Pictured: Stacie Zorn and Tristan Armer of Heidelberg Steinberger, P.A., who will present for the May Summer Learning Series.
Small businesses have many opportunities to grow their business through Small Business Summer with the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. The 10th Anniversary ANCHOR Awards will be held on August 8th. Applications for $2,500 Small Business Grants are due on September 14th by 5:00 p.m. The Summer Learning Series starts in May and continues monthly through August with topics relevant to small business owners and employees. All new members of the Chamber who join between May 1st and August 31st are additionally in a drawing for a $1,250 Small Business Grant (subject to approval). These opportunities are available to members of the Chamber, and membership is available to all businesses, non-profits, individuals and retirees.
The first free seminar for the Summer Learning Series will be on Thursday, May 17th, at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce (720 Krebs Avenue in Pascagoula) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees should bring their lunch. Please call the Chamber at 228-762-3391 or email email@example.com to register. This is free to active Chamber members, and there is a $25 charge for non-members.
The Summer Learning Series seminar on May 17th will be on “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace and Legal Issues for Your Business” presented by Stacie Zorn and Tristan Armer of Heidelberg Steinberger, P.A. Ms. Zorn will provide a candid discussion about sexual harassment in the workplace, including advice for investigating, preventing and eliminating the conduct. Mr. Armer will discuss Mississippi’s law on drug testing employees and also discuss the legal trends regarding testing for marijuana in the workplace.
The other Summer Learning Series seminars will also be held from 11:30 to 1 p.m. at the Chamber. The topics and dates are the following: June 21 – “Accounting for Small Business” by Jason S. Keenum, CPA; July 19 – “Digital Marketing” by Chart Local; August 16 – “E-Commerce for Your Business” by Mississippi State University Extension Service. These are free for Chamber members, and there is a $25 fee per seminar for non-members. Attendees should bring their lunch and register through the Chamber.
The ANCHOR Awards was created to honor, reward and celebrate the achievements of outstanding small businesses and non-profit organizations in the community. The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber’s Small Business Issue Manager Group recognize that small businesses and non-profit organizations are the “anchors” that make the community successful. Applications for the ANCHOR Awards are due on June 22nd and are open for the following nomination categories:
- Rookie Business of the Year Award
Company has been in business more than one year but less than three years (with under 200 employees).
- Small Business of the Year Award Category 1
Company has 50 or fewer employees
- Small Business of the Year Award Category 2
Company has 51 to 200 employees
- Non-Profit Organization
An entity with IRS Section ‘501(c)(3)’ status
The ANCHOR Awards program will be held on Wednesday, August 8th, at 7:30 a.m. at Pelican Landing Conference Center in Moss Point. Tickets are $30 each, and Gold and Silver level sponsorships are available. Contact Linda Johnson at JohnsonL@jcchamber.com or 228-762-3391 about sponsorship opportunities.
The $2,500 Small Business Grant application is due on September 14th at 5:00 p.m. The applications are available to businesses and non-profits that are members of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce with under 50 employees. The grants will be awarded at the Annual Chamber Membership Meeting on October 9, 2018. The grants can be used for the following: marketing materials (including websites), storefront and/or customer area improvements and display for merchandise.
The Chamber is here to support community and business development within Jackson County. Opportunities such as this are available exclusively to members of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. Small businesses make up nearly 85 percent of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce membership. The Chamber is always here to support community and small business development within Jackson County.
Anyone interested in learning more about Small Business Summer or joining the Chamber should contact the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce at 228-762-3391 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is available on www.jcchamber.com and the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce business page on Facebook.