Author Archives: Mary Bickerstaff

Araamda Inn

Congratulations to Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Star Business of the Week, Araamda Inn. In 2015 the property was purchased by Mr. Shah and renovations began. Since then, the Araamda Inn has become a top pick for visitors who want quality and service on a limited budget. Araamda Inn is convenient to ASU and downtown Albany. For more information visit


Sleep Number

Congratulations to the Albany Area Chamber’s Star Business of the Week, Sleep Number.

Sleep Number offers the finest in sleep solutions and is ranked #1 in customer satisfaction.

By utilizing Sleep IQ, the bed senses your every move and automatically adjusts to keep

you effortlessly comfortable. Learn more about this local business at


Albany, Georgia, July 31, 2019: New Schools Georgia, Inc. (“NSG”) proudly announces that the Georgia Charter Schools Commission has approved its application to open Collegiate Academy of Albany (“CAA”), a new, independent, tuition-free charter school to serve families in Albany and the surrounding areas. CAA will open in August 2020 and serve up to 376 students in Albany/Dougherty County in grades K-3 on a first-come, first-served basis with no admissions testing. The school will grow by one grade per year until the school hits a capacity of 1,450 students in grades K-12. If demand exceeds seats available, enrollment will be conducted through a public lottery.

Allen Hughes, Chairman of the Board at New Schools Georgia said, “Collegiate Academy of Albany will offer Albany-area families a high-quality education, preparing Albany’s children to compete and succeed in the 21st century economy.”

When it opens, CAA will become part of the SABIS® Network, a global network of schools that are backed by a 134-year old tradition of educational excellence. Schools in the SABIS® Network implement an integrated, comprehensive K-12 program that uses dynamic materials, proven methods, and cutting-edge technology to deliver superior results. Mr. Hughes said, “SABIS has been proven to deliver results in educating a wide variety of students from all around the world. We feel very comfortable in their ability to add Collegiate Academy of Albany to their list of successful schools.” For more information about SABIS, visit:

“We are excited about partnering with New Schools Georgia to establish the newest member school of the SABIS® Network in Albany,” said Jose Afonso, SABIS Director for U.S. Business Development.” We are especially happy to bring a world-class, college-preparatory program to Albany’s families and students who will benefit from access to the same academic program offered in cities around the world such as Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.; Frankfurt, Germany; Cairo, Egypt; and Dubai, U.A.E., among others.” Collegiate Academy of Albany will open registration for students in grades K-3 on October 1, 2019. Please visit the school’s website ( to submit the enrollment application and also visit our Facebook page for news and updates ( Teachers and staff interested in applying for openings can visit the school’s website for job descriptions of available positions.

Applied Fiber

Congratulations to Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Star Business of the Week, Applied Fiber Inc.  Applied Fiber began operations in May 1992 manufacturing high quality fiber optic jumpers, CATV service cable assemblies and patchcords. They employ a full staff of experienced sales, production and administrative technicians. For more information visit

Titan Factory Direct

Congratulations to the Albany Area Chamber’s Star Business of the Week, Titan Factory Direct.  Titan Factory Direct offers a wide selection of manufactured homes, park model homes, modular homes and mobile homes. The company is 67 years old and opened its Albany location in 2017. Customers will find the latest trending home designs at wholesale pricing.

Albany ENT

Congratulation to the Albany Area Chamber’s Star Business of the Week, Albany ENT/Hearing Center. Albany ENT has been in business for almost 50 years and offers a variety of services to meet your healthcare needs including sinus, allergies, hearing, sleep and thyroid disorders.  To learn more about their services visit


WebstaurantStore Albany, GA

Congratulations to Albany Area Chamber of Commerce’s Star Business of the Week Webstaurant Store Albany. WebstaurantStore expanded into the Albany market in 2015. They provide wholesale restaurant equipment and supplies online, for busy restaurateurs and other business owners. They offer a wide variety of products ranging from large commercial cooking equipment and furniture to disposable plates and cups, to office supplies. To learn more about this local industry visit