The Chamber and Renasant Bank presented Ray Norton Tire and Auto Center with the February Small Business of the Month award.
For the past 30 years, Ray Norton has strived to offer exceptional auto services to Valdosta and the surrounding cities.
Ray Norton is an independent business offering a nationwide warranty on all the parts and labor they offer.
“We have two full-time Auto Service Excellence-certified technicians, each with over 20 years of experience,” said Sharon Norton, general manager. “We perform all repairs, except for muffler and transmissions.”
Ray Norton takes pride in the service and products they offer to their customers.
“We are Valdosta’s number one Michelin/BFG Goodrich Alliance dealer and can also obtain just about any name brand you’re looking for,” said Norton.
Customer commitment is Ray Norton’s first priority.
“We like to focus on relationships, after that everything else falls into place,” said Norton. “Relationships are important to us, and we to earn their trust.”
For the past 10 years, Ray Norton has been nominated for many awards.
Ray Norton has received awards for Best Auto Repair, Best Tire Store and Best Brake Shop and Valdosta Daily Times, Best of the Best.
Ray Norton is passionate about their involvement in the Valdosta-Lowndes County community.
According to Norton, the business has hosted its annual customer appreciation events for the past 23 years. The event is free to the community and includes food, prizes and entertainment.
Ray Norton is a proud supporter of the military.
“As a NAPA authorized repair facility, Ray Norton was part of a group of facilities that gave away a car to a military member,” said Norton. “We offer military discounts as well.”
Ray Norton are donors to local area non-profits such as LAMP, Options Now, WAFT, and Morningside Baptist Church’s “We Love Valdosta” event.
Ray Norton Tire and Auto Center are located at 2606 Bemiss Road, Valdosta. For more information, call 229-247-1555 or visitwww.raynortontire.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.
The Chamber and Renasant Bank presented Backyard Retreat with the December Small Business of the Month award.
Since 2007, Backyard Retreat has been serving South Georgia and North Florida with a variety of options for pool services. With more than 20 years of experience in the aquatic business, Backyard Retreat offers several personalized services to their residential clients as well as their commercial clients.
“We are certified for warranty work for Hayward and Pentair products,” said Sheri Johnson, office manager. “Our services include swimming pool repairs, outdoor deck work, liner replacement, Polaris sales and repairs, spas, above ground pools as well as a full line of pool supplies and chemicals.”
For the past 11 years, Backyard Retreat has been a proud member of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce. Backyard Retreat is thankful for the business and community relationship shared with the Chamber.
“We value and treat our customers as part of our family and will help them in their time of need,” said Johnson. “We are involved with the Chamber of Commerce and the Red Carpet.”
For more information about Backyard Retreat, call 229-249-9440 or visit their website www.backyardretreatpool.com.
The Chamber and Renasant Bank presented South Georgia Vein Center with the November Small Business of the Month award.
Since 2003, South Georgia Vein Center has provided unparalleled service to its patients through the pioneering of safe and beneficial medical procedures.
Dr. Greg Martin and his highly trained professional staff care deeply for their patients. According to Jerry Kozuch, public relations representative, “each patient is walked through their surgery with compassion, kindness, and familiarity that only a locally based business can provide.”
Grateful for their multiple community and professional awards received, South Georgia Vein Center appreciates their repeat patients that continue to visit their office regularly.
A proud member of the Chamber, South Georgia Vein Center strives to give long-term community service to the Valdosta Community through various means.
“South Georgia Vein owes its success to the real value, customer service, and true southern hospitality,” said Kozuch.
South Georgia Vein Center is located at 3338 Country Club Road (Summit Pointe), Valdosta. For more information, call 229-259-9666 or online at www.valdostaveins.net.
The Chamber and Renasant Bank presented Anchored Media Marketing with the October Small Business of the Month award.
A full-service digital marketing company, Anchored Media Marketing offers Search Engine Optimization (SEO), website design, social media and content marketing, reputation management, and other digital marketing services.
Committed to helping businesses grow, owner Sally Sutton works with both large and small companies.
