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A U G U S T 2021

contents Chairman’s Column page 2 Most Fit Company Award Nominations page 4 Job Fair & Career Expo page 5 Meetings & Events page 7 Member News page 10 Small Business of the Month page 11 Ribbon Cuttings page 14-15 New Members page 15

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25 years ago, Gainesville-Hall County leaders shared a vision to welcome the world to the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. A legacy was built, not just of brick and mortar, but of innovation, foresight, planning and genuine hospitality – a legacy that continues to stand the test of time.

Small Business Seminar IN PERSON or via Zoom

Thursday, August 12 Business After Hours Georgia Mountain Food Bank Friday, August 20 Business Before Hours First Citizens Bank

NETWORKING back in person

One of the greatest benefits of Chamber membership is networking and building relationships. Join us as we meet in person for Business After Hours at the Georgia Mountain Food Bank on August 12; Business Before Hours at First Citizens Bank on August 20; Network Over Coffee on August 13 and 27.

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Tuesday, August 10


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High quality education makes for strong economy Education not only builds a quality workforce, it also provides social, civic and personal development. Access to high caliber education contributes to a strong economy, and the Greater Hall Chamber is dedicated to education initiatives that bring opportunity and quality of life to our community. Phil Sutton The majority of jobs needed Kubota Manufacturing in our labor market are secof America, Chairman, tors that require employees Greater Hall Chamber trained with specific skills. Creating skilled workers for an economy that is constantly changing requires strategic investments and top-notch education and workforce development programs. By collaborating with area employers, educators and business leaders, the Greater Hall Chamber’s Workforce Development Task Force is making great strides. The increase in participation in work-based learning and apprenticeships is helping us meet our goal of securing a sustainable workforce. Be sure to attend (in person or via zoom) the Small Business Seminar on August 10 (9-10am) as Shelley Logan and Greg Vitek of Workforce Strategies Group provide local workforce solutions, like youth apprentice programs and work-based learning, to create a competent workforce, address the growing skills gap and support a company's growth strategy. Other Chamber-sponsored education initiatives include Partners in Education (PIE). PIE stimulates meaningful business and community involvement in public schools through partnerships with industries, businesses, professional organizations, churches and civic clubs. Schools are able to tap resources to meet the individual needs of each student body, provide excellent educational programming and recognize achievement. With over

350 partnering organizations, PIE provides increased educational and enrichment opportunities for students aimed at improving levels of achievement, self-esteem and understanding of the expectations of employers. The Greater Hall Chamber recently announced the 16th class of Youth Leadership Hall (YLH) with 80 students representing all 12 public and private high schools in Gainesville-Hall County. Initiated in 2005, the program now has 1,023 student graduates. A program for high school juniors and seniors, YLH seeks to provide an investment in the community’s future leadership by fostering interest in the community and inspiring students to become the leaders of tomorrow. The Chamber's Leadership Hall County (LHC) program kicks off this month and celebrates its 39th anniversary. LHC offers current and potential leaders the opportunity to learn the interrelated economic, government, socio-cultural and educational issues of the community. With 970 graduates, LHC is a highly regarded group of professionals, and graduates continue to be involved in many areas of volunteer and civic service. We thank our education partners for their efforts to make our community the best place in Georgia to live and learn – Lanier Technical College, University of North Georgia, Brenau University, Gainesville City Schools, Hall County Schools, Lakeview Academy, Lanier Christian Academy, Riverside Military Academy and others. Plan to attend the upcoming South Hall Business Coalition meeting in person on August 17 (9-10am) at Lanier College & Career Academy for an update on the Hall County School System by Superintendent Will Schofield. We are fortunate to have such valuable partnerships with our educational professionals and institutions along with outstanding Chamber programs and resources. Join us as we focus on continued learning and building a worldclass labor pool.

Learn how your organization can get involved in the Chamber's important education and workforce initiatives. Contact Nikki Chandler, Vice President of Existing Industry, at 770-532-6206, or email


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McKemie West, Editor • Email: 230 E.E. Butler Pkwy • Gainesville GA 30501 • 770-532-6206 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

2021-2022 Executive Committee Chairman Vice Chair, Government Phil Sutton, Kubota Affairs Manufacturing of America Drew Echols Jaemor Farms Chairman-Elect William Bagwell Vice Chairs, Education Homestead Investments Andi Farmer Milton Martin Honda Treasurer Lauren Armour Talley Perry Barnett, Rushton Lanier Technical College Vice Chair, Economic Development Glennis Barnes Georgia Power Vice Chair, Marketing Missy Burgess Lanier Islands

Vice Chair, South Hall Council Mike Zeiler, Bitzer US Vice Chair, Community Development Margaret Spratlin Longstreet Clinic

Vice Chairs, Membership Tammy Caudell, Carroll Daniel Construction Casey Ryals, Hall County Farm Bureau Insurance Co-Chairs, HALLmark Phil Bonelli Regions Bank Brett Fowler Turner, Wood & Smith Philip Wilheit, Jr. Wilheit Packaging

