Chamber Program Director

Vickie Phillipson

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269-782-8212

Employed by the City of Dowagiac since 1990, Vickie is the program director of the Chamber of Commerce and the Dowagiac Downtown Development Authority (DDA).  A native of St. Joseph, Michigan, she is a graduate of Central Michigan University.  Previously, she was employed by Leader Publications as associate editor of the Dowagiac Daily News and news editor of the Niles Daily Star.  She has brought to her position with the Chamber and DDA skills in marketing, public relations, media and advertising. 

As the program director for the Chamber of Commerce & DDA, and in cooperation with the City, her office is involved in a pro-active campaign of business recruitment, retention & expansion.  Vickie maintains a database of properties for sale and lease, provides assistance to business prospects in the location and negotiation of rental space, and works with property owners, showing their storefronts.  Vickie also handles budgeting, festival planning, event scheduling and marketing for the Chamber and its seasonal events, and the day-to-day operations of both the Chamber and the Downtown Development Authority.

 

Latest News from your Chamber

  • May 3rd, 2021

    Chamber Spotlights Erick's Carpet Cleaning

    Your carpet and furnishings, whether at your home or office, are one of your biggest investments, which require more than weekly vacuuming.
     
    Erick Dohm, owner of Erick's Carpet Cleaning LLC, is a former 14-year employee of Alpha Clean and is certified through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration. 
     
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  • May 3rd, 2021

    Sandy & Rachel's Passion is to Help People

    A week before Michigan issued its Stay at Home, Stay Safe mandate, Rachel Jurgenson and her mother and business partner, Sandy Jones, signed a lease with Jeff and Melissa Gunn on the rear storefront of Deck the Halls.


    They spent the next few weeks renovating the interior of the storefront at 103 Commercial, and relocated their business from their first location in Dowagiac, which they shared with Bronzed Buns, adjacent to Aaron's. While the start of the pandemic in March 2020 gave them additional time to work on their new setting, their opening the following month certainly helped soothe the anxiety many were feeling during this past year.

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  • May 3rd, 2021

    The Restaurant Revitalization Fund Application Opens Today, With Webinar Assistance May 6

     Today is the day! The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) application is now open through the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) application portal. The SBA is administering this new $28.6-billion COVID-19 relief fund that will provide restaurants with financial support equal to their pandemic-related revenue losses.
     
    For program details like eligibility, funding amount, allowable use of funds, and more, check out the SBA’s dedicated webpages. To stay current on funding programs available through the SBA, sign up for their email updates. Locally, questions can be directed to the Michigan Small Business Development Center at Western Michigan University at 269.387.6004.
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