MSET Names New President and CEO

Davis Pace Joins High-Tech Accelerator at John C. Stennis Space Center after Nearly a  Decade Spent on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Directing Technology and Cyber Policy

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, MS – Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) today announced the appointment of Davis Pace, a leading U.S. Congressional attorney and native Mississippian, as President and CEO.

Pace will lead the regional economic development organization, which leverages the resources of the John C. Stennis Space Center. Pace joins MSET following a near-decade of work in technology policy in the U.S. Congress.

MSET Chairman of the Board Greg Hinkebein said, “Davis is the type of dynamic leader that can set the stage for significant growth at MSET. He brings a wealth of both policy and legislative process knowledge to help secure long-term success for the Stennis community and MSET. Davis also carries relationships that will be an asset to the Gulf Coast region and our state. We are thrilled to have him on board.”

“It’s a great honor to return home to Mississippi to lead such an important organization at one of the state’s iconic institutions,” said Pace. “For decades, Mississippians have benefited from the presence of the Stennis Space Center, and I am committed to finding new and exciting ways for Stennis’s combination of science, technology and entrepreneurship to drive job growth and opportunity in the Gulf Coast region and beyond.”

Pace, 34, has worked for most of the past decade in the nation’s capital, serving as an advisor to multiple Members of Congress and congressional committees responsible for setting American technology and security policy.

Most recently, he was Professional Staff Member for the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where he managed the emerging technologies, telecommunications, space, and cyber portfolio. While serving the committee, Pace successfully led the effort to incentivize leading-edge technology development and manufacturing in the United States. 

Prior to his time with House Foreign Affairs, Pace served as Legislative Director to then-Representative John Ratcliffe, preceding his appointment as Director of National Intelligence. There, he spearheaded critical government reforms in cyber defense and information systems. Pace also served as Counsel and Advisor to then-Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker of North Carolina.

Pace was born in Brookhaven and graduated from Jackson Preparatory School. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and received his juris doctorate from the Mississippi College School of Law. He and his family are relocating from Washington, D.C., to the Mississippi Gulf Coast this summer.


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MSET Mission:

The mission of the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) is to facilitate regional economic development by leveraging the resources of Stennis Space Center, the State, and the region to foster business opportunities among public and private entities.  Representing the industry base at Stennis, from the smallest company to the largest federal agency or prime contractor, MSET provides a number of mechanisms to identify economic development and business opportunities in and around the region.

MSET has a number of programs designed to inform candidate companies about procurement opportunities at Stennis and to assist companies in the goals for linking with Stennis agencies and companies, including:

  • Monthly Lunch & Learn events
  • Quarterly Stennis Business Consortium (SBC) meetings
  • Technology Transfer Forums
  • Stennis-based Business Incubator
  • Resident and Affiliate Programs

MSET, partnered with the University of Southern Mississippi, coordinates the Marine Industries Science & Technology (MIST) cluster.  Under an SBA contract supporting MIST, MSET and USM provide direct support and linking services to small companies, as well as work toward the formalization of the cluster.  To learn more about the cluster and to join, visit

2015 Mississippi Statewide 8(a) Application and Destination HUBZone Conferences


2015 Mississippi Statewide 8(a) Application and Destination HUBZone Conferences

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Mississippi e-Center @ JSU

1230 Raymond Road – Convention Hall

Jackson, MS 39204




8(a) Application Conference

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Destination HUBZone Conference

2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

(Sign-in begins at 8:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m., respectively)

In national and statewide efforts, SBA is seeking firms that may be eligible for its 8(a) and HUBZone Programs for two primary purposes:  To increase applications and to expand the number and types of businesses certificated in these highly sought-after federal programs.

