Augusta Metro Chamber Hosts Inaugural Level Up Business Academy

Posted By: Kathryn Freemon News Releases,

The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the inaugural class of the Level Up Business Academy kicked off on Wednesday, January 26 with 11 participants.  Level Up Business Academy is a six-month course for small business owners operating a healthy business for at least three years and interested in taking their business to the next level.  The program is designed to accelerate growth opportunities through education, counseling and resources. Participants will learn from multiple guest experts specifically chosen based on their expertise and knowledge in entrepreneurial strategy.  The Academy offers a review of business plans and processes as well as a financial and marketing refresh.  Participants will develop a five-year growth plan and leave the class ready to take their business to the next level. The 2022 Level Up Business Academy participants include:


David Ray, Cyber City Circuits LLC

Keith Perret, Keith Perret State Farm

Stacy Roberts, SMR Leadership Solutions

Varian Hunter, A Lustrous Finish

Richard Green, Tech 4 Success, LLC

Amanda Gilchrist, Designed By Purpose Counseling and Consulting, LLC

Dittilio Shepherd, D Shepherd Construction & Utilities

Nader Khatib and Lisa Khatib, Laziza Mediterranean Grill

Stan McDaniel, Stan McDaniel State Farm

Daniel Burnfield, Augusta Custom Clubs


As a result of a generous sponsorship from Security Federal Bank, this Academy is being offered to local businesses at an affordable cost.  Thank you to Phil Wahl and the team at Security Federal Bank for your continued support of the Augusta Metro Chamber and the business community.


For more information on the Augusta Metro Chamber’s Level Up Business Academy, please contact the Chamber’s Executive Vice President Angie Martin at or visit




Media Contact:

Kathryn Freemon, Communications Coordinator

Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce