The entrepreneurial spirit is a gift that inspires others to become the best they can be. Celebrating the local spirit of entrepreneurship is what keeps our city fresh and growing. From passion and positivity to leadership and ambition, here is the weekly entrepreneur that best defines the entrepreneurial spirit here in Lowndes County:
Kurt Peterson: “Make a financial plan for your business and decide early how you are going to do the accounting. It is much easier to have a plan in the beginning than to try and catch up years down the road. The Small Business Development Center at VSU is a great resource (and free) for entrepreneurs. The SBDC can help you with many aspects of starting and growing a business.”
• Owner of The Beanery Coffee Roasters
• Education: Belmont University, Nashville, Tenn., BBA
• Fun fact: “I worked in a recording studio on Music Row for about five years before moving back to Valdosta.”
The Beanery Coffee Roasters are a local wholesale and retail coffee roaster specializing in corporate branding and specialty gifts.
Businesses are continuously opening, closing, moving and renovating in Valdosta and Lowndes County overall.
• Hidden Treasure Learning Center is located at 936 Madison Ave. The business is waiting on inspection and plans on opening in October. Hidden Treasure Learning Center is a Christian-based, in-home daycare offering childcare for 12 months to 12 years; before and after school care. Contact Valencia Debro for information at (229) 232-5338.
• Old Time Butcher Shoppe is located at 1581 Baytree Road. The business is currently under construction and waiting on permits from the City of Valdosta, according to owners Sheila and Jason Easter. Old Time Butcher Shoppe is a specialty old-style meat market that will offer fresh-cut meats made from scratch. The business plans to open in mid- November.
• It’s Your Hair is located at 913 N. Ashley St. Suite D. The business was scheduled to open Tuesday after Labor Day. It’s Your Hair is a small boutique that will provide quality hair weaves and extensions at affordable prices. The business will have operating hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
• V House Studio is located at 1011 Williams St. The business has an anticipated open date of Oct. 21. V House Studio is a music recording and video production business. Hours of operation are based on client needs. Contact Travon Duhart at (229)296-2024
• Smiley’s Buffet & Grill is located at 1015 Lake Park Boulevard in Lake Park. The business is currently under construction and will be opening soon.
LaShaunda Jordan is The Valdosta Daily Times business reporter. Email business ideas to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LaShaunda Jordan is a reporter with The Valdosta Daily Times. She can be contacted at (229)244-3400 ext. 1257.