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TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE — Understanding and working with five types of PR peeps

In the interest of facilitating a better representation of what PR peeps should – and should not – be, PR Newser and mediabistro.com recently identified personality types of public relations practitioners. Here are the Top 5 types – and best practices – in working with us spin docs to build your brand. 1. The Misplaced. […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Reading life leads to writing life for Pat Conroy

by Published: October 9,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, Pat Conroy

It’s always interesting to learn what writers read and what books have influenced them the most. It’s impossible to be a writer and not read. In Pat Conroy’s case he started reading voraciously at a young age. We all read for a variety of reasons. For this outstanding American writer there were multiple reasons to […] [...]

WRESTLING SUCCESS — Ted DiBiase Jr. leaves ring to become entrepreneur

As regular readers of this column know, I enjoy finding outstanding leaders on the rise in Mississippi and sharing their stories. This week I was able to catch up with Ted DiBiase Jr., who is fast becoming one of Mississippi’s entrepreneurial success stories. If his name is familiar to you, it is likely that you […] [...]

MISSISSIPPI MAIN STREET — Association’s reach goes beyond just downtown

Mississippi Main Street Association, the economic development program which is rooted in downtown historic preservation, is all about providing visionary leadership and assistance to their 51 participating cities and towns. “Everything Mississippi Main Street does benefits small business,” said Stacy Pair, district manager. Whether it is a downtown facade program or a market analysis report, […] [...]

Banks may love debit cards more than you

by Published: October 9,2014

Tags: banking, Business, finance, Mississippi, small business

Like banks across the country, in today’s digital world, State Bank & Trust in Cleveland is getting fewer requests for checks. “We don’t order nearly the checks we used to for people,” said Jerry Bullock, president, State Bank & Trust, Cleveland. “Most would rather use a debit card. Just about everyone uses a debit or […] [...]

Developer who won suit wants cooperation — not resistance — from Jackson and the JRA

by Published: October 9,2014

Tags: Business, Downtown Jackson, Mississippi

With his lawsuit against the City of Jackson behind him,  developer Don Hewitt says he will pursue new local development opportunities, including building a convention center hotel. His big hope, he said, is that the new leadership at City Hall and on the JRA governing board will bring a less combative atmosphere that allows him […] [...]

Getting state office tenants could be challenge for revived Landmark

by Published: October 9,2014

Tags: Business, Downtown Jackson, Mississippi, real estate

While making ambitious plans to convert Jackson’s Landmark Center to a mix of apartments, offices and retail, the building’s new owners want to recruit office tenants for the four floors situated below the two top floors designated for apartments. Each floor has about 50,000 square feet. A Cushman & Wakefield study in 2011 put leasing […] [...]

New company, familiar faces — Coblentz, Kenne team up to form Tellōs Creative

by Published: October 9,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, small business

Two successful Golden Triangle-based entrepreneurs have teamed up, combining their strengths to establish a new, full-service advertising company. Robbie Coblentz, executive producer and chief executive officer of Starkville-based full-service production company Broadcast Media Group Inc., and Kathy Kenne, former co-founder and partner of the advertising, public relations, social media and special events firm Quest Group […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK: Who matters most to the small business owner?

by Published: October 9,2014

Tags: Business, column, Mississippi, Phil Hardwick, small business

The small business owner must serve four masters. They are the customer, the employee, the product or service and the owner himself or herself? Each is important, but is there one more important than the others?  The four perspectives about each are presented for discussion before revealing that there is evidence that suggests one provides […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS: Big money, college football and your vote

Apparently there are some kind of national elections coming up in a month. Really. It’s true. They call them the “mid-term” elections. With everything going on at home and abroad, it’s shaping up to be a pretty important one for the future of our state and nation. However, save for a few dedicated souls and […] [...]

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