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2018 LEGISLATIVE RECEPTION

You are invited to join the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee as we honor our legislators for a successful 2018 session.

Thursday, May 24, 2018 | 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
The Coach House | 1308 Dawson Road | Albany

$35 per member | $55 per non-member
Register by Monday, May 21

This event is structured reception-style, giving attendees the chance to enjoy refreshments while networking with state legislative leaders and decision makers.

MAY BUSINESS AFTER HOURS – METROPOWER

Join the Albany Area Chamber for Business After Hours on Tuesday, May 15 sponsored by MetroPower. Business After Hours is designed to provide networking opportunities for businesses in the Albany area. Don’t forget to bring your business card to enter the $100 cash prize drawing.

Albany Area Chamber Announces 2018 Small Business of the Year and 2018 Non-Profit of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 1, 2018

Albany Area Chamber Honors
2018 Small Business of the Year and 2018 Non-Profit of the Year

 Albany – The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce today presented Southern Point Staffing with the 2018 Small Business of the Year Award and the Albany Area YMCA with the 2018 Non-Profit of the Year Award during an awards reception hosted by the chamber as part of its 2018 Small Business Week, which promotes and celebrates the big impact of small businesses.

“Successful small businesses are cornerstones of our community. Nationally, they create two out of every three net new jobs. They invest, they participate, they shape the commercial landscape and vibrancy of our community,” said Bárbara Rivera Holmes, president and CEO of the Albany Area Chamber. “Our community is likewise supported by outstanding nonprofits that provide employment for many while focusing resources and providing services to community needs without regard to profit.”

For every $100 spent at a small, locally-owned business, $68 stay within the local economy. Those dollars help create jobs, support families, support governmental services, provide investment for neighborhood improvements and promote development in our community.

The Albany Area Chamber’s awards reception recognized four small business of the year finalists – 229Yoga, Albany Surgical, L.E.G.A.C.Y. Case Management, and Southern Point Staffing – and six non-profit of the year finalists – Alzheimer’s Outreach Center, the Albany Area YMCA, Easterseals, Flint River Habitat for Humanity, Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful and the Salvation Army.

Since 1963, the president of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing the first week of May as National Small Business Week.

About Southern Point Staffing, Albany Area Chamber 2018 Small Business of the Year
In 2017, Southern Point Staffing provided employment opportunities to more than 540 people in the Albany Area. Southern Point Staffing believes that finding and creating sustainable employment opportunities is a major factor in strengthening our community and improving the lives of our neighbors. The agency’s community involvement is extensive and far-reaching; following the January 2017, Southern Point Staffing rallied the support of friends, neighbors and employees to distribute water, food and toiletries to hundreds of storm-impacted families, and assisted in chainsaw, tractor and debris-clearing teams. For its efforts, Southern Point Staffing received the Chamber’s 2017 Albany Strong Award.

About the Albany Area YMCA, Albany Area Chamber 2018 Non-Profit of the YearThe Albany Area YMCA, which puts Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Through its gym services and programs, the Albany Area YMCA has been bringing health and wellness to the Albany Area for 108 years. In 2017 the organization opened its doors to those displaced by the January tornadoes; raised more than $36,000 to provide athletic program scholarships to area children; partnered with Easterseals to develop an inclusive after school program; partnered with the Dougherty County School System and Second Harvest to serve more than 88,000 meals and more than 90,000 snacks to children in their afterschool and summer camp programs. The Albany Area YMCA’s 200 volunteers provide more than 2,400 hours of service to the community.

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FLINT RIVER HABITAT FOR HUMANITY – 2018 NONPROFIT OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Flint River Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. In 2017, the organization served two families with home ownership and six U.S. veterans through the critical repair program. Since 1986 Flint River Habitat for Humanity — an Albany Area Chamber 2018 Nonprofit of the Year nominee — has served more than 147 families in Dougherty and Lee counties.

The 2018 Small Business of the Year and 2018 Non-Profit of the Year will be announced at the 2018 Small Business and Non-Profit Awards Reception on Tuesday, May 1 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Doublegate Country Club. Register for the event here.

THE SALVATION ARMY – 2018 NONPROFIT OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church whose message is based on the Bible with ministry motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. The Salvation Army offers 19 services to give a hand up, not a hand out. In 2017, the organization assisted more than 7,000 households, clothed 6,000 people, provided comfort kits to nearly 4,000 families and helped more than 200 families with utility assistance. The Salvation Army in Albany — an Albany Area Chamber 2018 Nonprofit of the Year nominee — serves nine area counties, including Dougherty.

