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Business Development

ELSEWorks Business Consulting Projects

Students have completed 18 business consulting projects for clients across the region:

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

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

ElifeVault.com - business planning for electronic document storage system

Millsaps College Elseworks at the Capri Theatre in JacksonIsaro Foundation - business planning for non-profit publishing facility located in Rwanda

Jackson Medical Mall Foundation - business planning for incubator

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 for microbrewery to be located in Midtown on Mill Street

Midtown Consignment Store - business plan development for start-up business in Midtown

Midtown Partners - partnering with non-profit community organization to develop Creative Business Development Center

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

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

Oxbow Biofuel Station - business planning for distribution of biofuel to consumers

Pearl River Glass Studio - development of business plan for major expansion

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

Sheena Allen Apps - mobile application development project

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

The Donor Tree - operational and market assessment for fundraising website


MCBI 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 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 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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