Moving forward with the Chamber of CommerceBy JAMIE PATTERSON,
It has been two years since Kiristi Mills took the helm of the Yazoo County Chamber of Commerce, and she remains committed to moving Yazoo forward.
Mills was appointed director of the local chamber in June of 2017. Within a couple of months, she recruited over 60 members and began brainstorming ideas to bring attention and support among local business leaders. She has kept her optimistic spirit throughout her tenure and is excited about what the future holds for such a local institute as the chamber.
“A healthy chamber symbolizes growth in the community,” Mills said. “When you have a strong and healthy chamber, your community tends to grow faster. Having a strong chamber will help bring more tourism into the city, which will intern gain more revenue for our lovely city and county.”
Currently, the local chamber has 106 active members. Mills said by joining the chamber, one’s business is provided a voice, regardless if you are a business or an individual.
“For businesses, the chamber helps to promote their business,” she said. “We do whatever we can to promote their businesses. When the chamber has events, we give first choice to our active chamber members. We recommend our chamber membership businesses to anyone who inquires of various needs. By doing this it helps to grow the business.”
Mills said chamber members are provided access to a wide network of businesses and organizations, helping to make better connections and contacts. The chamber helps its members build beneficial business relationships through events, programs and services.
Other benefits of becoming a chamber member include a membership decal, members-only networking events, free listings on the chamber’s website and directory and referrals. Businesses are also provided a ribbon-cutting ceremony. And there are also member-to-member discounts available.
Mills has also implemented a number of new incentives and community events within the chamber, such as a Spring Gala, community yard sales, and Back to School Giveaways with a Mini Carnival. The chamber is also responsible for the beautiful Christmas lights throughout the community, along with its annual Holiday Open House.
“The community’s response has been very good,” Mills said. “Most everyone has said they are glad to see the chamber up and running again.”