By Amanda McBride
The Choctaw Plaindealer
Mississippi State University is now helping Choctaw County grow through a partnership with the Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber and the MSU College of Business have partnered to help with many projects.
Jeffrey Rupp, Director of Outreach for MSU’s College of Business, spoke about the partnership and what the Technology Resource Institute has to offer during the February 16 Brown Bag Lunch program.
Rupp explained that the Technology Resource Institute is part of the MSU College of Business that can help communities, businesses and organizations with economic development.
Their three main programs are FastTrac, Family Business Workshops and MBA Consulting Teams.
FastTrac is a multiple week program designed for the start up entrepreneur or early stage business owner to help them develop and evaluate their business model and develop a business plan for success.
Rupp said the family business workshops are designed to help family businesses thrive. Two workshops offered is How to make a succession plan and How family businesses gain competitive advantage.
He said the MBA Consulting Teams is part of the business students’ curriculum and is required to receive a MBA degree. The teams help businesses with a specific area or problem and try to find a solution.
Rupp said three MBA Consulting Teams are currently working in Choctaw County. He said the teams are studying what role Choctaw County can play in the biomass market, working with Mezner Lumber and studying how fly ash can be marketed.
For more information on the programs contact the Chamber of Commerce at 285-3778.
Two changes to the Brown Bag Lunch program will begin in March. The Brown Bag Lunch program will now take place every other month on the third Wednesday. This date changes from the every third Thursday.
On months that do not feature a Brown Bag Lunch program, the Chamber of Commerce will host a ‘Lunch and Learn’ event on the third Wednesday. This begins on March 21 with Chip Templeton from MSU’s eBeat program. He will be teaching an ‘Ecommerce Primer.’ This event is designed to help participants get started with selling items online.