Graham named director for the Mississippi Small Business Development Center at MSU

Contact: Michelle Thompson, Mississippi SBDC 

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Mississippi State University and the Mississippi Small Business Development Center are pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Graham as the new center director at MSU.

Portrait of Mary Graham
Mary Graham (Photo submitted)

With an extensive background in business development and a passion for fostering small business growth, Graham brings a wealth of experience to this crucial role.

As the newly appointed center director, Graham is set to lead the Mississippi SBDC in its mission to support local entrepreneurs, enhance small business capabilities, and contribute to the economic development of the state.

Graham, who comes to Mississippi SBDC from commercial lending, expressed her enthusiasm for this new opportunity.

"I am honored to join the Mississippi Small Business Development Center and work alongside the talented team dedicated to empowering small businesses in our state. I am excited to build upon the center’s successes and explore new avenues to support the growth and resilience of Mississippi's small business community."

Dean Scott Grawe of Mississippi State University's College of Business expressed confidence in Graham's ability to drive entrepreneurial development. “We are excited to have Mary on board to help business owners connect with the resources they need for success."

Sharon Nichols, Mississippi SBDC’s state director, is excited to add Graham to the team.

"I am confident that Mary Graham will continue the excellent work being done for Golden Triangle entrepreneurs. Her leadership will undoubtedly contribute to the success and growth of the businesses we serve. I look forward to witnessing the center’s continued impact under Mary's guidance."

The Mississippi Small Business Development Center plays a crucial role in supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses by providing resources, training, and guidance. Graham's leadership is expected to further strengthen the center’s impact on local economies and contribute to the overall success of small businesses throughout Mississippi.