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ACT! gets $1M Google loan to help small businesses recover from pandemic

  Business blooming for Valdosta flower shop ahead of Valentine’s Day

Hiring for Stewart Co. solar farm to start in March

  Expert: Invest wisely in the stock market

Sweet Grass Dairy cheese shop expands with new facility

COVID affecting your Super Bowl Sunday plans? Support local businesses from home.

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  Coca-Cola UNITED consolidates Valdosta and Sylvester operations

  New airline, destination in the works for Valdosta Regional Airport

  From hardship to passion: Valdosta shop owner uses traumatic past to help others grow, heal

Valdosta Coke plant will move to Tifton

  Valdosta Furniture and Mattress reopens following 2018 fire

New PPP loans on the way with recent COVID-19 relief bill

  Right on target: Skoll Axe Throwing business thrives, expands during pandemic

Downtown Valdosta is getting some new entertainment. The owner of Skoll Axe Throwing started his mobile business during the pandemic and now, he’s expanding to a storefront.

Albany organization receives $1M to help Southwest Ga. businesses stay open

Albany Community Together (ACT!) is receiving more than $1 million to help small businesses stay open and save jobs.

  High sales show many turned to real Christmas trees this holiday season

The Christmas tree industry is seeing an increase in sales this year.

Tifton textile company announces major expansion

The addition of 100,000 square feet will bring the total amount of square footage American Textile has in Tift County to more than 500,000 sq. ft.

  Cairo business owners excited about future of downtown after meetings

  Cairo holds first planning session for downtown’s future

‘Yum Yum Sauce’ maker relocates to Tifton

  Downtown Valdosta shops looking forward to Small Business Saturday

  Douglas entrepreneur opens store during pandemic

  New snack bar brings international food to Downtown Moultrie

  Albany Black-owned businesses talk COVID-19 relief funding concerns

Lerron Lee says that he applied for COVID-19 funding, but his business did not receive any relief.

  New Albany advanced power sports manufacturing plant expands

Outdoor Network (ODN), a family-owned and operated marine and power sports company will invest nearly $22 million in two projects, bringing 92 jobs to southwest Georgia. The Navy plans to purchase $2M of diesel outboard motors that will be built in Albany.

  Albany woman launches free Facebook thrifting platform

Many sellers are going above and beyond to show their support for breast cancer survivors in the group.

  Thomasville appliance store owner speaks on manufacturing impacts during pandemic

An appliance store in Thomasville says the manufacturing business is working to recover after a setback due to the pandemic.

  Community helps small businesses in Sylvester thrive during pandemic

In a tough year for small businesses across the country, business owners in Sylvester say support from the community has been better than ever.

  Downtown Albany recognized by national accreditation program

The city has been recognized by Main Street America- a national accreditation program.

  Albany Tech launches new ‘Purple Briefcase’ platform

The new platform connects students with local employers.

  Redevelopment for new data/hotel center underway in downtown Albany

The old Albany Water, Gas, and Light building will soon be redeveloped into a boutique hotel and data center.

  Albany small businesses stay open for Labor Day sales to bounce back amid COVID-19 pandemic

The City of Albany has been working to distribute relief money to shops, stores and eateries impacted by COVID-19.

  Thomasville marketing business launches website to help small businesses

A marketing business in Thomasville is making sure to help small businesses during the pandemic.

  Albany-Leesburg real estate market ’hot’ during pandemic

Not many things are booming during an international pandemic but apparently the Albany-Leesburg area real estate market is.

  Expansion, new jobs coming to Sparks chemical production facility

BASF announced Tuesday the expansion of its facility in Sparks.

  Sweet shop begins shipping across country during pandemic

A cake shop in Moultrie is branching out, bringing her treats to those not yet ready to get out of the house.

  Moultrie restaurant brings city together with menu changes

A Moultrie restaurant owner said they’re bringing the community together after making some major changes.

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National Thrift Shop Day is August 17

  Bicycle shop focusing on repairs looking ahead as nationwide bike shortage continues

The struggle for many to lay hands on some fresh wheels – and a lot of other parts, too – is real.

  Partnership announced to expand broadband service

Over the next few years, more people will be able to access broadband internet in Colquitt County.

Making the most of your money: Are you saving enough for retirement?

For most of us, retirement is the goal, and having some money put away for living expenses and to have a little fun is a necessity.

  Businesses impacted after Sunbelt Ag Expo suspended

The Sunbelt Ag Expo brings hundreds of people to Moultrie each year.

  Business owner steps out on faith, reflects 12 years later

A restaurant in Thomasville is celebrating its 12 year anniversary this month.

Lights, Camera, Action!: Georgia No. 1 in film production

Prior to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Georgia was on pace for another record-setting year. This top ranking is featured in the publication’s annual 2020 Rankings Report.

Coming soon: Albany’s Burlington planning fall opening

The store is planning a fall opening but a specific grand opening date hasn't been announced yet.

  UNPRECEDENTED: Sunbelt Ag Expo canceled for the first time

Held the third week in October, the Expo’s board said the decision to cancel the annual event was “greatly impacted by its concern for valued attendees’ and exhibitors’ expenses, and their need to plan...”

