CDF Chamber Connection 2.0  is one of the ways your CDF membership works for your business. This monthly newsletter keeps members updated on the events and news of CDF . Our aim is to be a concise, yet valuable information resource. This newsletter is published the third Tuesday of each month.  

We welcome member submissions. See the Chamber Connection page on our website for more information and how to send in a submission.

Watch Tupelo Chamber
VP, Judd Wilson tell why
you should #joinCDF.

The Tupelo Chamber is encouraging you to help us spread the word to #joinCDF.  On your personal or business social media account (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram), we are inviting you to make a post with your recommendation for others to  #joinCDF.  Please share about a great event you have attended, a networking connection you made that helped grow your business or any other reason you would invite others to #joinCDF
Please use " #joinCDF " in your post so others will be able to find it when searching that hash tag.  Thank you! 

For the past 22 years, Class 101, the national leader in college planning, has helped over 3,200 students earn over $357,964,040; in scholarships, study and prepare over 8,000 PSAT / ACT / SAT tests; and attend over 300 colleges around the world.  Class 101 Tupelo operates on the following two objectives: First, we want to help every high school student go through the process of preparing for college. And second, we want to help all parents pay less for college!  Class 101 Tupelo guides you and your college-bound student through the complex steps leading to university admission. We custom-design the services for your student and help make college more affordable for your family. Our goal is to see your student achieve his or her dreams. Our services include the following strategies:
  • A realistic evaluation of college costs, and assistance in finding ways to effectively pay for college.
  • Practice-test sessions to reduce anxiety and maximize SAT and ACT scores.
  • Developing a list of colleges that best match student and family preferences.
  • Assistance in putting together a student resumes and introduction materials.
  • Brainstorming, proofreading, and coaching to improve essays.
  • Guidance in completing federal financial aid forms.
  • Access to information about scholarships.
  • Guided campus visits at numerous universities.
  • Support in maintaining high school grades.
  • Help in meeting application deadlines, scholarship, and other financial deadlines.
  • Assistance with athletic recruiting.


"CDF touts success at annual meeting held on social media"
"Facebook LIVE discussing Reopening Strategies"
"CDF Releases PPP Loan Calculator"
With social distancing still in effect, the CDF held its annual meeting this year via social media. Typically held the first Thursday in May, CDF's annual meeting and open house event has historically been an opportunity for all CDF members to gather and enjoy an evening of food and fellowship while networking with other members. READ MORE
CDF held a Facebook LIVE on May 7 to discuss "Reopening Strategies" with Bernard Bean (Eat with Us Group - Park Heights Restaurant, Fairpark Grill, Bulldog Burger Co Tupelo, Sweet Peppers Deli Tupelo) and Aaron Washington (A Plus Barber Shop, Aaron Wash Beard Co.). 

SBA PPP Loan Forgiveness Planning Calculator | The Community Development Foundation has developed this calculator to help our local businesses understand & estimate their PPP Loan Forgiveness.




We can not wait to get back to normal and celebrate your new business and special milestones.

If you would like to schedule a ribbon cutting for your business, please contact:

Molly Lovorn


Every month on our social media, we will be celebrating Flashback Friday. Click here to view this week's Flashback Friday!

We will look back one year ago at our great CDF member Ribbon Cuttings and celebrations.

Look for it on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn profiles.

(on all CDF social media accounts)

Business Roundtable
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The   CDF Ambassadors ( sponsored by Nolan Brothers Motor Sales) are a prestigious group of individuals from the Community Development Foundation member investors who volunteer to enhance communication between CDF and its membership, and serve as a vital link in helping CDF understand the needs of its membership.

For more information on the CDF Ambassadors Club, contact Molly Lovorn, Director of Programs and Membership Engagement, at (662) 842-4521 or email

Ashley Prince

Ashley Prince, Marketing Specialist for local MOBILE, was awarded Ambassador of the Year for the 2019-2020 CDF year. Serving her sixth term as Ambassador, Ashley attended 53 of the ribbon cuttings & events held or sponsored by CDF. Thanks for all your dedication and always showing up to support members, large and small. Congratulations, Ashley!

Discounts include:
  • Attorneys
  • Automotive
  • Contractors
  • Dentistry
  • Financial
  • Florists
  • Hotels & Motels
  • Jewelers
  • Liquor & Wine
  • Restaurants & Catering
  • Retail & Specialty Shops
  • Signage
  • Sound & Video
  • Water Filtration & Treatment
  • and more!
Want to promote your business with
Chamber Advantage? Contact Amy Speck at or (662) 842-4521.

146 S Thomas St., Ste. B
Tupelo, MS

If you would like more information about becoming a CDF member, contact Amy Speck at 662-842-4521 or

View special deals and more from CDF Members
If you are a CDF member and would like to utilize your membership benefits by advertising in CDF's Member's Corner, please submit your
ad as a .jpg or PDF  to ENEWSLETTER@CDFMS.ORG Advertisements must be resubmitted each month.

Daniel (Danny) Smith, Sales Executive
700 Dogwood Stand Road
Booneville, MS 38829

We Remain Ready to Serve
As the community and country pull together, the success of local businesses is a shared goal. Effectv is here to help navigate the current situation because we're in this together. While families spend an extended amount of time at home, TV is playing an increasingly important role. Your advertising message can show viewers empathy and understanding, as well as inform consumers about how your business has adapted. Please call 888-877-9799 to learn how we're ready to help.
Shasti Haythorn
Demand Generation - Central Region


McLean Leadership Circle Members
BancorpSouth Bank
City of Tupelo Mississippi
North Mississippi Medical Center
Lee County_ Mississippi
Renasant Bank
Chairman's Leadership Circle Members
Tupelo Furniture Market
MTD Products
Jesco Inc. Construction
CREATE Foundation
Cooper Tires


The Community Development Foundation is a membership-based organization serving to advance the community through partnerships and growth initiatives for more than 70 years. We are the local Chamber of Commerce for Tupelo, Mississippi and serve as the economic development organization for Tupelo/Lee County, Mississippi.