• Odom's Eye Care

    The GJCP and the Jackson Chamber celebrated the ribbon cutting/open house of Odom’s Eye Care located at 1461 Canton Mart Rd, Suite A, in Jxn on Dec. 18. Congrats to Odom's!


  • David Gergen speaks in Jackson

    Leadership Greater Jackson shared an incredible evening at Old Capitol Inn in downtown Jackson on Thursday, December 13, 2012, at a banquet-style event to celebrate 25 years of  leadership. Many graduates of the program and their families and friends as well as other business leaders attended the event where David Gergen, who served 4 US Presidents and currently heads Harvard's Center for Public Leadership, served as keynote speaker.  Gergen graciously embraced a group at a  private cocktail hour before the big event and then followed with a private reception. He shared his leadership experiences under the various administrations as well as commented on the progression of Mississippi. Along with a great dinner, attendees were also afforded an opportunity to ask questions following Gergen's presentation.  

    'It was a wonderful evening for Leadership Greater Jackson, our Greater Jackson Chamber, and the Metro Area to have someone of David Gergen's experience, knowledge, and stature, here in our community.  His talk was both informing and inspiring about where our country is now, and how all of us as leaders can contribute to moving our nation forward in this increasingly complicated world.  I hope Leadership Greater Jackson continues to attract great leaders, and great speakers, for the benefit of our community.' - John Hugh Tate, Chairman, Leadership Greater Jackson Board of Trustees.

    David Gergen's talk gave attendees a synopsis of how he is 'a short term pessimist and a long term optimist' about the state of our nation.  He spoke about how encouraged he was about the new generation of leaders who have served our country in Iraq and Afghanistan, now returning to help lead our nation in business and civic enterprises.  He spoke about the need for such leaders to come together and put country ahead of politics, who would be willing to work together to achieve great things.  In addition, he gave his insights of what is required of leaders in every arena.  He noted a leader must have 1) ambition for something greater than themselves, 2) a willingness and desire to learn, and 3) above all - a moral character. Finally, he responded to questions about the different leadership styles of the 4 presidents he served and the current state of media, which has vastly changed with the 24/7 news cycle and social media.

    Leadership Greater Jackson Alumni Association was the lead sponsor of the event. Other key sponsors included Neel- Schaffers, Itron, Jackson Academy, Atmos Energy, Eaton Corporation, Premier Medical Group of MS, Chris Walters, Alice Skelton and Tonyatta Hairston of EnVision Eyecare.         


  • Regional Infrastructure Task Force

    The Regional Infrastructure Task Force, created as a result of the Vision 2022 strategic plan, held its first meeting on Dec. 11. Partnership President Duane O’Neill gave an overview of the Vision 2022 development process and turned the meeting over to Task Force Chairman Kane Ditto.

    Background information was presented in five key areas: water and sewer; Roads, streets, bridges, surface drainage; Broadband; Light Rail; and Solid Waste.

    Task force members were asked to identify which subcommittees on which they would like to serve.

    Members interested in work of the task force are welcome to participate by calling Lewis Slater at 601-948-7575. 


  • Iron Horse Grill

    The GJCP and the Jackson Chamber celebrated the groundbreaking of the redevelopment of Iron Horse Grill on Dec. 10!


  • Leads Lunch & Learn

    Michael Harbaugh with Center of Continuous Improvement spoke to members and prospective members of the Leads1 Group. He gave a presentation on how to achieve the most out of networking.

    Leads 1 is a program of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership which is designed for the specific purpose of establishing, operating and promoting a referral exchange and networking opportunity for members of the Partnership.


  • Wendy's Grand Opening

    The GJCP and the Jackson Chamber of Commerce celebrated the grand opening of Wendy's on Wednesday, Dec. 5. Wendy's is located at 235 W. Northside Drive.


  • 2012 GJCP Christmas Party

    The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership held its annual holiday party at Bravo! at Highland Village on Dec. 3. This event was a special thank you to all of the volunteers who helped the Partnership have an extremely successful year. These volunteers included Greater Jackson Chamber Board of Directors, GJCP Ambassadors, ChamberPlus Agents and Board of Directors, Jackson Chamber Board of Directors, Leadership Greater Jackson Alumni, Board of Directors, and Class Members, the Greater Jackson Alliance Board and Workforce Development volunteers!


  • Performance Insurance

    The GJCP and the Pearl Chamber of Commerce celebrated the ribbon cutting Performance Insurance's second location on November 29. Performance Insurance is located at 466 Bierdeman Road, Pearl, MS.


  • November WIN Meeting with Jeanhee Kang

    Jeanhee Kang, Author, Run Away: One Woman’s Story of Resilience spoke at the November 27th WIN meeting.

    Jeanhee was born in Iksan, South Korea and her story doesn’t spare the reader any of the agonizing details of her childhood, nor does the book hold back all that she overcame to realize her dreams.

    WIN is a professional network group that advocates and encourages women to take advantage of the many opportunities available to today’s professional woman.


  • Acey's Custom Hair Design

    The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership celebrated the ribbon cutting of Acey's Custom Hair Design on November 17. Governor Phil Bryant officiated the grand opening of Acey's located at 3015 State Street in the Fondren area. Congrats to owner Elisa Acey!


  • Cannon Motor Company I-55

    The GJCP and the Jackson Chamber celebrated the ribbon cutting of Cannon Motor Company I-55 located at 5402 I-55 North, Jackson, on Nov. 15


  • Authenticity Update

    The Jackson Chamber of Commerce Board Members visited several Jackson Fire Stations on November 9 to take a look at their new furniture.  The furniture was purchased with funds raised from Jackson Authenticity 2011, an event that honored the late Dr. Wallace Conerly, University of Mississippi Medical Center long time leader and business professional.

    The Chamber presented $40,000 to the Jackson Fire Department to replace/update furniture for the twenty one Fire Stations throughout the city.

