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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. 

by Chamber News on November 28th, 2016

​VALDOSTA, GA – The Chamber Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting for RISE at their new location, 129 N Patterson St, recently.
 
With over 21 years of student housing experience, RISE: A Real Estate Company, is excited to bring to the Lowndes and downtown community the highest quality financing, development and management services in the industry. They are looking forward to crafting inviting, comfortable living spaces, and they pride themselves on their attention to detail and to residents’ needs.
 
RISE differs from other real estate companies because they thrive on building meaningful relationships. The president of RISE, Greg Blais, says, “RISE is about our people and developing them to achieve their personal goals.  Our motto is Love, Serve, Care, which is the driver for our mission to improve lives and impact people positively—one person at a time.” With over 21,000 beds currently managed and over 46,000 beds developed in 23 states at a value of over $2.5 Billion, this motto has certainly proved successful. They have recently launched an Acquisitions & Rehabilitation platform in order to help diversify and develop their management operations.
 
 “The Chamber offers access.  Access to members who can support our business or provide RISE with opportunities to support their business,” said Blais.
 
For more information about RISE, please give them a call at (229) 247-2077 or visit their new location at 129 N Patterson Street.
 
For pictures and further information about this event or the Chamber, visit ValdostaChamber.com.

by Chamber News on November 28th, 2016

​VALDOSTA, GA- The Chamber Ambassadors honored Baymont Inn & Suites Valdosta at Valdosta Mall as Leading Business of the Week this week.

Baymont Inn & Suites Valdosta at Valdosta Mall has been a lodging option for more than 20 years and is a go-to for both Valdosta visitors and those who are simply passing through. Located in the central shopping area of Valdosta and just a short drive from local attractions, the motel is a convenient and affordable choice for many.

To accommodate the needs of their guests, Baymont Inn & Suites offers many amenities including free breakfast, a pool and a fitness center. Plans are in the works for upgrades to the property.

Vina Patel, General Manager of Baymont Inn & Suites said being a member of the Chamber has given the motel great opportunity to be recognized in the Valdosta- Lowndes area.
For more information about Baymont Inn & Suites Valdosta at Valdosta Mall, call (229) 253-0009 or visit them at 1725 Gornto 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 November 17th, 2016

​VALDOSTA, GA – In January, THBoyd Communications won the 2016 Southwest Georgia Bank Business Plan Competition. The business plan presentation was based on creating and publishing the South Georgia Business + Culture Magazine, which launched its inaugural issue last month.
 
The editorial content of the magazine is focused on creating an awareness and synergy about South Georgia’s economic impact, business opportunities, entrepreneurship and research, as well as the vibrant cultural growth within the region.
 
“This magazine would not be possible without the support of my partners at Southwest Georgia Bank, the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce, and University of Georgia Small Business Development Center at Valdosta State University,” said Thressea H. Boyd, CEO of THBoyd Communications. “The magazine presents a regional message to a statewide audience.”
 
Complimentary copies of the magazine are distributed to business and industry leaders, governmental representatives, and key influencers throughout Georgia. In 2017, three issues are scheduled for publication.
 
“When people read the magazine, I want them to be amazed at what we have here in South Georgia,” Boyd said. “The economic impact found through industry, agriculture, tourism, and workforce development in South Georgia, along with the rich cultural prominence, plays a tremendous role in making South Georgia a great place to live and work. It’s time we tell our story!”
 
For more information on South Georgia Business+ Culture, visit the magazine’s website at www.sgamag.com.
 
For more information regarding the SEEDS Business Resource Center, contact Betty Morgan at 229-247-8100 ext. 234 or visit the SEEDS center website at www.seedsbusinessresourcecenter.com

by Chamber News on November 14th, 2016

​VALDOSTA, GA – The Chamber Ambassadors recognized Hill Tire Company as Leading Business of the Week this week.
 
Hill Tire Company is a professional tire service that assists commercial truck fleets in the South Georgia and North Florida area. The technicians have worked to ensure their service is among the best in the industry.
 
The company has recently merged with Continental Tire Company and now serves in conjunction with the BestDrive Tire division. As they expand, they plan to offer additional service lines for the trucks.
 
Hill Tire Company has been a Chamber member for more than 15 years.
 
For more information about Hill Tire Company, call 229-249-0013 or visit them at 2299 E. Hill Ave.
 
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 November 14th, 2016

​VALDOSTA, GA- The Chamber Ambassadors honored Fowler, Holley, Rambo & Stalvey, PC as Leading Business of the Week, recently.
 
Fowler, Holley, Rambo & Stalvey, PC has provided accounting and tax services to the Valdosta and South Georgia area for more than 50 years. The company takes pride in their ability to serve clients in a professional manner and hosts an environment that ensures teamwork, an open door policy, and goals driven success. In addition to their high-standard service, they can now work more directly with their clients. The firm recognizes the value of time as they have recently introduced a cloud computing solution which allows them to assist clients with their accounting needs on what partner Carl Holley says is a “real-time basis.”
 
