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BILL CRAWFORD: Keep education funding out of the courts

The Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) that was designed to keep education funding out of court is now in court, and may stay there for years to come.   In the mid-90s, lawsuits popped up in many states over inadequate funding for schools, particularly those in impoverished areas. Mississippi was at risk because of its […] [...]

JEFFREY GITOMER: The New Year’s Resolution formula for achievement

by Published: January 9,2015

Tags: advertising, Business, Jeffrey Gitomer, Mississippi, NEWS

New years resolutions are a pain. Lose twenty pounds. Eat better. Get in shape. Join the gym. Run three miles a day. Stop smoking. Stop drinking. Stop (fill in the blank). NONE of those things are gonna happen. Oh, they may happen for a week or three, and then it’s back to the old groove. […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: Reading and cooking with a famous Mississippi playwright is fun

In my family, books flow back and forth as gifts for various occasions, and we usually read the books before giving them away. That means you have to be careful and keep the book in its clean, brand-new condition (or you’ll get called out on it). This Christmas I received Dinner with Tennessee Williams, a […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: Leadership resolutions — Among other things, following up is critical

by Published: January 9,2015

Tags: Business, Butler Snow, Martin Willoughby, Mississippi, NEWS

The New Year brings a sense of renewal and change.  Studies show that almost half of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately only about 10 percent of those will actually achieve their goals. As you might imagine, resolutions to improve health and finances rank at the top of the wish list.  One of the key ways […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE: The biggest #PRWinners of 2014

Welcome to 2015, and as we shift into high PR, marketing, advertising and branding gear, The Spin Cycle is continuing to churn on the peaks and valleys of our industry last year. Last week, we reflected on the epic PR fails of 2014. But there was plenty of positive PR to celebrate. So allow the […] [...]

MURRAY HARBER: Business leaders discuss employer health, health care reform

E mployer health costs continue to rise year after year causing it to be larger line item and concern as the costs are affecting the bottom line. Health systems and providers are also seeing increase costs due to medical inflation and the requirement of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PPACA). All players in […] [...]

MARK BLACKWELL: Key legislative issues for business owners

With the mid-term elections behind us and Congress returning to Washington soon, business owners and operators are wondering what the new year may have in store for them.  Here are four key national issues that could affect how you run your business in the years ahead: Immigration Reform There’s ongoing debate nationwide over the need […] [...]

JOSH MABUS: You are not too small to invest in the world wide web

by Published: January 9,2015

Tags: Business, Internet, Josh Mabus, Mabus Agency, marketing, Mississippi, NEWS

The internet was a small niche of business management during its first few years of existence, especially in a place like Mississippi. It’s an everyday reality now. When web began to make its way into Mississippi businesses, I often heard things like, “What use does a feed store have for a website.” Those were the […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS: The good governor gambles on poverty

Mississippi continues to suffer a Catch-22 Poverty Problem. The state cannot combat poverty without sustainable jobs. Industries that could provide those jobs are choosing not to invest their money in Mississippi because we have a Poverty Problem along with the consequent poor schools and ill-prepared workers. According to recent data the problem is getting worse. A […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: MDOC controversy reveals contract procurement weaknesses

The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) controversy has exposed weaknesses in the state’s contract procurement processes. With regard to MDOC, the legislature exempted many contracts from competitive procurement, cracking open the door for abuse.   Allegations have surfaced that even competitive bids can be manipulated. Vendors allege being directed to bid low to get contracts […] [...]

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