The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber gave businesses small and large an opportunity to showcase their products and services and network with each other during their annual PrimeTime Business Expo on September 12.
With a sponsorship provided by Mediacom Business for the second consecutive year, the Expo included 81 vendors representing a variety of local businesses and organizations.
“Our goal has always been to support local businesses and give them the connectivity tools necessary to be successful. Those successful businesses contribute to the economic growth in this area," Jessica Guilfoyle of Mediacom Business shared.
"The purpose of this event is to expose what the Valdosta business community has to offer. Each vendor gets an opportunity to show off a small part of their company and network in a low-stress environment with other businesses and consumers. This year we were really lucky to also have some Georgia Grown vendors, which was very special for us,” said membership and events director for the Chamber, Chloe Wade.
Comport Keepers, a senior home care facility in Valdosta, had nothing but positive reviews on the PrimeTime Business Expo.
"Comfort Keepers has participated in the PrimeTime Business Expo for many years and we have enjoyed the new clients we have met there along with socializing with our fellow Chamber members. We are looking forward to next year already," Scott Register, owner of Comfort Keepers Valdosta, said.
Marcotek Digital Office Solutions, winner of the “Best Overall Booth” award shared those same sentiments.
"All of us at Marcotek had a great time at this year's Expo. We were able to talk with many Chamber and community members that we had not previously had an opportunity to meet. This helped us to not only obtain many new leads for prospective new Marcotek clients but it also helped us to meet many new businesses that we can use their services,” said Keith Norris of Marcotek Digital Office Solutions.
This year, the Chamber decided to create an additional spotlight for businesses who are a part of the "Georgia Grown" program, a brand made up of business and consumers who want to buy and promote Georgia's locally grown products.
The Daylily Store, Kickin K Soap, Carroll's Sausage & County Store, Wild Adventures and The Pour House all represented the "Georgia Grown" exhibition by standing front row and having their booths adorned with peach-shaped balloons.
The Chamber is already looking forward to next year’s PrimeTime Business Expo in September 2020.