About The Chamber.
What started in 1935 with a few people with some great ideas, has transformed into a strong organization of businesses of Pearl River County and a leader that strives for business development in our region. Today, the Chamber works with more than 300 companies in improving the business climate and in creating business initiatives and opportunities. The Greater Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to providing for its members access to opportunities so they can form business relationships, and develop sustainable economic partnerships. We seek to create business opportunities through community and economic development.
Our Executive Director.
Nuria Arias is a graduate of Loyola University and Framingham State University. During a span of ten years, Nuria Arias built the 21st Century Schools and TeachUp! Program from a small operation to an education initiative impacting more than 20,000 educators, 600,000 students, and 60,000 community members with technology and 21st century skills in the Mississippi and Louisiana shortly following Hurricane Katrina. Nuria successfully replicated the TeachUp! Program in Latin America (Mexico and Brazil), and Asia (China and S Korea). Following natural disasters in locations like China's Sichuan province and the U.S. Gulf Coast, Nuria worked to modernize regional education programs and helped educators and students use technology to enhance the educational experience.
Our Events Coordinator.
Keghan Odom is Event Coordinator for The Greater Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce. He is a native of Pearl River County. He graduated from Pearl River Central High School, class of 2014. Keghan is now a full-time student at Pearl River Community College where he will pursue a degree in accounting. Keghan is a detail-oriented professional with strengths in event creation, planning and execution. He has been responsible for a wide variety of events for the Chamber such as Run with the Pigs, Chamber Golf Tournament, Morning Call, Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies and Business After Hours to name a few. Keghan enjoys spending time with family, friends, watching movies, and shopping. Keghan enjoys giving back to his community and volunteering in many civic organizations, which has been his life passion.
Our Events Coordinator.
Sarah Jene Castillo has been a resident of Picayune since 2004. Originally from Hereford, Texas, Sarah moved at a young age to New Orleans and eventually settled in Slidell, Louisiana. At the age of 12, Sarah and her family moved to Picayune where she attended and graduated from Picayune Memorial High School, as well as Pearl River Community College. She is currently attending the University of Southern Mississippi with a major in Speech and Hearing Sciences and hopes to specialize in cleft palate disorders as a long term goal. One of Sarah’s immediate goals includes giving back to here community and Pearl River County through the work and efforts of the Greater Picayune Chamber of Commerce.
Our Mission .
The mission of the Greater Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce is to provide a forum for promoting the common interest of its members. It serves as a voice for the business community and encourages investment in the community. The Chamber also offers a service to the entire community by supporting a broad range of activities that benefit its residents, prospective residents and visitors.
The Chamber cooperates with and maintains liaison with:
- MS Economic Council
- MS, Mississippi Development Authority
- Economic Development Council
- Pearl River County Tourism Commission
- MS Small Business Development Centers
- MS Minority Business Enterprise Center
- U.S. SBA, MS Contract Procurement Center
- State of MS Tourism Bureau
- Partners for Stennis
- Stennis Space Center
- Picayune City Officials
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- Adjacent Chambers
Apply For Membership.
The Chamber provides the tools needed to succeed as a business owner and community influencer. As a member of the Chamber, your commitment has personal payback. The Chamber offers different ways to get involved, whether it is through networking events, committee involvement, community programs or special events. By taking advantage of the Chamber’s resources, your business can develop and thrive.