image001EATONTON — Eatonton-based ViziTech USA was one of five Georgia companies named a “Small Business Rock Star” last week by the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Georgia Economic Developers Association. The special recognition was one of the highlights of what Gov. Nathan Deal proclaimed as “Georgia Small Business Week.”

“We are very honored to be chosen as the governor’s Rock Star company for 2016 in the small business category,” Stewart Rodeheaver, president of ViziTech USA, told The Messenger Tuesday.  “It is a really important award for my team, because we were nominated by our chamber of commerce, our development authority, and several other agencies that recognize the great work of our team, and the amazing potential of our products.”

ViziTech USA emerged at the top from a field of 69 nominations submitted statewide. It was reviewed and vetted by a panel of judges, and selected for being an outstanding, unique and impactful small business.

On its website, ViziTech USA is described as “a state of the art training and education company, specializing in 3D and interactive/augmented reality learning programs and technology. (It offers) 2D and 3D hardware, software, imaging and custom content solutions for training and educational needs. ViziTech USA is pioneering the way in education and training programs primarily in the commercial, military (and military support/contractors), education and healthcare fields. (Its) one of a kind 3D technology engages the recipient’s mind, and increases both comprehension and retention of vital information.” The company is seven years old and has been in Eatonton  three years. It employs 16 people at its Eatonton facility.

image002In addition to ViziTech USA, other 2016 Small Business Rock Stars include, D and J Plastics, Quitman County;  IAC Thealth, Muscogee County; Creature Comforts Brewing Company, Athens-Clarke County; and Reformation Brewery, Cherokee County.

“While 99 percent of Georgia’s companies are considered small businesses, they are anything but small,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr. “These companies contribute greatly to our economy and are a prime reason that Georgia is the No. 1 state in the nation in which to do business for a third consecutive year.”

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