Did you know the federal government is the world’s largest buyer of goods and services?  In 2014, $213.2 million* in goods and services were purchased from Mississippi 8(a) and HUBZone certified small businesses.  If you are interested in SBA’s 8(a) Business Development and/or HUBZone Contracting Programs being a key to your success, then these events are for you.  These conferences are solely for Mississippi firms interested in certifying their business as 8(a) and/or HUBZone, as well as Mississippi HUBZone firms interested in recertification.  In addition to other eligibility criteria, those pursuing 8(a) must be organized for profit, at least 51% owned/controlled/managed by socially and economically disadvantaged persons and in business for a minimum of two years.  NOTE:  The 8(a) Application Conference is not intended for current or previously certified 8(a) firms.  Also, those pursuing HUBZone certification must have their principal place of business located in a designated HUBZone in Mississippi (click HERE to view the HUBZone map) must be organized for profit and meet the 35% minimum employee residency requirement in a HUBZone.


Attendees will have their questions answered by SBA 8(a) and HUBZone experts from HQ, Washington, DC who review/decide upon applications and appeals

Approved firms become eligible for 8(a) and HUBZone contract opportunities** (Max of $6.5 million for sole source manufacturing and $4.0 million for all other industries).  Higher amounts for both 8(a) and HUBZone competitive projects

Mentor-Protégé Opportunities; Joint Ventures/Teaming Opportunities on contracts

24 Major Federal Buying Agencies have a 5% statutory contracting goal for SDB (8(a) qualifies as SDB automatically) and a 3% statutory goal for HUBZone

And more!

You cannot apply for 8(a) or HUBZone certification without a current SAM profile, DUNS number and GLS login password.  Visit,, or contact your local Mississippi SBA Office at for assistance on SAM, DUNS, and the SBA’s GLS login registration. Go to or for more information regarding SBA’s 8(a) and HUBZone programs.


8(a) Application Conference:

Destination HUBZone Conference:

Click HERE for directions to the conference site.

Questions?  Call the SBA Mississippi District Office at (601) 965-4378, ext. 17, 13, or 14

*Source:  Federal Procurement Data System – Next Generation (FPDS-NG).  **SBA does not guarantee contracts.  All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.  Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Fall 2015 Application Deadline





The New Orleans/Gulf South Region Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Delgado Community College is now accepting applications through June 15th for the Fall 2015 session. The program is intended to provide small business owners with the resources they need to grow and create jobs.  This best-in-class program begins in September and includes cost-free business education, business advising, and support.  Applicants must meet the following criteria: be an owner or co-owner of a business that has been in operation for at least two years, employ at least four people, and have revenues above $150,000 in the last year. 

For more information and to apply visit or call 504-671-5555


2015ProcurementConference (2)

Designed to build relationships between Mississippi businesses and federal, state and local government and corporate buyers, this conference will also promote partnerships and strategic alliances to aid Mississippi businesses in competing in the global marketplace.

Monday, May 4, 2015 – Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Landers Center
4560 Venture Drive
Southaven, Mississippi 38671

Dress Code
Business Attire

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Registration Deadline
Tuesday, April 28, 2015



Greg Hinkebein selected as MSET Interim President and CEO

The Board of the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology has selected Greg Hinkebein as Interim President and CEO replacing Charles Beasley. Currently Hinkebein is the President and CEO of Mississippi Global Technologies, LLC. Before his retirement Hinkebein served as President and CEO of MSET from 1999 to 2008. Hinkebein has served as a judge on the Mississippi Court of Appeals, Legal Counsel to Governor Kirk Fordice, a Wells, Moore, Simmons and Neeld Law Firm, partner, Assistant Legal Counsel for the Mississippi Development Authority and a Marketing and Economic Development Representative.

Small Business Saturday – November 29, 2014


Small Business Saturday



Saturday, November 29, 2014 is Small Business Saturday® – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities.  Please join the SBA and organizations across the country in supporting your local small business by shopping at a small business.



The first-ever Small Business Saturday was held on Nov 27. It encouraged people across the country to support small, local businesses, and started a holiday shopping tradition.


(US Senate Officially Recognized the Day)


From Washington, D.C., to Washington State, governors, mayors, senators, and even President Obama all voiced their support for Small Business Saturday.



