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Choosing the right place to do business can be quite a challenge. The ideal location must possess convenient transportation networks, a motivated workforce, and most importantly, a progressive business climate. These attributes and much more are what you’ll find in Corinth and Alcorn County. Aggressive industrial development has resulted in a core of quality companies unsurpassed in a small town environment. Caterpillar Inc., Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Quebecor World, Kingsford Manufacturing, Timber Products, ACT Electronics, Mississippi Polymers, Corinthian Furniture, and CM Solutions represent our larger industrial employers. Smaller manufacturers abound use the most sophisticated production processes found anywhere in the world. High-tech companies are involved in software development and producing products used in computer industries. Our regional business incubator has graduated a number of outstanding companies. Persons employed in local manufacturing are double the rate for the United States.

The Alliance is the economic and community development agency which serves Corinth and Alcorn County. This organization provides staff and volunteers whom address economic and community development issues.

Elected officials at the local, state, and federal level work closely together to make our community vibrant and successful. The doors to our community are open to welcome everyone. When it comes to serving your needs, Alcorn County is clearly a great place to do business!

Northeast Mississippi Business Incubation System

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The Northeast Mississippi Business Incubation System (NEMBIS) is an economic development program designed to provide assistance to new and growing businesses and thus create jobs for our local area. NEMBIS strives to improve the success ratio of new start up businesses and attempts to attract, as well as retain, existing companies both within and outside its boundaries. This is achieved through professional and business counseling, recruitment, the provisions of a sheltered environment with affordable rental rates, shared services, and equipment.

NEMBIS has facilities in Iuka, Ripley, and Corinth, which enables the Incubator to have a greater economic impact and positive influence over a larger area with minimal cost. NEMBIS was developed in July of 1993 with a partnership of sponsors including TVA, the State of Mississippi, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the City of Corinth, and Alcorn County. Two of the Incubator’s success stories include Innovative Circuits, Inc. and Masterpiece Engineering, two major high-tech employers who have been integrated into our local industrial base. Additionally, NEMBIS currently houses a full-size Community Technology Center (CTC), which affords our tenants, as well as the general public, an opportunity to enhance their computer literacy skills.

Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a partnership between the Small Business Administration, the State of Mississippi, the University of Mississippi, and Northeast Mississippi Community College. It is one of nine centers throughout the State of Mississippi that comprises the Mississippi Small Business Development Center Network.

The office at Northeast Mississippi Community College serves clients in Alcorn, Prentiss, Tippah, and Tishomingo Counties.The SBDC provides business assistance and entrepreneur training through one-on-one counseling sessions and workshops. Assistance from the SBDC is available at no charge to individuals interested in going into business or improving or expanding existing businesses.

For more information, call 662-720-7448.

Workforce Training

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Northeast Mississippi Community College (NEMCC) Division of Workforce Training & Economic Development continues to be the largest workforce program in the state, providing quality education and training to businesses, industries, and individuals in Alcorn, Prentiss, Tippah, Tishomingo, and Union counties in Mississippi. The staff assists in developing a productive workforce while providing the capacity for continuous improvement. Some of the services that can be coordinated by the staff include, but are not limited to, writing training projects for employers, assistance with developing training materials, providing training facilities, helping to locate instructors for training, and helping improve basic skills for individuals. The division also helps individuals obtain their GED (high school equivalency) and enroll in classes to earn a degree or certificate to help them obtain a job or change careers.

Services are often at no cost to the individual or company and can be customized to meet specific needs. Some of the benefits of the program are to enhance employee performance, to increase employee skill level, improve the use of technology at the workplace, and to increase productivity. NEMCC can help with training programs from safety, to professional development type skills, to advance technical training. This training program is just one way to help with the ever-changing demands that area businesses face.

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