Jackson, Mississippi is home to roughly 160,000 people, and more than 595,000 people in the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). The city of Jackson's department of Planning & Development, also states the average income per house is $55,940. Citizens of Jackson have the opportunity to start a business to serve their communities, while getting guidance of the City of Jackson.
The city is offering several ways in which to help Jackson, MS entrepreneurs. Some of these include:
BEAT is a personal assistance program designed to help small business owners obtain their business license from start to finish. Before the introduction of BEAT, aspiring Jackson business owners would complete the application process for a business license through multiple meeting and appointments.
2. City of Jackson Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers entrepreneurs:
- One-on-one counseling
- Training events and workshop for business plan development and more
- Business services such as international trade, marketing, and cybersecurity.
- A multitude of funding opportunities
3. Equal Business Opportunities (EBO)
Jackson's economic development department indicates that the city consists of about 80% African Americans. In light of populous accommodations, the city of Jackson has made easy for businesses to gain certification as a Minority/Female Enterprise. The EBO provides inclusivity for these proprietors toward city procurement processes and the awarding of contracts.
In Jackson, the Doing Business With the City event highlights relationships with Prime Contractors and Subcontractors to exchange ideas and information. EBO certified business owners are encouraged to attend the annual networking event.
For Equal Business Opportunities, Jackson has inclusiveness goals for these industry categories:
Construction Architectural/Engineering & Professional, and Goods and Non-Professional Services
Applicants needing support for their EBO application should visit the EBO Checklist webpage.
As members of the Jackson, Mississippi community tools have been designed to make your entrepreneurial dreams more possible. Visit Jackson's Business Development page for information on how to get your business started, and recourses available to business in the Jackson, MS and metropolitan area.