Business Expo aims for brighter economy


Entrepreneurs and executives will showcase their products and learn how to weather the economy at the second annual Business Expo on Thursday at IP Casino Resort.

The first day-long expo was at the Donal Snyder Community Center in Biloxi.

The expo has expanded and moved to the casino’s third-floor ballrooms, said Tina Ross-Seamans, director of the Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce, the organizer of the event.

Ross-Seamans said the theme is “Weather the Economy — Looking Brighter.” It’s about doing business in challenging times and preparing for a better future.

Space is full, with 50 booths highlighting the services of a chiropractor, photographer, insurance sales, home health care and other businesses.

Ross-Seamans said it’s free for members and $3 for nonmembers to attend the seminars, expo and Bay Connects networking event.

Tickets for the lunch are nearly sold out, she said.

The expo will feature:

n Mike Boudreaux, GCID Inc., real estate and construction.

n Stephen Whitt, The Innovation Center, small business and entrepreneurship

n Beverly Martin, Casino Operators Association.

n Linda Hornsby, Mississippi Hotel and Lodging Association.

n Verizon Wireless, technology trends.

n Development Authority, how what’s happening in Jackson affects the Coast.

n Chandler Russ, industry and business.

n Jack Moody, asset development.

Seminar Schedule:

9:15 a.m.: Advertising

10 a.m.: Retirement plans, outsourcing payroll, government contracting, financial management

1:30 p.m.: Social networking

2:10 p.m.: Social networking (repeat session)

2:50 p.m.: Fourth-generation wireless technology

5-7:30 p.m.: Bay Connects networking

If you go:

What: Biloxi Bay Chamber Expo

When: Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: IP Casino

Details: 435-6149


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