The Chamber Board of Directors welcomed South Georgia Medical Center CEO, Ronnie Dean to the Chamber to congratulate him and the regional medical center on their recent 4-star overall quality rating.
The prestigious title was awarded by the US Medicare and Medicaid Services. SGMC is the only hospital in the area to reach this level. SGMC ranks among the top 30% of hospitals nationally.
Chamber Board Chairman, Lee McArthur, is excited for what this not only means for SGMC, but the entire community.
“Our local business community supports SGMC not only because a growing community must have quality health care , but because we believe that the success of SGMC and the entire medical services and support sector is the key to prosperity in South Georgia in years to come,” McArthur stated.
With Dean being new in his position, this was the first time that many Chamber Board members had met him.
Incoming 2020 board member, Lisa Register, was left with a great first impression.
”We were incredibly impressed with Ronnie Dean. He is very knowledgeable yet enthusiastic and easily approachable. He is exactly what Valdosta has been waiting for,” said Register.
The board looks forward to having Dean at SGMC for years to come and was thrilled to hear that he is equally as invested in the local business community.
PHOTO CAPTION: The Chamber Board of Directors welcomed South Georgia Medical Center CEO, Ronnie Dean to the Chamber to congratulate him and the regional medical center on their recent 4-star overall quality rating.
The Chamber Ambassadors honored Gladwin Vaughn Architecture with a ribbon cutting on December 12, 2019 to celebrate their brand new name.
Gladwin Vaughn Architecture is a full-service architectural firm located in the heart of Downtown Valdosta in the historic Roberts Building. The firm is led by owners and business partners Céline Gladwin and Erin Vaughn.
For the past 13 years, Gladwin Vaughn Architecture has served the Valdosta community on the principles and values established by the former BFB Gladwin Architects and the Florida-based firm, Barnett Fronczak Barlow Architects.
“We have a fully virtual firm, as well as a beautiful office in the Historic Roberts Building in downtown Valdosta,” said Gladwin. “The mission for our firm is to deliver unique and creative design solutions that are contextual and exceed our clients’ expectations. We both have a shared vision for the firm to foster creativity and fun in a flexible and contemporary work environment.”
Gladwin Vaughn Architecture stand by their work by providing great attention to each client and project.
“I believe that we are a trustworthy, talented and innovative team,” said Gladwin. “We stand by what we do and treat every project and client with the utmost importance and attention. We love what we do and have been blessed with wonderful clients, great projects and a supportive community. We hope to continue to provide our professional design services and grow and evolve with each one of our experiences.”
Gladwin Vaughn Architecture is a proud member of the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce.
Gladwin stated, “The Chamber was my first stop when we first moved to Valdosta over 13 years ago and opened a branch office at the time. The Chamber offers a variety of opportunities for a business at each stage of the business’ development from specific resources to networking opportunities.”
For more information about Gladwin Vaughn Architecture visit 106 W. Hill Ave, unit B. or call 229-244-1492.
The Chamber Ambassadors honored Northwind Apartment Homes as the Leading Business of the Week for December 16, 2019.
Northwind Apartment Homes is one of Valdosta’s premiere living communities providing their residents with a memorable experience.
“Thinking outside of the box separates us from our competitors,” said Brittany Lee, community director. “When our residents move to Northwind, it not only becomes a home, but an experience. We want to create exceptional experiences for all who live with us.”
For Lee, the opportunity to interact with the residents is a gratifying experience each day.
“It is a rewarding experience getting to meet and interact with so many different residents and different personalities every day,” said Lee. “Getting to make their living experience the best it could possibly be is a rewarding experience to our full team.”
Northwind is a member of the South Georgia’s Apartment Association.
“We love being a part of the South Georgia’s Apartment Association where we meet with other apartment communities as we come together to help enhance out living experience for all residents of our communities,” said Lee.
Northwind is a proud member of the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce.
“The Valdosta Chamber does a great job promoting businesses in the Valdosta area,” said Lee. With each new business that comes to the area, this brings more potential residents to our Northwind community.
For more information about Northwind Apartment Homes, please call 229-241-8237 or visit 5148 Northwind Blvd.
The Chamber Ambassadors honored Compass Behavioral and Developmental Consultants, LLC with a ribbon cutting on December 19, 2019 to celebrate the opening of their new office.
For the past six years, Compass Behavioral and Developmental Consultants, LLC has educated, advocated and guided families with quality researched-based behavioral treatment.
Compass’ certified therapists are passionate about improving the lives those living with autism spectrum disorders by providing quality Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for children and adults.
Compass was established in Valdosta and has expanded to Thomasville, Warner Robins and Hinesville.
For more information about Compass Behavioral and Developmental Consultants, LLC visit 3121 North Oak Ext. or call 800-832-9419.
Photo Caption: The Chamber Ambassadors honored Compass Behavioral and Developmental Consultants, LLC with a grand opening ribbon cutting
Plastic Surgery Associates Goes Premium at the Chamber
Although new members of the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber, Plastic Surgery Associates jumped in with two feet joining at the Premium Level.
Owned and led by Dr. Sonya Merriman, Plastic Surgery Associates is committed to providing high quality services and care. They fulfill the need of both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery to those in South Georgia and North Central Florida.
