The Arts Incubator is a program that includes a variety of workshops, peer learning sessions, and networking events to help you grow local artists' and entrepreneurs' arts business.

New for 2017!

The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council and The Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation (EDF) are pleased to announce the kick off of the BIG BAD BUSINESS SERIES. This free entrepreneur and mentoring program will give North Mississippi artists, business owners, inventors, and startup enthusiasts an opportunity to develop an idea into their own sustainable small business. Through monthly workshops and breakout sessions, participants will learn from some of the region's most successful business executives, innovate with local artists, and receive business coaching from local development experts. Whether manufacturing a prototype, developing a creative arts business, or starting a tech business, this program will connect you with the resources to turn your idea into an industry! Attend 3 free events for a pass to attend 1 paid event!

Upcoming events include:

July 10th: How to Build Your Brand at 6 pm at the Chamber of Commerce

Register here!


Later in 2017!

August 14th: Small Business Finance at 6 pm at the Chamber of Commerce

August 28th: Round Robin Mentorship at 6 pm at The Powerhouse

September 14th: Night of Genius at 6 pm The Powerhouse


Night of Genius

The Big Bad Business Series presents the Night of Genius on September 14th, 2017 at 6 p.m.! One night only, take your small business idea and present it to a panel of experts to receive constructive feedback. Ideas that awe and inspire will receive prizes in the form of business services to take your idea to the next level.

Registration and more info available here!

Tell the experts what your great idea is, how the business will sustain itself, and why you are the person to do it!

Prizes will be awarded!

These awards will be accompanied by redeemable business services prizes such as business incorporation fees, office space, and more! This isn't a formal business plan presentation. It's an opportunity for you to share your one great idea with small business experts!

Limited spaces available, so sign up today! Registration closes August 28, 2017. Participants will be required to attend a short prep session on September 6, 2017.


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For more resources on growing your business, contact us!

Chamber of Commerce

Allen Kurr
662-234-4651
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Yoknapatawpha Arts Council

Meghan Gallagher
662-236-6429
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Upcoming Events: (click for full calendar)

Monday June 26, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Doodle, Sketch and Draw Camp
Monday June 26, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Beginner Ballet Camp Session 1
Monday June 26, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Beginner Ballet Camp Session 2
Monday June 26, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sketching & Drawing Camp 5th-8th Grade
Monday June 26, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Kid's Improv Class & Show
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