Sutton said she understands that not all businesses have a specific person designated to handle marketing and social media duties.
“Many small businesses need help with social media marketing, content creation, website design or redesign, and SEO, but they may not have the staff to fulfill these jobs,” said Sutton, who started Anchored Media Marketing in 2015. “We offer services tailored to meet each company’s marketing needs and their budget.”
With a passion for giving back to the community, Sutton serves as a Chamber Ambassador and participates as a mentor in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) program. She also volunteers with a variety of programs and organizations that support and promote a better community.
As a proud member of the Chamber, Sutton is involved in programs and events hosted by the Chamber.
“The connections that I have made since becoming a Chamber member have been the greatest benefit to growing my business,” Sutton said. “I highly suggest businesses join the Chamber and get involved.”
For more information about Anchored Media Marketing, call 702-506-2211 or visit their website AnchoredSEO.com
The Chamber and Renasant Bank presented Newbern Family Dental Practice with the September Small Business of the Month award.
Located in Valdosta, Newbern Family Dental Practice has provided quality dental care for the past 31 years. Started by Jeff L. Newbern, III, DDS, the practice also includes David O. McGee, DMD.
“We have provided the highest quality care dentistry to over 34,000 patients,” said Newbern. “Our goal is to help patients achieve a perfect smile. A smile on a patient’s face is the best compliment we can ever receive.”
According to Newbern, the dental practice does not compromise on the care given to each patient. “It is important for us to understand the patient’s fears, concerns, and points of resistance. This helps us to treat them properly and provide better solutions to their problems.”
Newbern said it is the support of the patients and partnership with the Chamber that has helped the business succeed. “We want always to remain grateful for our patients and to the Chamber. Without either of them, we would not be where we are at today.”
For more information about Newbern Family Dental Practice, call 229-242-6202 or visit them at 800 Northwood Park Drive, Valdosta.
The Chamber and Renasant Bank presented Ella’s Top Corral with the August Small Business of the Month award.
Established in 1976, Ella’s Top Corral is described as a “fast casual” restaurant specializing in fresh, never frozen 100 percent ground beef burgers. Ella’s Top Corral enjoys offering fresh ingredients, friendly service and a family atmosphere that keeps customers coming back again and again. Ella’s Top Corral takes pride in knowing their regular customers by name and can recite their orders from memory.
Ella McGhee, the owner of Ella’s Top Corral, began working for Top Corral, as it was formerly known, in 1977 and held many positions during her 36 years with the restaurant. McGhee’s dream of owning a restaurant became a reality in 2013 when she purchased the restaurant and changed the name to Ella’s Top Corral. Nicholas Perry, McGhee’s grandson and general manager of the restaurant, started working at Ella’s Top Corral in 2008. Perry’s goals include rebranding the restaurant and preparing for future expansion. This year, Ella’s Top Corral received recognition as having the “best hamburger” in the Valdosta Daily Times Best of South Georgia competition.
With a passion for giving back to the community, Ella’s Top Corral donated more than 150 meals to the Valdosta High School football team during this year’s spring training. The restaurant is also scheduled to provide meals to the Lowndes High School and Valdosta High School football teams during this year’s season.
For more information about Ella’s Top Corral, call 229-241-0322 or visit them at 1007 S. Patterson Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31601.
Proudly owned and operated by Alberto and Glenda Sanchez, Empanadas & More is a local restaurant striving to create food options that are both healthy and budget friendly. Empanadas & More provides services through several different channels and marketing niches such as, organized industries and commerce, religious organizations, educational entities, hospitals, medical offices, families and individuals.
Empanadas & More is not a commercial food chain or franchise business. They aim to add diversity to the local market with food that is prepared fresh each day. Empanadas & More takes great pride in providing their customers with meals that are prepared from locally harvested ingredients.
Empanadas & More believes the services they provide to the community places them in a great position in the local market.
For more information about Empanadas & More, call 229-245-5355 or visit them at 402 Northside Drive #C, Valdosta, GA 31602.