American Express encouraged small business owners to take charge of the day, helping them promote their business through free, personalized ads, which appeared millions of times across the web.




More neighborhoods than ever celebrated Small Business Saturday, with individuals and local organizations pledging to support the day as Neighborhood Champions.


In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses with their most pressing need — getting more customers. The day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before.

For more information visit:  

MSET to oversee new Gulf Coast marine industries cluster

Mississippi Enterprise for Technology Awarded Contract from Small Business Administration for Marine Cluster Initiative

Stennis Space Center, MS – October 1, 2014: A U.S. Small Business Administration award of $523,742 will help the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) at Stennis Space Center fortify its mission to put Mississippi on the map as a “center of activity” for the nation’s marine science and technology industry.

On Tuesday, Sept. 30, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced its support of four new Regional Innovation Clusters, adding to its portfolio of high-performing regional innovation networks across the country. Included in that group is the Marine Industries Science and Technology Cluster, I-10 Corridor (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida).

“The marine science and technology economic sector has been an asset for the Gulf Coast for a very long time,” said Charles E. Beasley, President and CEO of the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology. “This contract helps us build further identity for the cluster and initiates a support system that this industry has not yet seen in this region. It also provides the resources of SBA and the expertise of its staff and participant cluster organizations to give the local blue economy a new growth catalyst.”

Since its inception MSET has enjoyed a successful partnership with The University of Southern Mississippi, which serves as the corporation’s fiscal agent. The University collaborated with MSET to submit the SBA funding proposal. MSET also works closely with the University’s Department of Marine Science and the Business Innovation Assistance Center – both located at Stennis.

The Marine Industries Science and Technology (MIST) Cluster will focus on the Stennis Space Center’s ecosystem of world class marine technology research, the highest concentration of oceanographers in the world, and a broad consortium of federal and state partners to provide targeted support for the creation and growth of small businesses involved in “blue technology.”

Anticipated benefits from this partnership with SBA would include:

  • Creation of new jobs
  • Building synergy among cluster participants
  • Attracting industrial investment
  • Increasing the marketability of innovative technology

“The work of the Stennis Space Center (SSC) and its partners on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is second to none in the marine science and technology field,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “The economic impact from the SSC in the area is tremendous, and the U.S. Small Business Administration award will support continued growth of the ‘blue economy’ on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and enhance the work of the SSC and the region’s skilled workforce.”

Clusters are defined geographic concentrations of interconnected companies, specialized suppliers, service providers, universities, and associated institutions in a particular field that are present in a region and arise out of linkages or externalities across industries.


The four Regional Innovation Cluster awardees, ranging from $500,000 to $550,000, were selected from more than 40 applicants and represent a wide range of diverse geographic areas and industries. From urban to rural, and clean technology to autonomous systems, these cluster initiatives focus on the most effective approaches to linking small businesses to regional networks of leading research, commercialization tools and financing.

 SBA’s funding will be provided to each cluster’s organizing entity to strengthen opportunities for small businesses within the cluster. The funds will be used to provide mentoring and counseling services, mentor-protégé and team programming, and to showcase and pitch events to prospective investors and public-private sector adopters of new technology.

Since 2010, the SBA has invested in regional clusters throughout the United States.  The goal of the SBA’s involvement in clusters is to increase small business participation and economic activity.  For more information on the SBA’s clusters initiative, visit

 To view the SBA press release announcing Four New Regional Innovation Cluster Awards, visit

For more information on this project contact Laurie Jugan at 228-688-1192 or at




‘Space radar’ WorldWinds products will be instrumental in accurate forecast this hurricane season

Over the last 10 years, WorldWinds has worked to improve our weather readiness by working in partnership with university and government researchers with the goal of improving economic resilience and public safety.  The company has been accomplishing these goals by converting advanced satellite data and complex weather models into scientifically sound yet intuitive and actionable public graphics that promote weather readiness, better decisions and improved personal safety.  In developing effective weather graphics for public consumption, WorldWinds has formed a unique bridge between the broadcast media industry, research universities, and federal agencies including NASA, NOAA, and DOD.  Through the SBIR program, WorldWinds has been able to leverage our country’s enormous weather science and engineering investments and merge these advanced observational and forecasting technologies with the behavioral sciences required to develop rapid comprehension, effective planning, and appropriate public action.

