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

The Big Bad Business Series is an entrepreneurial development initiative born out of a partnership between the Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation and the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council.  The goal is to cultivate a network where entrepreneurs, students, and artists can find needed resources for any stage of the business life cycle.  Through interactive business development workshops, participants are able to connect, share ideas, and learn new skills.  By providing a central hub of interconnected entrepreneurs and business development resources, local startups can quickly fill the gaps and gain the knowledge they need to grow their venture.  There is no cost to participate, but registration is required.

Click here to register!

Upcoming events include:

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 for Night of Genius!

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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