Desoto County News

State Small Business Development Center opens DeSoto satellite office

The Mississippi Small Business Development Center is establishing a satellite office in collaboration with the DeSoto County Economic Development Council (DCEDC). This strategic alliance aims to enhance accessibility to crucial resources and support for entrepreneurs in the DeSoto County region.

“We are thrilled to partner with the DeSoto County Economic Development Council to bring Mississippi SBDC services directly to local businesses,” said Mississippi SBDC State Director Sharon Nichols. “This collaboration underscores our dedication to providing tailored assistance and fostering a robust entrepreneurial environment in this region.”

“I am excited about the opportunities this partnership presents for businesses in DeSoto County,” added Mississippi SBDC Center Director at the University of Mississippi Patrice Harris. “By co-locating with the DCEDC, we aim to provide a seamless and comprehensive support system for entrepreneurs, empowering them to thrive in the local business landscape.”

The newly established office within the DCEDC’s premises will serve as a central hub for business owners seeking guidance, expertise, and resources to navigate the intricacies of development and growth. Clients are seen by appointment only and are booked through the Mississippi SBDC website, The move is designed to streamline support mechanisms and facilitate a more cohesive approach to addressing the needs of businesses in DeSoto County.

“By co-locating with the DCEDC, the MSBDC aims to strengthen its impact on local economic development,” Nichols added. “This joint effort will enable us to provide more comprehensive assistance and guidance to businesses in DeSoto County, contributing to their long-term success.”

“The DeSoto Council is looking forward to closer collaboration with their office, in providing much needed services to prosper our small businesses in the county,” said Jim Flanagan, President/CEO, of the DeSoto County Economic Development Council.

The joint office space symbolizes a cooperative effort to bolster the entrepreneurial ecosystem in DeSoto County, providing businesses direct access to the expertise and resources offered by the MSBDC. This collaboration reinforces the shared vision of both entities to actively contribute to the growth and sustainability of businesses in the DeSoto County area.