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AN OPPORTUNITY AWAITS: Meet a Congressman and Learn How to Start a New Business at Alcorn Natchez Event – Mississippi’s Best Community Newspaper

Thursday is an important day at Natchez. Today is the day the Women’s Business Center at Alcorn State University will hold its grand opening celebration on the Natchez campus in Alcorn.

It’s also a day that Natchez residents will have the opportunity to meet the person who will likely be our new U.S. Representative to Congress — Bennie Thompson — if the redistricting plan approved by the state legislature survives legal challenges.

Thompson is expected to attend the event, which is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., said Daye Dearing, director of the Alcorn Women’s Business Center.

Dearing is the daughter of the late Bob Dearing, who served Natchez and Adams County for many years as our state senator.

The goal of the Women’s Business Center is to help small business owners through every stage of development with a mission to empower and inspire women by providing business training, one-on-one counseling sessions and access to capital. , said Dearing.

“We help women start their own business or help women who are already in a small business to grow and improve their existing business,” she said.

The center is funded through an agreement with the US Small Business Administration.

Increasingly, women are flexing their entrepreneurial muscles and using a skill, talent or passion to create new businesses.

Have you thought about starting your own business? Resources are available at the Alcorn State Women’s Business Center, located at 9 Campus Drive, the first building on the left as you enter the Natchez campus.

For more information about the Alcorn State Women’s Business Center, visit