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

  • February 3rd, 2019

    The Baker's Rhapsody Wins Chili Crawl

    Winning Saturday’s Chili Crawl with 98 votes was Jordan Anderson of The Baker’s Rhapsody with his Spicy Southwest Chili, complete with cilantro & lime crème fraiche, and eight different kinds of chili peppers. The Baker’s Rhapsody served more than 550 two-ounce samples during Ice Time. Second place went to Wood Fire at 92, with Wounded Minnow & Round Oak Revisited tied for third.

     
  • February 3rd, 2019

    Reserve Your Ad in the 2019 Dowagiac & Sister Lakes Business & Events Brochure

    Advertising is being sold in the Dowagiac & Sister Lakes Business & Events Brochure, which will be published this spring.  

    The annual publication that was redesigned in 2018, markets the community to day-visitors and also features a list of Chamber members and a quick reference of community events.

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  • February 3rd, 2019

    2019 Motto "Members First"

    When doing business in the community, Chamber President Kim MacGregor of Edward Jones has asked the Board of Directors, staff and now Chamber members to adopt “Members First” as their motto for 2019.

    "I am so excited with our new focus,” MacGregor said. “This is a focus we should have and, honestly, for the most part, have been using. However, by naming it and putting a focus on it, this forces us to look at our members first even for something as simple as ordering a pizza for lunch.”

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