Washington County, Mississippi Economic Alliance

Weekly Email Blitz

Welcome to Washington County Economic Alliance weekly e-mail blitz! 


All chamber members are eligible to advertise in our weekly email blitz.  There are several ways to get your message out to over 400 businesses and community leaders using this member service.  Beyond the free basic heading, for a small fee your business can be the sponsor of the weekly blitz. Contact Chamber Director, Debra Wintory, at dwintory@wceams.com for pricing. Keep to date on all Washington County Economic Alliance events by following us on facebook and twitter:  Like us on Facebook l Follow us on Twitter. 


Upcoming Events:


March 7

United Way Annual Meeting, 12:00 pm

Join us for the United Way of Washington County (UWWC) Annual Meeting at the St. Joseph Church Parish Hall. This end of the campaign year event takes place at noon.  During the hour, volunteers, donors, sponsors and committee members will be honored and thanked for their commitment to the United Way 2017-2018 Campaign “Give Where You Live.”

Through the presentation, awards will be given to various volunteers who have shown their devotion to the UWWC and the 13 local agencies.  The Peter Watzek Award is given to a volunteer who exhibits leadership, dedication and monetary support of the United Way of Washington County. The James Trimm Traveling Trophy, named after James Trimm from the Leland Public School district who was a faithful volunteer, is given to a business that achieves significant contributions from its workplace campaign.  The John Black/Bob Gramling UWHI Team of the Year, is going to be given to an all-volunteer United Way Housing Initiative team that has gone “above and beyond” their call to duty. For more information, call 662.332.5371.


March 23

Greenville Honors Its Own

Save the date for the Greenville Arts Council's Annual fundraising gala on Friday, March 23rd! It's going to be a fabulous night with eight incredible honorees, delicious food and gorgeous decorations by the Pantry, and a vibrant cocktail hour to kick off the event. All proceeds benefit GAC's mission of celebrating the Delta's rich cultural heritage and supporting and promoting arts education, artists, and arts appreciation.

Event Order:

6:30 - Cocktail hour featuring music by Jazz Persuasion, heavy hors d'oeuvres, open bar

7:30 - Award program begins. Hosted by the MS Arts Commission's Executive Director, Malcolm White

Attire: Black Tie Optional

Tickets and Sponsorship Opportunities:

One reservation: $75

Two reservations: $150

Patron: $200. Includes two reserved seats and patron name listing in event program.

Bronze sponsorship: $500 - $999. Includes listing in media advertising, event program, on site display of sponsorship, and four reserved seats.

Silver sponsorship: $1,000 - $2,499. Includes all bronze sponsorship benefits, name recognition at table, and six reservations.

Gold sponsor: $2,500 - $4,999. Includes all silver sponsor benefits and eight reservations.

Platinum sponsor: $5,000 and up. Includes all gold sponsor benefits and ten reservations.

For reservations or more information, contact the Greenville Arts Council office at 662-332-2246 or email execdirector@greenville-arts-council.com. 





A&A Pharmacy, Greenville’s Full Service Hometown Pharmacy

A & A Pharmacy, your hometown pharmacy is offering you  free delivery service by calling 662.332.0177 or visit them at 2044 Hwy. 1 South.


AFLACs Delta District Office has expanded the opening of sales associate positions within the Greenville/Cleveland/Greenwood and surrounding areas. We are currently seeking 4 candidates to join our team!

Licensed Insurance Agents -- 

$250 Signing Bonus (Qualifications must be met & this is a limited time offer)

-status will be updated once offer has expired-

·   $13,000 Bonus Money in 1st year

·   No collecting premium

·   Chance to go on trip to Jamaica - immediate qualification

·   Lifetime renewals

·   Advancement opportunities in as little as 90 days

Non Licensed Applicants May Apply--

- Licensing Scholarships Available $375 value - (upon requirements completed)

CONTACT US TODAY! Email Resume to: amanda_manseill@us.aflac.com. Call to schedule interview @ 662.771.4073.  New Year, New You, New Opportunity! 


Allstate Benefits is ranked #1 in core product lines by LIMRA

Allstate Benefits is pleased to announce we were once again ranked #1 by LIMRA!  The industry's leading market research organization published its 2014 year-end report and we landed the top spot for U.S. worksite sales in four categories:  Accident, Critical Illness, Cancer and Universal Life.  Allstate Benfits also achieved a respectable #2 ranking for Total Health and Medical Products.  Greg Guidos, President of Allstate Benefits, was pleased with the resluts, stating, "I am very proud of our team and values producer partners for achieveing number one status in each of our four core product lines and for maintaining a striong position in total health products and medical products."  LIMRA is known as the world's leading insurance and financial services trade association, with the purpose of being Trusted Source of Industry Knowledge.  LIMRA provides Research, Learning and Development programs to more than 850 financial services companies throught the world.  For more information on Allstate Insurance call Bruce Fioranelli at 662.332.5303.


