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A Celebration of Service | Our Mississippi SBDC Veterans
We love our SBDC Veterans! For Veteran’s Day 2021, we’ve interviewed each of our veteran staff members about their time in the service and what they learned from their experiences. We’re incredibly grateful for each of them and their service to our country. Learn more about our veterans below! Name: Sharon Nichols Position at the Mississippi … Continued
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International Trade Corner: November 2021
Harmonized System (HS) Tariff Classification The classification of goods for export and import is carried out through the Harmonized System (HS) of Tariff Classification. The HS system was developed and continues to be managed by the World Customs Organization (WCO), an international organization that brings together the Customs administrations of most countries. They are used … Continued
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International Trade Corner: October 2021
These days international trade takes place in a rapidly changing environment. Keeping up to date with frequent changes to laws and regulations, consumer preferences and shipping and payment issues is key. The Mississippi Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) network offers a variety of virtual live and on-demand training sessions on topics that are of interest … Continued
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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 … Continued
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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 … Continued
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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 … Continued
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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 … Continued
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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 … Continued
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