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

  • January 5th, 2020

    Social Media Trends Point to Interaction and Authenticity

    While there will always be a place for print marketing, growing numbers of small business owners are looking to social media to build their own communities.

    Laura Odenwald, owner of Odenwald Strategies and guest speaker of the Chamber's Jan. 22 Lunch & Learn, profiled social media trends for business owners to watch. Odenwald is a marketing consultant for businesses and non-profits.

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  • January 5th, 2020

    Chamber Spotlight Shines on The Wright Place

    The Wright Place is a Michigan tradition, enjoyed within the heart of Sister Lakes, where lake vacationers arrive by car, bike or skateboard.

    Spectacular breakfasts are served up daily to patrons, who return time and time again. At The Wright Place, the staff knows great meals begin with quality fresh products, much of which are grown right here in Cass County.

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  • January 5th, 2020

    Community Turns Out in Full Force to Welcome Dr. Joe

    In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.

    Dr. Joe Odenwald, incoming president of Southwestern Michigan College, reflected on this quote by Eric Hoffer, as he addressed a packed audience Jan. 16 within the Student Activity Center. Hosted in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, the community turned out in full force for the reception, welcoming the college's eighth president.

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