Mississippi Enterprise for Technology Newsletter

January/February  2012


Industry Day: A case of good timing


   There's always a lot of questions when an organization launches an event for the first time. However, the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology already had some indication of how it might go a month before the November event.


   "Our exhibit area sold out a month in advance," said Charlie Beasley, President and CEO of MSET about the inaugural Stennis Industry Day, held Nov. 16 and 17 at the Northshore Harbor Center in Slidell, La.


   The event drew 250 participants from 17 states, including California, Utah, Arizona, Ohio and states along the East Coast. There were 95 small businesses and 18 large businesses that attended, along with 20 non-profits, state and federal agencies. There were 39 exhibitors, but 20 others had to be turned away due to space limitations.


"We received a lot of good feedback," Beasley said about Industry Day, which included talks by NASA and Navy officials and informal matchmaking sessions. And while the holiday season may not seem ideal for an event of this type, it was fortuitous timing for occurring at a time when NASA's Stennis Space Center appears to be on a roll.


   While there's always been a lot of activity at SSC, some of the more recent activities have been growth-related. One of the biggest came in September when NASA announced the Space Launch System, making it clear SSC will be busy into the future testing engines for the program.


   Then in November NASA sent out feelers to see if any company was interested in leasing the underutilized E-4 Test Facility. It was a step towards attracting companies involved in NASA's programs or commercial space ventures.


   In December came word that Blue Origin of Kent, Wash., will test the BE-3 engine at SSC. That was followed in January by Rolls-Royce North America's decision to invest $50 million to add a second jet engine test stand to its Outdoor Jet Engine Testing Facility.


   Stennis Space Center Director Patrick Scheuermann told the quarterly Alliance Insight that word is getting out about the test stands, the land that's available for development and the expertise at SSC, and commercial companies are showing interest.


   MSET said that Industry Day was developed after months of coordination with the agencies and contractors making up the Stennis Business Consortium. The event featured training sessions conducted by the Small Business Administration and an informal business matchmaking session. That provided the opportunity for small companies to meet with small business specialists from Stennis government agencies and prime contractors.


   "Stennis Industry Day gave businesses the opportunity to meet and network with procurement and technical representatives from federal agencies, service providers, Stennis contractors and commercial companies to discuss contract opportunities, network, and establish new business relationships," said Beasley.


   Sponsors were the Mississippi Development Authority, Raytheon, Ingall's Shipbuilding and Hancock Bank. The Gulf Coast Government Contractor's Association hosted an evening reception.


   One of the purposes of Industry Day was to provide a better overview of the range of activities.


   "The world knows that Stennis Space Center is the premier site for testing rocket engines, yet folks a few miles from the gate are often not aware of the industrial and environmental diversity of the center," said state Rep. Mark Formby, R-Pearl River. "Industry Day provides an opportunity for Stennis residents and potential residents to come together."


   Encouraged to see a gathering that highlights the business opportunities at SSC, Louisiana state Sen. A.G.Crowe said, "Together, we can make this region a technology corridor that would produce meaningful, high-tech jobs and opportunities."


  " MSET, a business incubator and technology transfer office created in 1994, plans to hold another Industry Day next year. But the follow-up will be held in the first quarter of 2013, either February or March, and likely in Mississippi," said Beasley. - David Tortorano



Matchmaking participants

ASRC Research and Technology Solutions

Computer Sciences Corp.

Jacobs Technology

Lockheed Martin


Naval Oceanographic Office

QinetiQ North America

Science Applications International Corp.

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services

Ingall's Shipbuilding

Raytheon Technical Services.


Non-profits offering help

Mississippi Enterprise for Technology

Small Business Administration

Louisiana Technology Transfer Office

Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center

South Mississippi Contract Procurement Center

Mississippi Federal and State Technology Program

Gulf Coast Government Contractor's Association

National Industries for Severely Handicapped

Minority Business Development Centers

General Services Administration



We hope that you found our featured article very informative. If you would like to learn more about the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology, please contact us at (228) 688-3144 or www.mset.org.  

ceb_photo Sincerely,


Charlie Beasley signature 
Charlie Beasley, President and CEO
Mississippi Enterprise for Technology



Stennis Business & Technology Digest


With the Stennis Business & Technology  Digest MSET monitors and pulls together in digest form all the announcements and notices coming from NASA, the Navy, NOAA, the universities and any of the other organizations that call Stennis home. The news is provided in a brief format, with links to the original source of the information.

You'll be amazed by the contributions made by Stennis Space Center that benefit the region, the nation and the world. Visit the MSET Web site Home page to subscribe to the news feed and increase your understanding of Stennis Space Center.
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Stennis Business & Technology Digest
MSET Introduces New Client Companies

Join Our Mailing List 

Find us on Facebook

Upcoming Events


March 7, 2012
NASA Laboratories Tour
John C. Stennis Space Center, Building 8110, Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-6000



Watch our Website for future Events


About Mississippi Enterprise for Technology


Mississippi Enterprise for Technology is a unique economic development organization within Stennis Space Center.
MSET is also a technology transfer office and incubator uniquely positioned to grow companies by providing a supportive environment, business services and access to federal agencies and research facilities.
The organization is charged with developing and attracting new business and employment opportunities to John C. Stennis Space Center and the region.
The organization seeks to improve and strengthen the center's business climate utilizing business resources from the region. For more information on MSET, or to see upcoming events visit www.mset.org.
MSET Introduces New Client Companies


Over the past few months, the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) has seen positive business activity at Stennis Space Center. A new client company, SaiTech, has opened an office with MSET at Stennis. Another new client company, NAVAGIS, has joined MSET as part of the new Affiliate Program.  MSET encourages the Stennis community to welcome these quality businesses to the site. 


NAVAGIS is a small business headquartered in Jackson MS, featuring expertise on the integration of Google Earth products into existing systems, including training and custom application development.


SaiTech, Inc. is a Woman-owned small disadvantaged IT business that provides network administration, telecommunications services, document/forms management, and other related services.


MSET  introduced the Affiliate Program last year, to formally provide services to companies operating outside of the Stennis gates. More information on all MSET programs can be found at www.mset.org.




Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) is located at John C. Stennis Space Center, the foremost center for innovation in Southeast Mississippi and one of the nation's largest federal cities. MSET is uniquely positioned to facilitate your company's growth by providing a supportive environment, business services and access to federal agencies and research facilities.

We are currently offering prime office space and affiliations at low rates in the heart of Stennis Space Center. Seize this rare opportunity and put your start-up or small business on the fast track to success.

Contact us today. Space is limited.


Contact: Belinda Gill, Facilities Manager, belinda.n.gill@nasa.gov, telephone: 228-688-3144