City, Chamber and Seeds Business University ‘Pop Up Shop’ Workshop Prepares Entrepreneurs for Business Start Up

On Tuesday, September 14, 2021, the City of Valdosta in partnership with the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce, held a one-day small business Pop-Up Shop start-up session as part of the Seeds Business University. It was designed specifically for anyone interested in turning their business idea into a reality.                                                          

The workshop was held in the Valdosta City Hall Annex Multi-Purpose Room, from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. During the workshop, participants learned about starting a Pop-Up Shop including how to write a business plan, budgeting, designing, and marketing a Pop-Up Shop, and how to get involved with Valdosta Mobile Market or Main Street’s Makers Market. 

“Lots of people in our community are interested in starting a business but they are not sure on what type of products they want to sell or how well it will be received by the community, so we are talking about Pop Up Shops today. There are a lot of opportunities for pop ups with the different markets held on Saturdays in this region.” said Betty Morgan, Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce, Vice President for Business Development. “This is a way for people to take their side hustle and make it into a business to make money from it. We hope that by giving them the tools to make these business ideas successful, one day down the road they can open a brick-and-mortar store.”

"We are always excited to offer workshops funded through the assistance of the Community Development Block Grant and the SEEDS for Success program with the Valdosta/Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce," said Vanassa Ross, Neighborhood Development/Community Protection Manager. "For those individuals who are looking to start a business, this is an awesome, free resource full of information, and can help spur the creation of small businesses in our community. Our goal is not just to have small businesses start in our community, but for them to be successful, and have the ability to sustain themselves for the future."

The Seeds Business University hosts classes throughout the year. For more information on future events, please visit