The key to maximizing your membership with the ADP, regardless of the size of your business, is connecting. ADP members are offered the best networking opportunities in Greater Hattiesburg through a variety of events, designed to help you learn, grow, and connect. We encourage members and member businesses to take advantage of these opportunities through event attendance and sponsorships.

  • First Friday

    First Friday

    First Friday offers a mixture of breakfasts and lunches and are a top-notch benefit for you and your business. Held the First Friday of each month at Southern Oaks House and Gardens, ADP members meet to hear from keynote speakers discussing topics pertinent to individuals and businesses large and small. Networking opportunities abound, so be sure to bring plenty of business cards and sit by someone new.

  • Business After Hours

    Business After Hours

    Business After Hours are all about business to business connections. Held at various ADP member locations, host businesses have an opportunity to showcase their business to approximately 150-200 ADP-member representatives. Attendees enjoy food, beverages, networking, and fun.

    Business After Hours is held quarterly on Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 7:00 pm.

  • Rise Up Professional Development Series

    Rise Up Professional Development Series

    Rise Up Professional Development Series is a program designed to help young professionals and mid-level managers advance in their career. Dynamic speakers provide valuable insight on various topics in an open-forum setting. Previous topics include: Overcoming Adversity, Brand Development And Implementation, The Art of the Deal, Transitioning from Manager to Leader, Building Strategic Partnerships, and more.

    The Rise Up Series is held quarterly. Purchase tickets for individual sessions or the full series on the Calendar Page.

  • Legislative Forum

    Legislative Forum

    The Legislative Forum gives ADP members the opportunity to hear directly from local legislators about issues impacting Greater Hattiesburg. During this event, Senators and Representatives from Forrest, Lamar, and Perry Counties have a panel discussion at the beginning and ending of the session in Jackson. Questions from the audience are fielded by the moderator, and legislators often stay after for one-on-one time with attendees.

    The Legislative Forum is held annually in January and March.

  • Membership Appreciation


    July marks the ADP’s annually celebrated Membership Appreciation Week. Staff, Ambassadors, and Volunteers will hand-deliver ADP Membership Directories to each of our 850+ members throughout the week, and various events are held to celebrate the businesses and individuals that make the ADP successful.

    A Membership Appreciation Luncheon, held at Southern Oaks House and Gardens, includes a fantastic speaker, awards, gifts, and fun. Members are our focus as we recognize those individuals and businesses who have gone above and beyond in their support of the ADP and the Community.

    Membership Appreciation Week is held the second week in July.

  • Corporate Golf Challenge

    Corporate Golf Challenge

    The Annual ADP Corporate Golf Challenge is a unique opportunity for ADP members to connect with fellow business leaders in a fun, competitive environment. This four-man scramble is one of the area’s most laid-back tournaments, focusing more on perfecting your business game than your golf game. Sponsors provide giveaways, games, and food throughout the course and top teams are awarded prizes.

    The Corporate Golf Challenge is held annually in October and includes both morning and afternoon flights.

  • Annual Meeting

    Annual Meeting

    The Area Development Partnership’s Annual Meeting is the most anticipated member event of the year. Attendees enjoy lunch, awards presentations, ADP Board nominations, and a fantastic keynote speaker. Previously featured speakers include Governor Phil Bryant, best-selling author and speaker, Jon Gordon and best-selling author and speaker Bob Beaudine.newsletter-ad


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