The CLIMB (Creating Livelihoods for Individuals through Micro Business) program is a nine-week business training course for individuals who want to start or expand a small business.



Topics Covered


Personal financial readiness


Creating a business plan


Market research


The cost of doing business


Finding customers



                                         CLIMB can assist interested persons in the                                          following objectives: forming businesses                                            out of hobbies or previously informal                                                    activities; transforming home-based                                                    businesses into growing, viable                                                            enterprises for self-employment; and                                                  helping existing businesses expand and grow to gain operating and credit history that allow them to enter the formal credit sector. Since inception, the program has graduated over 100 small business entrepreneurs. The course charges a fee, with payment plans available. Technical assistance from CLIMB’s experienced staff is available to program graduates.

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AmeriCorps programs do more than move communities forward; they serve their members by creating jobs and providing pathways to opportunity for young people entering the workforce. AmeriCorps places thousands of young adults into intensive service positions where they learn valuable work skills, earn money for education, and develop an appreciation for citizenship.

AmeriCorps State and National supports a wide range of local service programs that engage thousands of Americans in intensive community service each year. We provide grants to a network of local and national organizations and agencies committed to using national service to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.

AmeriCorps State and National programs are open to U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent resident aliens age 17 and older. Members may serve full- or part-time over a period not to exceed 12 months. Individuals can serve as AmeriCorps members in every state, U.S. territory, and on tribal reservations. Full-time AmeriCorps State and National members are given a living allowance; health care; childcare, if they qualify; and become eligible for the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the program. Learn more by reading the AmeriCorps Fact Sheet.

CLIMB CDC's AmeriCorp program is funded through the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Services, which supports multiple programs across the state.  http://volunteermississippi.org/americorps/americorps-state-programs/

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1526 Mills Avenue
Gulfport, Mississippi 39501
(228) 864-6677

CLIMB CDC offers equal education opportunities, services, and/or employment to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran or marital status, sexual preference, or any other non-merit factor in the application to, admission to, or participation in any of its courses, programs, or activities. Auxiliary aids and services will be provided to those with disabilities upon request. This program is funded in part by TDWDA/SMPDD. TTY#: (800) 582-2233