Resources for Small Business Owners

To our dear business owners, Main Street supporters, members, and partners:

We understand that these are uncertain times and uncharted waters. We are working to compile a list of resources that may be beneficial to you and your business. If you have not already, please join the Laurel Main Street Members Facebook Group. We are sharing information there as quickly as we receive it. Additionally, we are listing resources here, on our blog, in the hopes that you’ll be able to find the information that is most helpful to you, all in one place. Laurel has always been a city known for its tenacity, and this time will be no different.

We Are Laurel!

For information about the coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the following government public health organization websites:

For resources related to small business, please visit the following websites:

Mississippi Power Project Share & Community Connection

Mississippi Power, through its Foundation, has announced a $350,000 commitment to assist South Mississippi residents, local charities and small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $350,000 will be dispersed via Mississippi Power’s Project Share and Community Connection programs:

·         $200,000 for Small Businesses – Businesses with 50 employees or less are eligible for this new Project Share program distributed through Catholic Charities.

·         $100,000 for Project Share – Distributed through Catholic Charities. Any Mississippi Power customer with a demonstrated financial need may be eligible to apply for Project SHARE by simply calling 1-855-847-0555.

·         $50,000 for Local Charities – Food banks, non-violence and youth shelters, and other agencies that count on Community Connection donations to operate, especially during a crisis.

We suggest that you call Catholic Charities at 1-855-847-0555 for more information or to apply. 

Help for Live Event Cancellations

If you feel led to assist in efforts to support members of our community who have been impacted through the cancellation of live events, here is sample language to send when writing or emailing elected officials.

Sample letter to Congress:

Subject: Protect Live Events Small Businesses
Dear Representative [NAME], 

As you consider relief legislation to assist Americans in responding to COVID-19, I am writing to urge you to include resources to assist those of us for whom congregating in large gatherings is actually our living. 

I work in the live events industry and we have seen our revenues dry up virtually overnight. I know we all have to do our part to fight this pandemic and that stopping large gatherings through social distancing is our best approach. My hope is that the assistance you are developing provides fast, substantial, and easily accessible aid for small businesses like mine.

Thank you for considering my request, and thank you for all you are doing to help us get back on our feet after this crisis.

Sincerely,

[CREATOR NAME], [TITLE]
[BUSINESS NAME]
[BUSINESS ADDRESS]

Reminders

Some Like it Loud!

The 6th annual Dixie Electric Touch a Truck event will be on Saturday, March 7 from 9am – 2pm in the parking lot beside the Laurel Jones County Library.

Dixie Electric Touch a Truck is a fun family event that offers hands-on opportunities for children (and children-at-heart) to EXPLORE, CLIMB and TOUCH trucks, emergency response vehicles, heavy machinery and other equipment. Kids have the opportunity to get behind the wheel and rub elbows with their hometown heroes, while exploring their favorite vehicles including big rigs, fire engines, police cars, construction trucks, tractors and much more. So put your imagination in gear and go!

Know Before You Go

We understand that some like it loud and others don’t.  That’s why we’ll have two opportunities for those with sensitive hearing to enjoy this event.  We will observe no horn hour from 10am – 11am and from 1pm – 2pm.

This is an outdoor event, so dress accordingly and be prepared to climb!  For the safety of our guests and our furry friends, pets are not allowed at Touch a Truck.

Tickets are $5 each at the event.  Family 4-pack tickets can be purchased in advance for $15.  Children 2 and under are FREE.

Landrum’s Country ice cream will be for sale, as well as Chick-fil-a sandwiches, Coke products and more from Laurel Main Street. 

Special Thanks to our Sponsors!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B CLEAN , LLC  //   CAVES & CAVES LAW FIRM
DUNN ROADBUILDERS, LLC // NEEL-SCHAFFER // FAMILY DENTAL OF LAUREL & WAYNESBORO // MS POWER // CENTERPOINT ENERGY
ENT SURGICAL // OFFICE DEPOT // COMMUNITY BANK

We Look Forward to Seeing These Great Exhibitors!

