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by Chamber News on March 21st, 2017

VALDOSTA, GA – The Chamber Ambassadors honored Behavioral Health Services as Leading Business of the Week this week.
 
Behavioral Health Services of South Georgia is a supportive network of people helping people. They provide an array of services to children, adults and families and have been the leading agency in providing mental health, substance abuse, intellectually and developmentally disabled services for over 20 years.
 
Chief Clinical Officer Roz Johnson is proud of how far the business has come and credits their success to both the staff and opportunities from the Chamber. “I always say our staff is our best asset,” says Johnson. He can see the passion they all have for the work they do and the customers they serve. “It is fulfilling to come to work every day knowing you made a difference for individuals in need while working with an incredible team of people.”
 
In addition to their passionate staff, the Chamber has helped place an emphasis on networking and marketing for Behavioral Health Services. Since becoming a member, they have partnered with all of the local counties to create treatment courts. In the past 5 years Behavioral Health Services has opened 12 new programs including a 30 bed Inpatient facility. Financially, they have increased their overall operating budget by approximately 10 million dollars and only plan to improve from here!
 
Behavioral Health Services is located at 3120 N Oak Street Ex, Suite C in Valdosta and can be contacted by calling 229-671-6141.


by Chamber News on March 21st, 2017

VALDOSTA, GA – The Chamber Ambassadors honored DuPont Crop Protection as Leading Business of the Week this week.
 
Dupont has been one of the most successful and sustained industrial enterprises for two centuries. “Working with farmers around the world, DuPont Crop Protection uses science to solve global challenges. We partner with growers today to meet the needs of tomorrow.  Together, we are finding better ways to help growers realize the full potential of their crops so they can raise healthier, more nutritious food,” says Aneesha Johnson, Plant Manager.
 
The company’s manufacturing site here in Valdosta creates insect and disease control solutions that improve crop quality and yield. The site has been a member of the Chamber since 1999, and they believe that their Chamber “understands the importance of maintaining the best business environment for economic prosperity,” according to Ms. Johnson.                                         
 
DuPont Crop Protection  is located at 2509 Rocky Ford Road in Valdosta and can be contacted by calling 229-242-8635.
 


by Chamber News on March 7th, 2017

Lowe’s Distribution Center honored as Leading Business of the Week
 
VALDOSTA, GA – The Chamber Ambassadors honored Lowe’s Distribution Center as Leading Business of the Week this week.
 
For more than 60 years, Lowe’s has been leading home improvement across the country, but Valdosta’s location boasts a few special accomplishments. They are honored to be the Regional Distribution Center of the Year for Lowe’s Supply Chain in 2016; however, they take even more pride in being named the safest RDC among a Lowe’s RDC network already known for having above average safety.
 
Lowe’s focuses on creating a family atmosphere for their employees and customers. “Our company is evolving to focus on the customer. We truly want to help people love where they live,” explains Mike Jerome. They see the Chamber as a great community partner and advocate who can help them further their success.
 
Lowe’s Distribution Center is located at 1550 Commerce Drive in Valdosta and can be contacted by calling 229-293-1501.
 

by Chamber News on March 2nd, 2017

VALDOSTA, GA – The Chamber Ambassadors honored Proficient Pools and Landscaping as Leading Business of the week.

Proficient Pools and Landscaping is Valdosta's only full service pool and lawn company. Their goal is to meet the customer's needs whether it is Pool Service, Lawn Maintenance and Landscaping. They offer a “full outdoor experience,” claims owner Brent Moore.

The opportunity to serve both the community and his own team members is what motivates Moore. Proficient Pools is proud to be involved with “Community Partners in Education” as well as give their own team members various opportunities such as valuable cross training. They don’t feel this would all be possible without the networking provided by the Chamber.

Proficient Pools and Landscaping is located at 1704 Al Brooks Drive in Valdosta, but you ca contact them by calling 229-560-7424 or visiting http://propoollawn.com/.

