VALDOSTA, GA – The Chamber Ambassadors honored Steeda Autosports as this week's Leading Business of the Week.
For 30 years, Steeda Autosports has been one of the only performance aftermarket companies that designs, engineers and manufactures their own parts in house. Everything made by the company is done right here in Valdosta.
Steeda Autosports is looking to expand their welding and CNC departments in the future. “We are on the cutting edge of the performance aftermarket; constantly developing new products that keep our customers in the winner’s circle,” Scott Boda, plant manager of Steeda Autosports, said.
On Oct. 21 Steeda Autosports will be hosting their annual Pony War’s, a drag race and car show event, at South Georgia Motorsports Park.
Steeda Autosports is located at 2019 Steeda Way in Valdosta or can be contacted by calling
VALDOSTA, GA – The Chamber Ambassadors honored Express Employment Professionals as this week’s Leading Business.
Express Employment Professionals is one of the top staffing companies in the United States and Canada and their goal is to help people find jobs and provide workforce solutions to businesses.
The company recognizing the difficulty to get jobs and dedicates their time to help hardworking people and businesses succeed by bringing together talent and opportunity that both can benefit from.
As part of a national franchise, Express Employment Professionals has a goal of finding work for one million people annually across the United States, Canada, and South Africa. “Our staff is honored to be part of this great endeavor and we work hard every day to help Express reach the one million goal,” said Tripp and Jenny Templeton, owners of Express Employment Professionals.
Express Employment Professionals offers a wide range of positions to their clients such as professional, commercial, and administrative positions.
“At the end of the day, it is about getting people back into the workforce, which equates to helping people provide food, clothing, and shelter for themselves and their family,” said Templeton. “And, that leads to a stronger community.”
For more informationabout Express Employment Professionals, call (229) 293-0030 or visit them at 1712 Gornto Road in Valdosta.
VALDOSTA, GA – The Chamber Ambassadors recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Living Bridges Ministry.
Living Bridges Ministry is comprised of several churches in the area whose main goal is to serve those in need in the Valdosta community through different community service projects.
Living Bridges Ministry is always looking for volunteers to help them in serving and supporting the community. They are welcoming youth and adult volunteers interested in helping run programs, such as 2018 Kids’ Connection, a summer Vacation Bible School on Saturdays.
They also welcome donations like paper plates, computer paper, gently used clothing, groceries, and water bottles.
For more information about Living Bridges Ministry, call 229-234-7427 or visit their website, www.livingbridgesministry.org.
VALDOSTA, GA – The Chamber Ambassadors honored Cook’s Pest Control as Leading Business for the week of October 2, 2017.
Cook’s Pest Control is a family owned business that provides a superior service experience to their customers and a safe and rewarding workplace for their employees.
Since opening in 2014, Cook’s Pest Control has expanded from three employees to eleven employees on staff. Every additional employee means that someone can support a family in the local community. The vision for Cook’s Pest Control is to continue to expand in the near future, opening offices in Florida, Mississippi, and other parts of Georgia over the next few years.
To find more information about Cook’s Pest Control call 229-244-4687 or visit their office at 823 Gil Harbin Industrial Boulevard 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 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.
Hang Out Yoga, LLC held a ribbon cutting with the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber on Tuesday to celebrate the opening of the area’s first and only aerial yoga studio.
Aerial yoga uses anti-gravity flow to deliver a full body workout that enhances flexibility and strength, builds confidence, increases lymphatic circulation, releases fear, and relieves stress. Students use a hammock or sling to assist with poses and stretches.
According to Hang Out Yoga owner and instructor Erika Bennett, the hammock is a prop like a strap or block, intended to assist alignment, deepen awareness and provide the immediate benefit of spinal decompression. With the weight of the body partially or fully supported along with the help of gravity, students can explore and create space in their bodies as intended in traditional Yoga practice. “Without the compression of the joints and spine, students can achieve proper posture and alignment through relaxation rather than effort, therefore finding a more balanced and unencumbered expression of each pose,” said Bennett.
Hang Out Yoga offers hour-long classes seven days a week. Classes can host up to nine students; private and group sessions are available. The studio is conveniently located inside Christy Howell Medical Aesthetics at 3308 Country Club Road in North Valdosta.
Bennett says she was inspired to bring aerial yoga to Valdosta after participating in classes in Tampa, Florida. “I’ve always been very active, and immediately recognized the benefits aerial yoga offers the body. I wanted South Georgia residents to be able to enjoy the fun, functional exercise.” There are some restrictions for participating which are listed on the website, but most anyone can participate. Beginners are welcome.
Bennett says aside from the exercise benefits, her main goal is to ensure clients have an enjoyable experience and leave with a renewed sense of self-value.
Bennett thanked the Chamber for being a valuable resource for her business startup. “Betty Morgan with the SEEDS Business Resource Center made sure the process was smooth and enjoyable. I am thrilled to be part of this team and this community!”
