SBA and ASU host “Small Business Development, Access to Capital & Contracting Opportunities Conference”

Alcorn State, Miss. (July 31, 2013) – As part of a collaborative initiative working with historically black colleges and universities launched within the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Region IV, the SBA Mississippi District and Alcorn State University (ASU) recently executed a Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SBA-ASU Initiative) with the overall objective of enhancing entrepreneurship and small business development within the southwest Mississippi region.

On Saturday, August 24, 2013, SBA and ASU will host a ‘Small Business Development, Access to Capital &Contracting Opportunities Conference’. The conference will be informational in scope, focusing on the state of the local economic environment, operational integrity, regulatory compliance and access to capital for small businesses.

SBA, ASU, federal and state agencies, lending institutions, and private sector businesses are scheduled to participate in this conference.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

ASU Extension Research Complex

Ray Johnson Auditorium

Alcorn State University

1000 ASU Drive

Lorman, MS 39096

Topics to be covered:

•National & local economic conditions

•Product & service development

•Importance of a well-articulated business plan (start-up or expansion)

•Access to capital

•Contracting, subcontracting and supplier provider opportunities

•Contracting certifications and benefits

If you have a small business and are thinking of expanding, or just need to know more about starting a small business, attend this conference.

RSVP is required as seating is limited and lunch will be served. To register for this conference, please email [email protected] or call (601) 877-6151. Visit the ASU web site for information on this conference at . For more information, contact the ASU Finance & Administrative Services Office at 601.877.6151.


Alcorn State University is a premier comprehensive land-grant university that develops diverse students into globally-competitive leaders, and applies scientific research through collaborative partnerships that benefit the surrounding communities, state, nation, and world.