In January, the Mississippi Business Journal hosted the 22nd-annual Mississippi Business & Technology EXPO in Jackson. The state’s largest business-to-business trade show was presented by Road Runner Business Class with the Mississippi Technology Alliance as major sponsor.
Expectations were high for this year’s event, and the results have been astounding: it was the biggest and most successful ever. Our initial feedback from attendees and exhibitors has been very positive and encouraging.
Attendance over the two days broke all previous records. More than 5,000 people saw the 200-plus exhibitor booths and participated in a wide range of special events.
And the special events around EXPO have become a significant part of the experience for many attendees.
• The Salute to Business & Industry and Who’s Who in Mississippi Business program kicked off EXPO as businesses from around the state were honored for their achievements. It was also a time to recognize the movers and shakers who also happen to be making a difference not only for their companies, but the communities in which they live.
• The Top 40 Under 40 program saw hundreds of friends, family members and colleagues gather to honor the best and brightest of Mississippi under the age of 40. “Involvement with the Top 40 programs has been an uplifting, but humbling, experience,” says MBJ publisher Joe D. Jones, CPA. “Each year, we honor 40 serious achievers who have struggled to overcome obstacles, rack up impressive professional accomplishments while contributing to their communities and balancing family life all the while. Each year, I feel better after studying the record of the Top 40 Under 40 honorees.”
• Twelve finalists for Business Woman of the Year, selected from the most recent 50 Women class, were feted. The finalists are honored during a luncheon, with the naming of the Business Woman of the Year coming as the high point of day two at EXPO.
“The Business Woman of the Year program honors the achievements and contributions of women in business from around the state, and it serves as a follow-up event to the 50 Leading Business Women program held every August,” according to MBJ special projects director Robbie L. Bell.
We want to thank all who participated in and contributed to the success of EXPO. Exhibitors, attendees, event sponsors, MBJ staff and the myriad of support service providers, from florists to photographers to caterers, all had a part in making the show flow smoothly and effectively.
Thanks to all for a job well done. See you at EXPO again next January.