We provide mission support to individual businesses when it comes to brand design, product development, locating financing resources, and providing roll-out strategies to transition from heavy defense-oriented revenue models to commercial revenue models.

In addition, we assist state, regional, and local entities in leveraging Mississippi military and military-related facilities to further economic activity across different regions.

For more information on our mission support, please contact us and let us know how to help you and your business.

Financial Information for the state of Mississippi

Mississippi businesses need access to debt financing, equity investments, grants, and incentives to properly diversify. MDI is designed to help facilitate connections to the financial resources that your business needs to grow.

Financial Capital Information

Debt financing and equity investment are required resources to support Mississippi business diversification activities. We can assist you with learning about the nuts and bolts of each type of financing and after a review of your needs, introductions to potential debt or equity sources.

Please contact us at mddi@usm.edu to assist you with locating equity and debt investment options that may be right for your diversification plan ranging from banks to angel investors and from venture capital to private equity. If you let us know a little about your anticipated needs, we can attempt to assist you with the appropriate introductions.

To support deepening your knowledge on traditional local financing options, please visit our resources:

Mississippi Seed Fund

The Mississippi Seed Fund is managed by Innovate Mississippi. Innovate Mississippi provides high-tech, startup companies with access to pre-seed financing, early-stage risk capital and product development capital to stimulate and accelerate the development of high-performance, technology-based business ventures in Mississippi. The Seed Fund consists of the Proof of Concept, Research and Development, and New Technology Business programs.

For more information, visit the Innovate Mississippi website.

Tax Incentives

Mississippi offers businesses locating or expanding in the state a number of tax incentives, including state income tax credits and sales, use and property tax exemptions.


  • Mississippi Department of Revenue - TAX INFORMATION
  • Mississippi Development Authority - TAX INFORMATION