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The Art of Business
by Chamber News on June 20th, 2014

The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce and Annette Howell Turner Center For the Arts partnered to host The Art of Business on June 19. The event offered local businesses the opportunity to network with other members of the business community and consumer market, inform potential clientele of their services, and raffle off prizes to lucky attendees, all in a relaxing atmosphere surrounded by beautiful artwork. Cheryl Oliver, Executive Director of the Turner Center for the Arts, called the event a successful and true partnership between the two organizations. “The Turner Center really is the most beautiful place in Valdosta and a great setting this event,” said Oliver. “By partnering with the Chamber, both the businesses and the Art Center can be seen by the public. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.”
 
The Art of Business is a networking event designed to allow businesses to promote themselves to other Chamber members and their guests as well as to the consumer market of Valdosta and Lowndes County. South Georgia Pecan, Ameris Bank, Classic Art & Frame Company, South Georgia Vein Center and Fresh Beginnings are just a few of the many businesses in attendance at the event. Each vendor set up a booth for guests to peruse, offered business cards and complimentary promotional merchandise. Carla Penny, owner of Classic Art & Frame Company, said that events like Art of Business allow her to reach out to the public. “It gives us the opportunity to connect with the public on a more personal level,” said Penny. “We can also showcase items that aren’t normally seen.”
 
In addition to showcasing their items, business owners also provided information about their services to the public. Jerry Kozuch, Public Event Liaison for South Georgia Vein Center, said that the Art of Business allows her to answers any questions that the public may have about the business. “There are a lot of people in the Valdosta area who don’t know about all of the services that we provide, despite our advertising campaigns,” said Kozuch. “Events like this allow me the opportunity to give them some information and clear up any confusion they may have. It is beneficial to us and to the community.”
 
Attendees were treated to food and drink provided by Jessie’s Eats and Treats and Covington’s as they mingled, created business contacts and observed the beautiful art pieces throughout the building. Vendor tables were judged for “Best in Show,” and some businesses raffled off door prizes. Prizes ranged from tins of Fresh Beginnings cookies and a free dinner at Smokin’ Pig to a free house plan design and $500 in complimentary radio advertising. The “Best in Show” prize, two season tickets to the 2014-2015 Presenter Series that will take place later in the year at the Turner Center, was awarded to Classic Art & Frame Company.
 
For more information about Art of Business, please contact Miranda Moore at (229) 247-8100 ext. 231 or mmoore@valdostachamber.com.
 


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