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PARENTAL GUIDANCE — Walker Tann learns about business from family

by Martin Willoughby Published: February 17,2014

Tags: Business, column, leadership, Mississippi

In the United States, there are more than 75 million Baby Boomers, and it is estimated that approximately 7 million of them are privately held business owners. I reference these facts because there are a large number of family-owned business owners in Mississippi that will are or will be thinking through how to transition their […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE — 88 countries, brands on display at Winter Olympics

by For the MBJ Published: February 17,2014

Tags: Business, column, marketing, Mississippi

With the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympics, all eyes are on the Black Sea city of Sochi as Russia hosts its first ever winter games under a cloud of controversy. As we tune-in to the all the pageantry, athleticism and spirited competition, the 88 countries participating in the games become the dominant global brands […] [...]

ALEX LITTLEJOHN — Passage of Farm Bill good for state farmers and Mississippi conservation

by For the MBJ Published: February 17,2014

Tags: Alex Littlejohn, Business, column, Mississippi, Natural Resource Conservation Service

On Feb. 4, 2014, the U.S. Senate joined the House of Representatives in a bi-partisan vote to approve re-authorization of the U.S. Farm Bill. Mississippi’s entire delegation — Congressmen Thompson, Harper, Nunnelee, and Palazzo, as well as Senators Cochran and Wicker — all supported the measure. As Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD — Covetous politicians, corporations, consumers befoul America

by Bill Crawford Published: February 17,2014

Tags: Bible, Business, darwin, material things, Mississippi, money, power, religion, Republican party, sex

“You shall not covet” says the commandment. But, my observation is that such selfish desires of the body, mind, and soul befoul American culture today. We covet power, money, sex, material things, and undisciplined freedom. Dictionary.com defines “covet” as “to desire wrongfully, inordinately, or without due regard for the rights of others.” Covetous politicians’ desire […] [...]

GITOMER — How is a cup of coffee like a sale? When it’s with a customer!

by Jeffrey Gitomer Published: February 17,2014

Tags: Business, column, Jeffrey Gitomer, Mississipp

I like coffee. Dark, black coffee. Espresso. No cream. No sugar. Just dark, black coffee. You? But I look at coffee differently than you do. I don’t “wake up and drink it.” I venture out to a coffee shop and an early morning meeting, and oh, by the way, I have coffee. My goal each […] [...]

FRANK BROWN — Bosses, can you weather the storm?

by Frank Brown Published: February 17,2014

Tags: Business, column, Frank Brown, Mississippi, Weather

As snow accumulated on the street in front of my house on a recent Tuesday morning, I thoughtfully evaluated the situation. According to local news outlets, Twitter and Facebook, the mayhem guy had taken over, causing a variety of traffic accidents along the path to my downtown office. I’ve made my share of dumb decisions […] [...]

TYLER BALL: Business succession planning: The time is now

by For the MBJ Published: February 7,2014

Tags: Business, economy, education, finance, Mississippi

F amily-controlled businesses comprise between 80-90 percent of all business enterprises in North America (Source: J.H. Astrachan and M.C. Shanker, “Family Businesses’ Contribution to the U.S. Economy: A Closer Look,” Family Business Review, September 2003). And while it is estimated that nearly 40 percent of family businesses are passed successfully to a second generation, only […] [...]

TRAY HAIRSTON: Health care as an economic driver: Turning Mississippi’s weaknesses into strengths

by For the MBJ Published: February 7,2014

Tags: Business, economy, Gov. Phil Bryant, Mississippi

A s a proponent of economic development, I believe that health care can be used as an economic driver and would diversify Mississippi’s economy, going a long way toward boosting jobs and quality of life in our state. As a bond lawyer at Butler Snow, I work with Mississippi cities and counties on bond issues […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK — So you want to be a residential real estate investor

by Phil Hardwick Published: February 7,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, real estate, Stennis

Residential real estate rents are on the rise, interest rates are low and the stock market is scary. So is now the time to buy that residential investment property? Nationwide, landlords raised rents by an average of 0.8 percent to $1,083 a month in the most recent quarter, according to a report by Reis Inc., […] [...]

CARTOON — Thad Cochran saves the day for Mississippi and the Farm Bill

by Ricky Nobile Published: February 7,2014

Tags: Business, Congress, Farm Bill, Mississippi, Senate

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