Countdown: Less than 3 weeks before conference opening session
By Lonnie Ross
JACKSON – The founder of a Mississippi-based top-rated company will be one of the headline speakers at the Connect 1 Conference. The conference will be held next month at the Jackson Convention Complex in Jackson Mississippi on Wednesday, September 17 and Thursday, September 18.
Joel Bomgar is the founder and chairman of Bomgar Corporation, located in Madison county, Mississippi. He will be the keynote speaker of the “Open For Business Agenda Luncheon” on September 17, during the conference. Southern Region Minority Suppliers Development Council Mississippi State Director Daphne McBeth will also speak at the luncheon.
The conference is an economic development networking event designed to match people and businesses to one another, including entrepreneurs, home-based businesses, new start-ups, established businesses, minority contractors/suppliers, prime contractors, major corporations, inventors/innovators, government agencies, educational institutions, venture capitalists, bankers, investment bankers, funders, media, and consumers.
Conference organizers are hoping that more than 1,000 people from Mississippi and outside the state will register and attend the conference, including business owners, business executives, consumers and students. Registration for access to the full conference is $75.00 extended through August 31st ($100.00 beginning September 1st).
Several companies and organizations have sign on as conference sponsors or partners, including: Entergy, Mississippi Power, Walmart, Miller Coors, eAdapIT, Garrett Enterprises Consolidated, Inc.IV, Hope Credit Union, Mississippi Department of Transportation, WhereToGo411, City of Jackson, Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau, Mississippi Development Authority, Mississippi Minority Business Alliance, Innovate Mississippi, Small Business Capital Fund, U.S. Department of Commerce, Small Business Administration, Small Business Development Centers of Mississippi, and the Southern Region Minority Supplier Development Council.
The conference will feature an expo, networking breakfast, business luncheon, awards dinner, numerous workshop sessions, and a VIP reception. Speakers and presenters headlining the conference will include nationally and locally known leaders, corporate owners and executives. Bomgar is one of the nationally known speakers.
Bomgar, age 34, has nearly two decades of experience in computer technology. In 2003, while working his way through college as a systems engineer, he created the concept for his company’s remote support product, the Bomgar Box™, as a way to provide help desk and technical support to disparate users without leaving his desk.
Founded that same year, Bomgar Corporation has quickly grown to revenues in excess of $50 million and continues to see double-digit revenue growth to this day.
Bomgar graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor of science in business administration from
Belhaven University in May 2003, also receiving the Trustee’s Award for the highest grade point average in his graduating class. Having worked his way through college as a systems engineer at systems integrator Business Communications, Inc. (BCI), he used his experience supporting remote users to develop the technology that would later become the Bomgar Box™. Unlike traditional remote control software, this technology allowed him to provide immediate technical support to any computer, anywhere in the world, in a matter of seconds – all without leaving his desk.
Since the company’s inception, Mr. Bomgar has been responsible for leading Bomgar Corporation in its acquisition of over 8,000 customers in all 50 states and 65 countries internationally, including numerous global deployments and enterprise customers listed on the Fortune 1000, Fortune 500, and Global 2000. Additionally, Bomgar Corporation has established strategic partnerships with leading solution vendors including BMC, HP, & Dell.
Bomgar has served as the primary spokesman for the company, which has been recognized in publications including ComputerWorld, Fast Company, InformationWeek, Small Business Computing, and Mississippi Business Journal, which named Bomgar Corporation one of the “Best Places to Work in Mississippi”.
Additionally, NetworkWorld named Bomgar Corporation one of the “Top 10 Security Companies to Watch” and gave the Bomgar B200™ a rating of 4.65 out of 5 for their “Clear Choice Test”. CRN recommends the B300™ with a top rating of 5 stars. Top analyst firm IDC named Bomgar #1 provider of enterprise clientless remote support software in 2012. In 2013, Bomgar Corporation received the “Hire Power” award from Inc. Magazine for being a Number One private business job creator in the State of Mississippi. For his record of creating jobs and contributing to the economic success of the State of Mississippi, he was recognized in a Commendation issued by the Mississippi House of Representatives and a Proclamation by the Mississippi State Senate. Most recently, he was presented with the Visionary Leadership Award by the Madison County Economic Development Authority and Madison County Business League for his contributions to the community and the local area economy.
There will be numerous workshops during the conference for registrants. “How to” workshop sessions at the conference include lessons on how to do business with the Federal, State and City government; how to do business with large corporations, agencies and institutions; how to get business funding and financial assistance; how a business can use Ecommerce and the Internet to grow; and more. Anyone interested in attending workshop sessions can sign up online at http://connect1conference.com/events/
Registration is still open for businesses, agencies, organizations and individuals interested in having an exhibit booth in the exhibit hall. Interested parties can register online on the conference website at http://connect1conference.com/exhibitor-information/
For more information go to the conference website at www.connect1conference.com or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 601-368-8479. Register for the full conference online at: http://connect1conference.com/register-attend/registration/