The opening of this year’s Mississippi Business & Technology EXPO on Wednesday is expected to be another stellar event as the state’s largest business-to-business networking extravaganza. It marks the fifth year for Comcast Business Class to be the title sponsor of this Mississippi Business Journal special event. Large crowds will take in the exhibits, seminars, awards programs presentations, live entertainment and numerous networking opportunities.
Ronnie Colvin, vice president/general manager for the Jackson area of Comcast, says the company continues to sponsor EXPO because of its belief in the superior product it offers businesses.
“EXPO is our opportunity to reach the business community, build upon our business and commercial account relationships and to emphasize that we now offer similar triple play bundles for business customers that our residential customers enjoy,” he said.
Comcast feels it’s important to participate because EXPO is one time in the year that people can really focus on looking into needs for their businesses and to dedicate time away from the office to explore new features, benefits and technologies.
“Comcast showcases our products and services, but at the same time we reinforce that we are a leader in the telecommunications arena,” he added.
Mississippi Business Journal publisher and Editor Ed Darling says the EXPO has become a state tradition. “It’s a great way to start the new year,” he said. “We think this year’s event will be the best ever and we look forward to seeing old friends, building fresh partnerships and sharing new ideas, products and technology.”
Colvin says the current state of the economy made it more important for Comcast to be a part of the annual show.
“During hard economic times, businesses are looking for economical and efficient ways to operate. Comcast Business Class provides advanced communications solutions backed by 24/7 customer support that helps small and medium sized businesses – including home based operations – meet their unique demands,” he said. “And this sizebusiness sometimes feels the pinch a little faster and harder than the large corporations.
“We can help with that by offering fast, affordable digital voice, high-speed Internet and television in packages. Plus Comcast Business Class offers technology assessment and consultation services, an extremely valuable tool that enables small businesses the assistance they might need to operate at peak efficiency.”
Another long-time EXPO participant and sponsor of the Top 40 Under 40 Luncheon, Cellular South points out that the future of the state is inextricably tied to the health of the business community.
“Our ability to use technology to provide valuable new products and services to consumers is part of that,” said Jim Richmond, director of corporate communications. “That’s why this annual exposition is so important. It gives business and technology companies an opportunity to showcase their products and services and tangibly demonstrate the progress and innovations that are helping this state weather some challenging economic times.”
Comcast is also sponsoring the popular Cyber Café again this year where several computers with Comcast high-speed Internet service will be available for attendees to check office e-mails or simply experience the speed and features of the service in a comfortable environment.
“Even with so many handheld devices being used today, the full-screen computer is friendlier to downloading attachments or excel files that might need reviewing during the show,” Colvin said. “So basically we enable the business person to be away from the office, but still enjoy and focus on the show while keeping track of what is happening back at the office if necessary.”
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