The Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce is sowing economic and entrepreneurial success with their very own SEEDS Resource Center.
The SEEDS Center’s primary goal is to foster and assist entrepreneur development, build an entrepreneurial eco-system and create business links in the community. The center provides up-to-date information for aspiring entrepreneurs, startup businesses and existing businesses as well as individuals searching for custom market data, industry profiles, demographic reports, targeted sales and competitor information.
SEEDS is an acronym which stands for sowing economic and entrepreneurial success.
Premiering in 2004 with the support of Georgia Power, the SEEDS Center seeks to meet and serve the needs of local businesses with a variety of services, workshops and classes.
Whether a starter business looking for a helping hand and a leg up or an established businesses wishing to rebrand and rebuild, the SEEDS Center has something for each unique, local business.
The SEEDS Center not only provides on-site assistance but works diligently to connect businesses in need with other business who specialize in their service.
The center hosts a Business University that provides entrepreneurial training with the focus of building knowledge and skills for starting and operating a business. The Business University launched in 2010 and partners with Small Business Development Center, South Georgia Employer Committee, South Georgia Regional Library and The City Of Valdosta to share a wealth of knowledge with business around Valdosta.
The SEEDS Center works with approximately 500 entrepreneurs and business owners yearly. Since its start in 2004, the center has served a total of 6,834 clients.
In addition to a variety of services, the SEEDS Center hosts The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), a national program that teaches middle schoolers and high schoolers the ropes of starting a business.
Betty Morgan, director of SEEDS and Vice President of Business Development at the Chamber strongly encourages local businesses in the community to take advantage of the summer months and implement the available resources to work on their business.
“The summer is a great time to take some time out to work on your business,” Morgan said.
The SEEDS Center is open and available for assistance from 8:30 to 5 and provides free service regardless of Chamber membership status. For more information and inquires visit the SEEDS Center at 416 N. Ashley St. or contact Betty Morgan, at 229-247-8100 ex. 234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.