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F E B R U A R Y 2020

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Business

Business Expo 2020 presented by

EXPO 2020

Chairman’s Column page 2 Certified Small Business Partners page 3 Meetings & Events page 4

Thursday, February 20

Small Business of the Month page 7 Member Announcements page 10 Welcome New Members Page 11 Partners in Education page 12 Ribbon Cuttings page 14

save the date

Presented by MegaPrint, the Business EXPO with 60+ exhibits and A Taste of Gainesville ($5 entry) is February 20 at Lanier Technical College. The EXPO is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC with fun, food and great business-to-business networking. Info: 770-532-6206.

Small Business Luncheon

Bobby Shoemaker, franchisee operator of Chick-fil-A locations in Gainesville, is keynote speaker at the Business Luncheon sponsored by Delta Community Credit Union (February 20, 11:30 am-1:00 pm at Lanier Technical College). Bobby began his Chick-fil-A career as a teenager, and today his passion is working with and developing young leaders. Learn the cornerstones of Chick-fil-A that help provide a remarkable experience for each guest’s visit. Luncheon reservations required. Cost: $15 Chamber Members; $25 Non-members. For Business Luncheon reservations and Business EXPO Exhibit Info: contact Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 x 115. Email: mlathem@ghcc.com

Business After Hours Hasty Pope Law Firm

Thursday, February 20 Business EXPO Lanier Technical College

Tuesday, February 25

Healthy Hall Awards

Brenau Downtown Center

The Chamber's Healthy Hall Awards spotlight those in the healthcare industry making an impact on our quality of life through excellence in health and wellness. The Honorable Nathan Deal will be keynote speaker at the Awards Luncheon on February 25, as we recognize those making a difference. See page 16 for details.

featured member

Tuesday, February 11

Business Luncheon | 11:30am - 1pm Business EXPO | 1pm - 6pm A Taste of Gainesville | 4pm - 6pm

Lanier Technical College Ramsey Conference Center

A Taste of Gainesville Delicious menu samples provided by these local eateries at Business After Hours ($5 entry) at the Business EXPO on February 20th from 4-6pm.

2 Dog Restaurant • Chicken Salad Chick DoubleCakes by Chris Fajitas Mexican Restaurant Gainesville Seafood Market Mountain Fresh Creamery Panera Bread • RLM Affairs Sponsored by The Mill at New Holland


BUSINESS LINK

from the chairman

VOLUME 25 ISSUE 8

McKemie West, Editor • Email: kwest@ghcc.com

Membership is Just Smart Business The Chamber's Annual Membership Campaign is now underway. Over 50 volunteers are out in the community recruiting new Chamber members and offering a host of incentives. Chamber Vice Chair of Membership Brett Fowler, Brian Rochester Rochester & Associates Turner, Wood & Smith InsurChairman, Greater Hall ance, is leading the drive Chamber of Commerce with co-chair Phil Bonelli, Regions Bank. The campaign runs through March 13, and volunteers are seeking to develop new business relationships and recruit 100 new members. A Special Incentives Package is available when you join during the campaign. A national survey conducted by The Schapiro Group, an Atlanta-based strategic consulting firm, reveals that being active in a local chamber is an effective business strategy. Findings show that when consumers know that a small business is a member of the chamber, they are 49% more likely to think favorably of it and 80% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company. Small businesses represent the largest segment of the Greater Hall Chamber's membership roll (93%), and chamber membership has consistent and powerful benefits for small businesses. The Chamber connects you to hundreds of businesses throughout Greater Hall County

with opportunities to expand your network of business contacts, connect with key decision and policy makers, and provide your staff with first-rate professional development opportunities. Networking What's the #1 reason a business joins the Chamber? Networking. Build strong business relationships, earn referrals from other chamber members and improve your visibility in the community. The Chamber creates networking opportunities and fosters relationships. Business Growth The Chamber directly impacts our local economy and business environment, creating a win-win for everyone. Resources The Greater Hall Chamber connects you with resources that you need to thrive – committees, monthly programs and informative workshops. Advocacy The Chamber acts as the voice of business to both local and state governments. To put it simply, Chamber membership is just smart business! Many thanks to our members and outstanding volunteers We appreciate each organization's contribution to our success. If you're not a member, I urge you to join, and get involved.

