Virtual Incubator Program

The Virtual Incubator Program (VIP) is a nine month long program divided into two phases. Phase I includes formal education by Extension faculty to participants for three months and Phase II is where participants implement their new skills and knowledge to increase online sales and marketing for six months with the continued assistance of the MSU Extension Service.

The following courses are offered to participants in the VIP. Participants are required to attend the first session and at least three other courses to remain a participant in the program and continue to receive the assistance of the MSUES. Participants will meet with program leaders after the first course to choose, which courses will be beneficial to their business.

The VIP will meet weekly for 12 weeks for course instruction. All courses will be held face to face and all computer equipment will be provided for the instructional training.

Courses Offered

  • Introduction to Online Presence Strategies
  • How to Build a Website
  • Facebook Pages for Small Businesses
  • Social Media for Your Business: Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Snapchat
  • Learning to Use the Cloud
  • Online & Mobile Payment Processors
  • Marketplace Venues
  • Location-Based Services
  • Email Marketing
  • Behind the Scenes of Your Website
  • m-Commerce: The Future of Mobile Phones
  • Understanding Facebook Insights & Google Analytics

Past participants of the VIP in Yalobusha County:

Picture of Ally Coleman, Yalobusha County Community Resource Development agent (right, sitting), with Kristie Dennis of The Cottage Tea Room (left, sitting), and Becky Tatum of Delta Grind (standing).