Senior Advisor Carol Burrell Northeast Georgia Health System Immediate Past Chair Brian Rochester Rochester & Associates Greater Hall Chamber President & CEO Kit Dunlap

Chair, Vision 2030 Tate O’Rouke Jackson EMC Exec Director, Vision 2030 Elizabeth Higgins

2021-2022 Board of Directors Christa Andrews, Corporate Storage Norman Baggs, The Times Neal Booth, Pinnacle Bank Haley Bower, Clipper Petroleum Chris Braswell, The Norton Agency Chris Brown, Delta Community Credit Union Whitney Brown, Stewart, Melvin & Frost Dan Carey, BB&T/TRUIST Paul Chambers, AT&T Mitch Clarke, AccessWDUN Sean Couch, Northeast Georgia Health System Shanna Cronic, Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic Ashley Davis, Lawson Air Conditioning & Plumbing Stacey Dickson, Lake Lanier CVB Beth Downs, Northeast Georgia Health System Danny Dunagan, Mayor, City of Gainesville Josh Everett, New Leaf Landscape Services Jim Grier, Mayor, City of Lula Emily Hayes, Milton Martin Toyota Richard Higgins, Chair, Hall County Commission Sam Hulsey, United Community Bank Rick Humphrey, Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta Brooke Kalinauskas, Conditioned Air Systems Jay Kelly, Signs by Tomorrow Jay Kilroy, Willis Investment Counsel Michael Lancaster, Edward Jones Investments David Lee, Jackson EMC Dr. Kate Maine, University of North Georgia Ward McCamy, Bank of America Tim McDonald, Lanier Technical College Ashton Meeks, Starke Family Office

Terry Merck, American Yazaki Corporation Mike Miller, Mayor, City of Flowery Branch Sheri Millwood, Oakwood City Council Dr. Kirsty Montgomery, Lakeview Academy Chris Nish, Cottrell James Nix, Mayor, City of Clermont Bill Orr, Mayor, Town of Braselton Dr. Jeff Payne, North Georgia Eye Clinic Todd Pennington, McGarity’s Business Products Michele Piucci, Peach State Bank & Trust Col. Stas Preczewski, Riverside Military Academy Chris Purvis, First Citizens Bank Brad Puryear, Mansfield Energy Scott Rizzo, Recro Pharma Vanesa Sarazua, Hispanic Alliance Georgia Will Schofield, Hall County School System Mulham Shbeib, Mar-Jac Poultry John Simpson, Lakeview Academy Dr. Anne Skleder, Brenau University Jackie Walters Slaughter, Walters Management Co Terry Spicer, King’s Hawaiian Bakery Ahna Still, Halski Systems Kevin Strada, The Atlanta Falcons John Turner, Northeast Georgia Health System Roy Turpin, Mayor, City of Gillsville Philip Wilheit, Sr., Wilheit Packaging Dr. Jeremy Williams, Gainesville City Schools Robert Woody, Liberty Darryl Workman, South State Bank John Wright, Fieldale Farms Nancy Jo Zimmer, JP Morgan Chase Bank

Greater Hall Chamber Staff Executive Kit Dunlap, President & CEO Gerri Collins, Executive Assistant Economic Development Tim Evans, Vice President Nikki Chandler, Vice President Existing Industry Finance & Operations David Umberson, Vice President, Finance & HR Membership Development Mandy Lathem, Vice President, Events Christen Wilbanks, Vice President, Sales Kara Tate, Vice President, Sales & Programs Education & Leadership Andi Tippens, Vice President

Government Affairs Kit Dunlap, President & CEO South Hall Council Kara Tate, Vice President, Sales & Programs 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

The mission of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce is to improve the overall business climate for member growth, promote community development, facilitate political action, and enhance the quality of life.

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economic development Olympic Legacy 25th Year Celebration

(L-R) Shelly Echols, Hall County Commission; Kit Dunlap, Greater Hall Chamber; Longstreet Clinic CEO Mimi Collins, Olympic Park Foundation (OPF) Board Chair; Chamber Vice Chair Government Affairs Drew Echols, Jaemor Farms; OPF Board Member Robyn Lynch, Tourism Director, City of Gainesville, at the Chamber's Issues Committee meeting. Meeting discussion focused on the 25th Anniversary Celebration commemorating the Centennial Olympic Games and future plans for Lake Lanier Olympic Park. The Olympic Celebration on August 7 includes the Porch to Torch 5K Run/Walk. Starting and ending at City Park, the race features chip timing, a commemorative t-shirt, refreshments and age group awards. An evening of fun follows at Lake Lanier Olympic Park (6pm) with entertainment, food, beer, wine and historic Olympic moments. Dance the night away (8pm) with one of Atlanta's premiere party bands "We Got The Beat!" And, enjoy a Grand Finale Fireworks Spectacular (10 pm) to conclude the event. Lake Lanier Olympic Park, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road in Gainesville. Register for the August 7th Porch to Torch race, and purchase tickets for the Olympic Celebration at

Business Before Hours Friday, August 20

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HealthSmart 2021 is October 6 The Greater Hall Chamber and VISION 2030's 14th Annual HealthSmart Wellness Expo is Wednesday, October 6 (7:30 am - 1:30 pm) at Lanier Technical College, Ramsey Conference Center. Presented by CIGNA, the expo is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and promotes wellness with FREE COMMUNITY HEALTH SCREENINGS and over 60+ WELLNESS EXHIBITORS.

