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Magnolia Business Alliance would like to connect you to the following resources as helpful business tools and contacts:


Marine Industries Science and Technology (MIST) Cluster – The MIST Cluster is a regional group of organizations involved in the development and implementation of applied technologies for operating in, working around, and monitoring the marine and coastal environments. These organizations - large and small business, federal, state and local agencies, universities, and nonprofits – through their applied technology efforts support other related marine industries which include commercial & recreational fishing, shipbuilding, defense, aqua-mariculture, off shore oil & gas, and environmental restoration and recovery to name a few.


  • Mississippi Development Authority – The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) is the state of Mississippi’s lead economic and development agency, with approximately 300 employees engaged in providing services to businesses, communities and workers throughout Mississippi.  The agency works to recruit new business to the state and retain and expand existing Mississippi industry and business.


  • Mississippi Enterprise for Technology - The Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) is located at the John C. Stennis Space Center, one of the nation’s largest federal cities. Originally formed through a joint effort between the State of Mississippi, NASA, and the Mississippi institutions of higher learning, MSET is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that facilitates 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.


  • Innovate MS – Innovate MS is a non-profit organization with the mission to drive innovation and technology-based economic development for the state of Mississippi.


  • District Export Council – The District Export Councils contribute leadership and international trade expertise to complement the U.S. commercial service’s export promotion efforts through counseling businesses on the exporting process and conducting trade education and community outreach.


  • Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers – Ninety-Three Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) – with over 300 local offices- form a nationwide network of dedicated procurement professionals working to help local businesses compete successfully in the government marketplace.


  • South Mississippi Contract Procurement Center – The Mississippi Procurement Technical Assistance Program is an integral element of the Mississippi Development Authority, the chief economic development agency for the state of Mississippi.  The mission is the enhance national defense and economic development of the state of Mississippi by assisting Mississippi businesses in obtaining federal, state and local government and commercial contracts.


  • Commerce Connect – CommerceConnect promotes economic growth and stability for American businesses and entrepreneurs.  We offer them a comprehensive portfolio of federal, state, local and non-profit business assistance resources, including more than 70 U.S. Department of Commerce programs – many at no cost.  By matching them to specific business needs, we help American businesses and entrepreneurs overcome challenges, exploit opportunities and connect to the right resources to advance their objectives.


  • Export.Gov – brings together resources from across the U.S. government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies and succeed in today’s global marketplace. helps American exporters navigate the international sales process and avoid pitfalls such as non-payment and intellectual property misappropriation.  Export. gov was created to provide better customer service for businesses interacting with the Federal Government.


  • Mississippi Small Business Development Center – The MSBDC can be used to Register Your Business, Obtain a Business License and Tax Number, assist with Insurance and Legal Forms, and seek out Grants.  They operate as a partner with the Small Business Administration.


  • Mississippi Contract Procurement Center -  The MCPC offers a wide variety of services including: Electronic Bid Match/Notification, Outreach Events, Targeted Contract Assistance, Located Specialized Contractors, Problem Solving, Solicitation Development and Referrals.


  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of CommerceMississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Inc.’s mission is to CONNECT, INFORM, ADVOCATE and DEVELOP. A membership organization, we are comprised of businesses throughout the Gulf South, and we strive to improve the business climate through fostering leadership, advocate for business, and providing information to the community.


  • Hancock County Chamber of CommerceFor the past six decades, the group has helped form dynamic partnerships between the county’s thirteen diverse communities and cities, achieving common goals that improve both our business environment and our quality of life.  Today, the Hancock Chamber is  1,500+ members strong, representing over 10,000 employees in the area.   We bring together business, community, and governmental leaders who work year-round to promote the economic, social, civic and well-being of Hancock County.


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