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

  • March 2nd, 2020

    Sign Up for Vendor Space for Summer in the City

    Dowagiac Summer in the City & Sidewalk Sales is Friday & Saturday, July 17 & 18, featuring the booths of craft, commercial, non-profit & food vendors, along with an expanded line-up of festival events. Booths will be open Friday from 10 to 6 pm & on Saturday from 10 to 4:30 pm.
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  • March 2nd, 2020

    Lunch & Learn is March 11

    Join Dean Johnson and Patti Middleton-Badner of Kemner Iott Benz for Lunch & Learn on Wednesday, March 11, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Chamber office.
    Dean and Patti will briefly discuss the options for business owners who are selling their business to retire or to continue on to a new venture. They will also discuss how to form a group health insurance program for your business.
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  • March 2nd, 2020

    Now’s the Time to Start Thinking Spring Maintenance

    In a small community, curb appeal can determine the ability of a business to not only survive in today’s marketplace, but to also thrive.
    These last days of winter offer building owners an opportunity to evaluate the condition of their property to decide what maintenance or renovation is needed this construction season.
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