    Firefighters help protect our community from many dangers by responding to a variety of emergencies and they spend a great deal of time at fire stations. For that reason, it was important to ensure that they have a comfortable, pleasant working environment. Through donations from this event, sofas were replaced and kitchen utensils were purchased so that firefighters can enjoy their home away from home.


  • Youth Leadership Opening Retreat

    Youth Leadership Jackson Class of 2012/2013 recently attended an opening retreat on Nov. 6 at the St. James Episcopal Church. Mr. Vernon Vereen, President/senior Consultant of Vereen & Associates presented 'Becoming Better Leaders for a Better Future' to the students.


  • November Business After Hours

    The GJCP November Business After Hours took place in conjunction with Capitol Staffing’s Annual Open House on November 13. Thanks to all who attended!


  • The Hair Boutique Salon

    The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership and the Jackson Chamber of Commerce celebrated the grand opening of The Hair Boutique Salon located at 310 Mitchell Ave. in Jackson on July 10. Congrats to owner Connie Brown!

     


  • Armstrong National Security Force

    The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership & the Jackson Chamber celebrated the ribbon cutting of Armstrong National Security Force on July 10. Armstrong National Security Force is located at 622 Duling Ave, Suite 201, in Jackson (Fondren). We congratulate Owner Michael Byrd! He started the company in Crystal Springs 3 years ago. Armstong specializes in armed security. 'God has blessed us so much,' he said. 'We don't want to take anything from anybody else, but if you are unsatisfied with your security company, give us a call.'

     


  • Red, White & Jackson

    Thank You for attending Red White & Jackson!!

    Many Thanks To Our Sponsors: C-Spire, Atmos Energy, ChamberPlus, City of Jackson, University of MS Medical Center, Downtown Jackson Partners, First Commercial Bank, Jackson Free Press, Paul Moak, The Mississippi Link, First Baptist Church, Clear Channel Radio, The Radio People, 939.com

    We would also like to acknowledge the following organizations for their support: Old Capitol Museum, The State of Mississippi, US Foods, Sysco, Blue Bell, Sonic, Reilly Equipment, Cowboy Maloney, and Anderson United Methodist Sanctuary Choir!


  • Red, White & Jackson at Smith Park

    The Red, White & Jackson Daytime event was a huge success! More than 1,200 hotdogs were given away! Thanks to Jason Turner Band for playing for the event and to Atmos Energy who cooked the hotdogs! We appreciate you!

     


  • WIN June Luncheon

    The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership's WIN meeting was June 26 at the Capital Club. This month’s meeting was ALL about NETWORKING. WIN is a professional network group that advocates and encourages women to take advantage of the many opportunities available to today’s professional woman. 

     


  • Chick fil A Grand Opening

    The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership joined Rankin County Chamber of Commerce and Flowood Chamber of Commerce in celebrating the grand opening of Chick Fil A at Brandon. This is Tara & Keys Hayes second location. They also are the proprietors of the Flowood Chick Fil A restaurant at Dogwood Festival. The Brandon location will officially open to the public June 28 at 6 a.m.!  It is located at 201 Diotell Blvd in Brandon (off of Crossgates blvd, just north of I-20)! The GJCP congratulates the Hayes and welcomes Chick fil A!!

     


  • BancorpSouth is the Winning Team!

    The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership congratulates the winning team, BancorpSouth, this year who sold 41 memberships in the GJCP 2012 Membership Campaign.

    Thank you BancorpSouth for all of your hard work and diligence to be successful during this year’s campaign.

     


  • GJA welcomes Brent Christensen

    The Greater Jackson Alliance Board welcomed Brent Christensen, the new executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, at a luncheon June 22 at the Capitol Club in Downtown Jackson.  Governor Phil Bryant appointed Christensen as the executive director of the MDA  last month.

    Christensen began his career in Mississippi at the Area Development Partnership in Hattiesburg. For the past 10 years, he has served as president and CEO of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce in Gainesville, Fla., and under his leadership, the chamber's economic development arm has already in 2012 announced two major investments that will bring 500 jobs to Gainesville.

     


  • Friday Forum with Sheriff Tyrone Lewis

    Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis spoke to a standing-room only crowd June 22 at the Friday Forum at Koinonia Coffee House.

     


  • Jaco's Tacos

    The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership and the Jackson Chamber of Commerce celebrated the grand opening of Jaco’s Tacos located at 318 South State Street in Jackson on June 21! Jaco's Tacos is styled more like a South West Grill than Mexican with fresh and high-end ingredients, made from scratch meals, and all home-grown recipes. All tortials are soft, made from flour and rolled out by hand. The GJCP and the Jackson Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate owners John & Allison Bell!! Welcome to Jackson! 

     


  • Cloud Computing & Networking Workshop

    D2 Tech Solutions presented a 'Networking and the Cloud' workshop June 21 at the GJCP.


  • CPS Pools & Spas

    The GJCP celebrated the grand opening of CPS Pools & Spas on June 21. CPS is located at 120 Beaver Creek Drive in Ridgeland! CPS has been in business since 1957! Third generation owners Tommy Draughn and Shane Draughn (brothers ) have owned the company since 1997. They opened their second location in Ridgeland for the convenience of their Madison County customers.

     


  • Alpha Graphics

    The GJCP celebrated the re-grand opening of Alpha Graphics located at 115 Metroplex Blvd in Pearl on June 19! Congrats to Ramesh Gajjar who opened the business 3 years ago! Gajjar and his family molved to Pearl 11 years ago! 'This business fits my personality because I'm constantly on the move,' Gajjar said. At the grand opening, Alpha Graphics donated $500 to Pearl Senior Services.

     


  • Membership Campaign Party

    A party at Sal & Mookies was held June 14 to congratulate and announce winners of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership’s 2012 membership campaign. The campaign which kicked off in early May brought in a grand total of 117 new members!

     


  • Friday Forum with Nina Holbrook

    Nina Holbrook, Executive Director of The Hwy 80 Coalition, spoke at the Friday Forum on June 15 at the Koinonia Coffee House.

