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Avoid these common LinkedIn mistakes to build your personal brand

You’ve created a dynamic LinkedIn profile. You’ve updated your past jobs, triple-checked for typos, and uploaded a photo that’s a far better choice than the awkward selfie you used to have in its place. With your profile in good shape, it’s time to start building and strengthening your network with purpose. But before you get too excited and start connecting ...

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LAW ELEVATED: Franchisee / franchisor’s trademark: the fictitious name registration

The fictitious name, also known as the d/b/a, doing business as, trade name or assumed name. Every franchisee uses one and, in almost all cases, it’s the franchisor’s trademark. And while it may be considered “fictitious,” the value of the name is very real to the franchisor. So, when a franchisee says, “I need to register my d/b/a,” should the ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: State economy struggles to hit half the national growth rate

State economists lower forecast for remainder of year,” read the Mississippi Business Journal headline on October 27th. “Mississippi’s state economists have pulled back on an already-weak economic forecast for the rest of 2016, projecting that the state’s economy will grow only 1.5 percent instead of the 1.6 percent previously predicted,” said the story.   “U.S. economy roars back, grew at ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: Many factors in play with politics of the state flag

In 2001, supporters of those wanting to change the controversial state flag, led by the Mississippi Economic Council, tried to have an election without telling anyone. They did not get the desired result. In that April statewide vote, 494,323 (64.4 percent) voted to keep the current state flag, which has the Confederate battle emblem as a significant portion of its ...

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ALAN TURNER — UMMC: Tackling Mississippi’s obesity epidemic

Obesity has emerged as one of the single most detrimental health factors impacting Mississippians. Sadly, Mississippi leads the nation in overall rates of obesity as well as obesity-associated illness and associated chronic disease burden. We all know what overeating does to us – too much rich and fried food, too much sugar, too many starchy foods, too much fast food. ...

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MATT THORNTON: Funding the future: options for financing growth

When pitted against other states in the union, it’s often said that Mississippi scrapes the bottom of the barrel (or ranks at the top of a not-so-flattering list). Often overlooked, however, are conditions that can contribute overall to a favorable business climate: a strategic geographic location, tax-exempt financing programs and the nation’s lowest cost of living are just a few ...

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BEN WILLIAMS: Khayat’s longest field goal

The Wall Street Journal published its inaugural ranking of U.S. colleges on Sept 28.  The twelve-page listing of colleges, included as a special R section in a midweek issue, contained a notable assessment:  Ole Miss outranks Alabama! For me, the ranking triggered a mental image: Ole Miss Chancellor Emeritus Robert Khayat nailing the longest field goal of his illustrious career.  ...

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