Category Archives: Star Business of the Week

Open Arms, Inc.

Open Arms, Inc. has been providing services to abused, homeless, runaway and trafficked youth (ages 0-24) and their families since 1991. As the only licensed, multi-tiered program through the Administration for Children and Families in South Georgia, Open Arms, Inc. provides a compete continuum of care that allows them to reach youth on the streets and transition them into permanent housing. A member of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce for four years, they say the Chamber benefits them in many ways including networking, meeting new donors, business and marketing exposure to raise awareness about their organization and issues surrounding youth, and resources to improve and expand their organization.

420 Pine Avenue
229.431.1121
www.openarmsinc.org
Contact: Rosalynn Fowler-Fliggins

 


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Georgia Department of Labor Albany Career Center

Georgia Department of Labor Albany Career Center has been assisting individuals to attain their work goals and increase self-sufficiency through employment and support services, and assisting employers to meet their business needs through employee recruitment and selection services, workforce information and technical support since 1938. As a state agency, Georgia Department of Labor Albany Career Center provides employment-related services to employers, job seekers and economic
developers at no cost to them. A member of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce since 1975, they credit their Chamber membership for keeping them connected with the employer community.

1608 S. Slappey Blvd.
229.430.5010
www.dol.georgia.gov
Contact: Catherine Hogg

 


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Albany Lock & Safe

Serving Albany for 40 years, Albany Lock & Safe provides service and repairs for locks, doors and pivots, and high security keys and master key systems for industrial and commercial businesses. Albany Lock & Safe believes that because of the complexities of the security business and depth of trust customers place in the service provider, longevity and trust can only be secured through repetitive services year after year. A member of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce since 1980, Albany Lock & Safe says “the Chamber reaches many areas of my service area, through publications, new members and cross-sections of business contacts. As a small businessman they are an extension of my business to make those contacts for me, while I am doing the best I can to serve those customers.”

702 N. Slappey Blvd.
229.432-1172
Contact: David Hall

 


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Moe’s Southwest Grill

Moe’s Southwest Grill has been serving Albany Southwest TexMex cuisine for 14 years. Moe’s Southwest Grill is proud to provide the total package to its customers – healthy, fast food with great music and a fun atmosphere. A member of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce for 14 years, Moe’s Southwest Grill believes its Chamber membership helps to forge relationships with other businesses in the community.

1016 N. Westover Blvd. Ste. C
229.639.1050
www.moes.com
Contact: Mac Hare

 


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Auto Air Electric, Inc.

Keith and Cheryl Stripling purchased Auto Air Electric, Inc. from Cleve Wester in 1999. Keith and Cheryl had both worked for Mr. Wester prior to purchasing the business. Auto Air Electric, Inc. specializes in air conditioning, but they also offer heating, electrical wiring and brake service. When the Striplings purchased Auto Air Electric, they wanted to provide the best A/C service to the citizens of Albany and surrounding counties, and over time they have grown to be like family with their employees and customers. Auto Air Electric, Inc. has been a member of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce for five years, and is most appreciative of the recognition they receive from the Chamber as a small business.

1012 W. Broad Avenue
229.446-4455
Contact: Keith Stripling

 


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Fast Copy & Blueprint

Fast Copy and Blueprint has been in business since 2013, when four different diverse printing companies with a history dating back more than 50 years combined. Fast Copy takes pride in offering the most diverse selection of products and services available in one location. Services include various printing, blueprints, banners, signs, T-shirts, photo restoration, scanning, video transfer, mounting, laminating and canvas printing. A member of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce since 2013, Fast Copy believes their chamber membership brings them closer to other area businesses to share ideas and participate in programs designed to promote the greater Albany area. “A vibrant and growing Albany is a benefit to all businesses and organizations in the area.”

1029 N. Westover Blvd.
229.434.0640 | www.fastcopyandblueprint.com
Contact: David Hicks


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Westover Cleaners

For 17 years, Westover Cleaners has been providing dry cleaning, laundry and alterations services to the Albany area. Owner Lynn Sommet takes pride in her business, and says they take extra steps for stain removal “and treat our customers the way we like to be treated.” Westover Cleaners has been a member of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce for six years. Sommet says being a Chamber member helps them be more involved and more of a part of the community. “Our business also receives more visibility via the Internet and Chamber publications.”

621-A N Westover Blvd.
229.435.3477
Contact: Lynn Sommet

 


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Pearly’s Famous Country Cooking

For more than 50 years, Pearly’s Famous Country Cooking has been serving up some of the finest Southern cooking Albany has to offer. You can always expect great food and Southern hospitality when you walk through the doors. Pearly’s is best known for its famous breakfast meals, which can be ordered at any time. Pearly’s owner and namesake, Carey “Pearly” Gates, can be found most days at the restaurant welcoming and encouraging employees. He and his family have owned and operated the restaurant since 1962. “We can’t control how somebody comes in, but we are directly responsible for how they leave; happy and satisfied.” Located at 814 N. Slappey Blvd., Pearly’s is open Monday – Friday 5:45 a.m. – 2 p.m. and on Saturday 5:45 a.m .- noon.

814 N. Slappey Blvd.
229.432-0141 | www.pearlysfamouscountrycooking.com
Contact: Carey “Pearly” Gates

 


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Reeds Jewelers

Reeds Jewelers has been providing fine jewelry, collectibles, customized and family jewelry and watches since 1946. At Reeds, they believe what sets their business apart is their professional and passionate staff members and being a family-run company. As a member of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce since 2009, Reeds Jewelers believes their Chamber membership “allows us to be a part of the business community. It also allows our business to give back to the community.”

2601 Dawson Road, Space B-8
229.888.0408 | www.reeds.com
Contact: Richard Bolin

 


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Flint River Habitat for Humanity, Inc.


Flint River Habitat for Humanity, Inc. has been serving Albany for 31 years. They provide gently used household items, including furniture and appliances, and new and used construction material. At Flint River Habitat, 100 percent of proceeds from the sale of their donated items fund the construction and rehabbing of houses for low-income families, so they can realize their dream of home ownership. As a member of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce since 1995, Flint River Habitat believes their Chamber membership provides “great exposure, which is extremely valuable for nonprofit organizations.”

717 Pine Avenue
229.446.8199 | www.flintriverhabitat.org
Contact: Donald “Scooter” Courtney

 


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