Posts Tagged ‘Phil Hardwick’

PHIL HARDWICK — Financial literacy makes better schools and communities

I love Junior Achievement. Too bad it’s no longer around. Once upon a time I was a Junior Achievement volunteer, a business person who went into elementary schools and presented a program about work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Trained by Junior Achievement of Mississippi and equipped with some excellent instructional materials, I, like dozens of […] [...]

August 15th Digital Edition

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PHIL HARDWICK: Sales tax collections as an economic indicator

Small business makes a substantial contribution to the economic health of cities in Mississippi. Small businesses not only provide jobs, their sales tax collections are a significant source of revenue for their communities. That makes them economic development engines. Although the term “economic development” has no standard definition, it is generally agreed that economic development […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK — The value of corporate headquarters to communities

For many people, growing up in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1950′s and ’60′s meant banking at Deposit Guaranty, buying groceries at Jitney Jungle and shopping for clothing at McRae’s. Today, those homegrown local businesses are no longer wearing the same names as a result of being acquired by even bigger businesses. Not only did the […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK — Commencement speeches we will never hear

The 2014 graduation season will be remembered for speeches not made. And that is not a good thing. It is not new for students to protest against the selection of graduation speakers. During the 1960’s, students spoke out and criticized at graduation ceremonies to protest the U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Things settled down for a […] [...]

MBJ June 20th Digital Edition

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HARDWICK — Commercial real estate leases — pros and cons

There are three basic categories of commercial real estate leases. In this column we will explore the pros and cons of each to help you decide which one is right for you and your business. Let’s begin by pointing out that a lease is a contract. In general, all contacts involving the sale of real […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK: Are Mississippians stuck or mobile?

by Published: May 9,2014

Tags: Business, column, Mississippi, Phil Hardwick

Just over 75 percent of all Mississippi residents were born in Mississippi. That is the sixth-highest percentage in the United States. That number reveals some good things and some not-so-good-things about the Magnolia State. One obvious good thing about that number is that it indicates that residents are apparently satisfied with living here. Even though […] [...]

HARDWICK — The only thing there is that’s left to sell

by Published: January 24,2014

Tags: Business, economic development, Mississippi, Phil Hardwick

“The only things left to sell are convenience and an experience.” I heard those words over 10 years ago at a conference about future trends. The idea fascinated me so I’ve been observing the market, especially the retail market, to determine if the concept played out. It turns out that there are plenty of examples […] [...]

HARDWICK: What to do about abandoned, rundown properties in your town

by Published: September 13,2013

Tags: Business, Mississippi, Phil Hardwick

By Phil Hardwick Abandoned, rundown properties are a challenge to neighbors, the local government and the community at large. Dealing with them is a complicated issue, but there are strategies that can be employed to deal with the situation. Detroit’s current housing situation is certainly the poster city for urban blight. A picture of an […] [...]

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