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Jackson coaching businesses for success with BEAT

Jackson city leaders want to get businesses hopping to the BEAT, which is short for Business Entrepreneur Assistance Team. Source: WLBT Jackson city leaders want to get businesses hopping to the BEAT, which is short for Business Entrepreneur Assistance Team. Source: WLBT
Jackson city leaders want to get businesses hopping to the BEAT, which is short for Business Entrepreneur Assistance Team. Source: WLBT Jackson city leaders want to get businesses hopping to the BEAT, which is short for Business Entrepreneur Assistance Team. Source: WLBT
Jackson city leaders want to get businesses hopping to the BEAT, which is short for Business Entrepreneur Assistance Team. Source: WLBT Jackson city leaders want to get businesses hopping to the BEAT, which is short for Business Entrepreneur Assistance Team. Source: WLBT
Jackson city leaders want to get businesses hopping to the BEAT, which is short for Business Entrepreneur Assistance Team. Source: WLBT Jackson city leaders want to get businesses hopping to the BEAT, which is short for Business Entrepreneur Assistance Team. Source: WLBT
Jackson city leaders want to get businesses hopping to the BEAT, which is short for Business Entrepreneur Assistance Team. Source: WLBT Jackson city leaders want to get businesses hopping to the BEAT, which is short for Business Entrepreneur Assistance Team. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -

Jackson city leaders want to get businesses hopping to the BEAT, which is short for Business Entrepreneur Assistance Team.

Made up from leaders from various different city departments, BEAT team members will guide businesses through the process of locating in Jackson.

"The BEAT or Business Entrepreneur Assistance Team, provides coaching for individuals who come within the city of Jackson," said Von Anderson with the city Planning Department. "Whether you have issue with signs, licenses permitting, code enforcement, code services, plumbing or electric, it's our effort to provide those kind of services."

Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba has offered his full support to the new venture.

"The BEAT program ultimately serves like a concierge service that helps people throughout the process as they try to get their businesses moving forward and benefiting our community" the mayor said. "For too long, Jackson has not been the business friendly environment that it can and should and will be."

BEAT has been operating as a pilot program over the last few months.

City officials say they've helped 42 new business start ups, and placed companies in five vacant buildings.

"We need to offer a process which is more conducive to understanding the competing challenges for getting businesses off the ground, because those communities are in need of new businesses and new economic development," said Mayor Lumumba.

City officials say they hope BEAT ultimately spurs business growth and workforce development, where in the past, just getting a business license was a big job in itself.

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