What would a convention be without events?

Downtown Project
Best Biz Idea
Pitch Power
After Party
LIVE Entertainment

Meet business owners located in the downtown area as they introduce themselves, discuss how they got started and business life in the capitol city, on video. You will see first hand the greatness of downtown Jackson and be inspired through their stories.

There are spots available if you would like to be a part of the Downtown Project. Email

Best Biz Idea

Do you have a great business idea but don’t quite know how to get started or maybe you just dont have the funds to do it? If so, this is the challenge for you! Enter the Best Biz Idea Challenge for your chance to win prizes that will help you give your business the push it needs to get started! Follow the steps below to enter.


Post a video about your big business idea that is no more than 2 minutes long on Facebook and YouTube. If your video is longer than 2 minutes it may not be considered.


Place #mssmallbizcon in your Facebook comments and #mssmallbizcon in your YouTube description. If both are not present, you will be disqualified. Your submission to this challenge means that you agree that Impact Learning Publications will become full owner of your video and any additional items submitted to MS SMALLBIZCON.


Email with the following information:

  1. Your Name
  2. Business Name
  3. Home address
  4. Contact telephone number
  5. Email address
  6. Links to both videos on Facebook and YouTube
  7. Brief answers to: Why are you interesting in starting this business? What is your level of commitment? Are you willing to invest in your business? Why should you win? How will you allocate funds given to you if you win this challenge? Anything else you want us to know about you?


You must be present and in the room at the time the award is announced to win or you forfeit your prize(s). So go on over to the registration section to purchase a ticket to attend MS SMALLBIZCON. We will see you there!


Submission deadline: May 1, 2017.

Congratulations on entering for your chance to win the Best Biz Idea challenge. Your submission means that you agree to our rules as mentioned in all steps above.

Pitch Power

You’ve probably seen ABC Network’s “Shark Tank” where entrepreneurs pitch their passion projects. With a marketing approach inspired by the show’s popularity, MS SMALLBIZCON will host a similar session with potential qualified investors.

Seven of the most cutting-edge startups will be on stage pitching to a panel of investors and before a crowd of attendees. Be prepared to receive candid feedback about your pitch, to have your offer denied, or to be asked for a call back which is an invite later to a private meeting with an investor that may actually invest in your business.

You won’t get this opportunity often so get prepared! As always, investment is a risk and if you participate, you do so at your own risk. No guarantees of investment are made. If you are interested in pitching your passion project, email your pitch plan and your business plan to

Submission closes on May 28, 2017. A notification pitch approval will be sent by June 13, 2017.

After Party

It’s over! Oh no, now what? Party! Yes, join us for this awesome after party with live music, drinks, and networking to close out a great convention. Maybe you will be the lucky winner to win tickets to the next MS SMALLBIZCON.

LIVE Entertainment

Hear and meet local artists as they keep you entertained while you are sitting in the networking spot or visiting exhibitors throughout the day.

Networking Lounge

Lounge on the couch and relax, watch live entertainment, network with others there, use the internet, experience a moment away from the hustle and bustle of the convention at the networking lounge.