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Business Communications Inc – Medium Category Runner-up

In the company’s mission statement, Business Communications Inc.(BCI) makes it very clear what it does.

The Madison County company is all about technology and delivering solutions in a way that will give its customers the freedom to focus on what’s important to them.

That kind of commitment to BCI’s customers and employees is what earned the company second place in the Medium-sized category of the Mississippi Business Journal’s 2010 “Best Places to Work in Mississippi.”

When other IT companies were focusing on Y2K problems in the late 1990s, BCI founder Tony Bailey made the decision early on to refer those concerns to other businesses instead.

“Frankly, we didn’t’ want the headaches,” Bailey said, adding  “getting involved with Y2K would take us away from our primary focus and mission statement.”

Mission accomplished – Bailey’s gamble paid off, as history shows.

Soon after the so-called “dot.com” bubble burst in 2000, while other firms were reeling financially, BCI experienced robust growth.  For example, Bailey partnered with Alcatel, a world leader in the high-speed access and optical transport market, and established a business applications group and opened an office in New Orleans.  Then, BCI acquired IKON’s Mississippi tech services division and expanded further in the southeastern United States.

“I make it a point to surround myself only with ‘A’ and ‘B’ employees,” said Bailey, who says he founded the company on a shoestring budget in 1993.

At BCI, each engineer holds at least one certification, some as many as five.  One of his first hires for the company was Joel Bomgar, owner of Bomgar Corporation and also a member of the 2010 “Best Places” class.

BCI employs a staff of 150 and has established offices in Little Rock, Ark., and Birmingham, Ala., in the past year.  Some of the company’s clients include universities, medical centers, government entities, financial institutions and large and small retailers.

Bailey has invested heavily in capital improvements to stay ahead of the curve, taking note of the trend toward the convergence of voice and data with video well before many others did.  He moved into e-business solutions when the Internet had much more untapped potential.

The largest structured cabling company in Mississippi, BCI provides software, hardware, network products and services, IP and traditional phone systems, security, and wireless and storage services.

BCI continues to become more integrated, and has been named a Gold Partner with Cisco Systems, one of only four companies worldwide that have achieved GP status.

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