     


  • Friday Forum with C.J. Rhodes

    Mr. C.J. Rhodes, Pastor of Mount Helm Baptist Church, spoke about his new book June 8 at Friday Forum.

    Rhodes wrote 'Thy Kingdom Come: Reflections on Pastoral and Prophetic Ministry.'

    “I love books, I don’t spend money on much, but when I go to a bookstore I tend to splurge,” he said. “But I didn’t see certain books by certain people and that is what prompted me to write the book.” 

    His book focuses on what does it means to be a leader in these times and was written for everybody. 

    “How do we coexist peacefully and hopefully this will engage us in deeper conversation that will not only affect Jackson but the Nation,” he said. 

    “What do we need to do here and now to make the world a better place and think out of the box.'

     Rhodes told the community forum, “Clearly we have do more than preaching the gospel, you must apply it. 

    “We need to preach and live the gospel, let go of our idols and we need to have a revival and reform in the church.” 

    Go to http://www.godzchildproductions.net/b062-tkc.html to purchase the book.

     


  • Irby Ribbon Cutting

    A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for Irby on June 7 for its new facility at 815 S. President St. Irby, which began with a single branch in Jackson in 1926, now has 50 branches in 21 states and with clients in the commercial, contractor, industrial and utility markets. The GJCP and the Jackson Chamber of Commerce congratulates Irby!!


  • Ambassadors Luncheon - June

    The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership Ambassadors met June 7 at the Capitol Club of Jackson for the June meeting. Ouida Watson was named Ambassador of the Month of March; Pat Ladnier was named Ambassador of the Month of April; and Vanda Crowe was named Ambassador of the Month of May. The Ambassador of the Month is sponsored by Sponsored by Bravo! – Broadstreet – Sal & Mookie’s!!


  • Quickbooks Workshop

    The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership hosted a workshop on QuickBooks on June 6 for chamber members. James Wright, QuickBooks ProAdvisor, from Haddox, Reid, Burkes, & Calhoun, PLLC, presented the workshop that explained QuickBooks and how it benefits your business.


  • McAlister’s celebrates Grand Re-Opening of Maywood Restaurant

    The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership celebrated the grand re-opening of the McAlister’s Deli Maywood location today (June 5) with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The celebration will continue all day today (10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.) at the 1240 East Northside Drive location.  

    The design features a new color palate, artwork and seating, as well as new lighting, fixtures and exterior improvements. 

    “We have to keep up with the times,” said area director Wally Deer. “We are known for being cozy and we wanted to spice it up. We are based here in Ridgeland and it is important to test here. This is our second renovation in the metro area.” 

    The Maywood store opened in 2000. “We are excited about reinvesting in Jackson,” Deer said. 

    Today McAlister’s will also be hosting a dog food drive on behalf of Community Animal Rescue & Adoption, Inc. (CARA).  Guests who donate a bag of dry dog food will receive a voucher for a complimentary meal valid for their next visit, redeemable at the Maywood location.

     


  • Friday Forum with Eric Stringfellow

    Eric Stringfellow, Consultant, Jackson Public School spoke at Friday Forum today about the  Rezoning the Jackson Public Schools. He said he can't think of anything more important to our school system and that everything really starts and ends with our school system.


  • Friday Forum with Ronnie Agnew

    In the nine months Ronnie Agnew has been the executive director of Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB), the experience has been eye opening, he told Friday Forum attendees May 25 at the Koinonia Coffee House. 


    Agnew said he took the job because it was time for him to make the transition from talking about the problems to coming up with solutions.


    Agnew had previously served as executive editor of The Clarion-Ledger for nine years before joining MPB. His was in the newspaper business for a total of 27 years.


    According to Agnew, newspapers have yet to create a business model to support the future.


    “We are in an information explosion,” he said. “The question as to how newspapers will keep up with this explosion is still being formulated.” 


    Today as MPB’s executive director, Agnew makes sure funding is in place to keep the organization in business.


    Last year, Gov. Haley Barbour proposed a five year phase out of public broadcasting,
    Agnew said.


    'We don’t have demographics to support that,” he said.


    Currently MPB receives level funding from the state in the amount of $7 million, $2 million from Congress and $1 million from public support.

    “Every year, we are on the chopping block,” Agnew said. “Mitt Romney even said ‘Big Bird is going to have to find a way to support himself.’”


    Agnew asks, “Should Congress be in the business? Even if you eliminated the funding, it would be nothing for the national deficit. Who is going to fill that void if MPB goes away?”


    Currently there are no other television stations that focus on education, according to Agnew.


    “Discovery and the History Channel were great at first,” Agnew said. “But today those stations, instead of going after education, they are now going after ratings.”


    Agnew said the listeners of MPB are college educated people who want a little more. Currently there are 12 million listeners of NPR’s morning show compared to the NBC Today Show which has approximately six million viewers.


    A recent study of 1,500 people showed the ones with the highest IQs were NPR listeners.


    “We are encouraged by these national statistics,” Agnew said.  


    Locally, Agnew says MPB is focusing on the educational, long form of journalism.


    “We just finished a series on teen pregnancy,” Agnew said.


    Contrary to what people may think, Agnew said the stories he likes most are the stories involving triumph.


    MPB’s 15-person Education Department also is an important part of the company, according to Agnew.


    “Forty percent of kids who start school in Mississippi in the first grade do not graduate,” he said. “I need to be a part of the solution. I can make a difference.”


    Between working in the Delta, Mississippi Gulf Coast, Hattiesburg and Jackson, Agnew said his skill is that he knows the people of Mississippi. “I was exposed to every part of the state and I believe it helped me in the newspaper and I believe it is helping me at MPB.”


    Agnew told attendees that he wants to continue to help people.


    “I was on the path to New York Times and God said no. I came back to Mississippi. I didn’t know why at the time. I do now.”


  • GJCP Board of Directors

    The GJCP Board of Directors met May 23 at the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership.

