlight on Flying Shoes by Lisa Howorth, co-owner of Square Books in Oxford. It’s her first novel and is receiving high praise from reviewers across the country. Although not a native Mississippian, Howorth moved to Oxford […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS: The new minimum wage and our economy

by Published: June 25,2014

Tags: Business, economy, minimum wage, Mississippi, Politics

Imagine you make $7.50 an hour. Imagine your work week is limited so that your employer does not have to share responsibility for your healthcare costs or provide other benefits. Imagine your having to take a second job where you are also paid $7.50 an hour and work less than 30 hours a week. Let’s […] [...]

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