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Technology changing the political landscape in Mississippi

Much like Internet-based technology has revolutionized social interaction, so has it changed the landscape of politics. Audio and video can be shot, uploaded and available for all the world to see within a matter of minutes. There is no such thing as privacy anymore. And political candidates would do well to heed that fact. This year’s presidential campaigns have born ...

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Market research and validation move ideas to businesses

Technology and marketing are coming together for clients of Southern Growth Studio, an Oxford-based group that launched last November. Managing partner Michael Graber, who is also a contributing columnist to the Mississippi Business Journal, says the eight employees all grew up on digital and websites and cut their teeth on interactive. “We bring a different orientation to marketing,” he said. ...

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The Pass Christian Soap Company growing and determined to get back home to Coast

The story of The Pass Christian Soap Company is one of inspiration and creativity, followed by disaster and resiliency. Paula Lindsey started the company in her Pass Christian home in 2001 after observing that local retail shops did not carry any locally made bath products. Using natural ingredients, she tweaked formulas for a couple of years and used family and ...

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Autofest sales follow national trend

Gasoline got Stanley and Melodee Smith from their Saltillo home to the Tupelo Autofest. That’s the gasoline in the 2005 Dodge Magnum they drove to the semiannual event and the gasoline they want to stop having to buy when they purchase a more fuel-efficient vehicle. “We’re just looking,” said Stanley as he perused cars offered at the Tupelo Auto Sales ...

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Efficiency, creativity helping ADs balance budgets

It would be a safe assumption to make that Greg Byrne’s prodigious fundraising abilities played a large role in his landing the position of athletic director at Mississippi State University (MSU). The 36-year-old, who will officially succeed Larry Templeton July 1, has known since childhood that he wanted one day to be the head man of a Division I athletics ...

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Developers’ goal with mixed-use StoneBridge project? Community

According to its developers, the mixed-use development StoneBridge is the largest such project the City of Brandon has seen in nearly a half-century. And, Marcus Martin Builder and Heartland Development Company, LLC, held a grand opening befitting the project’s scale May 16. The grand opening included home tours as well as free crawfish boil (3,000 pounds worth), hot air balloon ...

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State now out of med malpractice business

With the sale of the Mississippi Medical Malpractice Availability Plan (MMAP), the State of Mississippi is out of the business of underwriting medical malpractice insurance policies. Mark Adams, chairman, president and CEO of Austin, Texas-based Advocate MD, said last week that his company’s contract with the state has been finalized, and Advocate MD will begin administering MMAP. MMAP was created ...

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Businesses finding solid returns on generator investments

One of the many hard lessons learned in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is that when the lights go out, so do the cash registers. A more recent spate of severe weather and tornadoes that raked large parts of the state, causing extensive power outages, drove that lesson home anew. And, the next hurricane season starts June 1. It would ...

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