John M. Brandon
As the Bureau Manager for the Entrepreneur Center, Mississippi’s leading small business resource within the Existing Industry and Business Division of the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA), John Brandon offers to his client’s helpful advice on current business thought. With it comes over 35 years of experience in a variety of retail-oriented business environments including corporate and store management, retail buying, consulting and teaching on the university level. Mr. Brandon received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi and a Masters of Business Administration from Delta State University.
In addition to his work with MDA, John serves on the adjunct faculty of Mississippi College where he teaches in the School of Business. He is also an instructor for the University of Phoenix. John serves on the Incubation Steering Committee for the Appalachian Regional Commission, the advisory board for the Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship at the University of Southern Mississippi, and the board of directors for Small Town Main Street at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum.
John is the recipient of the President’s Award from the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce and the Star Performer Award from the National Association of Small Business Development Centers.
Married to his college sweetheart, Lea Anne, the Brandon’s have one son, Jay, who has recently finished his MBA, got married, moved out of the house, and is pursuing a career in business and writing.