COVID-19 has brought gatherings to a halt for months which has certainly affected us all in some way. While this result of the pandemic has cancelled a few plans for the majority, the event industry has had to completely rethink their livelihood.
The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Power recognize this hurdle and commend Event Point on their safe redirection by naming them the first-ever Industry Innovation award winner.
Event Point is a locally based event production company that “carries the stress for you, during the process of building and running your event,” shared Chris Shelton, Senior Project Manager.
“For once, you can sit down and enjoy dinner at the event you planned,” added Josh Taylor, Project Manager.
Event Point normally sets up their state-of-the-art equipment at your venue location complete with speakers, lights, podiums and more while running the show behind the scenes. Their expertise ensures there are no awkward moments or technical difficulties.
When gatherings sizes steadily decreased, Event Point’s schedule came to a standstill; however, it did not take long for Shelton and Taylor to redirect their energy.
“We wanted to create a safe way to still bring the same extraordinary experience to our clients,” shared Shelton.
Event Point completely redesigned one room in their office to virtually bring an event to you. The setup is a mock stage featuring curtains draped behind up-lights, framing a podium and microphone. Four large digital monitors, an audio monitor and multiple cameras are across the room only visible to the speaker.
“We can pre record presentations or run them live,” Shelton explained. “Viewers would never know the speaker was not standing on a real stage.”
Event Point also has the capability to host Zoom interactive conferences as well as hybrid events. While some are beginning to feel comfortable hosting in person events, attendance still can’t be as high as normal, so Shelton and Taylor hope to help bridge this gap.
“We can adjust our in-person events to make them suitable to a virtual audience, too,” said Shelton. “While some guests are physically present, we can live stream an event for at home viewers simultaneously.”
Guests utilizing the Event Point’s virtual event space have the opportunity to be the only one present in the room ensuring social distancing.
For those who feel most comfortable going live from their own office space, Event Point can easily transport their equipment to best suit the client.
Shelton encourages anyone who is interested in hosting a professionally produced, virtual event to set up a consultation. For more information and booking, visit their website eventpointhq.com.
The Chamber Ambassadors honored The Tree House Thrift Shop with a ribbon cutting on July 21, 2020 to celebrate the store’s expansion to a new location.
Established in 2013, The Tree House Thrift Shop is a high-quality store selling items generously donated by the community.
“All donations are filtered, screened, and cleaned (especially during COVID-19) by volunteers who place items on our sales floor,” said Lindsey Rogers, Senior Marketing Specialist. “Items are only displayed for sale if they’re in excellent condition, and many donations are brand new items.”
The proceeds collected support a nonprofit hospice organization in the Valdosta area.
“We love what we do because our store proceeds benefit patient care for Hospice of South Georgia, the community’s only nonprofit hospice organization,” said Rogers. “Hospice of South Georgia provides compassionate comfort care to anyone facing a chronic illness during curative treatments, as well as when an illness becomes life limiting.”
The Tree House is passionate about giving back to those who help keep the community healthy and safe.
“The Tree House offers multiple sales and discounts on a weekly basis including, 20% off total purchases for SGMC employees and military,” said Rogers. “We also like to give back to our community partners. When we do not sell items on our floor or receive donations that are not in excellent condition, we donate these to shelters and other nonprofit organizations.”
The Tree House is a proud member of the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce.
“Our chamber has always been at our side to help network with our local business partners through chamber events and educational opportunities,” said Rogers. “They have helped us enhance our outreach and marketing through publications, ribbon cuttings, business of the week, and billboard promotions with collaborating companies. We are grateful to our local chamber for their support!”
For more information about The Tree House Thrift Shop call 229-293-9881.
Valdosta is back in business and the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce celebrated in a safe yet exciting way.
All members open for business were invited to be a part of the Chamber’s week-long Grand Re Opening Celebration. To practice social distancing, one Chamber Staff member and one Chamber Ambassador made appearances at these businesses to welcome them back and snap some photos to use in order to promote them to the community. Each group was also part of a collaborative video. Both Chamber representatives wore face masks at all times.
“As the voice of the business community, we knew we had a duty to promote our members who need the community’s support now more than ever,” expressed Myrna Ballard, Chamber President.
20 total businesses were visited throughout the week by a variety of Chamber Staff and Ambassadors. Businesses involved in the Grand Re Opening Celebration include:
A Plus Junk Removal & Moving Services,
Ella’s Top Corral,
Holiday Inn Express Lake Park,
Horizons Xtreme Fitness,
Jumpn’ Jacks 4 Kidz,
Kellie Rae Photography,
Kona Ice of Lowndes,
Kreamkles Rolled Ice Cream,
Mercer Hughes Real Estate Group,
PeaceWay Counseling & Mediation Services,
Recoil Trampoline Park,
Southern Grace Gifts,
The Flower Gallery,
The Valdosta Mall,
Valdosta Chiropractic & Rehab,
Wild Adventures Theme Park and
Winnersville Elite Cheer and Dance.
All businesses are open and hope to receive customers in a safe fashion.
Jump’n Jacks 4 Kidz reopening date aligned perfectly with the Chamber’s recognition. Being a family place, they wanted to get the word out about their safe practices.
“We want to make everyone feel comfortable at Jump’n Jacks,” Said owner, Monica Dominey. “We require the use of masks and gloves by our employees, encourage the use of masks and social distancing with our customers, continually sanitize bounce houses and arcade games, use a cold fogger to further sanitize the building and take everyone's temperature,” she shared.
Other businesses appreciated the chance to share their safety protocol and the opportunity to connect again.
“It was so refreshing to see some familiar faces – masked, of course!” said Kyle Webb of Ella’s Top Corral.
The Chamber Ambassadors shared the excitement of the businesses to be getting back out into the community.
“Since March, we have been supporting the business community from afar, but it was great to get back out there and visibly celebrate our members when they need it most,” shared Ambassador Chairman, Lisa Register.
The Chamber Ambassadors look forward to continuing to ease back into the community in a safe way.