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’The document’: Crunk spells out his vision for the future of R.J. Young

by Published: July 5,2013


For Chip Crunk, president and CEO of R.J. Young, it’s all about the “document.” In a recent meeting with Crunk, we discussed how R.J. Young has evolved as a company through its 58-year history. “We are focused on the management, utilization, support and security of documents,” he said. “Even though we live in an increasingly […] [...]

Entrepreneurs Corner: Vocational education a large part of construction business

MABC’s Edens says four-year university isn’t for everyone Very few people in the Magnolia State would quibble over the importance of education to the state’s future well-being, progress and prosperity.  As we all know, Mississippi gets too much negative press around the United States when it comes to education. Generally, when it comes to a […] [...]

Entrepreneurs Corner: How do we stack up?

by Published: February 13,2011

Tags: Alan Turner, Entrepreneurs Corner

The business-friendly Mecca most government agencies would have you believe is Mississippi may not be the case Mississippi is a large state with outstanding natural resources, an excellent mid-South strategic location with an attractive transportation network, strong cultural foundations, great beaches and a mild climate. We have a willing workforce, good agriculture and manufacturing facilities, […] [...]

Entrepreneurs Corner: Finding a way to help develop state’s aspiring entrepreneurs

Holsapple nurtures new business at Venture Incubator According to Merriam-Webster, an incubator may be “an apparatus by which eggs are hatched artificially,” or it could be “an organization or place that aids the development of new business ventures especially by providing low-cost commercial space, management assistance, or shared services.” One might see these two functions […] [...]

Entrepreneurs Corner: Being your own boss isn’t always an easy choice to make

by Published: October 10,2010

Tags: Craig Brewer, The Smart Voter

Brewer’s web site a clearinghouse for political information Craig Brewer can attest to the fact that the entrepreneur’s road is not always an easy journey. As president of The Smart Voter, LLC, Craig has worked long and diligently on his business model while maintaining his “day job” in sales of industrial power systems. “Just about […] [...]

Entrepreneurs Corner: Smooth transition expected in MCEE’s changing of the guard

Economic education group works with teachers, students After years of success and accomplishment at the helm of the Mississippi Council on Economic Education, Pam Smith is passing the president’s baton to Selena Swartzfager. Under Pam’s tenure, the programs at MCEE have risen to second best in the United States. The programs have touched 5600 teachers […] [...]

Entrepreneurs Corner: Excellence in real world and classroom

Hopper learns the ropes, starts successful business as Petal High School senior In a previous column, I wrote about the Mississippi Council on Economic Education (, and the good work they’re doing in schools around the state. Coming from nowhere, MCEE has emerged as one of the top programs in the country, in terms of […] [...]

Entrepreneurs Corner — Hollen: Passion, self-discipline keys to success

by Published: July 11,2010

Tags: Action Coach, Entrepreneur's’ Corner, Phil Hollen

Former newspaper executive now finds himself running his own small business The entrepreneurial bug often makes itself felt early in life.  That wasn’t the case with Phil Hollen, however. For a good part of his life, Phil pursued a career in marketing and management in the publishing industry, working with major companies and publications in […] [...]

Entrepreneurs Corner: Entrepreneur of the heart

Change in career path has been truly rewarding for Karen Wilkins While it often strikes early in life, the entrepreneurial bug can bite at any time in life.  That was true of Karen Wilkins, president of SafeHeart Health Screens of Hattiesburg. In a recent meeting, Karen described how her life’s journey led her to start SafeHeart. […] [...]

Entrepreneurs Corner: Tewes has learned by doing

by Published: June 13,2010

Tags: Bob Tewes, Car Care Clinic, Entrepreneur's’ Corner

Driving force behind Car Care Clinic has always been a driven person Like other entrepreneurs, Bob Tewes got his start early.  Beginning at the age of 13, he began working part-time in his father’s business in the automotive services business, and he has never looked back. “My entrepreneurial education was to learn by doing,” he […] [...]

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