Charles H. “Chip” Templeton Jr. is the new director of the Small Business Development Center at Mississippi State.
A Starkville native and 1977 MSU marketing graduate, he is former co-owner of his family’s longtime automobile dealership and other Oktibbeha County businesses.
Established in 1981 and located in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park, the center provides a range of free services to assist small business owners and entrepreneurs. One of eight units of the Mississippi Small Business Development Center, it also is an outreach program of the MSU College of Business.
For the past five years, Templeton has been working with the MSU Extension Service, helping state residents take advantage of available broadband and telehealth accesses. He grew up assisting with the family’s hotel operation before spending nearly three decades as president of the Templeton Cadillac-Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep dealership, among other local commercial endeavors.
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