Banner Year for the Valdosta Chamber of Commerce

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It's been a banner year for one local Chamber of Commerce. The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce plans to top their top-notch year come 2005.

2004 was a record year for Jodi and her accessory business thanks to some free advice provided by the Chamber of Commerce.

Jodi says, "My business has doubled in a year. I feel that's pretty good with how the economy is and how things are going here now. I'm very excited and hope to increase it again next year."

But Jodi isn't the only one with some feathers of success in her cap. The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce has plenty of their own.

2004 was a year of three major accomplishments for this chamber. In addition to receiving a four-star accreditation, they helped Valdosta become a certified literate community as well as Georgia's first ever entrepreneur friendly community.

Amy Karam of the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce says, "We couldn't have asked for a better year. It was a banner year because of those three accomplishments, along with the Drugs Don't Work program becoming regional and our business to business showcase.”

But Chamber leaders say they aren't stopping there; doing good for the business community is a never ending job. While the Chamber of Commerce has many achievements in 2004, they say some of their greatest achievements happened right here downtown with their members expanding.

Karam adds, "We never want to stop business development. Our goal is to help businesses succeed in Lowndes County."

And that's been just the case for Jodi who says her business wouldn't have grown without the Chamber's help.

"That was a big bonus to have that support system there and not have to figure that out on my own."

As for the secret to the Chamber's banner year, officials say all you have to do is listen. Chamber leaders say they already have several new projects in the works for 2005.