Kickoff for 2018 Community Business-to-Business Membership Drive

Pascagoula, MS—All businesses are welcome to participate in the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Community Business-to-Business Membership Drive.  The kickoff will be held on Thursday, February 22nd, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Pro Health & Fitness, LLC (619 Krebs Avenue, Pascagoula).  The Membership Drive will start on February 22nd and will end on April 9th.  Chamber volunteers will invite the businesses to join the local business community through Chamber membership.  There will be grand prizes for top volunteers along with networking and many other opportunities to grow businesses that are currently members and that are looking to join the Chamber. 
This kickoff will also include applications for $2,500 Façade Grants.  These grants are available to small businesses that are members of the Chamber.  Applications are available online at and are due on April 6th, 2018.  Printed copies of the application are available at the Chamber as well (720 Krebs Avenue, Pascagoula).   
There will be a drawing of a $1,250 Small Business Grant (subject to approval) for any new member that becomes a member during the membership drive.  Only businesses and non-profit memberships are eligible.  Volunteers who sign up a new member will also be in the drawing for a $1,250 Small Business Grant (subject to approval).   
New members will also be able to take advantage of other Chamber membership benefits.  Those in the industrial field will receive a free outdoor booth at the Jackson County Industrial Trade Show on March 20th, 2018 (value of $400). 
The goal of this membership drive is to increase the membership base and together grow the business community.  During this time the Chamber will host a Community Awareness Day in banks and credit unions throughout the county.  Information will also be available at Area Council meetings including the Gautier Area Council Meeting (led by Todd Trenchard) and Coffee with the Chamber on Tuesday, March 13th, at 8 a.m. at Shell Landing Golf Club in Gautier (3499 Shell Landing Boulevard).  Chamber Ambassadors, the Chamber Membership Issue Manager Group (led by Ellen Cole) and Chamber staff will be distributing information on the Chamber’s resources for businesses and the community. 
The Chamber Membership Appreciation Day, Membership Drive Grand Finale and Business After Hours will be held on April 19th from 4 to 6 p.m. at Belk of Gautier.  Companies that have joined can network with the membership. 
Together the membership of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce accomplishes many things throughout the year including the Jackson County Industrial Trade Show, Jackson County Veterans Day Program, Taste of Jackson County, Explosion of Excellence Scholarship Program, Leadership Jackson County and much more.   
The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce’s President and CEO is Carla Todd Voda, IOM.  The Chamber Board of Directors is led by Amy Brandenstein of Chevron Pascagoula Refinery.  The staff, Board of Directors and a complete membership directory are available at 
If your company is interested in learning more about Chamber membership, please contact Yvette Barr, Director of Membership Communications, at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce at 228-762-3391 or email [email protected].  The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce is located at 720 Krebs Avenue in Pascagoula.  The Chamber invites all companies to consider membership with over 600 other companies.  More information can be found online at


Written by Tessa Hagler

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