The Leading Business of the Week program is designed to recognize members who have partnered with the Chamber for at least five years.  The 2017 Leading Business of the Week program is proudly sponsored by Ashley’s Business Solutions.  For more information, visit www.ValdostaChamber.com/Leading-Business-of-the-Week.
 

by Chamber News on March 2nd, 2017

VALDOSTA, GA – Exciting celebrations were underway last week as First Commerce Credit Union hosted a Groundbreaking Ceremony on February 24, 2017. The launch of construction was held at 1830 Inner Perimeter Road, where representatives broke ground with shovels next to “Open Soon” signage.
 
“In looking for a community to expand our presence in South Georgia, we were seeking a regional hub that demonstrated economic diversity and vitality -- and after extensive research, Valdosta seemed like the perfect fit! Last fall, we were excited to open our first financial center by the Valdosta Mall, and after having the opportunity to see the potential of the community firsthand, we are already breaking ground on our second financial center on Inner Perimeter,” said Kristin Richardson, of First Commerce Credit Union.
 
First Commerce Credit Union has been a member of the Chamber since its Valdosta opening in the summer of 2016. Richardson says they are “grateful to the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber for extending such a warm welcome since the day they learned we were expanding into the market. We were quickly impressed by their service and organization, and we look forward to working together for many years to help the local economy and community thrive!”  The Chamber was proud to announce First Commerce Credit Union as this year’s Young Professional of the Year Award sponsor at the Chamber Annual Awards, and looks forward to working more with the company through the years.
 
As Valdosta-Lowndes County continues to prosper, we are more than excited to welcome a new business to the community. Be sure to look out for First Commerce Credit Union at 1830 Inner Perimeter Road coming soon.
 

by Chamber News on February 22nd, 2017

Ribbon Cutting at Little Angels Pre-School & Child Care Center
 
 
VALDOSTA, GA- The Chamber Ambassadors recently held a ribbon cutting at Little Angels Pre-School & Child Care Center. 
The school is owned and operated by Chanita Irvin. Ms. Irvin has been in business for 18 years, and has recently expanded by adding a new infant and toddler facility, and will be ready to receive 80 “little angels” on February 22.
 
In 2016, Little Angels Pre-School and Child Care Center received the Early Learning Expansion Grant, a grant available to child care and education organizations located in Early Education Empowerment Zones, or E3Zs, in order for those programs to serve infants and toddlers with high needs. “Not only does the grant allow us to serve more children, but we can now provide new jobs and increase pay for current employees,” said Ms. Irvin.
 
For more information on Little Angels Pre-School & Child Care Center, call 229-253-9678 or visit the campus at 512 N. Forrest Street in Valdosta.
 
For pictures and further information about this event, visit ValdostaChamber.com.
 

by Chamber News on February 15th, 2017

Commercial Cleaning Industries honored as Leading Business of the Week
 
VALDOSTA, GA – The Chamber Ambassadors honored Commercial Cleaning Industries as Leading Business of the Week this week.
 
Commercial Cleaning Industries is a full-service cleaning company with more than 25 years experience. They offer janitorial services, commercial cleaning and VCT floor cleaning as well as grout carpet and tile cleaning.
 
From schools, office buildings, movie theaters and more, Commercial Cleaning Industries makes “cleanliness their business.”


Commercial Cleaning Industries is located at 4246 Zipperer Road in Valdosta, but you can contact them by calling 229-292-3721or by visiting http://www.commercialcleaningvaldosta.com.
 
The Leading Business of the Week program is designed to recognize members who have partnered with the Chamber for at least five years.  The 2016 Leading Business of the Week program is proudly sponsored by Ashley’s Business Solutions.  For more information, visit www.ValdostaChamber.com/Leading-Business-of-the-Week.
 

by Chamber News on February 7th, 2017

NuSmile Family Dentistry honored as Leading Business of the Week
 
VALDOSTA, GA – The Chamber Ambassadors honored Nu-Smile Family Dentistry as Leading Business of the Week this week.
 