The Eastern Pacific expects increased tropical activity this season due to the development of an El Niño event in the Pacific Ocean.  El Niño decreases the vertical wind shear in the eastern Pacific tropical region, which contributes to more favorable conditions for storm development.  In fact, two of the three storms in the Pacific so far this year have developed into major hurricanes.  Because of the expected increase in activity in the Pacific Ocean this season, WorldWinds’ products will be very useful in assisting with accurate forecasts.




The White House Honors IMRI’s President and CEO, Martha Daniel


IMRI’s President & CEO, Martha Daniel, Honored by The White House as a Champion of Change

ALISO VIEJO, CA – On Tuesday, March 25, 2014 The White House honored Information Management Resources, Inc.’s (IMRI’s) President & CEO, Martha Daniel, and nine other leaders who are “Women Veteran Leader Champions of Change.”  The event honored women veteran industry leaders, highlighting their incredible contributions to our nation’s business, public and community service sectors.

In his State of the Union Address, President Obama declared, “We are stronger when America fields a full team.” As we move to leverage the power of a fully represented “Team America,” the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) is advancing the cause of our 2.2 million women veterans. Women veterans are one of the fastest-growing populations of veterans. Now 10%, by 2020, they will constitute over 12% of all veterans.

As the nation celebrates Women’s History Month, it is important to salute women Veterans for their accomplishments and contributions to society. They have broken barriers and capitalized on the many leadership opportunities afforded through military service. We know that women Veterans are models of character, courage and commitment who continue to blaze trails and open doors. “I am honored by the fact that women veterans in general are being recognized in this nation for the work that we’ve done to keep everybody safe,” says Ms. Daniel.

The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.  The event was moderated by The Honorable Gina S. Farrisee, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Elisa Basnight, JD, MPA, Director of the Center for Women Veterans, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


To watch Ms. Daniel’s interview regarding her  honor on KCAL News click here.

About Martha Daniel

Ms. Daniel’s 35 years career in information technology began during her time as a cryptologist in the U.S. Navy and has spanned both corporate and government sectors.  In 1992, Ms. Daniel founded IMRI and is responsible for managing the corporation’s strategic vision and was recently recognized in 2013 as Small Business Person of the Year Award by the U. S. Small Business Administration, Santa Ana District.  A published author and frequent speaker, Ms. Daniel co-authored two books entitled, On the Other Side of Midnight 2000, An Executive Guide to the Year 2000 Problem and recently released Million Dollar Conversations.  As a service disabled veteran entrepreneur, Ms. Daniel is committed to serving the interest of other veteran entrepreneurs and has served as President and currently as Executive Vice President of the Elite Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business Network, Orange County Chapter.

About IMRI

For 22 years, IMRI has provided comprehensive technical and engineering support services specializing in cyber security, data center operations and consolidations, program management, systems/software engineering, and telecommunications for the federal government and civilian agencies as well as the private sector. IMRI, ranked this year by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in America, is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned and Woman Owned Small Business that has successfully delivered more than $115 million in technology, cyber security, program management, and engineering services.

IMRI has an impressive and growing client list providing support to federal government entities and agencies within Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, NASA, the intelligence community, and other civilian organizations, as well as to state, local and municipal governments. IMRI also serves the private sector in the, healthcare, public utilities, and financial industries. For more information, please visit


2013 Industrial Award of Excellence

Sometimes referred to as a local version of the Academy Awards, the Hancock Chamber Annual Awards Gala recognizes outstanding achievements in citizenship, tourism, industry and business in August of each year. The annual production includes a cocktail party, sit-down dinner and video presentations featuring the award winners.

