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DAVID DALLAS: Mr. McDaniel goes to Washington

The McDaniel campaign may yet have their day in court to plead foul play in Mississippi’s Republican Primary, but that seems an unlikely route for Chris McDaniel to have the chance to represent the people of Mississippi in the United States Senate. No court will rule in his favor before November. The Federal Elections Commission […] [...]

GITOMER — Twitter webinar firestorm, tweet this!

I  did my first big Twitter group tweet last week. It’s called a “tweetcast.” Three companies – Adly (adly.com), Evolve!, Inc. (evolvesinc.com) and KiteDesk, (KiteDesk.com) – combined resources and invited 22 experts, including me, to tweet the answers to questions as they were posted. The result was a firestorm of tweets, re-tweets, and assorted comments. […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE — Total ad spending to see largest increase since 2004

Total media ad spending in the U.S. this year will see its largest increase in a decade, according to new figures from eMarketer. On the strength of gains in mobile and TV advertising, total ad investments will jump 5.3 percent to reach $180.12 billion, achieving 5 percent growth for the first time since 2004, when […] [...]

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 […] [...]

MBJ July 18th Digital Edition

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Old Fashion Flavor — Mauthe Progress Dairy Barn products provide taste of history

by Published: July 17,2014

Tags: Business, dairy, Mississippi, small business

In an era when many small dairies in the U.S. are struggling to survive, the Mauthe Progress Dairy Barn located near McComb in southwest Mississippi is thriving by bringing back old-fashioned ways including selling milk in glass bottles that are reused and producing a type of cheese indigenous to New Orleans that was extinct before […] [...]

So, you want to open a home-based business?

So you want to start a home-based business. You’re not alone. The Small Business Administration estimates that more than half of all U.S. businesses are based out of an owner’s home. The SBA notes that Apple Computer, Hershey’s, Mary Kay Cosmetics and Ford Motor Company all started as home-based businesses. Those shiny examples aside, there […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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