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

  • July 6th, 2021

    MIOSHA Relaxes COVID Workplace Rules

    The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration filed a new set of coronavirus emergency guidelines to align with the federal OSHA's rules, which would make mandatory rules, including mask wearing, applicable only to some health care workplaces.

    Based upon the June 22 action, the emergency rules issued by MIOSHA on May 24, are rescinded. With the change, non-health care employers are no longer required to keep mask wearing, daily health screenings and distancing measures in place. 

     
  • July 6th, 2021

    Dowagiac is the Right Location for this South Haven Resident

     
    When Elizabeth Cuodros looks back on this past year, she has several things to celebrate.
     
    The South Haven resident opened Diva’s Fashions & More in Dowagiac, gave birth to a beautiful daughter and, both she and her business, have survived the pandemic.
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  • July 6th, 2021

    1870 House, Dowagiac's First of Three Airbnbs

    Zena Burns and Richard Jackson, owners of Dowagiac's first airbnb, the 1870 House, will host the return of the Chamber's Business After Hours on Tuesday, July 20.
     
    "After a year's absence, we are excited to gather Chamber members for an evening of great conversation and networking, while also gathering in great style, as Zena and Richard graciously open 1870 House to us," said Vickie Phillipson, Chamber of Commerce program director.
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