Mississippi Small Business
Development Center
Helping to Transform Mississippi One Small Business at a Time.

Success Stories

The Learning Express

Learning Express Toys, located in Ridgeland, MS, has a great selection and dozens of categories to choose from, including educational and skill building toys and games. James Bennett, Counselor at the HCC MSBDC assisted Sarah Collado with not only her initial purchase of the business but also worked on ways to improve business performance. Below Ms. Collado shares a few words about here experience with the MSBDC.

Sarah Collado
The Learning Express

Evolution Fitness

Our story begins with a germ of an idea and a desire. We knew we wanted to start a gym but we weren't so confident on where to start. Ironically while reading the newspaper, I came across a class offered by Mr. Charles Killebrew at the MSBDC on starting a business and another on writing business plans. We enrolled in the classes just seeking some sort of direction but we got much more than that. Mr. Killebrew made starting a business so much easier than we anticipated.

Jared and Lisa McCall
Evolution Fitness

The Shop Around the Corner

With many years of monogramming experience, Laura Lewis decided to open her own store in Ridgeland, MS. To help her in this endeavor, she contacted the HCC MSBDC and was assisted by James Bennett, HCC MSBDC Counselor, on the opening stages of her business. Together they worked on her business plan, financial needs and business structure to make sure everything was on the right track. Today, The Shop Around the Corner specializes in monograming services, home decor, and boy's apparel.

Laura Lewis
The Shop Around the Corner

Ann's Organic Market

Margaret Hudson turned a twenty year passion for health and wellbeing into a business when she opened Ann's Organic Market in April of 2011. The company sells a variety of meats and produce that are all USDA certified organic, and supplements. Ann's Organic Market also carries a line of food products that are gluten and casein free. Military and seniors receive a 10% discount on supplements. Special orders are available and are placed on the 3rd Thursday every month.

Margaret Hudson
Ann's Organic Market

State Farm Bank

When I decided to open my business, I had limited knowledge about running a small business.  Ronnie Westbrook sat down with me and went through my market analysis, projected cash flow, and seed capital needs.   We also discussed potential road blocks in getting the business up and running along with financing options.  Ronnie helped identify sources for financing and provided valuable resources for additional financing opportunities.  Ronnie's industry kowledge and expertise was greatly appreciated and has helped contribute to the success of my business.

Mattie Hudson - Owner
State Farm, LLC