The 2018 Small Business of the Year and 2018 Non-Profit of the Year will be announced at the 2018 Small Business and Non-Profit Awards Reception on Tuesday, May 1 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Doublegate Country Club. Register for the event here.

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THE L.E.G.A.C.Y. CASE MANAGEMENT – 2018 SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

The L.E.G.A.C.Y. Case Management is a state-certified contracted provider of case management services for consumers participating in the Independent Care Waiver Program in Georgia. This Albany Area Chamber 2018 Small Business of the Year nominee provides services for individuals with traumatic brain injuries or disabilities throughout Georgia’s 159 counties with the goal of preventing nursing home placement for their clients and providing needed care in the client’s home. The L.E.G.A.C.Y. is a supporter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Albany Baseball League and Albany State University’s social work program.

The 2018 Small Business of the Year and 2018 Non-Profit of the Year will be announced at the 2018 Small Business and Non-Profit Awards Reception on Tuesday, May 1 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Doublegate Country Club. Register for the event here.

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ALBANY AREA YMCA – 2018 Nonprofit of the Year Nominee

The Albany Area YMCA, an Albany Area Chamber 2018 Nonprofit of the Year nominee, puts Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Through its gym services and programs, the Albany Area YMCA has been bringing health and wellness to the Albany Area for 108 years. In 2017 the organization opened its doors to those displaced by the January tornadoes; raised more than $36,000 to provide athletic program scholarships to area children; partnered with Easterseals to develop an inclusive after school program; partnered with the Dougherty County School System and Second Harvest to serve more than 88,000 meals and more than 90,000 snacks to children in their afterschool and summer camp programs. The Albany Area YMCA 200 volunteers provide more than 2,400 hours of service to the community.

The 2018 Small Business of the Year and 2018 Non-Profit of the Year will be announced at the 2018 Small Business and Non-Profit Awards Reception on Tuesday, May 1 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Doublegate Country Club. Register for the event here.

KEEP ALBANY-DOUGHERTY BEAUTIFUL – 2018 NONPROFIT OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful, an Albany Area Chamber 2018 Nonprofit of the Year nominee, educates and challenges citizens to take greater responsibility for protecting and enhancing the community’s environment. In 2017, the Board of Commissioners of Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful implemented a hands-on grassroots education program that involved citizens from all walks of life. Public and private partnerships support environmental awareness through hands-on involvement. Over the course of the year, 141,144 hours of environmental services were donated, changing environmental attitudes and behaviors that will impact generations for years to come.

The 2018 Small Business of the Year and 2018 Non-Profit of the Year will be announced at the 2018 Small Business and Non-Profit Awards Reception on Tuesday, May 1 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Doublegate Country Club. Register for the event here.

SOUTHERN POINT STAFFING – 2018 SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

In 2017, Southern Point Staffing provided employment opportunities to more than 540 people in the Albany Area. This Albany Area Chamber 2018 Small Business of the Year nominee believes that finding and creating sustainable employment opportunities is a major factor in strengthening our community and improving the lives of our neighbors. The agency’s community involvement is extensive and far-reaching; following the January 2017, Southern Point Staffing rallied the support of friends, neighbors and employees to distribute water, food and toiletries to hundreds of storm-impacted families, and assisted in chainsaw, tractor and debris-clearing teams. For its efforts, Southern Point Staffing received the Chamber’s 2017 Albany Strong Award.

The 2018 Small Business of the Year and 2018 Non-Profit of the Year will be announced at the 2018 Small Business and Non-Profit Awards Reception on Tuesday, May 1 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Doublegate Country Club. Register for the event here.

EASTERSEALS – 2018 NONPROFIT OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

Easterseals Southern Georgia provides services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. During fiscal year 2017, Easterseals Southern Georgia, through its major program lines, provided services to more than 5,500 children and adults with disabilities across a 60-county region of the state. Last year, the organization celebrated 60 years of service to Albany and South Georgia. Commitment to the mission and passion for excellence are the hallmarks of Easterseals Southern Georgia, an Albany Area Chamber 2018 Nonprofit of the Year nominee.

The 2018 Small Business of the Year and 2018 Non-Profit of the Year will be announced at the 2018 Small Business and Non-Profit Awards Reception on Tuesday, May 1 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Doublegate Country Club. Register for the event here.