The Chamber Ambassadors honored Smile Doctors as the Leading Business of the Week for April 22, 2019.
Doctor Marsha Holloway and her Smile Doctor team takes pride in providing the ultimate experience to their patients of all ages.
“We want to connect with our patients and make them feel like a part of the Smile Doctors family before, during and after their treatment,” said Sarah Evans.
Passionate about helping and interacting with the Valdosta-Lowndes County community, Smile Doctors has partnered with Second Harvest food bank to help end hunger.
“This is an amazing opportunity to give back to our community and help fight hunger here in our hometown,” said Evans.
Smile Doctors is a proud member of the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Holloway stated, “It has truly been our pleasure to work with everyone at the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce. We have thoroughly enjoyed our many years of partnering with the Chamber.”
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.
U.S. Representative Austin Scott joined Valdosta Chamber leaders on Wednesday, April 17th for a roundtable discussion on policy issues ranging from transportation to military affairs. Among those participating were chairman of the Chamber Board of Directors, Lee McArthur, Chamber president, Myrna Ballard, chairman of the Chamber’s Government Affairs Council, John P. Page and chairman of the Chamber’s Healthcare Policy Committee, Steven Heddon.
One of the key issues discussed was the Chamber’s opposition to the FAA’s so-called “1,500-hour rule.” The rule requires new pilots to receive an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate attesting that they have 1,500 hours of cockpit training. This mostly impacts regional (i.e. rural) trunk carriers where 1,500 hour pilots are difficult to find and recruit, thus creating a pilot shortage and curtailing regional air service.
Another topic discussed at the meeting pertained to issues surrounding the measurements of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, which determines the possibility of a military base closing. Led by Nick Lacey, chairman of the Military Affairs Policy Committee on the Chamber’s Government Affairs Council, issues of rural broadband and the quality of education at local school systems were agenda items that were concerning. While these two subjects are certainly important from a BRAC standpoint, they are also significant when considering economic development, labor, education and workforce development and healthcare.
The Congressman was happy to listen to the concerns of the business community. “Congressman Scott is very accessible to his constituents,” said Ballard. “He takes the time to listen to the concerns of the business community. These face-to-face discussions with our elected officials are the best way to advocate for our members.”
The Chamber and Renasant Bank presented Motion Wave Productions, LLC with the April Small Business of the Month award.
Co-owners Glenn Boswell and TJ Taylor joined forces in 2016 to start an all-inclusive company offering high quality video production, photography, marketing solutions and more to the Valdosta-Lowndes County community.
“Motion Wave Productions provides companies of any size the opportunity to have professional quality videos created for their business and used to promote themselves online through their website, social media, and ad campaigns,” said Boswell. “Motion Wave has the knowledge and creativity to set a company apart from the competition.”
Boswell and Taylor have more than 16 years of combined experience in producing television shows and working live events. Motion Waves Productions’ goal is to highlight and showcase businesses and companies in the community.
“We wanted to open our company in Valdosta and help show business owners the benefit of online video marketing,” said Boswell.
Motion Wave Productions is passionate about community involvement. Motion Wave is a proud and active member of the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber. Boswell and Taylor have worked with the Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy.
“The most significant way Motion Wave has shown community involvement merely is by providing our services to clients and being able to create videos that highlight what they are doing for our great community,” said Boswell.
Motion Wave Productions is located at 509 N. Patterson St, Valdosta. For more information, call 229-329-2767.
The Chamber Ambassadors honored White Weddings as the Leading Business of the Week for April 15, 2019.
Passionate about supporting local businesses in the Valdosta-Lowndes community, Brooke and Charles White established White Weddings in 2012.
Offering an exceptional bridal shopping experience, White Weddings helps each bride and her family create a lifetime of memories.
“We love helping brides so that this part of their wedding planning is as stress-free as possible, “said Brooke White owner.
White Weddings is a proud member of the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber.
White stated, “The Chamber is a valuable tool in our community to connect other business owners, as well as learn about the great businesses in our community through 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. 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.
This past Friday, April 5, YOUR Five-Star Chamber, in association with the Homebuilders Association of South Georgia, Valdosta & Valdosta North Rotary clubs, and the Valdosta Board of Realtors®, hosted former Senator Saxby Chambliss at the Rainwater Conference Center for the Legislative Luncheon.
