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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. Starting a Business

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.


BEAT Program

The Business Entrepreneur Assistance Team (BEAT) serves as a personalized assistance program to help individuals obtain their business license from start to finish. BEATThe 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.


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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.MSBDC

Click here 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. The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters. Click here for more information about diaster loans.

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

Prime Contractors may meet the AABEs, HBEs, ABEs, NABEs or FBEs applicable project goals by utilizing:

  • Subcontractors
  • MBE Suppliers
  • Joint Venture Agreements
  • Mentor-Protégé Agreements

 Completing the EBO Plan Application

Follow the steps below to comply with the EBO Executive Order:

  • Complete the EBO Application, if applicable, search the City of Jackson's Certified Minority Business Enterprise Database located at https://jackson.diversitycompliance.com/Default.asp?
  • If you are not able to locate a minority subcontractor on our site we will work with new minority vendors to navigate swiftly through the certifications process. If you are unable to meet the full participation goal or are unable to find a subcontractor, you must provide a waiver statement on your company's letterhead requesting a waiver of the specific minority goal. Additionally, a good faith effort must be shown by providing certified mailings or email correspondence where you tried to contact minorities to participate on the 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




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