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Business Link G r e a t e r H a l l C h a m b e r . c o m Chairman's Column page 2 Economic Development Year End Summary page 4 NEW! Healthy Hall Awards page 5 Meetings & Events page 6 Member Announcements page 10 Small Business of the Month page 13 Ribbon Cuttings page 14 New Members page 15

Marketing Workshop 2018

Buy Local at the Business Expo

Leveraging Social Media Influencers to Drive Revenue

Business EXPO is Thursday, February 15 at the Gainesville Civic Center with the Annual Business Luncheon, more interactive exhibits and an expanded Taste of Gainesville at Business After Hours. FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Great business exposure – Register for exhibit space NOW!

Last year, Caleb J. Spivak, Founder of What Now Media Group, led a dynamic social media marketing program to a sold out crowd. Don't miss Caleb's workshop on Tuesday, January 30 from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at Brenau University (Jacobs Building on Green Street in Gainesville) as he discusses why Influencer Marketing is a must for 2018. 74% of consumers look to social media for advice on buying decisions, and 40% have bought something based on seeing it promoted by an influencer on Instagram or Twitter. Also hear Caleb J. Spivak Derrick Case, CEO of Dress Up, speak about Founder, What Now Media Group & Publisher, social media influencers and the impact on the successful fashion shop with a huge online What Now Atlanta following and 20 storefronts. In this hands-on Presented by workshop, you'll learn how to:

EXPO 2018

The Business Luncheon (11:30 am-1:00 pm) kicks off the event followed by the EXPO with over 60 exhibitors and outstanding business-to-business networking and leads development (1:00-6:00 pm). Come enjoy a Taste of Gainesville with special menu items from area restaurants at Business After Hours (4:00 pm - 6:00 pm). Call today for sponsorship opportunities and to reserve your booth space: 770-532-6206.

Annual Business Luncheon

• Identify the right influencers for your business • Create a compelling and engaging story • Build an influencer outreach campaign • Encourage content creation Great networking and door prizes, too! Presented by Small Business Access Partners and the Chamber's Small Business Council. Sponsored by Brenau University. $15 Chamber Members; $30 Non-Members. Includes a light breakfast. Registration required. Space limited. Details: Amanda Lewis, 770-532-6206 x 111. Email: Online Reservations:


Bob Swoszowski

Owner & Operator McDonald's of Northeast Georgia

Learn tips for business growth and development from entrepreneur, philanthropist and community leader Bob Swoszowski, owner and operator of McDonald's of Northeast Georgia. Bob is keynote speaker at the Business Luncheon on Thursday, February 15 at the Gainesville Civic Center. Bob purchased his first store with a partner in 1973 and now owns 13 McDonald’s restaurants. Come hear his keys to success. Cost: $15 Chamber Members; $25 Non-members. Reservations required. Lunch reservations and exhibit information: Mandy Lathem, 770-5326206 x 115. Email:

Save the Date Tuesday, January 9 Small Business Seminar Thursday, January 18 Chamber Chase 5K Orientation Tuesday, January 30 Marketing Workshop


A Publication of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

From the Chairman

The Chamber: A Voice for Business As we start a new year, I wish our Chamber Members and the business community a very happy and prosperous 2018. For an unprecedented fifth year in a row, Gainesville-Hall County has been named the top job producing Metropolitan Area in Georgia. I invite you to join us as a voice for business and work to ensure that Gainesville-Hall County remains the top choice to live, play, and do business. Consider making resolutions in both your personal and professional life. Here are some suggested action items to help you achieve them.

Perry Barnett, CPA Rushton Chairman, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Join the Chamber. As an investor in the Chamber, businesses are entitled to a host of benefits offered to members. The dividends from investment are unlimited. From business referrals and your company's listing in the Chamber's online directory to making quality business connections – membership is an investment in your business and the community.

If you're already a member, take advantage! Make sure you are taking full advantage of all the Chamber offers. Join peer groups such as the Human Resource Council, Issues Committee, Healthcare Committee or network during one of the many events: South Hall Business Coalition on January 16 at Oakwood City Hall or Lunch 'n Learn on January 17 at Avenues of Life Counseling and Coaching. In addition to dozens of networking opportunities and events, the Chamber offers programs to assist you personally. The recent Eggs & Issues breakfast hosted over 400 members with interactive panel discussion with our state legislators on issues important to business. Mark your calendar for the Annual Transportation Forum on March 9 for discussion with transportation officials.

