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Business Development

ELSEWorks Business Consulting Projects

Students have completed business consulting projects for clients across the region:

A Place Imagined - operational and marketing planning for startup children's playhouse manufacturer

Bell Book Publication

Bell Book Publication - publishing support for book written by local Jackson, MS judge

Capital Complex Study - feasibility study for the relocation of Mississippi state agencies

Creative Business Development Center and Incubator - see details under Social Entrepreneurship page

Downtown Block Development Study - feasibility study for real estate development in downtown Jackson, MS

ElifeVault.com - business planning for electronic document storage system

ELSEWorks Entrepreneurial Fund - see details under Academics page

Hockey Arena - feasibility study for arena to be located in Jackson-metro area

Isaro Foundation - business planning for non-profit publishing facility located in Rwanda

Landmark Building Study - feasibility study for location of Mississippi Department of Revenue

LeFleur East Foundation - strategic plan for neighborhood association

Lucky Town Brewing Co - business planning and funding assistance for microbrewery located in the Midtown neighborhood, Jackson, MS

Millsaps Conservatory of Music - planning assistance with Department of Music for community music school in partnership with Mississippi Symphony Orchestra

Millsaps College Theatre Department - promotional plan development

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (MBCI) - retail center development project

Mississippi Industries for the Blind - research project to assess salary structures among call centers

Mississippi Museum of Art - market research project to develop new revenue streams

MS Micro Buyout Fund - business acquisition model development 

Pearl River Glass Studio - business plan for major expansion

Pix-Capri Dine-In Theatre - market viability study for dine-in theatre

Purple Word Center for Book & Paper Arts - business planning for Purple Word Workshopsprintmaking and bookmaking studio in the Midtown neighborhood, Jackson, MS

Repurposed Projects - business planning assistance for business specializing in furniture made from recycled pallets, located in the Midtown neighborhood, Jackson, MS

Sheena Allen Apps - mobile application development project

Soul City Hospitality - market research and business planning for food innovation center and regional food hub for state of Mississippi

Soul Wired Café - business plan development and funding assistance for start-up café

The Donor Tree - operational and market assessment for fundraising website


MBCI Groundbreaking 


Business Advantage Program

The Business Advantage Program is a 15-week certificate program which teaches the essentials of business to successful professionals who have no prior education in business. Graduates include architects, artists, high school teachers, public officials, members of the medical community, and leaders of non-profits. The website includes video testimonials describing how the Business Advantage Program has benefitted the professional and personal lives of previous participants.


Innovate Mississippi and the Angel Fund Network

ELSEWorks partners with Innovate Mississippi, a nonprofit organization with the mission to drive innovation and technology-based economic development for Mississippi. The Angel Fund Network is administered by Innovate Mississippi and is hosted on the Millsaps campus. It is comprised of accredited individual and institutional investors from inside and outside of the state. Students and professors assist with coaching on business plans and presentations and help prospective investors with due diligence.


Start-Up Weekend

Start-Up Weekend is an intense 54-hour event that provides resources, networking, and incentives to participants to support idea development and launch. It is held on the Millsaps campus.


Jackson Tech Start-Up Group

ELSEWorks hosts the Jackson Tech Start-Up Group meetings on the Millsaps campus. This group is focused on fostering the tech community in the central Mississippi region. They include current entrepreneurs, future entrepreneurs, developers, investors, educators, students, and service providers. The meetings are for those interested in starting, growing, working for, investing in, or providing valuable services to technology companies in the Jackson metro area.



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