JCJC’s “Operation JumpStart” expands to Covington County

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2015-06-17 14:21:29

ELLISVILLE - Entrepreneurs in Covington County will now have the opportunity to realize their dreams of small business ownership with the help of Jones County Junior College’s, “Operation JumpStart.” The program has expanded from Ellisville, Bay Springs, Waynesboro and Hattiesburg to Collins. This six-week course is a nationally-recognized, highly successful training model delivered to individuals who want to start or expand a small business. The Operation JumpStart: First Step curriculum teaches participants essential small business planning and preparation skills with practical hands-on training from experts in the field. 
“By offering hands-on training and business advice from our business sponsors and business leaders, participants can be more successful. They get to see how the process works instead of us telling them what they need to do to start a business.” said Crystal Nail, JCJC Entrepreneur Center Director. 
The training program will be held on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. for six weeks beginning on Monday, July 13, through Thursday, August 19. Classes will meet at Peoples Bank, located at 704 Main Street, in Collins.
“We're excited to see the Operation JumpStart program has been well received in the Pine Belt. The entrepreneurial spirit can bring jobs and new industries to the region. In some cases the new businesses that are generated from this program meet the unmet needs of a community.”

The Operation JumpStart tuition is $250 with the help of participating sponsors Peoples Bank of Collins.
Applications can be picked up at Peoples Bank in Collins or the JCJC Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville. 

Interested participants need to register by July 6, to be considered for the Operation JumpStart program.  For more information or to apply for this new business coaching and training program, contact: Shannon Wilks at 601-477-4114 or email: Shannon.wilks@jcjc.edu  or call Crystal Nail at 601-477-4235 or email: crystal.nail@jcjc.edu.


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