Consider attending one of the monthly Small Business Success Seminars. The next seminar is January 9 at the Chamber with Phil Bonelli, Wells Fargo, presenting Surviving & Thriving Through Difficulty & Change in Your Business. At the Social Media Marketing Workshop on January 30 at Brenau University, Caleb J. Spivak, Founder & Editor-In-Chief of What Now Atlanta, will discuss the Leveraging Social Media Influencers to Drive Revenue. Promote your product or service at the Business Expo on February 15 or by sponsoring one of the many upcoming Chamber functions such as the Chamber Chase 5K on March 22; the Annual Job Fair on March 21 or a Business After Hours at your office. Exposure can be priceless.

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Business Link VOLUME 23 ISSUE 7 McKemie West, Editor • Email: Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

2017-2018 Executive Committee Chairman Perry Barnett, CPA, Rushton Chair Elect Carol Burrell, Northeast Georgia Health System

Vice Chair, Government Philip Wilheit, Jr. Wilheit Packaging Vice Chair, Membership Katie Dubnik Forum Communications

Treasurer Jimbo Floyd, Turner, Wood & Smith Insurance Vice Chair, Economic Development David Lee, Jackson EMC Vice Chair, Education Andi Farmer, Milton Martin Honda Vice Chair, Marketing Tate O'Rouke, Jackson EMC

Vice Chair, South Hall Council Geoff Lee, Road Atlanta Vice Chair, Community Development Caroline Lewallen Jaemor Farms

Co-Chairs, HALLmark Paul Chambers, AT&T Mimi Collins, The Longstreet Clinic Randall Frost, Stewart, Melvin & Frost Senior Advisor John Vardeman, Morton, Vardeman & Carlson Immediate Past Chairman Lee Hemmer, The Simpson Company

President & CEO Kit Dunlap Chair, VISION 2030 Greater Hall Chamber of Melissa Tymchuk, Northeast Commerce Georgia Health System Elizabeth Higgins, Exec Director

Board of Directors 2017-2018 Norman Baggs, The Times Glennis Barnes, Georgia Power Phil Bonelli, Wells Fargo Nick Bruner, Rushton Stacey Dickson, Lake Lanier CVB Danny Dunagan, Mayor, City of Gainesville Sam Evans, Councilman, City of Oakwood Josh Everett, New Leaf Landscape Services Brett Fowler, Turner Wood & Smith Insurance Tony Funari, Funari Realty Col. Bill Gallagher, Riverside Military Academy Jim Grier, Champion Capital Alliance Joy Griffin, United Way of Hall County Richard Higgins, Chair, Hall Co. Commission Morgan House, Keller Williams Lanier Partners Dr. John Kennedy, Lakeview Academy David Lloyd, Liberty Utilities Sarita Madera, Homestar Financial Corp Mike McGraw, PrideStaff / Ranger Mfg Terry Merck, American Yazaki Mike Miller, Mayor, City of Flowery Branch Steve Naughton, Enterprising Solutions James Nix, Mayor, City of Clermont Nancy Norton, The Norton Agency

Dr. Richard Oates, University of North Georgia Bill Orr, Mayor, Town of Braselton Dr. Ray Perren, Lanier Technical College Larry Poole, Mayor, City of Gillsville Barbara Rambo, ProCare Rx Josh Schlieman, Sullivan & Schlieman Will Schofield, Hall County School System Dr. Ed Schrader, Brenau University Robert Schuetze, BB&T Mulham Shbeib, Mar-Jac Poultry Carol Shirley, South State Bank Jody Spain, Cotton Eyed Joe’s Andy Stewart, Peach State Bank & Trust Ahna Still, Halski Systems Kevin Strada, The Atlanta Falcons Phil Sutton, Kubota Steve Syfan, Syfan Logistics Milton Turner, Mayor, City of Lula Lila Westmoreland, Brenau University Philip Wilheit, Wilheit Packaging Arrik Williams, Tatsumi Intermodal USA Dr. Jeremy Williams, Gainesville City Schools Mike Williams, Lanier Islands Darryl Workman, BrandBank

Associate Directors 2017-2018 Lindsay Addison, Sisu Sues Alexander, Regions Bank Sharon Barrett, South State Bank Kay Blackstock, Georgia Mountain Food Bank Caitlin Collins, Mincey Marble Brook Davidson, Stewart, Melvin & Frost

Logan Jones, AccessWDUN Terry Morrisey, Caldwell Electrical Contractors Nick Pruner, Edward Jones Investments Misty Waldrop, HALLCO Credit Union John Wheeler, Bizzy Bee Exterminators Emily Wiley, J & J Foods/The Market on Limestone

Greater Hall Chamber Staff Executive Kit Dunlap, President & CEO Gerri Collins, Executive Assistant Economic Development Tim Evans, Vice President Shelley Davis, Vice President Existing Industry Amanda Lewis, Project Manager Peyton Wilhoite, Project Manager

The Chamber's 24th Annual Eggs & Issues Breakfast featured discussion with Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and the Gainesville-Hall County Legislative Delegation. (L-R): Chamber Chairman Perry Barnett, Rushton; David Lee, Jackson EMC (event sponsor); Rep. Emory Dunahoo, Jr.; Rep. Lee Hawkins; Lt. Governor Casey Cagle; Kit Dunlap, Greater Hall Chamber; State Senator Butch Miller; Rep. Matt Dubnik; Rep. Timothy Barr; State Senator John Wilkinson.