230 E.E. Butler Pkwy • Gainesville GA 30501 • 770-532-6206 • GreaterHallChamber.com Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

2019-2020 Executive Committee Chairman Brian Rochester Rochester & Associates Chairman-Elect Geoff Lee Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta Treasurer Glennis Barnes, Georgia Power

Vice Chair, Education Andi Farmer, Milton Martin Honda Co-Vice Chair, Education Tate O’Rouke, Jackson EMC Vice Chair, Government Affairs Philip Wilheit, Jr., Wilheit Packaging

Vice Chair, Membership Brett Fowler, Turner, Wood & Vice Chair, Economic Development Smith Insurance Co-Vice Chair, Membership David Lee, Jackson EMC Phil Bonelli, Regions Bank Vice Chair, Marketing Co-Chairs, HALLmark 2015-2020 Missy Burgess, Lanier Islands Paul Chambers, AT&T Mimi Collins, Longstreet Clinic Vice Chair, South Hall Council Randall Frost, Stewart, Melvin & Frost Terry Merck, American Yazaki

Chair, Vision 2030 Phillippa Lewis Moss Community Service Center Executive Director, Vision 2030 Elizabeth Higgins Co-Chairs, HALLmark 2015-2020 Senior Advisor Brian Daniel, Carroll Daniel Construction Company Immediate Past Chair Carol Burrell, Northeast Georgia Health System Greater Hall Chamber President & CEO Kit Dunlap

Board of Directors 2019-2020 Norman Baggs, The Times Haley Bower, Clipper Petroleum Chris Brown, Delta Community Credit Union Nick Bruner, Rushton Caitlin Collins, Mincey Marble Manufacturing Stacey Dickson, Lake Lanier CVB Danny Dunagan, Mayor, City of Gainesville Dr. Suzanne Erickson, Brenau University Jim Grier, Mayor, City of Lula Richard Higgins, Chairman, Hall County Commission Logan Jones, Wilheit Packaging Brooke Kalinauskas, Conditioned Air Systems Jay Kilroy, Willis Investment Counsel Jennifer Landers, Newland Communities David Lloyd, Liberty Utilities Mike McGraw, PrideStaff / Ranger Manufacturing J.D. Mealor, Regions Bank Mike Miller, Mayor, City of Flowery Branch Sheri Millwood, Oakwood City Council Terry Morrisey, Intelligent Energy 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 Michele Piucci, Peach State Bank Col. Stas Preczewski, Riverside Military Academy Sheila Sanchez, State Farm Insurance Will Schofield, Hall County School System Alan Schuetze, Carroll Daniel Construction Mulham Shbeib, Mar-Jac Poultry John Simpson, Lakeview Academy Dr. Anne Skleder, Brenau University Sarita Madera Smith, Homestar Financial Corp Terry Spicer, King's Hawaiian Ahna Still, Halski Systems Kevin Strada, The Atlanta Falcons John Turner, Northeast Georgia Health System Roy Turpin, Mayor, City of Gillsville Philip Wilheit, Wilheit Packaging Arrik Williams, Tatsumi Intermodal USA Dr. Jeremy Williams, Gainesville City Schools Darryl Workman, South State Bank Mike Zeiler, Bitzer US, Inc.

Associate Directors 2019-2020 Lauren Armour, Lanier Technical College Carin Booth, UGA Extension Hall County Whitney Brown, Stewart, Melvin & Frost Sean Couch, Northeast Georgia Health System Tracy Hoeltke, Netchex Ben Jarrard, University of North Georgia Ward McCamy, Bank of America

Chris Nish, Cottrell Todd Pennington, McGarity's Business Products Steve Rawl, SunTrust Bank Vanesa Sarazua, Hispanic Alliance Georgia Margaret Spratlin, Longstreet Clinic 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 Amanda Lewis, Project Manager Madison Hopkins, Project Manager 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

Greater Hall Chamber Membership Campaign 2020 Kickoff at the Business Incubator at Brenau University. 2

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Education & Leadership Andi Harmon, Vice President

Government Affairs Madison Hopkins, Project Manager 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


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Small Business Seminars are held monthly on a variety of topics and are sponsored by AccessWDUN, Caldwell Electrical Contractors, Gainesville Mechanical and Signs by Tomorrow. Seminars are FREE for Chamber members. See upcoming seminars at GHCC.com/Events. Details: Amanda Lewis, Project Manager, 770-532-6206 x 111. Email: alewis@ghcc.com

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meetings

events

Membership Volunteer Leadership The Greater Hall Chamber's Membership Campaign is underway with great incentives NOW through March 13. Campaign Team Captains, Front (L-R) Tracy Herter, Netchex; Darryl Workman, South State Bank; Middle (L-R) Phil and Jessica Palacios, Cardinal Ridge Group; Nancy Jo Zimmer, JP Morgan Chase. Back (L-R) Michele Piucci, Peach State Bank; Logan Jones, Wilheit Packaging; Chamber Vice Chair Membership Brett Fowler, Turner Wood & Smith Insurance. Grow Your Business! Get Involved! Call 770-532-6206. Ask for Christen Wilbanks, VP Membership Sales, or Kara Tate, VP Sales & Programs, or JOIN ONLINE: GreaterHallChamber.com

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Chamber Chase 5K & 2 Mile Wellness Walk Thursday, March 26 | 6:00 p.m. Riverside Military Academy The Greater Hall Chamber's 13th Annual Chamber Chase 5K & 2 Mile Wellness Walk is Thursday, March 26 at 6:00 pm at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville. Register online through March 23:

