Welcome to the Cleveland-Bolivar County Newsletter. The purpose of the newsletter is to provide you, our members and the community, insight on how the Chamber is working for you. The newsletter will provide information on ribbon cutting ceremonies, new members, Team Cleveland events, tourism, economic development, and so much more!

New Members

Adoration Home Health and Hospice

Magnolia Realty

Oxford Orthopedics

Seals Funeral Services

Whole Cellars

Bridge Development Corporation Ribbon Cutting
The Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Bridge Development Corporation Mississippi Friday, July 15. The Bridge offers day services for adults, seniors, and veterans living with disabilities.  After delivering similar services in Texas, Dr. Deirdre Williams and her husband, Jay, decided to expand their reach to their home state of Mississippi. Together, they have transformed an old warehouse into a space specifically designed to improve the mental, spiritual, and physical health of individuals with disabilities; they will also deliver instruction on real-life skills. To learn more about this mission-driven corporation, please visit We are excited to have The Bridge in our community!
The Chamber Announces Its Newest Board of Directors Members
Chamber Chat and Cheers
The Chamber Chat and Cheers networking event was held at 8 West Grille Thursday, July 29. The event provided our new Director of Chamber Services, Cayce Friesenhahn, an opportunity to meet many of our members. We had a great turnout, which included a mix of our newest members from this past year and many of our existing members. Given the positive feedback, the Chamber hopes to host another networking function in September. Stay tuned for details!

If you were unable to attend the July function and would like to visit with Cayce, feel free to email her at
DSU Welcome Back

All members are invited to stop by The Warehouse Thursday, August 11, from 5-7 pm as we roll out the green carpet for Delta State faculty and staff. Enjoy food, drinks, and fun, and join us in showing appreciation for all those who make DSU such an integral part of our community.

The Chamber would like to extend a special thanks to our title sponsor, Jantran, Inc. We also appreciate the support of numerous others in making this year’s event truly special, including Cannon Motors of MississippiCleveland Board of RealtorsCleveland State Bank, Delta Electric Power Association, Mitchell Distributing, Nehi Bottling CompanyPartnership Properties, Planters Bank, Robinson Electric Company, Roy Collins Construction Company Inc., SouthGroup Insurance Services, The Sanders Family, and Whole Cellars Package Store.

Annual Banquet 
Ticket Information
Octoberfest 5k/10k
Go ahead and register now for the Octoberfest 5k/10k starting at 7:30 a.m. on Octoberfest Saturday (October 8, 2022)! These will be timed races with awards for males and females in two age categories (50+/-49). And the custom-made awards are sweet! Would rather walk than run? No worries! We'll have custom finishing medals and t-shirts for all contestants...and a really good hydration station to boot! Join us!
OctoberFest 2022

The Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce is preparing for the 40th Annual OCTOBERFEST, which will be held Saturday, October 8th, in downtown Cleveland. On this anniversary event, you will see a few changes to ensure this event remains a safe, family-friendly event for years to come. 

The much anticipated Memphis BBQ Network cooking competition will take place the night of Friday, October 7, with the winners of the OCTOBERFEST competition and the Delta BBQ Battle being announced on Saturday evening.

Saturday, October 8 will bring you a day packed with family fun and entertainment. Your favorite arts and crafts booths will open at 9 a.m. along with the expanded children’s area full of games and inflatables for all ages. Live entertainment will kick off on the main stage all day long until 8 p.m. with an exclusive VIP area for our top sponsors. The Chamber of Commerce will be selling bbq sandwiches, RC products and beer along with the much-anticipated carnival food vendors.

Come see the Krackjacks, the Party Band of the South, after the BBQ Awards on Saturday night!

Sponsorship Packages
Arts & Craft Vendor Registration
EDF Elects New Board Members
The Cleveland-Bolivar County Economic Development Foundation (EDF) elected the following members to a 2 year term to the Board of Directors:
  • Brian Robinson 
  • Josh McPherson
  • Will Sledge
Industry to Industry Meeting
The EDF hosts quarterly industry-to-industry meetings and all Chamber of Commerce members are invited to attend the next meeting. 

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, August 23 at 3:30 pm at the Cleveland Central Career Development and Technology Center. The CDTC offers 11 programs for students including a new Lodging and Hospitality Management program in 2022. 

Members are invited to tour and learn about each of the 11 programs. Instructors will meet with members to share about their programs and support needed from the local business community. Each program is looking for internship and employment opportunities for students in year 2 in their field of study. 

Instructors of these programs need local employers to provide feedback on the skills students need for the workforce. You can provide this feedback on August 23 and volunteer to serve on an advisory committee for an individual program to give guidance to the instructor throughout the year. 
Team Cleveland Main Street Bicycle Project
Team Cleveland Main Street is excited about its progress on the downtown bicycle racks project. During the month of July, sponsorships continued to roll in and concrete pads were poured for installation. In August, Team Cleveland Main Street will work with the public works department on installing the racks.
Mississippi Main Street Design Training

Team Cleveland Main Street Director Cade Holder presented at the Mississippi Main Street Design Training in Gulfport, Mississippi alongside Mississippi Heritage Trust Director of Programs, Claire Winn. The pair shared information on implementing design guidelines for the downtown corridors with directors and board members from other Mississippi Main Street Communities. The Crosstie Historic District Downtown Design guidelines were recently re-drafted for Cleveland, spurred by the City of Cleveland’s Heritage Commission.

MMSA 1 - From L to R - Claire Winn, Director of Programs for Mississippi Heritage Trust, Thomas Gregory, Executive Director of Mississippi Main Street Association, Lolly Rash, Executive Director of Mississippi Heritage Trust, and Cade Holder, Director of Community Programs, at MMSA Design Training in Gulfport, MS.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles in Downtown Cleveland

On Friday, July 29, Team Cleveland Main Street attempted to host its first Planes, Trains, and Automobiles event in downtown Cleveland; however, the event was canceled due to inclement weather. Team Cleveland Main Street would still like to thank its partners in this initiative, with featured vehicles from the City of Cleveland Public Works department, Fire department, Police department, and partnered with the municipal airport and Delta State University’s department of Business and Aviation. Additional vehicles were provided by members WADE Incorporated, Security Services, and Bolivar County Emergency Operations. Other sponsors for this event include Clark Beverage and the Martin and Sue King Railroad Heritage Museum. The event was also scheduled to feature food from Delta BBQ and Catering, as well as vehicles from the DSU Bass Fishing Club and the Delta Classic Auto Club. Deep Roots also provided live music on the back porch of the Chamber.

In advance of the event, Team Cleveland pushed the “Show me your receipts!” promotion, in which event attendees could shop local the week of the event and redeem their receipts for free wristbands to Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.


August 11 - DSU Welcome Back
August 16 - Team Cleveland Board Meeting
August 18 - Tourism Commission
August 29 - Annual Banquet

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