Industrial Trade Show Returns To Jackson County

"It's trade show time."

From work boots to cell phones, just about anything you are looking for could easily be found at the Industrial Trade Show. The one stop shop features business from all over Jackson County.

"We are full, we have 75 business and 90 booths," says Trade Show Committee Member Anita Brooks.

That was not the case last year thanks to Katrina's untimely visit. The storm stopped the show and crippled hundreds of businesses and the economy in Jackson County.

"It kind of knocked them off their feet for a little while. There were still some business that wanted to participate but did not have the staffing," says Brooks.

"The fact is we are sold out, which means there are enough business that are strong and we can keep rolling along."

Now, as business owners showcase their products to the public, they have one goal in mind - getting more people to invest their dollars in Jackson County.

"We invite people from the entire coast all the way to Mobile to come and see what our suppliers have to offer," says Jackson County Chamber Of Commerce Director Karla Todd.

That is why Brian Weaver packed up his tools from Weaver Supply in Moss Point and trekked to the Civic Center.

"If you are out of sight, you're out of mind. You really need to come and show a presence and let people know what you carry. Because somebody from out of state will come right behind you and pick up the ball you dropped," says Weaver.

Jamie Shows agrees. That's why he created a large banner bearing his company name, Stitches Now in Gautier. He says, so far, it's worked in his favor.

"Since we got here, we already had five or six people in the first hour coming and enjoying our booth and looking to use us for their businesses."

And more people signing up to do business Jackson County equals a more lucrative post-Katrina future for everyone.

The trade show is being held at the B.E. "Mac" McGinty Civic Center in Pascagoula. It's open to anyone 18 or older, and there is a $5 admission fee. Wednesday's hours are from 10am-4pm.