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TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE — 10 essential tips for B2B marketing success in a digital economy

If you’re a small-to midsize-sized business (SMB) and in the business-to-business (B2B) space, you know how challenging the digital revolution has been for marketing and branding. Not long ago, a sale needed some sort of human interaction – even with the web. Now, from fact-finding to brand-relationship building, your customers rely on the Internet to […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — War brides’ true stories are meaningful and inspiring

by Published: November 20,2014

Tags: books, Business, literature, Mississippi, NEWS

This book tells the compelling stories of four English women who married American servicemen during World War II and immigrated to the U.S. when the war was over.  Being addicted to books about WW II, I started reading this book without realizing the stories are true. Learning that the four women are real — with […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: Bernie Reed cites hard work as key to success of Reed’s Metals

I recently read an article advising foreigners on how to adapt to life in the United States. It noted, “Life in the U.S. is generally fast paced and busy. People don’t want to waste time on anything, even food. That is why the U.S. invented fast food and is the largest consumer of fast food.” […] [...]

Tax professionals need crystal ball for year end advice

Forget the calculators and computers this tax season. CPAs and other tax professionals are looking to the proverbial crystal ball as they wait to see what Congress might do in the next few months about extending tax breaks. Jerry Levens with CPA firm Alexander, Van Loon, Sloan, Levens & Favre in Gulfport said individual taxpayers […] [...]

CPAs give helpful advice about selecting a tax preparer

As the year draws to a close, tax season looms in the next few months. Finding an income tax preparer can be challenging. Members of the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants, Ted Edwards, Pam Steverson and Tom Byrne have some useful advice to offer. Edwards chairs the association’s taxation committee and is with Haddox […] [...]

Rollback of environmental regs might not be best move for Republican Congress

Some environmental groups are warning that the Republican takeover of Congress could result in a major attack on environmental regulations. Mitch McConnell from coal-heavy Kentucky, expected to be the new Senate Majority Leader, has said his top priority next year is to rein in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). But the Republican election victories won’t […] [...]

A vision for the future of Mississippi health care

S everal hundred business and civic leaders gathered this week at the Jackson Country Club for MCEDA & the Madison County Business League’s 2014 Vision Celebration.  This year’s theme was health care, and 2 awards were presented at the event. Jan Collins, executive director of the Madison County Business League, opened the ceremony with a […] [...]

Analyst: KiOR Columbus plant may end up sold as scrap

By Jack weatherly jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com   Finding a buyer for the idled KiOR biofuels plant at Columbus would be a tough sell, according to Pavel Molchanov, an equity analyst who had covered Pasadena, Texas-based KiOR Inc. until it filed for bankruptcy protection on Nov. 9. The state will be fortunate to recoup 10 percent to 15 […] [...]

State’s new banking chief Charlotte Corley has deep roots in the business

by Published: November 20,2014

Tags: banking, Business, Charlotte Corley, Mississippi

Mississippi’s bankers should have no difficulty recognizing the name of the state’s new banking commissioner. Gulfport native Charlotte Corley has been a bank regulator in Mississippi her entire working life, having joined the Department of Banking & Consumer Finance as a bank examiner in 1985. She became banking division director in 2000, after a 13-year […] [...]

THE NEXT CHAPTER — Wally Northway ending a ‘great ride’ chronicling Mississippi’s business stories

Greenville native Wally Northway had written a lot of songs but never a news story when he ventured into newspapering at the Mississippi Business Journal in 1997 after a career as a college administrator. A few thousand stories later, the soon-to-retire business journalist can lay claim to a career well spent. “I always felt like […] [...]

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