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Regions website provides businesses information

by Published: April 7,2014

Tags: banking, Business, finance, Mississippi, Regions

People running a business are often so busy managing day-to-day operations that it can be difficult to find time to bone up on business issues like strategic planning. But now Regions Bank has partnered with Inc. Magazine and The Build Network to launch a new Commercial Insights website, www.regions.com/commercialinsights, that provides free access to information […] [...]

It’s a taxing season for CPA firms

by Published: April 7,2014

Tags: banking, Business, finance, Mississippi, taxes

With less than two weeks left before tax filing deadline, CPA offices across Mississippi are feeling the crush. These pros, however, have learned to cope with the yearly pressures of tax season. They also took time to discuss changes and trends they’ve observed this year. Jessica Cooley with the Jackson metro area firm of GranthamPoole […] [...]

JEFFREY GITOMER: The questions that matter most in a sales presentation

When you’re giving your sales presentation, do you really know what the customer is thinking or what they’re asking themselves as you’re presenting? I doubt it. You’re too busy trying to sell. Shake the hand. Smile the smile. Show the slides. Talk the talk. Do the demo. Ask the superficial questions. Try the close. Try […] [...]

Good Karma comes to Pass Christian

When Maharani Berg opened her third Good Karma vegetarian restaurant in the DeLisle community near Pass Christian recently, she thought only a few people would show up for the soft opening. The response caught her by surprise. “One hundred people came in that night,” she said. “It was the first time I ran out of […] [...]

Todd Smith’s Spin Cycle: New digital marketing & advertising initiative launched by The Wall Street Journal

by Published: April 7,2014

Tags: Business, Deane Smith & Partners, marketing, Mississipi

The Wall Street Journal has launched a new digital destination — CMO Today — to address the rapidly transforming marketing, advertising and branding industries. Designed for marketing executives and specialists, CMO Today (@wsjCMO) defines what matters and what doesn’t in the chaos of today’s marketing business. CMO Today takes a deep and investigative look at […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: Learn how eight successful CEOs ran their companies in good times and bad

Suppose someone asked you to name the most successful chief executive officer of the last 50 years. There’s a good chance you’d answer Jack Welch, who served as CEO of General Electric for 20 years (1981 to 2001). Welch became famous for his brash, no-nonsense style of management, his tough attitude and his relentless focus […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: Music is Dennis Sankovich’s profession and passion

by Published: April 7,2014

Tags: Business, business. entrepreneur, Mississippi

I believe one of Mississippi’s real opportunities is to leverage its rich culture. Around the state there are individuals, groups and organizations who are trying to make their communities richer through the arts and education. One of Mississippi’s notable success stories in this area is the Mississippi State University Riley Center located in the heart […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK: In serarch of — and avoidance of — uniformity

by Published: April 7,2014

Tags: Business, column, economic development, Mississippi

What would you do if another state barred the sale of your products after having approved them for years and years even though other states allowed the sale of your products? Depending on the volume and sales of those products you might complain to state officials, contact your Congressional office or even file a lawsuit. […] [...]

JOHN SCOTT: Tax code, meet today’s reality

by Published: April 7,2014

Tags: Business, column, finances, Mississippi, taxes

As springtime blooms and a seemingly never-ending winter fades, a noteworthy but broadly overlooked set of tax proposals was released by the House Ways and Means Committee in Washington. These serve as an opening bid on how Republicans view the future of the Internal Revenue Code. They are interesting as much for what they say […] [...]

Ship Island Excursions: A captain’s job is constant

by Published: April 7,2014

Tags: Business, Gulf Coast, GULFPORT, Harrison County, Mississippi

It rained part of opening weekend for Ship Island Excursions spring season, briefly interrupting ferry trips between Gulfport and the popular barrier island. Weather — anything from high wind to a hurricane — can disrupt the Skrmetta family business that dates back to 1926. “We’re constantly watching the weather,” said Capt. Louis Skrmetta. “We don’t […] [...]

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