Rankin First | Economic Development Authority | P.O. Box 129 | Brandon, MS 39043 USA | 601-825-5335
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Minority and Small Business

The mission of the Minority & Small Business Development Division (MSBDD) is – as the state's advocate for minority-owned, women-owned, and small businesses – to enhance economic development of the State of Mississippi by providing technical and financial assistance to minority, women-owned, and small business enterprises so that they can compete more successfully for federal, state, and local government and commercial contracts. 

MSBDD Core Functions

  • Advocacy
  • Access to Business Opportunities & Financial Resources
  • Capacity Building
  • Training / Networking

Technical Assistance

To stimulate entrepreneurship and private-sector job growth among minority and women-owned businesses, the Minority Business Enterprise Division provides business and educational assistance to its clientele through workshops and individual sessions. Such assistance strives to promote growth, increased productivity, expansion, and improvements in daily business management and operations.
Technical assistance services to Mississippi's minority business community include:

  • Information/Referral Services
  • Counseling (free and confidential)
  • Training
  • Business Start-up or Expansion
  • Procurement Resource Center
  • Outreach/Advocacy


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