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GLENN McCULLOUGH — Teamwork: A winning strategy

economic development

Economic opportunity can change lives. Promoting Mississippi’s advantages to attract new career opportunities while supporting the expansion of our existing businesses is our primary mission at the Mississippi Development Authority. Three key principles guide us and help ensure Mississippi will continue to cultivate economic opportunities for Mississippi families. First, teamwork is essential to winning new investment projects and helping our ...

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PEYTON SMITH — Managing heat-related risk

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I f there is one thing that we can all agree on about Mississippi in the summertime, it is that it’s hot. No matter how hard we try or what we do, the heat isn’t going anywhere and we can’t seem to cool off. From a risk management and  insurance standpoint, the hot conditions of the summer can lead to ...

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JOSH MABUS — Mississippi’s golden opportunity: Beer

beer

Lately I’ve found myself looking to a new group of Mississippians for creative inspiration — a group that so seamlessly mixes food, engineering and art. They’re entrepreneurs and innovators. Of course I’m talking about Mississippi’s growing population of beer brewers. For the longest time, when I thought about breweries, I thought about the sterile big-brand breweries in Milwaukee and St. ...

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TODD SMITH — PR is best for monitoring, managing online customer reviews

public-relations

Online customer reviews can make or break a brand – even a relatively large brand. Consumers trust online customer reviews more than any other source of brand information except for recommendations from people they know, according to Nielsen’s Global Trust in Advertising report. Seventy percent of consumers trust online reviews, an increase of 15 percent over four years. People trust ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Our flag and states’ rights at the Neshoba Country Fair

Ronald Reagan spoke at the Neshoba County Fair in 1980 as he was running for his first term of President of the United States.

In the final months of his first successful presidential campaign, Ronald Reagan gave his most enduring speech right here in Mississippi at the Neshoba County Fair. More important even than his famous “Tear down this wall” speech. According to Republicans like Condoleezza Rice and George Shutlz, the better known “wall” speech was pure rhetoric that did little to end the ...

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JEFFREY GITOMER — Your missing power: master mind

marketing-strategy

Perhaps the most powerful principle Napoleon Hill wrote about, and certainly the most enduring, is the 9th step toward riches: Power of the Master Mind. The idea of a Master Mind group was created, put forth, and expounded upon by Napoleon Hill in his two classic books, Think and Grow Rich, written in 1937, and “How to Sell Your Way ...

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ALAN TURNER — Mississippi newspapers are a vital part of our state and its communities

Will Norton, Joel McNeece, Layne Bruce

To paraphrase what Mark Twain once famously said upon reading the news of his demise: the news of newspapers’ death has been greatly exaggerated. In fact, Mississippi’s newspapers are generally doing quite well, thank you.  Recently, I had the opportunity to meet with several folks who are in the know about Mississippi newspapers.  Layne Bruce is the executive director of ...

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SUMESH ARORA — Is innovation contagious?

Innovation, idea

W hen we hear the word contagious, we often think in terms of a disease and how quickly it may spread among the population and whether it could eventually reach epidemic proportions.  The spread of any disease is not a desired outcome, but it usually occurs by direct or indirect contact form one person to another.  The good news is ...

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