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ALAN TURNER — Caring for the baby boomer generation

Senior care executives Don Glidewell and Steve Dobbs see difficult choices ahead in caring for aging baby boomers.

By ALAN TURNER Continuing our look at the explosive growth of the health care sector in America, it’s important to consider the whole issue of senior care as it relates to the retirement and aging of the baby boom generation. In the prior segment on the future of health care, we looked at the growth of health care in the ...

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JOSH MABUS — If your website was an employee, would you fire it?


Who is frustrated by websites? My guess is that you are, if you are like the folks who ask me questions after a speaking engagement (or in the grocery store). The lion’s share of questions I receive revolve around the ever changing world of websites. Like so many marketing avenues, it seems that there are gurus who hold the information. ...

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BOOK BIZ — A riveting look at the dangers of texting and driving

» A Deadly Wandering: A Mystery, a Landmark Investigation, and the Astonishing Science of Attention in the Digital Age 
By Matt Richtel 
Published by William Morrow      
$15.99 softback

Texting and driving is dangerous and irresponsible. Until I read the exceptionally well-written A Deadly Wandering, though, I had no idea how terrifying it truly is. And I say “terrifying” because after you read it, you’ll quickly start noticing how many people around you are messing around on their phones when their eyes should be on the road and their ...

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ALAN TURNER — Carolyn Boteler of Tempstaff: One of Mississippi’s premier women entrepreneurs


If you ask the typical Mississippi businessperson to name the state’s largest employers, it’s likely that very few would include Tempstaff on the list.  However, as Carolyn Boteler, President of Tempstaff, told us recently, the company definitely qualifies as a major Mississippi employer. “We issued about 4,200 W-2’s last year,” she said.  “We’re really proud of our growth, and we ...

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701 — Doing business with the Government

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  The Founding Fathers would be dumbfounded if they could see our gigantesque government structure. This behemoth annually spends in excess of $6 trillion protecting, regulating, arbitrating, purchasing, managing, lending, insuring, competing, and, more recently, joining public–private partnerships. One of every six full-time U.S. workers is a local, state or federal governmental employee.  Inevitably, doing business will involve contact with ...

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MARK BLACKWELL — Business succession planning cannot wait


According to a Wells Fargo/Gallup survey of small-business owners, they work an average of 52 hours each week, over 30 percent more than a full-time employee.  More than half of these entrepreneurs have gone without a paycheck at some point to keep their company’s doors open.  They make these sacrifices because they know that a great idea, a strong business ...

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Financial literacy and the third grade reading gate

Della Archie, ARM JSU Regional Coordinator, provided instruction to over 20 AmeriCorps MS members at Jackson State University, who then used their newfound knowledge to tutor elementary school students on their reading skills.

During the 2014/2015 school year, the Mississippi Council on Economic Education (MCEE) partnered with America Reads – Mississippi (ARM) to deliver a program called Never Too Young: Personal Finance for Young Learners (NTY) to elementary school students in Mississippi.   This partnership arose from a networking event where I met Ronjanett Taylor, State Program Director of ARM and funding received ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Barbour’s book tells of Mississippi’s finest hour

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour talks about his book, “America’s Great Storm,” at a recent reading and signing.

The Flood of 1927 was the most widespread and disruptive natural event to happen to Mississippi in recorded history. The flood, which also inundated Arkansas and Louisiana along the Mississippi, has spawned many a book and many a tale. Now Mississippi has Hurricane Katrina as its greatest state tragedy, and its finest triumph, as Haley Barbour tells it in his ...

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JOSH MABUS — Ideas are IOUs


A big part of being a child in the South involves hearing stories and colloquialisms from your elders you won’t understand until much later. This is one I’m beginning to understand: Two birds are sitting on a power line. One bird decides to fly off. How many birds are sitting on the power line? One you say? No, there are ...

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