Networking Opportunities

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Business Boxed Lunch & Learn

Taste of Tupelo


CDF has many opportunities for you to network with other business and people in our community

Business Roundtable

Brief, informative reports are given by CDF members at this bi-monthly networking meeting. Held the fourth Wednesday of every other month in the CDF boardroom, the Business Roundtable agenda features ten CDF member businesses. Over 50 member businesses are represented at each meeting.

Business After Hours

The Tupelo Young Professionals have invited the not-so-young professionals to join in on the fun of networking with no strings attached. The newly named Business After Hours, held quarterly, will feature great food and conversation from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Events will be held at hosting member business locations and are free for CDF members. Non-members are also welcome for only $10. Pre-registered guests will have a printed nametag waiting for them at the door.

Taste of Tupelo

The “Taste of Tupelo” is a regional trade show and premier networking event for CDF members and non-members. It offers businesses, industries, restaurants, and caterers an opportunity to provide product demonstrations, complimentary samples, and first-hand information about their goods and services. Guests enjoy sampling a variety of delicacies while visiting the booths of business exhibitors.

With over 90 exhibitors, The Taste of Tupelo draws a crowd of over 1,000 attendees and is the premier business-networking event in North Mississippi.

WakeUp! Tupelo/Lee County

Wake Up! Tupelo/Lee County is a fresh new take on an old favorite. The best features of First Friday will be preserved but the event will now be held quarterly. The reformatted networking event will feature a full buffet breakfast, experts, panel discussions, and Q&A sessions addressing issues that impact our communities and our businesses. Breakfast and networking begin at 7:00 a.m. with the program concluding at 8:30 a.m. Special discounts are available with the purchase of a season pass.

Ribbon Cuttings

CDF is always excited to cut a ribbon on a new business or a grand opening in our community.  Each ribbon cutting is your opportunity to get to know a new business in town, make connections, and help promote our community.

(sponsor an event)

The Community Development Foundation is committed to building sustainable partnerships to further the growth of our local businesses and events including our annual IGNITE Leadership Conference, Taste of Tupelo, Business After Hours, and many more. See our REACH Sponsorship section to find out more about partnering with CDF. For more information, please contact Zandra Hereford at or call 662-842-4521. 

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Online registrations may be completed using your credit card or debit card. Please be sure to complete the registration form completely and accurately.

If you want to be a part of these networking opportunities, this is who you need to talk to.

Gina Black

Gina Black

Community Development Foundation
Director of Events
Judd Wilson

Judd Wilson

Community Development Foundation
Vice President Chamber of Commerce