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BOOK BIZ — Digging into reasons we’re happy, or not

by Published: July 18,2014

Tags: books, Business, Louann Lofton, Mississippi, New Orleans

What makes you happy? What’s likely to make you happy in the future? The answers may seem obvious to you, but Daniel Gilbert’s Stumbling on Happiness will show you that they’re actually anything but. This lively book is not a self-help manual, but a work of psychology written for a popular audience. It’s a book […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: Broadband Voice founder Gary Watts isn’t afraid to take chances

by Published: July 18,2014

Tags: Broadband Voice, Business, column, law, Mississippi

I  often hear people say about a particular business or idea: “I thought of that a long time ago, but I never acted on it.” They indeed may have had an idea for a very successful business, but unfortunately, it remained just that – an idea. Novelist Andre Malraux said, “Often the difference between a […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK: Sales tax collections as an economic indicator

Small business makes a substantial contribution to the economic health of cities in Mississippi. Small businesses not only provide jobs, their sales tax collections are a significant source of revenue for their communities. That makes them economic development engines. Although the term “economic development” has no standard definition, it is generally agreed that economic development […] [...]

ROSS REILY: This has nothing to do with Downton Abbey

by Published: July 17,2014

Tags: Business, Downton Abbey, Great Britain, Mississippi, PBS, trade

So, Her Majesty’s Consul General in Atlanta Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford was breezing through Mississippi last week and decided to make a stop at the Mississippi Business Journal. It wasn’t that long ago that the Consul General from Canada Stephen Brereton came by and visited with us, but somehow it feels a little different when you’re handed […] [...]

GITOMER: The NEW TRUTH about closing the sale

by Published: July 10,2014

Tags: Business, Jeffrey Gitomer, marketing, Mississippi, PR

Every salesperson is looking for the fastest way, the best way, and the easiest way to “close” a sale. More than human nature, for salespeople, closing the sale is both a desire and a need. And the results are totally measurable. Either you win, or you lose. There is no second place in sales. Many […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE: Top green brands: The blue oval is really green

Just about every major corporation today understands the importance of running a sustainable business. Generally speaking, this means one in which water gets conserved, energy and materials come increasingly from clean sources, and the social impact of the business is positive. The trouble is, until now there have been few ways to measure not only […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: Back to school — Jason Walton leading Jackson Prep

by Published: July 10,2014

Tags: Business, education, Flowood, Jackson Prep, Mississippi

Whether in art, sports, academics, or business, we are inspired by excellence. We celebrate those who have the commitment to achieving the highest levels of success in their respective fields.  Aristotle once said, “Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD — Patriots’ Duty: Keep national fabric whole

Every Independence Day, words and symbols from our Founders captivate me. There is the preamble to the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…” […] [...]

BOBBY HARRISON: Wicker’s 2008 Senate race also had sharp ads

by Published: July 10,2014

Tags: #mssen, Business, Cochran, GOP, McDaniel, Mississippi, Politics, Tea Party

In the midst of what was thought to be a close election for the U.S. Senate in 2008, Republican Roger Wicker ran radio ads courting the votes of black Mississippians because his opponent, Ronnie Musgrove, was perceived by some as being lukewarm in support of fellow Democrat Barack Obama for president. Of course, what was […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS: Fight on, Chris McDaniel, fight on!

Heaven help us, this Republican Primary really is ugly and in full view of a nosy nation who long suspected this southern neighbor to be full-blown crazy. As we move forward, let’s consider a variety of realities, because several exist. The prevailing reality is “there is no story here.” Cochran won. McDaniel lost. Democrats voted […] [...]

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