About

Who We Are

B O.N.D. Small Business Group is a promotional, networking, and developmental social enterprise based in Pontotoc, MS and the surrounding areas to come together, fellowship, and give back to the community they serve. B.O.N.D. was created due to the need of cost effective advertising, promotion, and resources for small business and organization owners. B.O.N.D. Small Business Group has evolved into a business, hub, and platform for professionals in Northeast Mississippi. Please visit our Become A Member page to learn more about our benefits offered in our membership.

Our Mission

To empower, educate, and equip local business people to thrive and positively impact the communities around them as well as encouraging growth and unity in the small business marketplace.

What We Do

We host events that are aimed to help small business owners network, gain support, and learn. We also develop programs that are family-friendly and help the community as a whole, while showing what our local businesses have to offer, as well as offering exclusive benefits, opportunities, and events to members. 

Meet the Team

Jessica Starks, CEO

Jessica Starks is the CEO and founder of J.D. Scribes, a creative marketing and design company for small business, as well as the CEO of B.O.N.D. Small Business Group, and organization that equips, educates, and advocates for small businesses and organizations. Jessica is passionate about helping those in the community around her. The Itawamba Community College alumna is a member of the Pontotoc Writer’s Group, the Pontotoc County Friends of the Library, The Women-Owned Business Club, the Minority PUL Alliance, and The Pontotoc Community Theater. Jessica is also the Production Coordinator for the youth organization IN THE LOOP Program of Success, Media Personnel for ourMississippi Magazine, as well as a recurring guest on the radio show, Right Thinking with Steve Coplon. Mud & Magnolias Magazine named her one of the 30 most influential women in Northeast Mississippi in 2017 and she was nominated Best Boss and Woman of the Year in The Pontotoc Progress' Best of Pontotoc 2018.

Myra Starks, Executive Assistant

Myra is a renaissance woman, which is why she is such a valuable asset to the B.O.N.D. team. The wife, mother, and grandmother loves learning new things and serving others. She is an alumna of Itawamba Community College. She worked in education for 20 years but is now the Executive Assistant for J.D. Scribes and the B.O.N.D. Group.

Miranda Starks, Advisor

Miranda has always had a passion for entrepreneurship and networking, so she joined forces with her sister Jessica to create the B.O.N.D. Group. She is currently a Paparazzi Independent Consultant, owner of Miranda’s Sweet and Chic Boutique. She is also currently an Administrative Assistant in the Area Agency on Agency Divison at Three Rivers Planning and Development District. She is an alumna of Itawamba Community College and Mississippi University for Women, and she is the proud mother of a son, Solomon.

Larissa Dastinot, Treasurer

Larissa has always loved art and photography. She is a gifted photographer and artist. She was nominated for Best of Pontotoc 2018 in the Photography category. She is the owner of Photography by Larissa. She is also a Personal Care Assistant with Oxford Health Care. She is an alumna of Itawamba Community College and Colorado Technical University and she is the proud mother of a daughter, Amiyah.

Gabrielle Starks, Food & Beverage Coordinator

Alan D. Wolfelt once said, “Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate ” This describes Gabrielle and her passion for cooking perfectly. She has an expansive pallet and is very knowledgeable in food preparation and safety. She is Serv-Safe certified and is currently employed as a cook at Pontotoc Health and Rehab, where the patients love her creative dishes.

Wendell Frison, Advisor

Wendell has been a wonderful asset to the B.O.N.D. Group. Wendell has been in the transportation industry for a little over 20 years, and can proudly say that he has never had an accident in his entire career in the field. Wendell is also a graduate of Itawamba Community College and is certified in Vehicle Maintenance Management & Inspection. He was named 2017 Mississippi Action for Progress, Inc. Region 10 Staff of the Year & 2017 Mississippi Action for Progress, Inc. Staff of the Year. He was also nominated for Best of Pontotoc 2018 as Best Bus Driver.