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

  • October 3rd, 2021

    Chamber Members & City Officials Tour The Hatch Street Manor, a Luxury Boutique Guesthouse

    Stay Dowagiac continues to strengthen its allure in southwest Michigan as a second and, most recently, a third Airbnb join its ranks.

    Desmond Lathan, owner of The Hatch Street Manor, hosted the Chamber’s Business After Hours in September, as more than 35 Chamber members and City officials enjoyed personal tours of this luxury boutique guesthouse.

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  • October 3rd, 2021

    Dowagiac Christmas Celebration Returns!

    Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus and he's heading back to downtown Dowagiac, along with Mrs. Claus and a holiday showcase of local youth!

    After a year's absence due to the pandemic, planning is under way for Christmas Open House Weekend, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12 and 13, the Candle-light Christmas Parade that returns to Front Street on Friday, Dec. 3; and Breakfast with Santa that is co-hosted in December by Dowagiac Elks.

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  • October 3rd, 2021

    This is a Milestone Worth Celebrating!

    Look who just turned 135!

    On September 28 Mennel Milling marked its 135th anniversary.

    It all began more than a century ago, when The Isaac Harter Milling Company was established in 1886 in Fostoria, Ohio. At the time, the Fostoria Flour Mill was the largest flour mill in the country not located on water.

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