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JOSH MABUS — Try not to suck

Crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter, GoFundMe and Indiegogo are a little overblown these days, but the idea at their core is a question all businesses need to address: Are people willing to pay for my product or business? I’ve seen so many entrepreneurs spend years investing in products and businesses that have no place in the market. Last week, we talked ...

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TODD SMITH — Social marketing tips to bring luster to your holiday branding

As the holiday season shifts into high gear, it’s important to consider social media as part of your holiday marketing mix. Facebook, in particular is a great platform for holiday branding. Social Media Examiner has developed 10 tips to leverage visibility and extend your reach during the holiday season. Here are the Top 5i 1. Create a Content Calendar With ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Leaders’ power play puts egg on their faces

How appropriate.  Fate chose the week of the Egg Bowl for legislative leaders to have to wipe lots of egg off their faces.   How silly. House Republican leaders passed a rule, with Senate mimicry pending, to deny media access to the Legislature’s contracts, only to find out they were violating their own law.   How embarrassing. The state’s only statewide ...

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Crankshaft maker ready to crank up in January

By JACK WEATHERLY Feuer Powertrain GMBH will start making crankshafts in January, it announced recently. The $140 million private investment is expected to employ 300. About 100 are on board now, as the R0binsonville (Tunica County) facility has ramped up this year. Public investment totals $27.5 million from and through the Mississippi Development Authority. Those investments include a $10 million grant ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — A nocturne for Smith Park

There are signs of life in Smith Park. Office workers stroll through the green space. A few pause for a while on the benches. It wasn’t that way a week or so earlier, before a host of dead or dying trees was taken down. The effect was immediate. You can see all the way through the block-square park in the ...

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Taking aim at physician sex predators; Mississippi ranked 51st in patient protection

By JACK WEATHERLY  Dr. John Hall, executive director of the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure, is working with lawmakers to draft a bill to make a physician’s sexual relations with a patient a criminal offense. No doctor “should even think of patients as prey,” Hall said in an interview. Hall, who was named to the post about five months ago, ...

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A case in Mississippi

By JACK WEATHERLY  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports in a series of articles published after a year’s investigation that sexual abuse of patients by physicians across the country is in many cases tolerated. Of 2,400 physicians “publicly disciplined [since Jan. 1, 1999] for sexual misconduct, half still have active medical licenses today,” the report states. Under the section on Mississippi, the ...

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WE LAW — Trademark basics for your company

Imagine that after years of work and preparation, your business is ready to expand.  While planning your company’s growth, you discover something unsettling. Another similar business with the same (or nearly the same) name is located in a nearby state.  Worse still, it claims to have a federally-registered trademark.  Your expansion plans may be on hold. For most small businesses, ...

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Post-election uncertainty, market activity result in mortgage spike for potential homebuyers

By LYNN LOFTON  The election has turned the mortgage industry upside down with very quick movement to higher interest rates – an increase of at least .5 percent in just a week’s period of time, said Joe W. McNeese III, president of the mortgage division, Community Bank, Brandon. McNeese said mortgage rates tend to follow what the bond market is ...

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