For more information on aerial yoga, class schedules or booking visit hangoutyoga.com.
VALDOSTA, GA – The Chamber Ambassadors honored Valdosta Insurance Services, Inc. as the Leading Business for the week of September 25, 2017.
Valdosta Insurance Services has been a locally owned and operated agency in the city of Valdosta since 1933 and has been a member of the Chamber since 1957.
Valdosta Insurance Services stands out by providing their customers with exceptional customer service from local people that they know with a personal touch. “In the age of online solicitations and 800 numbers we want to stand out as capable of delivering the same availability from someone local that you know and trust,” said Matt Dorsey the Operations Manager at Valdosta Insurance Services.
According to Dorsey, “The Chamber has been a resource for our office in times of change and has provided us with opportunities for contact with like-minded businesses.”
For more information about Valdosta Insurance Services, Inc., call 229-242-4560 or visit their office at 812 Northwood Park Drive 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 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.
VALDOSTA, GA – The Chamber Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting in honor of Alzheimer’s Caregiver Time-Out in celebration of their new permanent location.
Alzheimer’s Caregiver Time-Out is an organization that allows the caregivers for Alzheimer or Dementia patients to have a day off from the physical and mental work it takes to care for their clients. “We give the caregivers time to rest and have a life of their own,” Ann Walker-Smith, program director for Alzheimer’s Caregiver Time-Out, said.
Alzheimer’s Caregiver Time-Out is the only respite care service that serves a light breakfast and hot lunch to all their clients and volunteers at the facility. They also keep clients busy and entertained with crafts, games, music, and holiday parties. According to Walker-Smith they have a “warm and loving atmosphere staffed with sincere caregivers.”
They are always looking for volunteers within the community to participate in daily activities, assist in fund raising, or joining as a board member.
Visit Alzheimer’s Caregiver Time-Out today at 1207 Williams St. or contact them by calling 229-245-9094.
VALDOSTA, GA – The Chamber Ambassadors assisted Four Star Freightliner in celebrating their new facility with a Ground Breaking ceremony.
Four Star Freightliner is the leading heavy and medium duty dealer in the Southeast region. “We pride ourselves on providing our customers with world class truck products and a full spectrum of services,” said Jerry Kocan, Dealer Principal of Four Star Freightliner.
Over 17 years of business, Four Star Freightliner has grown from having less than 50 employees to having over 180 employees spread across 3 states and 6 location dealerships.
According to Kocan, “we are making a major investment in Valdosta and Lowndes County community and intend to be here for many years in the future.”
Four Star Freightliner anticipate opening the new facility in March or April 2018 and can be found off Exit 11 on White Water road.
VALDOSTA, GA - The Chamber Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting ceremony in honor of Veterans First Light.
Co-founders of Veterans First Light, Bryan Roy, a pastor at CrossPointe Church in Valdosta, and Reg McCutcheon recognized the need for veteran advocacy in the community. “We have lived in Lowndes County for 10 years and it only made sense to begin a movement here first and help our community,” said Roy.
Veterans First Light’s mission is to offer support services, advocacy, and empowerment opportunities for Veterans within the community. They offer a variety of support programs such as group therapy, job training, moral injury services, and benefits coaching.
The goal of Veterans First Light is to engage with veterans in the community on multiple levels. They recognize the individual needs that each veteran has and serves as a single point of contact for facilitating interaction and relationships.
Veterans First Light was incorporated as a Georgia Non-Profit on May 20, 2017 and is the only option for services that are specifically tailored for veterans that isn’t considered a government agency.
Contact Veterans First Light by calling 229-460-6017 or visit 1700 East Park Avenue in Valdosta.
VALDOSTA, GA – The Chamber recognized Pinwheels Quilting as Small Business of the Month for August.
Pinwheels has been serving the Valdosta area for the past two years with their passion for sewing and quilting. Their goal is to provide a friendly gathering place where the local community can meet to inspire each other and share their craft. Since the sewing community varies in age and project interest, Pinwheels has catered their classes, clubs and events to meet everyone’s schedules and interests.
While they may have been open for only two years, they have seen phenomenal growth. After growing out of their first location, they have now doubled their fabric inventory and turned a one woman show into a full crew of seven employees.
Programs range from beginner sewing and quilting classes to their Saturday Sampler Event, a class that meets monthly and allows you to make enough quilt blocks after a year to construct your own quilt. They even will allow you to host birthday parties!
The Honor Quilt Program is a highlighted program that allows volunteers to make quilts that are then presented to a Service Member or First Responder at a special ceremony in their shop to honor and show appreciation for their service.
Pinwheels is located at 361 Northside Drive and can be reach by phone at 229-323-4531. Be sure to check out their social media accounts and their website at www.pinwheelsquilting.com for more details.