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Michael Harris is Associate Manager with the Entrepreneur Center at MDA (Mississippi Development Authority). His responsibilities include assistance for business start-up and expansion, business planning, loan applications, marketing, and product assistance; and creating and presenting business and entrepreneur training programs. Michael believes improvements are needed in three key areas to help accelerate Mississippi’s business vitality: 1) improve local strategic planning and capacity for business technical assistance; 2) increase the pipeline for new business creation, with a special emphasis on young entrepreneurs; and 3) focus on collaboration for innovation for more profitable, jobs creating businesses. He has previously served as CEO, program manager, and consultant to provide community based business development and technical assistance to business owners. An experienced financial consultant, real estate and mortgage broker, and development specialist, he has worked with a variety of clients to clarify objectives, analyze market conditions and trends, and design action strategies to identify, contact, and secure new clients and funding sources. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Public Policy from University of California at Berkeley and a Master’s degree in Business Management from Sonoma State University. To be a success in business and in life, Michael’s philosophy is summed up in the following three principles: 1) do what you do to the best of your ability, 2) do everything the customer wants that can be done, and is moral and legal; and 3) trust God.

Areas of Expertise

  • Marketing, Public Relations & Sales
  • Non-Profit
  • Operations
  • Strategy & Planning

Industry Experience

  • Finance & Insurance
  • Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services
  • Real Estate & Rental & Leasing

Communication Methods

  • In Person
  • Phone