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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 […] [...]

Jackson’s new mayor vows to make city better for business

by Published: July 10,2014

Tags: Business, city hall, climate, Duckworth Realty, JACKSON, Mississippi

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber says he will soon launch a “technical assistance shop” to help the city become more of a partner rather than a hindrance to both new businesses and current ones. It’s part of a strategy, he said, to end Jackson’s tendency to be “its own problem.” Yarber said he has handed the […] [...]

Obama’s proposals for colleges get an ‘F’ from state education leaders

President Barack Obama has drawn the fire from college presidents around the country for a proposal to adopt a rating system for the nation’s colleges and universities that the President says its designed to combat rising college tuition costs and make colleges more accountable providing a quality education that results in students being able to […] [...]

GITOMER — Really, ‘close’ the sale? Eh, no Sparky. It’s ‘earn’ the sale

It never ceases to amaze me how many people still ask me, “What’s the best way to close a sale?” Other than cold calling and finding the pain, this is one of the biggest misconceptions in sales. It’s not a technique. It’s not a manipulation. It’s not something that you wait until the end of […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE: New PR and marketing study busts myths on industries

By Todd Smith Some commonly held beliefs about PR and marketing – especially content marketing and SEO adoption – are more myth than reality according to a comprehensive study on industry trends conducted recently by Vocus, a public relations and marketing software company, and Market Connections Inc., a research firm based in Virginia. The results […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: New book provides photographic tour of capital city

by Published: July 7,2014

Tags: Book Biz, books, Business, JACKSON, Mississippi

Prolific Bay St. Louis photographer Ken Murphy presents another beautiful book of photos that is sure to become a collector’s item. This time the subject is Jackson, Mississippi’s largest and capital city and hub of political and business activity. Jackson is a 183-page photography book with a foreword by Lemuria Bookstore owner John Evans and […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: Coyt Bailey ignores naysayers, grows Mercury Aviation

by Published: July 7,2014

Tags: Business, column, leaders, Mississippi, NEWS

Follow your bliss. That summarizes the philosophy of 20th century author and mythologist Joseph Campbell. In his book, Reflections in the Art of Living: A Joseph Campbell Companion, Campbell said, “If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the […] [...]

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Ink on paper still has its charms for The Book Rack

by Published: July 7,2014

Tags: Book Rack, Business, JACKSON, Mississippi

While we’ve seen the decline and in some cases (a la Borders Books) the demise of the big chain bookstore, there has been something of a revival of smaller neighborhood bookshops.  That’s true in the Jackson area, as in many other places.  A good example is the Book Rack, located in the Canton Mart Square […] [...]

STRUCTURE: Ellis Steel in West Point provides the framework for major projects in Mississippi and nationwide

Ellis Steel Co. has been in business for 83 years, the last 30 years under the current management, an impressive record for longevity on both counts. President and general manager Frank Hopper, who has been with Ellis since 1980, had a simple explanation for why the company has successfully operated for so long. “Our success […] [...]

MARK BLACKWELL: Managing debt in a low-rate environment

by Published: July 7,2014

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Investors understand the concept of “Tactical Asset Allocation” — the practice of shifting investments from asset classes or sectors that seem to be overpriced to those that are expected to provide greater returns in the upcoming weeks or months. When bonds have outpaced stocks, for example, the investor may sell some of the bonds at […] [...]

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