Updated: Jan 21, 2021
The Vicksburg Warren Chamber of Commerce recently concluded the 2020 Vicksburg Entrepreneur Bootcamp which taught 15 community entrepreneurs the process of starting and growing a small business. The bootcamp, also featured the opportunity for graduating participants to compete for a $1,000 grant prize to help them start up their new business or grow the existing small business.
Three participants battled to win the Business Plan Competition on the night of December 8th at the Hinds Community College Campus. For several weeks, all participants had been diligently working to finalize their business plans to pitch it to a five-judge panel consisting for representatives from the banking community. The participants discussed their business
sector trends, market feasibility, marketing plans, and planned financial growth to the judges, in
order to have a chance to win the $1,000 “Seed Grant”.
In the end, and after careful deliberation by the judges, who took into account both their written
business plan and their in person presentation, Kendra Reed, who is kickstarting the “Delta Dirt
Shirts” was selected the winner of the Business Plan Competition. “Delta Dirt Shirts” utilizes
Mississippi mud to dye t-shirts that are made of cotton, and are designed by local artists. You
can find the Delta Dirt Shirts online at deltadirtshirt.com or at The Open Market in Washington
Street, in Vicksburg.
The Vicksburg Entrepreneur Bootcamp Business Plan Competition was sponsored by the
Vicksburg Chamber of Commerce, the City of Vicksburg, BancorpSouth, Mutual Credit Union,
Home Bank, River Hills Bank, Regions, Guaranty Bank, and Trustmark.