About the SBDC

Jackson State University Small Business Development Center (JSU SBDC)

            Jackson State University (JSU) has a three-fold mission:  Teaching, Research, and Service.  The JSU SBDC is the JSU College of Business leading unit devoted to providing high quality service to the local community.   The JSU-SBDC was founded in 1989 with the mission of providing technical assistance to the small business community in the Jackson and surrounding areas.   

            The JSU SBDC prepares and conducts seminars and workshops on a variety of business oriented topics. These include: How to Start a Small Business, How to Write a Business Plan, and Being Credit Smart. 

            We service Metro Jackson area and the surrounding counties of: Hinds, Holmes, Madison, Yazoo, and Attala. Workshops were offered in Jackson, Canton, Lexington, Yazoo City and Kosciusko. The workshops are usually held at local libraries or chambers of commerce. Seminar evaluations show that these services are highly appreciated and meet the needs of participants.

            We reach a wide variety of clients. Many of these clients are at the pre-venture stage and need assistance in starting their business. Other clients have been in business for many years and are seeking assistance in expanding their business. Our clients are a diverse group, with many being minorities or women. As a result, we make a special effort to assist with minority certification at both the state and federal level.

            The JSU SBDC staff members are involved in many activities and work with resource partners in a variety of ways. All such activities add to the knowledge, experience, and ability to make our clients business dreams become a reality. The Center works with the Small Business Administration, Mississippi Planning and Development Districts, The Alliance for Economic Inclusion, Mississippi Development Authority, City of Jackson Department of Economic Development and many others.

            One measure of success for our program in 2016 was the opening of more than 30 new businesses.