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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.

ALBANY SURGICAL – 2018 SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

Albany Surgical, P.C., provides excellence in surgical and endoscopic services. The practice has introduced Orbera, a nonsurgical weight loss procedure with no incisions, stitches or scars. Albany Surgical, P.C., offers LINX, an innovative, minimally invasive surgery that treats acid reflux when medication no longer provides adequate symptom control. The practice also offers minimally-invasive varicose vein outpatient treatments. This Albany Area Chamber 2018 Small Business of the Year nominee supports the community by improving patients’ well-being.

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.

Alzheimer’s Outreach Center – 2018 Non-Profit of the Year Nominee

The Alzheimer’s Outreach Center provides respite for caregivers and trusted care for those with dementia, and educates the community regarding dementia and the beneficial resources available. Alzheimer’s Outreach Center is the only service of its kind within a 100-mile radius and is the only outlet for extensive, comprehensive educational materials and personal support including a monthly support group with 35 participants. This Albany Area Chamber 2018 Nonprofit of the Year nominee provides services to 2,500 through the six services that it offers. In April 2018, Alzheimer’s Outreach Center celebrated 30 years 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.

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229Yoga – 2018 Small Business of the Year Nominee

229Yoga opened its door in September 2013 with three instructors teaching three classes per week. Five years later, this Albany Area Chamber 2018 Small Business of the Year nominee boasts 18 instructors, 42 classes per week and serves nearly 2,000 clients. The staff at 229Yoga challenges itself earning and maintaining national certification in a variety of disciplines. Communication is the foundation of 229Yoga’s services – clients are treated as individuals as staff is responsive to their injuries or mobility concerns. The business’ motto — “Love, Serve, Remember” — is visible as a mural in the studio and is lived out through its community involvement, which includes projects with the Albany Police Department, Girls of Determination, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital cancer patients, the Humane Society of Terrell County, The Fallen Tree Festival and through its wellness partnership with White Oak Pastures and Farmer Fredo to combat obesity, prevent disease and encourage healthy practices. In 2017, 229Yoga received the Chamber’s Rising Star 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.

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