About Us


We are Mississippians helping Mississippians. 

The COVID-19 crisis has threatened hundreds of thousands of small businesses in Mississippi, where almost half of all jobs are attributable to small businesses. Even as businesses embark upon the process of reopening, they face new regulations and uncertainties, a diminished economy, and a lack of financial cushion, as surplus resources have been stretched thin for many. 

The nonprofit, charitable organization, the Mississippi 30 Day Fund was launched by Marie and Brian Sanderson of Ocean Springs after watching neighbors and friends across the state struggle to sustain their small businesses and jobs as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. 

Marie, who grew up in Jackson and attended Mississippi State University, and Brian, who is a native of Pascagoula and attended Ole Miss, met during recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and witnessed how instrumental small businesses are to the economy and character of Mississippi. The response and leadership of the private sector was important then, and is critical now. The Fund’s goal is to help Mississippi small businesses that face substantial shortfalls and an uncertain economic future. The Mississippi 30 Day Fund is a complement to the very worthy state and federal programs created to help Mississippians as well.

Mississippi businesses that qualify for assistance from the Fund are:

Small businesses that employ three to 30 people;

Based in Mississippi and have been operating for at least one year;

Owned and operated by a Mississippi resident.

The funds disbursed to small businesses by the Mississippi 30 Day fund do not need to be repaid. If businesses who receive the Fund’s assistance do, at a later date, wish to “pay it forward” to another Mississippi small business in need of assistance, they may do so by directing those dollars back to the Fund, which will disburse the funding to another Mississippi business in need.

Our Advisory Board


Marie and Brian are joined by some of Mississippi’s top entrepreneurs, business leaders, policymakers, and philanthropic partners, including:

Directors

Anna Harris

Sandra Sentell Klaich

Honorary Board Members

Haley Barbour, Governor

Phil Bryant, Governor

Gregg Harper, Congressman

Mary Donnelly Haskell, Miss Mississippi & Actress

Ray Mabus, Governor

Ronnie Musgrove, Governor

Chip Pickering, Congressman

Ronnie Shows, Congressman

Advisory Board

William Alias III., Oxford 

Matt Allen, Jackson

John Arledge, Jackson

Derek Arrington, Hattiesburg

Austin Barbour, Jackson

John Rodgers Brashier, Indianola

Kirby Boteler, Jackson

John Chain, Hattiesburg

Chris Champion, Jackson

Joe Cloyd, Ocean Springs

Philip Coburn, Jackson

David Conn, Jackson

John Currence, Oxford 

Josh Davis, Oxford

Derek Emerson, Jackson

Misty Feder, Ocean

Springs

Merle Flowers, Olive Branch

Brandt Galloway,  Columbus

Cathy Gaston, Ridgeland

Gerard Gibert, Madison

Jeff Good, Jackson

Cathy Grace, Tupelo

Jenn Gregory, Starkville

LaTasha Hadley, Byram

Kimme Hargrove, Ocean Springs

Elizabeth Heiskell, Oxford

Paul Hurst, Jackson

Rhonda Keenum, Starkville

Colby Lane, Madison

Jonathan Lee, Jackson

Bruce Martin, Meridian

Ricky Mathews, Biloxi

Cal Mayo, Oxford

Greg McNeely, Clinton

Bobby Morgan, Jackson

Reed Nelson, Madison

Cathy Northington, Jackson

Jenny Nicaud, Pass Christian

Perry Parker, Seminary

Karen Sock, Biloxi 

Joey Songy, Madison

Robert St. John, Hattiesburg 

Mitch Stringer, Madison

Tanner Swetman, Biloxi

Amy Tate, Tupelo 

Worth Thomas, Jackson

Amanda Tollison, Oxford

Chris Waddell, Jackson

Alex Washington, Jackson

Amy Whitten, Madison

Carolyn Willis, Carrollton

What You Need to Know


MS 30 Day Fund is a volunteer-powered nonprofit with all funds raised going directly to small businesses in desperate need to protect jobs NOW. 

Who does the MS 30 Day Fund help?

Mississippi businesses that qualify for assistance from the Fund are small businesses:

 

  • Employing three to 30 people;
  • Based in Mississippi and operating for at least one year;
  • Owned and operated by a Mississippi resident.
Do Mississippi 30 Day Fund funds need to be repaid?

No. The funds disbursed to businesses by the Mississippi 30 Day Fund do not need to be repaid. If businesses who receive the Mississippi 30 Day Fund assistance do, at a later date, wish to “pay it forward” to another Mississippi small business in need of assistance, they may do so by directing those dollars back to the Fund, which will disburse the funding to another Mississippi business in need.

What is the application process?

The application process is designed to be quick and easy for small businesses in Mississippi. You will receive a funding decision within three days. The application can be submitted from your phone in less than ten minutes.

Fill out a one-page form (takes less than ten minutes)

Submit a brief video (up to three minutes) about the business and its employees.

A decision will occur within three days, and approved businesses can expect an immediate transfer of funds.

Who created the Mississippi 30 Day Fund?

Lifelong Mississippians Marie and Brian Sanderson, along with other community leaders throughout the state. 

Who will oversee the approval process?

The Mississippi 30 Day Fund application review process is supported by volunteers, including MBA candidates from Mississippi State University and law students from the University of Mississippi.

Is the Mississippi 30 Day Fund a government program?

NO, the Mississippi 30 Day Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization fueled by the private sector committed to supporting small business jobs and entrepreneurs in Mississippi.