Team Members

Mark Scott

Mark Scott, Director

Mark Scott is the Director and Program Manager for the Mississippi State University Veterans Business Outreach Center. He is responsible for the planning, organization, and execution of the VBOC cooperative agreement with the Small Business Administration. Mark returned to the VBOC from the Boots to Business Revenue Readiness program on 1 June 2019. Mark has over 30 years' experience as a business development professional for Raytheon Company in the military/defense community, where he directed and managed multiple field offices, focusing on understanding customer requirements and needs. Mark previously served as an officer on active duty and the national guard/reserve component of the Army and was co-owner of a consulting company providing services to the government contracting community.

Mike Pornovets

Mike Pornovets, Counselor

Mike Pornovets is a Service Disabled Veteran (40%) and has started and grown several very successful businesses. He is located at The Innovation Center in Biloxi, MS.



Ashten Barlow

Ashten Barlow, Counselor

Ashten Barlow has been serving in the Air National Guard for over 5 years. She has experience with small business startups and strategic business and marketing plans.





Advisory Members

Dr. Melissa Moore Dr. Rob Moore Mr. Eric Hill











 Dr. Melissa Moore    Dr. Robert Moore       Mr. Eric Hill

Contact Information

40 Old Main
Suite 200
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Phone: 662-325-4990
Email: mscott@business.msstate.edu