Community Services

Entrepreneurs & Startups

Entrepreneurship is the lifeblood of Mississippi’s economy, and we regularly rank among the best states in the nation for starting and sustaining a new business. Mississippi’s pro-business climate, combined with the wealth of services available to support startup companies, makes our state a perfect place to start a business.

Second lowest business costs in the nation

Source: Wallethub 2019

Thirteenth best place to start a business

Source: Wallethub 2019

The Entrepreneur Center

The Entrepreneur Center at the Mississippi Development Authority helps nurture Mississippi’s entrepreneurial spirit by providing helpful services to advance the knowledge and skills needed to build and run a successful small business. The Center is a bureau within the agency’s Minority & Small Business Division that can help everyone from entrepreneurs seeking resources to start a new venture to seasoned small business owners wishing to expand.

The Entrepreneur Center

General Business Assistance

We provide information and analysis to help entrepreneurs develop business plans and strategies, learn about license and permit requirements, and analyze management strengths and weaknesses.

Finance and Accounting

Our experts can recommend sources of capital for businesses, assist with loan applications, help analyze financial statements, assist with financial projections and provide counsel on cash flow and working capital.

Marketing

We help entrepreneurs identifying new markets, identify potential customers, develop marketing plans and strategies, forecasting sales and gain feedback on new product ideas.

Retail Assistance

Our team assist retailers with store-specific issues, including store layout and design, operations strategies, staffing and scheduling, buying procedures, pricing, receivables/payables and store management.

Learning Opportunities

We host seminars that provide information on topics, including launching a business, small business marketing, retail store design, trade show preparation, and customer service.

Business Launchpoint

Entrepreneurship is the lifeblood of Mississippi’s economy, and we regularly rank among the best states in the nation for starting and sustaining a new business. Mississippi’s pro-business climate, combined with the wealth of services available to support startup companies, makes our state a perfect place to start a business.

Business Incubators in Mississippi

Incubators nurture young firms, helping them grow and prosper during the start-up period when they are most vulnerable. They provide hands-on management assistance, access to financing and orchestrated exposure to critical business or technical support services, and shared office services such as access to equipment, flexible leases, and expandable space.

If you’re interested in participating in Mississippi’s Incubator Network program, contact the Existing Industry & Business Division at 601.359.3593 or the business incubator nearest you.

INCUBATOR LOCATIONS

North Mississippi Enterprise Initiative

Batesville Enterprise Center
275 Nosef Drive, Batesville, Mississippi 38606-2729
Holly Kelly, Executive Director
Phone: 662.281.0720
holly@northmiss.org
http://www.northmiss.org

Coahoma County Business Development Center

Post Office Box 160, Clarksdale, Mississippi 38614

Tana Vassell, Manager

Phone: 662.627.7337

Fax: 662.627.1313
tanapvassel@clarksdale-ms.com

North Mississippi Enterprise Initiative

Oxford Enterprise Center
9 Industrial Park Drive, Suite 104, Oxford, Mississippi 38655
Holly Kelly, Executive Director
Phone: 662.281.0720
holly@northmiss.org
http://www.northmiss.org

Northeast Mississippi Business Incubation System

Ripley Facility
401 CR 565, Ripley, Mississippi 38663
Ray McClellan, Executive Director
Phone: 662.297.4369

Fax: 662.287.1214
nembis@att.net

Northeast Mississippi Business Incubation System

Corinth Facility
1828 Proper Street, Corinth, Mississippi 38834
Ray McClellan, Executive Director
Phone: 662.297.4369

Fax: 662.287.1214
nembis@att.net

Northeast Mississippi Business Incubation System

Iuka Facility
2021 Seago Road, Iuka, Mississippi 38852
Ray McClellan, Executive Director
Phone: 662.297.4369

Fax: 662.287.1214
nembis@att.net

Renasant Center for IDEAs

Tupelo/Lee County Regional Business Incubator
398 East Main Street Tupelo, Mississippi 38804
Judd Wilson, Director of Small Business Development
Phone: 662.842.4521

Fax: 662.841.0693
info@cdfms.org

North Mississippi Enterprise Initiative

Grenada Enterprise Center
500 Enterprise Drive, Grenada, Mississippi 38901-9544
Holly Kelly, Executive Director
Phone: 662.281.0720
holly@northmiss.org
http://www.northmiss.org