Continue Care Home Health and Hospice Announces New Director of Patient Care

We are thrilled to announce the promotion of Kimberly Bruce, RN to Director of Patient Care in the Continue Care Home Health and Hospice's Greenville office. Kimberly has worked as a field nurse for 11 years. Kimberly brings a wealth of experience to the Director's position, and we are excited about her new role at Continue Care. Please join us in welcoming Kimberly to Director and congratulate her on the promotion.


Delta Force of Washington County is Seeking Volunteers and Volunteer Organizations

Delta Force of Washington County is dedicated to helping homeowners rebuild and recover from last spring's flooding here in the Delta.  This all volunteer committee is made up of local clergy, contractors, social service collaborators, and other community leaders working together to provide long-term recovery to verified and approved clients through Case Management services provided by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).  Delta Force is currently seeking volunteers and volunteer organizations to help us complete work on the homes approved for service. Projects are extremely flexible; afternoon work or long term projects are both welcome under the supervision of our construction committee. Tools and supplies can be provided but groups can bring any relevant tools they are comfortable with. If you or your organization have interest in setting up a volunteer project with Delta Force, please email Caleb Herod, Volunteer Coordinator at cmherod@gmail.com. 


Delta Radio--station 97.9 The Beat welcomes world-renowned record spinner DJ Bigg V

After rocking nightclubs, house parties, baptisms and bar mitzvahs from Maine to Spain and everywhere in between, internationally known party starter DJ Bigg V returns home to the Mississippi Delta to blaze the best in hip-hop and R&B on Greenville’s own WIBT 97.9 The Beat. Holding down weekday drive time slot from 3 until 7 p.m. as well as lending his expertise in sales and marketing, this dual-purpose DJ named Bigg V brings a much-needed breath of air to a legion of listeners within a 100-mile radius.“I’ve been given an opportunity to do what I’ve always wanted to do, and that’s talk to my people, motivate my people and play some great music,” he explains. “I’ve had my own mixshows and played in clubs around the world and I know tons of celebrities. But having my own radio block in my own backyard is something that I always wanted to do.” V’s four-hour time slot will encompass celebrity news, breaking new music and spinning the hottest sounds in hip-hop and R&B. While he’s not on the air, this multi-faceted musical maestro will also maintain marketing and sales for the station. “I bring a lot to the table something that other DJs haven’t been able to bring to my market in several decades,” he explains. “I can rock the mic with my own flavor as an on-air personality, mix the hottest music with my mixshow and bring ad revenue to the station with sales. I’m a triple threat.” Born Vince Roberts and raised in Leland (just 10 minutes from Greenville), Bigg V knew at a young age that music would play a vital role of his life. He bought his very first set of turntables at 14 years old, and in his early teens, he became one of the youngest party promoters in the Mississippi Delta. While still in high school, he landed an intern position at WBAD (94.3) and WESY, respectively. After graduating high school serving in the Navy, he landed a sales position at the local radio station while DJing at various clubs throughout the state. Over the next few years, his popularity grew in clubs across the Magnolia State and into the national spotlight after being featured hop/rap publications as Ozone, New Power, Block2Block and the S.E.A. magazines. Throughout his career, V has held multiple positions in radio and introduced some of the biggest hit singles from Rick Ross, Yo Gotti, Future, 2 Chains and Big KRIT (among many others). From general manager to assistant director of corporate sales, mixshow director and operations manager, he has held down virtually every position in the radio business. Additionally, he earned multiple nominations at the Southern Entertainment Awards and has been honored with having the Bigg V Award in his namesake with the Southern Coalition Movement Awards and Duval Diamond Awards. And between 2015 and 2016, he trotted the globe spinning in clubs in Switzerland, Germany and London. All the while, he has kept his name ringing in the streets with his mixtape series Latest Drugs on the Streets. More than just a crowd-pleasing record spinner, however, Bigg V also serves as executive director of Cool Running DJs and Team Bigga Rankin Music as well as vice-president of USA DJs/Texas All Stars DJ. Just a small town DJ with a global hustle, 97.9 The Beat welcomes their native son back home. “There are people who are going to tune in just because it’s me,” Bigg V breaks it down. “There are sponsors who are coming to the table simply because it’s me. So it’s a blessing to be able to touch people in that way and bring it all back home.”


Greenville Arts Council Seeks Executive Director

The Greenville Arts Council seeks a vibrant, dynamic and passionate full time executive director to lead the organization through continued community outreach, arts education, program development, membership retention, gallery exhibitions and more. Click HERE for more details. 


Greenville Awarded Environmental Protection Funding

Mayor Errick D. Simmons announces that the city of Greenville is one of 172 communities across the nation – and one of only eight in the state of Mississippi – selected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to receive “brownfields” funding. The funding, which is intended to aid communities in revitalizing abandoned and vacant properties, will total $300,000: $200,000 for hazardous substance cleanup and $100,000 for petroleum cleanup. One area of focus already identified is the Lower Mississippi River Port Investment Initiative Area.

