Tupelo, Mississippi

Tupelo Business Signs

Tupelo is a city located in the north-eastern region of the present-day U.S. state of Mississippi.  Prior to meddling by those of European descent, this area had been inhabited for a millennia.  The Woodland and Mississippi cultures were prevalent for hundreds of years.  However, by the time the Europeans arrived, the descendants of these cultures, such as the Chickasaw and Choctaw had become prevalent in the region.  Sadly, after the U.S. Congress passed the Indian Removal Act of 1830, these peoples were forced off their land.  During this time, the settlement of Gum Pond was created, named for the numerous tupelo trees in the area, which the locals knew as blackgum.

During the American Civil War, a battle was fought in this area in 1864, known as the Battle of Tupelo.  Following the American Civil War, a cross-state railroad was constructed through the town of Gum Pond and it was officially renamed Tupelo.  Tupelo, Mississippi was officially incorporated in 1870.

Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Tupelo, Mississippi has a total population of 38,842 people.  This makes it the seventh most populous city in the entire state of Mississippi.  Additionally, Tupelo, Mississippi’s metropolitan area, according to that same estimate, has a total population of 140,460 people.  This makes it the eight most populous metropolitan area in the entire United States of America.

As one can probably already surmise, the city of Tupelo, Mississippi has a strong historical lineage and tradition.  Indeed, the city (and its surrounding area) are home to several American Civil War memorials.  Among these memorials are the Tupelo National Battlefield, which was established on February 21st, 1929, and to this day is governed by the National Park Service, and commemorated the Battle of Tupelo/Harrisburg, which was fought from July 14th to 15th, 1864.  During this battle, the Union defeated the Confederacy.  Other battle memorials in the area include Brice’s Cross Roads National Battlefield Site, which was established on the same day in 1929 and is also governed by the National Park Service.

Otherwise, the city of Tupelo, Mississippi is home to the headquarters of the North Mississippi Medical Center, which is “the largest non-metropolitan hospital in the United States.”  North Mississippi Medical Center has won the prestigious Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award twice, once in 2006 and once in 2012.  Additionally, Tupelo, Mississippi is also home to BancorpSouth and Renasant.  Other companies with headquarters or operations located in the Tupelo, Mississippi area include Tecumseh, Heritage Home Group, Hancock Fabrics, Inc., Magnolia Fabrics, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, H.M. Richards, JESCO Construction, MTD Products, Savings Oil Company (Dodge’s Stores), and Cooper Tire & Rubber Company.  Tupelo, Mississippi is also home to Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo, which houses a substantial American bison herd among its collection of hundreds of various fauna.

As if Tupelo, Mississippi’s American Civil War history was not enough, this city also holds the honor of serving as the birthplace of the King himself, Elvis Presley.

Might there be any chance you may happen to be the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the Tupelo, Mississippi area?  Any chance you may have already considered such an adventurous endeavor?  If you have, you need look no further!  Below, we have provided small business owners (and those who wish to become small business owners in the future) with a variety of small business resources they may discover they really need when it comes to achieving their entrepreneurial endeavors:

Apply for a Business License in Tupelo, Mississippi:


City of Tupelo, Mississippi – Development Services:


Tupelo Chamber of Commerce:


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