Services Offered

Developing Entrepreneurs

Kauffman FastTrac New Venture – 10 week entrepreneurial training program which takes the participant through business concept analysis to the development of a business plan model.

Start Up Weekend – 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation focused on entrepreneurs. For more information, contact Tasha R. Bibb at (601) 960-3624 or at

Mentoring for Entrepreneurs – MSU staff work closely with entrepreneurs to develop business concept and plans.

Links to Angel Funding Groups – the opportunity to present outstanding business product/service ideas to investment groups for capital investment.

Growing Companies

Strategic Planning Model – An 8-step, 14-task planning model that either develops or creates a company vision, analyzes the business environment, sets goals, builds a strategy, and prioritizes work plans for implementation.

Jump Start – A 1-day innovation event which assists businesses with identifying new products, services, and processes.

Environmental Sustainability Program - A 2-day program which focuses on reducing waste, increasing efficiencies, and decreasing costs while helping to sustain the environment.

Supervisory Management Training - A four module, 48 hour training program providing training in leadership, management, modern manufacturing and the role of management.

Export Resource Service – Program to help companies increase exports and showcase products in a new on-line catalog.

Engineering and Technical Manufacturing Assistance and Training - Statistical Process Control - Rapid Problem Solving - Value Stream Mapping - Plant Master Planning - Lean Certification - Simulation Modeling - Six Sigma

Strengthening Communities

Stronger Economies Together (SET) enables multi-county regions in rural America to develop and implement an economic development blueprint that strategically builds on the current and emerging economic strengths of that region. In today’s global marketplace, economic development progress is more likely to be realized when counties work together as a region to assess their resources and then design and implement plans that build on their collective assets and comparative economic strengths. SET offers:

For more information, contact Rachel Welborn at (662) 325-5885 or at

Expanding Clusters

Activities and Programs aimed at supporting and growing key manufacturing clusters including automotive, furniture manufacturing, and agri-business.

Project Directors

Clay Walden

Bill Martin

This project is made possible through joint funding from:

  • • Economic Development Administration (EDA)
  • • United States Department of Agriculture—Rural Development (USDA-RD)
  • • Delta Regional Authority (DRA)
  • • Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)