Finance & Operations David Umberson, Vice President, Finance and Human Resources Membership Development Mandy Lathem, Vice President, Events Christen Wilbanks, Vice President, Sales Education & Leadership Andi Harmon, Vice President

Government Affairs Peyton Wilhoite, Project Manager South Hall Council Mandy Lathem, Vice President, Events Community Development Robin Halstead, Vice President VISION 2030 Elizabeth Higgins, Executive Director Marketing & Communications Kemie West, Business Link Editor/Consultant Greater Hall Chamber Welcome Center Robin Halstead, Manager Intern Carli Echols, University North Georgia

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2017 Greater Hall Economic Development Year End Summary The Greater Hall Chamber Economic Development Council (EDC) reports 2017 year-end results of 29 new and expanding firms adding nearly 900 new jobs and $170 million in new capital investment to GainesvilleHall County. The results are a subtle increase in jobs and investment over 2016. The number of firms the EDC assisted grew by over 60% from 18 in 2016 to 29 in 2017. Some of the job creation and investments announced in 2017 have already taken place, but for many companies, like Carroll Daniel Construction and Viking Range, their investment and job creation plans will take place in 2018. David Lee Jackson EMC Additional business expansion decisions announced in Vice Chair, Economic 2017 included ProCare Rx, Mars Wrigley, Tower Sealants, Development Division Zebra Technologies and ZF Industries. And, several firms announced new headquarters and operational facilities, including Carroll Daniel, Mincey Marble and Elite Exhibits. Not included in these statistics is the $130 million capital investment at the new Lanier Technical College Campus on Highway 365, to be complete by fall 2018 and open for instruction in 2019. Kubota, Tatsumi and Performance Foodservice completed construction of facilities in 2017, but those capital investments were announced in the prior year and are also not included in the latest figures. Healthcare Services in Gainesville-Hall County enhance quality of life and provide a positive economic impact. New medical office developments are underway in Gainesville, Oakwood, Flowery Branch and Braselton to improve regional access to healthcare. Northeast Georgia Medical Center recently celebrated a milestone for its new Graduate Medical Education Program set to begin in 2019. The new residency program will grow to more than 170 Graduate Medical Residents by 2023 with an anticipated $66 million economic impact in Hall County. Some of the area's greatest employment gains are in the Small Business sector. 99% of the 4,432 business establishments in Hall County are categorized as small, using the SBA’s definition of fewer than 500 employees. 92.9% employ fewer than 50. Participation in the Chamber’s monthly Small Business Seminars has grown 30% in 2017, and 25 small business owners earned the Greater Hall Chamber’s “Certified Small Business Partner” designation. This was the first year the certificate program was offered to small business owners that attend at least six in the Small Business Seminar series during the calendar year.

13-16, 2018. Don Carter State Park is adding a 12.5-mile network of hiking and equestrian trails. Hall County is answering a growing need for a heritage welcome center in the restoration of the historic Healan’s Head’s Mill just off Highway 365 in Hall County. Georgia has earned the #1 ranking for its business environment for an unprecedented fifth year in a row with Gainesville-Hall County named the top job producing Metropolitan Area in the state. The Georgia Department of Labor reports that Gainesville-Hall County added 3,355 jobs from October 2016 to October 2017, a 3.6% increase for the Tim Evans Vice President twelve month period. “Our Economic Development success Economic Development is a result of teamwork and a spirit of dedication to the Greater Hall Chamber benefit of the community,” said David Lee of Jackson EMC, Chamber Vice Chair of Economic Development. “The Chamber provides a forum for the business community, educators and elected officials to work together on the issues that impact existing industries, small businesses, the healthcare community, retail and new business recruitment.” With unemployment approaching a new 10-year low for the Gainesville-Hall County Metropolitan Area (3.6% as of November 2017), the Greater Hall Chamber, businesses and educators remain focused on Work-Based-Learning and apprenticeships for high-skilled career paths in demand by area businesses. The Chamber’s Workforce Development Task Force is a partnership with Lanier Technical College, Hall County Schools, Gainesville City Schools, Brenau University, the University of North Georgia and private businesses. The mission is to ensure businesses can acquire the talent and skills they need for sustainable growth and to replace highly skilled workers as they retire. For more information on the Chamber's Economic Development Division, contact Vice President Tim Evans, 770-532-6206 x 107,, or Shelley Davis, Vice President of Existing Industry, 770-532-6206 x 108,

