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Job Fair & Career Expo Annual Transportation Forum Wednesday, March 28 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Georgia Mountains Center The Chamber's Job Fair and Career Expo will serve both employers and job seekers and is sponsored by Spherion Professional Staffing (Title Sponsor), McDonald's, Gainesville Area Employer Committee, Lanier Technical College, The Times and WDUN Radio. Employers will have a chance to fill openings faster by meeting hundreds of job candidates face-to-face during a short period of time. Employer booths ($225) are available for the event. For people looking for work, the event provides coveted face-time and personal contact with hiring managers. The 2012 Job Fair & Career Expo is free and open to the public. Employer Booths and Details: Jean McCullough, 770-532-6206. Email: Online:

No Charge • Open to the Public

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce's Annual Transportation Forum is Wednesday, March 14 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Gainesville State College, Continuing Education Building #10. The event is open to the public and creates discussion with Chamber members, business and community leaders, and transportation professionals. The forum will cover all the details on the TSPLOST Referendum on July 31. TSPLOST Referendum facts and projects along with display maps and handout information will be provided by the Gainesville Hall County Todd Long Georgia Department of MPO and Georgia Mountains Regional Transportation, Director of Commission. Discussion will also cover local Planning transportation projects. The Special Guest Speaker is Todd Long, Georgia Department of Transportation Director of Planning with the introduction of Bayne Smith, PT, PTOE, the new GDOT District 1 Engineer. GDOT's District 1 is housed in GainesvilleHall County and covers 21 counties in Northeast Georgia. Continued on page 5.

Register Online for the Chamber Chase 5K Thursday, April 19 • 6:00 pm • Riverside Military Academy Registration is now open for the 5th Annual Chamber Chase 5K (formerly the Get Fit Stay Fit 5K)! The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce's Chamber Chase is a corporate challenge 5K Run/Walk encouraging a get fit stay fit lifestyle. With over 2,000 participants in last year's race, the Chamber Chase 5K is much more than a road race. It is a community-wide wellness event offering fun for all. This year's event will include Free Training Passes for the first 70 registered participants, voting for People's Choice Award for Best T-shirt, Physical Fitness Tests for all ages, and Hall County's Largest Office Party with music, food, awards, and recognition! The Chamber Chase originated in 2008 as the Get Fit Stay Fit Corporate Challenge 5K, in association with the Greater Hall Chamber's Healthcare Committee and VISION 2030. Call 770-532-6206 or Register Online at

Save the Date Thursday, March 8 Business After Hours Tuesday, March 13 Small Business Success Seminar Tuesday, March 27 South Hall Business Coalition

MARCH 2012

A Publication of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

From the Chairman

Two Reasons to be a Chamber Member Why should your business be a member of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce? The answer is straightforward: • To help build your business • To help build your community It's as simple as that. There is no better organization, no better business group, no better civic organization to help build your business and this community we call home. We are Gainesville-Hall County's voice for business, and our community has the highest quality of life – From Islands to Highlands – we DO have it all. To Help Build Your Business Chamber membership gives a business, your business, the opportunity to make money – both directly and indirectly. Each of our Chamber member enterprises receives the broadest, most diverse business opportunity network available in our region. Numerous programs Jay Jacobs Jacobs Media Corporation and monthly activities offer the opportunity to network with other Chairman, Greater Hall Chamber professionals and events, such as the upcoming Annual Transportation of Commerce Forum and Job Fair, offer specific benefits. To Help Build Your Community The Greater Hall Chamber and its members continue to lead successful community associations within Gainesville-Hall County. Volunteers involved with such initiatives as VISION 2030 and HALLmark help sustain and strengthen overall economic vitality. Vibrant enterprise adds investment and jobs, while adding even more to the civic and charitable engines of our community.

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VoluMe 18 Issue 3 McKemie West, editor • email: Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

2011-2012 executive Committee Chairman Jay Jacobs Jacobs Media Corporation Chairman Elect Randall Frost Stewart, Melvin & Frost Treasurer Jody lail, Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia Vice Chair, Economic Development Chris Braswell PB Property Management

Vice Chair, Government Affairs Chair, VISION 2030 lee Hemmer Kelly Miles, Smith, Gilliam, The Simpson Company Williams & Miles, P.A. Meg Nivens, Executive Director Vice Chair, Marketing and Communications Co-Chairs, HALLmark Melissa Tymchuk Paul Chambers, AT&T NEGA Health System David lee, Jackson EMC Mimi Collins, The Longstreet Clinic Vice Chair, Membership Development Senior Advisor Jimbo Floyd, Turner Wood & Jimmy Adams, The Adams Smith Insurance Companies Vice Chair, South Hall Council Immediate Past Chairman Geoff lee, Road Atlanta Darrell snyder, Georgia Power Vice Chair, Community Development Phillippa Moss, Gainesville-Hall Co. Community Service Center