VIDEO:  MSET Receives Hancock Chamber Industrial Award of Excellence


SBA Seeks Nominations for 2014 Mississippi Small Business Person of the Year & Champion Awards

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is seeking nominations for the 2014 Mississippi Small Business Person of the Year and Small Business Champion Awards.

 Each year since 1963, the President of the United States has designated a National Small Business Week.  The highlight of Small Business Week activities is the presentation of awards at the state and national levels.  The 2014 Small Business Week celebration next year will honor the small business community’s many contributions to the American economy and society.  National Small Business Week celebrations will occur in the Summer of 2014. 

 “You can be part of this celebration by nominating an outstanding small business owner or small business champion in your community for one of these awards,” said Janita Stewart, SBA Mississippi District Director.  

 The Mississippi SBA Small Business Person of the Year will be invited to attend the national celebration in Washington, DC to compete for the National Small Business Person of the Year award against winners from across the country. 

Small Business Champions of the Year award categories are for those who promote small business, including volunteering time and services to small business interests and groups. Champions may or may not be small business owners. Award categories include:

  • Small Business Exporter
  • Generational Family-Owned Small Business
  • Young Entrepreneur
  • Minority Small Business Champion
  • Women in Business Champion
  • Veteran Small Business Champion
  • Home-Based Business Champion
  • Financial Services Champion
  • Entrepreneurial Success Award
  • Small Business Journalist      

Nomination packages must be received by the SBA Mississippi-Gulfport Branch Office on or before Friday, January 17, 2014.  Nominations for the 2014 Mississippi Small Business Person of the Year may be submitted electronically by web portal at

For nomination guidelines and additional information regarding the awards, visit the SBA Mississippi web site at or contact the SBA Mississippi District Office at (601) 965-4378, Gulfport Branch Office at (228) 863-4449.

PRESS OFFICE                

SBA Introduces Webinar Series on How Small Businesses Can Gain Competitive Advantage through HUBZone Certification

Advisory Date:  November 26, 2013

Contact:  Tiffani S. Clements (202) 401-0035

Advisory Number: MA13-17

Internet Address:

SBA Introduces Webinar Series on How Small Businesses Can Gain Competitive Advantage through HUBZone Certification

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration will present How Small Businesses Can Gain Competitive Advantage through HUBZone Certification, the first of its two-part webinar series on Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. EST.  The second part will be presented on Dec.17 at 2 p.m. EST.

The mission of the SBA’s Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zone program is to promote job growth, capital investment, and economic development by providing contracting opportunities to small businesses located in economically distressed communities. The federal government has a mandated contracting goal to award three percent of federal contracts to HUBZone firms.  In fiscal year 2012, HUBZone firms received $8.01 billion in federal contracts.

The two 45-minute webinars will help small business owners learn: 

•           How to obtain and maintain the HUBZone certification;

•           How to form joint ventures;

•           How to survive HUBZone status protests to contracts;

•           How to compete for HUBZone contracts;

•           How to maintain good record keeping to ensure compliance in the program;

•           How affiliated businesses are evaluated, and

•           How to obtain HUBZone contracting requirements.

The Dec. 3rd webinar will explain how HUBZone areas are designated, how to maintain HUBZone certification after an area loses designation and regulatory requirements.

The Dec. 17 webinar will focus on how HUBZone affiliated businesses are treated, joint ventures and HUBZone contracting requirements.

Registration is free, but required:

WHAT:                 “HUBZone Webinar Part I: How Small Businesses Can Gain Competitive Advantage through HUBZone Certification.”

WHEN:                 Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 – 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. EST

HOW:                   Registration is free, but required:

*Editor’s Note:  Both webinars will be archived on SBA’s YouTube page. 

High Performance Solutions (HPS) Wins Navy Contract

High Performance Solutions, Inc. (HPS) was recently awarded a five-year, multi-million dollar contact for the maintenance of the power and cooling systems for the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO). The contract allows HPS to continue their work at Stennis which began in 2002.

