Entrepreneurs & Business Startups

Small businesses and entrepreneurs play a critical role in Mississippi, not only within supply chains for the Federal, State and local agencies, large government contractors and Federal labs, but as drivers of the regional economy.

The entrepreneurial ecosystem is being cultivated by a variety of people and programs across the state designed to help start-ups and scale-ups achieve their potential. Sectors like the Blue Economy, National Security and Aerospace represent real growth opportunities for innovators in Mississippi.

Business Accelerators & Incubators
Small Business Development Centers
University Entrepreneurial Programs

Business Accelerators & Incubators

Incubators and accelerators offer much more than just physical space to aspiring and growth entrepreneurs and their teams. From access to funding, markets and talent, these programs connect entrepreneurs with mentors, advisors, special services like labs and advanced materials and the knowledge needed to develop business plans and pitches.

Mississippi is fortunate to have incubators and accelerators across the state, as described in the list below.

Business Accelerators & Incubators in Mississippi

Name City Link
North Mississippi Enterprise InitiativeBatesville,Grenada,OxfordMore info
The Innovation CenterBiloxiMore Info
Northeast Mississippi Business Incubation System Corinth FacilityCorinth
Kemper County Industrial Incubator CenterDeKalb
The AcceleratorHattiesburgMore Info
Northeast Mississippi Business Incubation System Iuka FacilityIuka
Mississippi e-Business Innovation Center, Jackson State University e-CenterJacksonMore Info
Venture IncubatorJacksonMore Info
Alcorn State University Research Farm and Technology Transfer CenterLormanMore Info
Winston County Economic Development DistrictLouisvilleMore Info
Neshoba Business Enterprise CenterPhiladelphiaMore Info
Northeast Mississippi Business Incubation System Tippah FacilityRipley
Golden Triangle Enterprise CenterStarkville
Mississippi e-Center, Mississippi State Business IncubatorStarkvilleMore Info
Powe Center for InnovationStarkvilleMore Info
Mississippi Enterprise for Technology - Technology Transfer CenterStennis More Info
Charles Capp Entrepreneur CenterStonevilleMore Info
Renasant Center for IDEAs Tupelo/Lee County Regional Business Incubator TupeloMore Info
The Innovation HubUniversityMore Info
Alcorn State University Technology IncubatorNatchezMore Info
Jackson County Small Business Incubator LLCMoss PointMore Info
Coahoma County Business Development CenterClarksdaleMore Info
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Small Business Development Centers

Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) Sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in partnership with state and local governments, the educational community and the private sector, the SBDC provides business management and technical assistance, training, and research to small business owners to improve their profitability and stimulate growth. The Mississippi Small Business Development Center Network provides the entrepreneur with education and training opportunities which cover a wide range of business topics. Research, both basic and applied, is available, giving the small business person more relevant data from which to draw upon for making decisions. The SBDC also acts as a clearing house by referring clients to other existing business programs, such as those sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Chamber of Commerce and many education institutions, public and private sector organizations. The concept of the SBDC is implemented through the assistance and cooperation of SBA. Nine (9) basic service centers throughout Mississippi are available to assist small business firms.

A Small Business Development Center (SBDC) can offer, at no cost to you, the following services:
- In-depth counseling assistance to ensure more successful startups of new enterprises and to strengthen existing firms;
- Business plans and loan packaging assistance;
- Small business workshops/seminars;
- The Small Business Institute Program;
- Assistance to minorities, women, veterans, the handicapped, exporters, inventors, research and innovation and international trade;
- Referral system linking other small business assistance organizations in the SBDC regional locations; and
- Interaction program between Mississippi educational institutions, businesses, and government.

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Small Business Development Centers in Mississippi

Name Location City Link
ECCC Carthage Career Advancement Center ECCC Carthage More Info
ECCC MSBDC Workforce Development Center ECCC Decatur More Info
ECCC MSBDC - Neshoba Business Enterprise Center ECCC Philadelphia More Info
UM Gulf Coast MSBDC Gulf Coast CC Biloxi More Info
Hinds Community College MSBDC/ITC - Eagle Ridge Conference Center Hinds CC Raymond More Info
Jackson State University MSBDC JSU Jackson More Info
Mississippi State University MSBDC MSU Starkville More Info
Mississippi State University MSBDC - Meridian MSU Meridian More Info
UM Mississippi Small Business Development Center - State Office UM University More Info
 UM MSBDC Business Assistance Center - Desoto County UM Hernando More Info
 UMSBDC Business Assistance Center - Desoto County First Regional Library (M. R. Davis) UM Southaven More Info
UMSBDC Business Assistance Center - Desoto County First Regional Library (BJ Chain) UM Olive Branch More Info
UMSBDC Grenada County - Elizabeth Jones Library UM Grenada More Info
UMSBDC Business Assistance Center-Tupelo UM Tupelo More Info
 UMSBDC Panola County Extension Office UM Batesville More Info
 UMSBDC Tate County First Regional Library (Senatobia) UM Senatobia More Info
 UMSBDC Tunica County Robert C. Irwin Public Library UM Tunica More Info
USM Small Business Development Center USM Hattiesburg More Info
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University Entrepreneurial Programs

Mississippi universities offer a wide range of educational programs and courses for entrepreneurship. Within the university setting, these programs provide would-be entrepreneurs with access to business courses, experiential learning, faculty with sector and subject matter expertise, networking opportunities, university resources and community connections. Some universities have unique capabilities in key technologies that are available to the student entrepreneur. 

University Entrepreneurial Programs in Mississippi

University Name City Link
Millsaps Business Advantage ProgramJackson More Info
Mississippi College Accounting CertificateClintonMore Info
Mississippi e-Center, Mississippi State Business IncubatorStarkvilleMore Info
University of Southern Mississippi Graduate Certificate In Business FoundationsHattiesburgMore Info
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