Vice Chair, Education elisabeth Baldwin BB&T

President & CEO Kit Dunlap, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Board of Directors 2011-2012 David Abee, Regions Bank

Deborah Mack, Community Volunteer

emily Bagwell, Whelchel, Dunlap, Jarrard, Walker

Mike Miller, Mayor, City of Flowery Branch

Brenda Bahel, The Starke Companies

Willie Mitchell, Gainesville City Schools

Perry Barnett, Rushton & Company

Dr. Martha Nesbitt, Gainesville State College

Wade Beavers, Beavers/Rogers Law & Advisory

James Nix, Mayor, City of Clermont

Col. James Benson, Riverside Military Academy

Tom oliver, Chairman, Hall Co. Commission

William H. Beyer, NEGA Heart Center

Bob Pennington, Willis Investment Counsel

Carol Burrell, NEGA Health System

larry Poole, Mayor, City of Gillsville

Brian Cantel, Cantel Wealth Management

Terry Roberts, Lake Lanier CVB

Bob Coleman, Coleman, Chambers & Rogers

Will schofield, Hall County Schools

lance Compton, Red Clay Interactive

Dr. ed schrader, Brenau University

Danny Dunagan, Mayor City of Gainesville

Joyce stephens, United Community Bank

sam evans, City of Oakwood Councilman

Dennis stockton, The Times

Andi Farmer, Milton Martin Honda

Milton Turner, Mayor, City of Lula

Kathy Fauscett, Keller Williams Realty

Russell Vandiver, Lanier Technical College

Tony Funari, Mayor Pro-tem, Town of Braselton

Greg Vitek, IMS Gear

Rob Geoffroy, The Atlanta Falcons

Dr. Mary Watkins, Watkins Chiropractic

Highland Mountain Beverages

Tommy Howard, The Norton Agency

Darrell Wiley, J&J Foods

Dr. Bonita Jacobs, North Georgia College & SU

Philip Wilheit, Wilheit Packaging Materials

Dr. John Kennedy, Lakeview Academy

Philip Wilheit, Jr., Wilheit Packaging Materials

Highland Mountain Beverages offers Highland Mountain Bottled Spring Water, Mountain Valley Spring water in glass bottles, their own blends of coffee, as well as cooler filtration units. In business since 1981, Highland Mountain Beverages is committed to customer service as well as high quality products. The company services Hall County and throughout Northeast Georgia including Metro Atlanta, offering bottled spring water in both glass and plastic bottles in all sizes, office coffee service and cooler filtration. They now have fourteen employees (L-R): Chamber Chairman Jay Jacobs, Jacobs Media, with Small and service 2,900 customers. Business of the Month Award Recipients Lane and Doris Jones and Shane Taylor, Highland Mountain Beverages.

Kelly lee, Wells Fargo Advisors

The Chamber is the key to building a business and building a community – two reasons for any local organization to be a member of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce. If you are not a member, join today. If you are already a member, get involved. We are moving forward with a host of programs to give your business an edge. Come hear the latest transportation projects and learn about the TSPLOST (March 14), see who's hiring at the Job Fair (March 28), network with other professionals at Business Before Hours (March 16) and Business After Hours (March 8). Join the communitywide wellness surge at the Chamber Chase 5K (April 19), enjoy a fun day of golf at Hackers Holiday (April 27), and help us celebrate our success at the 104th Annual Meeting & Gala (May 10).

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Associate Directors 2011-2012 Karen Baston, Sperry Van Ness

Tony Paramore, Gainesville Paint & Design

emmett Forrester, NEGA Diagnostic Clinic

spence Price, The Adams Companies

Doug langman, TRC Staffing

Dan slott, Service Master

Chris McCall, Keller Williams Realty

Jessica Tullar, City of Gainesville

Julie Nicholson, Community Bank & Trust

Carla Walker, Whelchel, Dunlap, Jarrard, Walker

staff Executive Kit Dunlap, President/CEO Joy sims, Executive Assistant

South Hall Council Kit Dunlap, President/CEO Michelle Wiley, Membership Vice President

Economic Development Tim evans, Vice President shelley Davis, Vice President Existing Industry Jean McCullough, Project Manager

Community Development Robin Halstead, Vice President

Finance & Operations David umberson, Vice President Finance and Human Resources Education & Workforce Development Dana Miller, Vice President Government Affairs Kit Dunlap, President/CEO Joy sims, Executive Assistant

