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. 


Attention Job Seekers!!! EDA hosts Job Fair

The Jones County Economic Development Authority is excited to partner with the Governor’s Job Fair Network, Mississippi Department of Employment Security, and the WIN Job Center to host the I-59 Job Fair!

The EDA hopes to provide Jones County residents with the tools they need to successfully reenter the workforce.  There is no admission fee for applicants to attend the I-59 Job Fair. Masks are required for individuals who are not fully vaccinated. Pre-registration is highly encouraged and can be done online at www.jobfairs.ms.gov. Applicants should bring registration confirmation and provide it at the check-in station on the day of the job fair. There will be onsite registration available for those who do not pre-register online. Applicants should be prepared for on-site interviews and bring plenty of resumes as copiers will not be available. Contact the WIN Job Center for resume help. Dress for success and take advantage of this great opportunity!

Currently registered are At Home Care, Biloxi Police Department, DJ Transit, Domino’s (RPM Pizza), Dunn Roadbuilders, Ellisville State School, Forrest General Hospital, Gipson Steel, Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, Hol-Mac Corporation, Howard Industries, Ingalls Shipbuilding, Jones College Workforce College, Kohler Engines, Laurel Housing Authority, Management & Training Corporation , Mar Jac Poultry, Masonite, Mississippi Department of Corrections, Mississippi State Personnel Board, Mississippi Veterans Home – Collins, Parish Transport, Pearl River Resort-Bok Homa Casino, PG Technologies, Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources, PrideStaff, Rail Crew Xpress, Sanderson Farms, South Central Regional Medical Center, Group, ThermoKool, VT Halter Marine, and Wayne Farms. This event is sponsored by Mississippi Department of Employment Security, Governor’s Job Fair Network, WIN Job Center, and Jones County Economic Development Authority. 


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!

 

REGISTER TO ATTEND WOMEN IN BUSINESS HERE!

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!

REGISTER TO ATTEND WOMEN IN BUSINESS HERE!

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!


Digital Marketing Lunch and Learn Recap and Videos

Chamber of Commerce Hosts Digital Marketing Lunch & Learn

May 24, 2018 – “Prioritizing Your Digital Presence” presented by Tyler Raborn, Raborn Media

Nearly 100 Chamber members attended the second quarter Lunch & Learn on May 24 that was held at Life Church. Tyler Raborn, CEO of Raborn Media presented tools and tips for digital marketing for the Chamber’s business members.

Not every community is lucky enough to receive national recognition from a popular television show. This coupled with growth in industry and professional services, businesses across our community have more eyes on them than ever before thanks to this growing interest in Jones County merchants, jobs and services. Tyler provided the audience with practical approaches to improving their brand’s online presence through search engines, social media, content creation and more.

Follow the Chamber’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram) and event calendar for announcements of future Lunch & Learns!

The Chamber would also like to thank Life Church for being our host location and for their video production services.

More About the Speaker – Tyler Raborn:
Tyler Raborn is the founder and CEO of Raborn Media, L.L.C, a full-service marketing firm. During his time at Raborn Media, Tyler has married creativity with cost efficiency to produce a ROI-centered culture. Through branding, budgeting, consulting, graphic design, website development, video production, digital advertising, traditional advertising, social media, and more, Raborn has helped a variety of businesses and nonprofits not only achieve, but surpass, their goals.

What are Lunch & Learns?:
A NEW series of Chamber hosted,  quarterly seminars that will feature expert speakers presenting timely topics on which all business can relate. Whether it be HR issues or the next trend in social media, Lunch & Learns will provide a local resource for education to activate growth for Jones County businesses. FREE for members to attend*, there will be ample networking time to meet with a cross-section of Chamber members and Jones County professionals.

Missed the Lunch & Learn?

View the clips by topic below from Tyler’s presentation.

 

New Brick & Mortar and Claiming Your Brand

 

Call to Action

 

ROI for Your Time

 

Organic vs. Paid Reach

 

Promoting Your Brand With Video

 

Targeting & Display Ads

 

Wrap Up – The Growth of Video & Free Resources

 

Q&A – Part 1

 

Q&A – Part 2