The Arts Incubator is a program that includes a variety of workshops, peer learning sessions, and networking events to help you grow local artists' and entrepreneurs' arts business.

The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council and The Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation (EDF)'s BIG BAD BUSINESS SERIES is a free entrepreneur and mentoring program that gives North Mississippi artists, business owners, inventors, and startup enthusiasts an opportunity to develop an idea into their own sustainable small business. Through monthly workshops and breakout sessions, participants will learn from some of the region's most successful business executives, innovate with local artists, and receive business coaching from local development experts. Whether manufacturing a prototype, developing a creative arts business, or starting a tech business, this program will connect you with the resources to turn your idea into an industry! 

Upcoming Events

November 7th
7-8:30 pm (doors open at 6:45)

The goal of this event is first and foremost to get the entrepreneurial-minded folks of Oxford and Ole Miss in a room together. We also want to provide an opportunity for you to get some honest, immediate feedback on your business idea. If you don’t have one yet, not to worry, come enjoy others’ ideas, feel free to contribute feedback, and maybe this event will get the creative juices flowing for you. This is not a pitch contest- there are no judges, no prizes, no winners, and certainly no losers. We just want to engage you in conversations about small business, big ideas, entrepreneurship, and our lovely city of Oxford.

That being said, there will be business leaders, business owners, professors, and experts in many fields in attendance, so the opportunities for constructive feedback and insights will be rich and many.

  • Snacks and drinks (of the alcoholic nature for those of age) will be provided
  • Attire is casual- no need for ties or heels, whatever you spent your day in is perfect
  • Location: Burns-Belfry Museum and Multicultural Center 
    • 710 Jackson Ave Oxford, MS
    • Parking is free and right next to the building
    • For assistance related to a disability, please call 662-236-6429

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For more resources on growing your business, contact us!

Chamber of Commerce

Allen Kurr
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Yoknapatawpha Arts Council

Meghan Gallagher
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Upcoming Events: (click for full calendar)

Tuesday January 23, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Adult Watercolor Class with Janet Barnes
Tuesday January 23, 5:30 PM - 6:45 PM
Spring 2018 Intermediate Acting
Tuesday January 23, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
January Art Crawl
Tuesday January 23, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Day for Art Party
Wednesday January 24, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Hip Hop Majorette Dance Practice
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