JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Business is booming in Jackson County, and it's being helped along by an annual event that draws thousands. The Chamber of Commerce sponsored Industrial Trade Show was an opportunity for business and industry movers and shakers to see and be seen.
"We've been in business for over 50 years. We've been at this show for 10 years and we see the benefit of coming here every year to support the community and the efforts that the Chamber of Commerce puts on," vendor Judy Miller said.
While deals may not happen immediately, it's what the future holds that's important.
"We have companies that come in here, they may be here at this trade show for two years and the third year they get that big networking opportunity that they've been waiting for a year. And who knows the dollar value that you can put to something like that," Chamber President Carla Todd explained.
For potential customers, this is a unique opportunity.
"The heads of companies, the CEO's, those industry leaders that make a difference, you can get them here at the show. You can stop them and talk with them, see what they do," Donna Rogers said.
While many of the 120 vendors at this 27th edition of the industrial trade show have been coming here for years, others have not. This is the first time around for them and they wouldn't want to be anywhere else. Just ask Mike Ward from St. Louis.
"There are companies here that are looking for our services, and need our services and we're able to fulfill them. We found that opportunities in the Midwest, where we are headquartered is pretty limited. Coming down here, we've found nothing but open doors," Ward exclaimed.
For companies that come every year, it's time well spent. Sissy Booth is another vendor.
"It's been very good for us. We've made a lot of new contacts. It's a really good program. It gives us an opportunity to show some of our new products so that the guys in the field, when they come through, can actually put their hands on it, talk about it, look at it."
And just maybe, looking at a new business contract being signed.
Chamber officials say the show was a huge success with more than 2,500 people walked through the doors during the six hour event.