Statewide Economic Developers

Gainesville-Hall County’s population continues to grow at almost 2% per year. Cresswinds on Lanier, Mundy Mill and Sterling on the Lake residential developments remain among the top selling in Georgia. New residential developments are underway to replenish a dwindling supply of available housing. The year ahead will include a number of transportation improvements for Gainesville-Hall County including the completion of US 129 South of Gainesville, completion of a new Tumbling Creek Bridge, construction on the new Exit 14 interchange on I-985, continued work on bridge replacements and the much needed widening of Spout Springs Road. To discuss these and other transportation issues, the Greater Hall Chamber will host its Annual Transportation Forum on March 8 at the University of North Georgia-Gainesville. 2018 will be another big year of tourism events and attractions like the 21st Annual Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, Atlanta Botanical Gardens Gainesville and Lanier Islands. Recent investments in the Lake Lanier Olympic Park are leading to additional events like the ICF Dragon Boat World Championships, September

(L-R): Tim Evans, Chamber; Mary Ellen McClanahan, Georgia Department of Economic Development; Chamber Chair Perry Barnett, Rushton; Jock Connell, Hall County Administrator; Gainesville-Hall EDC Chair David Lee, Jackson EMC; Bert Brantley, Georgia Department of Economic Development; Bryan Lackey, Gainesville City Manager. Over 50 statewide economic developers participated in a briefing on economic development growth and opportunity in Gainesville-Hall County. Georgia was recently named the top state in the nation for business locations for the fifth consecutive year, and Gainesville-Hall County is the top job producing metropolitan area in Georgia for the same five-year period.

Awards of Excellence

Healthcare Awards Luncheon Wednesday, February 28 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Brenau Downtown Center The Chamber's new Healthy Hall Awards of Excellence Program spotlights those in the healthcare industry making a significant impact on our quality of life through excellence in health and wellness.

Nominate a professional: Healthy Hall Awards of Excellence Categories Nurse of the Year (LPN) Nurse of the Year (RN) Dentist of the Year Physician Specialist of the Year Primary Care Physician of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award*

Outstanding Allied Health Professional Outstanding Healthcare Professional Outstanding Healthcare Administrator Visionary Leader Community Impact Senior Impact Award Healthcare Education Award Achievement in Behavioral Health

(*May be awarded posthumously)

Louis G. Smith, Jr., President & CEO, Northeast Georgia Medical Center, is the Healthy Hall Awards Luncheon keynote speaker on February 28 at 11:30 a.m. at the Brenau Downtown Center. Louis' extensive healthcare experience spans decades, and his involvement in civic groups like local chambers and Rotary speak to his commitment to community. Presented by Northeast Georgia Health System. Gold Sponsors: Brenau University, Longstreet Clinic, Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic. Silver Sponsors: Gainesville Eye Associates, Gastroenterology Associates of Gainesville, Go Green Solutions, ProCare Rx. $20 per person; Table $300 (seats 8). Reservations required. Amanda Lewis, 770-532-6206. Online:

(L-R): Elizabeth Higgins, Vision 2030; Geoff Lee, Road Atlanta; Vision 2030 Chair Melissa Tymchuk, Northeast Georgia Health System; Kit Dunlap, Chamber, at the South Hall Business Coalition meeting at Spout Springs Library in December.

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Register for Chamber Chase 2018 The 11th Annual Chamber Chase 5K & 2 Mile Wellness Walk is Thursday, March 22 at 6:00 pm at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville. Register online now through March 18 at Register in person at the Chamber now through March 22. Registration fee is $30; $35 after March 8. An Open House & Team Captains Meeting is Thursday, January 18, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. (drop in) at the Chamber, 230 E.E. Butler Parkway in Gainesville. Drop in and register and get all the event details. An official from RunSignUp will be present to help you register your team at the Open House and Team Captains Orientation on January 18. You can also: • Register Teams and Individuals • Find out about Free Training Passes (available January 25) • Get a copy of the Course Map • Reserve a Tent for your Team • Learn about the T-Shirt Design Contest • See details about Individual and Group Awards • Obtain Sponsorship Information

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JANUARY 2018 Wednesday, January 3 Healthcare Committee 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. | Chamber Thursday, January 4 Membership Committee 8:00 a.m. | Chamber Tuesday, January 9 Small Business Seminar 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Chamber

Wednesday, January 17 Lunch 'n Learn 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Avenues of Life Counseling and Coaching 439 Green Street | Gainesville Thursday, January 18 Chamber Executive Committee 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Chamber

