JCJC’s new “Operation JumpStart” assists entrepreneurs & small businesses

Written By: Teresa Martin
Email Address: teresa.martin@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2013-06-25 06:31:03

ELLISVILLE - Entrepreneurs can realize their dreams of small business ownership with the help of Jones County Junior College’s new program, “Operation JumpStart.” 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. 

The training program will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., beginning on Tuesday, July 30, through September 8, at the JCJC Ronald E. Whitehead Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in the Howard Technology Park in Ellisville. 


“We plan to start 15 new businesses each year providing 50 new jobs in the Pine Belt,” said program director, Gary Suddith.  “This will have a significant impact on the employment rates in the JCJC eight-county district as well as increasing federal, state and local tax revenues by promoting microenterprise development.”

The Operation JumpStart tuition is $750 however, qualifying applicants may be able to receive a $250 scholarship discount from JCJC and a $250 scholarship from a participating sponsor, leaving the remaining $250 to be paid by the participant. Qualifying veterans may receive a full $750 tuition scholarship.

Interested participants need to register by July 18 to be considered for the Operation JumpStart program. 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 Gary Suddith at 601-477-4165.

“The idea is to get supporting partners including Mississippi Power Company, Bancorp South, First State Bank, Operation Workforce and JCJC’s experts to assist by offering hands-on training and business advice,” said Suddith.  “Instead of just telling people what they need to start a business we are going to show them how to do it during the six week course. This method will ensure a greater success rate over the long term for new businesses.”


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