Vicksburg-Warren County Chamber of Commerce   ~   Chamber Chat

January & February 2017
Exciting to be in a New Year!!

Dear Chamber Members,

It's a New Year at the Vicksburg-Warren County Chamber of Commerce! Thank you 2016 Board President, Lynn Foley of Courtyard by Marriott, for formulating the Chamber's vision to improve the overall perception of Vicksburg- Warren County both inside and outside of the community, as a place to live, work, and learn.  
Thank you, Chamber Board members, for your commitment to economic development in improving the quality of life in Vicksburg and Warren County.   

Congratulations Mark Buys, this year's Chamber President, for your willingness to continue this vision for economic prosperity for our community.  Mark is a lifelong resident of Vicksburg and the President of BancorpSouth.  

I will retire on February 22, 2017.  Thank you, Chamber Members, for your support and generosity! I appreciate my dedicated staff members, Lois Vinson and Lurline Simmons, your Chamber membership, and all who have been so supportive with their time and resources.  If you were at our Annual Chamber meeting last month, you heard many great accomplishments because your Chamber Board Members are leaders and are proactive. Thank you for helping us ring in this New Year with love of our community, good planning, involvement, dedication and willingness to "get the job done"! I will continue to be an active Chamber member as I have great hope and confidence in the future growth and development of Vicksburg and Warren County - my home.

Jane Flowers,
Vicksburg-Warren County Chamber of Commerce
Congratulations 4th Quarter 2016 Award Winners!

Batesville Company
4th Quarter Large Business Winner

May & Company, LLP
4th Quarter Small Business Winner

Jennifer Grey 
4th Quarter Ambassador Winner

February 2017 
 Educator of the Year  Luncheon


Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.
$20/person or $200/Table of 10

Vicksburg Convention Center 
1600 Mulberry Street

We will recognize our 21 nominees for Educator of the Year. We will also announce overall winners for Elementary and Secondary Educators of the Year!  Each will receive $1,000 award courtesy of 


Congratulations to our 2016 Annual Award Winners! 

Large Business of the Year
Ameristar Casino & Hotel 
Small Business of the Year  
Rowdy's Family Restaurant  
 Ambassador of the Year
Kimberly Smith 
The Lofts at First National 
January Leadership Days 
The Leader-in-Me Schools

Academy of Innovation 
Friday, January 13, 2017

Dana Road Elementary 
Friday, January 20, 2017

  Thank you for Supporting Chamber Events During
 the Month of December & January!

Top to Bottom:  Ribbon Cutting - Divine Donuts; Re-Opening Celebration - The City Park Pavilion; Business After Hours - Waterview Casino, The Sandbar Fish House & Grill; Ribbon Cutting - Jerry's Furniture;   MS Welcome Center Open House; Team Vicksburg Holiday; Ambassador Meeting; Vicksburg Insurance Agency, Inc.; Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - The Clinic; ChamberMaster Session; Walmart Management Team; Chamber's Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon - The Vicksburg Convention Center; Educator of the Year Interviews; Chamber Retirement Birthday at MS Welcome Center.   

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Travel with us this Fall to GREECE!! 
Departing October 11, 2017!! 

Welcome New Members!



Individual New Members


Thank You Vicksburg Young Professionals for Volunteering to ring The Bell for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign! 

What a Fabulous Holiday Social at Anchuca! We had a wonderful time and fabulous meal prepared by Chef Eric Richards!

Mark your calendar for Thursday, March 2nd to Volunteer for Read Across America!

Leadership Vicksburg Class of 2017

Leadership Training Day 3 & 4:

Thank you to Chik-fil-A and Courtyard by Marriott for Customer Service Training.
Thank you to Ameristar Casino for Lean Six Sigma Training and to Batesville for the Lean manufacturing tour of their facility on 61 South.

Businesses represented are: Ameristar, McDonald's,Chamber of Commerce, Entergy, ERDC, Mutual Credit Union, Riverwalk Casino, The Lofts at First National, Midsouth Generator, Trustmark, Lady Luck Casino, Merit Health River Region, United Way, May and Company, Vicksburg Post, Candlewood Suites, and Teller, Hassell, & Hopson. 



February 13 -  Chamber Board Meeting at 5:15 p.m. at the Chamber Office

February 15 - Chamber Luncheon and Educator of the Year Awards at 12:00 p.m. at Vicksburg Convention Center

February 16  -  Ambassador Meeting at 8:00 a.m. at the Chamber Office

February 22 - Department of Labor - Fair Labor Standards workshop at 2:00 p.m. at the Chamber Office

January Leadership Days
The Leader-in-Me

Redwood Elementary Leadership Day
Friday, January 13, 2017

Beechwood Elementary Leadership Day
Friday, January 20, 2017


Welcome 2017 Board Members! 

President, Mark Buys (BancorpSouth)
Vice President, Nick Jones (Chick-fil-A)
Stacey Massey, Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation
Melanie Roach, McDonald's
Sheila McKinnis, Entergy
Lynn Foley, Courtyard by Marriott
Carl Hearn, Batesville
Blake Teller, Teller, Hassell & Hopson, LLP.
Billy Crosier, Cannon Motors of Mississippi
Stefani Evans, Guaranty Bank
Dr. Gary Anderton, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chamber of Commerce
Don Brown, Warren Yazoo Behavioral Health
Wally Powell
Buddy Dees, Ellis, Dees & Sadler, P.C.

(Not Pictured: Benjamin Richaud, Merit Health River Region; Tim Reeves, Vicksburg Post; Chuck Miller, Vicksmetal Corp.; Chad Shealy, Vicksburg-Warren School District; Josh McBride, May & Company; Bill Fulcher, Mission Primary Care Clinic; Brady Ellis, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory; and  Mike Carlisle, Vicksburg Mall)
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