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Volunteers make MBJ's Business Marketplace flow smoothly









The MBJ’s Business Marketplace, formerly the Business & Technology EXPO, has a new name and format, but it still takes dedicated volunteers to make the event successful. These volunteers from the  Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership volunteer many hours of their time to ensure that things flow smoothly.

“We have seasoned ladies who are veterans helping us pull off this event,” said Charina Rhodes, circulation manager of the Mississippi Business Journal. “They take care of the patrons as they enter the exhibition, from retrieving entrance tickets, lunch tickets, and business cards to assisting in the distribution of courtesy bags.”

Some of them will serve as registration assistants, help perform setups for the different events, meet and greet, answer questions and give directions.

“Each of the four ladies from the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau has been employed with the CVB more than five years,” says Christine Blackmon, CVB services director. “They will serve as the registration staff for Marketplace and assist with clerical responsibilities.”

The four registration volunteers from the Jackson CVB are Gloria Smith, LeeVeris Garland, Beatrice Lambert and Vida Mills. The CVB will also donate bags and tourism information to be distributed.

Volunteers from the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership have been helping with this business event for 25 years. They arrive early and stay until 7:30 p.m., serving in a number of ways wherever they are needed. Quida Watson and Pat Ladnier have volunteered for the past 20-plus years, and Darryl Palmer, the voice of the Mississippi Braves, has been the announcer for several years.

“They are extremely valuable to the event because they go in and know what to do and don’t have to be trained,” Rhodes said. “They are Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership Ambassadors who represent the chamber at this event and other events”

Mississippi Business Journal Publisher Alan Turner added, “We truly appreciate the volunteers and the services they provide. We could not have this event without them.”



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