Corporate Coaches

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It takes a lot of work to get a business started and running, and it isn't always a walk in the park.

Business owner Megan Smith says, "It's so easy to get off track when you're a start-up company. You hear more of these options and you think, ‘that's where I want to go,’ and you forget about your original intent."

The Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce recently developed a program to give new businesses a place to turn for advice. It's called Corporate Coaches and it pairs more experienced business owners with those just getting started.

Business owner Anne Barnas says, "We're a start-up company and there's a lot to learn, and these people have already been through that."

Rusty Griffin is the chairman of Corporate Coaches and says, "No one has all the answers in business, and quite frankly two heads are better than one, and three's better than two."

Griffin believes that by helping other businesses you not only help your community, but your own business as well.

Griffin says, "Businesses coming together, helping each other, learning from each other; it creates a bigger and more dynamic community."

With both the community and businesses benefiting, you can bet the Chamber is happy. The Corporate Coaches program is free to anyone in the area regardless of Chamber membership.