But leaders at one of Mississippi’s top universities, along with the help of some Mississippi executives, have created a new, innovative program to help do just that.
The Executive in Residence (EIR) program at Mississippi State University will allow any student, not just business majors, the chance to consult with visiting business executives during designated office hours throughout the academic year.
The program is being operated at Mississippi State’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Outreach, an impressive facility serving an important purpose in our state.
The Center, which opened in the spring of 2016, has more than 2,000 square feet where student entrepreneurs can network and receive professional guidance in starting their businesses, according to MSU. Students can also participate in monthly pitch competitions for funding.
Part of the key component built into the new facility was an office to house an executive to give students feedback based on real world experiences.
The program will host Glenn McCullough as its inaugural executive.
The current executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, former chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority and previous mayor of Tupelo is a great choice to help launch the program.
McCullough will host office hours Wednesday to mentor students and said he believes the program is a great way to give back to the university and at the same time help develop the next generation of Mississippi business leaders.
Planned future EIRs include George Bryan of Old Waverly in West Point and Geoffrey Carter, president and CEO of Tupelo-based company Hyperion Technologies.
All these executives are excellent choices to help cultivate ideas that the best and brightest young people in Mississippi are working to grow into million, or even billion, dollar products and services.
And those include several Northeast Mississippians such as Michael Lane, a 2012 Amory High School graduate and senior mechanical engineering major at MSU who recently started his own company.
Lane said he believes getting feedback from executives like McCullough will help complement the things learned in the classroom by adding a different perspective on real-world scenarios from business leaders who have plenty of experience.
McCullough sees this work as a direct connection with the work MDA is doing to create more jobs and opportunities for young people, and we couldn’t agree more.
In order for our state to continue to grow and prosper for years to come, we need more young people to invest in our state and our communities.
Having experience, qualified Mississippi executives helping our young people is a great way to ensure their dreams turn into realities.
Mississippi Main Street Hosts Organization Training in Bay St. Louis
Learn how to develop and maintain a successful organization
BAY SAINT LOUIS, MISS. (Oct. 4, 2016)—Directors and board members of Mississippi Main Street communities have the opportunity to learn how to develop a successful and effective organization though three days of training in Bay Saint Louis this Oct. 26-28.
“Main Street programs can be set up in a variety of ways, and organization training is geared to help them get started and continue to thrive—whether they are 501c3 nonprofit, 501c6 chamber, or a government entity,” says Stacy Pair, state coordinator for Mississippi Main Street. “Main Street training is for all community leaders and volunteers — from small, rural towns to large, urban cities — who are passionate about the place they call home.”
Training and hotel accommodations will be held at the Hollywood Casino at 711 Hollywood Blvd. The training times are on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Along with the training, there will also be a “mix and mingle” in Old Town on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. as well as free time to meet other members while enjoying the city. Old Town merchants will stay open until 6 p.m. on Thursday evening for the group to do some shopping and support local businesses.
For registration and more information on the Mississippi Main Street Organization Training, visit https://form.jotform.com/61366969917171
From left, Greater Starkville Development Partnership Special Events and Projects Coordinator Jennifer Prather, GSDP Chief Executive Officer Jennifer Gregory and Starkville Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors Chairman Jeremy Murdock pose with the Mississippi Tourism Association's Tourism Production of the Year Award Tuesday in Natchez. SCVB's Savor Starkville campaign, which highlights Starkville as a blossoming restaurant destination, received the award during the Mississippi Governor's Conference on Tourism.
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Savor Starkville, a Starkville Convention and Visitors Bureau campaign highlighting the city's blossoming culinary scene, received the Mississippi Tourism Association's Tourism Promotion of the Year Award Tuesday at the Mississippi Governor's Conference on Tourism in Natchez.
Launched in 2015 when Starkville was recognized by Restaurant Business magazine as a top-5 community in the U.S. to open a restaurant, the campaign utilized illustrated culinary maps denoting the location of Starkville's trending dining establishments, a Southeast Emmy Award-nominated video airing in Mississippi's major markets, custom media kits delivered to ESPN and SEC Network on-air talent traveling to Starkville for home football game weekends and a display at June's Atlanta Food and Wine Festival.
Tuesday's recognition isn't the first for the campaign, as Starkville Main Street Association's Farm to Fork fundraiser won this year's Outstanding Creative Fundraising Award from the Mississippi Main Street Association.
Greater Starkville Development Partnership Chief Executive Officer Jennifer Gregory said the success of Savor Starkville should be shared with the restaurant owners who put Starkville on the map as a culinary destination and those who worked hard to produce the campaign.
Both SCVB and SMSA fall under the Partnership's management and operational umbrella, which also includes the Oktibbeha County Economic Development Authority, the Starkville Area Chamber of Commerce and Starkville Community Market.
"We are honored to receive an award that so many CVBs across the state compete for. I'm really proud of this campaign, the collaborative efforts that went into producing it and the multimedia approach we've taken to tell the authentic story of Starkville's culinary experience," Gregory said. "Our design and broadcast partners and our amazing restauranteurs are the ones that give us such a rich story to tell."
JACKSON, Miss. -- Russell Baty, the director of the Main Street Chamber of Leake County has been elected to the Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) Board of Directors.
Baty of Carthage has been elected by fellow MMSA Directors to serve as the 2017-2018 Directors' Representative on the state board.
Baty is the Program Director for the Main Street Chamber of Leake County. He began his career with Main Street in 2010 as Program Director of the Carthage Main Street Program. During his tenure, he has helped oversee a $700,000 renovation project of the downtown square. He started one of the most successful projects the program has with Sweets and Treats on Main Street. Each year the program brings out 1,500 plus children to the Carthage Square for trick or treating. Under Baty's leadership, the program has received awards from Mississippi Main Street for the last six years.
Baty, a native of Demopolis, Ala., is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a double major in History and Communications and post graduate work in Library Science with an emphasis on Historical Preservation. He is married to Lou Ann Harvey and together they own The Bakery and Café in downtown Carthage. They have four children and five grandchildren.
The MMSA Board provides two positions on the statewide board for Directors' Representatives. Each representative serves a two-year term and represents the 52 Main Street programs in Mississippi on the state level.
Baty joins Jennifer Gregory, CEO of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership, who is serving as the 2016-2017 Directors' Representative on the board. Baty replaces Lori Tucker, Director of the Baldwyn Main Street Chamber, who will complete her term in December.
The MMSA board is made up of a statewide group of business, government and community leaders. The 2016 MMSA Board of Directors are as follows:
Board President Suzanne Smith, Renasant Bank; President-elect Allison Beasley, Southern Mississippi Planning and Development; Treasurer Ed Gardner, Entergy; Past President Mark Loughman, Mississippi Power; Matthew McLaughlin of McLaughlin P.C.; Steve Kelly, Board Member Emeritus; Mayor Chip Johnson, City of Hernando; Keith A. Williams, Hancock Bank; Kevin Stafford, Neel-Schaffer; Kagan Coughlin, Base Camp Coding Academy; Chris Chain, Renovations of Mississippi, Inc., Jennifer Gregory, Greater Starkville Development Partnership; Lori Tucker, Baldwyn Main Street Chamber; Michelle Jones, Mississippi Department of Archives and History; Leland Speed, EastGroup/Parkway Properties; Jim West, College of Architecture, Art and Design at Mississippi State University; Ken P'Pool, Mississippi Department of Archives and History; Leah Kemp, The Carl Small Town Center at Mississippi State University; and Joy Foy of the Mississippi Development Authority.