Golden Triangle Enterprise Center

1 Research Boulevard, Suite 204, Starkville, Mississippi 39759
Jennifer Gregory
Phone: 662.323.3322
info@starkville.org

Winston County Economic Development District

Post Office Box 551, Louisville, Mississippi 39339
Gerald Mills, Executive Director
Phone: 662.773.8719

Fax: 662.773.8909
martha@winstoncounty.com
http://www.winstoncounty.com

Neshoba Business Enterprise Center

1016 Saxon-Airport Road, Philadelphia, Mississippi 39350
David Vowell, President, Community Development Partnership
Phone: 601.389.0803
dvowell@bellsouth.net
http://www.neshoba.org/

Kemper County Industrial Incubator Center, Inc

102 Industrial Park Drive, DeKalb, Mississippi 39328
Brian Henson, Executive Director
Phone: 601.743.2754

Fax: 601.743.2760
kceda@bellsouth.net

Mississippi e-Business Innovation Center

Jackson State University e-Center
1230 Raymond Road, Box 600 Jackson, Mississippi 39204
Angie Hart, Program Manager
Phone: 601.965.0350
angie.hart@msecenter.com
http://www.msecenter.com

Venture Incubator

1817 Crane Ridge Drive, Jackson, MS 39216
Rob Burnham, Director
Phone: 601.366.0525
info@ventureincubator.org
http://www.ventureincubator.org

Alcorn State University Technology Incubator

300 Franklin Street, Post Office Box 982, Natchez, Mississippi 39120
Alan Terrell, Manager
Phone: 601.392.0650
alcorntechcenter@email.com

Mississippi Enterprise for Technology

Building 1103 Suite 143, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi 39529
Greg Hinkebein, Executive Director
Phone: 228.688.2083

Fax: 228.688.1064
charles.e.beasley@nasa.gov
http://www.mset.org

The Innovation Center

1636 Popps Ferry Road, Biloxi, Mississippi 39532
Steven Witt, Executive Director
Phone: 228.392.9741

Fax: 228.392.9743
stephen@innovatems.com
http://www.innovatems.com

Jackson County Small Business Incubator

4836 Main Street, Moss Point, Mississippi 39563
Janice Mabry, Director
Phone: 228.475.3341
smallbusinessincubator@gmail.com

Insight Park

850 Insight Park Drive, University, MS 38677
William Nicholas, Director
Phone: 662.915.2526
williamn@olemiss.edu

The Meeting Place

770 Water Street, Biloxi, MS 39530
Geneva Dummer, Director
Phone: 228.207.0663
info@tmp-ms.com

Edison Oxford

1415 University Drive, Oxford, MS 38655
Phil Baquie, Director
Phone: 662.371.1710
info@edisonoxford.com

Outside the Box Business Center

908 Cherry Street, Vicksburg, MS 39183
Leo Turnipseed, Director
Phone: 662.655.0465

The Junction

796 Howard Avenue, Biloxi, MS 39530
Jana Franco, Director
Phone: 228.207.4806

Coalesce Jackson

109 N. State Street, Jackson, MS 39201
Matthew McLaughlin, Director
Phone: 601.985.7979

Mantle Jackson

622 Duling Avenue, Jackson, MS 39216
Christopher Lomax, Director
Phone: 601.362.2444
christopher@pearlbend.com

The Accelerator Incubator

48 Shelby Thames Drive, Hattiesburg, MS 39402
Sunny Corral, Director
Phone: 601.266.5130

Entrepreneur Center Team

The Entrepreneur Center works to provide Mississippi’s entrepreneurs and small business owners with the knowledge and skills needed to build and maintain a successful business.

Joe Donovan
Entrepreneur Center Director
601.359.2399
jdonovan@mississippi.org

Nerissa Tripp
Minority Surety Bond, Minority Loan Program, Financial Analysis & Business Planning
601.359.2219
ntripp@mississippi.org

Michael Harris
Business Start-up, Expansion, Planning & Training
601.359.3420
mharris@mississippi.org

Nash Nunnery
Business Start-up, Expansion, Planning & Training
601.359.9241
nnunnery@mississippi.org