HPS, a small company headquartered in Slidell, LA, is a certified HUBZone business with two offices onsite at Stennis Space Center, one of which is provided through the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) Corporate Resident program. Although the firm is a HUBZone-certified small business, the recent award represents their competitiveness, as it was a competition open to all small businesses.

“We are overjoyed to be able to continue our work with the Navy,” states HPS President and CEO Clay Harper. “Our experience with the Navy’s power infrastructure is very unique. We were also on the ground when Katrina hit and made sure critical Navy systems remained up and running in the aftermath. The experience gave us the label of ‘Hurricane-Proof,’ a title we are quite proud of. We are very much looking forward to the next five years with the Naval Oceanographic Office.” HPS was recognized by Stennis federal agencies and the Governor of Mississippi for their efforts in sustaining operations following Hurricane Katrina.

HPS provides an aggressive maintenance and monitoring service in support of continuous power, as well as daily on-call personnel who are available 24/7 in the event of an emergency. Their support is not limited to Navy systems; HPS provides support to NASA through the Facility Operating Services Contract (FOSC), currently held by Jacobs Technology and maintain what are determined to be ‘the most critical buildings at Stennis.’ “Our average response time during off hours is 32 minutes. In dealing with critical systems, the website quicker you can be on-scene, the better chance of identifying a problem before a potentially devastating power loss,” Harper stated.

With this award securing their core work at Stennis, the company is now looking for partners on other upcoming opportunities in and around the Stennis area. To learn more about HPS, contact Harper at 228-688-5059.

Startup Weekend – Biloxi

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So, you’ve heard of Startup Weekend, but what’s it all about?

Startup Weekend is no ordinary event. It is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures; An event where like-minded entrepreneurs gather for a weekend of company creation. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011. Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and after 54 hours, you take an initial idea from the Friday night pitches through to a mind spinning start-up company, on Sunday night.  then The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Don’t think it’s just developers. It’s marketing maestros, design gurus, business development wizards, legal geniuses and the specialist of startups – the jack of all trades coming together as one, creating a harmony that can only be envied by the corporate world.

OKAY – so that may be slight sales mode, but it truly is all about bringing together the knowledge of the local entrepreneur scene, and helping those in need to find their feet in the world of startups.


August 23-25th, 2013 (FRIDAY – SUNDAY)

6pm (Friday) to 8pm (Sunday)


The Biloxi Innovation Center

1636 Popps Ferry Road, Suite 100

Biloxi, MS 39532

Gulf Coast RenaiasanceThe Gulf Coast Renaissance Corporation is providing 5 (3 student, 2 regular) free tickets to Startup Weekend Biloxi! The contest begins NOW and will end this Friday the 9th at noon CST, with the first   5 people to retweet or share our post about “What do I get out of Startup Weekend” (as timestamped by Facebook or Twitter).


If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life! And better yet, it’s coming to the Mississippi Gulf Coast!


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MSET goal to advance technologies of tomorrow

In ancient times, technology was defined as the spoken word of manual craft or cunning skill. Ever since then, the definition and identification of the term has been up for debate. But one thing is certain. A state agency at Stennis Space Center is helping to ease the transition from technology development to commercial application.

The Mississippi Enterprise for Technology has made its business to make good business.

The goal of MSET and other like agencies is simple: to increase the economic impact of transferred technology to increase the rate, volume and quality of the technologies transferred between industry, academia and government agencies.

“MSET has operated the Mississippi Technology Transfer Office for nearly 20 years,” said MSET president and CEO, Charlie Beasley. MSET’s job — he said, quoting state statute for technology transfer — is “to ensure that Mississippi benefits from and fully exploits scientific research and technology” developed at Stennis and other federal laboratories.

“Our focus today is to position the state to excel, into the next 20 years, in transferring federally developed science and technology to the private sector of the state.”