Deborah Mack, HealthSmart Supporter

As part of the VISION 2030 HealthSmart Community Challenge, the Greater Hall Chamber is conducting its annual survey to seek the “Most Fit Company” in Gainesville-Hall County. Judging criteria for the contest includes wellness, nutrition and fitness opportunities provided for employees. The award is presented in three categories: large companies (251+ employees), medium companies (51-250) and small companies (50 or less). 2021 Most Fit Company Awards will be presented at the HealthSmart Kickoff Breakfast on Wednesday, October 6 (7:30 am) at Lanier Technical College, Ramsey Conference Center. The Most Fit Company Awards Program is sponsored by Alliant Health Plans. Take the survey online at  Deadline to submit an entry is Friday, September 10.

HealthSmart 2021 Presented by

HealthSmart 2021 INFO: Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 x 115,

HealthSmart Most Fit Companies 2007-2020 Recognized for wellness, nutrition and fitness opportunities provided for employees Ace Hardware Adams Transfer & Storage Alkermes Baldor Electric Boehringer Ingelheim Brenau University Aqua-Terra Recycling & Treatment Cargill Carroll Daniel Construction City of Gainesville Conditioned Air Systems District 2 Public Health Electronic Sales Company Fieldale Georgia Mountains Regional Commission Georgia Poultry Improvement Association Hall County Government Hall County School System Hall County Sheriff's Office

Harris Products HTI Employment Solutions King's Hawaiian Kipper Tool Company Longstreet Clinic Mansfield Oil Mars Wrigley Merial Select Northeast Georgia Medical Center ProCare Rx Sapa Extrusions SKF USA South State Bank Syfan Logistics Turner, Wood & Smith Insurance Watkins Total Healthcare

Nominate your company online:

South Hall Business Coalition

Chamber Chase 5K promotes company fitness

Zack Loggins, owner, Runners Fit Race Works, assists Eric Rodgers, Eagle Overlook Recovery, and Julie Kern, Watermark Senior Living, register their teams for the Chamber Chase 5K on September 21 at Lanier Islands.

Promote employee fitness at your company by participating as a team in the 14th Annual Chamber Chase 5K & 2 Mile Wellness Walk on September 21 at Lanier Islands. Compete for the Fastest Team, Fastest CEO or unite in a spirited 2 mile walk. Held at beautiful Lanier Islands, the race features chip timing, commemorative t-shirts, refreshments and age group awards. Spectators and participants are invited to enjoy the beautiful lake-side venue during and after the race. The 5K Race begins at 6:00 p.m., followed by the 2 Mile Wellness Walk. Registration: $30; $35 after September 7th. Great sponsorships available. Drop by the Chamber (230 E.E. Butler Parkway in Gainesville) and sign up now! Register online at Questions? Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 x 115. Email:

Employers looking to hire at Job Fair Over 700 job seekers are expected to attend the Job Fair on September 9 (10am-2pm) at the Gainesville Civic Center. Employers are looking to hire! Call 770-532-6206 for info or to reserve exhibit space. Presented by Express Employment Professionals.

Chamber Vice Chair Education (L-R) Andi Farmer, Milton Martin Honda; Will Schofield, Superintendent, Hall County Schools; Rhonda Samples, Executive Director of CTAE, Hall County Schools; Kit Dunlap, President & CEO, Greater Hall Chamber. The South Hall Business Coalition's next meeting is Tuesday, August 17 (9-10am) at Lanier College & Career Academy with an Education Update by Will Schofield, Superintendent, Hall County School System. The coalition is sponsored by AccessWDUN, Halski Systems, Milton Martin Honda, Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton, Signs by Tomorrow, South Hall Rotary and Store More Self Storage. Register for this event and others online at

Job Fair & Career Expo Thursday, September 9th

10:00 am - 2:00 pm | Gainesville Civic Center For Employers

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• Find a Job • Open to the Public • No Admission Fee • Meet Hiring Managers • 60+ Employers Onsite • Convenient Event Location • Free Shuttle Service

Looking for a job? The Job Fair & Career Expo on September 9th is the perfect place to meet hiring managers. A partnership program of the Greater Hall Chamber, Lanier Technical College, Georgia Department of Labor and the Gainesville Area Employer Committee.


