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MBJ’s Business & Technology EXPO celebrates 30 years with big bump in exhibitors

Nearly 100 Mississippi businesses showcased their products and services Thursday at the Mississippi Business Journal’s Business & Technology EXPO, the state’s largest business-to-business networking event.

Visitors filled the exhibition aisles at the Mississippi Trade Mart throughout the daylong EXPO which reached its 30-year milestone this year with a 20 percent increase in exhibitors over last year.  Some of the visitors also took in a pair of the Mississippi Business Journal’s mainstay events – the 50 Women Alumni Breakfast and the Top 40 Under 40 luncheon.

The 50 Women Alumni Breakfast marked the first reunion of the state’s top women leaders who have been honored by the MBJ each year since 1997.

The business newspaper’s Top 40 Under 40 luncheon has been honoring young business leaders since 1993.

Carolyn Boteler’s Temp Staff crew has exhibited at many of the Business Journal’s EXPOS. It’s a time for the staff of the 29-year-old temporary employment service company to renew old acquaintances and make new ones.

“We’ve been doing it for years and years,” Boteler said. “We have made a lot of great contacts and new business partnerships.”

Billed as the venue “Where Business Meets Commerce,” the 30th Expo had a 20 percent increase in exhibitors. The visitor draw was just what exhibitor and Mississippi market leader Regions Bank had hoped to see. EXPO “gives people the chance to meet our bankers,” said Candie L. Simmons, Region’s regional marketing director, who staffed the exhibit along with Brian Lott, a Region’s assistant VP and mortgage loan originator.

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