VISION 2030 Meg Nivens, Executive Director Membership Development Michelle Wiley, Vice President Kara Matter, Membership Coordinator sara lewis, Intern, NGCSU Marketing & Communications Kemie West, Business Link Editor/Consultant Greater Hall Chamber Welcome Center Robin Halstead, Manager

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Chamber Board Nominations for 2012-2015 Term David Abee

David Abee is Market President for Regions Bank based in Gainesville and responsible for all of the bank’s operations in Northeast Georgia – covering all markets north to Highlands, NC. David's 20 year banking career includes positions in Corporate & Investment Banking, Commercial & Business Banking, Retail Banking, as well as regional and state leadership roles. David is locally involved serving on several boards, including Vision 2030, Junior Achievement of Northeast Georgia, The Arts Council and the Quinlan Visual Arts Center. David is a member of the Gainesville Rotary Club, The Arbor Circle Committee for Northeast Georgia Medical Center, and is the 2012 Chair for the American Heart Association’s Heartwalk.

Karen W. Baston

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Sperry Van Ness

Gainesville-native Karen Baston is a Medical Real Estate Specialist for Sperry Van Ness/Hokayem Company, Inc. Prior to joining Sperry Van Ness, Karen served as principal for kbMedical, LLC, a practice management and consulting company. Previously, Karen served as Chief Operating Officer for Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic. A registered nurse, Karen’s career began at Northeast Georgia Medical Center where she held both clinical and administrative responsibilities. Upon leaving NGMC, she managed emergency medicine and anesthesia departments throughout the U. S. for a national practice management company. Karen is a member of the Medical Group Manager’s Association, the Georgia Medical Group Managers Association and the local Lake Lanier Chapter of MGMA. She is School Council President at Mt. Vernon Elementary and volunteers at Lakewood Baptist Church.

John Geyer


Regions Bank

J. Geyer Advertising

A native of Miami, FL, John is a graduate of North Hall High, Gainesville State College and North Georgia College. He founded J Geyer Advertising in 1993 and acquired The Trophy Case in 2002. J Geyer Advertising specializes in corporate branding including screen printing, embroidery and promotional products. The Trophy Case offers team trophies, corporate awards, letter jackets and high school spirit wear. John is a graduate of Leadership Hall County and former president of the Gainesville Jaycees. He was named to the Times’ "40 under 40" and a “Master Entrepreneur” by the Featherbone Communiversity in 2011. He has served on multiple boards including North Georgia Ad Club, Challenged Child and Friends, and is a retired Gainesville Parks & Recreation Little League coach.

Tony Paramore

Gainesville Paint & Design

Tony partnered with Jason and Jack Everett of Budget Carpet to purchase Gainesville Paint in 2009. Since then Gainesville Paint has changed locations, computer systems, and product lines but they never lost sight of what was most important: their customers. Tony uses local resources like the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce to be a successful and contributing member of the North Georgia community. He is a Leadership Hall County graduate and a member of the Paint and Decorating Retailers Association. Tony served in the military and now enjoys traveling and photography. After growing up on various Army bases, Tony is happy to put down roots in North Georgia and watch his family and business grow.

These seven individuals were nominated to serve as Greater Hall Chamber Board Members for a three-year term. The Nominating Committee, in accordance with the Bylaws (Article 5, Section 5), nominates the following to serve July 1, 2012 and ending June 30, 2015. The election of new directors takes place in March 2012. Members of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Nominating Committee: Chamber Chairman Jay Jacobs, Chairman-Elect Randall Frost, Immediate Past Chairman Darrell Snyder, and Past Chairmen Emily Bagwell, R.K. Whitehead, Denise Deal and Jimmy Adams.

William Bagwell

Homestead Investments

William Bagwell, Jr., managing partner of Homestead Investments, LLC, is a fourth generation Hall County resident. He manages property for Northeast Georgia Real Estate and is involved in a family timber operation. He previously owned and operated Homestead Farms in Canon, Georgia. While employed at the Greater Hall Chamber, he held the positions of Vice President of Economic Development and Government Affairs. William is a Deacon of the First Baptist Church in Gainesville and a member of the Gainesville and Hall County Economic Development Council. He also serves on First Century Bank and Lanier Technical College Foundation Boards of Directors. He is a member of the Board of Natural Resources for the State of Georgia and a graduate of Presbyterian College, Clinton, South Carolina.

Jullie G. King

The Longstreet Clinic

Jullie G. King is Director of Community Development and Human Resources for The Longstreet Clinic, an independent physician practice and one of the largest private, multi-specialty physician practices in Georgia with nine locations in Northeast Georgia. Jullie participates in a number of community committees and organizations focused on health care issues including the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition and the Greater Hall Chamber Healthcare Committee. Jullie is in her 13th year of employment with The Longstreet Clinic and is a graduate of Brenau College and The College of William and Mary. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources Management; member of First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville and the Junior League of Gainesville Hall County.

