Posted on August 21st, 2012

Join the Chamber's Sustainability Network for an informative lunch-n-learn on Thursday, August 30 at 11:00am at the Valdosta City Hall Annex.   As you know, any debate about renewable energy sources leads to discussion of its pros and cons.  At the upcoming workshop, you will leave knowing more about the pros and cons of energy sources and simple changes that can be made in your workplace, home or office to reduce energy consumption and your monthly costs.  Yes, you are encouraged to share your questions and concerns at this informative workshop. 

Click here to register by Tuesday, August 28.   

Free for all Chamber Members.
$10- Non Members

Please direct all inquiries to Keyara Hamilton at  229-247-8100.

Posted on May 22nd, 2012

Retrofitting your lights is just one of many ways to save money fast.  This was the consensus among energy experts at the Chamber's Sustainable Energy Network's workshop last week.

Posted on May 14th, 2012

With all that is involved in running a small business, it may be difficult to
see how energy efficiency should be a high priority.  Energy-efficient buildings use less energy, cost less to operate and improve comfort, saving money for businesses.  Learn more at our upcoming seminar on May 17.  

Seating is limited.  Please direct all inquiries to Keyara Hamilton at 229-247-8100.

Posted on November 28th, 2011

VSU graduate, Amanda Patterson (Hospice of South Georgia and Langdale Hospice House Director), found herself back in Valdosta years after college. She was surprised to find a community that had experienced significant growth, but still maintained its small town feel and charm. Coming in off of I-75 onto exit 22 she even wondered, “Did I take a wrong turn?”

As a registered nurse, she stumbled into the hospice field after realizing that the hospice model of care was the model she was already practicing as a nurse—patient-centered comfort and caring for the patient as a person. At Hospice of South Georgia the goal is to help people make the most of the time they have. This includes relief of physical pain and alleviating spiritual suffering and emotional and family support. Quality of life is priority.

Hospice of South Georgia was recently selected by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization to pilot a new program; Caring Connections’ LIVE at work. LIVE at work focuses on the effects that care giving, serious illness and grief cause in the workplace. “I challenge you to find a business that is not impacted by care giving or loss,” said Patterson. LIVE at work is one of the many programs that South Georgia Hospice offers to focus on living life to the fullest.

Part of the Valdosta-Lowndes County community since 1987, Hospice of South Georgia employs 43—with many of the jobs in the knowledge-based sector. The organization also sees value in helping college-students become highly-skilled and experienced members of the Valdosta-Lowndes County workforce, “In this field, there are many things that can only be learned by hands-on experience, and we can help college-level interns with gaining that experience. Sometimes, we train someone who goes to work for someone else in the community, and that’s OK…It helps our community,” said Patterson.

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Posted on November 11th, 2011

Have you ever thought how great it would be to roll your chair away from your desk, lean back and yell to the head of your company, “Hey, what do you think about this idea?” No setting up a meeting with his or her secretary…no sending a memo…no going to your supervisor, who goes to his or her supervisor, who somehow finally makes it to the C-level executives with your idea (which by the way is nothing like your actual idea once it has been translated several times). And to make it even better, while you’re yelling your idea, a co-worker hears and adds a thought or two…and pretty soon your entire company has developed a way to make your product better for your customers. This is Azalea Health Innovations.

This Valdosta-based company has been running full speed ahead since it won the Chamber’s Guardian Bank Business Plan Competition in 2008. What started as three friends looking at how each of their professional competencies could mesh together to create a company, has now grown 25 employees and this year, expanded to open a branch in Savannah. With the help of the Valdosta community, the SEEDS Business Resource Center and VSU’s Small Business Development Center AHI was able to fast-track its success—something that wouldn’t have been as easy and may not have happened in a larger community. “We were championed by the local community,” said Doug Swords, CFO.

Azalea Health Innovations, Inc. is a leading provider in cloud-based electronic health records software (EHR), practice management software (PM), and revenue cycle management services (RCM). Azalea products provide continuity that unifies both the medical and financial aspects of today's healthcare provider. The company prides itself on being user-centered and agile. “Our programs feature numerous places for feedback. Our clients are designing the features for us,” said Swords. Because of Azalea Health’s size and structure, if a client has a problem it can be fixed or changed quickly. The service-driven model and ability to customize its product for each customer is what AHI feels sets the company apart.

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