The Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce is keeping members and the community connected and making an impact through a variety of programs.
Take the Chamber’s annual C Spire / Ridgeland Chamber Golf Classic, held at Lake Caroline Golf Club that provides Chamber members and guests with a fun day of golfing, networking and good sportsmanship.
“Our C Spire / Ridgeland Chamber Golf Classic has grown in popularity,” said Linda Bynum, executive director of the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce. “Over 100 golfers enjoy a relaxing, fun day, delicious hamburger buffet, an opportunity to win a vehicle from Watson Quality Ford and a favor selected especially for our golfers.”
For 25 years, the mission of the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce has been to encourage an environment conducive to the continuing development of new and existing businesses. With a membership of over 900, the Chamber is comprised of corporations, service businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals who share the Chamber’s goal of promoting and maintaining a healthy business environment for businesses to succeed. If it’s important to business, it’s important to the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce.
The year 2017 was exceptional for the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce. With over 85 ribbon cuttings, groundbreakings and grand openings, as well as 12 well-attended Business After Hours socials, the Chamber continued its mission to enhance the economic vitality of Ridgeland by constantly setting new goals and offering fresh and innovative programs to Chamber members.
• The Chamber’s 11th annual Shop Local – Buy Local! “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas in Ridgeland” campaign is a three-week, pre-holiday shopping extravaganza held in November and December, which includes over 60 businesses showcasing their products and services. The Chamber partners with WLBT-Channel 3 (an NBC affiliate) to promote Ridgeland as a premier shopping and dining destination through televised commercials and digital ads.
• Ridgeland Under the Stars features a silent auction of over 280 specially chosen items, a buffet dinner and top-name entertainment, and continues its popularity as one of the Chamber’s most well-attended networking events.
• Women to Women: A Celebration Luncheon was launched in 2017 and featured Mississippi’s First Lady Deborah Bryant. She delivered a moving and inspirational message recounting how she successfully developed the mental tenacity to overcome life’s toughest obstacles and setbacks. Each guest received a beautiful favor designed and made by artisans at Hinkle Creek Pottery in Corinth.
- Adopt a Child for Christmas celebrates the joy of giving during the holiday season as Chamber members adopt Highland Elementary School children whose families, facing tough economic hardships, are unable to provide gifts for their children.
- The Chamber’s annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, held at Colonial Heights Baptist Church, is a day of reflection and thanksgiving. Open to the Ridgeland community, the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast is one of the Chamber’s most popular and well-attended events.
- The Chamber’s Junior Diplomat program is in its 16th year with 32 students representing area schools. “It is our hope that this program will instill in our young people the value of community service and the importance of making one’s community the best it can be,” Bynum said. Each year, $1,500 in scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors who best exemplify the spirit of the Junior Diplomat Program.
- The Chamber’s New Member Quarterly Luncheons welcomed over 100 new members and the Chamber’s 40 Diplomats continued to represent the Chamber as goodwill ambassadors to the business community.
- Ridgeland Police Appreciation Week celebrates National Law Enforcement Week with the Ridgeland Chamber honoring Ridgeland’s men and women in blue. The week-long list of events and activities includes a memorial service honoring fallen officers nationwide and breakfasts, lunches and dinners delivered to the police department. The Chamber distributes blue ribbons for the community to wear; provides 12 “Officer of the Month” gift cards and concludes the week with a cake and ice cream party and fabulous goody bags for each officer.
- The Chamber’s annual Awards Banquet drew a sold-out crowd to the Hilton Jackson where The Louis Armstrong Society Jazz Band entertained guests. “It’s an exciting time to live and work in Ridgeland,” said 2018 Ridgeland Chamber President Karen McKie of Green Oak Florist & Garden Center.
“As we celebrate our 25th anniversary this year, we will continue to serve as a strong advocate for growth and development. Our programs will continue to deliver value to our members, and our networking events will foster strong business relationships within our community.”
“With the fast growth in our city, our Chamber is taking a leadership role in helping to grow our economy and build a strong, solid community for generations to come,” she added.
“The Ridgeland Chamber is rooted in success and all about making connections and fostering growth.”