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  • July/August 2014 | BUSINESS10 www.AlbanyGa.com

    It wasn't the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce SmallBusiness Celebration's big prize -- the Small Business of theYear award. That went to Stewbos. But Breakaway Cyclesowner Gene Kirk said receiving Innovative Customer Servicerecognition at the awards banquet proved his business plan isworking."Obviously, our goal was to win the Small Business of the

    Year award," Kirk said. "But I have to admit, it's really nice tobe recognized for the day-in, day-out stuff that is such acrucial part of our business. That's the way we treat all of ourcustomers."Somebody put on Facebook -- it was one of our customers

    that I'd never met before -- that 'Breakaway is sellinghappiness.' That's one of the nicest things anyone could havesaid about our business. Each person has their own little story,but when you shop at our business it's never, 'Here's yourbike, get out the door.' We love what we do here."Breakaway, which is in its fourth year of operation in

    Albany, has experienced annual growth surpassing 18 percent.In addition to offering products and services that "don't justenhance the economy, but individuals' lives," the company hashosted bicycle safety and maintenance clinics for the generalpublic and the Boys Scouts, and has supported sportingevents such as the Snickers Marathon, the Fat Four MountainBike Race at Chehaw and the Cheetah Chase trail run.While Stewbos claimed the Small Business of the Year

    award, and Breakaway Cycles was recognized for itsInnovative Customer Service, two other small businessesreceived runner-up recognition at the Chamber's SmallBusiness Celebration. Hughey & Neuman Inc. was first-runner-up, while Darkotech Inc.'s Atlantic Pallet Exchangedivision was second runner-up."This is a huge honor, especially being runner-up to

    Stewbos," Hughey & Newman co-owner Callie Hughey Walkersaid. "They have had such a huge impact on our community.Being recognized by the Chamber, I believe, shows that thehard work of our (Walker and her sister, Katie HugheyGatewood, are now co-owners/managers of Hughey &Neuman) parents and our grandparents is the way to besuccessful."Our grandfather started the business 60 years ago, and we

    hope we can carry it into the future for another 60 years.Working with family has its challenges, but it's been such ablessing for us."Hughey & Neuman was founded in 1954 by George W.

    Hughey and Carl Neuman, originally to complete homerepairs and remodeling. The company eventually branchedinto rental management, and when Bill Hughey joined thecompany in 1968, it expanded to include sales, leasing and

    2014 Small Business ofthe Year Celebrates OurAdditional Winners

    Photos from the top: Breakaway Cycles - Innovative CustomerService Award; Hughey & Neuman Inc. - First Runner-up;Albany Pallet Exchange - Second Runner-up

  • July/August 2014 | BUSINESS716 www.AlbanyGa.com

    Get Modern with Microsoft Oce Lunch & Learn

    Junior League of Albany ReceivesCheck from Albany Area Chamber

    The Junior League of Albany, 2014 NotFor Profit of the Year, was the recipientof a portion of the proceeds from theChambers $1,000 Raffle. Chris Hardypresented the check to Heather Sharpeand Marci Prisant of the Junior League.

    April marked the end of support for Windows XP and Office 2003. Since therewere genuine and important issues to be aware of, the Chamber teamed upwith Microsoft and Albany Technical College for a Lunch & Learn during SmallBusiness Week. The risks of staying on Office 2003 and Windows XP werediscussed as well as the reasons you should make the change to Windows 8.1and Office 365. With each being a better platform for business, four keyreason were presented on why small- and mid-sized business should make thechange. The key topics presented were:

    The way business gets done Enterprise grade security Offline and online done right Freedom to choose your work style

  • www.AlbanyGa.com | BUSINESS 17July/August 2014

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    A HISTORY OF A STEADFAST MISSION

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    Albany Area Chamber Presents Doctor Bags to Incoming Residents

    2014 Chairman of the Board Jim Deal presented suitcases, sponsored by HeritageBank of the South, to the incomingresidents at the Southwest Georgia Residency Program. These Doctors Bags, as we loving refer to them, were overflowingwith goodies donated by our generous member businesses. What a great way to welcome these new doctors to our area!

  • www.AlbanyGa.com | BUSINESS 25July/August 2014

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    Affinis HospiceHEALTH CARE SERVICES507 N. Jefferson St. Albany, GA 31701Contact: Kimberly Kimbrel(229) 435-2109www.affinishospice.orgKKimbrel@affinishospice.org

    Chicas BridalBRIDAL SERVICE/FORMAL WEAR1922 Dawson RoadAlbany, GA 31707Contact: Kim Stutz (229) 432-7484Fax: (229) 432-7485www.chicasofalbany.comkstutz@chicasofalbany.com

    Cordele Intermodal ServicesLOGISTICS MANAGEMENT /TRANSPORTATION/WAREHOUSE/DISTRIBUTION/EQUIPMENT SA 513 Burnette Blvd.Cordele, GA 31015Contact: Katie McWilliams(229) 273-5399Fax: (229) 273-5851www.cordeleintermodal.comkmcwilliams@cordeleintermodal.com

    EMC Engineering ServicesENGINEERS/ENGINEERING 1344 US Hwy 19S #ALeesburg, GA 31763Contact: Michele Tompkins (229) 435-6133Fax: (229) 439-7979www.emc-eng.commichele_tompkins@emc-eng.com

    Fastrack Immediate Care HEALTH CARE SERVICES 2822 2 Nottingham WayAlbany, GA 31707Contact: Kim Hilbun(478) 304-1268www.hillcresturgentcare.comkim.hilbun@hillcrestuc.com

    GCSA Georgia CharterSchools AssociationNON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS600 West Peachtree St., Suite 1555Atlanta, GA 30308Contact: Andrew Lewis(404) 835-8900Fax: (888) 799-0837www.gacharters.orgalewis@gacharters.org

