"We have several business that are actually celebrating anniversaries this year so they are highlighting how they have been a part of our community for 75 years," Boles said. "Some are celebrating 125 years so we are very pleased with the way that they have used our theme to look at our past and our future and the vision that we have for that future."
C.D. Smith, chairman of the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation, said the event calls attention to the strength of the business community.
"What is really wonderful about this event is it gives the local businesses the opportunity to display their wares and it's really amazing the diversity of products that is available right here in our community."
Jones pointed out that some of the businesses showcasing their products and services Wednesday do very little business in the immediate area but that they are equally valued for employing local manpower which in terms of payroll contributes directly to the local economy.
"Many of these companies support the local community in many ways," Jones noted.
A business such as Glass Incorporated does just that. Robert Smith said in the beginning their business model dealt mostly with local contractors but as the years have gone by their client footprint has expanded greatly.
"Now we have expanded from Georgia to Texas," Robert Smith said while greeting friends at the company's booth. "But we still hire locally so our employees are members of the community. It all evens out."
Smith said each year Glass Incorporated looks forward to being a part of The Main Event to show their support for the community and to help the local economy prosper.
"We do this promote our business and at the same time it promotes the EMBDC and our community," said Robert Smith.