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Limited Exhibit Space Available

Member Employer Booth $325 | Member Employer Booth $425 Non-Profit Booth $250 | Electricity $45 (110v outlet) Nikki Chandler, 770-532-6206 x 108 |

Reserve Your Employer Booth: 770-532-6206 August 2021 |


economic development University of North Georgia: Expansion & Economic Impact An annual report from the University System of Georgia (USG) shows the University of North Georgia (UNG) – with five campuses across the region – made an impact of almost $720 million on Northeast Georgia during the 2020 fiscal year. The USG study showed that the impact included $692 million in spending and jobs and an additional $27 million impact attributed to capital construction projects. Included in UNG's economic impact is nearly $337 million in spending by about 20,000 students, which alone created 2,881 jobs in the area. On average, for every dollar spent by the university, an additional 47 cents is generated for the region. UNG, which has campuses in Blue Ridge, Cumming, Dahlonega, Gainesville, and Oconee County, also had a regional employment impact of 6,411 jobs in the same period. The employment impact includes on-campus and off-campus jobs. USG's 2020 graduates who work in Georgia are expected to bring in a combined $175 billion in lifetime earnings, of which $59 billion (34 percent) can be attributed to their degrees.

Bonita Jacobs, President of the University of North Georgia, along with university administrators and community leaders, toured the Gainesville Campus expansion of facilities formerly occupied by Lanier Technical College. The expansion includes spaces for high-demand programs, including Health Sciences, Film and Digital Media, and Environmental and Spatial Analysis. The renovated facilities also feature the Department of Visual Arts, a new Student Health Services Center, and the Office of Professional and Continuing Education. UNG serves 20,000 students across its five campuses and more than 7,500 students at the Gainesville Campus specifically. The new facilities open to students this fall.


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Business After Hours Thursday, August 12


5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Friday, August 20

Business Before Hours First Citizens Bank


7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 643 E.E. Butler Parkway | Gainesville

Wednesday, August 4

Thursday, August 26

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Chamber

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Gainesville Civic Center

Chamber Board of Directors

Healthcare Committee Tuesday, August 10

Friday, August 27

Small Business Seminar

Georgia Mountain Food Bank 1642 Calvary Industrial Drive in Gainesville

Georgia Mountain Food Bank (GMFB) knows that love means making sure that families have food, and they work hard every day to get food to neighbors in North Georgia. Come learn more about how GMFB is growing the love in our community at this Business After Hours event. Hosted at GMFB, the event will focus on the Food Bank’s role in feeding those dealing with food scarcity, both before, during and after this pandemic year. You can also help GMFB prepare for their Empty Bowl lunch by participating in bowl painting at BAH! Bowl painting will be available for a $10 donation per bowl and is a wonderful way to support the Food Bank’s efforts to provide ONE MILLION MEALS from the proceeds of Empty Bowl. Enjoy food, music and fellowship as we join back together! $5 Chamber Member; $15, Non-Member. Details: Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 x 115.

"Workforce Solutions for Small Business" Presented by Shelley Logan & Greg Vitek, Workforce Strategies Group 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. In Person at Chamber or via Zoom Tuesday, August 10

Ambassadors Council

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Break Water Grill | Flowery Branch Wednesday, August 11


11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m

Thursday, August 12

Business After Hours Georgia Mountain Food Bank

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m 1642 Calvary Industrial Drive | Gainesville Friday, August 13

Economic Development Council Friday, August 13

Network Over Coffee

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Kroger Marketplace New Holland in Gainesville

643 E.E. Butler Parkway | Gainesville 30501

"Education Update" presented by Will Schofield, Hall County Schools 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Lanier College & Career Academy

Come meet the bank staff and enjoy a complimentary breakfast. Details: Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 x 115.

South Hall Business Coalition

Tuesday, August 17

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Chamber

Tuesday, September 14

Small Business Seminar

"Economic & Political Forecast" 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Lanier Technical College Tuesday, September 14

Business After Hours Hasty Pope Davies Law Firm

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Chattahoochee Country Club | Gainesville Tuesday, September 21

Chamber Chase 5K & 2 Mile Wellness Walk

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | Lanier Islands Thursday, September 23

Chamber Executive Committee 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Chamber Board of Directors

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Gainesville Civic Center

Wednesday, August 18

Issues Committee 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.


Chamber Executive Committee 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Chamber

Healthcare Committee

Thursday, September 30

Vision 2030 Board Meeting

Thursday, August 19

Wednesday, September 8

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Gainesville Civic Center

Tuesday, August 17

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September Job Fair & Career Expo

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

First Citizens Bank

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Lanier College & Career Academy | Oakwood

Thursday, September 9

Human Resource Council

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. | UNG Gainesville

Business Before Hours Friday, August 20

Network Over Coffee

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Powering Industry & Friday Night Lights You have the vision, ingenuity and product to change the business landscape. Our team has the expertise and knowledge to help you every step of the way. Jackson EMC’s Business Development Team is your resource to keep energy reliable and affordable now and in the future.

