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Grenada EDD, Holmes Community College to Offer Special Operation JumpStart Fall Session to begin October 13

As part of its ongoing support of entrepreneurship development, the Grenada EDD and Holmes Community College plan to offer a special fall session of Operation JumpStart, beginning in October.

“Because of increased interest in the entrepreneurship training this program provides, we have decided to open a second class this year to offer this opportunity to as many people as possible,” said Pablo Diaz, executive director of the Grenada EDD.

Participants in Operation JumpStart will attend 12 class sessions over six weeks, with their work culminating in a usable feasibility plan for their business, whether that business is a start-up or an existing business.  Participants’ business plans will be evaluated and compete for a grant to support the winner’s business in the start-up process.

Plans call for classes to begin on Thursday, October 13, and conclude on Thursday, November 17, meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9 p.m.  Graduation will be Tuesday, November 29.  Classes will be held in the Keeton Room in the Industrial Technology Complex on the Grenada campus of Holmes Community College.

Operation JumpStart is a nationally-recognized, highly successful training model delivered to individuals considering starting or expanding a small business.  The Operation JumpStart curriculum teaches participants essential small business planning and preparation skills with practical hands-on training.

“We are very excited about offering a second session of Operation JumpStart this year for Grenada County.  Our vision of being an entrepreneur-centered community is successfully becoming a reality, and today more than ever before, Grenada County residents have the support they need to open and operate successful businesses,” said Darrell Robinson, president of the Grenada County Board of Supervisors.  “I encourage everyone thinking about starting a small business to take a serious look at this program, as it would certainly help them in getting started and would lower their start-up risks.  This program also is beneficial to those who already own a small business and are in need of a refresher course in the different aspects of running a successful small business.”

“Operation JumpStart was a very valuable tool for me as I evaluated my business concept and determined whether I was able to leave employment with another business and start my own,” said Kenshunda Thomas, 2013 Operation JumpStart graduate who opened her hair salon in Grenada in August of that year.   The winner of the 2013 Feasibility Plan Competition, Thomas said she appreciates the “continuing hands-on interest of the EDD in my new small business.”

Persons interesting in participating in this business development program can register by contacting the Grenada County Economic Development District at 662-229-9502 or info@grenadameansbusiness.com, or by completing the registration form found in this issue of the Grenada Star.  Cost of the program is $85, which includes the textbook and class materials.

Applications are due in the Grenada County Economic Development District office by Friday, September 30, 2016.  The EDD office is located in Suite 140 of the Regions Bank building, 2000 Gateway St., Grenada, MS  38901.

This will be the seventh session of Operation JumpStart o be offered in the Grenada area.  New businesses have been established and existing businesses have benefited from this program.