Our 2021 Membership Golf Tournament was a success!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the Chamber of Commerce and EDA’s 2021 Membership Golf Tournament! We were so excited to be able to bring back this favorite event after missing two years due to Covid-19. The day could not have been more perfect with clear a sky and cool temperatures in the morning!

This was a great reminder of how wonderful our members are. We had thirty teams play in the tournament with half participating in the morning Flight and the remaining half in the afternoon flight. The Laurel Country Club did an excellent job facilitating our tournament and providing our lunch between flights. Our Ambassadors and volunteers made the day a breeze and so much fun as they always do! We are already looking forward to next year’s golf tournament!


To view more photos from the event, check out the Facebook album. 

Attend the Women In Business Pre-Event Workshop!

JUST ADDED — Pre-event workshop with
Time Management Coach Anna Dearmon Kornick!
Add on to your registration for only $15!
30-minute workshop will begin at 10:30 AM

Priorities Rock: How to Get to the Heart of What Matters Most
Join Time Management Coach Anna Dearmon Kornick for a new perspective on priorities. From business to babies, professional development to personal time – you’ll walk away from this workshop with a simple method for prioritizing everything in your life.  Once you get the hang of it, you’ll see that Priorities Rock!

Meet the Women In Business Experts Panel!



Leslie began her banking career with Community Bank in 2003.  Having had the opportunity to work in every area of the Bank, Leslie has the knowledge and understanding needed to effectively assist customers with their financial needs, whether personal or business.  Currently, she is the Senior Vice President of Business Development.

Leslie concentrates on servicing business and commercial clients as well as personal banking customers all while providing leadership in sales, marketing and business development for Community Bank of MS Coast Region.  She is proficient in the treasury management field and can address customers’ needs to ensure their business runs efficiently while assuring cost effectiveness.

Leslie is a 2013 graduate of the Mississippi School of Banking at the University of Mississippi, a 2018 graduate of Leadership Gulf Coast, in 2019 was named by the Mississippi Business Journal Top Ten 50 Leading Business Women in Mississippi and was recently named by the Mississippi Business Journal as a 2021 Top 50 Under 40 recipient.

Anna is a Time Management Coach, wife and mom who helps busy professionals master time management so they can stop feeling overwhelmed and start spending time on what matters most.  Anna believes that success and stress don’t have to go hand in hand, and that busy is NOT a badge of honor.

As the host of It’s About Time – A Podcast about Work, Life and Balance, Anna shares time management tips, productivity strategies and real-life advice to help her listeners make the most of their time. In addition to teaching actionable takeaways, Anna interviews other go-getters to find out how they navigate family, friends, fulfilling careers and full schedules.

Building on more than a decade of experience in the fast-moving, high-stakes world of political and crisis communications, Anna knows a thing or two about using time well. Early in her career, she served as the chief spokesperson for a Lt. Governor, and managed the hectic schedule of a U.S. Congressman. She’s helped small business owners, nonprofits, political candidates, Fortune 100 companies and executives tell their stories and focus on what matters most.

Laura is Founder and CEO of The Business Growers, a results-driven marketing firm based in Jackson. For the last 18 years, Laura has led and managed marketing efforts for companies from technology startups and global, multi-billion dollar businesses. She spent nearly half her career serving as a corporate marketing executive in the telecommunications industry before starting The Business Growers. Her career focus is built around driving marketing ROI and developing strategies that lead to tangible success. At The Business Growers, Laura developed a proven, three-step framework to monitor business growth, evaluate marketing effectiveness and ensure businesses have the right components in place to grow and scale.


Laura has been honored as one of Mississippi’s Top 50 under 40” and “Top 50 Leading Women in Business.” Johns graduated cum laude from Mississippi College. She earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of Alabama. She is the co-founder and host of The Home and The Hustle podcast and The Know, Grow and Scale podcast. Learn more about The Business Growers at thebusinessgrowers.com.


Women In Business “Ask the Expert” Panel Announced!


We are excited to announce this panel of experts for the 2021 Women In Business forum! Questions may be submitted in advance by emailing amandar@edajones.com. Topics up for discussion include entrepreneurship, marketing, social media strategies, business development, financing, budgeting and growth, time management, goal setting and more. This panel is comprised of very knowledgeable women and we are excited to learn from them!

Join us for a Membership Orientation!

      We are so excited to have received several new members in the past few months! We have also been reintroducing some of our programs that were temporarily paused during the pandemic last year. With so many new faces in the mix, we decided this was a great time to host a membership orientation. While one purpose of this orientation is to educate new members, it is always open to any member who may be interested in a membership refresher! If your company has a new employee, this may be an excellent way to introduce them to the community and educate them on how to maximize your membership.  We strongly encourage anyone to sign up!

This membership orientation will be hosted as a breakfast meeting on July 27 at 8:30AM. This meeting is completely FREE to attend. We will provide you with a free breakfast as we go over the many benefits and membership programs we have to offer you.

Don’t be shy! This is a great time to ask questions for both new and existing members. If there is a program you are interested in learning more about, let us know! We can prepare more material covering that topic or program and have it available for you at the orientation. Even though this is a free event, please register so we can have a general headcount. You may register by calling the office at 601-649-3031 or online HERE.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions! We are looking forward to a great membership orientation!