BUILDING WORKFORCE - BUILDING BUSINESS                May-June 2013                             
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MSET Introduces New Client Companies
Two Graduate from Incubator

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Two Graduate from Incubator

Business statistics show that a high percentage of small businesses fail within the first 3-5 years. However, most businesses succeed that are associated with a business or technology incubator.

The MSET incubator program at Stennis Space Center graduated 2 businesses in June that have utilized the incubator successfully: DQSI, LLC and Melhcorp, LLC.

DQSI is a woman owned, 8(a), small disadvantaged firm, founded in 1998 and located in Covington, LA. DQSI follows a management philosophy that is simple and straight forward: they are dedicated to exceeding their client's expectations. They set high performance standards and are committed to execution of work using the best resources, the right technology, and state-of-the art practices.


Melhcorp performs system design and manufacturing for aerospace, land, buoy, and underwater platforms involving hardware, software, sensors and telemetry (Satellite and Line of Sight) in harsh environments. The company builds electronics systems for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) including Hunter, Predator, Pioneer, Snowgoose and Raven. Melhcorp also builds systems used for insitu meteorological sensing, drop sondes, and third party payloads monitoring and control (multiple interface protocols).


MSET's Mississippi Technology Transfer Center houses 23 incubator and corporate resident clients and affiliates with 12 additional client companies.


MSET has graduated 29 companies from the incubator.

MSET Hosts National Small Business Week Event

Every year since 1963, when President John F. Kennedy issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week,the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight small businesses and the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs and small business owners through National Small Business Week.

Today, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and annually they create nearly two-thirds of the new jobs in the U.S. 

To celebrate National Small Business Week, MSET held a Small Business Showcase at Stennis on June 20 to give the on-site Small Business   Contractors an opportunity to network and showcase their products and services to the Stennis small business procurement community and to members of NASA's Small Business Specialist Council.

"Working to help promote small business at Stennis and throughout the Gulf South Region is nothing new for us," states Charlie Beasley, MSET's President and CEO. "Small businesses have been a central theme in discussions of the national recovery, as they have been steady in creating new jobs. MSET understands the challenges facing  businesses as they grow and provides networking opportunities through various events." 
NASA honored A2Research (A2R), a small business that provides laboratory services at Stennis Space Center, as the Small Business Prime Contractor of the year for Stennis.  A2R was later entered into a NASA  agency wide selection process where they competed against all of the other NASA Centers' small business winners from across the nation. A2R was selected NASA's 2012 Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year out of all the NASA entries. With this award came a framed certificate and a glass engraved award honoring A2R from NASA. In addition, A2R just received an "Exceptional" contract score for 2013, receiving exceptional ratings across the board, which is the highest rating NASA can give to a contractor.

"We fully appreciate and support the work and efforts of MSET serving the small business needs of our local area," said Al Watkins, A2R Program Manager for NASA/Stennis Laboratory Services. "The MSET small business   incubator has provided some outstanding opportunities to our local small business and upstart companies. From the Stennis Industry Day conference to the monthly lunch and learn seminars, MSET helps provide winning solutions and small business match-making opportunities."

Also receiving 2012 Small Business Awards: Lockheed Martin  as the NASA/Stennis Small Business Industry Award (SBIA) winner in the Large  Business Prime Contractor of the Year category and GHG Corporation as NASA/Stennis 2012 SBIA in the Small Business Subcontractor Contractor of the Year category.  


MSET Introduces New Client Company  

The Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) would like to welcome our newest Corporate Resident, General Dynamics Information Technology, to our program. 


Delivering the Strength of Information Technology


As a trusted systems integrator for more than 50 years, General Dynamics Information Technology provides information technology (IT), systems engineering, professional services and simulation and training to customers in the defense, federal civilian government, health, homeland security, intelligence, state and local government and commercial sectors.


With approximately 21,000 professionals worldwide, the company delivers IT enterprise solutions, manages large-scale, mission-critical IT programs and provides mission support services.


General Dynamics Information Technology is one of four business units of the General Dynamics Information Systems and Technology business segment. Headquartered in Fairfax, Va., General Dynamics Information Technology has major offices worldwide.


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