eccc small business dev ctr director
Ronald Westbrook


Current/Upcoming Offerings:


The objective of the East Central Community College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is to provide free counseling, specialized training and research assistance in all aspects of starting or expanding a small business endeavor. The SBDC is a non-profit, professional service designed to offer one-on-one confidential counseling assistance to ensure a more successful start up of new enterprises and to strengthen existing firms.

FREE Workshops are offered and rotated within the five county district.  Topics that are covered are as follows:

  • Customer Service - "Give 'Em The Pickle" - Discusses the importance of Service, Attitude, Consistency, & Teamwork!
  • "Business Accounting" - Discusses the balance sheet, income statement, and pertinent financial statement ratios small business owners need to review.
  • "First Steps: The Process to Starting a Business" - Discusses the process of what should be done in order to start a small business, such as financial projections, collateral, personal financial statements, business loan applications, and frequently asked questions.  Offered in Carthage, Decatur, Forest, Louisville, Morton, & Philadelphia.
  • "Successful Business Plan" - Discusses industry research, description of company products & services, identifying target customer groups, a marketing plan, startup costs & preparation of a projected cash flow statement.
  • "Money Sources for Your Small Business" - Explores ways to finance a business. 
  • "Understanding Business Financials" - Introduces participants to basic accounting theory, budgeting, performance indicators, and accounting terminology for small businesses. 
  • "Record Keeping for Small Business" - Focuses on what records to keep, the format of records (both manual and computerized systems),  the maintaining of these records, & how this information can be used to improve the business performance.
  • "Emergency Preparedness for Small Business" - Assists in preparing & packaging disaster assistance forms.

Offices used throughout the five county district:

eccc Workforce Development Center, Decatur
Workforce Development Center,  Decatur, MS
601.635.6297 or 601.635.6296

eccc neshoba business enterprise center
Neshoba Business Enterprise Center Located in the Philadelphia/ Neshoba County Industrial Park

eccc Integrated Technologies Training Center Choctaw ms
Integrated Technologies Training Center Choctaw, MS 601.389.0832

ECCC Career Advancement Center Carthage:
ECCC Career Advancement Center Carthage: 601.298.0723

ECCC Career Advancement Center Louisville
ECCC Career Advancement Center Louisville: 662.773.2292

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Mississippi Small Business Development Center U. S. Small Business Administration

Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U. S. Small Business Administration.  All opinions, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.  East Central Community College SBDC is a member of the Mississippi Small Business Development Centers (MSBDC) network.  MSBDC has assisted Mississippi businesses since 1981.     “Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested least two weeks in advance.”   Please contact Ronald B. Westbrook at (601) 635-2111 Ext. 297.