The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce and Renasant Bank presented IDP Properties with the October Small Business of the Month Award.
Owned and founded by current president Rhett J. Holmes, IDP is a full-service real estate development firm that invests in and redevelops communities. They specialize in development, acquisitions, property management, construction management, and consulting.
“IDP is a business founded on three principles: integrity, diversity, and purpose. It’s the reason we all come to work every day and why our business continues to grow.” Holmes, said. “We believe our purpose is to strengthen communities and leave a lasting positive impact.”
While planning many types of developments, IDP’s primary aim is to provide affordable housing to many families, seniors, and singles so that they may have an opportunity to live in a modern, clean, and quality built apartment.
IDP operates mainly in the southeast, developing in states such as Georgia, Florida, and Louisiana, but they have made a substantial commitment to their home base of Valdosta.
IDP believes in community involvement and aims to gives back both monetarily and with their time to the community. Quarterly, the IDP team participates in some form of community service.
“Most recently, we have opened Freedom Heights Apartments in Valdosta, located off Bemis Road. This apartment community offers affordable one, two, and three-bedroom units along with many amenities. Also, we have developed The Ashley House, an affordable senior community in downtown Valdosta.” Holmes said.
IDP is mainly dedicated to The Ashley House. They hosted on a cookie decorating party for the seniors at The Ashley House. They had musical entertainment, snacks, and all the supplies the seniors needed to decorate sugar cookies.
“The residents had a wonderful time and were so proud of their creations. Many of these residents don’t have families, and this was a wonderful way we were able to give back and provide them with holiday cheer.” Holmes added.
They also provide financial support for several Valdosta charities, including Habitat for Humanity, the FCA Spring Banquet, the Boys and Girls Club, the Coleman Talley Food Drive, and the VSU Foundation.
As for plans for their developments in Valdosta, IDP has recently purchased the former Bank of America building on S. Patterson Street in downtown Valdosta. They plan to repurpose the building to create something the entire community can utilize.
They are also building another senior community complex to be named “The Ashbury.” Like the rest of their Valdosta properties, it will be a certified green building to align with their mission of being an environmentally conscious company.
For more information, visit IDP Properties at 123 N Patterson St or give them a call at (229) 219-6760.
The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce and Renasant Bank presented Limbcare Prosthetics and Orthotics of Georgia, Inc. with the September Small Business of the Month Award.
Limbcare is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) clinic that specializes in prosthetic and orthotic devices to provide the most advanced orthotic and prosthetic care, diabetic shoes, and inserts throughout South Georgia.
Limbcare was started by John Rodman, a veteran who served for 15 years in the business of prosthetics. Initially starting as one location with a staff of 10 people, Limbcare now caters to multiple locations across Tifton, Americus, Valdosta, Cordele, LaGrange, and Albany. All locations still utilize a smaller staff to contribute to a feeling of family.
"Limbcare Prosthetics & Orthotics of Georgia is more than just a medicinal practice, it is a family unit dedicated to helping others of all ages who may have musculoskeletal disabilities or other injuries take control of their lives and gain the self-confidence they need to go flourish." Faye Rodman, office manager, said.
Limbcare prides themselves in going beyond the clinic to provide for the residents of Valdosta. They take part in a multitude of community events such as the March of Dimes, which supports mother's and children's mental and physical health so that all children may have an opportune life. They also contribute to local VA clinics.
For more information please visit Limbcare Prosthetics & Orthotics of Georgia Inc. at 2910 North Ashley Suite K, Valdosta, GA 31602 or call 229-247-7561.
The Chamber and Renasant Bank presented Southern Shipping Solutions, LLC with the August Small Business of the Month Award.
Since 2009, Southern Shipping Solutions has been serving customers all over the world, right from the city of Valdosta.
“Southern Shipping Solutions, LLC is the base of a dedicated service team ready to work for you,” Said Connie Ledbetter, owner. “Our leading–edge technology and robust procurement power enables our clients to see significant transportation savings while enjoying the best-in-class-service.”
Customers around the globe can take advantage of the services of Southern Shipping Solutions with friendly service desk support, shipment execution, customized reporting proprietary web-based technology. The diversity of service and the rapport they build with customers helps to set the company apart.
“Our customers are family to us, we work to understand their businesses so we can best design a model to fit their specific business needs,” said Ledbetter.
The company offers customers a variety of services including but not limited to: parcel shipping, logistics management, domestic and international air-freight and local and regional courier service.
Southern Shipping Solutions prides themselves in customizing their service to meet the needs of customers and being a locally owned business.
“Because we are locally owned and managed, we map our own course,” said Ledbetter. “Local service providers always gets-first consideration in moving out hot shots and full truck load shipments because we believe it is important to keep out work local whenever possible.”
Southern Shipping Solutions has been active in the local city of Valdosta for a decade and looks forward to continuing to serve the community.
For more information please visit Southern Shipping Solutions LLC at 3460 N Valdosta Rd or call 229-249-0997.
The Chamber and Renasant Bank presented Jac’s Bowling Lanes Inc. with the July Small Business of The Month Award.
Since 1985, Jac’s Bowling Lanes has delivered classic family-fun to the community of Valdosta.
“We pride ourselves in offering the community an affordable and enjoyable place to bring their family,” said Brett Daughtery.
“In our industry, it’s all about giving our guests the best experience possible. When you bowl, you don’t leave with anything in your hands, so we have to make sure they leave with good memories and an incredible experience,” he added.
Jac’s Bowling Lanes is a place for bowlers of all ages and levels. The family owned business is committed to providing an outlet of fun for all families and citizens of Valdosta.
They also are happy to cater to individuals with special needs. The bowling alley is dedicated to working with local organizations to ensure their business properly accommodates this group of individuals.