Wednesday, January 10 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. -9:30 a.m. Longstreet Cafe | Gainesville

Thursday, January 18 Chamber Chase 5K Open House & Team Captains (Drop in) 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Chamber

Wednesday, January 10 Human Resource Council 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Luna's | Gainesville

Wednesday, January 24 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. -9:30 a.m. Steak 'n Shake | Oakwood

Thursday, January 25 Wednesday, January 10 Membership Team Captains Meeting Chamber Board of Directors 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Chamber Gainesville Civic Center Thursday, January 11 Friday, January 26 Leadership Hall County Membership Campaign Kickoff 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. | Chamber Friday, January 12 Tuesday, January 30 Economic Development Council Social Media Marketing Workshop 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. | Chamber 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Brenau University | Jacobs Building Tuesday, January 16 340 Green Street | Gainesville Youth Leadership Hall 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 16 South Hall Business Coalition 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Oakwood City Hall Tuesday, January 16 Vision 2030 Board of Directors 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Chamber Tuesday, January 16 Ambassador Council 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 2 Dog Cafe | Gainesville Wednesday, January 17 Issues Committee 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Chamber

FEBRUARY Thursday, February 15 Business Expo 2018 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Business Lunch 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Business Expo Gainesville Civic Center Wednesday, February 28 Healthy Hall Awards Luncheon 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Brenau Downtown Center Register for these and more Chamber Events Online:


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• State Senator Butch Miller (R-Gainesville) was chosen to serve in the 2nd most powerful post in the new Georgia Senate, replacing Gwinnett County’s David Shafer as President Pro Tempore. Miller, serving in the Senate since 2010, served as Governor Deal’s floor leader. Shafer (R-Duluth), gave up his leadership post to run for lieutenant governor. • Srikanth Yamala, Hall County Director of Planning, Caroline Lewallen, Jaemor Farms, and Katie Dubnik, Forum Communications, have been named to the 2018 Class of Leadership Georgia, one of the nation's oldest and most successful training programs for young business, civic and community leaders. The 5,000+ alumni include a number of influential state and national leaders and truly lead Georgia's businesses and communities. • Gateway Domestic Violence Center is one of 150 domestic violence programs in the US awarded a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay Foundation. Jessica Butler, executive director, said the grant will be used to support the organization's emergency shelter and transitional housing programs. Gateway provides free and confidential services to those in need, including battered women and children. Gateway also provides classes and support groups, programs for children, occupational therapy and legal advocacy. • The University of North Georgia's Mike Cottrell College of Business

FREE Speaker Series will feature Steve Cannon, CEO, AMB Group, on Monday, January 22, 12-1 pm at the Dahlonega campus Dining Hall. Cannon leads business operations of the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United Soccer, and Atlanta Falcons Stadium Company, the developer of the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. • The Highjacked Brain, a forum on the effects of drugs and alcohol abuse, is Tuesday, January 23 from 6-8 pm at the Brenau Downtown Center featuring Dr. Merrill Norton, UGA professor and expert on the developing brain and damage from substance abuse. Presented by Partnership for Drug Free Hall, the program includes parent Tane Shannon, grandparent Doug Hanson, recovering addict Zach Estes; Scott Ware, Hall County Sheriff's Department, and Reese Daniel, a local addiction counselor. A resource fair will be held before and after the program. • Memorial Park Funeral Homes recently opened its newest location in historic downtown Braselton. The funeral home is housed in the stately home built in 1918 by Green Braselton, son of the town founder. Memorial Park’s owner, Jack Frost, purchased the property last year and oversaw meticulous renovations to the property. 706-622-8000.

Carroll Daniel Ground Breaking

Carole Ann Daniel and son, Brian Daniel, President & CEO, Carroll Daniel Construction, and officials broke ground on a new multi-use building in Downtown Gainesville at the corner of Main and Broad streets in December. The firm plans to occupy the top three floors of the four-story building, with the lowest level housing a mix of office, retail and restaurant establishments. The building will take over an existing parking lot (saving 45 spaces) with construction set to start in early 2018 and completion in approximately a year's time.

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Thank you to the Wiley Family and The Market on Limestone for hosting the December Business After Hours. (L-R): Emily, Darrell and Crevolyn Wiley and Kit Dunlap, President & CEO, Greater Hall Chamber.

Chamber Board Nominations

Governor Nathan Deal was on hand to celebrate the opening of the new Graduate Medical Education space at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Anticipated to become one of the largest programs in the state with over 170 residents in six specialties, the program expects to begin receiving applications from medical school graduates who want to pursue hands-on training (residencies) in fall 2018.