     


  • WIN Luncheon with Gail Pittman

    Gail Pittman was the speaker at the May WIN Meeting at the Capital Club on May 22. Gail Pittman, founder of Gail Pittman, Inc. has inspired many through her creative custom designed ceramic tableware and home accessories. Pittman’s business was founded in 1979 when she left full-time teaching to stay at home with her children and her kitchen table was her studio. What began as a hobby grew into a multi-million dollar operations. Pittman designs and provides custom dinnerware for high end restaurants, resorts and casinos across the county. In 2008, Pittman announced plans to exit direct manufacturing and focus on design and licensing. She continues to design and to serve as a motivational speaker to encourage entrepreneurship and creativity for women. Gail is very active in the Greater Jackson community, serving on numerous boards of directors, including the Greater Jackson Chamber. Gail and her husband John reside in Ridgeland, MS and are active members of FBC Jackson.

    WIN is a professional network group that advocates and encourages women to take advantage of the many opportunities available to today’s professional woman.

     


  • GJCP Membership Luncheon with Congressman Bennie Thompson

    Congressman Bennie Thompson spoke to more than 90 people at the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership Membership Luncheon May 21.


  • Museum to Market Trail Clean Up Day

    Volunteers participated in the Museum to Market Trail Clean Up Day on May 20! The Jackson Bike Advocates, Bike Walk Mississippi, the Greater Jackson Partnership and the Jackson Chamber of Commerce have been a leading force in pushing forward with the creation of the city of Jackson's first multi-purpose biking and walking trail. The Museum to Market Trail is currently an abandoned railroad line which runs from Downtown Farmer's Market to the Museums on Lakeland Drive (Agricultural, Children's, Nature Science & Sports Museums). When finished, this trail will allow you to ride your bicycle or walk/run through Belhaven & Belhaven Heights all the way to the downtown Farmer's Market & Fairgrounds.

     


  • Lee Elementary Field Day

    The Jackson Chamber of Commerce's Adopted School Lee Elementary held its Field Day May 18. Jackson Chamber helped provide volunteers for the event.

     


  • Friday Forum with Chip Reno

    Chip Reno, the Founding Partner of The Talon Group, LLC (A Lobbying & Consulting Firm), gave an update on the 2012 Legislative Session at Friday Forum on May 18.

     


  • LGJ Class of 2012 Graduation

    The 2011/2012 Class of Leadership Greater Jackson graduated May 17 at the South in Downtown Jackson. This is the 25th graduating class! Congrats to the graduates!

     


  • Jackson Showboats Grand Opening

    The GJCP and the Jackson Chamber of Commerce celebrated the grand opening of the Jackson Showboats, a semi pro basketball team, May 17. This is Jackson's New Pro ABA Basketball Team which will begin in Fall 2012. Their mission is beyond the basketball court, by taking an active role in helping the community live a more active lifestyle.

     


  • Friday Forum with Leneice Davis

    Leniece T. Davis, Assistant Professor/Department of Political Science of Jackson State University, spoke at the Friday Forum May 11. Her presentation was about “The Present & Future State of Black Politics”. 

     


  • Leads combine for meeting May 1

    LG1, LG2, and LG3 combined for a joint Leads Group meeting on May 1, 2012 at the Hilton Jackson Penthouse.  More than 45 people were in attendance for a morning filled with great networking. Please contact Niki Carr Lowery for more information regarding joining LG2 or LG3.

     


  • Chairman's Round Table

    Level investors of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership participated May 9t in a Chairman's Round Table discussion with GJCP 2012 Chairman Mayo Flynt and GJCP President Duane O'Neill.

     


  • LGJ Class 2011/2012 Final Retreat

    The Leadership Greater Jackson Class met on May 4 for their final retreat at Jackson State University. The 2011/2012 Class raised more than $50,000 for their service projects!

     


  • Friday Forum with Dallas Quinn

    Dallas Quinn of John McGowan Partners spoke about the “One Lake Project” at the Friday Forum on May 4.

     


  • 2012 Membership Campaign

    More than 50 chamber volunteers helped kick off the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership’s 2012 membership campaign this morning at the chamber office in Downtown Jackson. 

    With 86,400 seconds in a day, the volunteers are excited about recruiting more members to invest in our community through the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership.


    The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership is the leading economic and community development organization in Mississippi’s Capital Community.


    “While the main focus of the Partnership is the metro area, we also look at the bigger picture by focusing on economic development and encompassing many more counties in the state,” said GJCP President Duane O’Neill.  “This organization drives economic development and we are the forefront of the business community.


    “We want every person in the community to realize that they can benefit greatly from being a member of the Partnership.”


    The 2012 campaign will run from May 2 – 24. More than 130 volunteers have made a commitment to secure two members each.  


    “We could not run a campaign without the assistance of these key people in our organization and we look forward to celebrating great success at a celebration event in early June,” said Debi Green, Executive Director of Membership. 


    The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership is offering several incentives for members to join during May, including discounts from several chamber members, an extended listing in the Clarion Ledger on our chamber page, your business featured on our website,Facebook and Twitter, your company logo in placed in our E-newsletter, in addition to a $300 ad voucher from the Clarion Ledger to use for advertising for your company. 


  • The Advocacy Center at the MC School of Law

    The GJCP and the Jackson Chamber of Commerce celebrated the grand opening of the Advocacy Center at the Mississippi College School of Law on April 27.

     


  • St. Dominic Behavioral Health Services

    The GJCP celebrated the grand opening of St. Dominic Behavioral Health Services' new facility on April 27. The facility is located on 969 Lakeland Drive in Jackson at St. Dominic North Campus (behind Jackson Heart).

     


  • April WIN Luncheon

    Massage Envy Spa/KoKo Fit Club was our guest speaker on April 24th. Page Farris poke to members on health & fitness.

    WIN is a professional network group that advocates and encourages women to take advantage of the many opportunities available to today’s professional woman. A Special thanks to our Sponsor -ChamberPlus!

