July Chamber Chat

The month of June was busy working on various events for the 8th Annual Harvest Festival to be held September 30th. After meeting with leaders within the Agricultural and artist communities, I have been working to implement ideas and suggestions into the Festival. We have great entertainment planned that will place the spotlight on our […]

June Chamber Chat

May was an extremely busy month at the Chamber office. We kicked off our official Harvest Festival planning meeting with various representatives from across Berrien County and plans for the September 30th event are well underway. I know it seems that September 30 is a long way from now but from the view of the […]

What Is The Impact Of Special Events On Berrien County Businesses?

Whew! March and April were really busy months at the Chamber. With the Cotton Blossom Roundup Rodeo and the first Berrien County Fair in quite sometime plus planning the Administrative Professional Luncheon, it was hopping in our office. The purpose in planning and scheduling special events for the county is all about helping our businesses […]

It’s That Time Again!

Time again for the 8th Annual Cotton Blossom Roundup PRCA/WPRA rodeo to ride into Nashville on March 24 and 25 at the Berrien County Saddle Club Arena located on County Farm Road with performances 7:30 nightly. Advance tickets and T-shirts are on sale now at the Chamber of Commerce and if not sold out, T-shirts […]

What This Town Needs Is A …

Walmart, department store or anything but another dollar store! How many times have you had this conversation with someone, overheard others saying this or read the ranting on a number of Facebook group pages. I cannot count the number of times that I have heard these comments and truthfully, before I attended the Georgia Academy […]

Make 2017 the year you Buy Berrien

With the turn of each New Year comes the New Year’s resolution of improving some habits or trying to get rid of some bad ones.  The Chamber would like to encourage everyone to kick the habit of crossing the county line to purchase items that are available at Berrien County businesses.  In other words, resolve […]

Fight the Bah Humbugs and Buy Berrien

             Imagine walking into a store and receiving a friendly welcome from the store owner and a sincere how may I help you.  A place where your items are gift wrapped, complimentary of course.  A store where they are happy to special order items they may not normally carry in their inventory.  This isn’t a […]

Events Give Boost to Economy

Whew!  Providing a huge helping of Southern hospitality is really hard work!  The months of August and September were spent in preparation for the 7th Annual Harvest Festival and the crowds of visitors that we knew would be in attendance. In my last column, I explained to you that these visitors are actually tourists and […]

The Tourists Are Coming, The Tourists Are Coming!

No! The tourists are here! The opening of the Smithsonian Institution’s exhibit, “Hometown Teams – How Sports Shape America” and “Berrien County’s Hometown Teams Sports Exhibit” on Saturday, August 4th former Berrien County players as well as those interested in the Smithsonian Institution’s exhibit were on hand to take a look at these very impressive […]

Tourism is Economic Development!

July is almost at an end. Many Berrien County families have been on the road since the end of the school year trying to squeeze that family vacation in before the start of school in August. If you took a trip out of town this summer, even for the day, guess what you are called? […]