RunSignup.com/ChamberChase

Register in person at the Chamber now through March 26. Registration fee is $30; $35 after March 12. • Register as a Team or Individual • Reserve a Tent for your team • T-Shirt Design Contest • Free Training Passes (quantity limited) • Individual and Group Awards

Great Team Building & Wellness Initiative for Employees! Details: Mandy Lathem • 770-532-6206 x 115 • mlathem@ghcc.com 4

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calendar

February

Thursday, February 20

Business EXPO

Tuesday, February 11

1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Business EXPO 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Business After Hours and A Taste of Gainesville Lanier Technical College Ramsey Conference Center

7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Chamber

Friday, February 21

Ambassadors Council

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville

Small Business Seminar

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. | 2 Dog Cafe

Business After Hours

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Hasty Pope Wednesday, February 12

Network Over Coffee

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Haydee’s Café | Oakwood

Human Resource Council

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Luna's | Gainesville

Arbor Day Celebration

Tuesday, February 25

Healthy Hall Awards Luncheon

Speaker: The Honorable Nathan Deal 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Brenau Downtown Center Wednesday, February 26

Network Over Coffee

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. TownePlace Suites by Marriott | Gainesville

Thursday, February 13

Thursday, February 27

City of Flowery Branch Update 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Flowery Branch City Hall

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. | Gainesville Civic Center

South Hall Business Coalition

Chamber Board of Directors

Friday, February 14

March

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. | Chamber

Wednesday, March 4

Tuesday, February 18

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

Economic Development Council

WomenSource Power Breakfast

Healthcare Committee

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

Wednesday, March 18

Vision 2030 Board Meeting

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

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

Wednesday, February 19

Thursday, March 26

Issues Committee

8:00 a.m. | Chamber

Lunch 'n Learn

12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. Speaker: TRACS Group BGW Dental Group | Braselton

Job Fair & Career Expo

Chamber Chase 5K Run & 2 Mile Wellness Walk

6:00 p.m. 5K Run 6:10 p.m. 2 Mile Wellness Walk 7:00 p.m. Awards Riverside Military Academy Register: RunSignup.com/ChamberChase

Thursday, February 20

Chamber Executive Committee 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Chamber

Small Business Luncheon 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lanier Technical College

Get all the details and register for events online at GreaterHallChamber.com


Why Join? See why these members believe being involved in the Greater Hall Chamber is a solid business investment.

membership development

2020 New Member Campaign NOW – March 13

Join during the campaign and receive added benefits and incentives! You're invited to join the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce as we are in full swing with the New Member Campaign, now through March 13. Start on your path to success by joining the 2,300 Chamber members who already enjoy increased visibility, consumer credibility and involvement through networking opportunities and economic development. Founded as Gainesville-Hall County's Voice for Business over 110 years ago, the Chamber staff and leadership will help you grow your business. Call 770-532-6206. Ask for Christen Wilbanks, VP Membership Sales, or Kara Tate, VP Sales & Programs, or JOIN ONLINE: GreaterHallChamber.com

"The Greater Hall Chamber has been instrumental in helping grow our business over the last 20 years. Kit Dunlap and the Chamber team are true professionals and always willing to assist and support our business." Anthony Shope, Halski Systems "For our new company, the Chamber has been a godsend. The opportunities to learn, lead, and be a part of the community are second to none. We highly encourage all area businesses to join and get involved." Phil & Jessica Palacios, Cardinal Ridge Group "The Chamber has provided an abundance of networking opportunities that have given our organization amazing new partnerships. Being a member brings you into a family of business that you can lean on and reach out to, giving you a broader and new network." Kevin Wells, Humane Society of NEGA

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"I've gathered great leads from the Chamber and being a part of the Ambassadors Council. Interacting with members through this group is a great way to communicate." Carrie Casey, Holiday Inn Express "Business truly is about relationships. Since joining the Chamber, I have created lasting, meaningful relationships with like-minded people who inspire me to do more." Joseph Burris, Forte Maintenance Management "The Greater Hall Chamber has been a valuable resource providing informative events that help in building relationships within the community and provide a wealth of knowledge about business management." Matt Waters, United Community Bank "Being a Chamber member is a wonderful opportunity to network and get involved in the community. The Chamber also offers great seminars, workshops, and learning opportunities throughout the year." Brenda Bohn, Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier

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Daniel Thompson, Regional Director of Philanthropy, Georgia Healthy Family Alliance, with Tar Wars Strike Force Chair Dr. Monica Newton, Northeast Georgia Health System, at the Chamber's recent Healthcare Committee meeting. The committee heard a presentation on Vaping, Tobacco and Tar Wars. Jessica Dudley, President & CPO, United Way of Hall County, will present an update on "Reaching Out," the community-wide mental health awareness campaign at the next Healthcare Committee meeting on Wednesday, March 4 (8-9am) at the Chamber. Amanda Lewis, 770-532-6206 x 111.

