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PHIL HARDWICK: Which should a business value most: employees, stockholders, customers or products/services?

If  you, a business owner, had to choose, which of the following would you place more emphasis on: Employees, stockholders/investors, customers or products/services? It’s tempting to say that all are equally important. But what if I told you that those companies that value employees more are more successful? At least, that is what the evidence suggests. From 1997 – 2013 ...

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DAVID DALLAS: Getting a grip on LGBT issues

Last week Bruce Jenner, the Olympic gold-medal winner, admitted to ABC’s Diane Sawyer and a national television audience that he is transgender. What that means is Bruce Jenner, despite his masculine accoutrement, feels more like a woman and would like to identify himself as one. Jenner won the decathlon in 1976, the most grueling event in the games, requiring strength, ...

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TODD SMITH: Improve Google search results for your PR

Ever heard the adage about the best place to hide a dead body is on page five of Google search results – because no one ever goes there? Current and prospective audiences do not travel that far on a search engine because they are either busy, lazy, or simply assume there is nothing past page two that they need to ...

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JOSH MABUS: The Tao of Road House

Be nice. It’s strange that we have to be told this. It’s even stranger that Patrick Swayze has to remind us. In the 1989 genre-busting Road House, Swayze plays Dalton, a legendary “cooler,” a sort of super bouncer who’s recruited from New York to Missouri to take control of a juke joint gone wild: the Double Deuce. Part action, part ...

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ALAN TURNER: Education in Mississippi – good and bad news

At a recent lunch meeting sponsored by the Madison County Business League & Foundation, State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carey Wright delivered an assessment of public education in Mississippi. To her credit, Dr. Wright didn’t sugarcoat the problems facing Mississippi’s schools, acknowledging that Mississippi continues to sit at the bottom of state rankings in education.  Among other problems, our state ...

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ALAN TURNER: Joe Donovan – Entrepreneur with community spirit

  Joe Donovan was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky, and perhaps that may help to explain in a small way why much of what he has touched in his career has turned to gold. Currently serving as the executive director of the Mississippi Center of Non-Profits, and, as the head of the Entrepreneurial Development program at Millsaps, Joe is quite ...

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SELENA SWARTZFAGER: Students best prepared by Master Teachers of Economics

Last week, 20 teams from 18 schools from throughout Mississippi competed, flexing their intellectual muscle and testing their economic knowledge at the state Economics Challenge.  In its 12th year and made possible by BankPlus, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, State Farm, Millsaps College, and Security Ballew, Inc. and delivered by the Mississippi Council on Economic Education, high school ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Cannabis for the rest of us

Did you know the federal government has been growing marijuana in Mississippi for over 30 years? For government use? Not at some secret location on some Mississippi back road, but on the campus of the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Tons and tons of the really good stuff, so good even the feds have got the munchies. For those who ...

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