Valdosta - "Get Active" opened its doors six months ago. Business seem to be booming, but getting started was no cakewalk. "I didn't sleep for the first three days and after that I worked on very little sleep because of so much work that was to be done," said Todd Smoot, Owner.
Getting off to a good start was crucial for Smoot. "There's more opportunity for a business to fail in the first two years than to succeed," said Smoot.
And now, thanks to a new program at the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce, his chances of succeeding are much higher. "Corporate business owners and people who are seasoned can mentor new businesses to just give them support and encouragement, and help them with the struggles they may face as they're opening their business," said Tara Brinkmoeller.
Corporate coaches can offer advice on crucial business decisions, everything from accounting and finance issues to personnel matters and more. "We're there just to listen and advise and support an entrepreneur who maybe hasn't been there and done that before," said Rusty Griffin, Corporate Coach.
The corporate coaches program isn't just for Chamber members like Get Active, its available free or charge to any new or established business in the community. "All you have to do is call the Chamber and they'll make sure they align a coach with a partnered business that can assist them in the most effective manner," said Griffin.
The program was designed to help businesses in our community thrive, but coaches are also hoping it will help bring new business in. "Most of the jobs here are created by small entrepreneur businesses, so we're trying to foster the growth of those and help create more jobs," said Griffin.
More jobs that will bring more money, and an economic boom to this community.