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Starting a Business in Choctaw County

We want to make starting a business as easy as possible.  The main mission of the Chamber of Commerce is to support our County’s small businesses and to help our local economy grow.  Small businesses are central to our County’s success, and we want to be a part of it.  As a membership based organization, many of our services and benefits are reserved for our members.  We will help where we can and we encourage you to learn more about what we offer and to consider joining the Chamber of Commerce.

Getting Started

There are a number of things that you need to do before you’re ready to open a business.  First, you need to consider if your idea is feasible or worth doing.  How you are going to run the business and get customers in the door?  How are you going to finance your business and where do you get all the proper paper work?  Below are many of the resources you will need to get started.

Business Assistance

In addition to understanding what you are selling, you will need to understand how to own and operate your business.  There are numerous programs available to help you learn how to own a business.

Business Financing

Financing a small business is perhaps one of the biggest challenges to starting a new business.  As a Chamber member, we will be happy to help you look over your loan documentation and help you prepare to meet with bankers.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) will guarantee a loan on behalf of a qualified business.  Learn more about loan guarantees from the SBA.

The Golden Triangle Planning and Development District (GTPDD) is a great local resource for obtaining financing.  You can contact them directly or you can take advantage of our well established relationship with this organization by contacting us first.

Available Properties

Location will make or break your business, so it’s important that you get this right.

Rental properties in Choctaw County

Industrial Locations in Choctaw County

Documentation and Utilities

To start a business, you will need to get a business license from the town where you will be doing business and you will also need a federal tax identification number.  If you are going to have a physical location, you will also need to get your utilities set up.

Business License and Tax ID

Town of Ackerman

Town of French Camp

Town of Weir

Utilities

Electricity, 4-County Electric

Gas, Atmos Gas

Water and Sewer, contact the Town Hall where you will be doing business (numbers are listed above).

Solid Waste (trash pick-up), Choctaw County Wast Services, 662-285-3850, ccsolidwaste@yahoo.com

Telephone, Delta Telephone

How will the Chamber help me get started?

The Chamber is your advocate for starting a business.  We are here to help our Chamber members work through what they need to do to get started and to be successful.

Business Coaching.  We will help you look over your business plan and loan applications so that you will have a better chance of success.

Marketing.  We can help you determine the best and most cost effective ways to promote your business.  We can help you establish a strong web presence using social media (facebook) and a website.  We also have an email list of almost 300 people that live within the County.  The Chamber also has numerous promotions (Buy Local First) and events throughout the year where you can market your business.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies.  When you’re finally ready to open your doors we ready to help you celebrate in a big way.  We provide the ribbon, balloons, giant scissors, newspaper article (this item is at the discretion of the newspaper), email blast, and grand opening signs.

First Impressions.  At your request, the Chamber will invite a ‘secret shopper’ to visit your location and give you honest feedback on what they thought about your business.  Warning: Sometimes the truth hurts.

 

 

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