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HARDWICK: Your property's history

If you live in an older house and are not familiar with its heritage you might want to consider becoming a house detective, so to speak. It’s fun and educational to find out about the history of your property. It takes only one trip to Europe to realize that there is no shortage of currently occupied houses there that are ...

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HARDWICK: Tipping still not an exact science

Tipping, a $40-billion item in the U.S. economy, is a subject about which there is no universal agreement. Although there are guidelines written about in numerous articles, it seems that the issue is getting more confusing. Some businesses have a policy against tipping. Some even say that tipping should be banned. To illustrate the wide range of views and opinions ...

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HARDWICK: It’s all about the jobs

“As I said in my inaugural address, my first job is to make sure every Mississippian has a job.” — Gov. Phil Bryant State of the State Address — Jan. 24, 2012   “So we should be doing everything we can as a country to create more good jobs that pay good wages. Period.” — President Barack Obama Remarks at ...

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HARDWICK: Using options to assemble properties

One of the biggest challenges facing economic developers and real estate developers in general is assembling a collection of small parcels of land for the purpose of offering a large site for development. One of the more common ways to accomplish that is the use of options on real estate. Options are becoming more important as sites needed for projects ...

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HARDWICK: Making decisions close to the customer

One of the biggest challenges for big business is establishing policies and procedures for employees who deal directly with customers. The best companies seem to have mastered the concept of “making decisions close to the customer.” My recent experiences with two well- known companies illustrate the challenges of how much authority an employee has when dealing with a customer. The ...

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HARDWICK: Why do people run for public office

The qualifying deadline for local elections in Mississippi has passed. On May 9 voters will go to the polls to select the political party nominees for mayors, alderpersons and councilmembers in most of the Magnolia State’s villages, towns and cities. It is time again to ask the question: Why do people run for public office? This question gets asked often ...

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