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What is the Mississippi Business Engagement Network?

MBEN creates, enhances and sustains partnerships between businesses and the state’s eight public universities to foster a more prosperous Mississippi.


How can MBEN help my business grow?

MBEN is a portal to help you take advantage of the many assets available through Mississippi’s eight public universities. We eliminate the hassle to make a positive and prosperous connection for you with subject matter experts, researchers, interns, research incentives and more available through our universities.


How can I connect with MBEN?

Want to know more about the ways MBEN can help your business?





Paul W. Sumrall 

Associate Commissioner of Business & Economic Development

Mississippi Public Universities





Tonya Neely

Business and Economic Development Coordinator

Mississippi Public Universities



Who are MSBEN’s collaborators?