“Since bowling is a unique sport which accommodates any person’s challenges, we believe it is our duty to the community to provide a free outlet for those individuals to join together and participate in a sport that can be catered to specifically to them.”
Birthday parties are very popular amongst the younger crowd at Jac’s Bowling Lanes. Bumpers can easily be pulled up to assist. A fully equipped party room is also readily available for these guests.
For the more serious bowlers in Valdosta, Jac’s Bowling Lanes loves presenting a challenge. The bowling alley hosts several leagues a year, including a junior league for children. This is not only a great aspect of the sport, but a fun way to bring the Valdosta bowling community together.
For more information, please visit Jac’s Bowling Lanes at 406 Connell Road or call 229- 242- 2695.
The Chamber and Renasant Bank presented North Oak Family EyeCare and Optical with the June Small Business of the Month award.
A locally owned Optometry practice in Valdosta, North Oak Family EyeCare and Optical strives to offer outstanding services to individual’s ages four and up.
Led by Dr. Deborah McDonald, North Oak Family EyeCare and Optical opened when Dr. McDonald saw a need for the continuity of care for her patients.
Through the years, Dr. McDonald has built relationships over multiple generations within families.
“We want to be known as your hometown eye care and optical provider in a welcoming, professional environment,” said McDonald.
NOFEO provides its patients with annual eye wellness evaluations and contact lens fitting. They offer treatments and evaluations for eye infections, injuries, allergies, dryness, diabetes, hypertension, and glaucoma.
Dr. McDonald is planning to expand into sports vision and low vision therapy in the coming years to broaden the services available the patients of NOFEO.
Dr. McDonald and NOFEO is passionate about community involvement.
Dr. McDonald opened NOFEO to Lions Lighthouse of Atlanta to help people that did not qualify for vision benefits.
Recently, NOFEO sponsored a paint party with a twist to help raise money for the local Lion’s Club.
“The twist was a short talk on visually impaired artist and then painting without your habitual glasses or contact lenses,” said McDonald.
NOFEO makes a great effort to be environmentally conscious by saving cardboard boxes received daily and giving them to LAMP for recycling.
“We also offer them to the patients at the holiday times for gift boxes,” said McDonald.
McDonald stated, “There is a box in the foyer for eyeglass donations, and we also take used contact lenses and blister packs to be recycled (but not re-used) through terracycle.”
NOFEO recognizes the greatness of all programs, and do their best to support each one.
“We proudly put up a sign encouraging the Blazers on the road to the national championship,” said McDonald.
For more information, please visit North Oak Family EyeCare and Optical at 2724 N. Oak Street or call 229-469-7660.
The Chamber and Renasant Bank presented Kathy’s Vineyard and Florist with the May Small Business of the Month award.
For 26 years, Kathy’s Vineyard and Florist has provided beautiful floral arrangements and greenery to the citizens and visitors of Valdosta-Lowndes County. The floral arrangements and greenery supplied by Kathy’s Vineyard are seen throughout the community.
Formerly known as Weddings to Remember, Kathy’s Vineyard began as a florist shop dedicated to weddings.
“It was a very small scale then, but has grown to three locations and expanded to provide flowers and greenery for any occasion which lead to its name change,” said Kathy Harrington.
Kathy’s Vineyard is passionate about community involvement and is a proud and active member of the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber.
“To help brighten people’s lives, we donate arrangements to churches and others to help with floral needs,” said Harrington. “As well as donating our arrangements, Kathy’s Vineyard makes monetary donates to serves and benefit the community.”
Kathy’s Vineyard is an honored sponsor of Lowndes High School and Valdosta High School’s cheerleading and football programs through donations. In addition to sponsoring athletics, Kathy’s Vineyard attends careers fairs for local schools.
According to Harrington, Kathy’s Vineyard proudly support other local businesses by providing radio advisement and help serve by feeding those in need.
Harrington stated, “We are always willing to help those who come through ours doors in any way we can.”
For more information, please visit Kathy’s Vineyard at 704 Lake Park Road or call 229-245-7788.
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 and Renasant Bank presented Event Point, LLC with the March Small Business of the Month award.
Whether you have an exciting message to share or need to host an outstanding event to ensure it is communicated clearly and effectively, Event Point is a must. Event Point provides quality audio visual services for any event that you host, from business to social events. . Event Point’s goal is to create flawless events with enthusiastic customer service!
Established in 2006, Event Point recognized the need in the Valdosta-Lowndes County community for quality live events while focusing on serving the clients with the utmost respect and service.
“One of our biggest priorities is to listen to our clients as they share the passion they have for their event, and taking that passion and translating it into a big success,” said Chris Shelton, project manager.
Event Point places great focus on creating affordable options for those wanting to host an event with limited funds. Event Point has provided discounted services to a select clients to ensure their message and event is of the highest quality, according to Shelton. Since their expertise is centered around events, the Event Point staff prides themselves on providing a fair service to everyone.
Shelton state, Event Point partners with each client to walk them through the process to ensure the final goal is achieved.
Passionate about working in the Valdosta-Lowndes County community, Event Point believes the bar has been raised tremendously for the quality and clarity for the businesses, organizations and individuals they work with.
Watching the stress and worry about all the aspects of an event begin to diminish as Event Point works with the client to plan out each and every part of an event—this is the true reward.
“We want Valdosta-Lowndes County to not just be another city people pass through on the interstate on their way to Florida or Atlanta, “said Shelton. “We want it to be a destination city that people seek out because of the quality of services and available resources we have here.”
Event Point is located 708 N. Oak Street, Valdosta. For more information, call 229-563-5278.
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.