Chamber Program Director

Vickie Phillipson

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269-782-8212

Employed by the City of Dowagiac since 1990, Vickie is the program director of the Chamber of Commerce and the Dowagiac Downtown Development Authority (DDA).  A native of St. Joseph, Michigan, she is a graduate of Central Michigan University.  Previously, she was employed by Leader Publications as associate editor of the Dowagiac Daily News and news editor of the Niles Daily Star.  She has brought to her position with the Chamber and DDA skills in marketing, public relations, media and advertising. 

As the program director for the Chamber of Commerce & DDA, and in cooperation with the City, her office is involved in a pro-active campaign of business recruitment, retention & expansion.  Vickie maintains a database of properties for sale and lease, provides assistance to business prospects in the location and negotiation of rental space, and works with property owners, showing their storefronts.  Vickie also handles budgeting, festival planning, event scheduling and marketing for the Chamber and its seasonal events, and the day-to-day operations of both the Chamber and the Downtown Development Authority.

 

Latest News from your Chamber

  • September 30th, 2019

    Cloud-based Accounting Software is the Future for Businesses

    Savvy business owners agree gone are the days of shoe-box bookkeeping, ledger paper and even desk-top software, which is being replaced by cloud-based accounting programs such as Quick Books Online.
     
    Mandy Wallace, staff accountant for Accounting Consultants, was guest speaker of the Chamber's Lunch & Learn September 10. Wallace is also a Chamber trustee.
     
    "Our world is changing rapidly," Wallace said. "Technology is a driving force behind those changes."
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  • September 30th, 2019

    Chamber Spotlight Shines on Jim D's Body Shop

    “The more things change, the more they stay the same”.
    This translated quote by nineteenth century editor and writer, Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, could be considered the standard work ethic of Jim D’s Body Shop.
    The third-generation auto body repair shop has undergone numerous adjustments and improvements in its 47-year existence to maintain its slogan, “Collision Repairs a Specialty”.
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  • September 30th, 2019

    Hospital Marks 14th Year as Major Holiday Underwriter

    As planning begins for the holiday retail season, the Chamber is pleased to announce Ascension Borgess-Lee Hospital for the 14th consecutive year has stepped forward as the major $2,000 underwriter of this community’s Christmas celebration.
     
    The four-fold event features family activities during Open House Weekend, Nov. 15 & 16, Small Business Saturday and continues Friday, Dec. 6, as the magnificent lighted procession of 100 holiday floats, costumed characters and marching bands usher in one of this community’s best-loved traditions. 
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