By WALLY NORTHWAY
MBJ Staff Writer
JACKSON — On Jan. 22, 2003, representatives from a select group of Mississippi businesses will make their way to the Mississippi Trademart in Jackson for a unique honor — the Mississippi Business Journal’s Salute to Business and Industry awards. The awards program will be held during the Kick-Off Breakfast for the 20th-annual Mississippi Business EXPO, which begins at 7:30 a.m.
One aspect of this awards program is unique in that it honors businesses and industries for much more than just a healthy bottom line. Salute to Business and Industry recognizes companies headquartered in the state that contribute to the economy and quality of life of the region. The criteria for selection includes community involvement, quality of life, labor relations, leadership and recognition (past awards and other honors).
Award categories include commercial, industrial, health, retail, food and lodging and non-profit broken up into three business sizes — small (one to 25 employees), medium (25-99 employees) and large (100 and more employees).
Joe D. Jones, CPA, publisher of the MBJ, said, “We hear the term ‘good corporate citizen’ all the time, but what does that mean? It means being active in the community. It means treating employees with dignity and respect. It means being a role model for other businesses. These are the companies Salute to Business and Industry seeks to honor — those that have made a difference in people’s lives.”
Two new categories for Salute to Business and Industry have been added to this year’s lineup: Most Promising Emerging Company and Innovation Award.
The emerging company award will recognize outstanding accomplishments by a company which has been in business for five years or less. Criteria includes demonstrated growth in both revenue and employees, community involvement and success in meeting the objectives set forth in its business plan.
The innovation category will honor a company which has contributed an outstanding new product or service during the previous year.
The award will measure uniqueness, value added to the economy and the overall significance of the innovation. This category is open to any company based in Mississippi.
The Mississippi Business Journal is currently accepting nominations for the Salute to Business and Industry program. The nomination deadline is 5 p.m. on Nov. 18, 2002.
For more information, call MBJ’s special projects director Robbie Bell at (601) 364-1015 or toll-free at 1-800-283-4625. She may be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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