Entries by Kimberly Ballard

Huntsville’s Business Environment Embraces Veterans

Huntsville is a well-known destination for retiring veterans who want to do business with the government. In 1992, Rosalyn Thompson-Blackwell and Roderick Herron met during 14 weeks of Officer’s Training at Fort Benning, Ga. Thompson-Blackwell, president and CEO of Huntsville’s Mb Solutions, had worked as a project manager and acquisitions officer in the Army, stationed in […]

Retailers Dreaming of a Black Christmas

For years economists have pushed the idea that “Black Friday” is the first day of the year in which retailers operating all year “in the red” and at a loss, use the Christmas buying season to turn a profit putting them “in the black.” Supposedly on the day after Thanksgiving, shoppers are so full of […]

Oh, the Horror! Cashing in on the Business of Zombies, Superheroes and Mystical Creatures

  Americans will not just wander around with their arms or heads slashed open for fun this Halloween, but they will gash their wallets wide open in search of the perfect frightfest. According to 2017 National Retail Federation (NRF) statistics, more than 179 million Americans will participate in Halloween activities this year. Thirty-five percent will […]

Successful Brands and Logos Stand Up and Say ‘Yay!’

In 2700 B.C., the ancient Egyptians painted images on the temple walls of livestock being rounded up and branded with the Pharaoh’s cartouche using a hot iron to sear it into the flesh. It was the first known example of a logo being used to permanently and unabashedly identify ownership and send a powerful message […]

Going Hypersonic in the Back Rooms of SMD Symposium

They may not be a lead topic on the 21st Annual Space & Missile Defense Symposium agenda this week, but out in the hallways of the Von Braun Center, among exhibitors on the show floor, and over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before every meal, people will be talking about current hypersonic missile threats from Hypersonic […]