The Office of Outreach and Corporate Engagement is an EDA federally funded University Center housed in the College of Business at Mississippi State University. Its mission is to leverage university resources for economic/community development and job growth. Ongoing programs include MBA field study teams. These teams consist of graduate students who do applied research projects for start-ups, entrepreneurs and established businesses.
Research areas include marketing, competition, pricing, distribution, costs, etc. The office currently has several clients working in the area of green and renewable energy technologies. They also assist entrepreneurs in developing comprehensive business plans using the FastTrac® program developed by the Kauffman Foundation as well as other business training programs.
The Office of Outreach and Corporate Engagement also provides technical assistance to businesses in the areas of information systems, media strategy, family business issues and workforce staffing. For more information, please contact Jeffrey Rupp.