Nu-Smile is a family-oriented practice committed to providing patients with the best in dental care. The business opened in 2009, when Dr. Colvin moved to the Valdosta area. Nu-Smile began with little to no patient base, and the practice has been built on simply treating patients like family.
 
At Nu-Smile, the staff is like family too, according to Jennifer Youmans, Dental Practice Administrator. “I can speak for all of us and say that we absolutely love coming to work. We have so much fun with our patients, while still maintaining our professionalism.”
 
Joining the Chamber as a new business in 2009, Nu-Smile Family Dentistry has been a member for nearly 8 years. “The people that work with the Chamber truly love our community and are always there to lend a helping hand, especially to new businesses. If you haven’t joined the Chamber, let me encourage you to do so! It will make a tremendous difference in getting to know the community,” says Youmans.
 
You can visit Nu-Smile Family Dentistry at 1657 River Street in Valdosta or give them a call at 229-244-8884.
 
The Leading Business of the Week program is designed to recognize members who have partnered with the Chamber for at least five years.  The 2016 Leading Business of the Week program is proudly sponsored by Ashley’s Business Solutions.  For more information, visit www.ValdostaChamber.com/Leading-Business-of-the-Week.


by Chamber News on February 2nd, 2017

Uber “Unlocks” Valdosta for New Transportation Service
Minimum of 40 drivers needed

Uber, who helps passengers get around in the more than 450 cities they serve, announced Feb. 2, 2017 that it is extending its international transportation services to Valdosta and the surrounding area.
“This is the beginning of transit in our community, not the end,” said Valdosta Mayor John Gayle. “Uber will create jobs, assist citizens with transportation to employment, and also allow future discussion of a potentially unique partnership to meet public transportation needs.”
Uber requires a minimum of 40 drivers to sign up as Uber Drivers to validate a need in the area. Citizens who are interested in working for Uber are encouraged to sign up as an Uber driver by Feb. 28.
The services are expected to impact area residents in all walks of life and connect people across the community.
"Ride sharing services are a great way to encourage our airmen to get out and enjoy our local community and what it provides,” said Colonel Thomas Kunkel, 23rd Wing Commander, Moody Air Force Base. “We appreciate the efforts of the City of Valdosta for helping to bring these services to the area that will not only benefit our airmen but all of our community."
 
For additional information about Uber in Valdosta, contact the Valdosta Chamber of Commerce at 229-247-8100 or follow the instructions below.
 
 
HOW TO SIGN UP:
 
Option #1:  Sign up through drive.uber.com
Click on the Link:  https://www.uber.com/sidehustle/?utm_source=mass-media&utm_campaign=mass-media_1_-99_us-national_d_mm_acq_fix_en-usPopulate the “Sign Up Now” box on the screen; complete follow-on questions (less than 5 minutes) 
Option #2:  Download the “Uber Driver” app for Google/Android/Apple
Open the app and populate questions (less than 5 minutes)Note:  “Uber Driver” app is different than the “Uber” app which is for passengers

by Chamber News on January 31st, 2017

Real Living Realty Advisors Honored as Leading Business of the Week
 
VALDOSTA, GA— The Chamber Ambassadors honored Real Living Realty Advisors as Leading Business of the Week this week.
Real Living Realty Advisors has been a member of the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber since 2011. They feel that businesses are the life of the community and depend on the Chamber for its support of business interests and advocacy. They are proud to say that they have grown from a one-man business to one of the largest real estate firms in South Georgia.
“I love the interaction with our agents, our clients and our customers,” says Ron Borders, owner. Real Living makes an effort to make business personal and match their clients and customer needs with specific properties in a way that allows them to be more productive for their clients and customers.
For more information about Real Living Realty Advisors, call (229) 333-4622 or visit them at 1817 Green Circle in Valdosta.
The Leading Business of the Week program is designed to recognize members who have partnered with the Chamber for at least five years.  The 2016 Leading Business of the Week program is proudly sponsored by Ashley’s Business Solutions.  For more information, visit www.ValdostaChamber.com/Leading-Business-of-the-Week.
 

by Chamber News on January 25th, 2017

Taylor Insurance Services honored as Leading Business of the Week
 
VALDOSTA, GA – The Chamber Ambassadors honored Taylor Insurance Services as Leading Business of the Week this week.
 
