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Vision

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, commonly known as Coast Chamber, shall be the premier organization that dynamically promotes the distinctive interest of our member business community.

Mission

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Inc. shall be representative of the community at large and will strive to:

1. Improve the economic and social welfare of our people;

2. Fully realize our potential leadership;

3. Promote business, industrial, and military development;

4. Promote tourism and the betterment of our Gulf Coast Region;

5. Promote free enterprise and meet the needs and demands of the Gulf Coast Region; and

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Our Chamber means business and more $$$ For You!

Free Business Journal Subscription

Your Chamber membership entitles you to a free subscription to The Journal of South Mississippi Business, the monthly magazine of area business. The Journal includes the Chamber calendar and reports on all chambers and economic development organizations from Hattiesburg to the Mississippi Coast. This $24 value is exclusive to active Chamber members.

Business Expo

The Business Expo is held annually and the public is welcome. The event provides an opportunity for members to present their businesses to South Mississippi as well as networking and educational opportunities. The Sun Herald’s annual "Top Community Leaders" and "Top Business Leaders Under 40" awards are presented at the Business Expo, as are the Harrison County Development Commission’s Top Business Awards.

Lifestyles 50+ Expo

This Expo focuses on the mature market and is open to the public. The event provides an opportunity for businesses to present their goods and services to area residents and the many "snowbirds" who make the coast their home during the winter months.

Annual Meeting

An annual luncheon is held each January to celebrate achievements, to look ahead to challenges and to honor those who have moved the Chamber forward during the past year. The prestigious Pat Santucci Spirit of the Coast award is presented during this event.

Business After Hours

Normally held on the third Thursday of each month, Business After Hours is a great networking tool and a sponsorship opportunity for member businesses to showcase their products and services.

Internet Connection

In addition to providing valuable tourist information, the Chamber’s website, www.mscoastchamber.com, allows members the opportunity to have an Internet presence without the expense of creating their own website. This is a valuable feature for smaller businesses and is also an additional resource for members.

Leadership Gulf Coast

Since its launch in 1988 to offer development opportunities to current and future community leaders, more than 350 people have graduated from this program and have assumed key roles as elected officials, board members and chairpersons of community organizations.

Mailing Labels and Lists

Both mailing lists and labels are available for purchase by Chamber members for a nominal fee. These lists, which can be sorted in a variety of ways upon request, provide members with contacts for networking and business promotions.

Monthly Breakfasts

Monthly breakfasts are held at different locations and feature speakers who discuss important issues of interest to Chamber members. These meetings, as well as other Chamber events, are designed to allow members to meet new contacts; thereby allowing them to promote their business.

The Chamber’s Membership Directory

is distributed to more than 1,200 local businesses. Members and their businesses are listed free of charge and are also entitled to place advertisements promoting their services within the publication. More than just a directory, this valuable resource contains vital area demographics as well as economic development information. Monthly Chamber information is provided in The Journal of South Mississippi Business, and your subscription to this monthly tabloid is provided as part of your Chamber membership. The Sounder is the Chamber’s quarterly newsletter and is a great way to stay abreast of Chamber events and member information. The Sounder also offers a great way to advertise your business, with a flyer insert. This service is available to all members for a nominal charge.

Referral Service

The Chamber responds to thousands of requests for recommendations on virtually every type of product and service. Callers are provided with names of member businesses that can best fulfill their needs. As a Chamber member, your business will profit from this successful avenue of referral.

Relocation Package

The Chamber’s custom tailored relocation package targets the increasing number of businesses interested in relocating to the Coast as well as individuals and families seeking information. Relocation packages are loaded with valuable information about recreation, neighborhoods, entertainment, cultural institutions and more.

Visitor Information Center

The Chamber houses Visitor Information Centers designed to promote Chamber members to residents, tourists and newcomers. Member businesses are encouraged to utilize the display racks in the lobby to display information and material promoting their businesses.

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