Entries by Petal Area Chamber of Commerce

Should you lower prices now?

The impact of COVID-19 will go well beyond the pandemic itself, with serious effects expected on the global economy as well as on people’s lives. During periods of economic downturn, people’s incomes are limited, and their spending habits change significantly. To stay afloat and retain customers, some businesses will choose to revise their prices and […]

Rent Due? Renegotiate?

Should You Renegotiate with Your Landlord and Vendors in the Wake of COVID? COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges for small and medium-sized business owners and managers. While we’re still learning what the true economic fallout of this pandemic will be, one thing is clear: companies that want to survive, and even thrive, need to double-down […]

Our Task Moving Forward

Moving forward and accepting new realities is the task businesses, churches, non-profits, corporations, and individuals face ahead.   The destructive path of COVID-19 is much broader than health concerns.  It hasn’t left anyone behind, and in one form or another, we will all be affected. There is a silver lining to the devastation that has struck.  […]

It’s About Main Street USA

As the world starts to ask what’s going to happen when this pandemic is finally over and we can look at what it will take to jumpstart the economy again, one venture capitalist says we have to save Main Street and not bail out banks and hedge funds. Chamath Palihapitiya said in a CNBC interview […]

Petal Counts!

The 2020 Census is live online! I can’t stress enough how important it is to complete the census. It can be completed online or you may have received the questionnaire in the mail. IT IS NOT A SCAM!  I have seen several posts from people questioning whether they should complete the form.  YES!!!  It is […]

Aliens, Flying Monkeys, and the Coronavirus

I wanted to write a post addressing the coronavirus and what we can do to help our businesses.  However, I saw this article by Charles Marshall that had a different twist which may be helpful to some.   Valerie These are scary times and I should know because I’m no stranger to fear. When I […]


I can’t say enough about the success of our Star Spangled Celebration on the River.  The weather was perfect, the vendors were wonderful, the music was super, the crowd was huge and the fireworks were stunning.  Most of all, we had a great time.  The estimate is that there were between 4,000 – 5,000 at […]

Hometown Love

Here is an article written by my good friend, Rodney Sessions, about life in Petal.   I was born in the village of Rose Hill quite a few decades ago. My father was career military. My time spent living in this rural village with my grandparents depended on his deployment.  Some of my father’s assignments […]


We are in the final stages of planning for the “Star Spangled Celebration on the River by Coca-Cola.” This seeds of this project started in July of 2017 during a discussion with Andrea Saffle, director of the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association. Andrea and I (Valerie) were considering events that we could sponsor together to promote […]

June Farmer’s Market

The first Farmer’s Market of the year was held on April 21 with over 35 vendors selling their wares. On May 19, the market had grown to over 50 vendors on site. The June Farmer’s Market will be held on June 16, the day before Father’s Day. This will be the largest market to date […]