Dozens of Mississippi businesses showcased their goods and services last Friday as the Mississippi Business Journal held its inaugural Business Marketplace at the Trademart in Jackson.
Formerly the Business Expo, the Marketplace featured some vendors selling products on the showroom floor — a move the MBJ made to accommodate visitors who wanted to shop as well as get acquainted with the state’s businesses.
The Marketplace drew companies specializing in everything from human resource functions such as payroll and benefits (Account Services) to state-of-the art cutlery (Cuto Cutlery) and indoor electronic billboards (Message Point Media).
Colleges turned out to promote their under-graduate and post-graduate degrees (Belhaven University, The University of Alabama, Mississippi State University’s Center for Distance Education, Mississippi State University Extension Service, Mississippi College, Holmes Community College).
Also well represented were data service and other information technology companies (Howard Technology. Magnolia Data Solutions, Synergistics DCS Inc., Think Anew). Telecommunications providers also exhibited (CSpire Wireless, Broadband Voice, Netlink Voice) as did web service providers and audio visual companies (Think Web Store, Bowie Audio & Visual).
State and federal agencies took part (Mississippi Department of Insurance, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Mississippi Department of Employment Services, the U.S. Small Business Administration), along with non-profit groups (Special Olympics, Mississippi Blood Services, ).
The Marketplace opened with a breakfast honoring Mississippi’s “Health Care Heroes.” A luncheon honored “Leaders in Finance.”
MBJ Publisher Alan Turner said the Marketplace continued a record of success begun 31 years ago with the first Business Expo. “We received a lot of positive feedback from exhibitors who gained an excellent number of leads and contacts throughout the course of the day,” he said. “We’re glad to play a role in helping strengthen Mississippi’s business economy.”