October is the month of several special recognitions and one of them is Women’s Small Business Month, honoring women who have started their own companies or risen to the top of their professions.
Women have unique issues in owning a business, as even with phenomenal growth over the last decades, female-owned businesses account for only 25 percent vs. 75 percent owned by men.
If you own a business, are an entrepreneur, are a high-level executive in a corporation or are currently working on your business plan, you need to consider attending the 2012 Women in Business symposium Friday at Valdosta State University.
The symposium is hosted by the Small Business Development Center and is specifically for businesswomen to enjoy a day of education, empowerment and enlightenment. Networking opportunities, breakout sessions, and a special forum on human-resource issues are included in the day, along with a great keynote speaker, Tiffany Young.
Young is a VSU graduate, the owner of the renowned Pink Pastry Parlor LLC and star of the reality TV show on Oprah’s network, “Party at Tiffany’s.” She will be giving the luncheon keynote address, followed by a business expo and ice cream social.
All this for just $25 per person, breakfast and lunch included. Contact the SBDC at (229) 245-3738 to reserve your space for the event, or go online to register at www.wibsymposium.org.
It should be a great day and a great way for women in business to learn and gain support from others.
The grand opening of Academy Sports on Norman Drive on Friday went off with a splash and I’d expect the store to stay pretty crowded for a while. Definitely worth a visit.
There will soon be a new Waffle House on Bemiss Road, in the area where the Harvey’s is located and the company recently purchased some property for a location in Remerton, too.
Also, this week’s building permits includes one from Martin’s Famous Pastry for a new warehouse, which they’ve already started building on their property near the airport.
There’s a new Asian Market opening in the Garden Plaza on North Ashley Street, next to Firehouse Subs, which I understand is supposed to also include some baked goods.
In Adel, in the old City Cafe building, a new Mexican restaurant opened last week called Layne’s Mexican Grill.
In Valdosta, we just lost a new Mexican restaurant, the Green Iguana, which closed this week.
Also, the Maryland Fried Chicken restaurant on North Ashley Street, which seemed to be doing so well, has a For Lease sign on the door now.
The former Loco’s restaurant, from what I understand and if this is not right, please correct me, is supposedly going to be named Bad Habitz Saloon and Grub.
Construction should be starting any time on the new Egg and I restaurant, being built at the North Ashley Professional Plaza in front of the strip center with Quizno’s, etc.
A new pizza place is being built in Hahira on Highway 122, near the NAPA store.
And the new Beds 4 Less and Furniture is preparing for their big move and expansion, going from North Ashley to the former Heilig Meyers building next to The Crescent on Patterson Street.
That’s about it for this week, but if there’s something I missed, please let me know!