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Brilliant Minds cuts the ribbon

VALDOSTA – The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce helped Brilliant Minds Academy of Georgia, 2408 Bemiss Road, celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Brilliant Minds Academy of Georgia is a new locally owned and operated early childhood learning and care center. Responding to the educational needs of children aged 6 months to 12 years, Brilliant Minds Academy offers age-appropriate programs and homework help, chamber representatives said in a statement. The center operates from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday.

“With over 18 years of hands-on childcare experience, your child will thrive in our safe, clean and educational environment. I love children and am thrilled to have the opportunity to make an impact positive on the lives of families by being part of the foundation for their children,” said Danielle Chappell, owner.

As the mother of an 18, 11 and 9-year-old, Chappell said she remembers desperately looking for caring, informed and untouched daycare for her children. She can relate to the parents and their desire for quality child care, which is exactly why she chose to pursue her dream of operating her own child care centre, chamber representatives said.

Chappell grew up in Brooks County and now lives in Lowndes County. A graduate of Valdosta State, she holds a degree in Criminal Justice and Early Childhood Education. Chappell is a former employee of the Georgia Department of Corrections and the Georgia Department of Human Services for 10 years. Her final years with GDHS were spent working as a child support officer, where she developed her passion for interacting with children.

“To support our inclusive community, we adapt study methods to suit your child’s learning style. By striving to maintain virtuous interactions, we embrace a learning environment that will prepare your child for the journey ahead,” Chappell said. “Our facility incorporates traditional early learning styles as well as hands-on experiences.”

For more information, contact Danielle Chappell at (229) 469-4074 or by email at [email protected]

Prince Automotive named company of the quarter

VALDOSTA – The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce, with support from Renasant Bank, has named Prince Automotive Group, 4550 North Valdosta Road, as the neighborhood company.

The chamber’s Corporation of the Quarter program recognizes local businesses with 35 or more employees that are active in the community and have an employee-centric culture, chamber officials said. The award focuses on companies that not only provide a large number of jobs, but those that provide quality jobs.

Prince Automotive Group is a fourth generation family business celebrating 55 years in business. It employs approximately 50 people at the Valdosta site and has nearly 200 team members across all Prince sites.

“One of the reasons we’ve been so successful is directly attributed to our team members. Our philosophy of caring for our customers is always at the forefront of everything we do. Taking care of our team members first always ensures that we will have a customer-centric, service-oriented dealership,” said Owner Jay Prince.

Prince said he feels he has created a culture of opportunity by promoting from within when possible, recognizing and rewarding excellent performance, writing and implementing better compensation plans. than those in industry and innovating with technology and resources.

“Founder John B. Prince III believed strongly in the importance of giving back to his community, and his philosophy has since been continued by Jay Prince,” chamber officials said. “Over the past 20 years he has been active in the local community and has served on numerous boards including the Wiregrass Technical School Foundation Board, the Greater Valdosta United Way Board and the Lowndes Associated Ministries to People Board. .

“By donating our time and financial support, we invest strongly in our community. We want Valdosta and South Georgia to continue to grow and be a place where others want to live and raise families, including ours,” Prince said.

For more information, contact Prince Automotive Group at (229) 520-5482.

The Hunger Fight non-profit organization cuts the ribbon

VALDOSTA – Hunger Fight, a Florida nonprofit, recently joined the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce and held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark its growth in the Valdosta area.

Founded in November 2012, Hunger Fight is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. The organization was created to eradicate hunger in northeast Florida and surrounding areas and has grown steadily over the years, chamber officials said in a statement.

Through its “Feed the Backpacks” program, Hunger Fight provides “stable, nutritious, tasty and easy-to-prepare meals distributed weekly to children facing food insecurity or hunger,” chamber representatives said. “In addition, their ‘Feed the Need to Read’ literacy program provides age-appropriate books for preschoolers ages 0-5 and attends daycares in low-income areas.”

“The Hunger Fight team is very passionate about helping others and serving our community. We believe that no child should go hungry and everyone deserves to have their basic needs met. That’s why we fight tirelessly, year-round, to ensure our meals and books are in the hands of those who need them most. We love what we do and are committed to serving the people of the Valdosta area,” said Rebecca Melendez, Grant Proposal Manager and Community Projects Coordinator.

Although there are many different organizations involved in the fight against hunger, offering similar backpacking services or even book programs, the Hunger Fight programs are different, representatives of the bedroom.

“The nonprofit is dedicated to rallying businesses to personally participate in packaging events where they lead attendees to turn raw ingredients into meals,” they added. “It provides a unique opportunity to see firsthand what your donations are for and how they are used.”

Since its inception, Hunger Fight has hosted more than 450 meal-packing events, works with more than 13,000 volunteers each year, and has packed and distributed more than 13 million meals. On a weekly and continuous basis, the meals reach between 15,000 and 18,000 children.

For more information on how a business can partner with Hunger Fight, contact Rebecca Melendez at (904) 374-5623 or visit

G®D Coffee Company cuts the ribbon

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce held a groundbreaking ceremony for GŪD Coffee Company, now located at 133 N. Patterson St.

The local cafe opened in January 2020, but is now in a much larger location just across the street, chamber officials said in a statement. Owner Daniel Bayman said his intention to move was to provide Valdosta with a great place to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of a big-city cafe.

“We are passionate about quality coffee, but what we really love are the interactions with customers when they try one of our homemade syrups and realize that coffee is more than just a pick-me-up, but that it’s meant to be an experiment,” Bayman said. .

Bayman said every local store is a drive-thru, and GŪD has chosen to be a place purely for entry and relaxation. It focuses on the quality of the coffee and the experience, not the speed at which it is served.

Asked about the chamber’s role in his business, Bayman said the Valdosta chamber helped spread the “G®D word” for his business.

“I think it’s important for any business, especially a local small business, to be involved in their community and the chamber is just one example of that,” he said.

For more information, contact Daniel Bayman at (229) 531-3916.

Southeast promotes Bennett, Burton

VALDOSTA — Southeastern Credit Union announced its latest promotions to senior vice president of lending and assistant vice president of retail.

Eric Bennett has been promoted to senior vice president of loans, company representatives said in a statement. He joined the credit union as a commercial lender in 2017 and was promoted to retail AVP in 2019.

Mitchell Burton has been promoted to assistant vice president of retail services. Burton previously served as a consumer lender at the credit union and has worked for Southeastern since January 2020.

Commenting on the promotions, Mike Gudely, President and CEO, said, “It’s always great to promote from within. Eric and Mitchell have distinguished themselves with their performances in recent years. I look forward to seeing their careers continue to grow. We are lucky to have them in the team”.

Southeastern Credit Union is a nonprofit financial institution serving South Georgia since 1953. The Credit Union is owned by its more than 29,000 members and governed by a board of directors elected by its members. Southeastern has branches located in Valdosta, Tifton, Moody Air Force Base, Waycross, Quitman, and Nashville.

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