The Greater Hall Chamber is seeking nominations for three-year Directors. Serving with Chamber Chairman Perry Barnett on the 2018 Nominating Committee is Chairman-Elect Carol Burell, Immediate Past Chairman Lee Hemmer and Past Chairmen Brian Daniel, David Lee, Dixie Truelove and Randall Frost. The committee will select new director nominees as stated in the Chamber By-Laws: Any member in good standing may submit one or more nominations. The nominees will be named in February 2018 and are elected in March 2018. Five to seven director positions will be elected and will serve a three-year term beginning July 1, 2018. Nominations must be submitted in writing. Nominations must be received by Friday, January 26 at 5:00 pm. Send Board Nominations to Kit Dunlap, President & CEO, Greater Hall Chamber, P.O. Box 374, Gainesville, GA 30503. Details: 770-532-6206.


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Youth Leadership Hall's Industry Program kicked off with students milking cows and eating ice cream as part of a tour at Glo-Crest Dairy and Mountain Fresh Creamery. After lunch at Mellow Mushroom, professionals from Lasercraft Technologies presented a program on metal fabrication. The day ended at King's Hawaiian with students enjoying delicious sweet rolls produced onsite at the bakery! Special thanks to Terry Spicer, King's Hawaiian; Bill Hall, Murray Plastics, Inc.; Mike Zeiler, Bitzer US; Jason Hales, Conditioned Air Systems, Inc.; Haley Bower, Clipper Petroleum, Inc.; Shelley Davis, Greater Hall Chamber VP Existing Industry, for providing an educational round table for the students. Thank you sponsors: Bojangles, Clipper Petroleum, Mountain Fresh Creamery and Murray Plastics.

(L-R): Jamie Green, Riverside Military Academy; Dr. Drew Pearl, University of North Georgia; Trent Brown, Carroll Daniel Construction Company; Shannon Casas, The Times; Janet Walden, Hall-Dawson CASA; Corporal Doug Whiddon, Gainesville Police Department. Judicial Day for Leadership Hall included behind the scene tours of the Gainesville Police Department and the Hall County Sheriff's Office. Scott's Downtown prepared the perfect holiday luncheon for the class with Judge John Breakfield, Hall County State Court, as special guest. Lee Goff, Digital Marketing Architects, presented an excellent continuing education program on Sales and Marketing Automation. Thank you sponsors: Longstreet Cafe, Cook Law Group, Whelchel Dunlap Jarrard & Walker, Lazenby Law Group, Stewart Melvin & Frost, Smith Gilliam Williams & Miles, Hulsey Oliver & Mahar.

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Since 1983, Leadership Hall County has provided a learning experience for Greater Hall County's existing and emerging leaders, and the program now has over 900 graduates. Nominations are being accepted for the 2018-2019 Class. Each year a class of professionals in the midst of their careers develop an understanding of our community through a series of sessions. Programs include natural resources, agriculture, quality of life, education, healthcare, social services, governments, judicial services and economic development. Nomination Deadline is March 15. Nominate yourself, a business associate or friend. Details: Andi Harmon, VP Education, 770-532-6206 x 113. Email:


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Colleen Manji, owner of Jazzercise of Gainesville, with instructors and class members. Jazzercise is a fusion of dance exercise with weights and resistance training, pilates, yoga, Latin dance, hip hop, kickboxing and more. A 55-minute session can burn up to 800 calories. You'll get long, lean muscles and a mood boost that can't be beat! Results come easy when you love your workout! The average Jazzercise customer stays with the program for 7 years! Childcare offered at most classes. There are three facilities in Hall County: Jazzercise Gainesville Fitness Center, 3510 Thompson Bridge Road that opened in 2013; Jazzercise Braselton that opened in 2013; and, Jazzercise Buford-Sugar Hill. Classes are offered from 5:30 am to 7:35 pm, and facilities are open seven days a week. 678-357-1690.

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Panelists from the “Finding Funding Resources to Grow Your Business” seminar in December. (L-R): Courtney Lynn, Small Business Loan Officer, Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE); Will Peeples, VP/Commercial Lender, South State Bank; Andrea Newsom, Director of Finance, GA Mountains Regional Commission. Phil Bonelli, a Wells Fargo Commercial Lender, presents "Surviving and Thriving Through Difficulty and Change in Your Business" on January 9 at the Chamber, 7:45-9:00 a.m. Phil began his banking career right when the Great Recession started. By working with clients through this difficult period, he learned some key lessons to help them, and him, to survive and thrive through obstacles. Kick off the New Year with some great strategies to prepare you for whatever 2018 throws your way! No Charge for Chamber Members; $15 Non-Members. Amanda Lewis, 770-532-6206 x 111.

