International Trade Corner: August 2021
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is a key strategic component of the African Union’s Agenda 2063. As its formal name indicates, the new free trade area spans the entire African continent with 54 of the 55 members of the African Union and an estimated 1.3 billion people part of it. Based on the … ContinuedRead More
State Director, Sharon Nichols, Addresses the Committee on Small Business about Cybersecurity
Small businesses are highly vulnerable to cybersecurity threats as employers, suppliers, and consumers in a modern digital economy. Many cannot afford dedicated Information Technology (IT) staff to navigate and mitigate risks and are wary of investments in pricey software. Cyber Security is such an important issue for small businesses that our director Sharon Nichols was … ContinuedRead More
Congrats to Chip Templeton, MSU Center Director and 2021 Mississippi SBDC State Star!
Charles “Chip” Templeton, Director of the Mississippi State Small Business Development Center and Team Lead for the Mississippi SBDC’s Cybersecurity Center has been awarded as the 2021 Mississippi State Star. After working for several family and small businesses as a young child, Templeton went on to manage and work high positions in several businesses of … ContinuedRead More
Ronnie Westbrook, ECCC Center Director, retires after 27 years of serving small businesses.
After 27 years of service as the director of the East Central Community College branch of the Mississippi Small Business Development Center, Ronnie Westbrook has announced his retirement. Westbrook joined our organization in the autumn of 1994 and has been a valuable member of the team ever since. Westbrook, a Mississippi native, worked first as … ContinuedRead More
New Workshops at the MSU SBDC Cybersecurity Center
With COVID-19 ongoing, many have had to increasingly rely on digital methods to store information, communicate with employees, and conduct their work. Whether this means more reliance on computers at the office or at home, businesses have opened themselves to countless new security risks. To help ease the burden on small and growing businesses, the … ContinuedRead More