  • E-Waste Day

    Business E-Waste Day took place on April 20 at the MS Farmer’s Market in Jackson. Greater Jackson area residents and businesses brought unwanted electronics to the site. Thanks to all the volunteers including Reese Yontz, Trent Jones, Charlie Bock, Megan Rupp, Mike Dickson, Pete O'Bannon, Tim Earley, Greg Eiler, Roderick Thomas, Dennis Jones, Jennifer Milner, John David Burns and Jennifer Turner! Also a special thank to the following organizations that made E-Waste Day possible - the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, Advantage Recycling, Waste Management, MS Department of Environmental Quality, Keep Mississippi Beautiful, Keep Jackson Beautiful, MS Department of Transportation, and the City of Jackson. The next E-Waste Day will be in October!

     


  • Digital Systems, Inc.

    Congrats to Mike and Tanya McRee, owners of Digital Systems, on their ribbon cutting on April 18! The GJCP wishes you the best!! The McRees and their team are experts at home theater, sound systems and home automation systems.Their mission is a commitment to excellent customer service and quality audio video systems, home entertainment and smart home systems. They are located at 221 Sunnybrook Rd. in Ridgeland.

     


  • Team Blackburn

    The Leadership Greater Jackson Team Blackburn has partnered with Blackburn Middle School in creating a health program focusing on students' physical, mental and emotional health. The program is named (Jaguars About Getting in Shape) JAGS NOW!

    Today (April 12) the team has brought in Chef Whitney Miller, first winner of FOX’s “Masterchef” and author of 'Modern Hospitality Simple Recipes with Southern Charm' (Rodale, 2011) is the featured guest along with locally celebrated Art Institute of Atlanta graduate, Parlor Market Chef, Enrika Williams.

    These accomplished chefs are spending the day teaching the students through interactive cooking demonstrations how healthy cooking and eating can be fun and, most importantly, tasty.

    The JAGS NOW! program has emphasized a comprehensive approach to a healthy lifestyle to students exclusively at Blackburn Middle School through a series of events during the spring semester. Monthly activities included a health rally, workshops about bullying and respecting differences as well as optical and auditory wellbeing.


  • Jackson Square Promenade

    The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership and the Jackson Chamber of Commerce celebrated the grand opening of the Jackson Square Promenade located at 2460 Terry Road in Jackson on April 6!


  • MS Business Expo Business After Hours

    MS Business Expo BUSINESS AFTER HOURS was held April 5 at the Ms Trademart. The event was sponsored by BCI and featured metro area restaurants and music by Chris Gill and the Sole Shakers!

     


  • 2012 'Tee it Up'

    The GJCP & GJA's 2012 Golf Invitational 'Tee it Up' was April 2 at the Annandale Golf Club. Thanks to BankPlus for sponsoring the event!

     


  • Be Active Mississippi (BAM)

    More than 300 people attended B.A.M. on Saturday, March 31. UMHC and St. Dominic offered free health screenings and Envision Eye Care offered free vision tests. Thirty-eight tables were filled with vendors offering information and services and interactive games


  • Friday Forum with Thea Faulkner

    Thea Faulkner, Director of Parents Leadership Institute, Parents For Public School spoke March 30 at Koinonia Coffee House for Jackson Chamber's Friday Forum. She spoke about the institute which teaches parents to work for better schools.


  • Nicole's Backers

    The ChamberPlus/Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership team supported Nicole McNamee in the Paul Lacoste Fit4Change 5K March 29. The Chamber is extremely proud of Nicole who finished the three month training course with Paul Lacoste! Congrats!

     


  • March YP Alliance Luncheon

    Dr. Clay Hays, Jackson Heart Clinic; David Pharr, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP; Melody Moody, Bike Walk Mississippi discussed the Museum to Market multi-purpose trail at the March YP Alliance Luncheon March 27.

     


  • Rosetta's Custom Jewelry & Accessories

    The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership celebrated the grand opening of Rosetta's Custom Jewelry & Accessories on March 29. The store is located at 311 Clinton Blvd in Clinton. Congrats to owner Phylicia Cotton! Phylicia Cotton is 21 years old and a graduate of Provine High School. She is currently a student at Hinds Community College where her major is Business Administration

     


  • March WIN Meeting with Darrell Wilson

    Darrell Wilson, Freelance Fashion Stylist, spoke to a crowded room at Julep Restaurant March 27 at the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership's March WIN Meeting. Darrell was accompanied by his “repair team” – which included Suzanne Moak of Smoak Salon and Shannon Fielder, a freelance make-up artist. Darrell and his team spoke to attendees about wardrobe “Do’s & Don’ts” of fashion, hair and make-up. A special thanks to Highland Village for sponsoring the event.

     


  • COFO Civil Rigths Education Center

    Freedom March Marks the Grand Opening of COFO Civil Rights Education Center! The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership and the Jackson Chamber of Commerce celebrated the  Grand Opening of the Center March 23 at 1017 John Roy Lynch Street in Jackson.

     


  • Trustmark Jackson Medical Mall Grand Re-Opening

    The GJCP congratulates Trustmark Jackson Medical Mall on its grand re-opening! The address is 302 West Woodrow Wilson Drive in Jackson. Congrats to Branch Manager Angela Harris! She started as a teller at the same branch in 1994 and has come full circle!! The Jackson native is a Provine and Belhaven University graduate!

     


  • Shuntel's Boutique Grand Opening

    The GJCP & JCC celebrated the grand opening of Shuntel's Boutique located at 5749 Old Canton Road in Jackson March 20! Congrats to Yolanda Gladney, the owner of Shuntel's!!

     


  • Friday Forum with Dr. Jasmin Chapman

    “Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center (JHCHC)is a success story for the nation,” Dr. Jasmin Chapman, CEO of the center, said to attendees at the Jackson Chamber of Commerce’s Friday Forum at Koinonia Coffee House March 16.

    Dr. Jasmin Chapman became the JHCHC Chief Executive Officer in 1999.

    Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center is the largest provider of primary health care services to the uninsured and under-served in Central Mississippi.

     


  • Volkert, Inc

    The GJCP celebrated the Grand Opening/Open House of Volkert, Inc located at 111 E. Capitol Street, Suite 270-B, in Jackson on Monday, March 12.

     


  • Bk2NatuR

    The GJCP celebrated the grand opening of Bk2NatuR Handmade Soaps & Crafts located at 210 E. Capitol Street, Ste. M114, in Jackson at Regions Plaza on March 6.

    Owner Janis Jordan creates all soaps, wash cloths and lip balms out of essential oils and
    herbs. There are no fragrance oils. These are all vegan based products. It's a healthy version of natural soap. The former web designer decided to turn her hobby into a business and opened the store in the Region's Plaza. Congrats to Janis!

     


  • U.S. Airways

    The ribbon cutting for the inaugural flight of US Airways service from Mississippi’s Capital to the Nation’s Capital was held March 5 at Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. A luncheon was held at the Capitol Club that afternoon to ask business leaders for support of a permanent flight to Washington D.C.

     


  • Read Across America at Lee Elementary

    On March 2, the teachers and education support professionals of Lee Elementary & The Jackson Chamber of Commerce participated in the nation's largest reading celebration--the National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America Day.

     


  • March Business After Hours

    The GJCP celebrated the Grand Opening of Medicomp Jackson Physical Therapy located at 1054 Greymont in Jackson on March 1. The March Business After Hours was held at Medicomp after the Ribbon Cutting! Congrats Medicomp!


  • Healthcare Stakeholders Meeting

    The GJCP's Health Care Stakeholders Meeting was held Feb. 29 at the Capital Club. Attendees heard an update on the Healthcare Corridor. Duane O'Neill also spoke of the economic impact the healthcare industry has on the community. Thanks to all who attended!



  • February WIN Luncheon with Amy Head


  • Tuxedo Juntion

    The GJCP, the Flowood Chamber, the Rankin County Chamber of Commerce and the Clinton Chamber of Commerce celebrated the grand opening of Tuxedo Junction located at 153 Ridge Way, Suite B, in Flowood, on February 28. Tuxedo Junction is now located in three counties in the metro area! They have been in business for 34 years and have participated in 25,000 weddings!! Congrats Tuxedo Junction on your new location!

  • October Business After Hours

    Thanks to all who attended the October Business After Hours at the MS Agriculture and Forestry Museum on Oct. 4!


  • Bulldog Bistro

    Leadership Greater Jackson Class 2011/2012 Team Barr kicked off Bulldog Bistro at Barr Elementary School Feb. 24.

    The event included Physical Fitness, Fruit Smoothies, Mobile Kitchen & Lots of Fun!


  • Genghis Mongolian Grill

    The groundbreaking ceremony of Genghis Mongolian Grill was held Feb. 24. The new restaurant, which will be the frist one in the state, will be located behind Cheddars in Flowood. Charles and Brenda Breunig are the owners! Congrats to the Breunigs!


  • Godwin's 75th Anniversary

     

    GodwinGroup, Mississippi’s largest and oldest integrated marketing, advertising, and digital communications firm, celebrated its 75th anniversary with an open house attended by more than 300 people at the agency’s recently renovated headquarters in One Jackson Place.


  • February Business After Hours

    The GJCP held the February Business After Hours Feb. 23 at Top it Off! Thank you Top it Off for hosting the event!


  • Medicomp Flowood

    The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership celebrated the Grand Opening of Medicomp Flowood Physical Therapy located at 690 Liberty Drive in Flowood (located inside the Flowood YMCA) on Feb. 23.


  • 2012 Metro Teacher Recognition Luncheon

    Twelve metro teachers were recognized at the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership’s 17th Annual Metro Teacher Recognition Luncheon February 16 at the Old Capitol Inn. Tommy Darnell of Bancorp South and Emcee Jeff Good of Bravo! Broadstreet & Sal and Mookies and Susan Hart of Sylvan Learning Center spoke at the event. Mayo Flynt, 2012 Chairman of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership Board of Directors and Tommy Darnell gave out awards to the teachers.


  • Whole Foods Ground Breaking

    The GJCP and the Jackson Chamber of Commerce celebrated the Whole Foods Ground Breaking on Nov. 8!


  • Just A Touch & Resumes, Letters & More

    The GJCP and the Jackson Chamber celebrated a joint ribbon cutting for Just A Touch Fragrance and Resumes, Letters & More, located at 2460 Terry Road, Ste G-13, G-14, Jackson on Nov. 2!


  • E-Waste Day

    The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership hosted the metro area’s seventh E-Waste Day on Oct. 26. The Chamber along with MS Department of Environmental Quality, Keep Mississippi Beautiful, Keep Jackson Beautiful, MS Department of Transportation, the City of Jackson, Waste Management, the Ms Farmer’s Market and Magnolia Data Solutions partnered together to make the event possible.

    Magnolia Data Solutions, that collected all the items disposed of that day, reported that collections from the event totaled 17,436 pounds of e-waste! More than 100 people participated in the event and community was excited and relieved to get those items out of their houses and businesses!

    Thanks to crews from MDEQ and Magnolia Data Solutions for all the heavy lifting they did!!

    If you missed E-Waste Day and are interested in participating in another, send your contact information to Tyler Armstrong at tarmstrong@greaterjacksonpartnership.com.


  • SMOAK Salon

    The GJCP and the Jackson Chamber celebrated the ribbon cutting of Smoak Salon located at 622 Duling Ave, Ste. 206 in Jackson on October 23. Congrats to owner Suzanne Moak!


  • Paul Davis Restoration

    The GJCP celebrated with the Flowood Chamber of Commerce, the Rankin County Chamber of Commerce and the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce the ribbon cutting of Paul Davis Restoration of Central MS located at 509 Dexter Drive in Flowood October 17. Congrats to Stacey and Jacqueline Warren!


