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

  • January 6th, 2020

    Ice Time Festival Returns Downtown February 1

    Ice Time Festival returns to downtown Dowagiac February 1st for the 24th year. 
    Event chairman and treasurer of the Chamber of Commerce Kris Soenen said Ice Time is snow packed full of activities, encouraging families to enjoy Michigan’s great outdoors. New this year, FROSTY FOOSBALL! A human foosball court will be set up for open play, as well as a tournament. Get your six-person team together and check out the Chamber's facebook page for more details.
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  • January 6th, 2020

    Be Sure to Reserve Your Brochure Ad Space

    Advertising is being sold in the Dowagiac & Sister Lakes Business & Events Brochure, which will be published this spring.   
    The annual publication that was redesigned in 2018, markets the community to day-visitors and also features a list of Chamber members and a quick reference of community events.
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  • January 6th, 2020

    Join Us for Lunch & Learn January 22

    Laura Odenwald, owner of Odenwald Strategies, LLC, will be the guest speaker of the next Lunch & Learn on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce office.
    Odenwald will briefly discuss the latest trends in social media and provide ample time for a Q+A session on the topics of public relations and marketing for your business.
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