    Georgia Regents UniversityEDUCATIONALINSTITUTIONS/RESOURCES1120 15th StreetAugusta, GA 30912Contact: Cedrick Johnson(706) 721-0211cejohnson@gru.edu

    HAYLO Window Cleaning CLEANING/JANITORIAL SERVICE & SUPPLIES650 U.S. Highway 19 SAmericus, GA 31719Contact: Brandi Harper (229) 886-6987haylopro.comhaylo@haylopro.com

    Healthy Living FarmsPRODUCE3810 Gillionville RoadAlbany, GA 31721Contact: Charlene Glover(229) 432-8461Fax: (229) 432-1807www.healthylivingfarms.orginfo@healthylivingfarms.org

    Holiday Inn Express & SuitesHOTELS/MOTELS/BED & BREAKFASTS2713 Pointe North Blvd.Albany, GA 31707Contact: Linda Davis(229) 405-2613Fax: (229) 405-2614www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/albany/abyga/hoteldetaillinda.davis@hiealbany.com

    Hydra Engineering &Construction, LLCCONTRACTORS/BUILDERS/INSPECTORS803 Philema Road SouthLeesburg, GA 31763(850) 926-2593Fax: (850) 926-9257www.hydraengineering.comleslie@hydraengineering.com

    Icons Bar and GrillBAR/LOUNGE/RESTAURANTS104 N. Washington StreetAlbany, GA 31701Contact: Torry Williams(229) 405-2298williams.torry@gmail.com

    WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERSVISIT WWW.ALBANYGA.COM AND VIEW THE WEB PAGES FOR ALL CHAMBER MEMBERS.

    June/July

  • www.AlbanyGa.com | BUSINESS 27July/August 2014

    NEW STARS continued

    Lily Pad SANE CenterNON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS320 W. 2nd AvenueAlbany, GA 31701Contact: Mary Martinez-Allen(229) 435-0074www.lilypadcenter.orgmary.lilypad@gmail.com

    Live NaturallySPECIALTY SHOPS/ITEMS2726 Ledo RoadAlbany, GA 31707Contact: Debbie Peavey(229) 888-2466Fax: (229) 888-2808www.livenaturallyvitamins.comlivenaturallyllc@gmail.com

    Manna's Cafe LLCCONSULTANTS/SPECIALTYSHOPS/ITEMS105-B Courtney Ct.Albany, GA 31721Contact: Jimmy West(229) 291-1501www.mannascafe.bizmannascafe3@gmail.com

    NAPA AutomotiveAUTOMOTIVE/REPAIR/PARTS/PAINT & BODY/TOWING309 W. Union Rd.Calhoun, GA 30701Contact: Dale Brown(770) 843-9205www.napaonline.com/?cid=_PAIDSEARCH_Brand_NAPA_NAPA_Exact_Google_napa_Exact&gclid=CPjd98ah974CFcnm7AodUl0AJwdaleleigh.brown@gmail.com

    Pointe North ApartmentsAPARTMENTS2716 Dawson RoadAlbany, GA 31707Contact: Tamara Cooper(229) 436-4063Fax: (229) 436-1556www.pointenorthapartments.comtamara@pointenorthapartments.com

    Porterfield Memorial UnitedMethodist ChurchCHURCHES/RELIGIOUSORGANIZATIONS2200 Dawson RoadAlbany, GA 31707Contact: Lisa Burton(229) 436-6336Fax: (229) 439-9141www.pmumc.netlburton@pmumc.net

    Portman's Music SuperstoreMUSIC STORES/INSTRUMENTS/INSTRUCTION1027 N. Westover Blvd.Future home: 2403 Westgate DriveAlbany, GA 31707Contact: Mike Boone(229) 432-1835www.portmansmusic.commboone@portmansmusic.com

    Quik CopyCOPIERS/COPY SERVICES227 East Oglethorpe Blvd.Albany, GA 31705Contact: Lisa Knox-Bussey(229) 446-2679www.quikcopyalbany.comquikcopy1@gmail.com

    Resora - New Communities Inc.BANQUET/CONFERENCECENTER/MEETINGFACILITIES/PLANTATION/FARMS801 Old Pretoria Rd.Albany, GA 31721Contact: Shirley Sherrod(229) 430-9870Fax: (229) 446-9269shirleymsherrod@gmail.com

    Shandon DevelopmentProperties, Inc.DEVELOPERS2843 Sharonview RoadCharlotte, NC 28210Contact: Patrick Plettnerpplettner@shandondev.com

    State Farm Insurance - Bobby UnderwoodINSURANCE & INSURANCEADJUSTERS307 Grand Island Drive,Suite 1Albany, Ga 31707Contact: Bobby Underwood(229) 436-3946bobby.underwood.k500@statefarm.com

    The Cascon Group, LLCCONSULTANTS1075 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 3650Atlanta, GA 30309Contact: Rufus Montgomery(404) 805-7012www.cascongroup.comrm@cascongroup.com

    The Closet DowntownCLOTHING/ACCESSORIES 238 W Broad Ave.Albany, GA 31701Contact: Ayasha Banks(229) 405-1186ayashabanks@gmail.com

    The Image CompanyVIDEO RECORDING/PRODUCTION/PHOTO BOOTH128 Brannan AveAmericus, GA 31709Contact: Bobby Ellis(229) 928-8600Fax: (229) 928-8680www.theimagecompany.tvtheimagecompany@gmail.com

    Universal Home & Roofing SolutionsCONTRACTORS/BUILDERS/INSPECTORS/HOME/BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT205 N. Hibiscus Rd.Albany, GA 31707Contact: Ranzik Hines(229