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AARON EDWARDS — Business sales strategy 101: The basics

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Y ou’ve spent years growing and developing your business and are now considering a recapitalization or exit strategy. Do you sell a portion of your business to a private equity group in order to take advantage of growth and other business/personal opportunities?  Do you sell the entire business to a management team or strategic buyer as part of your overall ...

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LAW ELEVATED — It’s a good time to franchise your business – can you do it?

Franchising. Business Background.

Franchising is used to expand – and cook up – many types of businesses, especially restaurants. This is understandable, as it’s often viewed as less capital intensive and less risky than other kinds of expansion. Mississippi has a strong history of restaurant franchising and, in my opinion, a host of opportunity for more. It’s not surprising – we’ve got great ...

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DAVID DALLAS: The flag flaps over the state’s next governor’s race

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We must always remember our past, but that does not mean we must let it define us,” Mississippi House Speaker Phillip Gunn said last week. “As a Christian, I believe our state’s flag has become a point of offense that needs to be removed. We need to begin having conversations about changing Mississippi’s flag.” That’s right, Speaker Gunn used a ...

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SUMESH ARORA: Innovation in Mississippi must be inclusive

Innovation, idea

I n my last column I talked about the culture of giving in Mississippi, which we know cuts across race and religion. Our citizens are among the most charitable in the country.  Similarly, we need to work on embedding a culture of innovation in all citizens of Mississippi regardless of age, race, religion and economic status.  There is strong research-based ...

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PEYTON SMITH: Earthquake damage, I’m covered for that right?

Saturday, May 2, was just another Saturday in Mississippi. People were enjoying the one of the biggest sporting days of the year, with Kentucky Derby, college baseball and of course the “biggest fight in history” between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather that night. About 7:45 that night I was at friend’s house and somebody said that there had been an ...

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JOSH MABUS: Heating up the brand

The word brand gets thrown around a lot these days, which is exciting for me since I’m in the business of brand development and security. But I think the collective definition of brand is a little off. The best brands in the world are immediately identifiable. When I say Coca-Cola you see a white backdrop with red script (or the ...

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TODD SMITH: Publishers are driving a mobile first culture

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Publishers are pushing their reporters and other staff to think mobile-first in today’s media world. Recently, The New York Times said that it would temporarily bar employees, both inside and outside editorial, from accessing its desktop homepage while at the newspaper’s New York City headquarters. The thinking: With 47 percent of time spent with NYT’s digital content coming from mobile, ...

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Becoming referable is a matter of earning, not asking

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A good friend gave me a book about building your business through referrals. The author believes, “The best marketing strategy is to be referable.”  He is correct. He writes, “Referability means that your very best clients and customers are continually cloning themselves — continually introducing you to those like themselves or better than themselves.” Well, kind of — but not ...

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ALAN TURNER — Kemper: A bird’s eye view

A look at the Kemper County Coal Plant from the top. The plant will be tasked with mining lignite coal a few hundred yards away from the plant. That coal is moved through a process that will convert it to syngas. The syngas is then used to drive the energy output of the plant, and the resulting electricity is then moved into the grid.

On June 19, I accepted an invitation from Mississippi Power to visit their Kemper facility, and get an “up close and personal” view of the plant and how it works. Notwithstanding all of the controversy the construction of Kemper has caused in recent years, the actual working of the plant is deceptively simple. Basically, lignite coal is mined a few ...

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