Posts Tagged ‘Phil Hardwick’

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

by Phil Hardwick 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 For the MBJ 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 […] [...]

HARDWICK: Tipping still not an exact science

by Phil Hardwick Published: August 30,2013

Tags: economic development, Phil Hardwick, Stennis Institute

Tipping, a $40-billion item in the U.S. economy, is a subject about which there is no universal agreement. Although there are guidelines written about in numerous articles, it seems that the issue is getting more confusing. Some businesses have a policy against tipping. Some even say that tipping should be banned. To illustrate the wide […] [...]

HARDWICK: It’s all about the jobs

by Phil Hardwick Published: August 16,2013

Tags: economic development, jobs, Phil Bryants, Phil Hardwick

“As I said in my inaugural address, my first job is to make sure every Mississippian has a job.” — Gov. Phil Bryant State of the State Address — Jan. 24, 2012   “So we should be doing everything we can as a country to create more good jobs that pay good wages. Period.” — […] [...]

HARDWICK: Creating effective slogans, mottos and taglines

by Phil Hardwick Published: July 19,2013

Tags: advertising, marketing, Phil Hardwick, slogans, Stennis Institute

What’s in a name? Or what’s in a slogan, motto or tagline? The answer is that it is quite a lot if the goal is to increase sales or make the organization more memorable. Slogans and mottos serve to immediately describe an organization without having to go to the “About Us” or “Mission Statement” section […] [...]

HARDWICK: Making decisions close to the customer

by Phil Hardwick Published: July 5,2013

Tags: Business, customer service, Phil Hardwick, Stennis Institute

One of the biggest challenges for big business is establishing policies and procedures for employees who deal directly with customers. The best companies seem to have mastered the concept of “making decisions close to the customer.” My recent experiences with two well- known companies illustrate the challenges of how much authority an employee has when […] [...]

HARDWICK: Measuring economic development incentives not as easy as it sounds

by Phil Hardwick Published: June 7,2013

Tags: economic development, economic incentives, Phil Hardwick

Why do we measure things? Because it’s how we keep score. Whether it’s touchdowns, runs batted in, number of years married, interest on a certificate of deposit, length of a symphony or grades in schools. Measurements provide relativism. They allow us to study things, to learn, to compare and to critique. Lately there has been […] [...]

HARDWICK: Choosing the best lease as an entrepreneur

by Phil Hardwick Published: May 24,2013

Tags: lease, Phil Hardwick, real estate, retail, small business, Stennis Institute

Whether you are a one person entrepreneur or the vice president of real estate for a national retail chain it is important to understand the basics of leasing, and the more common types of leases. In general, commercial and retail leases can be classified as a gross lease, a net lease or a percentage lease. […] [...]

HARDWICK: Economic growth in Mississippi: It’s past, present and future

by Ross Reily Published: May 10,2013

Tags: economic development, Mississippi, Mississippi Business Journal, Phil Hardwick

Economic development, which is generally defined as the process of creating wealth in a community, continues to evolve. In this column we will discuss a bit of Mississippi economic development history, where it stands now and what the future might hold. PAST — The genesis of Mississippi’s formal economic development effort as we know it […] [...]

HARDWICK: My most useful and favorite business and management books

by Phil Hardwick Published: April 12,2013

Tags: books, Phil Hardwick, Stennis Institute

As the end of the semester approaches I recall two questions that one of the smartest students I have ever had in my management class asked. I had just given my thoughts on what it takes to succeed in life. I opened the floor for questions or comments. The student asked these two questions: “How […] [...]

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