Your Power. Your Community. Jackson EMC’s Business Development Team: Wade Johnson, Tate O’Rouke, Kevin Dodson, David Cleveland, John Skinner, Jennifer Fennell and Brandon Ashley

member news Margaritaville RV Resort at Lanier Islands

Lake Lanier Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) recognized Margaritaville RV Resort at Lanier Islands, a 128-site waterfront RV resort, with a "Shining Example" award. The award highlights accomplishments in the tourism industry. Stacey Dickson, President of Lake Lanier CVB, said, "The new Margaritaville RV Resort has proven to be a great addition to our beautiful lake's amenities. Camping grew by 300% nationally during the COVID-19 pandemic, and these facilities attracted RVers to our community and helped support other businesses in areas like food and beverage." The RV site offers 30- to 50-foot concrete pads, full hook-up for water and power, on-site sewer, picnic area with a grill and fire pit, complimentary Wi-Fi and cable TV. Guests can enjoy shared amenities like deluxe restrooms and showers, laundry facilities, an upscale outdoor kitchen, games areas, golf cart rentals and a camp store, as well as all the activities Margaritaville at Lanier Islands offers. Metro Market Media Events is planning the 2nd Annual Outdoor Expo on Saturday, August 14 (10am-4pm) at Iron Mountain Resort in Dahlonega. Hear speakers, including Ken Sturdivant, a fishing expert, and meet with vendors selling a range of outdoor products pertaining to hunting, camping, hiking, cycling and more. The event is sponsored by John Megel Chevrolet and is free to attend. Win door prizes, and enter a raffle for a new golf cart. Metro Market Media owns The Times, Forsyth County News and Dawson County News. The expo still has spaces for vendors. For info, email Megan Lewis at

COVID-19 Employer Vaccine Clinics Local healthcare organizations continue to offer both on-site and off-site Employer Vaccination Clinics: Longstreet Clinic - Loren Funk, 770-533-6591; Northeast Georgia Physicians Group - Bobby Norris, 770-2198400; Health Department - James Watkins, 404-9770344; MedLink Georgia at 10

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• The City of Gainesville launched its Lunchtime Trolley Service. Each of the two, new blue-and-white trolleys have the capacity to transport 24 passengers. The FREE service runs 11 am-2 pm, MondayFriday, and travels along Browns Bridge Road and Jesse Jewell Parkway picking up passengers at bus stops, then circles the Downtown Square. The service will be offered in spring and summer and during special events. • Georgia Trend’s annual spotlight on Gainesville-Hall County will be featured in the October 2021 issue and showcase thriving industries from manufacturing, tourism, education, healthcare and more. Also included are “40 Under 40” Honorees. Georgia Trend has 49,000 statewide print subscribers and over 160,000 readers. Print and digital editions with links to advertiser websites. Ad reservations due August 25. Call Carolyn Gardiner, 770-558-8703, or email: • Lake Lanier Olympic Park celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the 1996 Olympics with two events on Saturday, August 7. Run or walk the Porch to Torch 5K. Then, celebrate the Olympic Legacy (6pm) with food, music, a concert and fireworks. FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY is August 13 (5-9pm) with great food, beer trucks, retail vendors, live music and more. • The Greater Hall Chamber has two NEW Economic Development position openings. Full time positions. Experience required. Project Manager Small Business - manages small business development and healthcare initiatives. Project Manager Government Affairs - assists with business recruitment, marketing and government affairs. Send resume: • The Town of Braselton celebrates its 105th birthday on August 21 (9-11am) with a reception and art exhibit by nationally known artist, Henry M. Wood, Jr. Wood has donated a collection of watercolor paintings depicting childhood memories of his beloved hometown Braselton. All are invited to enjoy refreshments, fellowship, and the beautiful paintings. Historic Braselton Gym on Henry Street. Details: Jennifer Scott at 706-654-5720.

• University of North Georgia's Starlight Celebration & Fireworks is Saturday, August 28 at the G.W. Bailey Amphitheater on the Gainesville Campus. Gates open at 6:30pm. $10 per car; $20 for bus, van or larger. Reserved tables for six available ($100 and include parking passes). All proceeds support UNG students. Info: Shannon Shockley, Shannon.Shockley@ung. edu. 678-717-3947. • Hall County Tax Commissioner Darla Eden has appointed Richard Steele as Chief Deputy Tax Commissioner of Hall County. Steele served as Tax Commissioner in Gwinnett County from 2011-2020 and has experience in various management capacities in the office. • Priscilla Collins was named Deputy Superintendent of Gainesville City School System (GCSS). Collins joined the GCSS in 1992 as a 3rd grade teacher at Enota Elementary School and taught at Centennial Arts Academy before taking on leadership roles as Assistant Principal, then Principal of the Gainesville Exploration Academy. She has served as Chief Professional Services Officer since 2015. • Julie Ferguson was named Volunteer of the Year by United Way of Hall County. For over 30 years, Julie has volunteered in the community benefiting many organizations. Currently, she is helping with a mental health first aid training program through United Way and Wisdom Project 2030. The sessions are supported by a grant from the Cresswind Community Fund. • Michael Livingston, VP Business Development of Security Solutions, and Steven McComas, CEO of Responsive Technology Partners (RTP), announce a new division – Responsive Security Solutions (RSS). RSS provides specialty in delivering cyber security solutions. RTP and the new division provide technology solutions to serve the cyber security needs of businesses across the Southeast.

