By Mike Robertson

Kemper County Messenger

The Kemper County Chamber of Commerce has been active in 2017 according to Chamber Executive Director Faye Wilson. The Chamber of Commerce serves all of Kemper County including DeKalb and Scooba, and works with the Economic Development Authority to promote business in the county and benefit the residents. The Chamber is funded through membership dues and is open to corporations, businesses, families and individuals. Anyone can join.

Wilson said that at times people who are looking to rent or buy a home will contact her, and she is able to put them in touch with those who have property to rent or sell.

In 2017 the Chamber oversaw the ribbon cuttings at the Dollar General locations in Scooba and DeKalb as well as the playground at Keys-McRae Park. The ribbon cuttings are free to business owners.

The Chamber also sponsors the Christmas parades in DeKalb and Scooba each year, and helps to sponsor an annual Prayer Breakfast, on the second Thursday of February. The Chamber also awards the G.V. ‘Sonny’ Montgomery Patriot Award on July 4th.

The Chamber also holds a banquet in November of each year, but was unable to do so in 2017. Wilson said that they hope to hold the banquet in the spring of 2018, but no definite plans have been made.