Dr. Merriman has been in practice for 28 years, 24 of which have been with Plastic Surgery Associates.
Some of the practice’s lesser known amenities fall within their business-within-a-business, The Aesthetic Center. This entity encompasses all non-surgical practices such as Botox, skin rejuvenation and laser hair removal.
“These procedures have been a part of our practice for years, but we have recently started our rebranding of the aesthetic center to let our patients know everything we provide,” Merriman said.
Offering procedures both surgical and non-surgical sets Plastic Surgery Associates apart from their competitors.
“We are able to evaluate you from start to finish, providing the entire package,” explained Mandy Parks, Practice Administrator.
The employees of Plastic Surgery Associates boast exceptional credibility. In addition to Dr. Merriman’s credentials, the aestheticians work closely under board certified surgeons, which is unique for a med-spa.
While customer service and quality practice will always be top priority, community involvement and connection ranks high on Plastic Surgery Associate’s list and played a part in their decision to join the Chamber at the third highest level.
“We were looking for more networking opportunities and a chance to be around other business owners,” Merriman shared.
For this reason, Merriman is most looking forward to attending future Business After Hours events.
Parks is most excited about exploring different outlets they had yet to utilize, like joining the Chamber’s Certified Military Friendly Program.
“Certified Military Friendly is great for our marketing. It is helping us reach a different demographic we had been hoping to target,” Parks added.
Merriman, Parks and the rest of Plastic Surgery Associates are looking forward to becoming even more involved with the Chamber in time.
For more information on Plastic Surgery Associates, call them at 229-242-3002 or visit them at 230 Northside Drive.
Students from the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) were introduced to Nick Valenti from Valenti, Rackley & Associates, who spoke to the class about financial consideration when starting a small business. Students listened as he presented the principles of budgeting, financing and taxes while also touching on the role of an accountant and what small business owners should know about accounting services.
Valenti stated, “It was great to be with these bright young people who are taking an interest in entrepreneurship and to speak to them about the accounting aspects of running a business.”
As part of the YEA! program, students are introduced to all facets of the business world including advertising, insurance, graphic design, web development and legal issues.
Over the course of this year’s YEA! program, 17 students will launch their own businesses.
As a non-profit organization, YEA! relies on the generosity of the community and of sponsors; people who identify with entrepreneurship and want to help pave the way for the future business leaders of tomorrow.
“YEA! strengthens the community, and the community strengthens YEA!,” said Gayle Jagel, the founder and CEO of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. “Our program managers and instructors seek out people in the business community to help transform our students’ dreams into reality.”
During the course of the 26-week program, more than 30 local businesses become involved with YEA! in various ways. Students work in close cooperation with local business leaders, community leaders and educators who use their personal experiences to demonstrate how to transform their ideas into tangible enterprises that create economic and social value.
For more information on YEA! contact Betty Morgan at the Chamber at 229-247-8100 ext 234.
The Chamber and Renasant Bank presented The Bleu Cafe with the December Small Business of the Month Award.
The Bleu Café opened their doors in Downtown Valdosta in 2006 and has been serving the community ever since.
The Bleu café is a laidback, friendly dining establishment in the heart of Valdosta that specializes in Mediterranean dishes, New American bites and other tasty selections alongside their affordable and vast bar selection.
“We specialize in professional yet personal service for all customers,” explained Deidra White, owner. This allows them to create an atmosphere that feels lie home but with high-quality, delicious food.
The service is not the only factor contributing to The Bleu Café’s atmosphere.
“You can usually find a local band playing inside serenading the café’s guests with smooth, live music,” White added.
For guests who prefer an outdoor, quieter setting, quaint tables await on the sidewalk of historic Patterson Street.
The Bleu Café thrives off of staying involved and connected with their community. “Providing a "taste of Valdosta” lets our residents not only see but taste what Valdosta is made of,” says White.
The Bleu Café is always active in First Friday each month. They also participate in Restaurant Week which allows all of Valdosta to stop by the multiple restaurants downtown and sample food and drinks as they walk the streets listening to outstanding music.
Visit The Bleu Café at 125 N Patterson Street or give them a call at 229-244-2248.
Photo Caption: The Chamber and Renasant Bank honored The Bleu Café as December’s Small Business of the Month.
Chamber Hosts Ground Breaking for Southland Metal Roofing and Supply
The Chamber Ambassadors honored Southland Metal Roofing and Supply with a ground breaking on December 3, 2019 to celebrate the new site for business.
Southland Metal Roofing and Supply is a family owned and operated business offering the highest quality metal roofing and supplies while providing a friendly and easy customer experience.
“We love that we are a family owned and operated business with good employees and friends working along with us,” said Conrad Seaholtz, owner. “Our service is second to none, we can take orders and have them ready with 24 hours. We manufacture on site using the high quality American made metal.”
According to Seasholtz, Southland Metal Roofing and Supply is introducing metal roofing and the benefits to this area. Next year, Southland Metal Roofing and Supply will offer a complete line of name brand shingles.
Southland Metal Roofing and Supply is a proud member of the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce.
Seasholtz stated, “The Chamber advertises our business on their website and host events where we have the opportunity to promote our business and works with us in our community.”
For more information about Southland Metal Roofing and Supply visit 2375 Highway 84 west or call 229-242-0978.