Mississippi BOSS: Business One Stop Shop, a resource of Mississippi Secretary of State’s Business Services Division, is a tool which helps prospective business owners start their business in Mississippi.

An invaluable first step in the process, Mississippi BOSS gives the users the ability to answer five (5) simple questions about their business including:
1. Do you want to form a new Mississippi company or register your existing foreign company?
2. What will the structure of your business be?
3. What city will you be operating in?
4. Have you secured a Federal Employee Tax ID (EIN)?
5. Will you have employees?

Based on the user’s answers, Mississippi BOSS discusses the best structure for the business and creates a list of what the user will need to provide to the state, county and city governments. This information allows domestic and foreign business owners to quickly find the information needed to register and operate their business in Mississippi. Get started with Mississippi BOSS

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) @ Jackson State University

Via US Small Business Administration (SBA):

Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the United States and its territories. SBDCs help entrepreneurs realize the dream of business ownership and help existing businesses remain competitive in a complex, ever-changing global marketplace. SBDCs are hosted by leading universities and state economic development agencies, and funded in part through a partnership with SBA.

SBDC advisors provide aspiring and current small business owners a variety of free business consulting and low-cost training services including: business plan development, manufacturing assistance, financial packaging and lending assistance, exporting and importing support, disaster recovery assistance, procurement and contracting aid, market research help, 8(a) program support, and healthcare guidance.

Resources for aspiring business owners, available through Mississippi SBDC

Contact information, upcoming workshops, and complimentary appointment scheduling at Jackson State University SBDC

Via Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) Minority & Small Business Division:

MDA connects minority & women-owned businesses with key industry partners from public and private sectors to facilitate networking that may increase opportunities for these businesses. The division also helps identify joint ventures and subcontracting opportunities, as well as technical and financial assistance to help these businesses better compete for federal, state, local government, and commercial contracts.

The Minority and Small Business Development Division offers a number of programs and workshops to help increase the competitiveness of minority- and women-owned businesses. Browse the menu on the left to find out what assistance is available to your company.

Resources, information, and application for MDA’s minority- and women-owned business certification program: Through the program, “certified companies receive assistance with marketing and identifying procurement opportunities with government agencies, institutions of higher learning and private sector businesses. These companies are also listed in the Minority Business Directory.”

MDA Minority & Small Business Division

The Entrepreneur Center at Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) is a bureau within the agency’s Minority & Small Business Division. For entrepreneurs seeking resources to start a new venture or for a seasoned business owner wishing to expand, The Entrepreneur Center is the “one-stop shop” for the Mississippi entrepreneur.

North Central Planning & Development District’s (NCPDD) loan division seeks to appropriately connect business owners with loans and financing opportunities, including those in Business Development (Economic Development Administration revolving loan fund), Minority Business Enterprise Program (MBE), and the MS Small Business Assistance Loan Program (MSBALP).

Information regarding loan programs, eligibility requirements, and more.

NCPDD Loan Division