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JOSH MABUS: Why I stayed?

I’m in love. I’m head-over-heels enchanted, enamored and enthralled. Who has such deep affection? It’s possibly an unexpected sweetheart: the great state of Mississippi. Does she have her blemishes? Sure, but love is blind, and any great love is worth working on. Much like my real-life-wife has extended much patience in our marriage, I choose […] [...]

COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701: Negotiating commercial loans — Is there an app for that?

» EDITOR’S NOTE: Commercial Finance 701 is a continuing series on commercial loans written exclusively for the Mississippi Business Journal.  This series is geared to lenders, developers, investors and transactional attorneys.   This new digital world has re-wired us for instant gratification. We have no patience.  We want an “app” for everything.  Unfortunately, negotiating a […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS — Just how long can Dan stand?

Mississippi’s Board of Trustees for the Institutions of Higher Learning, IHL, wants all of the Dan Jones hullabaloo to blow over. They are hoping spring will take its natural course on those protesting Ole Miss student bodies. Then the IHL Board can get back to operating in their usual anonymity where they are much safer. […] [...]

OUR VIEW: Leaders pass up chance to stem hunger, diet-related disease

by Published: March 30,2015

Tags: Business, healthcare, John E. Hall, Mississippi, NEWS, shopping

Tell the truth. Didn’t you feel annoyed and inconvenienced the last time a bare cupboard forced you to make a trip to the supermarket down the street? If that is all you felt, you are among the more fortunate Mississippians. For more than a quarter of your fellow Magnolia State citizens – predominantly those  in […] [...]

Analysis: Closed meetings can feed false public impressions

BY: JEFF AMY JACKSON — One lesson of the Dan Jones fiasco? While government boards in Mississippi can legally meet behind closed doors to discuss many issues, the public can be left dumbfounded when a board takes a major action that it’s never before discussed in an open meeting. College Board trustees held repeated discussions […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: Dan Jones not the angel he is portrayed to be

“It was pride that changed angels into devils,” taught Saint Augustine.   Media reports on the controversy between Dr. Dan Jones, Chancellor of the University of Mississippi, and the IHL Board of Trustees have painted Dr. Jones as an angel and board members as devils. That is not a fair characterization. Good people serve on […] [...]

JEFFREY GITOMER: What are you learning new every day? Something or nothing?

When I was 20, I knew everything. By the time I reached 21, I realized how stupid I actually was. Somewhere between the ages of 20 and 21 (personal enlightenment), I rededicated myself to education, personal development, and professional development. And I’ve stayed on that track for more than 45 years. My goal then, and […] [...]

JOSH MABUS: Bill Murray and business misfits

by Published: March 26,2015

Tags: Bill Murray, Murray Melfi Casting

Bill Murray is a comic genius. Bill Murray might also be a jerk. Theodore Melfi just directed Murray in the critically acclaimed film St. Vincent. Through interviews Melfi gave to USA Today and Vanity Fair, one can piece together the frustration of casting Murray — the perfect actor for the title role of the film. […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE — Key takeaways from SXSW in Austin, Texas

The Spin Cycle – always on the lookout for innovative thought that drives the branding industry – rolled into Texas for the annual South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals, soaking up the latest in emerging marketing technologies. Between the panel sessions, keynotes, networking, barbecue, live music and parties there was no shortage of things […] [...]

MARK BLACKWELL: Cyber security insurance perhaps?

In the past month, two instances have highlighted the need for me to pay increased attention to cyber security.  First, my credit card company called to inform me that someone who should not have had access to my accounts had been shopping online with my cards.  In the second instance, my insurance provider was apparently […] [...]

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