B Clean, Burroughs Commpanies, Centerpoint Energy, City of Lauel, Fire, City of Laurel Police, City of Laurel, Public Works, Community Bank, Dixie Electric Power Assoc. , Dunn Roadbuilders, Emserv, Howard Trasnportation, Jones County Sheriff, Jones County Supervisors, Landrum’s Ice Cream Truck, Laurel Coca Cola, Laurel Main Street, LMS Concessions, Laurel Rotary Club Soap Box Derby,  Mississippi Power, MS Agriculture, Powers Fire & Rescue ,Rescue 7, Roy Rogers Body Shop, Suez, and Walter’s Construction!

Coming Up Next

WINE DOWN DOWNTOWN // MARCH 20
WINE DOWN DOWNTOWN // APRIL 17
COMMUNITY BANK’S CRAWFEST & LAUREL ROTARY SOAP BOX DERBY // APRIL 18
HOME TOWN FINALE PARTY // MAY 11
WINE DOWN DOWNTOWN // MAY 21
FARMERS MARKET // THURSDAYS IN JUNE
DOWNTOWN MOVIE NIGHT // THURSDAYS IN JUNE

Inaugural Laurel Leap Day This Saturday

Teams have been assembled, practices are popping up, and the trash talk has begun! That can only mean one thing: the Inaugural Laurel Leap Day Basketball Tournament is this weekend!

On Friday, we will draw for bracket slots and announce the brackets on social media.

Official Schedule of Events:

8: 30 a.m. — Bracket Board Up 

9:30 a.m. — Courts open for warmup

9:50 a.m. — Invocation

10:00 a.m. — Tournament begins 

12:00 p.m. — Tournament pauses for

Proclamation honoring Coach Therrell

3 Point Competition

Dunk Competition

(dunk competition will be on a 9ft goal)

1:30 p.m. — Tournament resumes 

4:30 p.m. — Winners announced at end

Events of this magnitude would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors.

Slam Dunk Sponsor

First State Bank

Ankle Breaker Sponsor

The Print Press

Buzzer Beater Sponsors

Gilchrist, Sumrall, Yoder, Yoder & Leggett

David L. Sullivan PLLC, Attorney at Law 

Scotsman Co.

Playmaker Sponsors

Ear, Nose and Throat Surgical

South Central Sports Medicine & Performance

Whitney Pickering

Chris Wilson, Realtor

In Memory of H. Gordon Myrick, Sr

It takes a lot of muscle, time, and man-power and time to put on events like Laurel Leap Day. We are thankful for our event producers:  Columbia Block & Brick, Laurel Parks & Recreation Department, City of Laurel, Laurel Mercantile, studio 5 fifty, Laurel Main Street, Endom Trailer, Supertalk, B95 Country, Rock 104 and WDAM TV.

Please note: In the event of rain, the tournament will be held in the gymnasium at Laurel High School.

We hope you’ll join us for the next great downtown Laurel event: Dixie Electric Touch a Truck March 7, 2020.

Laurel Main Street to Host 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

On the last Saturday in February, we’re taking it to the streets for downtown Laurel’s first 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament — Laurel Leap Day! Courts will be set up in the parking lot along Front Street with plenty of room in the bleachers for spectators to cheer on their favorite team. Food vendors, beverages, and a DJ will also be around to transform Front Street into a sports arena for all to enjoy! Reunite with your high school teammates or form a new team, just get downtown and have a good time!

The tournament is 3 on 3 — no more than 5 players per team — and is double elimination. There is a $50 entree fee per team and cash prizes will be given at the end of the tournament. 1st place will win $500, 2nd place $200, and 3rd place $100. The 1st place team will also receive the Laurel Leap Day trophy and bragging rights for a year! All players must be 18 or older, and players under 21 must submit a consent form signed by their legal guardian. The Laurel Leap Day Basketball Tournament is open to ALL teams — male, female, and coed.

Want to really show off your skills? Enter the Dunk Competition or the 3-Point Shootout! The entry fee is $10 for each of these separate competitions, and a cash prize will be awarded for the winner of each. 

Click here for more information, register, and review the rules.

Mandatory Team Captain meeting is the Monday, PRIOR, to the event at 5:30 pm at the Laurel Train Depot.