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Small Business of the Month Inman Perk Coffee A family-owned and family-run business, Inman Perk Coffee is Gainesville's "Community Powered Coffee Shop." Owner Blanche Ettinger, manager Michelle Benanti and their team are constantly looking for ways to enhance your experience. Whether you stop in regularly on your way to work or bring friends in on special occasions for an evening of dessert and conversation – Inman Perk is a truly unique and special coffee shop. Drinks are made to exacting standards with commitment to Sustainable Coffee and Fair Trade products, and the staff Owner Blanche Ettinger (left) and Michelle Benanti, is genuinely concerned about Manager, at Inman Perk Coffee in Downtown Gainesville. making your moments at Inman Perk a pleasure. Drop in for hot and cold drinks, pastries, sandwiches and desserts. Inman Perk Coffee, 102 Washington Street, NW, Gainesville, GA 30501. 678-971-5611.

Upcoming Seminar

Tuesday, September 14 Annual Small Business

ECONOMIC & POLITICAL FORUM 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. | In Person

Lanier Technical College Ramsey Conference Center

Don't miss lively discussion with local business and political leaders on the current economic and political climate and the effects on small business and our community. Hosted by Lanier Technical College, the forecast is FREE for Chamber Members, $15 Non Members. Breakfast sponsored by McDonald's NEGA. Seating is limited. Advance registration required. Register now at

Small Business Success Seminar Tuesday, August 10 9-10 am | via Zoom or IN PERSON at the Chamber (230 EE Butler Pkwy in Gainesville) "Workforce Solutions for Small Business" Access to a skilled workforce is crucial for the success of any small business. Join Shelley Logan & Greg Vitek, Workforce Strategies Group, to learn how local workforce solutions can create a competent workforce, address the growing skills gap and support a company's growth strategy.

Shelley Davis Logan & Greg Vitek Workforce Strategies Group

Thank You Sponsors!

Become a CERTIFIED Small Business Partner by participating in six (6) Small Business Seminars this year. CERTIFIED Partners Receive

• Certificate of Completion • Certified Small Business Door Decal

Chamber Chase 5K

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& 2 Mile Wellness Walk Tuesday, September 21 6pm | Lanier Islands

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community development Mental Health First Aid Training

Economic & Political Forecast IN PER Tuesday, September 14 SON! 7:45 am - 9:30 am | Lanier Technical College

United Way, Cresswind Community Fund's free seminar helps attendees learn how to provide immediate help to those in distress

Butch Miller

Georgia State Senator 49th District

The modern world often puts tremendous stress on your mental health – something that has only been exacerbated by the global COVID-19 pandemic. With that in mind, United Way of Hall County and the Cresswind Community Fund will provide FREE Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training in Hall County. The availability of this training to Hall County residents age 55-plus was initiated by Wisdom Project 2030 as part of United Way of Hall County’s One Hall United Against Poverty collaborative. “We are so excited that we were able to sync up these incredible efforts to boost our community’s mental wellbeing,” United Way of Hall County President Jessica Dudley said. “Just knowing that we will have more people in the community ready to respond to potential mental health issues is a blessing, and we believe this may make a huge difference throughout Hall County. We are so thankful for the Cresswind Community Fund and Wisdom Project 2030 for having this vision and coming together with United Way of Hall County to help make it happen.” As part of an all-day course, trainees are taught targeted training methods that could prove essential to the mental well-being of anyone they encounter. Those interested in receiving MHFA training may attend in-person sessions. These seminars will take place at two locations: the Jackson EMC Community Room, 1000 Dawsonville Hwy in Gainesville, and the Melrose Art & Activities Center, 854 Davis Street in Gainesville. For details or to register, visit or contact Teigha Snowden, 678-989-5331, email Wisdom Project 2030 captures the wisdom of Hall County residents 55 and older for the good of our community. Graduates of the Wisdom Project Program are known as Wisdom Keepers and have been an integral part of the growth and enhancement of Gainesville-Hall County since 2012 with roots in the Greater Hall Chamber’s Vision 2030 initiative. 12

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Carol Burrell

President & CEO Northeast Georgia Health System

Frank Norton, Jr. CEO / Chairman The Norton Agency

Ron Bracewell, CPA Partner BatesCarter

Don't miss this panel discussion with local business and political leaders on the current economic and political climate and the effects on business and our community. Hosted by Lanier Technical College. No Charge for Chamber Members; $15 Non-Members. Includes Light Breakfast by McDonald's NEGA. Seating Limited. Reservations Required. Register online at Questions? Call 770-532-6206.


Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

JOB OPENINGS Economic Development Project Managers

Full Time Positions | Experience Required Project Manager

Project Manager

Manage small business development and healthcare initiatives.

Assist with business recruitment, marketing and government affairs.

