About Business Development
The mission of the Business Development Division is to foster job creation, support the growth of new and existing businesses and assist entrepreneurs and small businesses by providing capacity building information, resources, and tools. Business Development houses recruitment and retention programs such as Business Entrepreneur Assistance Team (BEAT), Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Certification Program, and a host of projects and initiatives that support economic development.
Recruitment and Retention
The Business Development Division engages in economic development through recruitment and retention practices such as business outreach, highlighting exemplary businesses (both monthly and quarterly), facilitating City processes, and marketing local assets such as Jackson’s industrial and commercial areas, workforce, population characteristics, and target industries. This office works to maximize the city’s potential as a thriving center for businesses, jobs, robust neighborhoods and economic opportunity for everyone in the Capital City.
The Business Development Division also administers business surveys and questionnaires to provide a basis for continual improvement of services to the business community and to deliver a common database for decision making or intervention.
The City of Jackson facilitates the following incentive programs:
- Tax Increment Financing (TIF)
- Ad Valorem Tax Exemption
- Tourism Rebate Program
- New Market Tax Credits
- Urban Renewal Bonds
- Incentives for the rehabilitation of multi-family residential structures, conversion of commercial buildings to residential, and rehabilitation of historic assets.
For more information regarding all programs administered by the state of Mississippi, 2018 MS Tax Incentive Book.
Grants and Loans
Currently, the City of Jackson does not have funding available for grant and loan requests.
The Business Entrepreneur Assistance Team (BEAT) serves as a personalized assistance program to help individuals obtain their business license from start to finish. The process for opening a business includes visits to multiple floors of the Hood Building and multiple applications.
To make this process easier, BEAT team members are available to personally walk you through the process step by step. Please download the Business Startup Kit for more information on what to look forward to and how to turn an idea into a successful business with step-by-step guides and helpful resources.
The City of Jackson operates a Small Business Development Center (SBDC), where economic and business development professionals are ready to assist you in your efforts to start and operate a business enterprise.
Visit https://clients.mssbdc.org/center.aspx?center=47027&subloc=0 to register for the Starting a Business seminar or to request business counseling on topics such as marketing & advertising strategies, reviewing financial statements, or loan preparation.
Equal Business Opportunity
Click here if you want to certify your business as a Minority/Female Enterprise or if you want to view the Minority/Female Enterprise certified directory.
The mission of the Equal Business Opportunity (EBO) Office is to promote the inclusiveness of minority and female owned businesses within the city’s procurement process and to facilitate via race and gender neutral tools, the equitable awarding of contracts to minority and female business enterprises. The annual Doing Business with the City networking extravaganza highlights the relationships built as a result of this procurement process.
The Review Process
In accordance with the Executive Order, prospective contractors must submit a complete Equal Business Opportunity Plan with their bid submission. Bids will not be awarded until the Equal Business Opportunity Officer has approved the EBO Plan. The EBO Plan Checklist will help to ensure that all plan requirements are met. The City has established participation goals for each of the following categories: Construction, Architectural/Engineering & Professional, and Goods and Non-Professional Services. Click EBO Plan to download the Equal Business Opportunity Plan Application.
The EBO Plan should contain the following:
- Names, addresses, and contact persons of the African-American Business Entities (AABEs), Hispanic Business Entities (HBEs), Asian Business Entities (ABEs), Native American Business Entities (NABEs) and/or Female Business Entities (FBEs) to be used in the contract
- Type of work or service each business will perform
- Dollar value of the work
- Scope of the work
Contractors may employ AABEs, HBEs, ABEs, NABEs or FBEs to meet the applicable project or may meet the project goals by utilizing:
- MBE Suppliers
- Joint Venture Agreements
- Mentor-Protégé Agreements
Completing the Bid Package
Once you have received your Bid Package follow the steps below to comply with the EBO Ordinance:
- Complete the EBO Application and search the City of Jackson's Certified Minority Business Enterprise Listing online.
- If you are not able to locate a minority on our site to use as a sub-contractor, you must provide a waiver statement on your letterhead requesting a waiver of the City of Jackson EBO goals. You must show a good faith effort by providing certified mailing where you tried to contact minorities to participate on this project.
Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Certification Program
To assist the EBO program in increasing minority participation, the City of Jackson created the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Certification Program. The purpose of the MBE Certification Program is to allow prime contractors to subcontract with Minority Business Enterprises (African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Hispanic Americans) or Female Business Enterprises that perform a commercially useful function (i.e. architectural/engineering and professional services, construction, and goods (commodities) and nonprofessional services) in the work of the contract.
In addition, the certification allows businesses to receive email blasts regarding upcoming bids, Request for Proposals, and Statement of Qualifications.
For the list of requirements for certification, Affidavit, and list of certified minority business enterprises, visit the “Quick Links” tab located on the left.
Upcoming Projects and Initiatives
- Tech Jackson
- Workforce Development
- MDA's Minority and Small Business Development Division
- Mississippi SBA's 8A Certification Program
- Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport DBE Program
- MDOT Civil Rights Division