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. 


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October 12

Business After Hours at Mighty Miss Brewing Co., 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for a Business After Hours hosted by Mighty Miss Brewing Co. located in downtown Greenville at 525 Washington Avenue, Suite B. Visit with Brewmaster, Scott Hettig, and tour Mighty Miss. Brewing Co., the first and only brewery in the Mississippi Delta! In their state-of-the-art tap room, the first of its kind in the Mississippi Delta, enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and a flight of their finest craft beers. Business After Hours lets you network in a social atmosphere, exchange ideas, and develop new relationships while supporting a local chamber business. Plus, enjoy great food, drinks & people! BAH... drinks, fun, food, and networking!


October 19 - October 21

Delta Hot Tamale Festival

The Delta Hot Tamale Festival is a fun-filled three-day event that celebrates local and regional artists, musicians, and tamale makers as well as some of the South’s most influential chefs and writers!  The three-day event starts Thursday with a  Literary/Culinary Mash-Up, then new for this year is a Friday night concert in Stein Mart Square featuring Cowboy Mouth with special guest ​​John Williams and the A440 Band! Saturday enjoy the all day Delta Hot Tamale Festival in downtown Greenville.  Visit their website for ticket information for the Thursday and Friday night events plus a full schedule of events.  Don’t miss this fun festival for the entire family!


November 11

Camp Looking Glass Community Open House, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm 

Camp Looking Glass could not be more grateful for the many people in our community who have helped make one of our favorite things happen: a permanent site to call our own! In the spirit of gratefulness, Camp Looking Glass invites members of the community to come to our upcoming open house on November 11, 2017, from 10:00am to 1:00pm at 531 Wilcox Road. 

Community visitors will have an opportunity to meet our campers and volunteers, participate in some of our arts and crafts, and purchase Camp Looking Glass merchandise. Campers and volunteers will provide tours of our developing property, including our activity building and first camper cabins and talk about what’s in store for the future. Light refreshments served. No RSVP necessary. See you November 11th!




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.


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. 


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.


Guaranty Bank’s Sory and Tackett Complete Studies At Graduate School Of Banking

Hue Townsend, President and CEO of Guaranty Bank & Trust Company, announced that Sha Sory and Collin Tackett have completed the Graduate School of Banking, conducted at Louisiana State University. The school encompasses three years of study and classroom work. Both Sory and Tackett currently serve as Vice Presidents and Relationship Bankers of the bank.

Among the rigorous agenda of the school, students study the performance of ten banks, investing 70 hours per year in classes for a total of 210 hours of lectures and presentations designed to guide participants into leadership positions at their respective banks. A senior bank management study simulation included 35 groups of five students in five different communities facing competitive and environmental pressures, marking the decisions made in conducting the business of the commercial bank each group manages. Each day, every group is given an information update on their communities, and the executive team must collaborate to make effective decisions including interest rate changes. In the final analysis, each team is graded on their bank’s Return on Equity, Return on Assets, stock prices and net income.  Both Sory and Tackett were on winning teams in the competition.

“I applaud the efforts of Sha and Collin in competing the Graduate School of Banking,” Townsend said. “Finishing at LSU is a milestone in the career of bankers across the nation. The lessons learned and relationships built there are invaluable for future leaders.”


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.


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


United Way Housing Initiative Accepting Applications for 2018 Work Day

The United Way Housing Initiative is currently accepting applications from limited-income residents who live in Washington County to have minor exterior repairs completed on their homes in the late spring or early summer of 2018. Highest priority will be given to homeowners who are 65 years of age or older and to those with physical handicaps. Qualifying applicants should have at least two family members and/or friends willing to help United Way volunteers with the repairs on their homes.

To request an application, call the United Way Office at 662-332-5371. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, January 5, 2018. Once your application is submitted, no additional contact is needed.  The United Way Housing Initiative committee will contact applicants that have been selected for the 2018 workday.

If your home has been repaired in the last 10 years by the United Way Housing Initiative you are not eligible for additional repairs.




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