The Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation (EDF) in partnership with the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council is pleases to announce the kickoff of the BIG BAD BUSINESS SERIES!

This entrepreneur mentorship program will give North Mississippi artists, business owners, inventors, and startup enthusiasts an opportunity to develop their own sustainable businesses.  Through monthly workshops and action sessions, participants will learn from some of the region’s most successful business executives, get to innovate with local artists, and receive business coaching from local development experts.

The aim of the meetings are to develop entrepreneurship in the community, develop a mentoring program, and reach out to students, unemployed, and employed looking to associate with people of like interests in pursuing their desires to create their own business.

Click here to register!

Upcoming events include:

Perfecting Your Business Pitch featuring Janet McCarty of Cotton’s Cafe
March 27, 2017 6:00 PM
@ Chamber of Commerce

Gillespie Business Plan Competition: Final Round Pitches Open to Public
April 7, 2017 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
@Courtside Club in The Pavilion, University of Mississippi

Business Law: Understanding Securities and Entity Choice featuring Joyce Freeland
of Freeland & Freeland Lawyers
April 10, 2017 6:00 PM
@Chamber of Commerce

Interacting with your Clientele: Best Practices featuring Julia Winston
of Brave Communications
May 8, 2017 6:00 PM
@Burns-Belfry Museum & Multicultural Center

Marketing your Business in the 21st Century featuring Heather Lenard
of No Time 2 Cook
June 12, 2017 6:00 PM
@Chamber of Commerce

Exploring Regional Opportunities
June 20, 2017 6:00 PM
@The Powerhouse

How to Build Your Brand
July 10, 2017 6:00 PM
@Chamber of Commerce

Business Logistics
August 14, 2017 6:00 PM
@Chamber of Commerce

Round Robin Mentorship
August 28, 2017
@The Powerhouse

Where to go from Here: Your Next Step in Business
September, 11, 2017 6:00 PM
@Chamber of Commerce

Night of Genius
September 14, 2017 6:00 PM
@The Powerhouse

Click here to register!

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Mission:  Networking, Support, Talent, Funding

  • To create business mentoring, curriculum, discussion, events, talent matching, and funding to move entrepreneurs from idea to profit.
  • To encourage local economic development in order to create stable, local jobs.
  • To reach innovative entrepreneurs interested in starting, buying, owning/operating, selling, growing a business, or anyone needing help with their existing business.


  • Entrepreneurs (business owners),
  • Mentors (anyone with experience starting, owning/operating a business and willing to mentor others, including retirees)
  • Talent (Workers, employees, students, contractors, consultants)
  • Funding (Traditional, Private, Seed, Angel, VC)

For more information on participating in the BIG BAD BUSINESS SERIES contact:

Allen Kurr, VP, Economic Development,
The Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation
, 662-234-4651
Meghan Gallagher, Outreach & Education Coordinator,
The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council
, 662-236-6429