  • October WIN Meeting with Gwen Colella

    The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership would like to thank Gwen Colella, Owner of Greenbrook Florist, for being our guest speaker at the October 23rd WIN meeting. Gwen showed the audience how to decorate our homes for the fall and holiday season.


  • Trustmark Lobby Express Cafe

    The GJCP and the Jackson Chamber celebrated the ribbon cutting of Trustmark Lobby Express Cafe on Oct. 17! Trustmark Lobby Express is located at 148 E. Capital Street in Jackson!! A great place to get some coffee, gifts and food while your downtown!! Congrats to the new Lobby Express Cafe!!


  • Golf-A-Palooza

    The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership's First Golf-A-Palooza was Oct. 15 at the Country Club of Jackson! The Golf-A-Palooza included a shamble for the experienced golfers and golf lessons for the wannabe golfers! Players also stayed for the after party for networking, food and drink! Thanks to all who attended, volunteered and sponsored this tournament! Congrats to first place winners Rankin First; Second Place - MHA Solutions; and third place - BankPlus!!


  • October Business After Hours


  • Vision 2022

    The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership unveiled the Vision 2022/One Voice 10-year long range economic plan for the region Oct. 9 at the Trustmark Meeting Room of the Jackson Convention Center.


  • Rankin County Legislative Lunch

    In preparation for the 2013 legislative session, the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership and all chambers in the three county metro are joining together to host Legislative Planning Luncheons in each county.Rankin County's discussion was held Sept. 25at the University of Phoenix. Thanks to all who attended!


  • September WIN Meeting: Monique Davis

    Monique Davis, co-owner of Lumpkins BBQ, enlightened the September 25th WIN Meeting in the art of belly dancing. 


  • Paula Stewart, DMD & Associates Ribbon Cutting

    The GJCP and the Jackson Chamber celebrated the ribbon cutting and new location of Dr. Paula Stewart, DMD & Associates Family Dental Center on Sept. 20. The location is 4500 I-55 North Highland Village Ste 235, Jackson. Congrats to Dr. Stewart and her staff!


  • Hinds County Legislation

    In preparation for the 2013 legislative session, the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership and all chambers in the three county metro are joining together to host Legislative Planning Luncheons in each county. Hinds County's discussion was held Sept. 18 at the South. Thanks to all who attended.


  • Jackson Showboats Business After Hours

    The GJCP and the Jackson Showboats Business After Hours Family Friendly Event was Sept. 13 at the Jackson Zoo


  • Madison County Legislative Planning Luncheon

    In preparation for the 2013 legislative session, the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership
    and all chambers in the three county metro are joining together to host Legislative Planning
    Luncheons in each county. Madison County was Sept. 11 at Plantation Commons. Thanks to all who attended!

     


  • Welcome to 2012/2013 Class of Leadership Greater Jackson

    The Leadership Greater Jackson Board of Trustees and the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership Board of Directors are proud to present the 26th class of Leadership Greater Jackson. Established in 1987, Leadership Greater Jackson is sponsored by the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership. The program sees to identify and prepare the community’s future leadership. The objective is to build and maintain a network of current and merging leaders who possess the skills and the sense of commitment to improve the community.
    The members of the 2012-2013 Class of Leadership Greater Jackson have been selected on the basis of past leadership involvement and their potential for future contributions. They all share a sense of obligation and a sense of a community for a better tomorrow than today. We congratulate the new class, and offer our support and best wishes for a successful year!

     


  • LGJ Fall Retreat

    The Leadership Greater Jackson Board of Trustees, Alumni and Duane O'Neill, President of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, welcomed the new 2012/2013 Class of Leadership Greater Jackson on Sept. 7 at St. James Episcopal Church. They welcomed the new class before seeing them off to Memphis for their fall retreat where they will learn about leadership development.

     


  • Healthy Cooking Demo

    The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership staff participated in a healthy cooking demo as part of their Healthy Workplace Initiative presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi. On September 6, Brittany Simmons, dietitian, Jessica Lynch and Lydia Moore with Blue Cross demonstrated health ydishes and how to prepare them. Staff enjoyed a healthy lunch and recipes on how to prepare the meal


  • Skinny's Northeast Nutrition

    The GJCP and the Jackson Chamber celebrated the grand opening of Skinny’s Northeast Nutrition on Sept. 5. Skinny's is located at 1491 Canton Mart Road Ste 15 in Jackson. Congrats to Skinny's!!!

     


  • Wasabi Sushi and Bar Grand Opening

    The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership and the Jackson Chamber of Commerce celebrated the grand opening of Wasabi Sushi And Bar located at 100 East Capital Street, Ste. 105, in JACKSON on Aug. 30! Congrats to Wasabi!

     


  • 939.com Ribbon Cutting

    The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership and the Jackson Chamber of Commerce celebrated the ribbon cutting of ROCK 939.com Aug. 30 in The Fondren Corner Building! Congrats!

     


  • Coach Don Meyer Leadership Tour

    “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift that is why we call it the present,” Coach Don Meyer told a crowded room of students and business leaders Aug. 28 at Jackson Preparatory School.
     

    He made Jackson a stop during his Servant Leadership Tour. The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership sponsored the event at Jackson Prep.

     

    Upon his retirement in 2010, Meyer was the winningest coach in any division in NCAA history. He continues at Northern State University in the role of Regents Distinguished Professor and Assistant to the President.

     

    “You can have anything you want, but you can’t have everything you want,” he said.

     

    “Mistakes are your friend if you use them wisely,” he said. “Once you recognize your mistake, admit it, stand tall and take the heat; learn from your mistakes; forget the mistake and don’t take the mistake with you.”

