November 2012 Features

  • If at First You Don’t Succeed, You’re About Average

    November 30, 2012

    Having witnessed our Buster Posey and the Giants sweep the 2012 World Series last month, Valdosta CEO contributor Doug Robinson shares the following excerpt from his recently-released book, “Sell is NOT a Four Letter Word."

  • South Georgia Eye Partners Offers Leading-Edge Care

    November 27, 2012

    Patient visits to South Georgia Eye Partners are up 15 to 20 percent in 2012 over prior year across three locations in Tifton, Valdosta and Douglas. Owner and ophthalmologist Dr. Scott Petermann attributes the growth to great patient care and the breadth of services the practice offers.

  • Daniel Titus Shares How to Get the Most Out of Your Website Design

    November 26, 2012

    Daniel Titus of shares a few tricks of the trade to help you get the most out of your website design.

  • Thanksgiving Travel to Increase for 4th Consecutive Year, Bringing Economic Boost

    November 16, 2012

    AAA projects 43.6 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, an increase of 0.7 percent over the 43.3 million people who traveled last year. This increase marks the fourth consecutive year of growing holiday travelers since 2008 when Thanksgiving travel fell by 25 percent. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 21 to Sunday, Nov. 25.

  • Chamber Celebrates Winners in the Workforce

    November 15, 2012

    Smiles and applause filled the air as those typically working behind the scenes of a business were standing tall before 300 Chamber members and guests at the annual World Class Employee Recognition breakfast on Tuesday. Twenty-four area employees and supervisors were recognized for their outstanding efforts in the workplace at this event hosted by the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber and presented by First State Bank and Trust Company, Fresh Beginnings and ELEAD1ONE.

  • Valdosta State University Recognized Nationally for Adult Learning Success

    November 13, 2012

    Valdosta State University's innovative efforts to improve access and college completion for adults has earned the university national recognition from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). VSU President William J. McKinney officially accepted the 2012 CAEL Institutional Service Award today at the organization's annual conference in Washington, D.C.

  • 12 Valdosta Businesses Recognized for GrowSmart Completion

    November 12, 2012

    Twelve local small businesses were recognized for completion of the Valdosta Small Business Development Center’s GrowSmart program this past week.

  • The Five Most Important Estate Planning Documents

    November 09, 2012

    It may be the subject matter — death, incapacity and taxes — that causes us to avoid estate planning. However, the fact is that, no matter what your age or how much wealth you’ve accumulated, you need an estate plan to protect yourself, your loved ones and your assets — both now while you’re still active as well as after your death. Having an effective estate plan is one of the most important things you can do for your family.

  • WBL Program at VHS Helps Address Skill Deficit

    November 07, 2012

    Ask any small-town business owner what their number one challenge is and they are likely to talk about the difficulty of finding skilled employees with a strong work ethic. The Work Based Learning (WBL) program at Valdosta High School (VHS) and other area schools is helping local employers address that challenge.

  • A Case for Voting YES for SPLOST VII

    November 06, 2012

    Valdosta Businessman Mike Hill gives his take on why you should vote yes for SPLOST VII.

  • Work Is Easier When You’re Motivated

    November 05, 2012

    Inspiration feels like catching a genie in a bottle — elusive and sometimes unreal. But when you tap into it for yourself, then you find a new kind of motivation. In an inspired state, every impossible question has an answer. You were probably inspired when you started your business. And if you’ve inherited something that you never wanted, then it’s time to discover the parts of the business that set you on fire — so to speak.

  • Is Your Business Great to Own?

    November 02, 2012

    Many CEOs and business owners will agree that the benefits of ownership far outweigh the struggles and daily challenges. While entrepreneurship is still one of the best ways to fulfill the American dream, only a small percentage of companies are truly “great to own.”