Minority Business Resources in Mississippi

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Mississippi remains connected. Connected to resources. Connected to people. Connected to the businesses we serve. Small and minority-owned businesses keep Mississippi’s economy flowing. The Minority & Small Business Division introduces these companies to key industry partners from public and private sectors, increasing their business opportunities and helping create more vibrant, stronger communities through new investment and job creation.

The Magnolia State offers more untapped opportunities than you’ve ever imagined possible.

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Fast Facts

Fast Facts
Thousands of dollars
in loans per year are provided to Mississippi minority and women-owned businesses to help them grow in our state
Over 1,000
business owners have completed MDA’s Model Contractor Development Program
Robert L. Johnson, entrepreneur who built the BET channel, became the country’s first African American billionaire

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Minority and small-businesses elevating Mississippi’s economy

  • Certification
  • Educational Programs
  • Technical Assistance Program

Minority Business Certification

Become a certified minority or woman-owned business

Qualifying as a minority or woman-owned business can help attract new business and opportunities with school and government entities, leading to diversified income. Learn more about our certification program by clicking below.

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Discover educational programs & workshops

Several programs and workshops offered through MDA help minority and women-owned businesses increase their competitiveness.

Customized business development workshops provide assistance with planning and general management, accounting and financial management, networking, negotiating, branding and marketing and more.

The Model Contractor Development and Contractor License Review programs teach small construction contractors the value of licensure and help them improve their operations and increase bonding capacity.

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Mississippi Procurement Technical Assistance Program (MPTAP)

An important part of Mississippi’s economy is the procurement of commercial and government contracts for the state's small businesses.

The Bid Bank provides equal opportunities for available contracts for small businesses, which can increase their competitiveness in the marketplace.

MPTAP helps businesses identify, compete for and win government contracts. Millions of dollars are awarded to Mississippi businesses through the technical assistance provided by counselors with the MPTAP.

MPTAP operates through MDA’s Minority & Small Business Division with funding supported by a cooperative agreement grant administered by the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency. Matching funds are provided by MDA, city and county governments, economic development organizations and private corporations.

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Ready to see where Mighty Mississippi can take you? Contact the Mississippi Development Authority to learn more.

Director of Minority and Small Business
Carol Harris

Financial Assistance

Minority- and women-owned businesses deserve access to better advantages in the marketplace. Loans & Grants is a resource center that allows businesses to determine their eligibility, learn how to apply for funding and find additional resources to assist in obtaining financial support.

MDA Contractors Academy

MDA Contractors Academy supports small construction companies as they grow, helps them navigate the licensure process at the Mississippi State Board of Contractors and increases their chances of winning larger contracts.

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