Small Business

Government Affairs

Send Resume: Greater Hall Chamber | Human Resources | P. O. Box 347 | Gainesville, GA 30503

community development

Hall Recovers Night of Awareness

J's Place and community partners host event to recognize those we have lost as a result of substance abuse and honor those in recovery J's Place Recovery Center and community partners will host the 2nd Annual Hall Recovers Night of Awareness on Tuesday, August 31 (6:30-8:30pm) at Roosevelt Square in Downtown Gainesville. The event, presented by Northeast Georgia Health System, is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and is held on International Overdose Awareness Day to recognize those we have lost as a result of substance use disorder and to honor those in recovery. Commemorative t-shirts will be given to the first 100 attendees. The event includes food, music, raffles and prize drawings. Individuals and advocates of recovery will be highlighted with the evening culminating in a candlelight vigil recognizing loved ones we have lost. Parking is available at the Hall County Parking Deck or at the Brenau Downtown Center Parking Deck. A convenient shuttle service will run from parking decks to the venue. For event details or to send a name of a loved one to be included in the candlelight vigil, visit

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Protective Angel Sculptures A new piece of VISION 2030 Public Art, dedicated to the men and women of Hall County Fire Services, was recently installed at Hall County Fire Station 6 in Lula. The sculpture is one of several “protective angels” placed at public safety facilities throughout Hall County as a part of the Chamber’s VISION 2030 Public Art effort. “This particular project pays special tribute to those who serve as protective angels within our community – the members of Hall County’s public safety agencies,” said Frank Norton, Jr., chair of the VISION 2030 Public Art Committee. “It really serves a dual purpose. It helps us reach our goal of putting art everywhere while making sure that art is meaningful and significant to those who see it on a daily basis.” The artist behind the sculpture, Jeff Armour, is a Lula resident. Hall County Fire Chief Chris Armstrong said having the piece made by a member of the Lula community is especially heartwarming. “It is truly an honor to accept this sculpture on behalf of Hall County Fire Services,” Armstrong said. “The support of this community means everything to our agency, and having a local artist craft this piece as a tribute to the men and women who serve him and his neighbors on a day-to-day basis is humbling to say the least.”

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Erica Hill Agency

Erica Hill, staff and family cut a ribbon at the Erica Hill Agency in Flowery Branch. The Erica Hill Agency is a full-service insurance agency, whether your needs are commercial, residential, or life insurance – they have got you covered. The agency strives to give each customer the satisfaction they are looking for while providing a hometown feel in the great community of Hall County. They pride themselves in customer service with the end goal of each customer knowing they truly are in good hands. 3446 Winder Highway, Suite N, Flowery Branch, GA 30542. 678-805-5885.

Healthy Happy Nutrition

Owner Sonia Magana cuts ribbon at Healthy Happy Nutrition. Sonia is a trained independent Herbalife Nutrition distributor and provides personalized solutions for customers’ nutrition and wellness. Since 1980, Herbalife's mission has been to improve nutritional habits around the world with great tasting, sciencebacked nutrition products that help people get the right balance of healthy nutrition. Contact Sonia and learn how you can achieve balanced nutrition, energy and fitness with the help of protein shakes, weight management programs, nutritional supplements, sports nutrition solutions and personal care products. 3004 McEver Road, Gainesville GA 30504. 678-677-5728.

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Owners Jenny and Terry Gillespie cut the ribbon for The Baker's Daughter Deli & Dessert in Gainesville. The cafe opened in December 2020 and has quickly become a favorite lunch and bakery staple for Hall County residents. Their lunch menu includes favorite sandwiches – ham, roast beef, grilled cheese, chicken salad, and egg salad – along with weekly specials like chicken and dumplings served on Wednesdays and fried shrimp po’boys served every other Friday. A variety of bakery items are also served daily, and custom orders are available by request. Check daily menus at 102 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30501. 678-943-3187.

Southern Aquatic Creations

(L-R) Maria Young, Renasant Bank; Henry Evans, Account Manager, New Leaf Landscape Services; Kerry Mann, Pool Services Manager (with scissors); Josh Everett, Director of Business Development; Samantha Murray, Administrative Specialist; Steve Murray, Founder/CEO, Southern Aquatic Creations; Kyle Moore, VP, New Leaf Landscape Services; Nicole Pleasant, First Citizens Bank, cut a ribbon for Southern Aquatic Creations at a recent pool installation on Dixon Drive in Gainesville. Southern Aquatic Creations’ pool division has been faithfully serving customers across North Georgia for 30 years and offers pool installation and repair services. Their desire is to provide superior customer experiences. 2341 Danbury Lane, Gainesville, GA 30501. 678-450-6599.

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welcome new members Ammeraal Beltech Sarah Davis 4627 Distribution Parkway Buford, GA 30519 470-382-9105 - Manufacturer

Pest Control Treavor Land 3607 Garden Boulevard Gainesville, GA 30506 770-663-3380 - Exterminating Service

Avison Young / Jay Lawson 425 Spring Street SE Suite 200 Gainesville, GA 30501 770-532-9911 - Commercial Real Estate

Creative Kitchens of Atlanta Chris Herrington 5315 Gainesville Street Flowery Branch, GA 30542 678-316-3130 - Appliance Install & Delivery

Barry's Menswear & Tuxedo Barry Zeeman 125 John W Morrow Parkway #242B Gainesville, GA 30501 770-534-7685 - Men's Apparel

Flowery Branch Mayor Mike Miller and Spout Springs Donuts Holdings, LLC executives (L-R) Karla Guisa, Area Manager, Juliana Pavanatti, Network Trainer, Karan Chawala, Operations Manager, Robert Botas, Restaurant Manager, cut a ribbon at the new Dunkin’ & Baskin-Robbins in Flowery Branch. The restaurant, which features a drive-thru, is part of a commercial section on Spout Springs Road next to Stonebridge Village between Interstate 985’s Exit 12 and Hog Mountain Road. This is the franchise’s fifth Dunkin’ location and first Baskin-Robbins location in Hall County. Open daily from 5am-9pm. 5913 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch, GA 30542. 770-965-9265. /

