Best Small Business Resources in the Hattiesburg Area

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Starting a business is a life-changing experience. Mississippi has dozens of great resources to help entrepreneurs get started. Our team researched and vetted organizations in the Hattiesburg area and compiled our list of recommended resources in this article.

You can also read our guide to starting a business in Mississippi.

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The Accelerator at The Garden

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Coworking
  • Product Development

Description

The Accelerator contains more than 60,000 square feet of fully fitted space available for lease, with complete access to state-of-the-art services and amenities. The Accelerator provides access to a wealth of solid business expertise via The University of Southern Mississippi and its business networks, offering your company the industry expertise needed to help your innovative technology succeed in a highly competitive landscape.

Restrictions

Must be a technology or manufacturing oriented business.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

46 Shelby Thames Drive
Hattiesburg, MS 39402
601-266-5130


Hattiesburg SCORE

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a leading, nation-wide organization that has assisted millions of entrepreneurs over its 50+ years of operation. SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA that offers access to a network of experienced business leaders who donate time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also host free or inexpensive workshops online and at 300 local chapters around the United States. Mentoring can be conducted either in person or remotely and is always free and confidential, no matter how often you take advantage of this service.


University of Southern Mississippi SBDC

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

The greatest strength of the SBDC is their free, confidential, 1-on-1 business mentoring for anyone who seeks it. Sometimes in order to be considered for mentoring from one of their professional business advisors, you may have to attend a class/workshop or at least present your business plan. SBDC's are located all throughout the state and you should use the SBDC closest to your location if possible, but you can often transfer to a different location if they do not fit your needs.