Chamber provides support to small businesses

By Lara Bowman, Executive Director, Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce


What support does the Chamber provide for small businesses through membership dues? This week I would like to share a few of those benefits, which are exclusive and unique to only the Choctaw County Chamber.

A one of a kind benefit and one of the most successful is a partnership between the Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce and Mississippi State University’s College of Business. The Chamber is able to provide a scholarship to work with a MBA research team to solve or explore business problems. This spring French Camp Academy and Bowman Timber/Sturgis Mat worked with a five member team of graduate students to explore a problem where extensive research and analysis of similar businesses’ gave them options and ideas they had not previously explored. These businesses gained valuable knowledge and received extensive amounts of data for them to use at no cost. This was a benefit provided to them through their membership in the Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber will be offering a Quickbooks class for members starting this fall. Through feedback of members, the Chamber was able to arrange this training opportunity through Holmes Community College. The class will be held in Mathiston on the campus of Wood Junior College. There is no fee to attend the class, only the commitment to attend a weekly three hour class over a ten week period. Registration forms for this class are available at the Chamber office.

If you are interested in starting a small business, there are two upcoming small business workshops hosted by the MSU Small Business Development Center. The workshops will be held on campus at MSU in the technology park at the MSU Business Incubator Building in the conference room at 60 Technology Blvd., Starkville, Miss. All workshops are hosted from 1–3 p.m. There is no cost or fee to attend the workshops.

On August 21 and September 18, Starting a Business – First Steps, will be the topic of the workshop. This workshop will outline the basic steps to starting a business. The second workshop being held on August 7 and September 4 is Developing Your Business Plan. This seminar is designed to assist you in preparing a business plan. If you’re interested in either of these workshops, you can sign up online at and click on Workshop Schedule or call 662-325-8684.

These workshops can be held in Choctaw County at night if there is an interest. If you are interested in these workshops and willing to attend in the evening hours, please contact Lara Bowman at 662-285-3778.