     

    Meyer told his personal inspiring story to educate those who attended this seminar. Following a serious car accident and inoperable cancer diagnosis Meyer has since received national recognition in various national media outlets - Sports Illustrated, ESPN, FOX Sports, National Public Radio, Associated Press, CBS News just to name a few. In 2010, he was named the winner of the Jimmy V. Perseverance award at the ESPN ESPY's - Meyer used his national spotlight to again promote the community he calls home - Northern State University and Aberdeen, SD. That same year Meyer was recognized at the NCAA Final Four.

     

    “When something happens to you, don’t say, ‘Why me? Say what’s next?’”

     

    Meyer encouraged business leaders to whisper criticism and yell praise. “Keep criticism constructive.  If you have low expectations, then you will have no disappointments.”

     

    He also encouraged leaders to work as a team because you’ll be more successful in life.

     

    “Keep your mouth shut and listen,” he said.  “Be slow to anger.”

     

    According to Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership President Duane O’Neill, Coach Meyer is truly a national treasure. 

     

    “Everyone attending the workshop left with a clear understanding of ‘Servant Leadership’ and an enhanced desire to live out the attributes of that type of life,” O’Neill said.


  • August WIN Meeting at Viking School

    Viking Cooking School Manager Chef Matt Sheeter demonstrated his culinart arts to WIN participants at the August meeting on Aug. 28.

     


  • Friday Tuna Grand Opening

    The GJCP celebrated the Grand Opening of Friday Tuna located at 6390 Ridgewood Road in Jackson on August 23!

     


  • Leadership Greater Jackson 2012/2013

    The new 2012/2013 class of Leadership Greater Jackson met at the GJCP for orientation Aug. 23.

     


  • Tailgate Business After Hours at the Hilton

    The Tri County Chambers of Commerce Tailgate Business After Hours was hosted by the Hilton Jackson on Aug. 14.

     


  • LGJ Board of Trustees Retreat

    The Leadership Greater Jackson Board of Trustees annual retreat was held Aug. 7 at the Capital Club in Downtown Jackson. 

     


  • Lil's LLC Grand Opening

    The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership and the Jackson Chamber of Commerce celebrated the grand opening of Lil's LLC located at 430 Bounds St Suite T in Jackson on August 6. Congrats to Owner Lillie Naylor and her business which specializes in Beautiful and Affordable Fashion jewelry and Accessories.

     


  • Tamale Fest Kick Off Media/Sponsor Party

    The Southern Crossroads Music & Tamale Fest hosted a Tamale Fest Kick Off Media/Sponsor Party at Jackson Hilton's Huntington Grill July 31. The Tamale Fest will be Aug. 10,11 inside the Mississippi Coliseum. This is the first annual music festival which will include a combination of World Class Music with Posh Hospitality, in an unparalleled traditional setting, that will ultimately set SCMTF apart from any other music festivals.

     


  • Green Oak Florist

    The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership joined the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce, Madison the City Chamber of Commerce and the Madison County Chamber of Commerce at the grand opening of Green Oak Nursery July 31. Green Oak Nursery is located at 1067 Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland!Congrats to Owners Karen and Maur McKie!

     


  • Kirkland Hair Studio

    The GJCP & the JCC celebrated the ribbon cutting of the Kirkland Hair Studio on July 24. The Kirkland Hair Studio is located at 100 E. Capitol Street, Suite 100, Jackson. Congrats to owners Jim & Lisa McFadden!

     


  • True South Classic

    The 2012 True South Classic was held at the Annandale Golf Club July 16-July 22! Thanks to the volunteers!


  • Dress for Success

    The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership and the Jackson Chamber of Commerce celebrated the 10 year anniversary and ribbon cutting of Dress for Success Metro Jackson located at 350 W. Woodrow Wilson Avenue, Suite 3410 in Jackson on July 19. The mission of Dress for Success Metro Jackson is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
    Congrats to Executive Director Pat Chambliss!

     


  • Friday Forum with Operation Understanding

    The Friday Forum speakers on July 13 were students from Operation Understanding, an inspiring group of highschool students from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The mission of Operation Understanding is to develop a group of young African American and Jewish high school leaders knowledgeable about each other’s histories and cultures to effectively lead the communities of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to a greater understanding of diversity and acceptance.

     


  • Dress for Success

    The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership and the Jackson Chamber of Commerce celebrated the 10 year anniversary and ribbon cutting of Dress for Success Metro Jackson located at 350 W. Woodrow Wilson Avenue, Suite 3410 in Jackson on July 19. The mission of Dress for Success Metro Jackson is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
    Congrats to Executive Director Pat Chambliss!



  • Germantown Wine & Spirits

    The GJCP celebrated the grand opening of Germantown Wine & Spirits on July 12. Germantown Wine & Spirits is located at 101 Lexington Drive in Madison. Congrats to owner Matt Armstrong!!

     


  • Ribbon Cuttings/ Grand Openings


  • 2011 Annual Meeting

    The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership’s 2011 Annual Meeting was held at the Jackson Convention Complex Jan. 25, 2012. 

    The event featured Governor Phil Bryant and Mac Holladay, president of Market Street Consultants out of Atlanta. Holladay gave members an update on the development of the metro area's 10-year Long-Range Community Plan. The 10-year plan is a living document that will be updated regularly to adapt with a growing community.


  • 2012 Heart Beats of Jackson

    Thank you to all the participants for another successful HeartBeats of Jackson event! On Saturday, January 21, 2012 380 patients received a free cardiovascular screening valued at $1,500 that included an EKG, ankle brachial index, echocardiogram, lipid panel, and physician consultation. 

    This event was created to provide a wealth of information, needed services, and healthcare opportunities for individuals that are ready to take charge of their own health! We are proud to report that in just three short years this event touch over 1,000 lives in the greater Jackson area and our healthcare providers performed tests costing approximately $1,708,500.

    Special thanks to our presenting sponsors: Baptist Cardiovascular Services, Central Mississippi Medical Center, Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, Jackson Heart Foundation, St. Dominic's Mississippi Heart Institute, and University Heart.


  • 2012 Ms Blues Marathon

    The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership would like to thank the volunteers for the MS Blues Marathon!