Taylor Insurance Services has been a member of the Valdosta- Lowndes Chamber since 1992 and is proud to say that it’s relationships with the community are much the same: longstanding. Taylor Insurance Services has an average client relationship of 18 years and compared to the industry average of 26 months, they’re no amateur.
 
“Taylor Insurance Services partnered with 14 carriers to solve the very real problems created by healthcare reform for people in our market. We launched our spectrum benefits package that provides health coverage starting from $392 per employee per month, and provide supplemental benefits, and telemedicine options.,” explains Trey Taylor, owner.
 
Taylor also says that “’Good enough’ is never good enough, and our values drive us to always go the extra mile. Working with our clients/neighbors to bring them the best solutions that not only impact their business but also the lives of their employees is rewarding.”
 
Taylor Insurance Services was named the 2016 Small Business of the Year at the Chamber Annual Awards last year, and they feel it “has been great visibility to acknowledge our long history in Lowndes County.”
 
For more information about Taylor Insurance Services, call (229) 247-6411 or visit them at 2000 North Patterson Street in Valdosta.
 
The Leading Business of the Week program is designed to recognize members who have partnered with the Chamber for at least five years.  The 2016 Leading Business of the Week program is proudly sponsored by Ashley’s Business Solutions.  For more information, visit www.ValdostaChamber.com/Leading-Business-of-the-Week.


by Chamber News on January 25th, 2017

Jessie’s Restaurant and Catering Recognized as Small Business of the Month
 
 
VALDOSTA, GA- The Chamber Ambassadors recognized Jessie’s Restaurant and Catering as the inaugural Small Business of the Month.
 
Jessie’s Restaurant and Catering has been a staple to the Valdosta-Lowndes area since 1999. Jessie’s is proud to be a local restaurant that serves farm to table food by partnering with local vendors like Carter and Sons Produce, Sunset Farms, and South Georgia Pecan Company. Jessie’s has proudly been a member of the Chamber since 2009.
 
Owner, Mikki Hudson, purchased the business in 2009 and shortly after moved locations to help alleviate issues that are accompanied by traffic in Downtown Valdosta, expanded the menu to include a brunch service, and gained a liquor license.
 
Hudson points out that the “ultimate goal [of Jessie’s Restaurant and Catering] is to provide the Valdosta area and downtown customers with quality food and service with an eclectic spin.”  
 
For more information about Jessie’s Restaurant and Catering, call (229) 247-4670, or visit them at 205 North Ashley Street in beautiful Downtown Valdosta.
 
If you would like to know more about Small Business of the Month, or how to nominate a business for this award, please contact Leslie Harris (ext. 231) or Kaitlyn Redish (ext. 229) at the Valdosta- Lowndes Chamber of Commerce.  
 

by Chamber News on January 25th, 2017

The Chamber Announces 2017 Chairman’s Circle Members
 
VALDOSTA, GA- The Chamber would like to announce its 2017 Chairman’s Circle Members and thank them for their investments in the Chamber.  
 
“Chairman’s Circle members invest membership dues above-and-beyond regular dues that allow the Chamber to provide above-and-beyond service to all of our members,” explained Chamber president Myrna Ballard.  “Our Government Affairs Council could not do the work that it does without this supplemental investment, for example.  Neither would several new programs, such as the Valdosta Business & University Alliance, be possible without the additional investment of our Chairman’s Circle members.”
The Chairman’s Circle is the most exclusive membership that the Chamber offers. The Chairman’s Circle is comprised of 12 of the top businesses in Valdosta and provides a foundation that allows the Chamber to be actively involved in the Valdosta-Lowndes area.
The Chairman’s Circle was created in 2013 and businesses like Citizens Community Bank and First State Bank & Trust took part in the founding of the membership level. Joining the two businesses as inaugural businesses are Ameris Bank, Georgia Power, Southeastern Credit Union, Southwest Georgia Bank, Fresh Beginnings/eLead1, SGMC, and Valdosta State University

by Chamber News on January 25th, 2017

Ribbon Cutting at Sonny’s BBQ
 
 
VALDOSTA, GA- The Chamber Ambassadors recently held a ribbon cutting at Sonny’s BBQ to celebrate it’s remodel. 
Located on Norman Drive, Sonny’s BBQ is a family-friendly restaurant that provides a casual environment where customers can enjoy various Southern BBQ-inspired menu items. 
 
