First Amazon Academy event in U.S. scheduled Nov. 1 in Southaven

Amazon will host its first-ever Amazon Academy event in the U.S. Friday, Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon at the DeSoto Center, Northwest Mississippi Community College, 5197 W.E. Ross Parkway West, Southaven. U.S. Sen. Roger F. Wicker and Nick Denissen, vice president, Amazon Small Business, are expected to be in attendance for the free event designed to provide an opportunity for small business owners to learn how to start and grow a business selling online.

Earlier this year, Amazon announced that Mississippi ranked first in its list of states with the fastest-growing small- and medium-sized business sellers. Last year, independent third-party sellers, primarily small- and medium-sized businesses, made up 58 percent of all physical gross merchandise sold on Amazon.

“Small businesses are at the very heart of our business,” said Joel Sider, Amazon Corporate Communications. “We only succeed if they succeed. That’s why we are investing $15 billion this year in infrastructure, tools, services, programs and people to help our selling partners launch and grow their businesses on Amazon. Guidance and training are an important part of those investments.

“Mississippi had the fastest growing Amazon sellers in 2018, so we are excited to come to DeSoto County with Sen. Wicker and help more small businesspeople learn about the opportunities of digital business,” Sider said.

To register for the Nov. 1 event, visit

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