Community Services

Minority & Small Business

MDA connects minority and women-owned businesses with key industry partners from public and private sectors to facilitate networking that may increase opportunities for these businesses. The division also helps identify joint ventures and subcontracting opportunities, as well as technical and financial assistance to help these businesses better compete for federal, state, local government, and commercial contracts.

Minority Business Certification

Certification as a qualifying minority- or women-owned business can be a valuable resource for attracting new business and identifying public procurement opportunities with schools and government agencies.

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Loan & Grant Programs

Mississippi offers a wide variety of loan programs that are available to small, minority and women-owned businesses.

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Educational Programs and Workshops

The Minority and Small Business Development Division offers a number of programs and workshops to help increase the competitiveness of minority- and women-owned businesses.

Model Contractor Development Program

The Model Contractor Development Program (MDCP) teaches small construction contractors how to improve their company’s operations and increase bonding capacity. The program, developed by The Surety & Fidelity Association of America, consists of eight-ten weeks of educational courses and technical assistance.

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Contractor License Review Program

The Contractor License Review Program is a series of courses designed to help eligible Mississippians successfully pass the written contractor licensure exam. The program covers important tested content and anxiety-reducing strategies, while emphasizing the importance of becoming licensed as well as the responsibility and credibility that comes along with licensure.

Customized Business Development Workshops

A variety of workshops are available to assist with company operations, growth and resilience. During these workshops, a host of business development topics and issues are covered, with the objective of contributing to the continued development of Mississippi’s small minority and women-owned businesses. Sessions include topics such as business planning and general management, accounting and financial management, networking and negotiating, and branding and marketing.

The Mississippi Procurement Technical Assistance Program (MPTAP)

The Mississippi Procurement Technical Assistance Program (MPTAP) is a program to enhance national defense and economic development of the state of Mississippi by assisting Mississippi businesses in obtaining federal, state, local government and commercial contracts.

The MPTAP is partially funded by a cooperative agreement grant administered by the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) with matching funds provided by the Mississippi Development Authority, city and county government agencies, economic development organizations and private corporations.

For more information, contact Sydney Brown (email: sybrown@mississippi.org, phone: 601.359.2386) or Joycie Lenoir (email: sybrown@mississippi.org, phone: 601.359.2904).

Mississippi Contract Procurement Center  

Diversity in Contracting

MDA stands ready to help connect government procurement professionals with local, qualified minority- and women-owned businesses that can fulfill their procurement needs. The Agency Bid Bank provides a listing of current bid opportunities at local, state and federal agencies and commercial entities to ensure minority- and women-owned businesses have access to this information and are aware of contracting opportunities.

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Minority & Small Business Team

As the state’s advocate and partner for minority-owned, women-owned, and small businesses, the Minority and Small Business Development Division seeks to enhance economic development in the state of Mississippi by providing technical assistance, access to financial programs, educational opportunities and other forms of support.

Phone: 601.359.3448
Fax: 601.359.5290
minority@mississippi.org

Carol Harris
Division Director
601.359.2386
charris@mississippi.org

Business Development and Supplier Diversity

Derek Finley
Business Development & Supplier Diversity Manager
601.359.2036
dfinley@mississippi.org

LaTisha Handy
Program Manager: Certifications, Loans, Marketing, Bids, Solicitations
601.359.2910
lhandy@mississippi.org

Secret Luckett
Program Manager: Bids, Solicitations, Certifications
601.359.2700
sluckett@mississippi.org

Dr. Latonia Lewis
Project Manager, Business Development: Contractors Academy, Model Contractor, License Readiness, Advance Construction
601.359.6678
llewis@mississippi.org

Mississippi Procurement Technical Assistance Program

Sydney Brown
DLA Program Manager Procurement Advisor
601.359.2988
sybrown@mississippi.org

Joycie Lenoir
Program Manager Procurement Advisor: Central Mississippi
601.359.2904
jlenoir@mississippi.org

Natalie Purvis
Program Manager: Procurement Advisor, Meridian
601.934.5975
npurvis@mississippi.org

James Burch
Procurement Advisor
662.349.2379
jburch@mississippi.org