A program started in 2011 to help small business owners save money on utilities has been renewed through the end of the year.
Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley said the Small Business Rate Incentives program has helped more than 1,10o businesses save more than $400,000 in utility costs. The savings come from waivers of deposits and discounts off service.
The Small Business Rate Incentives are offered by Atmos Energy, CenterPoint Energy, Wilmut Gas, Entergy Mississippi and Mississippi Power Co. Details about each company’s incentive program can be found on the PSC website in the “Small Business Help Center”.
Presley said in Mississippi Power’s territory alone, the Small Business Rate Incentives have helped create 677 new jobs.”This program is aimed directly at Main Street businesses that are hiring Mississippians and not packing up and going to China and Mexico,” Presley said. “Small businesses don’t get bailouts like Wall Street, but they are the people creating jobs, staying in Mississippi, and hiring our people. I am proud to have authored this program and glad to see it extended another year.”
Brittany McCain, the owner of Resale Therapy in Tupelo, where Presley made the announcement this morning, said she saved on a $100 deposit from Atmos and received a 25 percent discount for 12 months on her gas bill from the company. McCain bought the store from its previous owner and moved the store, then put everything in her name.
“I didn’t know about the program until Atmos told me,” she said. “It’s great because I could save the money and pay other bills. … every little bit helps.”