Studies have shown that residential property values near brownfields sites that are cleaned up increased between 5 and 15.2%, and can increase property values within 1.24 miles of that site. A study analyzing data near 48 brownfield sites shows that an estimated $29 to $97 million in additional tax revenue was generated for local governments in a single year after cleanup. This is two to seven times more than the $12.4 million EPA contributed to those brownfields.


EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt -EPA is committed to working with communities to redevelop Brownfields sites which have plagued their neighborhoods. EPA’s Assessment and Cleanup grants target communities that are economically disadvantaged and include places where environmental cleanup and new jobs are most needed. These grants leverage considerable infrastructure and other investments, improving local economies and creating an environment where jobs can grow.

Mayor Errick D. Simmons - This grant award will leverage funding and assist in the City's efforts for Port's expansion and utilization. I. thank Senators Wicker and Cochran and Congressman Thompson for their continued support of Greenville.


McGee Joins Guaranty Bank As Relationship Banker, Hollandale

Hue Townsend, President and Chief Executive Officer at Guaranty Bank & Trust Company, announced that Kenneth Todd McGee has joined the bank and has been assigned as a Relationship Banker in its Hollandale Branch.

McGee is a 2003 graduate of Washington School and earned an Associates of General Education degree from Mississippi Delta Community College, where he was a member of the football team. In 2008, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness from Mississippi State University, where he was also a member of the football team. 

Most recently, McGee has served as a Delta Waterfowl Committee member, a member of the Mississippi Agricultural Consultants Association and President of Deer Creek Town and Racquet Club Golf Association. Todd, his wife Lauren and son Mason are members of St. James Catholic Church in Leland.

“We are pleased to have Todd join our bank and community here in Hollandale,” said Bobby Steinriede, Executive Vice President. “He has a good deal of experience in ag-related industries and will be an outstanding resource for farmers and other agribusinesses as well with our other local business, professional and consumer customers.  We have a very strong customer base here in the Hollandale area and Todd should fit in real well”.


Mighty Miss Brewing Co. hires Hettig as Brewmaster in Greenville

The Mighty Miss Brewing Co. management team has hired Scott Hettig as Brewmaster for the operation in Greenville. Hettig moves to the Delta with nine years of brewing experience at the St. Francis Brewery in Milwaukee, Wisc. Though Hettig has been a professional brewer for the last nine years, he got his start in homebrewing almost 30 years ago. He then became an Assistant Brewer at Rock Bottom brewing in Cleveland, Ohio, and later moved St. Francis Brewery where he focused on German-style brews with an eye to the palate of his customers. Hettig and his wife Kelley together have four grown children.

Mighty Miss Brewing Co. is currently producing four beers which can be found in various markets in Mississippi. The four beers are the Mighty Miss American Pale Ale, the Pace Porter, the Sledge Saison and the Onward Amber.


New Planters Bank Greenville renovation promises more than pretty façade.

Plans are now underway for construction to begin in January on a leading edge renovation of the Planters Bank Greenville location at 1650 Hwy 1 South. According to Andy Sanders, Greenville President, that’s good news for Planters customers in more ways than one. Mr. Sanders noted in making the announcement, “The renovation will of course bring a fresh new façade that will welcome customers with a friendly, contemporary feel.  But just as importantly it also reflects soundness in planning that insures maximum efficiency and ease of operations. Once completed, the renovation will enhance our services across the board in a location already convenient and familiar to Planters Bank customers.” 

Architects for the renovation are FS Architecture, and construction has been assigned to L. Keeley Construction Company, which specializes in facility renovations that enable businesses to remain open without disruption. The project is scheduled for completion in summer 2018.  In the meantime, the Planters Greenville team—4 tellers and 2 Customer Service Representatives—is prepared to eliminate or minimize any inconvenience to customers. “Our goal is 100% customer comfort and convenience during construction and even better service at completion,” promised Branch Manager Tammy Willmer. “This renovation means a lot more than a pretty façade. This is Greenville’s location for the future, just as Planters is the financial institution of the future for this region.”

Founded in 1920 in Ruleville, MS, Planters Bank has grown to a region-wide banking system, with assets in excess of one billion dollars, serving 13 communities in 19 locations, as the bank of choice for customers across Mississippi and the region.            



Suddenlink Net Package

Take advantage of this new Suddenlink Net Package Offer for affordable television advertising for any business!  

Net Package:

Days Monday-Sunday

Time: 6am-12am

Spots per Week: 100

100 spots x 13 weeks = 1,300 total spots for $1300.00

1300 commercials will air across the networks offered in this campaign!

For more information or to sign up call Angela Cork with Suddenlink at 378.2307.


YMCA Explore With Me Class

Come to this baby gymnastics class every Saturday morning at 9:00 am - 9:45 am! Ages: Crawling-5 years; $5 per child per class (same pricing for YMCA Members and NON-Members).

An Open Gym style class for the little ones.  Parent or guardian must attend and participate with child. Coaches will set up mazes and let your little one explore all of the fun areas of our Gymnastics facility while making new friends. You will need to fill out and sign a Waiver upon your 1st visit to our class. You may download a copy HERE and fill out in advance. (Class may be used as a make-up Day for our Current Preschool Students)






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