Valdosta Daily Times

April 21, 2013 hosting Small Business Forum Thursday

Kay Harris
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — On Monday, the first Pro-Am tournament pairings will tee off at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club to begin the week for the PGA Tour event, the South Georgia Classic, which will be held Thursday through Sunday. is the new sponsor of the professional qualifying tour, with players vying for PGA Tour cards at the end of the season. The company, headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., is an enthusiastic partner with the PGA, and is bringing their years of experience to the communities in which the tour events are being held.

Valdosta is fortunate to be one of the host cities, with the South Georgia Classic in its seventh year. On Thursday, the first day of the tournament, will host a special Small Business Forum for the community to share advice for small businesses, free of charge.

“We specialize in helping small businesses with one to 15 employees,” said Mike Young, vice president of “However, anyone with an interest in improving their web presence would benefit from this presentation.”

The forum Thursday, April 25, at the Rainwater Conference Center begins at 8 a.m. with a continental breakfast prior to the program, which will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude by 10:30 a.m. Attendees must register for the forum online at

Space is limited and all attendees will receive two free passes to the South Georgia Classic tournament.

Young said that the PGA is a strong proponent of charitable acts in the communities that house its tournaments, and the free forum is’s way of giving back.

“This is not a sales pitch. This is simply an informative program,” said Young.

The forum will begin with Mayor John Gayle and County Commission Chairman Bill Slaughter giving opening comments, followed by Aman Devgan, vice president of marketing for, who will focus on tips for creating a successful Internet presence.

“We are excited to share our knowledge about what really works online so that small businesses in South Georgia can maximize their Internet presence,” said Devgan in a press release. “We think our pointers can make a real difference in small business success, and we look forward to expanding our outreach to local markets across the country.”

Included in Devgan’s presentation are the elements of a great website, how to determine if your website is working for you, increasing traffic to your website and your business, and demystifying social media.

According to Young, is the leading provider of Internet solutions, with more than three million customers and 30 years of experience.

“Our services can be as simple as hosting a domain or the initial website design to a host of services, including e-commerce and marketing.”

Young stressed, though, that the seminar is not all about and is instead the company’s way of providing a service to the community as a benefit of hosting the PGA tour event.