Help the Glory House Win a $25,000 Grant!

 The Glory House in Laurel MS has made it to the final round of the State Farm neighborhood Assist Grant program!!!  You can vote for them 10 times a day to help them win!  VOTE HERE!!! 


Don’t miss the FREE webinar “State of the Economy”

The Mississippi Small Business Development Center will be offering a FREE webinar on Wednesday, August 25th. Former State Economist, Darrin Webb will be presenting an overview and briefing of the current state of the Mississippi economy and business outlook. Register for this informative event HERE.


HGTV Renews HomeTown for Season 6!

HGTV has ordered a 20-episode Season 6 of Home Town, starring Laurel locals Erin and Ben Napier. Additionally, following its successful premiere, spinoff Home Town: Ben’s Workshop been renewed for a 10-episode second season on Discovery+.

It is no secret that Laurel and Jones County have seen a big influx of tourists since the show aired. Each year we see their popularity grow and new states appear on the license plates driving around town. The buzz and excitement surrounding the show has encouraged small business owners and brought a new wave of customers to our area. Jones County has certainly benefited from Ben & Erin’s hard work and we thank them for their investment in the community!

Read the full press release from Discovery below.

New York [August 9, 2021] HGTV has picked up 20 episodes of fan favorite series Home Town after it attracted a whopping 32 million viewers during its last season. Starring home renovation experts Erinand Ben Napier, the series will spotlight the couple as they bring new life to outdated homes in Laurel, Mississippi, and navigate their busy family life as parents of two. In addition to airing on HGTV in early 2022,  the new season of Home Town also will be available to stream on discovery+. And, following its successful debut on the streaming platform, the exclusive series, Home Town: Ben’s Workshop, has been picked up for a new season of 10 episodes. The series spotlights Ben as he welcomes celebrity guests to his real-life workshop.

“I’ve always loved the bigger projects we do for Home Town because Erin and I help make a difference for homeowners and for entire neighborhoods,” said Ben. “Now I have the added bonus of sharing more of my passion on Home Town: Ben’s Workshop. Showcasing the patience and detail that goes into woodworking with fans who wanted to see more of that process is a dream come true.”

The couple, who have more than one million followers on social media, will continue their mission to revitalize their small town one home at a time using Erin’s artistic vision and Ben’s woodworking prowess.

“Home Town is not just about renovations, it’s about the power of community,” said Jane Latman, president, HGTV. “We love that the series delivers great ratings in all key demos, season after season, but it’s the inspirational message about neighbors working together, as well as Ben and Erin’s enthusiastic fans, that have helped HGTV build yet another breakout franchise.”

Fans are invited to stay connected with Ben, Erin and Home Town at HGTV.com/HomeTown. Fans also can follow @HGTV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #HGTVHomeTown for additional show content and updates and can follow Ben (@scotsman.co) and Erin (@erinapier) on Instagram.

Home Town and Home Town: Ben’s Workshop are produced by RTR Media, Inc.

(Source: https://corporate.discovery.com/discovery-newsroom/hgtv-orders-20-new-episodes-of-its-mega-hit-series-home-town-starring-ben-and-erin-napier/)


Health & Safety at Women In Business!

We have been working hard not only to make Women In Business an informative and enjoyable event, but also as safe as possible for all attendees. We will have limited seating available to allow for social distancing so be sure to register soon!  Please see the below health and safety precautions in reference to this event.

Health & Safety Precautions for Women In Business:

  • Masks are strongly encouraged for all attendees and will be available on site.
  • Registration for the event will be limited so that we can safely space tables and limit seating at each table.
  • Safety measures will be in place for lunch service.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the venue.
  • Additional policies may be added in accordance with public safety guidelines at the time of the event.

Be a Vendor for Women In Business!

Vendor spots are now open for our 2021 Women In Business Forum!

Do you offer a service for women-owned businesses? Reserve a vendor space and interact with potential new clients during the event! Only $50 and includes one ticket to the Forum!Download the vendor form and return to amandar@edajones.com by August 13. The $50 vendor free includes 1-ticket for the WIB Forum and Luncheon; 1-6’ unskirted table; 2 chairs

Vendor policies:

  • Vendors will be approved who offer services or products that are associated with professional women and their personal or professional growth and development.
  • Set up will be from 8:30 AM-9:30 AM
  • Vendors are not allowed to sell anything at their booth
  • No outside food or beverages are allowed
  • Vendors may offer door prizes to be given away during the general session. Please drop off door prizes at the Chamber office by Friday, August 20. Additional door prizes/raffles are allowed at booths.
  • The vendor area will remain open through the conclusion of the event at 1:00 pm and may not breakdown before the event is adjourned.