When asked why they chose to do a ribbon cutting, Margie Kluess, general manager stated, “A Ribbon Cutting was the perfect way to celebrate the change in management and get folks in to see our fresh look and of course taste some authentic BBQ!“
 
Sonny’s BBQ recently became a member of the Chamber, and has since realized that “The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber has come along side us to provide support and encouragement.  They have provided resources and opportunities we may have otherwise missed out on.”
 
For more information on Sonny’s BBQ, call 229-241-8090. You can also visit them at 1701 Norman Drive, Valdosta, GA 31601.
 
For pictures and further information about this event, visit ValdostaChamber.com.


by Chamber News on January 25th, 2017

Cowart Electric honored as Leading Business of the Week
 
VALDOSTA, GA – The Chamber Ambassadors honored Cowart Electric & Industrial Contractors, Inc. as Leading Business of the Week this week.
 
Cowart Electric & Industrial Contractors, Inc. specializes in not only commercial and industrial electric, but also generator sales, service and installation, as well as infrared scanning and load bank testing.
 
The company is proud to offer services that aren’t normally offered by other electrical contractors and they pride themselves on their interaction with customers, employees and suppliers. Cowart Electric & Industrial Contractors, Inc. is a proud member of the Chamber’s DRUGS DON’T WORK program, which promotes discounts on workers compensation premiums to Chamber members.
 
“The Chamber promotes the education and hiring of local people” and is a “major influence on new business considering locating in the Valdosta area,” says Ronald Cowart, owner of Cowart Electric & Industrial Contractors, Inc.
 
For more information about Cowart Electric & Industrial Contractors, Inc., call (229) 241-1685 or visit them at 4309 North Valdosta Road.
 
The Leading Business of the Week program is designed to recognize members who have partnered with the Chamber for at least five years.  The 2016 Leading Business of the Week program is proudly sponsored by Ashley’s Business Solutions.  For more information, visit www.ValdostaChamber.com/Leading-Business-of-the-Week.
 

by Chamber News on January 11th, 2017

Bennett Electric and Industrial Contractors, Inc. honored as Leading Business of the Week
 
VALDOSTA, GA – The Chamber Ambassadors honored Bennett Electric and Industrial Contractors, Inc. as Leading Business of the Week this week.
 
Bennett Electric and Industrial Contractors, Inc. provides electrical service and installation throughout the South Georgia area. They specialize in a wide variety of work to meet many electrical needs.
 
With experienced management and staff, Bennett Electric and Industrial Contractors can take on both commercial and industrial projects. Karen R. O’Connor, office manager of Bennett Electric and Industrial Contractors says the company values quality workmanship in each of their tasks.
 
Bennett Electric and Industrial Contractors has been a Chamber member for more than 15 years. “The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber brings the community together to support local businesses and organizations for our area to continue to grow and thrive,” O’Connor said.
 
For more information about Bennett Electric and Industrial Contractors, Inc., call 229-253-1971 or visit them at 3681 Coleman Road.
 
The Leading Business of the Week program is designed to recognize members who have partnered with the Chamber for at least five years.  The 2016 Leading Business of the Week program is proudly sponsored by Ashley’s Business Solutions.  For more information, visit www.ValdostaChamber.com/Leading-Business-of-the-Week.
 

by Chamber News on January 11th, 2017

Ribbon Cutting at Langdale Honda
 
 
VALDOSTA, GA- The Chamber Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting at Langdale Honda of Valdosta, recently. 
Langdale Honda of Valdosta provides automotive sales and services. As a long-time industry leader in the area, the dealership works hard to provide customers with great car-buying experiences.
 
