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The objective of the East Central Community College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is to provide free counseling, specialized training and research assistance in all aspects of starting or expanding a small business endeavor. The SBDC is a non-profit, professional service designed to offer one-on-one confidential counseling assistance to ensure a more successful start up of new enterprises and to strengthen existing firms.


Services of the East Central SBDC for existing and potential businesses in Carthage and Leake County are as follows:


1.     “One on One” Counseling with existing/potential Business Owners

2.      Business Start-ups

3.      Business Plans

4.      Cash Flow and Financial Statements

5.      Identifying Problems in Business analysis

6.      Marketing/Advertising

7.      Basics of Importing and Exporting

8.      Offering various Business topic related workshops



East Central Community College Small Business Development Center



Starting and managing a business takes motivation, desire, and talent.  To increase your chance of success, build a well-thought-out business plan that will help you reach your business and personal goals. 


The Leake County Chamber of Commerce and Leake County Development Association will be happy to assist you in identifying your first steps. 


The Small Business Administration ( here) has an excellent website for information for developing a business plan and a startup guide. 


Mississippi Development Authority has the Entrepreneur’s Tool Kit.  To request a CD-Rom or printed version, contact the resource library or go here.



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