University Outreach

Mississippi State University, located 65 miles from Philadelphia, has special strengths in engineering, business and management, forestry and wood products, and agriculture. A major component of its mission as a land-grant institution is to extend the expertise of its faculty to businesses and industries across the state. Nine entities within the university provide valuable outreach services:

Industrial Outreach Service

Office of Technology Commercialization

Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems

Industrial Assessment Center

MSU Extension Service

Institute for Clean Energy Technology

Research and Curriculum Unit for Workforce Development

Resource Referral Center of the Technology Resource Institute

Small Business Development Center

Of particular interest to entrepreneurs and start-up businesses is the Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship operated by the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus. The Center offers training, support, counseling, and resources for existing businesses and start-ups. Although the Center focuses on women and other underserved entrepreneurs, it is a valuable resource for any entrepreneurial venture or start-up business.

Other state universities offer industrial outreach programs as well, particularly the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg and the University of Mississippi (“Ole Miss”) in Oxford, Mississippi.