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ALEX PURVIS — The Coronavirus and business insurance coverage: Steps to take now

Mississippi business leaders will continue to hope that the new coronavirus, COVID-19, stays away from and out of our state.  But even if we avoid direct exposure to this worldwide health crisis, Mississippi companies will face risk and resulting losses.  From international shipping and travel to reliance on component parts manufactured on foreign shores, Mississippi businesses may not realize the ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Customers are judging every aspect of every transaction

Once upon a time, I did some research about customer transactions for a company that had an office where customers could come in, sign up for new accounts, make payments on existing accounts and otherwise transact business. My task was to learn more about why customers were coming to the facility to transact business when they could just as easily, ...

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Innovate Mississippi looks to expand regional alliances

» New year will bring creation of new seed fund for Innovate Mississippi By TED CARTER If the “Next Big Thing” is out there, it’s unlikely to be overlooked in a Mississippi that spent the last decade building ways to get good ideas to market. Mississippi enterprises focused on commercializing knowledge and innovation are venturing into a new decade with ...

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State’s banking industry trying to recruit more young people

By NASH NUNNERY Like other business sectors, the banking industry is struggling to recruit and retain young people. Between the financial crisis of 2008 and negative headlines about ethical missteps, it’s become harder to attract the next generation of professionals to banking. Mississippi Bankers Association president and CEO Gordon Fellows said the banking industry faces plenty of challenges when it ...

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COVID-19 not yet impacting visitation and conventions on Coast and Jackson

By BECKY GILLETTE The situation with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the U.S. is rapidly changing. An example is the number of states with confirmed cases went from 19 on March 6 to 34 states and the District of Columbia on March 9. There is great concern about nose dives in the U.S. stock markets, and how fears of ...

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HUNTER ESTES — Poll shows Mississippians overwhelmingly want alcohol freedom

A recently published survery showcase overwhelmingly strong support for allowing wine to be sold in grocery stores across the state of Mississippi. The Looking For Wine coalition, in conjunction with Spry Strategies conducted the poll which found that 75 percent of Mississippians support the policy change. The survey comes as further testament that Mississippians are in favor of increasing alcohol freedom in ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Reeves must do more than build on the past

Running for governor, Tate Reeves touted the successes achieved over eight years with Phil Bryant as governor and himself as Lt. Governor. “All of these (good) things don’t just happen,” Reeves told the Delta Business Journal. “It happens because conservative public policy works. I’m running for governor to continue to invest in our priorities and to continue to make Mississippi ...

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Employers should come up with a consistent and effective plan for a possible epidemic

By BECKY GILLETTE Confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have moved closer geographically to Mississippi with the recent announcement of cases in Tennessee and Georgia. Thirty states had reported cases of COVID-19 as of March 9 with a total of 500 cases. While some health officials hope that the virus will die out with warmer weather, which ...

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Tupelo No. 2 ‘micropolitan’ area in one survey, No. 102 in another

By JACK WEATHERLY Two recent reports on “micropolitan” areas are markedly different because of how they measure economic strength. Oxford ranked No. 8 among 542 areas whose populations range from 10,000 to 50,000 in a report from the Policom Corp. Oxford is not even mentioned in a ranking of such areas in a report from Site Selection magazine. Tupelo was ranked 102nd in ...

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