(L-R) Chamber Vice Chair of the South Hall Council, Terry Merck, American Yazaki Corporation; Bill Andrew, City of Flowery Branch; South Hall Business Coalition January program presenter, Paul Chambers, AT&T; Kit Dunlap, Greater Hall Chamber. The South Hall Business Coalition meets Tuesday, February 13 (8-9am) at the Flowery Branch City Hall with an overview on what's happening by City Manager Bill Andrew. $5 Chamber Members; $15 Non-Members. Includes light breakfast. Info: Kara Tate, 770-532-6206 x 103 or ktate@ghcc.com

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Small Business of the Month The Collegiate Grill The Collegiate Grill has been a lively part of Downtown Gainesville for nearly 75 years. Jeffrey Worley began working at the restaurant for George and Margene Brown when he was only 12 years old. Despite an economic downturn, Worley held a vision. Jeff and wife Donna engineered a deal to acquire the business in November 2008. The Collegiate Grill would undergo renovations and re-open the next month. The vision was to return The Grill to the original roots with a menu that was fresh and simple, but really good. It must have worked. The Jeff and Donna Worley, owners, The Collegiate Grill on first few years would prove the Square in Downtown Gainesville. difficult, dodging ongoing construction projects. Recently, the parking deck expansion and Main Street closures provided new and ongoing challenges, but, through it all, The Collegiate continues to thrive. Worley recognizes the incredible community surrounding The Collegiate for the overwhelming success. “Our customers, friends and family have been the secret ingredient of our success – we exist solely at their pleasure.” 220 Main Street, Gainesville, GA 30501. 678-989-2280. Facebook.com/collegiategrill

Thank you Chamber Sponsors! AccessWDUN Alliant Health Plans BGW Dental Group Brenau University BrohmTEK Caldwell Electrical Contractors Coca-Cola Gainesville Delta Community Credit Union Fox Factory Gainesville Eye Associates

Gainesville Mechanical Halski Systems Hayes - James Highland Mountain Water Lanier Technical College Longstreet Clinic MegaPrint Millie's Drapery & Decorating Milton Martin Honda NEGA Diagnostic Clinic

NEGA Health System NEGA Medical Center Braselton ProCare Rx Red Clay Interactive Signs by Tomorrow Store More Self Storage Syfan Logistics The Mills at New Holland

Bob Swoszowski, owner of McDonald's NEGA, presenting his business tips, advice and keys to success to over 65 attendees at the January Small Business Seminar. (L-R) Amy Bradford, Elachee Nature Science Center; Kit Dunlap, Greater Hall Chamber; Kimberly Scott and Bob Swoszowski, McDonald's NEGA Inc.; Al Trembley, WSI Digital Rainmakers. The next Small Business Seminar is Tuesday, February 11 (7:45-9:00am) at the Chamber. Attend just six Chamber Small Business Seminars in a year and become a Chamber CERTIFIED Small Business Partner with added benefits and incentives. Details: Amanda Lewis, Project Manager, Economic Development. 770-532-6206 x 111 or alewis@ghcc.com

Upcoming Small Business Seminars Tuesday, February 11 Small Business Seminar

"Small Business Security & Data Protection" Presented by Roger Dixon, SCR Consulting and Fred Schuchman, Georgia Agreements 7:45 am - 9:00 am | Chamber No Charge for Chamber Members $15 Non-Members

Become a Chamber 2020 CERTIFIED Small Business Partner by simply attending six (6) Small Business Seminars this year. CERTIFIED Partners Receive

• Certificate of Completion • Certified Small Business

Tuesday, March 10 Small Business Seminar

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"Finding the Right Intern for Your Company" Presented by Brenau University, Lanier Technical College and the University of North Georgia

• Recognition at a Chamber

Info:

Small Business Seminars are sponsored by AccessWDUN, Caldwell Electrical Contractors, Gainesville Mechanical and Signs by Tomorrow.

7:45 am - 9:00 am | Chamber No Charge for Members |$15 Non-Members

Chamber Small Business Seminars are held monthly on topics and issues of interest to small business. Amanda Lewis, 770-532-6206 x 111. Email: alewis@ghcc.com

Board Meeting

• Announcement in the Business Link

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member news Chateau Elan $25 Million Renovation

• Longstreet Clinic cares for patients throughout Northeast Georgia with over 17 specialties, 200 providers and 11 locations. The Clinic's website was recently awarded a silver medal from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts. Gainesville-based Forum Communications developed the website that was recognized in the Healthcare Services Category, vying against a field of more than 5,000 entries. LongstreetClinic.com • The Quinlan Visual Arts Center is offering fitness resolutions! Join Gainesville native Allison Kimbrell at the Quinlan during lunch for the Fit Flow Resolution to burn off stress and calories. Yoga to suit all levels of practice from beginner to seasoned. Wednesdays, 12-12:45 pm. quinlanartscenter.org

