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Newest awards have quickly become of the favorites of EXPO

Best Places to Work kicks off EXPO 2009

Awards programs have long been a hallmark of the Mississippi Business & Technology EXPO. The Top 40 Under 40 Luncheon and the Business Woman of the Year Luncheon are traditionally standing-room-only events.

EXPO’s newest awards program, Best Places to Work in Mississippi, has quickly gained the same popularity. Best Places to Work looks to honor entities in several categories for offering a safe, productive and worker-friendly environment.

The Best Places to Work Kick-off Breakfast is the first event of EXPO. It will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the bay just off the tradeshow floor, and will conclude in time for the EXPO ribbon cutting.

In addition to the award presentations, the event will offer live entertainment.

This year’s sponsors are the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) and Teklinks.

Mike Girouard, vice president of sales at Teklinks, said his company has been in Jackson market for a little over a year now, and saw a great opportunity to get the word out about the firm’s products and offerings. Teklinks recently added to its sales team in the Jackson and added a new engineer, and offers services that area businesses will find effective.

In addition, the program hits close to the heart for Teklinks.

“We won Best Places to Work from the Birmingham Business Journal in 2008,” Girouard said. “So, we understand the award and the spirit of the award. We know what meaning the award meant to us, and we wanted to do our part to support these kinds of companies.”

Melissa Medley, CME, director of marketing and communications at MDA, said, “Mississippi Business Journal’s Best Places to Work program allows the state’s businesses to showcase a facet of their company character that is seldom promoted — and that is the quality of the work environment that they provide for their employees. “This imporrtant aspect ties to the quality of the state’s overall workforce.”

The breakfast’s featured speaker will be Bill Rayburn, president and CEO of FNC Inc.

“The people of Mississipi have an innate sense of community and a strong core of traditional values,” Rayburn said. “That camaraderie carries over into the business arena, allowing the work environment to be productive while at the same time encouraging time-tested loyalty that is quuickly fading in other segments of our nation’s workforce.”

Contact MBJ staff writer Wally Northway at wally.northway@msbusiness.com.

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