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Getting excited about Salute to Business & Industry program

I’m proud to announce that the nomination process for our fifth-annual Salute to Business and Industry Awards program is underway.

This prestigious statewide recognition program showcases good corporate citizenship exhibited by companies based in Mississippi. Companies are judged by an independent panel of business experts on their contributions to the region via the following criteria: Community Involvement; Workforce Development Policies; and Leadership in Your Segment.
Awards categories include: Commercial; Industrial; Health; Retail; Food and Lodging; Non-profit. Other featured categories are: Most Promising Emerging Companies (five years or less); Innovation Awards. Companies are also categorized by the number of employees.

A new awards category will be featured this year: the Who’s Who in Business Awards. This competition recognizes outstanding achievements by corporate executives in the following roles: CEO, CFO, CIO, Marketing/Ad Directors and HR Directors.

As always, our talented MBJ special projects department, led by director Robbie L. Bell with assistance from coordinator Cindy Calabrese, are putting together an outstanding event.

For entry forms, contact Cindy at cindy@msbusiness.com or call (601) 364-1015. Further information and forms are also available on the Mississippi Business Journal Web site at www.msbusiness.com. Click on the Salute to Business button.

We’re accepting nominations until 5 p.m. November 19th. Awards will be presented at the 22nd-annual Mississippi Business & Technology EXPO on Wednesday, January 19, 2005, during the EXPO Kick-Off Breakfast.

Last year’s winner’s were: Health Management Associates, Stuart C. Irby Co., Pioneer Aerospace, Beau Rivage, FNC Inc., Seeman Composites, Millsaps Buie House, Hollywood Casino, Harbor House, Lift Inc., Mississippi Associated Builders and Contractors, Triton Systems and CameraWatch.

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 positive difference in people’s lives.
We look forward to your participation in this year’s Salute to Business and Industry Awards program.

Joe D. Jones, CPA, is publisher of the Mississippi Business Journal. Contact him at cpajones@msbusiness.com.

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