• The Arts Council presents Catapult on Sunday, February 16 (3pm) at Pearce Auditorium at Brenau University, as part of the 2020 Signature Series. Catapult, a finalist on America’s Got Talent, features incredible dancers working behind a screen Château Élan Winery & Resorts celebrated the completion of its $25 million dollar comprehensive to create shadow silhouettes of shapes from renovation with a ribbon cutting ceremony on January 14. (L-R) Tim Echols, Vice Chair Georgia the world around us. theartscouncil.net/tickets Public Service Commission; Foreman Rogers, Principal, BLUR Workshop; Neville Erasmus, General • Gateway Domestic Violence Center passed Manager, Chateau Elan; Keith Manning, VP Asset Management, Wheelock Street Capital; Peggy the $2.5 million mark for Gateway to 2020, a Slappey, Braselton Town Council; Edd Carlan, Director of Sales & Marketing, Chateau Elan. The first $3 million capital campaign for construction major renovation since opening in the mid 1980s, the redesign includes a complete overhaul of of a new emergency shelter for women 251 guest rooms, 24 suites, four new food and beverage outlets, the winery, lobby, pool terrace and and children fleeing domestic violence. immersive spa. The 3,500-acre resort is home to an award winning winery, 10 total bars and restauGateway provides free and confidential rants, 40,000-square-feet of meeting space, a 35,000-square-foot European spa, 45 holes of champiservices to those in need including housing, onship golf and a golf club and tennis center. ChateauElan.com classes and support groups, programs for children, occupational therapy and legal advocacy. gatewaydvcenter.org The Greater Hall Chamber's • Jim and Julie Worsham, owners of the Fish Spring Job Fair & Career Expo is Window Cleaning franchise in Gainesville, Wednesday, March 18 (10am-2pm) announce winter promotions on services at the Gainesville Civic Center. including window cleaning, pressure The event is the perfect forum for washing, gutter cleaning,and more. Fish companies hiring to recruit new is the world's largest window cleaning employees. Hiring managers meet company with over 275 franchise territories hundreds of job candidates facein 45 states. fishwindowcleaning.com to-face in a convenient location in • LifeSouth is in emergency need for blood a short span of time. Sponsored supplies and seeks local businesses to host by Express Employment blood drives to fulfill this need. LifeSouth Professionals (title sponsor) provides blood to 25 hospitals in Georgia, Fox Factory (platinum), King's including Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Hawaiian (gold), Spherion and McDonald's (silver). Job fairs are free and open to the Blood collected in our community stays here public and are a partnership of the Greater Hall Chamber, the Gainesville Area Employers to help local patients. To host a blood drive Committee, Lanier Technical College and the Georgia Department of Labor. For exhibit or donor center near you, visit lifesouth.org info: Amanda Lewis, 770-532-6206 x 111 or email: alewis@ghcc.com

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• Floyd Baldwin, president and founder of Industrial Properties Group, is the 2020 president of the Georgia Chapter of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SOIR). Individuals whose credentials include the SIOR designation are top producers in real estate brokerage. IPGproperties.com • Engineered Openings, Inc. announces Debbie Purcell as recipient of the Fellow Award by the National Door and Hardware Institute. Founded in 1994, Engineered Openings is a commercial construction supplier specializing in doors frames and hardware for architects, contractors and building owners across North Georgia. engineeredopenings.com • Junior Achievement (JA) of Northeast Georgia inducted John Ferguson, former CEO of Northeast Georgia Health System, and Tom Paris, Jr. (in memoriam), president of Paris-Dunlap Wholesale Hardware and Gainesville High and UGA football standout, into the 2020 Business Hall of Fame. Over 17,000 students will be served by JA this year, learning the fundamentals of free enterprise, business ethics, personal economics and workforce development. georgia.ja.org • Tammy Caudell has joined the Carroll Daniel Construction team as a business development manager. Caudell previously served as senior project manager for the Georgia Department of Economic Development in Northeast Georgia. carolldaniel.com • Mildred Fockele, director, Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville announces the new Ada Mae Pass Ivester Children’s Garden opening on March 21. Capping the Gainesville garden’s 5th anniversary, the 2 ½-acre garden features a Fairy Forest, shrub tunnels, trolley, maze, hands-on exploration and adventure with water play, tree houses, forts, boulder climbs and much more. atlantabg.org • Ron Quinn, president & CEO of Peach State Bank, announced that Will Peeples has joined the team as vice president of commercial lending. peachstate.bank

Got news?

Email: kwest@ghcc.com


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Welcome New Members Americas Benefit Mark Dunn 23 Bridgewater Court Dawsonville, GA 30534 - Insurance 770-628-5914 ourplanrocks.com Beverly's Ace Hardware Mark Beverly 1963 Jesse Jewell Pkwy Gainesville, GA 30501 - Retail 470-768-6118 beverlysacehardware.com

Federal Construction and Development Larry Phillips 303 Jesse Jewell Parkway, #210 Gainesville, GA 30501 - Construction 770-654-1027 federalconstructiondev.com Fiber Solutions PJ Maggio 1450 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 200 Norcross, GA 30093 - Telecommunications 770-283-8070 fiber-solutions.com