Jones County Chamber hosts Governor’s Job Fair!

The Jones County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security to host the I-59 Job Fair on September 16th. The registration deadline for companies to have a booth is September 3. The Job Fair will be inside the Sawmill Square Mall in the old JCPenny space. Find more information about how to register your company HERE.

 

 


Advertise for the World Series!

Advertise on the Visit Laurel – Jones County app & reach 1,500 visitors a week! The Dixie Youth World Series welcome bags will include information on how to use the Visit Laurel-Jones County trip planning app. This is where players and parents can access complete lists of where to eat, shop and explore. Plus there will be a featured Points of Interest list that will have details on registration, opening ceremonies, games and wherever YOU want to lead them to in-between! We are offering two ways to gain exposure for your business. The first is by purchasing Ad space on the “EAT” or “SHOP” list for $50 an ad. The second is by purchasing a featured stop on the World Series Points of Interest List. To purchase one or both of these ads, click HERE! 


2021 Women In Business Forum Announced!

Mark your calendars for August 24th! The 2021 Women In Business Forum brought to you by Community Bank is a must attend event.

The Keynote speaker for the 2021 Women In Business Forum is Leisha Pickering, Founder and CEO of Musee Bath. Leisha founded Musee Bath with a wonderful mission at its core. Musee makes handcrafted, natural bath products in Madison County, Mississippi with the mission of restoring lives by providing dignified work for vulnerable people in the community. They primarily hire women in recovery, people with disabilities, and people who have lived in chronic poverty. Musee products are handmade in the USA with ethically sourced, natural ingredients. Musee bath balms are cruelty-free, paraben-free, and sulfate-free and safe for all skin types. Leisha is sure to be an absolutely wonderful keynote speaker.

This event is not just for women. Our Women in Business Forum is a great educating tool for EVERYONE in the workforce.  If you are a working woman, boss of women, or coworker to women, you are invited to the Women In Business Forum.

We will be announcing some additional speakers soon so watch for updates!  Secure your seat at the forum by registering online HERE.


2021 Membership Golf Tournament is September 10!

We are so excited to be hosting the first golf tournament in over a year at the Laurel Country Club! We have been waiting patiently for events to resume and the calendar is finally full again. You can register to play or sponsor this year’s membership golf tournament HERE.

Jones County Winter Events

Look no further for a full calendar of events around Jones County this winter. We hope you will #VisitJones soon!

And, mark your calendar for the bigget spring event coming up – the Block Party for the Season 3 Finale  of HGTV’s Home Town – to be held on Monday, April 8 in downtown Laurel. Lots of fun things in the works to celebrate, so stay tuned!

If you have an event to share, please e-mail the information to Amanda Roll, amandar@edajones.com.

FEBRUARY

January 29-April 28:O Patria Mia: Leontyne Price & Aida” Exhibit at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art

For the first time ever, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art is hosting an exhibit focusing on the work of Laurel native and world-renowned soprano Leontyne Price. The Museum’s new exhibition, “O Patria Mia: Leontyne Price and Aïda,” celebrates Price and the role that brought her to prominence. “O Patria Mia” means “oh my dear homeland,” and this exhibition in the land of her birth includes costumes worn by Price in her operatic farewell performance, original paintings for the illustrations in her book about the opera, and videos of her performances. The exhibition is on view through April 28th. INFO:  https://www.lrma.org/.

February 1: South Central Regional Medical Center (SCRMC) – Health Fair

SCRMC will hold a comprehensive Community Health Fair at South Central Place for adults ages 18 years and older. Free health screenings, interactive health education booths, healthy snacks and much more will be provided to all who attend. Admission is free. Hours are: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. INFO: 601.399.0501 or email nmccraney@scrmc.com.

February 1: Lee’s Coffee & Tea – Open Mic/Live Music Night 

Come sing a song or just enjoy the music with some good craft coffee or beer! As always, all ages appropriate.Hours are: 6:30-9 p.m. INFO: 601-649-4161 or facebook.

