Jackson, MS – The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Mississippi District Office is pleased to announce the opening of a new Women’s Business Center (WBC) in Jackson, MS. The SBA in support of women entrepreneurship is awarding a grant to the Mississippi Minority Business Alliance, Inc. to staff a Women’s Business Center in Jackson, Mississippi.
The mission of the Center is to promote strong communities by providing women and men with business tools necessary to achieve self-reliance. The WBC will serve entrepreneurs who wish to start or expand a business and will focus on assisting disadvantaged persons and minorities in addressing challenges associated with starting and running a business. Services, including business counseling, workshops, business plan development, and assistance in securing financing are the primary areas of expertise that will be offered.
Janita Stewart, SBA Mississippi District Director is pleased to have a WBC in Mississippi. “With the increase over the past few years in the number of women-owned businesses in the state in multiple business industries, we expect this WBC to be central in providing the management and technical assistance needed to serve this critical socio-economic group. We look forward to working with MMBA, Inc. in this endeavor.” SBA has a Women-Owned Business Representative/District Office Technical Representative who will oversee the operations of the WBC relative to compliance with the requirements of the grant.
Shellie Michael, the CEO of Mississippi Minority Business Alliance, Inc. pursued the grant to further assist women business owners and entrepreneurs. “I have noticed a growing number of Mississippi women who are starting and operating businesses in the state. I am excited that the Women Business Center of Mississippi will be here as a welcomed companion for these businesses, as they move along the growth path from start-up to expansion. With Ms. Erika McMillon who has an extensive background in technology serving as the Center Director, we will be able to use technology to effectively reach many of the female owned companies across Mississippi’s rural vast communities,” said Michael.
The Center is the only SBA-sponsored Women’s Business Center in the state and joins over 100 SBA Centers across the country. The WBC program, established by Congress in 1988, is administered by the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership and promotes the growth of women-owned businesses through business training, technical assistance, facilitating access to credit and capital, federal contracts, and international trade opportunities.
For more information on the Women’s Business Center call the SBA Mississippi District Office at (601) 965-4378, the Gulfport Branch Office at (228) 863-4449 or visit the SBA web site at www.sba.gov.
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