The Chamber Ambassadors honored Thomas Collision with a ribbon cutting Jan. 31, 2019, to celebrate the newly renovated site.
Since 2000, Thomas Collision has offered full service repair to the Valdosta community. Thomas Collision specializes in late-model wrecks and processing insurance claims.
“I love building cars, processing claims and helping people,” said James Thomas owner.
According to Thomas, repair methods are constantly changing in the car repair industry; therefore, his company continues to learn new ways to offer their best service to customers.
Thomas Collision takes pride in their customer retention.
“We always want people to return if they ever need us again,” said Thomas.
Thomas Collision is a proud member of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce.
“19 years ago, the Chamber helped me get started in the Drugs Don’t Work program,” said Thomas. “It was then that I learned about the Chamber and the great people and the resources that are available to me.”
To learn more about Thomas Collision call 229-245-7306.
The Chamber Ambassadors honored Dr. Carly W. Thomas DDS Pediatric Dentistry with a ribbon cutting Jan. 31, 2019, to celebrate being a proud member of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Community.
With more than 20 years of experience in pediatric dentistry, Dr. Thomas is passionate about offering dentistry for infants, children, teenagers and young adults in a fun and friendly environment.
“I am passionate about providing comprehensive dental care in a personal way,” said Dr. Thomas.
Dr. Thomas’ practice recently started a program that provides a complimentary visit for new babies in the month of their first birthday.
Dr. Thomas is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the co-founder of the AVID study club.
“I have mentored two women that went on to become dentists,” said Dr. Thomas.
A proud member of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Thomas enjoys the friendly service and support the Chamber provides to the community.
“I love that the Chamber supports businesses in the community,” said Dr. Thomas. “As a high school student, I volunteered at the Chamber, and I love what they do for Valdosta.”
To learn more about Dr. Carly W. Thomas DDS Pediatric Dentistry, call 229-232-8339 or visit www.carlythomasdds.com.
The Chamber Ambassadors recently honored Holt Travel with a ribbon cutting Jan. 25, 2019, to celebrate their grand opening.
A new and proud member of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce, Travis Holt, owner of Holt Travel, is excited to start going to the networking events and take advantage of all the resources that the Chamber has to offer.
For more information about charter bus travel in Valdosta, visit www.holttravelinc.com or call (229) 402-7905.
The Chamber Ambassadors honored Biotest Plasma Center as the Leading Business of the Week for Jan. 28, 2019.
“Quality, Commitment and Trust…in Everything We Do!” is the mission for Biotest Plasma Centers.
Biotest is passionate about providing comfortable and safe services to each person that enters their establishment.
“At Biotest Plasma Center, the donor’s comfort and safety is the number one priority,” said Adelita Albert, the center’s manager. “Biotest Plasma Center’s major accomplishments are helping the local community by providing employment opportunities and building a large donor base to give quality plasma to save lives.”
Albert and her team are constantly informing the community that plasma-based therapies would not be possible without their generous plasma donations. What they do matters – they are saving lives.
Each month, Biotest provides promotions and opportunities for their donors to win prizes and other compensation for the donations.
“We will also be working on building our military donor base by running promotions for active duty military where they can get more compensation for their service,” said Albert.
Biotest is a proud member of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce.
Albert stated the Chamber is a great resource for people and businesses to use to build and strengthen their business and community. For more information on how you can become a donor, visit www.biotestplasma.com, or call (229) 337-8558.
The Leading Business of the Week program is designed to recognize members who have partnered with the Chamber for at least five years. Marcotek Digital Office Solutions proudly sponsors the 2019 Leading Business of the Week program. For more information, visit www.ValdostaChamber.com/Leading-Business-of-the-Week.
The Chamber Ambassadors celebrated with Legacy Behavioral Health Services during their ribbon cutting Jan. 30, 2019, to celebrate the business’ new name.
Offering an array of services to help people with mental health, substance abuse and developmental disability, Legacy Behavioral Health Services delivers services tailored to the person that is in need. Legacy’s staff aims to offer high-quality service.
“Legacy has expanded to launch over a dozen new services, growing their workforce to over 400 employees,” said Logan Schunhoff, Marketing Director for Legacy Behavioral Health Services
For the past five years, Legacy has established many services to help people in South Georgia. According to Schunoff, Legacy has established their first inpatient facility, developmental disabilities group home, a school-based mental health program, DUI treatment services and other services.
Legacy is a member of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce. Legacy is proud to share the launch of their new name with the community.
The General Assembly is in full swing and there are many issues that we are tracking that are of great importance to our community. Follow this link to learn more
The start of the New Year means many things to different people. To the Government Affairs Council it means the start of a new session of the General Assembly. “We look forward to the start of the legislative session as it is one of the ways we can best advocate for our members, as enshrined in our mission statement ‘To serve as the voice of business in our community’” said Myrna Ballard, President of the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber.
One issue that has, and will most likely continue to garner attention, is Senate Bill 2, which will expand broadband internet access throughout the state and greatly help South Georgia businesses right here at home.
