Starting a Business

Starting a Business in Choctaw County

We want to make starting a business as easy as possible.  The main mission of the Chamber of Commerce is to support our County’s small businesses and to help our local economy grow.  Small businesses are central to our County’s success, and we want to be a part of it.  As a membership based organization, many of our services and benefits are reserved for our members.  We will help where we can and we encourage you to learn more about what we offer and to consider joining the Chamber of Commerce.

Getting Started
There are a number of things that you need to do before you’re ready to open a business. First, you need to consider if your idea is feasible or worth doing. How you are going to run the business and get customers in the door? How are you going to finance your business and where do you get all the proper paper work? Below are many of the resources you will need to get started.

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Business Financing
Financing a small business is perhaps one of the biggest challenges to starting a new business. The Small Business Administration and Golden Triangle Planning and Development District are great resources to utilize to better understand business financing and to possibly obtain financing.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) will guarantee a loan on behalf of a qualified business. Learn more about loan guarantees from the SBA.

The Golden Triangle Planning and Development District (GTPDD) is a great local resource for obtaining financing and is located in Starkville. Learn more about how to take advantage of this financing.

Available Properties
Location will make or break your business, so it’s important that you get this right.

Industrial Locations in Choctaw County

Documentation and Utilities
To start a business, you will need to get a business license from the town where you will be doing business and you will also need a federal tax identification number. If you are going to have a physical location, you will also need to get your utilities set up.

Business License and Tax ID

  • Town of Ackerman – 662.285.6251
  • Town of French Camp – 662.547.5268
  • Town of Weir – 662.547.6123

Utilities

  • Electricity, 4-County Electric Power Association – 800.431.1544
  • Gas, Atmos Energy – 888.286.6700
  • Water and Sewer (contact the Town Hall where you will be doing business)
  • Solid Waste (trash pick-up), Choctaw County Waste Services – 662.285.3850
  • Telephone, Delta Telephone Company – 662.285.6209

How will the Chamber help me get started?
The Chamber is your advocate for starting a business.  We are here to help our Chamber members work through what they need to do to get started and to be successful.

Marketing.  As a Chamber member, we can help promote your presence using social media. The Chamber also has numerous promotions and events throughout the year where you can market your business.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies.  When you’re finally ready to open your doors we are ready to help you celebrate in a big way.  We provide the ribbon, giant scissors, newspaper article (this item is at the discretion of the newspaper), and social media blasts.