Kelly Tours Mary Spearman 4336 Cornelia Highway Lula, GA 30554 - Transportation Services 704-607-7134 kellytours.com Medieval Times Kevin Gibson 5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Suite 517 Lawrenceville, GA 30043 - Recreation/Restaurant 770-225-0230 medievaltimes.com

B-Fit Solutions Brooke Kalinauskas & Baya Pruitt 4595 Winder Highway Flowery Branch, GA 30542 - Fitness Center 770-967-8777 b-fitsolutions.com

First Look Primary Care Patrice Ayala 2766 Atlanta Highway Gainesville, GA 30504 - Medical Clinic 770-287-8953 oakwoodfamilydoc.com

North Georgia LED Tod Peavy 9260 Sourwood Drive Gainesville, GA 30506 - Light Displays 770-653-4410 northgaled.com

C3 Communications Ken Birchfield 2349 Centennial Drive Gainesville, GA 30504 - IT / Computer Service & Repair 404-889-4125 c3communications.net

Gainesville Lifestyle Publications Tim Folsom 3870 Woodlane Circle Gainesville, GA 30506 - Publications 770-530-2282 lifestylepubs.com

Panel Systems Unlimited Jessica Frizzell 4789 Hammermill Road Tucker, GA 30084 - Office Supplies & Equipment 770-908-9500 panelsystemsunlimited.com

DoubleCakes by Chris Chris Arrington 3878 Trotter Road Gainesville, GA 30506 - Restaurant & Catering 404-433-2415 doublescakes.com

IAG Forensics & Valuation George Dyke 3445 Monroe Circle Gainesville, GA 30506 - Accounting Services 770-565-3098 iagforensics.com

The Mill at New Holland Dena Hilyer 1000 New Holland Way Gainesville, GA 30501 - Apartments & Condominiums 470-450-1080 themillatnewholland.com

Nikki Chandler Joins the Chamber Team

Nikki Chandler

Vice President Existing Industry Greater Hall Chamber

A lifelong resident of Hall County, Nikki Chandler is a North Hall High School graduate and attended Gainesville College and Brenau University. She joins the Chamber's Economic Development Team as VP of Existing Industry. Nikki has been involved with the Chamber on the volunteer side. She worked over a decade in the poultry industry, starting as a payroll clerk and working her way up to managerial positions (Payroll/ Benefits, Human Resources and Safety) and also participated in community outreach. Nikki is a Leadership Hall County Graduate (2018-2019), was recently selected as a PAC Team member for Youth Leadership Hall, and is an Ambassador for The Arts Council Board. Nikki resides in Lula with her husband, Bradley, and nine-year-old daughter, Allie. Contact Nikki at the Chamber at 770-532-6206 or nchandler@ghcc.com

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Student Arbor Day Contest Winners

Arbor Day 2020 is Friday, February 21 at 10am at Atlanta Botanical Gardens Gainesville. Sponsored by Keep Hall Beautiful, Georgia Power and Hall County Master Gardeners, festivities include presentation of the Annual Tree City USA Award, an Arbor Day Proclamation, tree planting, and student contest award presentations. The Chamber and the Georgia Forestry Service will recognize winners of the 2020 Arbor Day Student Art and Essay Contest, “I Speak for the Trees.” Award Recipients: 3rd Grade Art Awards: 1st Place: Hattie Nicholson, Sardis Enrichment School; Runner Up: Alexa Dillin, Enota Elementary; Runner Up: Dana Jimenez; McEver Arts Academy. 5th Grade Essay Awards: 1st Place: Anthony Vargas, Sardis Enrichment School; Runner Up: Ali Short, Sardis Enrichment School; Runner Up: Phineas Sandi, Riverbend Elementary. Details: Robin Halstead, VP Community Development, 770-532-6206 or rhalstead@ghcc.com

E-SPLOST: Good Cents for Education

Since 1997, the Education SPLOST – a one-penny local sales tax – has funded new schools, technology and safer campuses in Gainesville-Hall County. Though the tax amounts to just one penny on the dollar, all those "Good Cents" produced $580 million over the past 23 years. The E-SPLOST VI Vote is Tuesday, March 24. In the March referendum, the E-SPLOST vote will be paired with a general obligation bond designed to jump-start construction projects.

Vision 2030 Launches Community Video For all those who live, work and play in Gainesville, Flowery Branch, Oakwood, Clermont, Lula, Gillsville, Braselton – ALL of Hall County – Vision 2030 has developed a FREE resource for your use. A new, 2-minute video reflects the heartbeat of our community and how it's a destination for all people is now available. See the video at VISION2030.org You can share the video within your organization, business, neighborhood, or social media to help your new employees, clients, neighbors feel welcome in Hall County and learn of opportunities to get connected in different initiatives or just find fun activities. JOIN US in the vision to make Gainesville and Hall County the MOST ENVIABLE community in Georgia! Questions? Contact Elizabeth Higgins, Vision 2030, 770-532-6206 or email ehiggins@ghcc.com

What is Vision 2030? Sponsored by the Greater Hall Chamber and funded through the

HALLmark Initiative, Vision 2030 is a community project coordinated through volunteers. Long-term initiatives, defined by the citizens, seek to position Gainesville-Hall County as the most enviable community in Georgia by 2030. Volunteers champion these initiatives and propel them forward through collaborative partnerships with government, education, business and non-profits. vision2030.org

Partners in Education

Pediatric Associates and Mount Vernon Exploratory School join forces to implement a unique student leadership training program.