“Sen. Chambliss brings a wealth of experience from his legislative career,” said Chamber Government Affairs Council chairman John Page. “He served in the U.S. House and Senate, representing the great state of Georgia. Because of that mindset, combined with his record of service, he can give your average citizen a deep insight to understand politics and government in a balanced way. A true statesman, Sen. Chambliss is deeply respected by both political parties. He holds his ground when it comes to his deep principles and does not blink.”
Sen. Chambliss spoke to a wide range of issues including term limits, taxes on small businesses, cyber security and the impact it has on business owners. Sen. Chambliss jokingly mentioned that the number one password is “password”. He also talked about the rise of ransom-ware, where a hacker can control of your computer and demand payment to unlock it.
He also reflected upon his friendship and bi-partisan cooperation with late Sen. Ted Kennedy and how those values seem increasingly absent in today’s political climate. Sen. Chambliss also spoke about his work on immigration reform, specifically work visas for migrant farm workers and the impact that has on the country’s agriculture backbone.
In the past, the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce in association with the Homebuilders Association of South Georgia, Valdosta & Valdosta North Rotary clubs, and the Valdosta Board of Realtors®, have hosted Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson, Sen. David Perdue, Gov. Nathan Deal, and the local delegation to the state capitol for legislative luncheons. “The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber strives to bring influential voices in politics to the business community on an annual basis,” said Myrna Ballard, President of Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce. “We are honored to have a well-respected leader like Sen. Chambliss attend our Legislative Luncheon.”
The Chamber Ambassadors honored Tickle Me Pink-The Academy with a ribbon cutting on April 10, 2019 to present the new academy and celebrate their accomplishments.
Tickle Me Pink-The academy is an expansion of the daycare and early child learning center. The academy is an innovative school created to offer an environment for students to learn, embrace and build educationally and socially.
“Our goal is to expand early learning for Pre-K through second grade for students and families that are not ready for public schools,” said Pam Cater, owner. “Our goal is to provide a healthy, smaller learning environment that prepares the student and their families for our public and or larger private schools in our community.
TMP is the 2019 Small Business of the Year for the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce and has received other awards and recognitions for their excellence.
TMP is a proud and active member of the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber.
“The Chamber has helped our presence in the community and our desire and ability to educate early learners in a quality setting,” said Carter.
The Chamber Ambassadors honored South Georgia Chiropractic and Wellness with a ribbon cutting on April 1, 2019.
Using chiropractic care to improve the health and wellness in her clients, Dr. Lashasta Robinson uses the “whole person” approach to detect the underlying cause of the disease, discomfort and pain.
The organization provides a quick and friendly environment for their clients.
South Georgia Chiropractic and Wellness is a proud member of the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber.
“The Chamber has increased my network of professional and social contacts to help promote and grow my brand,” said Robinson.
Dr. Robinson chose to have a ribbon cutting to educate the community about the benefits of chiropractic care.
The Chamber Ambassadors honored Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc. as the Leading Business of the Week for April 1, 2019.
Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, a family owned and operated business, is known for their “famous Dutch taste” potato rolls and bread.
“Martin’s Potato Sandwich Rolls are the number one branded hamburger bun in America,” said Scott Munger, director of production operations. “Freshness and quality are important to Martin’s Famous Potato Rolls and Bread.”
Martin’s family history and values contribute to the company’s success.
“Martin’s story starts in the 1950s, in the heart of “Pennsylvania Dutch” country, in the kitchen of Lois and Lloyd Martin,” said Munger. “It was there that they perfected their potato roll.”
According to Munger, expanding the Valdosta bakery will give them the ability to reach more customers.
Recognized for their dedication and commitment, Martin’s received the Best of Southern Georgia-Best Industrial Employer award.
Martin’s is a proud member of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber.
“The Chamber has always been supportive of Martin’s, even from the earliest days of our decision to build the bakery in Valdosta,” said Munger. “We are proud to be a member of this organization.”
Munger appreciates the support provided by the Chamber.
“The Chamber actively supports and promotes local businesses community, said Munger. “They are an advocate for issues that are important to all of us.”
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