Senate Bill #2155 has passed and is headed to the House!

Bill #2155 proposes the addition of a tax to all city of Laurel hotels and vacation rentals. Senator Juan Barnett is the author of the bill and a long time supporter of progress in Laurel & Jones County. Funds from this tax will be dedicated to tourism and marketing. Bill #2155 made it out of the Senate’s Local and Private Committee & Finance Committee. It arrived on the Senate Floor on March 8, 2022 and was passed. The next step is for the bill to move to the House. If passed there, the city of Laurel resident’s will vote on it. The Jones County EDA fully supports this bill and is looking forward to following its progress.

Jones Connect First Friday – Meet our new Chamber Director!

March 4 – Meet our new Chamber Director!
TOPIC: Membership Education

WHY ATTEND: Discover how you can maximize your membership with the Chamber by learning about upcoming events, member promotions and business resources. You will also CO.nnect with other local professionals, as the event is open to any employee of a Chamber member company. No matter if you are a new member, are new to your role or are looking for new avenues to promote your business, you will walk away with immediate opportunities that will help grow your company!

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Complimentary breakfast and coffee will be available. Bring business cards and invite your colleagues to join you too!

NOT A CHAMBER MEMBER? Non-members may attend ONE Jones CO.nnect First Friday event as our guest. Please e-mail for more details.

Minority Owned Small Business Grant Program

Mississippi Power has partnered with the Jones County Chamber of Commerce to offer a Minority Owned Small Business Grant opportunity to the eligible businesses in Jones County. This grant program is intended to be an opportunity for minority small business owners to grow and develop their business. Mississippi Power’s charitable giving program aims to give back to the communities they serve. The Jones County Chamber of Commerce always stives to connect businesses in our membership with every opportunity available to help them grow and thrive.



Each eligible business may submit one application and request up to $3,000 in grant money. They must adequately describe their intended use of the money in the appropriate fields on the application. This does not mean that each business who applies will be awarded money or that they will be awarded the total amount they request. Applications will be reviewed by the grant committee who will discern what amount each eligible business shall receive. If an eligible business does not have a clear or effective plan in place to use the funds they request, the grant committee may deem that business ineligible to receive these funds.



To qualify for grant funds, a business must meet each of the following requirements:

  • Be a member of the Jones County Chamber of Commerce considered in good standing.
  • Be a current Mississippi Power customer.
  • Have 50 or fewer employees.
  • Be at least 51% minority owned.
    • For the purposes of this grant, a minority is defined as Asian-Indian, Asian Pacific, Black, Hispanic, Native American, or Woman.



All applications must be submitted to the Chamber of Commerce office in person or by mail before 5:00pm on March 25, 2022, to be considered.



Mississippi Power and the Jones County Chamber of Commerce reserve the right to publicize and distribute all information submitted in this application. This information will primarily be used to show the success of this grant program in efforts to continue it in the future. We reserve the right within our sole discretion to deny any application for any reason deemed appropriate by the grant committee. NOT ALL BUSINESSES WHO APPLY WILL RECEIVE FUNDS.


Download the application HERE.