Why E-SPLOST?

• Best alternative to higher property taxes • Everyone pays – non-residents, visitors, homeowners, renters • For the future of our children

Community Information Forums

Community members have several chances to ask questions about the sixth round of the education special purpose local option sales tax and the general obligation bond referendum. For information on Gainesville City School E-SPLOST, visit gcssk12.net/ community/esplost. For Hall County E-SPLOST, visit esplost.hallco.org. The Hall County School District will hold informational meetings (6:30pm) by school cluster: February 10: Cherokee Bluff High School February 17: Flowery Branch High School February 24: West Hall High School

March 2: East Hall High School March 9: Chestatee High School

Early voting for E-SPLOST VI and the General Obligation Bond is March 2- March 20 at the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road. 12

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Mt Vernon Exploratory School's (MVES) Kristi Crumpton, Media Specialist, and Bethany Nix, Counselor, with the 5th Grade News Crew at the “Step Up and Lead” field trip to the Wahsega 4H Center in Dahlonega sponsored by Pediatric Associates, the school's Partner in Education. 5th grade students gained leadership skills and learned about different leadership styles, then shared what they learned with MVES faculty and the North Hall Community Education Foundation. Students are using the leadership training on the News Crew as they produce the morning announcements and monthly newsletters. With offices in Gainesville and Braselton, Pediatric Associates' board-certified pediatricians and nurse practitioners are dedicated to the health and well-being of children and have been serving generations of families throughout Northeast Georgia for over 60 years. pediassoc.com. How can your organization become a Partner in Education? Call 770-532-6206 or email aharmon@ghcc.com


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leadership

Captain Jason Smith, Hall County Sheriff’s Office, and Beth Downs, Northeast Georgia Health System, make a hand cast at Longstreet Clinic as part of Leadership Hall County's (LHC) Healthcare Day. The program began at Northeast Georgia Health System, where the class learned about the Cardiac Cath Lab, test driving the surgical DaVinci Robot, performing Hands Only CPR and receiving an update on the Graduate Medical Education Program. At Longstreet Clinic, the class learned how to make the perfect hand cast and got an overview of the many services offered at the clinic. A trip to Good News Clinics revealed the vast number of medical and dental services available to our community. To conclude the day, Brenau University shared their human donor lab. Thank you sponsors: Lakeview Academy, Longstreet Clinic and Northeast Georgia Health System. Nominations are open for LHC 2020-2021. Nominate yourself or a business associate (deadline March 13). Make nominations online at ghcc.com/ education/leadership-hall-county or contact Andi Harmon, 770-532-6206.

Youth Leadership Hall visits the State Capitol

Thank You Senator Butch Miller and staff, Andi Farmer, Emma Johnson and Adeline Frost, for planning, hosting and sponsoring an outstanding and memorable program for Youth Leadership Hall at the Georgia State Capitol. A special thank you to Tate O'Rouke and Jackson EMC for sponsoring the program, as well as Chick-fil-A Robson Crossing for breakfast. The class was honored to be joined throughout the day by Senator Miller as well as Senator John Wilkinson and State Representatives Lee Hawkins, Emory Dunahoo Jr., Matt Dubnik and Timothy Barr.

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Los Cuates Mexican Taqueria & Restaurant

ribbon cuttings Oakwood Family Dental

Dr Khushbu Mody, Dentist/Owner, Candace Love and Frances Sotomayor, Dental Assistants, cut a ribbon at Oakwood Family Dental, a woman owned and led dental practice focusing on affordable, quality dental care for the entire family. With many years of experience in oral health, the staff offers individualized care in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Services offered are comprehensive dental care, including deep cleaning, oral surgery, root canal therapy, tooth extractions, teeth whitening, dentures and more. Most insurances accepted, and walk-ins are welcome. Flexible hours on weekdays, and open on Saturdays. Conveniently located near Oakwood Walmart and Sam's Club at 3885 Mundy Mill Road, Suite 116, Oakwood, GA 30566. Call today to schedule an appointment, 470-577-9777, or online at oakwoodfamilydental.com

Norma Zaragoza, Owner, and Sergio Florens, General Manager, cut the ribbon for Los Cuates Mexican Taqueria and Restaurant in Flowery Branch. Inspired by her husband, Norma opened Los Cuates to expand her kitchen to the community and bring more authentic Mexican cuisine to Hall County. The restaurant has a dedicated cook to make hand-made corn flour tortillas and a buffet offering a rotating lineup of authentic Mexican food and Tex-Mex cuisine. Los Cuates is open from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and closed on Sundays. 4925 Winder Highway, Flowery Branch, GA. 470-290-8815. Facebook.com/worldpeaceJuanTacoAtATime

