February 2013 Features

  • 7 Reasons You Should Switch to Google Apps

    February 28, 2013

    Late last year, Google Apps for Businesseliminated its free version. The reason? Many business users tended to outgrow the basic version too quickly and personal users were left waiting on updated features that had to become business ready before launching. But even with the new price tag, Google remains a viable option for small business.

  • CTSI Outsourcing Partners with Clients on IT Support

    February 26, 2013

    CTSI Outsourcing provides businesses with an IT support team that is familiar with their business, their servers and applications. In the company's IT Timeshare Service, every client is assigned a technician and a back-up technician who visit weekly and are accessible by cell phone at any time.

  • Commentary: About These Rumors of Pending Senate Campaign Announcements…

    February 25, 2013

    Charlie Harper of Peach Pundit dives into the upcoming Georgia Senate race - the rumors, the motivations, and why there hasn't been any official word about who is running for Senator Chambliss' seat in 2014.

  • Take a Business Trip Without Missing a Beat on Productivity

    February 21, 2013

    Ever return from a business trip feeling like you’re five steps behind on everything? (Come on, be honest, I won’t tell). Instead of ending up with a pile of work waiting for you when you get back, check out these productivity tips from my own travels and some my favorite road warriors on how to keep everything from your workouts to your inbox in check.

  • Colson Printing Adapts to a Changing Industry

    February 20, 2013

    New buying trends in the printing industry are driving Colson Printing to launch an extension of its website to enable 24/7 click ‘n print functionality for its clients. Expected to go live in the first half of 2013, the new website capabilities will enable Colson to broaden its market nationally and appeal to locals who prefer to order online.

  • Georgia's International Trade Posts Another Record Year

    February 19, 2013

    The state of Georgia experienced its fourth consecutive record year in international trade during 2012, exceeding the previous year’s milestones in both imports and exports. Georgia’s exports were up 3.2 percent—a $1.1 billion increase—compared to 2011, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics released this month.

  • Wiregrass Gathering of Eagles Leadership Symposium Approaching Feb. 21st

    February 15, 2013

    The annual Wiregrass Gathering of Eagles Business and Leadership Symposium is back. This year’s theme is “Make Your Business Stand Out.” Once again the college is teaming up with premier sponsor Valdosta State University to bring you an outstanding day of learning. The event’s committee members recruited well known national speaker Joel Manby, President and Chief Executive Officer of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation.

  • Stacy Bush on The Fiscal Cliff Deal, and What It Could Mean For You

    February 14, 2013

    Stacy Bush with Bush Wealth Management gives us some insight on the Fiscal Cliff Deal, and how it could affect you and your business.

  • Valdosta Continues Its Business Friendly Development

    February 12, 2013

    Public safety improved in Valdosta last year with the local police department outperforming state and national averages in terms of solving the most serious crimes, according to City Manager Larry Hanson.

  • USPS Rate Increases, No Saturday Delivery Could Lead to Changes for Many Small Businesses

    February 11, 2013

    The United States Postal Service recently enacted some higher shipping rates for both domestic and international mail. It has also offered some new rules and shipping options that might have an impact on the way many small businesses send mail and shipments, on top of the just announced no mail delivery for Saturday.

  • Doug Robinson on How to Start Dreaming Again in Business

    February 07, 2013

    Valdosta CEO Contributor, sales trainer, and author Doug Robinson has another excerpt to share from his book “ Sell is NOT a Four Letter Word”. Just for grins and giggles, stop thinking with your brain and start thinking with your heart... right now. Whether you call this using your imagination or just dreaming, this is the inspiration for winning, and can show measurable results in just 30 days!

  • Local & State Experts Give Expectations for 2013’s Economy

    February 06, 2013

    Over 140 Chamber members met Tuesday morning over a hot breakfast to hear from three of the area’s top economic specialists on their predicted outlooks for our economy at a local, state and national level. While the speakers seemed hopeful and showed the progress made in the last year, our economy is still working toward recovering from the 2008 recession and has obstacles to watch out for.

  • Nexxtep Technology Services Opens First Local Data Center Accessible to Public

    February 05, 2013

    Businesses in southern Georgia now have access to a local data center owned and operated by Nexxtep Technology Services, Inc., which can provide back-up and disaster recovery solutions, host desktop applications as well as host a company's IT equipment through colocation solutions. Nexxtep opened the center in November 2012 and has received a very positive response from its clients to the new offerings.

  • Valdosta State and Wiregrass Partner to Produce More College Graduates

    February 04, 2013

    Earning a college degree just became more accessible with the new Pathways Program developed by Valdosta State University and Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. The program allows students with an Associate of Applied Science degree from Wiregrass to transfer to Valdosta State and work toward a bachelor’s degree.

  • Commentary: South Georgia's Diminishing Political Clout

    February 01, 2013

    South Georgia remains an integral and important part of the state, from the largest portion of the state’s economy (agriculture) to the thriving and growing ports. Yet, politically, change has come rapidly to the region.