Transforming Mississippi One Small Business at a Time
From the MSBDC Director
Letter From Sharon Nichols, State Director
Hello !
We at the MSBDC understand that this is a stressful time and that small businesses like yours may be experiencing unexpected consequences as a result of the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are committed to keeping you safe and informed regarding our service offerings and resources to protect your dream – your small business – by protecting your clients, employees and community from the virus. Read more here .
The Mississippi Small Business Development Center is here to help guide your business through this unexpected event. Please download this guide and workbooks to assist you in moving forward.
All Mississippi SBDC office locations remain open at this time. However, there have been some modifications to how we will conduct face-to-face engagements with our clients and the general public.
Training Events and Workshops:
  • To minimize the health and safety risk to our clients and employees, and prevent the further contraction and spread of the Coronavirus, all face-to-face Mississippi SBDC-sponsored training events and workshops scheduled between now to May 1st have been canceled. We are working to implement an expanded use of online instruction to provide ongoing small business training services, especially in the area of pandemic planning.

  • Our one-on-one counseling service offering will continue as scheduled at this time. However, all Mississippi SBDC employees are taking measures to protect themselves and others from contracting and spreading the Coronavirus. When possible, we are highly encouraging our counseling staff to implement proper infection prevention measures when conducting face-to-face client engagements.

  • Please check with your counselor directly about their meeting preference before attending your appointment.
Federal Disaster Assistance

SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus
SBA To Provide Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) Up to $2 Million in Disaster Assistance Loans
Read more here
The Mississippi Small Business Development Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration through The University of Mississippi. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA or The University of Mississippi.