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Awards ceremonies highlight MBJ's Business Marketplace

MBJ-Biz-Marketplace-2014_rgbThe Mississippi Trade Mart will once again be humming with the activities that will accompany the Mississippi Business Journal (MBJ) Marketplace (formerly known as the MBJ Business & Technology Expo) as thousands of people gather for the state’s premier business networking event.

The Marketplace is being co-sponsored by Comcast Business Class. MBJ is also partnering with WAPT Channel 16 in presenting the event that has been held now in the state’s capital for 31 years. About 2,000 people are expected to attend.

Formerly held as a spring event, numerous exhibitors indicated they would prefer the event be held in the early fall. In addition to the change of season, the event has been expanded to include new categories of business and other related events.

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The state’s Health Care Heroes will be honored at the breakfast event for the MBJ Marketplace. The ticketed event starts at 8:30 a.m. Health Care Heroes is sponsored by NewSouth NeuroSpine, Flowood. The awards program honors outstanding men and women in the health care industry whose contributions have increased the wellbeing of residents of the communities served.

Health Care Heroes are honored in five categories: physician, professional, nurse, volunteer, animal care and first responder.

The breakfast menu from Mangia Bene will feature the gourmet breakfast fair locals know to expect from their restaurant Broad Street Baking Company. Homemade scones and muffins, fresh minted fruit salad, and gourmet frittatas (think crustless quiche) with crumbled Italian sausage are just a few of the items you can expect to see.

The luncheon event, also catered by Mangia Bene, starts at noon to honor the winners of the Leaders in Finance awards.

“We are bringing lunch from BRAVO! to you and our communities business leaders,” said Aven Whittington III, the caterer for Mangia Bena. “Mixed field green salad with our house-made balsamic vinaigrette, Creole stuffed chicken, garlic roasted potatoes, and pastry chef Jennifer Adelsheimer has an old fashion dessert that is sure to please. You’ll have to come to see what it is.”

Wittington said their company is looking forward to being part of Business Marketplace 2014.

“Where else can our company get this kind of exposure in just a few short hours?” he said. “It is an honor and privilege to serve our state’s business leaders. Our catering company loves to celebrate all that is great in our state and community.”

Tickets are required to attend the Leaders In Financial luncheon honoring financial leaders who are selected based on industry and community involvement and achievement through their energy and innovative ideas. Their work provides a model of professionalism to their peers and goes above and beyond the call of duty.

Honorees will be recognized in the following categories:

Banking: Honors individuals such as mortgage lenders, bank executives, credit officers and loan officers.

Investment: Honors individuals such as stockbrokers, financial advisers, financial planners and investment executives.

Professional: Honors individuals such as public accountants, auditors, financial educators and financial analysts.

Musical entertainment at the Marketplace will be provided by jazz music from Raphael Semmes who says the Marketplace is definitely one of the premier events he is fortunate to play each year.

“Over the years, we have done some performance style presentations at the Marketplace, but we are  there primarily to provide a pleasing musical environment for people to visit and network. I try to create the perfect balance of good musical energy in the room with volume that is comfortable for normal speaking.”

Music for the Marketplace is not a one size fits all/cookie-cutter proposition for me. At breakfast he may play music that will gently help to wake everyone up a bit and start the day on a positive note. At lunch it’s more about making everyone feel comfortable and entertained.

“It may be jazz, it might be blues or even bluegrass, whatever feels right for the event,” Semmes said. “Tami Jones is wonderful to work with and always does a great job with these events. She may have a specific idea for music or just trust me to provide music that is appropriate both musically and thematically. It’s such a good environment to present live music because these events are important to people and businesses. My job is to provide and play music that is interesting and enjoyable.”



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