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DAVID DALLAS: District One congressional race not attracting voters or much interest

With the special election for District One now over, a critical analysis of the very poor showing of GOP establishment candidates, backed by the likes of Haley Barbour and Phil Bryant, would be awfully tempting. But the low voter turnout for such a crazy, free-for-all special election deserves some commentary. In spite of a plea from Secretary of State Delbert ...

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JACK WEATHERLY: Summertime and fears from not so long ago

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The little girl whose blue veins shone through her lovely ivory skin was dead. She could have been my first girlfriend. I had a crush on her when I was seven or eight. It was on one of those languorous summer days when the news was spread rapidly through our Memphis neighborhood by children— fleet little messengers of sorrow. Joan ...

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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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MARK BLACKWELL — Diversification is challenging for business owners

Savvy investors don’t put their entire portfolio in a single stock, yet owners of privately held businesses often keep the bulk of their wealth in one enterprise – their own.  This concentration means that business owners face a myriad of financial risks that others don’t have to worry about. For one, if anything hurts the business’s revenue – an economic ...

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TODD SMITH'S SPIN CYCLE: 5 reputation winners of Super Bowl XLIX

The Super Bowl was a big hit for many big brands – and their ad spots. Comprehensive research from various sources (primarily TiVo, YouTube, USA Today’s Ad Meter, and Twitter polling via AdAge) indicate these five brands have received a positive boost from the work they did surrounding the big game: 1. Budweiser For whatever reason (read: consistency), Americans now ...

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ELIZABETH BARBER — Putting Mississippi to work in a restoration economy

Every region in the country has an economy that is tied to specific sectors, and the Mississippi Coast is no different. A “cluster,” in economics, is a geographic concentration of interconnected industries and businesses in a specific field. In December 2014, the Mississippi Business Journal published a study looking at Mississippi’s “blue economy”: the cluster formed by maritime industries – ...

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MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: Dr. A Terrel Williams is always learning

According to an American Medical Association study in 2012, 53 perccent of physicians were full or part owners of a practice; 42 percent were employees; and 5 percent were independent contractors. Of particular note is that in 1983, 75.8 percent of physicians were self-employed. This trend has continued as approximately 75 percent of physician hiring in the last two years ...

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