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Minority & Small Business

MDA strives for economic development in Mississippi by connecting minority- and women-owned businesses with a strong network of support, educational resources, financial programs and technical assistance.

Contacts

Derek Finley
Business Development & Supplier Diversity Manager
LaTisha Handy
Program Manager: Certifications, Loans, Marketing, Bids, Solicitations
Secret Luckett
Program Manager: Bids, Solicitations, Certifications
Dr. Latonia Lewis
Project Manager, Business Development: Contractors Academy, Model Contractor Development Program, License Readiness, Advance Construction
Carol Harris
Director of Minority and Small Business
Joycie Lenoir
Program Manager: Procurement Advisor,Central Mississippi
Natalie Purvis
Program Manager: Procurement Advisor, Meridian
Address:
501 North West Street
Jackson, MS 39201
Phone:

601.359.3449

Entrepreneur Center

As a bureau within MDA’s Minority & Small Business Division, The Entrepreneur Center team fosters the spirit of entrepreneurialism throughout Mississippi. We help new and existing start-ups and entrepreneurs find the resources to build the skills they need for success.

Contacts

Joe Donovan
Director of Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Nerissa Tripp
Minority Surety Bond, Minority Loan Program, Financial Analysis & Business Planning
Michael Harris
Business Start-up, Expansion, Planning & Training
Nash Nunnery
Business Start-up, Expansion, Planning & Training
Address:
501 North West Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39201
Phone:

601.359.3448

Business Research & Workforce Development

Our Business Research & Workforce Development team supports the state’s businesses by providing a variety of marketing, information and technical assistance programs to our Mississippi industries.

Contacts

Bill Ashley
Director of Business Research & Workforce Development
Chris Smith
Bureau Manager of Research and Data Analytics
Deloise Tate
Research Specialist/New & Expanded Industry Reports
Katherine Lanford
Workforce Specialist
Address:
501 North West Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39201
Phone:

601.359.3593

Business Recruitment and Expansion

Contacts

Bill Cork
Chief Economic Development Officer
Tracey Giles
Deputy Chief of Economic Development
Valerie Crout
Manager, Special Programs
Jenell Robinson
Administrative Assistant
Joey Roberts
Project Manager
Sara Doss
Project Manager
Daniel Lang
Project Manager
Ross Ivey
Project Manager
Gabriella Nuzzo
Project Manager
Erin Gordon
Project Manager

International Trade and Investment

The International Trade and Investment team provides Mississippi companies with business training and technical support to improve their international prospects. The team also sponsors a variety of international trade missions.

Contacts

Chris Engels
Director, International Trade and Investment
Luigi Dominighini
Africa, Middle East, Latin America and Caribbean Trade Manager
Vickie Watters Martin
Canada Trade Manager and General Trade
Karel Abboud
Europe and North Africa Trade Manager
Mani Hairston
STEP Program Manager
Gena Lentz
Manager, Foreign Direct Investment
Address:
501 North West Street
Jackson, MS 39201

Energy & Natural Resources

Our Energy & Natural Resources team works with companies across the state to ensure energy sector growth through energy efficiency programs and workforce development, energy projects and policy development and energy data and security.

Contacts

Dr. Sumesh Arora
Director
Gayle Sims
Bureau Manager Federal Reporting, Mississippi Industrial Energy Efficiency Program
Lisa Campbell
Energy Education & Workforce Manager, October Energy Awareness Month, Project NEED, Middle School Science Bowl, Regional Science Fairs
Address:
501 North West Street
Jackson, MS 39201
Phone:

601.359.3449

Community and Rural Development

The Community and Rural Development team strengthens communities by helping them identify, develop and promote their unique assets to enhance quality of life.

Contacts

Chance McDavid
Director of Community and Rural Development
Daryl Neely
Program Manager
Ellen Bourdeaux
Program Manager
Tim Climer
Manager of Programs & Services
Address:
501 North West Street
Jackson, MS 39201
Phone:

601.359.3449

Community Resources

The Community Resources team works to create strong, vibrant communities by assisting with loan and grant qualification, public infrastructure repair and improvement and affordable housing.

Contacts

Steve Hardin
Director of Community Incentives
Peggy Knott
Administrative Assistant
Timothy Climer
Program Manager
Lisa Maxwell
Bureau Manager
Tange Bozeman
Program Manager
Jesse Davis
Program Manager
Erin Hovanec
Program Manager
April Smith
Program Manager
Carolyn McKinney
Program Manager
Ray Robinson
Bureau Manager
Tammie Lawrence
Program Manager
Frednia Perkins
Program Manager
Address:
501 North West Street
Jackson, MS 39201
Phone:

601.359.3179

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