We appreciate the hard work of our volunteers and our title sponsor, First State Bank, in making this inaugural event possible!

Meet the Judges for the 2020 Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off

The annual Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off will take place on Central Avenue in beautiful downtown Laurel on Saturday, February 8, 2020. Teams from across the state will compete to win the chili trophy. The job of judging all that deliciousness can’t be easy, but we’ve rounded up a team of tasters who are up to the task!

Meet the Judges

Joe BerlinJoe Berlin is a 23 year veteran of law enforcement. Before being elected as Sheriff of Jones County, Berlin was a Sergeant in the Laurel Police Department. Sheriff Berlin is married and has two daughters. He loves fishing, spending time with his family, and serving the citizens of Laurel and Jones county.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jessica Bowman is the WDAM 7 Sunrise morning anchor. The Texas native is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. During her years as a Golden Eagle she honed her skills interning in the newsroom at ABC’s World News Tonight in New York.

She started her reporting career on the Mississippi Gulf Coast before moving to Jackson, and eventually joining WDAM as an anchor and reporter.

She is an Associated Press award-winning reporter and has covered hurricanes, oil spills, state corruption trials, high profile homicide investigations and other extraordinary feature stories.

 

Akeem Davis is a former American football safety that played in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Memphis, and signed with the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2014. Davis has also been a member of the New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars.

He is currently the cornerbacks coach for the University of Southern Mississippi. Davis is married to his high school Sweetheart, Sierra Sky Davis and they are parents to daughter Carsyn, and son, Corinthian Akeem Davis II.

Davis is also the founder of the AD47 Football Leadership Academy. The AD47 Football Leadership Academy is a free, one-day, football skills camp, dedicated to promoting leadership, citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. AD47 is sanctioned and insured by the NFL Foundation and run in partnership with USA Football through the FUNdamentals program. The inaugural AD47 was held in Laurel, MS in June 2015, and featured 53 school children, ages 8–12 from across the Laurel area.

Angela Tarrant is the Executive Producer and Showrunner for HGTV’s Home Town, set in beautiful Laurel, MS.  She has been working on the show since helping produce the pilot episode in 2015.

Angela has directed and produced several pilots and sizzle reels for HGTV, including The HousleysHome Stretch, Make Me Rich and Rough Housing.

Before starting a career in home renovation television, Angela spent 15 years working on national news programs in New York and Washington, DC. They include On the Record with Greta Van Susteren at Fox News, The Abrams Report and Scarborough Country on MSNBC and Burden of Proof and American Morning on CNN.

Angela was born in Marietta, Georgia and received her B.A. in journalism and political science from DePauw University. 

 

Originally from Meridian, MS, Andy Webb is an On-Air Radio Personality who’s entertained & informed listeners from Mississippi to South Carolina (and back again) for 25 years. Andy won the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters’ “Radio Personality of the Year” award four out of five years (2006-2010), and has been featured on numerous formats, including Country, Classic Rock, Adult Contemporary, Hot AC, Southern Gospel, and even Urban AC. You can now hear him weekday mornings from 6am-10am on B95’s “Breakfast Club.” Andy currently resides in Hattiesburg with his wife, Emma, and his daughter, Isabel.

 

 

Thank you to our incredible Sponsors and Producers!

Events like the Chili Cook Off just wouldn’t be possible without the support and backing of local businesses. These sponsorships help pay for the prizes, supplies and more! Their donations also help fund the Laurel Main Street Façade & Amenities grant and are directly responsible for the improvements you see in downtown Laurel.

Our Signature Sponsor

The Chili Cook Off’s signature sponsor is Magnolia State Bank. We are so thankful for the financial support and helping hands they provide every year to make this event a successful one.

Hot Sponsors

The City of Laurel

Jones County Chamber of Commerce

Jones County

Sanderson Farms

Spicy Sponsors

Carl & Mandy BuchananCommunity BankMississippi PowerB Clean LLC, Mike Axton and Southern Beverage Company

Our Producers

Event producers provide in-kind support of the event by providing products, services or advertising to make the event a reality. Thank you to WBBN B95 Country, Supertalk Radio, WDAM, and Studio5Fifty for helping to promote and organize the event.