Ga. partnership expected to bring over 100 jobs to Bainbridge

This new facility will mark the company’s first location in Georgia and create 140 new jobs, according to a release.

  Downtown Thomasville remains ‘resilient’ through COVID-19

Many businesses in Downtown Thomasville were hit hard due to the pandemic, but they’re all back open for business.

Frito-Lay announces $200M expansion, 120 jobs in Houston Co.

They will begin producing Frito-Lay tortilla chip products, a second line producing Baked Cheetos Puffs, strategic space for a future manufacturing line and add a warehouse building.

  Downtown Thomasville business owner sees brighter side of closing due to COVID-19

Businesses in Downtown Thomasville are back open and serving the community again.

Wednesday last day for Albany small business owners to apply for relief funding

Wednesday is the last day for Albany small business owners to apply for relief funding.

Downtown Bainbridge station offers public amenities for visitors

Downtown Bainbridge has added a building to accommodate for businesses and visitors.

  Albany mini mart owner fears loss of revenue after city commissioners’ decision

An East Albany Business Owner is worried she won’t bring in enough revenue to stay afloat. Linda Taylor recently bought the East Residence property.

  Military surplus store opens in Albany

Godwin’s Military Surplus Outlet is now open for business after having to set back their opening date due to coronavirus.

  Business owners push through pandemic to open new stores

Two businesses are bringing unique concepts to downtown Moultrie.

Georgia senators seek to shield businesses from COVID-19 suits

Georgia state senators want to give broad protection to businesses and others from being sued if someone blames them for contracting COVID-19.

Sunbelt looks for another successful in-person Expo in October

The Sunbelt Ag Expo reported that its economic impact in 2019 was $16.72 million dollars.

Short and Paulk taking precautions after possible COVID-19 exposure

A South Georgia business owner said he’s taking all the precautions to protect his employees from the coronavirus.

  Farmers prepare for busy hurricane season

South Georgia’s farmers are preparing now for what forecasters predict will be a busy hurricane season.

South Ga. company expanding, creating new jobs in Lowndes Co.

A South Georgia company will invest $5 million in Lowndes County, bringing new jobs.

  Ga. film, tv projects to hire thousands of production workers

An estimated 40,000 production workers will be employed on around 75 production projects.

  South Ga. health official: Positive coronavirus cases in AG industry but overall numbers still trending downward

The agriculture industry has seen a few cases of COVID-19 recently here in Southwest Georgia, according to Georgia Department of Health Southwest Health District (DPH) doctors.

  Georgia’s watermelon season begins

It’s also time for the harvest of Georgia Watermelons. One farmer said those melons planted on plastic are coming in a little earlier this year.

  Second Century Ag holds ‘hemp university’

A group of producers met over the weekend in Ocilla to discuss the growth of hemp in Georgia.

  Dougherty Co. Salvation Army thrift store officially closed

Dougherty County’s only Salvation Army thrift store is now closed thanks to COVID-19.

  Farmer uses unique method for growing late-season crops

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New travel center coming to Albany

The Brad Lanier Oil Company hopes to complete construction and open its 12th retail location in the Albany area later this month.

  Albany Salvation Army store to close, permanently

The Salvation Army said despite the store closure, Salvation Army services will still be available for those in need.

Food Lion buys out BI-LO, Harveys stores

The acquired stores will remain open as BI-LO and Harveys Supermarket until April of next year.

  Agriculture consultants respond to proposed state budget cuts

South Georgia farm consultants are responding to the proposed state agriculture budget cuts for the upcoming fiscal year.

  Downtown Moultrie business opening soon

One business in Moultrie was set to have its grand opening in April. Because of the coronavirus, those plans have been delayed.

Albany City Commission approves program to help small businesses

The funding program totals to $700,000.

  Downtown Valdosta shop doing well amid pandemic

Since they reopened their doors, the owner of Cottonwood Market and Boutique tells me business has been going really well.

  8-year-old philanthropist making lemonade to raise money for good cause

“I am selling the lemonade for cancer, Coronavirus, and all the people that risk their lives for us,” said Battle.

State officials ask Georgians to buy local produce

“Now more than ever”-that’s the plea of Georgia Agriculture Commissioner for the public to buy local produce.

Local businesses happy for community’s support as downtown slowly reopens

As businesses and restaurants reopen, Downtown Thomasville is slowly getting back to normal.

  New plan could offer financial help to small, Albany businesses

If you’re a small business owner in Albany, you could be seeing some much needed financial help soon.

  New Moultrie apartment complex hits the market

After months of renovating, an apartment complex in downtown Moultrie is on the market.

  Valdosta club owner preparing for future reopening

Bliss Nightclub and lounge is one of the few places in Lowndes County operating under a bar license.

  Albany small business making changes to open to public

Kristi Childress owns Roots & Wings Boutique in Albany she says her store was an online store for four years until this last November when she decided to open a store in Albany.

  Albany restaurant reopens with new rules for customers

Gilbert Udoto, owner of the The Sandtrap and Café 5.0, says he is not only making his employees wear masks but everyone who enters his restaurant has to wear a mask.