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January 2, 2018 • An Advertising Supplement to The Times

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Ribbon Cuttings

Smitty's Cigars & Tobacco

Cutting ribbon (front) Rene, Ivette, Giovanna and Addison Barrios and Clark Smith, (back) Jim Stephens, Dennis Smalley, Will Brown, Don Thompson, Roger Barrios, Cole Forrester, Don Moore at Smitty's Cigar and Tobacco, a premiere spot in North Georgia to find the best selection of cigars with the hottest boutique brands, the best kept secrets in the industry, and the classic smokes that everyone knows and loves. Smitty's also offers a wide range of loose leaf tobacco, tins, pipes and accessories for pipe smokers. Smitty's has a newly renovated lounge that is the perfect setting to get some work done, enjoy a few drinks with friends, go on a date, or entertain new potential clients. Stop by, light up, and enjoy yourself. Smitty's Cigars & Tobacco, 975 Dawsonville Highway, Suite 11, Gainesville GA 30501. 770-539-9006.

Sam's Club in Oakwood

Managers David Kealer and Michelle Coalson and valued Sam's associates cut a ribbon at the Sam's Club in Oakwood. Opening 23 years ago, Sam's Club in Oakwood offers a wide range of business and personal products including fresh meats, bakery, produce and a cafe. Enjoy the new walk-in Produce and Dairy cooler and a new Sushi bar or the expanded deli and Home Meal Solutions. 3383 Mundy Mill road, Oakwood, GA 30566. 770-532-8884.

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January 2, 2018 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

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Dr. Barbara Viojo-Dominguez, Deysi Moreira (Office Manager), Jonhatan Lastman (Marketing Director), family and friends cut ribbon at Dominguez Chiropractic, now expanding to its third location in Gainesville. Dr. Barbara Viojo-Dominguez has been practicing and in business for the 15 years specializing in automobile injuries, work related injuries, sports injuries, neck pain back pain, headaches and other pains and discomforts. Her focus is in finding the problem and solution to all pain and discomforts as fast as possible. 1500 Browns Bridge Road, Suite 125, Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-682-2957.

Gain Exposure with a Ribbon Cutting Property Owner/Developer Larry Henson and Leslie White, owner of Resource Property Management, announce the grand opening of Summit Place at Limestone, Gainesville's new, luxury apartment community located in the heart of the Gainesville-Hall County medical district. 2350 Windward Lane, Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-540-7881.

Want to promote your company with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony? This is a free service if you're a member of the Greater Hall Chamber. Not a member? Join now and receive numerous benefits. For membership information or to schedule your event, contact Christen Wilbanks, Chamber Vice President of Membership Sales, 770-532-6206 x 116 or email

Welcome New Members

Firehouse Subs Flowery Branch - Brett Black 5911 Spout Springs Road Flowery Branch GA 30542 - Restaurant/Catering 770-965-1500 Wireless Vision T-Mobile Jesse Jewell Mary Jabiru 1943 Jesse Jewell Parkway Suite #8 Gainesville GA 30501 - Cellular Phones 248-865-0900

Dominguez & Jones Wealth Management Group Christina Jones 620 Spring Street SE Gainesville GA 30501 - Investment Firm 678-971-1337 Project Evolution LLC Jeremy Cwikla 1632 Gibbs Drive Gainesville GA 30507 - Automotive Repair 678-989-0716 Royal Lakes Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Dr. Reginald Booker 4005 Winder Highway Suite 110 Flowery Branch GA 30542 - Dentist 770-531-3232

Dave and Busters, Inc. Jackie Kinder 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway Lawrenceville GA 30043 - Restaurant/Catering 678-537-8506 Royale Nails Hanh Doan 545 Park Lane Gainesville GA 30501 - Nail Salon 770-539-9102 Rusted Daisy Salon Melody McInnis 5109 Atlanta Highway Flowery Branch GA 30542 - Salon 508-507-1679

For Greater Hall Chamber Membership Information & Benefits, contact Christen Wilbanks, VP Membership Sales, 770-532-6206 x 115. Email: Join the Chamber Online:

New Community Magazine

Reserve your space now! For advertising information, contact Leah Nelson at The Times 770-535-6330 or

Thank You Chamber Sponsors! We appreciate these organizations that supported Chamber Events: AccessWDUN Brenau University Caldwell Electrical City of Oakwood Cook Law Group Georgia Power Highland Mountain Water Hulsey, Oliver & Mahar Jackson EMC Lazenby Law Group Longstreet Cafe

Lowe's of Gainesville Milton Martin Honda Red Clay Interactive Signs by Tomorrow Small Business Access Partners Smith, Gilliam, Williams & Miles Stewart, Melvin & Frost Store More Self Storage Whelchel, Dunlap, Jarrard & Walker WSI Digital Rainmakers

To learn how your business can get involved in Parters in Education, contact Andi Harmon, Chamber VP Education, 770-532-6206 x 113. Email:

Junior Master Gardeners Youth Gardeners, or Hall County Junior Master Gardeners, at Lula Elementary have been "growing" strong for 10 years! The program takes aspiring 5th graders and teaches them gardening skills, plant (and trees, vegetables, fruit) species and where/when to plant. Dinah Wallace, Beverly Brinson and Mindy Wade organize the program and have been Master Gardeners for over 35 years combined. Currently, 12 schools are participating in this program and with over 1,500 children involved. Details: Hall County Extension office at 770-535-8293.

