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Vicksburg Warren Chamber of Commerce unveils Vicksburg Entrepreneur Bootcamp

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The Vicksburg Warren Chamber of Commerce announced Friday the launch of a new program to support entrepreneurs in Vicksburg and Warren County.

The program, the Vicksburg Entrepreneur Bootcamp, is a six-week program geared toward individuals interested in starting or growing their small business. The program will cover everything from legal, finance, accounting, marketing, and all other essential components associated with starting and running a successful small business. The program is sponsored by the Vicksburg Chamber of Commerce, the City of Vicksburg, Hinds Community College, and area banks including Bancorpsouth, Mutual Credit Union, Home Bank, River Hills Bank, Regions, Guaranty Bank and Trustmark. At the end of the program, entrepreneurs will be encouraged to finalize their business plan and submit it to a committee for review and ranking. The entrepreneur that develops the best and most feasible business plan will be declared the recipient of a “Seed Grant” in the amount of $1,000 to help him or her with the cost of opening up or improving their small business.

“The program is aimed at generating more small business openings in the area,” said Sheila McKinnis, chairperson of the Vicksburg Warren Chamber of Commerce, in a statement. “This program will take new or soon to-be entrepreneurs through a process that will allow them to be better prepared to decide, before they make an investment, if their business idea is likely to succeed in the marketplace. We sure want more small businesses to open, but the most important thing we want to help them accomplish, is to be able to keep that business open for a long time while making a good profit year over year.”

Mayor George Flaggs Jr. added his endorsement of the program.

“Small businesses are the foundation of our city and they provide thousands of jobs for our residents. The city is 100% behind this program because we want to encourage our own residents to start their small businesses,” Flaggs said. “We have plenty of opportunities for businesses to be successful in Vicksburg, either in downtown, in any of the retail corridors, or even from their own homes. I believe Vicksburgers have what it takes and, if you are out there thinking about it and are not yet 100% sure, this is the program that will help you make an informed decision and move forward. I appreciate the banking community’s support for helping the program get started, and I hope to soon be cutting many more ribbons in the City of Vicksburg because of it.”

Participants will also benefit from working with a business coach and listening to keynote speakers during sessions which will include successful entrepreneurs, bankers, accountants and lawyers among others.

“This program is an essential part of economic development for our community,” said Dr. Jeff Holland, president of the Warren County Board of Supervisors. “It represents a wonderful jump-start toward the types of things we are planning to highlight as part of our efforts at the Thad Cochran Mississippi Center for Innovation and Technology starting in the fall of 2021.”

The program is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Oct. 6. Each class will be taught Tuesday nights from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the new Hinds Community College Workforce Training center. The deadline to register for this class is Friday, Oct. 2. You can register online by going to www.vicksburgusa.com/entrepreneur, by contacting the Vicksburg Warren County Chamber of Commerce at 601-636-1012, or by email at [email protected]

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Governor announces two MS Board of Ed appointments

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Gov. Tate Reeves announced two Mississippi State Board of Education appointments Tuesday: Angela Bass from Jackson and Glen East from Gulfport. The appointees reflect the Governor’s commitment to continuous improvement in education.

“Mississippi’s children deserve our steadfast commitment to improving education. We must continue to improve outcomes for these students without fear of upsetting the status quo. I am confident that Angela and Glen will serve with honor and represent the interest of parents, teachers and — most importantly — students. Their achievement has to be our top priority,” Reeves said in a statement.

Dr. Angela Bass served as a Teach for America corps member and studied education policy and management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, later becoming a teacher in both the Tunica and Desoto County school districts and an administrator at the KIPP Memphis Collegiate High School. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Mississippi Early Learning Alliance.

Mr. Glen East serves as the Superintendent of the Gulfport School District. The district represents 10 schools and approximately 5,800 students. It has been designated an Excellence for All School District.

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Alcorn State University, IRS and USDA partner to provide webinar on Economic Impact Payment 

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Alcorn State University, the Internal Revenue Service and the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement have partnered to provide a webinar on the upcoming Economic Impact Payment.

During this Zoom meeting, participants will discuss strategies to help eligible Mississippi residents get their Economic Impact Stimulus payments. Individuals who were excluded from automatic delivery of payments must sign up by Oct. 15 to get their stimulus check this year.

The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST) via Zoom.

Register for the meeting online.
Zoom Webinar ID: 851 3831 6826
Passcode: 185598

Register by phone at 408-638-0968 | Code: 85138316826# or
646-876-9923 | Code: 85138316826#

For more information, contact Jacqueline A. Davis-Slay, deputy director, Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement, United States Department of Agriculture, 202-720-2032

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Seven VWSD students selected for state Student Advisory Council

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Seven students from the Vicksburg Warren School District have been selected to serve on the Mississippi Department of Education Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council.

  • Mary Katherine Archer – River City Early College
  • Riddhi Patel – River City Early College
  • Marquasia Smith – Vicksburg High School
  • Bobbie Sorrels – Vicksburg High School
  • Gregory Taylor – Vicksburg High School
  • Garrett Lee – Warren Central High School
  • Teyanna Monroe – Warren Central High School

The council includes students in grades 11 and 12 or in their first year of college to serve as members for a term of two school years.

More than 300 students from across the state applied for membership on the council and 163 were selected. They will join the more than 70 students who were selected in 2019.

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