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

  • August 2nd, 2021

    Dowagiac's New Guest Housing Sites Collaborate on Stay Dowagiac

    Chamber of Commerce members on July 20 toured the 1870 House, one of the new Airbnbs to open within the community.

    Owners Zena Burns and her husband, Richard, hosted the return of Business After Hours, the first business gathering the organization has held since the onset of the pandemic. They are shown above with Kris Soenen, Chamber president and Mayor Don Lyons.

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  • August 2nd, 2021

    Black Business Expo Expands Segments and Seeks Vendors from Throughout Michigan

    Black Wall Street Kalamazoo is readying its next Annual Kalamazoo Black Business Expo. With the last local expo bringing together more than 800 people from Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Grand Rapids, Detroit, and even some parts of Indiana to Buy Black, this is an excellent opportunity for Black businesses to be showcased, educated on resources, and to demonstrate collaboration.
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  • August 2nd, 2021

    Rod & Roll Classic Auto Show Welcomes Wood, Stock & Grill Aug. 21

    Plans for the 30th annual Dowagiac Rod & Roll Classic Auto Show of the Chamber of Commerce are underway. Chamber President and Event Chairperson Kris Soenen, owner of Who Knew? Consignment, is heading up the event, assisted by Co-chair Jim Kazlauskas, owner of Jim D’s Body Shop.

    More than 200 classic cars will drive in from all over southwestern Michigan and northern Indiana on Saturday, Aug. 21, vying for the Best of Show and Top 15. Five separate categories will also be awarded that include best custom, engine, interior, paint and rat rod. Visitors can talk shop with car owners, view beautifully restored vehicles and partake in breakfast on Front Street, hosted by Jordan Anderson, owner of The Baker’s Rhapsody. New this year, the event welcomes Wood, Stock & Grill that will serve BBQ out of its Volkswagen Beetle-based "smokewagon."
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