‘Best Places’ honorees think of business like family

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Published: April 11,2010

Tags: Best Places to Work, Business, EXPO, family

Carolyn Boteler believes her employees are like family.

Minutes earlier, the CEO and president of TempStaff had accepted her company’s third “Best Places to Work in Mississippi” award at the Kickoff Breakfast for the 2010 Mississippi Business & Technology EXPO at the Mississippi Trade Mart on April 7.

With her management team surrounding her, Boteler beamed about picking up another “Best Places to Work” award for her firm, which provides clerical office support staffing for businesses in the metro Jackson area.

“Once you reach a plateau, then you have to maintain and make work fun for your employees,” she said.  “It’s an honor to be recognized as one of the best companies for people to work.”

The “Best Places to Work in Mississippi” program was created in 2005 by the Mississippi Business Journal to recognize successful companies that reap the benefit of retaining employees by providing safe, productive and friendly work environments.

The breakfast was the opening event for the EXPO, which is produced by the Mississippi Business Journal.  Now in its 27th year, the two-day EXPO features exhibitors from around the state and is recognized as the largest business-to-business trade show in Mississippi.

MBJ publisher Alan Turner welcomed guests and offered opening remarks before the Jackson Wingfield High School Jr. ROTC color guard made the presentation of colors.  Dock S. Cooper III, pastor of the Agape Christian Fellowship Church, gave the invocation and led the crowd in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Musical entertainment was provided by local favorite Raphael Semmes and his Combeaux band.

The assembled crowd of 250 feasted on a buffet of scrambled eggs, muffins, cheese grits and fruit, and settled in to listen to keynote speaker Andy Taggart.

A Madison legal consultant and media personality, Taggart encouraged those in attendance to focus on “the road that you want to take” and not the dire challenges faced by businesses during today’s economic crunch.

“If we focus too much on our challenges, you can run right into the things that we want to avoid,” Taggart said.  “In my judgment, if we’re not allowed to the freedom to fail, then we’re not allowed the freedom to succeed.”

In his remarks, he also told the audience that there was nothing wrong with making money.

“Capitalism is still cool in this country,” he said.  “We have to fight hard to dissolve the notion that capitalism is wrong.”

Along with the Mississippi Business Journal, Comcast Business Class is a co-sponsor of the 2010 EXPO and hosted the Kickoff Breakfast.  Others include A Complete Flag Source, A+Signs, Bowie Audio Visual, Community Coffee, Green Oak Florist and Nursery, Mangia Bene, Stagelite Sound & Management, National Awards, Stegall Imagery and the Wingfield High School Jr. ROTC color guard.

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