“The Chamber provides a platform for our firm and our clients to voice their business needs in such a manner that is efficient and effective on a local scale,” said Holley. “The Chamber serves as the voice of business in our community.”
 
For more information about Fowler, Holley, Rambo & Stalvey, PC, call (229) 244-1559, or visit them at 3208 Wildwood Plantation 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 November 4th, 2016

VALDOSTA, GA- The Chamber Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting at The Meeting Place, recently.

Located just off of North Ashley Street, The Meeting Place is a conference room designed to provide a space for people to come together. The venue is open to meet the needs Valdosta-Lowndes County residents and “bring not just families but people as a whole together,” said Lisa Straughter and Kimberly Harris of The Meeting Place.

Straughter said that the Chamber “gave [her] pointers on how to become a successful business owner with lots of growth.”

For more information about The Meeting Place, visit the location at 411 Cowart Avenue, Suite C, or call 229-469-4219.

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 http://www.ValdostaChamber.com/Leading-Business-of-the-Week.

by Chamber News on November 4th, 2016

​VALDOSTA, GA- The Chamber Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting at Morningstar Coffee Café, recently.

Morningstar Coffee Café was opened by Quitman Church of God in efforts to bring fellowship to the community and create a “safe place to build relationships with people,” said Gwin Jarriel. The non-profit business offers a casual, Christian atmosphere while providing food, beverages and other amenities.

The café fills needs of both entertainment and business as they offer Wi-Fi, televisions and a community room for parties and meetings. They also plan to feature special guests and singers.

For more information about Morningstar Coffee Café, visit them at 1307 E. Screven St. in Quitman, or call them at 229-263-5229.

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 November 4th, 2016

​VALDOSTA, GA- The Chamber Ambassadors recognized Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC as the Leading Business of the Week, recently.
 
Ankle & Foot Associates has provided podiatric care to residents of the South Georgia area for more than 15 years. After experiencing steady growth, the practice now has 18 locations, 14 doctors and over 100 employees.
 
The experienced physicians and staff are dedicated to providing individualized care to each patient. They focus on listening to patients’ concerns in order to provide better treatment.  The practice also offers many technologically advanced options to meet the needs of patients. Laser nail treatment, MRI, physical therapy, and a surgery center are all available.
 
Dr. Woods says that the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber promotes “an environment for progress and growth” and has “allowed for better integration into the Valdosta business community.”
 
For more information about Ankle & Foot Associates, call (229) 247-7707, or visit them at 1700 N. Patterson St.
 
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 November 4th, 2016

​VALDOSTA, GA- The Chamber Ambassadors recognized Smok’n Pig B-B-Q as Leading Business of the Week, recently.
 
Located about 1.9 Miles east of Interstate 75 Exit 22 or about 3.4 miles from the 5 points shopping center, the restaurant is convenient to locals and travelers alike.  Smok’n Pig feels “that Bar-B-Q should never be eaten alone, always with friends and family.”
 
Smok’n Pig is owned by the O’Neal family along with two other restauarant chains including a Smok’n Pig in Macon, Mama June’s in Valdosta and Ole Times Country Buffet in Valdosta, Brunswick, Lake City, Savannah, Hinesville, Tifton, Dublin, Macon, Warner Robins, and Douglas, Georgia.


 
Valdosta’s Smok’n Pig B-B-Q has been a member of the Chamber since 2009.
 
For more information about Smok’n Pig B-B-Q, visit them at 4228 N. Valdosta Rd. or call them at 229-245-8227. You can also visit their website, www.smoknpig.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 November 4th, 2016

​VALDOSTA, GA- The Chamber Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Pinwheels Quilting & Needlework, recently.
 
Pinwheels Quilting & Needlework is a full service sewing store that is owned and operated by a mother and daughter who bring both passion and experience to the craft. The shop not only offers various sewing supplies and a large selection of fabric, but they also offer sewing classes and longarm services.
                                      
The shop recently expanded and now offers a larger classroom space and twice the fabric selection. Along with their expansion, they are now offering BERNINA sewing machines, a BERNINA Sewing Center, and the ability to have BERNINA machines serviced.
 
“The Chamber has been an awesome support as a voice for Pinwheels in our community helping to promote our business,” owner Ginger Valenti said.
 
For more information about Pinwheels Quilting & Needlework, call (229) 232-4531, or visit them at their new location, 361 Northside Drive.
 
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 October 13th, 2016

​VALDOSTA, GA – The Chamber Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting for Wiregrass Investment Management at its new location, 3321 N. Valdosta Road, recently.
 
Long-time residents, with over fifty years of combined experience, the Wiregrass Investment Management team is eager to provide the Valdosta community with full service financial planning. Through investment management and holistic financial planning, Wiregrass Investment Management strives to help you reach your financial goals.  
 
Wiregrass Investment Management is one of the only Registered Investment Advisory firms in Valdosta, meaning that the company has a fundamental obligation to provide suitable investment advice and always act in their clients' best interests. According to Jared M. McGahee, of Wiregrass Investment Management, they pride themselves on being an independent firm with no proprietary products, which enables them to focus on what is right for the client.
 
In regards to the Chamber of Commerce, McGahee went onto say, “They [Chamber] have continuously helped to promote our business to its members and the community.”
 
For more information about Wiregrass Investment Management, please give them a call at (229) 245-6022 or visit their new location at 3321 N. Valdosta Road.
 
For pictures and further information about this event or the Chamber, visit ValdostaChamber.com.

by Chamber News on October 10th, 2016

​VALDOSTA, GA- The Chamber Ambassadors held a Ribbon Cutting ceremony for Palmetto School of Career Development, recently.
 
Palmetto School of Career Development has been available to residents of Valdosta-Lowndes County as an alternative to the technical schools and university since 2014. Unlike bigger institutions, the school allows students to graduate in 12 weeks or less with varying technical degrees. They plan to expand this list of programs in 2017 to include legal assistant, medical billing and coding, and phlebotomy.
 
In addition to helping students earn degrees, Palmetto School of Career Development assists with resume building and interview skills. They also offer employment placement, which has a 95 percent success rate.
 
“The Chamber has been so helpful to Palmetto School of Career Development,” said Amanda Kirk, Career Advisor for Valdosta’s campus. She also says they greatly benefit from the “informative emails” and how it is “so easy to join the events.” 
 
For more information about Palmetto School of Career Development, please call (229) 232-8500 or visit them at 3311 N. Valdosta Road.
 
For pictures and further information about this event, visit ValdostaChamber.com.

by Chamber News on October 10th, 2016

VALDOSTA, GA- The Chamber Ambassadors recognized Pleats & Creases as Leading Business of the Week this week.
 
Pleats & Creases is a full service dry cleaning and laundry business that has been open since 1990 and under current ownership since 1995. The cleaning service has won “Best of South Georgia” over a dozen times and “Best of South Georgia” in Alterations since the award was created.
 
There are five retail locations, including four in Valdosta and one in Adel. “The opportunity to serve people for their cleaning needs, as well as getting to know them has been a highlight of the last 21 years,” said Evan Miller, owner of Pleats & Creases.
 
Pleats & Creases not only does personal dry cleaning, but is well involved in the community. They support schools, churches, and many other organizations. “We try to ‘put something’ back when we can!” Miller said.
 
Their customer service focused goals also accompany environmental concern. Most packaging they use is biodegradable and the detergent is environmentally safe. They also utilize the power of recycling with a “return for credit” system for the metal hangers used regularly.
 
Pleats & Creases has been a Chamber member for more than 10 years. “Our staff is focused on production, customer service, and consistent delivery of our product each day,” Miller said. “The Chamber is there to provide a consistent business focused message to the community.”
 
For more information about Pleats & Creases or their services, call (229) 247-8616, or visit them at 209 Northside Drive.

by Chamber News on October 7th, 2016

​VALDOSTA, GA- The Chamber Ambassadors honored Colony Bank as Leading Business of the Week this week.
 
Colony Bank is a single bank holding company that serves the Central and South Georgia areas. With 27 locations, they work hard to assist customers with their financial needs. They have been open in Valdosta for 14 years and currently have two locations.
 
“We are large enough to handle any of your banking needs, but small enough to know your name,” said Eddie Smith of Colony Bank.
 
Colony Bank has been a Chamber member for more than 10 years. Smith says the many events hosted by the Chamber allow members to “network, get involved, and learn from other businesses and leaders within this community.”
 
For more information about Colony Bank, call (229) 241-9900, or visit them at one of their two locations 3774 Old US Highway 41 North or 2910 N. Ashley Street.
 
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 September 30th, 2016

​VALDOSTA, GA – The Valdosta- Lowndes Chamber of Commerce co-hosted the 2016 Meet the Candidates event last night along with the HomeBuilders Association of South Georgia and the Valdosta Board of REALTORS®.
 
Candidates running for office in the upcoming general election had the opportunity to share their platforms with over 150 in attendance at Mathis City Auditorium. The evening began with a “meet and greet” where voters could pick up t-shirts, yard signs, and other promotional materials for the candidate or candidates of their choice.
 
Members of the community were encouraged to vote in the upcoming election. Registration was made easy and available, for those not already registered, at the Board of Elections table before and after the program.
 
Meet The Candidates is sponsored by the Chamber’s Presidents Partners. Media sponsors include: The Valdosta Daily Times and Talk 92.1.
 
 Please remember, Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, early voting is October 17- November 4, and the last day to register to vote in the November elections is October 11.