Support for Small Businesses

As part of the M Partner initiative in Ecru and Pontotoc, the McLean Institute has partnered with the Pontotoc Chamber to highlight resources for business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs during the COVID-19 response and recovery.

Use the form below to register for the upcoming Small Business Resource Event taking place on Wednesday, April 28 from 11am-2pm in the First Choice Bank Gateway Pavilion located at 139 West Reynolds Street, Pontotoc, MS 38863.

Small Business Resource Event Registration Form



The Pontotoc Chamber of Commerce / Main Street Association is committed to connecting businesses with the resources needed to be successful during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. This resource list is compiled in collaboration with M Partner, an initiative of the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement at the University of Mississippi. The organizations below represent a range of expertise and services available to business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in Mississippi.

Scroll down to read about collaborating organizations. 

Mississippi Small Business Development Center

To schedule an appointment with business counselors through the Mississippi Small Business Development Center call (800) 725-7232. Counselors at MSBDC can offer guidance on a range of topics, and also make referrals to the organizations below.

Mississippi Small Business Development Center
P: (800) 725-7232

The Entrepreneurial and Innovation Center at Mississippi Development Authority
Access point to: Technology intensive economic development, university research, minority business assistance and certification, state and federal incentive programs, community development and asset management
P: (601) 359-2493 / (601) 359-2399

Renasant Bank
Expertise: PPP loans and SBA loans
P: (662) 489-3416

First Choice Bank
Expertise: PPP loans and SBA loans
P: (662) 489-1631

Mississippi Secretary of State
Expertise: Process the formation of Mississippi corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, and other business, non-profit entities, etc.
P: (601) 359-1633
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Minority PUL Alliance
Expertise: Advocate for women and minority-owned businesses and promote job creation, entrepreneurship and access to capital
P: (662) 322-9797

Three Rivers Planning and Development District
Expertise: Fosters responsible short- and long-term regional planning and aids communities with general civic, social, and economic development. The Economic Development Administration recently awarded the Three Rivers loan department with CARES Act funding for the purpose of supporting businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic with low-interest loans.
P: (662) 489-2415

Expertise: Mentoring, business counseling, and workshops that address a range of business-related topics
P: (601) 589-0949

The Office of U.S. Representative Trent Kelly
Expertise: Constituent services, contacting federal agencies
P: (202) 225-4306