Built Tough Nutrition

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Wendy Saucedo and Caitlin Rodriguez cut the ribbon for Built Tough Nutrition, a local shake bar in Gainesville that makes healthy shakes and energy drinks for fast, feel-good meals. Customize your drink to make it just right for you. Built Tough Nutrition also offers fun and free coach-led workout classes with the purchase of a drink combo. Stop by for a meal, a pick-me-up, or stay for a class. Follow @builttoughnutrition on Instagram and Facebook. 2420 Old Flowery Branch Road, Suite 104, Gainesville, GA 30504. 678-630-2670. twobossmoms.goherbalife.com


Business

community events Student Workforce Development Initiative

The 7th Grade Career Path Fair is a collaborative initiative to help local middle school students become aware of career opportunities in Gainesville-Hall County. In two, all-day events (March 10 and March 26), some 1,400 students from eight area middle schools learn about areas of study by local business and industry representatives. The Chamber is seeking presenters for the event. Training will be provided on how to communicate with 7th Graders. Interested? Contact Elizabeth Higgins, 770-532-6206, or ehiggins@ghcc.com

Partnership for a Drug Free Hall Forum

An outstanding program with information from a group of professionals in the fields of substance abuse, pharmacology, law, medicine and community/religion present "It's Just a Little Pot" on February 13 (6-8pm) at First Baptist Church Banquet Hall in Gainesville. Free and open to the public, the event is sponsored by Northeast Georgia Health System with presenters: Ginger Kester, Parker’s Promise; Merrill Norton, Pharm.D., D.Ph., University of Georgia; Stephanie Woodard, Hall County Solicitor; Sanjay Mehta, MD, Thrive Medical Partners; Reverend Scott Hearn, Gainesville First United Methodist Church. Partnership for a Drug Free Hall, a program of Center Point, is a group agencies and community members dedicated to providing information, resources and actions to address the drug issues facing Hall County. drugfreehall.org. Questions? Judy Brownell at Center Point, 770-535-1050 x 102 or email Judy at prevention@centerpointga.org

EXPO 2020

Thursday, February 20 Lanier Technical College Ramsey Conference Center

• Open to the Public • No Entry Fee • 60+ Exhibitors • Free Shuttle Onsite

Small Business Luncheon

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Job Fair & Career Expo Wednesday, March 18, 2020

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

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

Healthy Hall | Awards of Excellence 3rd Annual Awards Luncheon

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Featuring former(*May Georgia Governor Nathan Deal as keynote speaker, the Healthy Hall be awarded posthumously) The Chamber's Job Fair is the perfect forum for companies hiring to recruit new employees. Awards Luncheon on February 25 will honor those in the healthcare industry making a Healthy Hall 2019 is presented by Northeast Georgia Health System. Gold SponMeet hundreds of job candidates face-to-face in a short span of time. The event is free and sors: Brenau University and Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic. Silver Sponsors: significant impact on our quality of life through excellence in health and wellness. open to the public, and a partnership of the Greater Hall Chamber, the Gainesville Area Alliant Health Plans, Gainesville Eye Associates, Longstreet Clinic and ProCareRX. Reservations required. Amanda Lewis, 770532-6206 x 111. Reservations online: GreaterHallChamber.com/events

For Employers

Employer Committee, Lanier Technical College and the Georgia Department of Labor. $20 per person; Table $400 (seats 8). • Recruit Quality Employees • Open to the Public • Meet Job Seekers Face to Face • 800+ to Attend • Convenient Event Location • Free Shuttle Onsite

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Booth: Chamber Member: $300 / $345 with 110v Outlet Booth: NON-Member: $400 / $445 with 110v Outlet Register for exhibit space online: GHCC.com/EVENTS

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Prize Drawings • Networking • Food • Drink

The Leadership Hall County program has provided a learning experience for Greater Hall County's existing and emerging leaders since 1983, now with over 950 graduates. Nominations are open for the 2020-2021 Class. Each year professionals develop an understanding of our community through a series of sessions on history, agriculture, quality of life, education, healthcare, lake life, social services, governments, public safety and economic development. Nominate yourself or a business associate (deadline is March 13). Online at GreaterHallChamber.com or contact Andi Harmon, Chamber Vice President of Education, at 770-532-6206. Email: aharmon@ghcc.com

Major 2020 Chamber Events Thursday, February 20 Small Business Luncheon 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lanier Technical College Reservations Required Thursday, February 20 Business EXPO 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. A Taste of Gainesville 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Lanier Technical College

Tuesday, February 25 Healthy Hall Awards Lunch The Honorable Nathan Deal 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Brenau Downtown Center Reservations Required Wednesday, March 18 Job Fair & Career Expo 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Gainesville Civic Center Free & Open to the Public

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Thursday, March 26 Chamber Chase 5K 6:00 p.m. Riverside Military Academy

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