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JOSH MABUS — Inbound marketing is fueled by wishful thinking

I have had many people try to convince me inbound marketing is the most effective tool for marketing in the online era, but I’m not biting. For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, it basically says that through blogs, social media posts and search-engine optimization a business can attract strangers to interact with your information. If the content is ...

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2014 a good year for filmmaking in Mississippi

COLUMBUS — In 2014, 19 feature films along with six reality shows and six documentaries were shot partially or entirely in Mississippi. “We had a rather remarkable year last year and we expect that to continue,” said Ward Emling, director of the Mississippi Film Office. While in the past, movies filmed in Mississippi were based on stories that took place ...

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May 12 election set to fill north Mississippi US House seat

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has set a May 12 special election to fill a vacancy in the U.S. House. The seat for the 1st Congressional District in north Mississippi has been open since the Feb. 6 death of Republican Rep. Alan Nunnelee. Candidates have a March 27 deadline to qualify for the race, and they will run without ...

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Three Rivers’ Kelley named top 50 developer

PONTOTOC – Three Rivers Planning and Development District Executive Director Vernon R. “Randy” Kelley III has been named one of North America’s top 50 economic developers for 2015. Kelley was named to the list by Consultant Connect, a Kalamazoo, Michigan-based consulting agency that links economic developers and site consultants. The economic developers selected were nominated by their colleagues in both ...

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Tupelo to get its first Walmart Neighborhood Market

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – The first of what could be as many as three smaller-format Walmart stores in Tupelo is expected to be built this year. On Thursday, Tupelo Development Services Director Shane Hooper confirmed that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. had officially requested a permit to build a 40,000-square-foot Walmart Neighborhood Market in the city. The store will ...

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JOSH MABUS: Reinvigorate your space; reinvigorate your business

Shut your doors. Turn off income for more than a dozen days. Invest money with a return-on-investment that is incredibly difficult to track. In other words, take a true leap of faith to improve your business. The Eat With Us Group (Harveys, Sweet Peppers Deli and The Grill) took a risk closing their Harveys location in Starkville — a risk ...

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Hilton suites brand to replace hotel razed after tornado

TUPELO — An 80-room Tupelo hotel demolished because of heavy damage from the tornado last April will be replaced by a larger hotel — one with the Hilton brand. Fusion Hospitality owner Bruce Patel tells The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that a 108-room Home2 Suites will be built where the Comfort Suites once stood. It will be the second Hilton ...

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HEADACHES FOR HOSPITALS — Larger operations can give aid to struggling rural hospitals

An estimated 40 percent of rural hospitals in the country are operating at a loss, and the situation is getting worse for many rural hospitals not affiliated with larger healthcare facilities because of increased government regulations combined with reduced reimbursements. Closure of a rural hospital can have a devastating impact on a small community that is already losing population and ...

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State Rep. Aldridge, R-Tupelo, not seeking re-election

TUPELO — Republican state Rep. Brian Aldridge of Tupelo says he’s not running this year for a fourth term in the Mississippi House. WTVA-TV in Tupelo reports that Aldridge discussed his decision Wednesday. He represents House District 17, located entirely in Lee County. He has served in the House since 2004. Last December, the Mississippi Supreme Court upheld a ruling ...

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Mississippi furniture makers on rebound with more exports

By Jack Weatherly A few years ago, the Chinese might not have been the kind of trade partners you wanted if you were in furniture manufacturing in Mississippi. That’s because the communist nation was selling goods in this country cheaper than they could be made in the United States. Consequently, the industry —suppliers and manufacturers — in Mississippi felt the ...

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