Following Hurricane Katrina, the Hancock Chamber established the Hancock County Community Development Foundation as a 501 (c) 3 public charity in May 2006 to act as a funding conduit for recovery projects with a broad community focus.more info
In this section, you’ll be able to explore some of the exciting programs we’re implementing at the Hancock Chamber.
Hancock Community Development Foundation (HCDF)
Business Resource Center
The Chamber’s new Business Resource Center is now operating five days a week. Trained counselors offer resources for creating business plans, information on obtaining financing, and referrals for important information to help start up or grow local businesses. Call (228) 467-9048 to schedule an appointment for a free consultation.more info
Job Generation Fund
The Job Generation Fund is a $3 million economic revitalization program administered through the 501 (c) 3 nonprofit HCDF established by the Hancock Chamber following Katrina. Today it serves as a national model for disaster recovery. To date, 42 businesses are now back on line generating jobs, sales and property taxes.
Community Development Financial Institution
The Hancock Community Development Foundation (HCDF) is an emerging Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). The mission of the US Department of Treasury’s CDFI Fund is to expand the capacity of financial institutions to provide credit, capital, and financial services to under-served populations and communities in the United States.more info
Hancock County’s Economic Development Strategy
You can read and/or download PDFs containing information about the county’s Economic Development Strategy, a plan that will help us be competitive for the jobs of tomorrow and raise our performance to the next level of success.more info
Our committees are extremely pro-active, making vital changes for the better throughout Hancock County. By clicking on “more info,” you’ll be able to see the range of projects they’re working on and find a committee that suits your own field of interest if you want to join up and make a difference!more info
Diamondhead Business & Professional Association (DBPA)
A division of the Hancock Chamber, the mission of DBPA is to further the development of the business and professional community in Diamondhead through promotion, beautification and efforts to influence positive change and communication among the organizations members and the community.more info
Kiln Business Council
To promote the social, civic and economic well-being of the Kiln area, this group meets monthly as an executive committee and quarterly as a membership group at different locations. Call the Chamber office at 228.467.9048 for details of the next meeting!more info
Chamber Annual Awards Program
This program recognizes the outstanding citizens and businesses in Hancock County. Click on “more info” below to read an overview and find the inspiring stories of the 2011 winners!more info
Leadership Hancock County
Leadership Hancock County is an annual program of the Chamber to identify and prepare the community’s existing and future leadership resources. Our mission is to support current and emerging leaders by helping them develop skills, creating community awareness and building understanding of the impact of global events.more info
Women’s Leadership Roundtable
The Hancock Chamber Business Women’s Roundtable was founded in 2006 to offer professional women in our county opportunities for networking and professional development in a welcoming environment.more info
Tourism Ambassador Program
The Hancock Chamber Tourism Ambassador Program, sponsored by BP, is a program that serves to increase tourism by inspiring and training front-line hospitality employees to turn every visitor encounter into a positive, memorable experience.