Shop Local this Holiday Season!
November 18, 2021
The Clinton Chamber of Commerce will host its wealth of annual holiday events, including Holiday Happening, Small Business Saturday, Yule Run Clinton, the 12 Days of Christmas, and everyone’s family favorite: the Clinton Chamber Christmas Parade. Considering all the challenges this year has presented, the Chamber is pleased to offer our comforting holiday activities to finish this exhausting year with Christmas cheer and shopping local!
Kicking off the roster of events, Holiday Happening, the Chamber’s retail shopping Open House, was on Sunday, November 14th, starting at 1 p.m. Each year this event features local businesses offering celebratory treats and promotions to welcome the seasonal shopping fun for friends and family. Participating retailers included: Art & Craft Market, As You Wish, Dee’s Flower Shop by Willow Blu, Jillian’s Salon & Boutique, OMG Oh! My Gift, Panoply, Posh Design Shoppe, The Cupboard, and The Olive Branch.
After Holiday Happening gets everyone in the spirit to shop local, The Clinton Chamber lends its support to the annual Small Business Saturday® and Shop Small® Movement to drive commerce to our local businesses. Shop Small is a nationwide effort to support and celebrate small businesses every day and everywhere. This year, Small Business Saturday is on November 27, 2021 - Mark your calendar and support our Clinton businesses! Several of our local businesses will be running specials for this shop local event. Check the Chamber’s website, social media, and EBlasts for updates on local Small Business Saturday® specials run by our members and updates on how your business can participate in Small Business Saturday® this year!
December brings our community together like no other month with two of our most cherished events: Yule Run Clinton and the Clinton Chamber Christmas Parade. These back-to-back joyful events are set for Saturday, December 4th, to start our winter season right.
Yule Run Clinton, now in its fourth year, is a combined 5K walk/run and 8K run through Clinton’s historic Olde Towne and the Clinton Boulevard route of the parade. Presented by Continental, this year’s themed “Feel the Burn, Not the Frostbite!” race starts at 7:30 a.m. with registration and packet pickup starting at 6:30 a.m. Packet pick-up will also be available on December 3rd at the Clinton Chamber office from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Additionally, the Clinton Chamber is offering a virtual race option again this year for those participants who would love to join the fun from a distance. Regardless of the way you race, you'll still get all the holiday feels this year from Yule Run Clinton! To participate in this healthy, holiday race or find out more information, visit the event website at runsignup.com/Race/MS/Clinton/YuleRunClinton2021 .
Immediately following the race, the 48th Annual Clinton Chamber Christmas Parade will begin Saturday, December 4th, at 10:00 a.m. This year's exciting theme is "Snow Much Fun!”. All participants are encouraged to share their own treasured Clinton Christmas memories or snow-filled memories. All businesses, churches, organizations, pageant titleholders, bands, etc. are invited to participate in the parade! Register online at business.clintonchamber.org/events or contact the Clinton Chamber office at 100 East Leake Street to get your form. Registrations received before Wednesday, November 24th, will be $25 (3 entities per application are allowed.) After that date, entry fees are $35. Join us in welcoming the holidays to Clinton at this great festive event and arrive early to secure your preferred viewing spot! While you are out and about on December 4th remember to stop by our local businesses around Clinton for your holiday shopping!
Rounding out the Chamber’s holiday events is the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways. Every year, 12 local businesses offer wonderful free prizes through special promotional posts on the Clinton Chamber’s social media. From gift baskets to free memberships, these special giveaways are a happy surprise for the winners and showcase great local present ideas for everyone else. Check the Chamber social media posts starting on December 6th for your chance to win and the Chamber website for this year’s participating businesses!
With all these exciting upcoming events, the Clinton Chamber hopes you’ll join us in welcoming the holidays to Clinton and finishing 2021 on a shop local note! For more information on any of these events, contact the Chamber at (601) 924-5912 or by email at email@example.com.
City Fireman, Employee, and Policeman of the Year Honored at Chamber Annual Public Service Appreciation Luncheon
November 4, 2021
On Thursday, October 21st, the Clinton Chamber along with city leaders and community members gathered for the annual Public Service Appreciation Luncheon to honor the city Fireman, Employee, and Policeman of the Year. This year’s celebration recognized Clinton’s exceptional public servants and awarded each of the three honorees with a bag full of gifts worth over $1,500 from local businesses. Donations came from Ameristar, Arrow Nutrition, BancorpSouth, BankPlus, Baptist Healthplex at Mississippi College, Carpet Designs, Century 21 David Stevens, CenturyFirst Federal Credit Union, Chick-Fil-A, Clinton Lions Club, Clinton Refrigeration Service, Continental, Dubra Association Management Company, Entergy, Malco Theaters, Merit Health, Professional Management Solutions, Revell Ace Hardware, State Farm - Tim Bruss, and YMCA.
The City FIreman of the Year, Lieutenant Phil Morgan, was nominated for his excellent work ethic, setting a great example, doing what is in the best interest of the department, treating his patients like family, and being an overall asset to the citizens of Clinton. Outside of his duties as a Fireman, Phil is very involved with his family and his children’s sports.
The City Policeman of the Year, Officer Noah McCraw, was nominated for his tireless work ethic, surpassing expectations, his professionalism, his honor, and his commitment to reducing crime and fear of crime within the City. Officer McCraw’s commitment to his fellow citizens is a never-ending task regardless of if he is on duty or off duty.
The City Employee of the Year, Courtney Dunn, was nominated for her development of the youth tennis program and the dog Howl-O-Ween costume contest, completing tasks at the highest standard, holding others accountable, and always being willing to jump in to complete any job that needs to be done. Outside of her job, Courtney serves her church youth ministry and runs a softball recruiting service.
This year the Clinton Chamber of Commerce was proud to award Fireman of the Year to Lieutenant Phil Morgan, Policeman of the Year to Officer Noah McCraw, and City Employee of the Year to Courtney Dunn. Mayor Phil Fisher spoke on the importance of public service in our community. The Clinton Chamber offers the Public Service Appreciation Luncheon each year to honor and celebrate our community’s wealth of extraordinary public servants, but it would not be possible without Robert Shelton chair of the voluntary committee for the luncheon. We appreciate his dedication in organizing the annual event along with our public servants for their service every day of the year.