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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 […] [...]

Federal jury: Jackson must pay $600,000 for violating developer’s free speech rights

by Published: October 2,2014

Tags: Business, JACKSON, lawsuit, Mississippi

A federal court jury late Thursday afternoon delivered a $600,000 judgment against the City of Jackson on a claim the Jackson Redevelopment Authority violated the First Amendment free speech rights of a principal of a local development company that sought JRA bond money to buy downtown’s Deposit Guaranty building for a residential conversion. In ruling […] [...]

European Ryder Cup Team Vice Captain Padraig Harrington commits to Sanderson Farms Championship

by Published: October 2,2014

Tags: Business, Golf, Mississippi, Sanderson Farms

  JACKSON, Miss. – With just over a month left before the start of the Sanderson Farms Championship, 2014 European Ryder Cup Team Vice Captain Padraig Harrington highlights the list of players with Ryder Cup experience making early commitments to the tournament. Harrington commits to play on the heels of the European Team’s 161⁄2 to […] [...]

TODD SMITH — 5 hottest Twitter innovations from big brands

Big name brands are testing myriad interactions on Twitter these days to stand out. While some marketers are bulking up their tweets with buttons to drive sales, some of the most interesting uses aren’t about social media at all. Instead, brands such as Mountain Dew, Specialized bikes and Evian enlist Twitter in conjunction with traditional […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Buckle up for a wild ride in the Jackson drug scene

by Published: October 2,2014

Tags: books, Business, literature, Mississippi

Fasten your seatbelt before delving into Philip Shirley’s second work of fiction, The White Lie. It’s a crime thriller that quickly pulls the reader in for a wild ride. Drug lords in Jackson, Mississippi? Innocent citizens who get pulled into this web of intrigue? That and more are woven into this tight, fast-paced story. The […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: Michelle Phillips grows into role as senior executive at BHN

by Published: October 2,2014

Tags: Bladder Health Network, Business, column, Mississippi

I  have noticed that there is a certain drive that motivates great leaders to try harder, reach further, and persist in the face of challenges. Famed football coach Lou Holtz once said, “Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.” We all have challenges in life. […] [...]

IKE TROTTER: Life insurance is for the living — plan it that way

by Published: October 2,2014

Tags: banking, Business, finance, Greenville, Ike Trotter, Mississippi

It has become a custom to write about life insurance concepts during the month of September. The calendar has turned to October, but my annual message is still important. My annual comments are due in great part to the publicity generated by Life Insurance Awareness Month and the great work of the non-profit organization sponsoring […] [...]

S&P continues its 5-year climb

by Published: October 2,2014

Tags: banking, Business, finance, Mississippi, S&P, Standard and Poor's

Standard & Poor’s has been a part of the financial landscape for almost 100 years, but in March of 2009, the housing crisis brought both it and its rival Dow to their knees. The S&P Index hit a 13-year  low at 676.53, but that was just the beginning of a five-year run that has recently […] [...]

OUR VIEW: Why no introspection on causes of HUD trouble over Farish St.?

by Published: October 2,2014

Tags: Business, David Watkins, editorial, Farish Street, HUD, Mississippi, opinion

Raise your hand if you are surprised by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s conclusion that redevelopment of downtown’s Farish Street has been the least of Jackson City Hall’s concerns the last decade and a half. Seeing no hands, let us proceed. Cause-and-effect is a good place to start. Remarkable indifference, professional carelessness […] [...]

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