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Flowood Center Hosts HomeGoods Job Fair

July 9, 2013

HomeGoods stores are among the nation’s top retailers for customers to buy rugs, furniture, bedding, mirrors, kitchen essentials and much more.

When searching for new employees, managers at the store opening soon in Rankin County are taking their business to Mississippi College’s Flowood Center for a two-week job fair. Prospects stopped by to drop off resumes, and face interviews on the spot. The doors opened for scores of job prospects on Monday July 8.

 It’s a case of another Jackson area business making good use of the two-story Mississippi College branch sitting near the busy Dogwood festival mall off Lakeland Drive.

With more than 9,000 square feet of space, well-stocked with classrooms and plenty of Southern hospitality, the center welcomed a steady flow of people at the job fair’s opening day. “We have had a great turnout on the first day – lots of highly qualified applicants,’’ says Sara Kimmel, director of the MC center.

Whether they want to be hired as merchandise associates, merchandise coordinators or employees dealing with loss prevention, HomeGoods job-seekers plan to stop at the MC center through Saturday July 20. The new HomeGoods store will open in the old Borders bookstore location at Dogwood. There’s another HomeGoods store operating in Madison.

Catering to working adults two evenings per week, the Flowood Center offers accounting, business administration, communication, finance, marketing and sociology classes to Mississippi College undergraduates.

But the center also reaches out to businesses year-round.

The Flowood Center has partnered with companies like Chick-fil-A, Belk, e-Cash Software Solutions, Zayin Fiber Optics, Georgia Pacific, and Woodmen of the World for training sessions at its site next-door to the Flowood Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center. MC staffers have also worked with the Elder Law Firm and the Central Mississippi Project Management Institute, among others. They plan to host more training sessions with companies at the center this summer.

“Mississippi College has a long history of high quality business education,’’ says Kimmel, a business professor. “So it just makes good sense that we’re an excellent business partner for those companies and organizations that need executive meeting and training space.’’

The Flowood Center is convenient to the Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport for quick access to flights and hotels.

“Flowood has a great retail area for shopping and dining, so employees and customers can take advantage of local hospitality while they’re here,’’ Kimmel said.

For more information on the Flowood Center, contact Sara Kimmel at 601-925-7775.

Photo: The Flowood Center