Previously located on Ashley Street, Langdale Honda recently moved to a new location on Norman Drive.

For more information about Langdale Honda of Valdosta, call 229-242-3835 or visit them at 225 Norman Dr.
 
The Leading Business of the Week program is designed to recognize members who have partnered with the Chamber for at least five years.  The 2016 Leading Business of the Week program is proudly sponsored by Ashley’s Business Solutions.  For more information, visit www.ValdostaChamber.com/Leading-Business-of-the-Week.
 
 
 

by Chamber News on December 12th, 2016

​VALDOSTA, GA- The Chamber Ambassadors recognized Azalea City Limousine Service, Inc. as Leading Business of the Week this week.
 
Azalea City Limousine Service has provided upscale transportation for more than 20 years. Although located in Valdosta, the company is able to operate across state lines and can add luxury to casual, formal and corporate travel.
 
In addition to serving customers, Azalea City Limousine Service is greatly involved in the community. They offer volunteer limousine services through the Make a Wish Foundation and the Community Partner in Education program at J. L. Lomax Elementary School.
 
The business has been a Chamber member for more than 10 years. Mary Barron of Azalea City Limousine Service says that the Chamber has provided “insightful knowledge” through seminars, workshops and networking.
 
For more information about Azalea City Limousine Service, Inc., call (229) 241-0317 or visit 302 Tucker Rd.
 
The Leading Business of the Week program is designed to recognize members who have partnered with the Chamber for at least five years.  The 2016 Leading Business of the Week program is proudly sponsored by Ashley’s Business Solutions.  For more information, visit www.ValdostaChamber.com/Leading-Business-of-the-Week.

by Chamber News on December 12th, 2016

​VALDOSTA, GA- Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) was named Leading Business of the Week this week.
 
ADM is one of the largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers in the world, with more than 32,300 employees serving customers in more than 160 countries. ADM has been a proud member of the Valdosta business community since 1987 when we acquired a soybean processing plant from Gold Kist.
 
ADM currently employs approximately 265 people in Valdosta. We work with local farmers to procure soybeans, which we process into soybean oil and meal ingredients for food and animal feed for customers around the world.
 
ADM is focused on continuing our successful operations here in Valdosta as well as supporting programs and initiatives that improve the quality of life in this community. Since 2011, ADM has contributed more than $500,000 to charitable organizations throughout the state of Georgia.
 
The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber has provided our business with available resources within the community to help our business continue to thrive. We greatly appreciate their support and are honored to be chosen as the Leading Business of the Week.
 
The Leading Business of the Week program is designed to recognize members who have partnered with the Chamber for at least five years.  The 2016 Leading Business of the Week program is proudly sponsored by Ashley’s Business Solutions.  For more information, visit www.ValdostaChamber.com/Leading-Business-of-the-Week.
 
Press Release written by Jennie Windham, Office Manager, ADM.

by Chamber News on November 28th, 2016

​VALDOSTA, GA- The Chamber Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting at Michelle Alden Counseling Services, recently.
 
Michelle Alden Counseling Services provides support for both individuals and families in the Valdosta area. While working with members of the community, Michelle says her mission is to use the Golden Rule as her guideline. The practice offers various types of counseling as well as support groups.
 
In the coming months, the business plans to offer Spanish services and have an anger management specialist on staff.
 
“They [The Chamber] have provided me with many resources, opportunities to network….and made me feel like family,” Alden said.
 
For more information about Michelle Alden Counseling Services, call (850) 510-8627 or visit 3316 Bemiss Rd.
 
The Leading Business of the Week program is designed to recognize members who have partnered with the Chamber for at least five years.  The 2016 Leading Business of the Week program is proudly sponsored by Ashley’s Business Solutions.  For more information, visit www.ValdostaChamber.com/Leading-Business-of-the-Week.