The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce is supporting troops and giving back to the military community by implementing the Certified Military Friendly Program.
The program allows local business to provide discounted service to active duty service members, veterans and retirees as well as employment opportunities for military spouses.
Participation in the program allows businesses around Valdosta to show their support for military members in the community.
A business wishing to support those who serve must be a chamber member in good standing with no past due balance, have no unresolved issues with the Better Business Bureau, and offer a discount/incentive to active duty military members and their spouses.
Prospective military friendly businesses must complete an application, pay a fee and submit business information for listing. An initial fee of $50 is required for new businesses. Returning businesses pay a renewal fee of $25.
As of 2019, 154 members of the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce are Certified Military Friendly.
The program is proudly sponsored by Anchored Media Marketing. Sally Sutton, CEO and founder, cites Anchored Media Marketing as a strong supporter of military families.
“Moody Air Force base is a big part of Valdosta and we want to see the service men, women, and their families who move here to serve be well taken care of,” Sutton said. “Being a prior military family we know what it is like to be new to the community and not know who to trust with our family and business. We feel the CMF program can provide businesses an opportunity to stand out and stand up to support our military community.”
Participating CMF businesses are strongly encouraged to advertise in MoodyLink magazine, an annual Chamber publication tailored to military families and hand-delivered to Moody Air Force Base.
For more information and assistance contact La Peachez Clark, Events and Military Engagement director firstname.lastname@example.org or 229-247-8100 ext. 232. For application access and business listings visitcertifiedmilitaryfriendly.com