The Chamber Ambassadors recently honored Cottonwood Market Boutique with a ribbon cutting in recognition of its one year anniversary.
Cottonwood Market Boutique features a unique blend of local artisan market vendors and boutique home décor, gifts, clothing, and accessories. The mission for Cottonwood Market Boutique is to provide the community with an authentic shopping experience while supporting local artists along with adding fun and flair to downtown Valdosta.
In addition to the shopping experience that Cottonwood Market Boutique provides. Cottonwood houses an arts and crafts studio where they host painting and craft parties and the studio is available to rent for private events.
“I love what we do because we help make peoples’ homes, events and occasions very special since we offer one of a kind finds,” said Samantha Schreiber, owner of Cottonwood Market Boutique.
Schreiber is a native of Valdosta and wanted to start a business in downtown Valdosta to be part of the revitalization efforts.
Many of Cottonwoods items are exclusive and are made by locals in the Valdosta area. In upcoming months, Cottonwood is planning to continue growing its arts and craft studio and provide more opportunities for the community to interact.
Schreiber said the Chamber has “provided us with an affordable and efficient media and networking outlet.”
Having a successful holiday retail season starts with some advanced planning.
Sally Sutton, owner of Anchored Media Marketing, will present practical marketing steps that both online and brick and mortar businesses can implement to boost sales for the upcoming holiday season.
“Many local businesses that prepare for holiday sales in advance, tend to have a better sales season,” Sutton said. “It is important for them to prepare early.”
The two-hour class, Preparing Retailers for a Successful Holiday Season, will cover a variety of retail-specific marketing topics including the best ways to use Google, LinkedIn, and other social media platforms to achieve higher sales results.
“We will cover the basics of email marketing and local marketing tactics,” said Sutton, who has specialized in online marketing and website development for more than ten years. “The course will also provide steps for retailers to develop an overall marketing strategy specifically for the holiday season.”
The course is part of a series of presentations hosted each year by the SEEDS Business Resource Center, the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce, the City of Valdosta Community Development Department, and the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center located at Valdosta State University.
“The purpose of this event is to promote a no-cost educational opportunity to business owners and entrepreneurs,” said Betty Morgan, vice president of Business Development at the Chamber and director of the SEEDS Business Resource Center. “By providing this workshop, business owners can get insight on the cutting edge of utilizing products such as Google, LinkedIn, Constant Contact, and Vistaprint to make the most out of the last quarter of the year.”
Morgan said the Chamber provides business-related workshops throughout the year to help ensure that local businesses are thriving.
“The classes are part of the mission of the SEEDS Business Resource Center,” Morgan said. “SEEDS is an acronym for Sowing Entrepreneur and Economic Development Success. We encourage local entrepreneurs to take these free classes and utilize all the services of the SEEDS Business Resource Center, which are available regardless of a Chamber membership.”
The class is offered free of charge from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Willis L. Miller Library, located at 2906 Julia Drive, Valdosta. The class is limited to 30 participants, and advanced registration is required.
Registration is available online at www.valdostachamber.com or SEEDSbusinessresourcecenter.com.
For more information, contact Betty Morgan at 229-247-8100, ext. 234 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Four Star Freightliner is the Southeast region’s leading heavy and medium duty truck dealer that offers a complimentary line of Freightliner, FUSO, and Western Star brand trucks for both highway and vocational use.
Four Star Freightliner takes prides in offering customers “world class” truck products along with a full spectrum of services.
“Our highly trained technicians on staff are able to take care of any problems that might arise with the truck,” said Jerry Kocan, dealer principal of Four Star Freightliner.
Four Star Freightliner views their business as one of the most comprehensive dealerships and service centers in the Southeast region. They offer customers a guaranteed review within a time window.
“We provide a guarantee that a customer’s truck will be reviewed and diagnosed, and will be provided a completion time and cost estimate within 120 minutes,” said Kocan. “We also provide pick-up and delivery for service customers for their commercial trucks.”
Four Star Freightliner has grown substantially in the past 20 years. The company began with less than 50 employees and two dealerships and has expanded to six dealerships and three state operations with more than 180 employees.
“We feel people make the biggest impact and so we invest in our people development and retention,” said Kocan, “and we run well above the industry standard when it comes to employee retention after one plus years of service.”
As a proud member of the Chamber, Kocan states, “The Chamber has given us introduction, exposure and access to all the outstanding businesses and people that are located in our area.”
On Sept 6, Four Star Freightliner held a ribbon cutting celebration to officially open its new facility and honor all the hard work of all of the people who have helped the company reach this point.
For more information, call Four Star Freightliner at 1-800-239-8785.
The Chamber Ambassadors honored Jacuzzi Luxury Bath as the Leading Business of the Week for August 27, 2018.
As the inventor of the whirlpool bathtub, Jacuzzi Luxury Bath has become the most recognized brand in the market of hydrotherapy bathing. Jacuzzi Luxury Bath aims to be the leader in the product design and innovation in the bathing industry and to provide a quality product at a fair market value.
“We are fortunate to have a fantastic team of individuals that are dedicated, hard-working and talented in their craft, said Rich Baehr, director of operations. “The manufacturing business is sometimes tough, and our folks step up to the challenge every day.”
Jacuzzi Luxury Bath will be converting the space located at 511 Highland Drive into a new office building. The new building will include a showroom for Jacuzzi bathtubs and faucets. Jacuzzi Luxury Bath is constantly designing new innovative bathing products.
“The Chamber has always been supportive of our business, and they have always been willing to help in most anyway,” said Baehr. “The Chamber hosts many events in our community and every business has an opportunity to be involved and participate in various activities.”
The Leading Business of the Week program is designed to recognize members who have partnered with the Chamber for at least five years. Colson Business Systems proudly sponsors the 2018 Leading Business of the Week program. For more information, visit www.ValdostaChamber.com/Leading-Business-of-the-Week.