Renasant Bank and the Chamber presented Northside Animal Hospital as Small Business of the Month for June.
“Treating every client as though they were family and every pet as if they were our own” is more than a motto; it is the passion that Northside Animal Hospital has shared with the Valdosta Community for the past 48 years.
Founded in 1970, Northside Animal Hospital has dedicated their lives to providing pets with compassionate, high quality veterinary care. Northside Animal Hospital’s clientele has doubled since 2013; however, they are still able to offer 20 minute appointments to ensure each patient is given the time needed to evaluate, diagnose and answer any questions the pet owner may have. The doctors, team of technicians and support staff are extremely knowledgeable and caring. Northside Animal Hospital is a full-service clinic providing numerous veterinary services, including general animal health care, vaccinations, micro-chipping, dental care, surgical care, diagnostic testing, emergency care, grooming and boarding services.
Northside Animal Hospital is well known throughout the Valdosta and Lowndes County community. They sponsor and participate for the Valdosta-Lowndes County Humane Society, BARC Humane Society and Pruitt Health “Senior Paws for Senior Cause”. The doctors generously donate their time doing low cost sprays and neuters. Northside Animal Hospital proudly sponsored “Bark at the Park” for Valdosta State University’s Baseball program. Fans had the opportunity to bring the pets to the game where they received souvenir items and educational information. Several lucky people won a free yearly for their pet!
During a time of need, Northside Animal Hospital welcomed and boarded many pets from Florida during Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Irma evacuations. Each animal was boarded at no cost to the owner. The staff made care packages for the pets and owners as they traveled back their destinations in Florida.
The compassion from Northside Animal Hospital does not stop with the pets they love and adore, but carries over to the staff that helps make their care for pets possible each day. The staff takes time away from the office to enjoy bowling, going to restaurants for lunch, fish fries, which are always a favorite and much more. Northside Animal Hospital hosts an annual Christmas Party to give thanks and show their appreciation to each employee.
Northside Animal Hospital is eager to welcome you and your pet into their family. For more information contact them at 229-244-2983 or visit www.northsideanimal.com .
Renasant Bank and the Chamber presented Tickle Me Pink Daycare with the Small Business of the Month award in April.
Co-directors Pam and Brent Carter have found that the childcare business is not just work, it’s a true passion. Tickle Me Pink Daycare’s 20-year tenure in the community has withstood the test of time, when many in the industry weren’t so fortunate. “Not only [has it] maintained its existence, it has grown and expanded its Valdosta location to include GA-Pre-K and in the Fall of 2OI8, an accredited Kindergarten class,” said Pam. The facility began in a 1,200 square foot space and has since relocated to a 7,500 square foot location and serves more than 130 children and 70 families across Brooks and Lowndes counties.
Tickle Me Pink Daycare is a quality-rated learning facility and will be pursuing their third star in the coming months. The facility was awarded the Georgia Shape Award in 2017, when the center earned its second Quality Rated star which recognizes early learning centers and elementary schools that go the extra mile in educating ...that go the extra mile in educating and providing healthy meals and physical activity on a daily basis, according to Carter.
The owners and staff believe that the children’s success gives our community promise for long-term success. Evidence of that fact can be found in their teachers and employees. Made up of 14 certified, experienced childcare providers that are not only qualified, but have a true love for educating children. One teacher, in particular, is quite the special case. Kenya Durden started at Tickle Me Pink as a child and has since returned as a pre-school teacher with a degree from Valdosta State University.
Tickle Me Pink is open Monday through Friday from 5:30a.m. until 10:30p.m.Tickle Me Pink Daycare offers free GA. Pre-K, Summer Transition Program (for students who did not attend Pre-K), and in the Fall of 2018 will begin offering Kindergarten classes. The Carter’s are eager to welcome your family into theirs and invite you to contact them at 229-245-9881 for more information. You can also visit their website at http://ticklemedaycare.com/home.html, or visit them at 252 North St. Augustine Road in Valdosta. Don’t forget, Tickle Me Pink Daycare & Learning Center is the place “Where Children’s Success Matters.”