 

February 2: Slowboat Brewing Company – Grayson Capps

Live music. Admission is free, all ages are welcome and the event is pet friendly. Hours are: 7:30-10 p.m. INFO: Slow Boat Brewing Company Facebook Page.

 

 

 

February 7 – 10: Carpenter Brothers Emporium of Wonderful Whatnots 

Located in downtown Ellisville, the Emporium is an occasional market that is typically open the first full weekend (Thursday-Sunday) of each month. Designed with the unique in mind, shoppers can browse through all kinds of whatnots, as well as hand-crafted and homegrown products such as soaps and candles. INFO: 601-580-7429 or  facebook.

 

 


February 8:
Lee’s Coffee & Tea – Board Game Night

Come try a new board game or bring your own and play with friends! We’ll have a game or two out and set up to play. Bring your own friends, or come and make some new ones. Hours are: 6:30-9 p.m. INFO: 601-649-4161 or  facebook.

 

February 9: Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off – Downtown Laurel 

Laurel Main Street kicks off each new year with the annual Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off. Enjoy music, beverages, and watching the teams competing to be the winner of the annual chili cook off. All entries are cooked on site and judged by a team of professionals. Chili is sold by the all-you-can-eat $10 entry or by the bottomless $25 keepsake pottery bowl. Bottomless bowls are hand crafted by local potter, Carl Buchanan. Children under 12 can grab a hot dog at the Magnolia State Bank Hospitality Tent, sample the chili, and enjoy the festivities for FREE! No pets, please. INFO: 601-433-3255 or check HERE.

 

 

February 9: Slowboat Brewing Company – Artist Market at Slowboat

This is a market FOR artists, as well as art appreciators. Entry is free for all, and it’s all ages. Come check out some of the most talented artists in our area, and take home some unique pieces to enjoy every day at home. We will have food, non-alcoholic refreshments, and of course, Slowboat beer on site. Artists: Booth space is FREE, but please contact Slowboat Brewing Company via private message on Facebook to reserve your spot. We hope to focus on art in all of its forms, but not “arts & crafts.” We highly encourage on site art demos. Please, contact for any further questions. Live music provided by Shelby Kemp. Begins at 2 p.m. INFO: Slow Boat Brewing Company Facebook Page.

 

February 15: Lee’s Coffee & Tea – Vinyl Night 

Bring your vinyl to spin and/or listen to others’ records and learn some new music. Geek out with fellow vinyl enthusiasts, trade albums if you want, and just enjoythe warm vibes that only vinyl provides. Hours are: 6:30-9 p.m. INFO: 601-649-4161 or facebook.

 

 

February 16: Cupid Shuffle-a-Thon in Downtown Laurel

Come ready to SHUFFLE YOUR FEET as we make our mark for Boston Park on February 16th in downtown Laurel. The 546 yard dash (0.5K) will benefit the revitalization of historic Boston Park in the Queensburg community. Dress head to toe in your best Valentine’s attire as we celebrate Laurel’s first Cupid Shuffle-A-Thon— a dash for donuts, drinks, and dreams for building Jones County. PRIZES will be awarded for best costumes. Join the Jones County Dream Builders, members of the 2019 Leadership Jones County program, as they shuffle and share about the great new projects coming to Laurel this year.  INFO:  $30/racer and register online HERE.

 

 

February 18 – March 22: Jones College Eula Bass Lewis Art Gallery – Charmagne Andrews Sculpture Exhibit

Charmagne Andrews is an associate professor of art at Alabama State University. Her exhibition features portraits of eyes. Admission is free. Gallery hours are: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

 

February 21 – 24: The Rusty Chandelier 

If it’s the third Thursday-Sunday of the month, then it’s time for The Rusty Chandelier occasional market. Located just off Carroll Gartin Blvd. in Laurel, The Rusty Chandelier has thousands of treasures, from antiques to jewelry to clothing and lots of things in between. Hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2-5 p.m. on Sunday. INFO:  www.rustychandelier.netor 601-649-4050.

 

 

February 23: Strike Out Abuse Bowling Tournament

Another fundraiser for a 2019 Leadership Jones County team – Team Guardian is holding a Strike out Domestic Violence Bowling Tournament with all proceeds going toward projects to help the Domestic Abuse Family Shelter. Sign up as a 4 person bowling team while spots are available or come and hang out and learn more about the Domestic Abuse Family Shelter. INFO: Admission is $25. For more information about the event or to sign up please email us at strikeoutabuse@gmail.com.

