Mississippi is getting national recognition for going beyond the traditional mom and pop model for small businesses.
The Kauffman Foundation is a national entrepreneurship organization. It ranked Mississippi fifth in the nation for the work being done.
Entrepreneurial activity is on the rise with over 10,000 more small businesses being created in the state this year.
Mississippi colleges are also putting more focus on business creation.
"That probably lends itself to students creating their own entrepreneurial ventures once they graduate instead of going to the bigger cities and looking for jobs with the bigger corporate folks," said Tasha Bibb of Innovate Mississippi. "They're staying here, starting their own businesses and creating opportunities for other Mississippians."
Many groups across the state currently provide resources for start-ups. And loans are available through the Small Business Administration.