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Hancock Bank Voted One of Mississippi's Most Admired Companies and Best Small Business Banks

November 12, 2015
John Hairston
John Hairston

Southern Business & Development (SB&D), a respected media source covering economic development in the South, recently tapped Hancock Bank as one of Mississippi’s Most Admired Companies and Best Small Business Banks for 2015. The coveted accolades recognize the bank as a catalyst for economic opportunity and champion for small business growth across the Gulf South. 


Hancock’s listings in the 2015 Best of Economic Development in Mississippi comes from a poll of 50 of the South’s best economic development minds—economic developers, educators, economists, site consultants, and CEOs—at the annual invitation-only Southern Economic Development Roundtable in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.


The group voted on 30 different economic development categories to pick the best-of-the-best in the American South, which has the fourth largest economy in the world behind only the U.S., China, and India.


Hancock Bank was founded to create opportunities for people and the communities we serve. The Gulf South region we call home offers a rich, diverse economic landscape filled with opportunities. For more than 116 years, we’ve had the great privilege to work side-by-side with people and businesses who share Hancock’s commitment to building on and expanding those opportunities.


Since Hancock Bank was founded on October 9, 1899, the company has been integral in numerous economic initiatives to help the region thrive. Early in Gulf Coast development, the bank bought the bonds to finish construction of today’s Highway 90, improving trade, travel, and tourism. Hancock executives helped effect the transfer of Gulfport’s port—the third busiest container port on the Gulf of Mexico—to state ownership and pave the way to bring NASA’s Stennis Space Center to South Mississippi.


Hancock associates continue to lead local, state, regional, and national economic efforts ranging from local chambers of commerce to national actions that help build strong economies and quality of life. 


Our founders set forth the servant leadership and commitment to core values that still guide our Hancock culture today. We live, work, and raise our families here and have a vested interest in helping our communities succeed and people achieve their financial goals and dreams. That’s not only an honor for us, it’s also our mission.