Better broadband access will help improve productivity, is a needed infrastructure upgrade, and will enumerate the economic impact that Lowndes County has in our great state. John Page, Chairman of the Chamber’s Government Affairs Council had this to say regarding the bill: “This bill is a needed remedy in South Georgia and across the state. The economic growth that broadband provides shouldn’t be limited to just the Atlanta area. To recruit new industry and expand existing businesses in our area and the rest of rural Georgia we must have access to broadband. These businesses require broadband to operate and connect to the rest of the business world. It's truly a matter of economic life or death.”
The Chamber Ambassadors honored Labor Finders with a ribbon cutting Jan. 24, 2019, to celebrate 25 years of service in the Valdosta-Lowndes County community.
For 25 years, Labor Finders has helped qualified individuals obtain employment in the Valdosta area. Labor Finders also offers payroll services for companies large and small.
“It is extremely rewarding to help individuals provide for their families while helping your customers at the same time,” said Jason Page, branch manager.
Labor Finders recently implemented electronic on-boarding through one of the kiosks located in their office. Individuals have the option to complete an application from home using an e-vite.
For the past nine years, Inavero has awarded Labor Finders with the Best of Staffing award.
Labor Finders is a proud member of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce.
Page stated, “The Chamber has provided opportunities to network through events like Business After Hours, Business Outlook Breakfast and the Chamber Annual Awards. These connections are monumental.” For more information on the services that Labor Finders offer, contact Jason Page at 229-244-4302 or visit them online at www.laborfinders.com
The Chamber Ambassadors honored Waitr with a ribbon cutting Jan. 17, 2019, to celebrate their new business in Valdosta-Lowndes County.
Established in 2015, Waitr is a convenient way to discover, order and enjoy great food from restaurants in the community.
“The mission of Waitr is to develop the local food culture for communities across the United States by expanding the reach of local restaurant menus,” Whitney Savoie, Director of Market Development for Waitr.
According to Savoie, Waitr has been successful in several small markets, so they decided Valdosta would be a perfect fit for the company.
There is no minimum order requirement when using Waitr. Waitr also has a group order feature where groups can pay on their separate devices.
Waitr is proud to bring jobs to the Valdosta-Lowndes County Community. To meet the anticipated demand, the company plans to hire 100 people in the area.
“We are proud of this accomplishment for Waitr and for the community,” said Savoie.
The Chamber Ambassadors recently honored S & L Decorative Concrete and Resurfacing with a ribbon cutting Jan. 17, 2019, to celebrate their grand opening.
Offering an array of concrete surface options, S & L Decorative Concrete and Resurfacing specializes in concrete restoration and concrete design. Owner, Susan Flanders, along with her son, Lane Fletcher became opened their concrete resurfacing business after several years in the business. “We are excited about being able to use our creativity and turn average concrete into a masterpiece,” said Flanders.
A new member of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce, S & L Decorative Concrete and Resurfacing plans to use the resources offered by the Chamber. “The Chamber has given me the opportunity to advertise my business and to network with the other business owners,” said Flanders.
Flanders stated, “The ribbon cutting was a celebration and advertisement opportunity for my new business, and we couldn’t be more thrilled about offering our services to other Valdsota-Lowndes members.”
For more information about how to turn your dilapidated or unsightly concrete into something much more aesthetically pleasing, call 229-507-9291or email Susan at email@example.com.
The Valdsota-Lowndes Chamber and Renasant Bank, sponsor of the Small Business of the Month program, presented Winnersville Elite Cheer & Dance (WE) with the January Small Business of the Month award.
Winnersville Elite Cheer & Dance has provided service to the Valdosta-Lowndes County community since 2008. WE offer competitive and recreational programs for cheerleading and dance to people of all ages.
Program director, Desiree Hagan, and the staff are passionate about instilling strong morals in each of their students. “Our main goal is to teach our athletes that with hard work and dedication, they can achieve anything,” said Hagan. “We pride ourselves on always hiring well-trained staff to instruct the student and to carry out our mission.”
Hagan stated, “We truly do create a family environment that allows our athletes to grow both physically and mentally. This sets our program apart from all others.”
Each year, the recreational program teaches more than 150 students. The newest program established is Little Explorers. Little Explorers is for students ages two to five and focuses on developing gross motor skills while having fun with tumbling and dance. The competitive programs at WE has received several championship awards over the year.
WE is a proud member of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce and an active business of in the community.
“Every year, Winnersville Elite participates in local events such as the Honey Bee Festival & Parade and The Greater Downtown Valdosta Christmas Parade,” said Hagan. “We are a community partner for the Lowndes and Valdosta School Systems, participating in Career Days, STEM programs, and other school events. We’ve also participated in the Moultrie 21st century program dedicated to serving low-income schools by providing enrichment opportunities after school.”
Winnersville Elite Cheer & Dance is located at 1974 Business Parkway, Valdosta. For more information, call 229-293-9323 or visit www.winnersvilleelite.com.