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Chamber kicks off business plan competition

August 6, 2007

Valdosta - Eighty percent of businesses in Lowndes County are small businesses.  And Code Three Response Security Services is one of the county's newest.  "We are a uniformed guard service and we are starting something new in the area which is a mobile patrol service," says owner Barbara Fender.

Fender got the idea two years ago. 

But her business wouldn't have gotten off the ground without recently winning the Guardian Bank Business Plan Competition offered through the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce.  "Its an awesome opportunity for people interested in opening a small business is Lowndes County to enter this competition and win 15 thousand dollars in start up capitol," Penelope Schmidt, Career Services Coordinator for Valdosta Technical College.

The program helps entrepreneurs like Fender put together a business plan.  "There will be some classes along the way, some guidance and mentoring along the way to try and help people be successful in this endeavor," Schmidt adds.

And the winner of the competition will get the start up capitol plus 40 thousand dollars worth of services and advertising.  "When you combine that start up capitol that is offered through the guardian bank business plan competition with what capitol you have, you are able to see your dreams become reality," Fender says.

Business is good for Fender who won just three months ago and now the competition is getting ready to kick off again, helping more Lowndes Countians make their business dreams a reality.

Any participants need to submit an application to the Chamber of Commerce no later than August 23rd.  This will be the third year for the competition.



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