Small businesses with big impact

Two small businesses with offices located in the Mississippi Technology Transfer Office — Innovative Imaging and Research Corporation (I2R) and NVision Solutions Incorporated — are taking current technology to the next level. More…

PSCI Marks first year in Business



 After being an Air Force Officer, Fortune 500 company manager, and Executive Vice President in three Small to Medium Companies, Tim Brogdon, decided to start h

is own company in 2012.  He named the company PSCI and located it at Stennis Space Center, to take full advantage of the offerings of NASA, other Federal Agencies and the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET). “Tim has been active in MSET programs for many years in different capacities.  It is great to see him start his own business at this stage in his career and continue to build success,” states Charlie Beasley, President and CEO of the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology.

Tim spent a lot of time during the first year working through the myriad of rules, regulations, laws and completing numerous on-line websites to be authorized to conduct business and to make sure PSCI was primed for growth. After reintroducing, himself to the Stennis community as a new small business, Tim has been successful in closing business opportunities and is looking forward to steady growth entering into his second year.  “One of the things that became very evident is that working with company owner’s is certainly different than being a company owner”, stated Brogdon. 

PSCI provides three primary offerings, Federal Government Service Contracting, Technology Development and Consulting. PSCI has tremendous experience in providing Technical and Business Solutions and Services associated with Federal Government contract activities. Specific knowledge of program and project management, contracts, deliverables, reporting, personnel management, back office requirements and other rel

ated activities for low risk operation on Government contracts. 

States Brogdon, “Federal Government Service Contracting is accomplished on the customer’s timeline and has the most stringent policy and practice activities ranging from accounting, to billing to certifications/authorizations to safety, quality, policies and procedures. Technology Development requires the most emphasis on technical and systems skills and can generally be accomplished with less emphasis on procedural and legal aspects.  Lastly, Consulting is an absolutely satisfying activity, because it’s less structured in compliance activities and much more singularly focused on full customer satisfaction and anticipation and/or reaction to customer needs.”

Just entering into its second year, PSCI is enjoying a lot of consulting activity and has teamed with several large companies and some small companies as a sub-contractor or teammate to support existing projects, evaluate technical innovations and address proposal opportunities.  In addition, PSCI has submitted a technology innovation to NASA and teamed with Proteus Technologies, another small company, on a NOAA SBIR.  “We’re also evaluating numerous technologies for development and/or implementation along with other small companies.  I would like to offer a deep, heartfelt thank you to the PSCI customers and all of those that supported PSCI throughout the first year” says Brogdon. “I’ve been at SSC since 1989 and every year has been an adventure.  The last year has been exciting, humbling, fun, and difficult, a huge learning experience and most of all a blessing.  The first year for PSCI is in the can, now on to the next.”

PSCI is located in the Mississippi Technology Transfer Center/Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) Incubator Building 1103, Suite 146A. For additional information on PSCI visit or MSET at  


On February 27 and 28 businesses from across the US gathered for the 2013 Stennis Industry Days held at the IP Casino in Biloxi and hosted by the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology drawing over 300 attendees.

On Wednesday, the 27th, exhibitors and individual registrants were treated to a drive along the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast as they traveled to Stennis Space Center and the INFINITY Science Center for a tour sponsored by Jacobs – FOSC.  Jacobs has the Facility Operating Services Contract (FOSC) at Stennis Space Center.

“Industry Days is an important event which fosters better communication between Stennis organizations and local companies.   It is a great way to help small businesses learn about business opportunities at Stennis and at the same time help Stennis get a better value for each dollar spent,” states Ken Human, NASA’s Associate Director at Stennis. “I was impressed by the number of companies that attended and the diversity of companies looking to do business at SSC.”

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SPOTLIGHT – 2013 Stennis Industry Days – the Business of Doing Business at Stennis Space Center

On February 27 and 28 businesses from across the US gathered for the 2013 Stennis Industry Days held at the IP Casino in Biloxi and hosted by the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology drawing over 300 attendees.

On Wednesday, the 27th, exhibitors and individual registrants were treated to a drive along the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast as they traveled to Stennis Space Center and the INFINITY Science Center for a tour sponsored by Jacobs – FOSC.  Jacobs has the Facility Operating Services Contract (FOSC) at Stennis Space Center.

