Mississippi Small Business Development Center

Mississippi Small Business Development Centers provide free counseling, workshops, and information to existing businesses and start-ups.  The state office and local offices are located on the campus of the University of Mississippi at 122 Jeanette Phillips Drive.  Find your local Mississippi SBDC


  • developing and updating business plans
  • creating marketing strategies
  • identifying and accessing sources of capital
  • improving managerial skills
  • analyzing financial records
  • refining other business services as required


Workshops are conducted throughout the state at various locations. Workshops address topics important to running and maintaining a small business profitably.

Examples of workshop topics include:

  • starting a small business
  • tax planning
  • record keeping
  • doing business with the government
  • financial management
  • special topics

Lafayette County Location

Training Room
122 Jeannette Phillips Drive
University, MS 38677
(662) 915-1291

For first time counseling assistance for the following counties: Alcorn, Benton, Bolivar, Calhoun, Carroll, Chickasaw, Coahoma, Desoto, Grenada, Humphreys, Issaquena, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Leflore, Marshall, Panola, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Tunica, Union and Yalobusha

For additional assistance contact

UM MSBDC Main Office

Mitch McDowell, MSBDC Assistant Director
Nancy McKee, Business Counselor
Jon Zieren, Business Counselor
Rick Schneider, Business Counselor – DeSoto County
Derek Stephens, Business Counselor – Tupelo
Precious Thompson, Administrative Coordinator 
Mailing Address: P. O. Box 1848,
Physical Address: 122 Jeanette Phillips Drive
University, MS 38677-1848
Phone: (662) 915-1291
Toll-Free in MS: 1-800-725-7232 (Area codes: 662, 601, 769 and 228)
FAX: (662) 915-5650