New alliance in Hancock County to help small businesses

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - By Krystal Allan – bio | email

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A new alliance out of Hancock County is working to help small businesses thrive. The Magnolia Business Alliance was just awarded a federal grant as part of a new pilot program to create jobs and economic development.  It's called "Innovative Economies."

The alliance was one of ten "Innovative Economy Clusters or Alliances" selected by the Small Business Administration.  It awarded the alliance a $600,000 grant.  Most of the companies under the Magnolia Business Alliance focus on geospatial technology, which is used in everything from GPS to Google mapping technology.

Though most of the companies in the alliance deal with geospace technology, the alliance is open to any small business looking to grow and partner with other businesses.

"The Magnolia Business Alliance is welcome to all small and medium size business enterprises that would like to add their voice to one voice to improve the business environment in Mississippi," said Craig Harvey, President of the Magnolia Business Alliance.

The goal is to create a network of small businesses so they can collaborate to bring more jobs and economic development to the region from West Florida to Texas.

"We've got, literally, 30 to 40 small seminars and workshops to help these people that are having trouble or want to go out on their own to develop their business," Harvey said.

If you're interested in learning more about the alliance, you can call (228) 242-0015

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