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Smallcakes: A Cupcakery

Smallcakes has been serving the Albany area since 2013, offering fresh baked, made-from-scratch each morning, cupcakes and cakes in more than 200 flavors as well as milkshakes, pupcakes and gluten free options. A member of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce since the store opened in 2013, Smallcakes says its membership is beneficial in providing networking opportunities and getting the Smallcakes name out in the community. Owner Lindsay Bridges adds, “The Chamber keeps me up to date on different events going on or new businesses opening so that I can reach out and offer my services or sponsor or donate to different community needs.”

2818 Old Dawson Road Suite 4
229.420.9700
www.smallcakescupcakery.com
Contact: Lindsay Bridges

 


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Short Insurance Group

Short Insurance Group has been providing personal and commercial insurance to the Albany area since 1978. Short Insurance Group takes pride in their individualized insurance consulting, and they claim their success is due to personalized service. A member of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce for 18 years, Short Insurance Group says their membership is beneficial in providing great exposure in the local business network.

121 N. Westover Blvd.
229.883.2928
www.shortinsurancegroup.com
Contact: David Short

 


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The Matrix Department, Inc.

The Matrix Department Inc. has been serving the Albany area since 2001, providing large-format full-color digital printing and full-service graphic design of signs, banners, vehicle wraps, fleet graphics, tradeshow displays, decals, posters, vehicle magnets and more. The Matrix Department Inc. strives for excellent customer service, paying attention to the smallest details and providing a design team that is out-of-the-box creative. A member of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce since 2002, the Matrix Department Inc. says its membership is beneficial in providing business connections and word-of-mouth advertising.

243-A Cedric Street
229.888.7272
www.matrixdept.com
Contact: John Bell

 


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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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