January 2, 2018 • An Advertising Supplement to The Times

The Greater Hall Chamber is proud to announce that The Times will publish the 2018 Community Magazine. Published every two years, the magazine is a guide to all that is happening in Gainesville-Hall County with over 80 pages of information and distributed to prospective new businesses, newcomers, visitors and business clients. Valuable contact information is included for those new to the community, as well as lifelong residents. The community magazine is a premium means to showcase your organization and will be available in a convenient electronic format.

Martin Technology Academy of Math & Science is a Partner in Education (PIE) with Panoz, a designer and manufacturer of exclusive sports cars based in Hoschton, GA. Engineers from Panoz, treat students to an incredible, behindthe-scenes tour of their facility each year. The student engagement begins from the moment they walk into the showroom, and the students get the opportunity to see the Engineering Design Process being applied in the “real world.” John Leverette, Director of Product Planning and Chief Engineer, leads the tour and describes how Panoz builds a car from start to finish. Students are showed how Panoz uses a laser scanner to create a plan on the computer to use when beginning the initial design of a car. Students are also able to see mechanical engineers actually using tools to create a car! Students see first-hand how force and motion interact together to make the perfect race car. Visits to Panoz racing always confirm the work students put into using the Engineering Design Process to solve real world problems.

Membership Development

Firehouse Subs Gainesville Brett Black 333 Shallowford Road NW Gainesville GA 30504 - Restaurant/Catering 770-533-7415

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Why Join? 1. Investment The Chamber’s greatest benefits? Networking, relationships and lead development. Take part in the many Chamber events to meet prospective clients and grow your business. May just be the best business investment you'll ever make!

2. Connections With a membership base that is over 85% small businesses, the Chamber offers a variety of resources to help small businesses. From marketing workshops to monthly seminars, the Chamber is a valuable resource to network and build relationships.

3. Communicate Stay in-the-know. As the voice for business, the Chamber is the cornerstone for economic and community development. Stay up-to-date on important legislation, workforce issues, and other valuable information.

Chamber membership remains one of my best business investments in my 18 year real estate career – from relationships made through networking events to the education about my community through Leadership Hall. I am proud to be a part of an organization that has done wonderful things to make Hall County such a great place to live and work! Kathy Fauscett, Keller Williams Realty Lanier Partners Associate Broker, The Fauscett Team

"Our Chamber membership has allowed us to make new connections with companies and individuals in the community. Not only have we been able to grow our business through networking and other Chamber events, we have also greatly benefited from many of the learning opportunities and expos. Ahna Still, Halski Systems Ambassador

"Whether you are a native of Hall County or now call it home, the Chamber is the best resource to join and utilize to network for both friendships and business relationships. Our county has grown several state leaders and has businesses from a variety of industries – and the Chamber is a connecting point to them all." Caroline B. Lewallen, Jaemor Farms Agritourism & Marketing Coordinator

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to supporting an aggressive business environment and making a positive contribution to the community by serving as a resource for information, a voice for business and a valuable link to community development. Founded in 1908, the Greater Hall Chamber serves the entire Hall County area, including the cities of Gainesville, Flowery Branch, Oakwood, Clermont, Gillsville, Lula, Braselton and Buford. With over 2,300 business members, the Chamber offers a full range of resources and business services. Join today. 770-532-6206.

Upcoming Chamber Events Tuesday, January 9 Small Business Seminar 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Chamber

Wednesday, January 17 Lunch 'n Learn 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Avenues of Life Counseling | Gville

Thursday, January 25 Chamber Board of Directors 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Gainesville Civic Center

Wednesday, January 10 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. -9:30 a.m. Longstreet Cafe | Gainesville

Thursday, January 18 Chamber Chase 5K Open House & Team Captains (Drop in) 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Chamber

Tuesday, January 30 Social Media Workshop 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Brenau University Gainesville Campus | Jacobs Bldg

Tuesday, January 16 South Hall Business Coalition 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Oakwood City Hall

Wednesday, January 24 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. -9:30 a.m. Steak 'n Shake | Oakwood

Get details and register for these and more Chamber events online:

Business Link January 2018  
Business Link January 2018