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Southern Miss Center Celebrates Small Business Week, Offers Services

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With National Small Business Week (May 1-7) well underway, The University of Southern Mississippi’s Small Business Development Center is encouraging would-be entrepreneurs to take advantage of the services provided by the center.

USM created its Small Business Development Center through a partnership with the Small Business Administration, the Mississippi Small Business Development Center Network, the University of Mississippi, the Trent Lott National Center, and the College of Business at USM. The MSBDC includes nine basic service centers throughout the state.

The USM Small Business Development Center offers, at no cost to clients, 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.
  • 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.
  • Interaction program between Mississippi educational institutions, businesses, and government.

National Small Business Week is an annual event organized by the Small Business Administration to recognize the achievements of the top small businesses in the nation. Since 1963, the president of the United States has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. This year National Small Business Week will be recognized from May 1-7. The SBA classifies any company with less than 500 employees to be a small business.

The University’s Small Business Development Center in Hattiesburg has joined forces with the Gulf Coast center to conduct a series of Business 101 workshops in May. The workshop schedule is as follows:

USM – Trent Lott National Center, second floor, Room 207

  • Tuesday, May 3 (6-8 p.m.): Starting a Business – First Steps
  • Tuesday, May 17 (6-8 p.m.): How to Develop a Business Plan
  • Tuesday, May 24 (6-8 p.m.): Cash Flow Projections for Your Business Plan

Gulf Coast – The Innovation Center, Biloxi, First floor in Main Conference Room

  • Thursday, May 5 (6-8 p.m.): Think Like an Entrepreneur
  • Thursday, May 12 (6-8 p.m.): Starting a Business – First Steps
  • Thursday, May 19 (6-8 p.m.): How to Develop a Business Plan
  • Thursday May 26 (6-8 p.m.): Cash Flow Projections for Your Business Plan

To register for one of the workshops, go to www.mssbdc.org and click on “Workshop Schedule” or call 601.266.5892 (USM) and 228.396.8661 (Gulf Coast)