“Industry Days is an important event which fosters better communication between Stennis organizations and local companies.   It is a great way to help small businesses learn about business opportunities at Stennis and at the same time help Stennis get a better value for each dollar spent,” states Ken Human, NASA’s Associate Director at Stennis. “I was impressed by the number of companies that attended and the diversity of companies looking to do business at SSC.”

Following a VIP Reception at the IP Casino’s Tien – Asian Restaurant, sponsored by the Hancock County Development Commission, the event officially kicked off with the First Annual Stennis Business Consortium (SBC) Team-member Achievement Recognition (STAR) Awards Ceremony. The STAR Awards are given to agencies and companies exceeding the expectations of the SBC.  The SBC mission is to provide a mechanism for federal and state agencies, local institutions, and businesses to exchange information on small business goals, needed and emerging technologies, upcoming procurement requirements and opportunities, and issues dealing with existing procurement regulations. This is accomplished through regular meetings where specific information is exchanged based on funding cycles, forecasts of small business needs, as well as inquiries from small businesses. STAR awardees serve that mission to levels that serve as examples to others and help develop better competition on local contracts, help prepare a better contractor workforce to address local needs, and help develop strategic partnerships to expand the reach of local businesses.

In its inaugural year, STAR awards were given in four categories:  Federal Agency/Prime Contractor of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, and Innovator of the Year. Michelle Stracener, the Small Business Specialist for NASA at Stennis accepted the STAR Award for NASA, the Federal Agency of the Year.  RBG Contractors, Inc. received the STAR Award for the Small Business of the Year. Since joining the SBC, RBG opened an office at Stennis and is pursuing a number of potential business opportunities.  Newcomer of the Year was awarded to Cardno ATC, who has not only identified opportunities for their company, but also identified a number of opportunities for small businesses, with other agencies and large contractors as well.  The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) at Stennis was awarded the Innovator of the Year STAR Award for the 45 patents NRL recently published or issued.  NRL focused efforts on identifying companies to license and commercialize these technologies.

Following the awards ceremony, a welcome reception for exhibitors and attendees alike was held throughout the exhibits area. Participants took advantage of this opportunity as the reception was an excellent time to make connections, share information, and learn about peers for possible future joint ventures or referrals.

The next day businesses and exhibitors continued to build on the momentum, taking advantage of educational opportunities by listening to the various agencies and companies presenting, in-person networking, and by visiting with exhibitors.

ABOVE: 2013 Stennis Industry Days networking opportunities.

Networking opportunities through informal connections took place between sessions and included access to the presenters for questions, idea sharing and an opportunity to expand on what was covered made for a great business to business event.

“This kind of direct marketing and promotion to your target audience, who are already in a learning, networking and development mode is virtually impossible to get in other ways,” states Professional Solutions Company president, Tim Brogdon.

Presentations from federal agencies, NASA, the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NMOC), NOAA’s National Data Buoy Center (NDBC), and the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and supporting contractors filled the morning and afternoon with the business of Stennis Space Center and covered a variety of topics appropriate for small businesses.

“Stennis Industry Days was an excellent opportunity for GDIT to meet with our Federal Customers and to identify high quality small business partners.  We look forward to next year’s event,” stated Marla Helveston, Vice President, Civilian Solutions at General Dynamics Information Technology.

Along with the Hancock County Development Division and Jacobs-FOSC, other Partners through Sponsorship, including MSET, were the Mississippi Development Authority’s Minority and Small Business Development Division, AGJ Systems and Networks, Mississippi Power, Lockheed Martin, Ingalls Shipbuilding, and S&B Infrastructure.

“We are pleased that the attendance at this event exceeded our first Stennis Industry Day,” stated MSET President and CEO Charlie Beasley.  “Our goal is to inform as many small businesses as possible about the opportunities for work with the many federal agencies and large contractors at Stennis.  Stennis Industry Days serves as the Stennis Business Consortium’s main event and is used to educate companies about the different types of work performed at Stennis each and every day.”

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