 

 

February 28 – March 3: Jones College Spring Musical – “Hairspray”

The popular, high-energy Broadway musical “Hairspray” comes to the Jones College stage this spring. Performance times are: Thursday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Admission will be charged for this event. INFO: Jennifer Bruton, 601-477-2675 or jennifer.bruton@jcjc.edu.

 

MARCH

March 1: Lee’s Coffee & Tea – Open Mic/Live Music Night 

Come sing a song or just enjoy the music with some good craft coffee or beer! As always, all ages appropriate.Hours are: 6:30-9 p.m. INFO: 601-649-4161 or Facebook!

 

 

March 2: Laurel Mardi Gras Parade Sponsored by The Fraternal Order of Polilce 

Join in the fun of carnival season either as a participant or a spectator as the Laurel Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police holds its third annual Mardi Gras Parade. Entry fee is $100 per judged float and $50 general entry. Applications are available at Laurel Police Headquarters and are due by 5 p.m., Feb. 28. Gold and silver sponsorships are also available. All proceeds will benefit charitable work by the Laurel FOP Lodge, including the annual Shop with a Cop program at Christmas. Parade begins at 6 p.m. and follows the traditional parade route through downtown Laurel. INFO:Lt. Jim Thornhill, 601-498-8088 or jthornhill@laurelms.com.

March 3: Llettesha Sylvester Concert at LRMA

Join us as Llettesha Sylvester, distinguished soprano and vocalist with the Mississippi Opera, performs a concert of notable arias, songs and spirituals from Leontyne Price’s most distinguished career.  Sylvester is an award-winning classical and gospel vocalist who completed her Artist Diploma in Music Performance at the University of Trinidad and Tobago.  She is currently a senior at Alcorn State University.

 

 

March 7 – 10: Carpenter Brothers Emporium of Wonderful Whatnots 

Located in downtown Ellisville, the Emporium is an occasional market that is typically open the first full weekend (Thursday-Sunday) of each month. Designed with the unique in mind, shoppers can browse through all kinds of whatnots, as well as hand-crafted and homegrown products such as soaps and candles. INFO: 601-580-7429 or Facebook.

 

 


March 8:
Lee’s Coffee  & Tea – Board Game Night

Come try a new board game or bring your own and play with friends! We’ll have a game or two out and set up to play. Bring your own friends, or come and make some new ones. Hours are: 6:30-9 p.m. INFO: 601-649-4161 or Facebook!

 

 

March 15: Lee’s Coffee & Tea – Vinyl Nights 

 Bring your vinyl to spin and/or listen to others’ records and learn some new music. Geek out with fellow vinyl enthusiasts, trade albums if you want, and just enjoy the warm vibes that only vinyl provides. Hours are: 6:30-9 p.m. INFO: 601-649-4161 or facebook.

 

 

 

March 21 – 24: The Rusty Chandelier

If it’s the third Thursday-Sunday of the month, then it’s time for The Rusty Chandelier occasional market. Located just off Carroll Gartin Blvd. in Laurel, The Rusty Chandelier has thousands of treasures, from antiques to jewelry to clothing and lots of things in between. Hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2-5 p.m. on Sunday. INFO: www.rustychandelier.netor 601-649-4050.

 

 

March 22: Jones College Spring Recital Series 

The annual Jones College Spring Recital Series begins today. The performing artist(s) will be announced at a later date. Recital concerts are held in the Foote Chapel. Admission is free. Concerts begin at 12:25 p.m. and last approximately 30 minutes. INFO: 601-477-4094.

 

 

March 26: Jones College JC Voices Spring Concert

JC Voices, under the direction of Dr. Susan Smith, will present its annual spring concert at Laurel’s First-Trinity Presbyterian Church. Admission is free. The concert begins at 7 p.m. INFO: 601-477-4094.

 

March 29: Jones College Spring Recital Series 

The annual Jones College Spring Recital Series begins today. The performing artist(s) will be announced at a later date. Recital concerts are held in the Foote Chapel. Admission is free. Concerts begin at 12:25 p.m. and last approximately 30 minutes. INFO: 601-477-4094.