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IKE TROTTER — Planning is vital for small businesses

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Here in Mississippi and, in particular, the Delta, small businesses are the backbone to our economy. And, equally as important, small businesses can be the glue that brings children back home to run and eventually succeed in the ownership of a business. But, as many know, running a small business today involves a great deal of risk. Needless to say, ...

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Biloxi Beachfront restaurants standing all in a row

Shaggy’s was one of the first restaurants along a stretch of beach in East Biloxi, and recently has been joined by four other properties — Salty Oyster, Baja Beach, Beach Bums and The Reef . Some are still under construction.

By LYNN LOFTON  In recent years, a group of restaurants has been built close together along a section of beachfront property in East Biloxi. The restaurants, built in the beach shack style made popular in Florida, stand in a row at water’s edge, leading some observers to refer to them as Restaurant Row. The moniker is not official; nor was ...

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A new concept for Mississippi: The medical resort

medical tourism

By ALAN TURNER Mississippi cardiologist Dr. Zilin Wang is bringing an interesting new concept to the Mississippi health care field: the medical resort. Just what is a medical resort? Basically, it’s a process in which Dr. Wang provides cardiovascular treatment to patients who come to Mississippi from China, and some from Japan.  These patients are generally affluent business people who ...

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U.S. tariffs a factor in Chinese company seeking plant in Jackson?

solar

By JACK WEATHERLY  While there is nothing new under the sun, things do change. Such as the solar market, which has since the Solyndra debacle that gave the Obama administration a black eye. The California startup defaulted on a $535 million federal loan in 2011. It subsequently filed a $1.5 billion antitrust suit against China’s three largest solar panel makers. ...

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Viking continues to struggle since purchase by Middleby

Viking Range

By JACK WEATHERLY  Things were going to be better for the Viking Range Corp., founder and Chief Executive Fred Carl announced in a long email to employees on Dec. 31, 2012. He referred to “the past four rough years” for the company. By the end of 2012, employment had been nearly halved from a pre-recession peak of 1,200 due to ...

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HE’S BACK — Fred Carl aims for the high-end market with modular homes

C3 Design will concentrate first on smaller buildings, such as this one in a contemporary style.

By JACK WEATHERLY  Fred E. Carl Jr. is emerging from his Viking Range years with a new venture, C3 Design. The company will build modular homes that are not what one might think of as “prefab” houses. It aims instead for the same high-end market that Viking dominated. Carl’s ventures are coming full circle. The first was homebuilding, a continuation ...

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ALAN TURNER — Roy Campbell: Incoming president of the Mississippi Bar Association

Roy Campbell, partner with Jackson law firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings and incoming president of the Mississippi Bar Association, is a third generation lawyer who grew up in Greenville, Mississippi, took his law degree from the University of Mississippi, and has served in the law profession for over 38 years. Primarily a litigator, Roy has handled many high profile cases ...

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JOSH MABUS — Add your own symbol to your portfolio

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A business owner who enjoys spending money on marketing is hard to find. There always seems to be something else that is an easier expenditure. Fear and trepidation surrounds marketing expenditures. It’s no wonder. Even legendary retailer George Wanamaker once remarked, “Half the money I spend on marketing is wasted; the trouble is, I don’t know which half.” Many think ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — The best summer job I ever had

1965 Ford LTD

It was 1965. The summer between my junior and senior year at Central High School in Jackson, Mississippi. Vietnam was heating up, civil rights events were being held and other events were in the news, but like most 17-year-old boys this one had other things on his mind: Mostly cars and girls. We interrupt this column to mention that today’s ...

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