Budding entrepreneurs and small business owners can tap into a nine-month program that offers free advice in person and online.
On Monday, the Mississippi Development Authority announced the launch of its pilot Entrepreneur Training Program, which will be administered in 19 counties across the state.
Alcorn, Benton, Marshall, Prentiss, Tippah, Tishomingo are the counties that qualify for the program in Northeast Mississippi.
The other counties in the program are in the Mississippi Delta and southwest Mississippi.
The three regions and the 19 counties within them were selected based on unemployment and per capita income levels. These areas have higher unemployment rates and lower per capita income levels than the state.
The MDA’s Entrepreneur Center is now accepting applications for the Entrepreneur Training Program first-come, first-serve.
“This program will feature some of the top business development experts in Mississippi, and all of the courses are designed to provide beneficial information that is critical to developing and maintaining a prosperous business,” said Gray Swoope, MDA’s executive director. “Available spots will be filled quickly, so I urge everyone interested to apply as soon as possible.”
The program, partially funded by a grant from the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce, will consist of a mixture of hands-on meetings and online webinars which will alternate each month.
The program is free, but applicants chosen to participate must commit to attend all sessions during the nine-month program. Space is limited, and applications must be submitted.
For more information, or to download a copy of the application, visit www.entrepreneurcenter.mississippi.org or call the Entrepreneur Center at (601) 359-3593.
DENNIS SEID / NEMS Daily Journal