Braselton Cancer Center

Braselton Cancer Center, located inside Medical Plaza 1 on the campus of Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Braselton, is a collaborative effort between Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Longstreet Clinic and Northeast Georgia Physicians Group (NGPG). Longstreet Clinic and NGPG are integral parts of NGMC’s Cancer Services program, which provides care for almost 3,000 new cancer patients each year. NGMC is also an affiliate of Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, which offers patients closely coordinated treatment plans and access to more than 275 existing therapeutic clinical trials and research projects led by some of the top clinical investigators in the country.

BDO, Accounting Firm Megan McKinnon 1100 Peachtree Street NE Suite 700 Atlanta, GA 30309 404-942-2941 - Accounting

Mercer Services Paul Mercer 3580 Ridgewood Point Gainesville, GA 30504 404-989-8761 - Restaurant Contractors Michael James Remodeling Fate Cheramie 3473 Thompson Bridge Road Gainesville, GA 30506 770-599-2575 - Construction / Architects

Gracious Interiors Shelia Winslow 3418 Russell Drive Gainesville, GA 30506 404-226-2936 - Interior Design & Florist

The Driving Club at Road Atlanta Trip Campbell 5290 Winder Highway Braselton, GA 30517 770-361-0407 - Membership Club

Hopkins Home Sales Tim Hopkins 3309 Dawsonville Highway Gainesville, GA 30506 770-351-7721 - Real Estate

United Site Services Derek Reyes 5655 Shirlee Industrial Way Alpharetta, GA 30004 678-725-0541 - Business Services

King of Pops - Gainesville Emily Jones 4259 Riviere Point Gainesville, GA 30507 770-561-3694 - Restaurant & Catering

Whole Being Cafe Gail Tomlinson 5510 Main Street Flowery Branch, GA 30542 770-967-4080 - Bakery & Coffee Shop

We're back networking in person!

Chamber members at Network Over Coffee at Chicopee Woods Golf Course. (L-R) Namon Collins, Allstate Insurance; Shawn Sosebee, Systel; Tyrone Ross, Kodie Maxwell, Lennie Holland, Chicopee Woods Golf Course; Mary Bolin, The Juice Plus+ Co.; Roger Grabman, Grab Innovations & Services; Ken Armstrong, Mack Professional Services; Chris Arrington, DoubleCakes by Chris. We're back in person with opportunities to network and take advantage of your membership. Join us for one of the upcoming Network Over Coffee meetings: August 13 (9-10am) at Kroger Marketplace at New Holland in Gainesville and August 27 (9-10am) at The Bistro at Lanier College & Career Academy in Oakwood. Register at

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Chamber Chase 5K

& 2 Mile Wellness Walk Tuesday, September 21 | 6:00 pm Lanier Islands The Greater Hall Chamber's 14th Annual Chamber Chase 5K & 2 Mile Wellness Walk returns this fall to beautiful Lanier Islands. Join us on September 21 for fun and fitness as 5K runners and spirit-filled walkers enjoy this lakeside race. Sign up as a team or an individual.

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& Career Expo

Thursday, September 9 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Gainesville Civic Center

Register Online: Race Time: 6:00 Runners | 6:10 Walkers Registration: $30 | $35 after September 7th Awards: Fastest CEO, Team Spirit, Fastest Team & More Contest: Company T-Shirt Design Great Sponsorships: Sign up now!

• Reserve a Tent for Your Team • Individual/Age/Team Awards • Awards/Food/Fun After Race INFO: 770-532-6206

Business After Hours Thursday, August 12 In Person | 5-7 pm

Georgia Mountain Food Bank

Job Seekers: Find a Job!

Thursday, September 9 Job Fair & Career Expo 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Gainesville Civic Center No Admission Fee Open to the Public

Tuesday, September 14 Business After Hours Hasty Pope Davies Law Firm 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Chattahoochee Country Club 3000 Club Drive in Gainesville

Friday, August 20 Business Before Hours First Citizens Bank 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 643 E.E. Butler Parkway Gainesville

Tuesday, September 14 Small Business Economic & Political Forecast 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Lanier Technical College Ramsey Conference Center

Tuesday, September 21 Chamber Chase 5K 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Lanier Islands

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Apply On-Site for Jobs | No Admission Fee 60+ Employers | Meet Hiring Managers | Convenient Location

Employers: Meet Job Seekers Face-to Face

Recruit Qualified Employees Exhibit Space Going Fast – Call Now 770-532-6206 Visit the Chamber's JOBS page to see who's hiring: A program of the Greater Hall Chamber, Gainesville Area Employer Committee, Lanier Technical College and Georgia Department of Labor.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR Thursday, August 12 Business After Hours Georgia Mountain Food Bank 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 642 Calvary Industrial Drive Gainesville




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