Grier Todd

Lake Lanier Islands Resort

Grier Todd, Chief Operating Officer of Islands Management Company, LLC, oversees the operations and managing the capital development of Lake Lanier Islands Resort. Grier is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and began his career as a high school football coach. After 35 years, he left coaching to become the City Executive for Banker’s Trust of South Carolina, then a partner in the national management development firm of Mooney, Player, Partners & Associates. He moved to Georgia in 1992 to serve as the Travel and Training Camp Coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons. In 2001, he joined Lake Lanier Islands Resort as the Manager of the resort’s Harbor Landing and in 2002 was promoted to Director of Hotel Operations at the Emerald Pointe Hotel and Conference Center. In August of 2005, Todd was named Chief Operating Officer of Islands Management Company, LLC by the Virgil R. Williams family, the lease owners of Lake Lanier Islands Resort.

TSPLOST Referendum on July 31 The Transportation Investment Act allows voters in the Georgia Mountains region to provide funding for transportation projects over a 10-year period through a one percent sales tax. The TSPLOST Voter Referendum is July 31, 2012.

1. New Interchange on I-985, North of SR/13 Atlanta Highway near Martin Road. 2. Jesse Jewell Parkway and John Morrow Parkway Intersection Improvements. 3. McEver Road Intersection Improvements at Gaines Ferry, Lights Ferry, and Stephens Road. 4. Widening of Sardis Road from SR 60/Thompson Bridge Road to Sardis Road. 5. Widening of Spout Springs Road from Hog Mountain Road to Gwinnett County. 6. Widening of SR 211/Old Winder Highway from SR 53/Winder Highway to the Gwinnett County Line.

The Georgia Mountains region includes Banks, Dawson, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Kit Dunlap Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, and White President & CEO, Greater Hall counties. All money raised in the region will stay Chamber of Commerce in the region. With the passage of the TSPLOST, Hall County and its municipalities will be better equipped with the transportation infrastructure to attract economic development and create jobs.

7. Widening of US 129/SR 11/Athens Highway from SR 323/Gillsville Highway

The regional projects, that will be supported by TSPLOST dollars, were developed by local elected officials and will be voted upon and supervised by the public. 75% of all funds raised in the region will be spent on regional projects, and 25% of all funds raised in the region will be returned directly to local jurisdictions. Hall County would receive a total of approximately $360 million – a $1.45 return for every $1 raised.

For project information: Srikanth Yamala, Transportation Manager, Gainesville-Hall MPO, 770-531-6809. Email:

to SR 323 in Jackson County. 8. Widening of US 129/SR 11/Cleveland Highway from Nopone Road to the White County Line. 9. Widening of US 129/SR 11/Cleveland Highway from Limestone Parkway to Nopone Road.

As Northeast Georgia's education, employment, tourism, and healthcare center, Gainesville-Hall County will be the recipient of the bulk of TSPLOST tax dollars. Funding from TSPLOST will offer us the opportunity to create jobs and maintain our quality of life while acquiring funding from those spending money on goods and services in Hall County.

Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization is the intergovernmental transportation planning body for Hall County. Visit

Transportation Forum, continued page 1 Todd Long began his career with the Georgia Department of Transportation in 1990, serving in the Office of Planning in Atlanta. In 1996, Long moved to the Gainesville office, eventually becoming District Engineer. In 2005, Long returned to DOT headquarters and served as Director of Administration/Preconstruction, and in 2008 became the Director of Business Operations for the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority. As a result of 2009 legislation, Long was selected by Governor Perdue to fill a critical role mandated by the passing of Senate Bill 200: Director of Planning. Long is responsible for a variety of reporting and planning activities directed from the legislation. He also directs the full planning team at DOT and coordinates with external transportation organizations across Georgia to help form the best transportation system for the State’s citizens. Transportation Forum Sponsors are Independence Bank, Rochester & Associates McDonald's and The Times. Reservations required. $15 Chamber Members; $20 guests. Includes lunch. Reservations: Jean McCullough, 770-532-6206. Email: Register online:

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Learn more about the TSPLOST Referendum and other local transportation projects and activities at the Chamber's Annual Transportation Forum on Wednesday, March 14, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Gainesville State College. Special Guest Speaker is Todd Long, Georgia Department of Transportation Director of Planning, along with the introduction of Bayne Smith, the new GDOT District 1 Engineer. GDOT's District 1 is housed in Gainesville-Hall County and covers 21 counties in Northeast Georgia. Reservations: 770-532-6206 or online at

Economic Development

We may not get another chance to say “YES” to create jobs and improve our transportation network

TSPLOST Project Highlights


Meetings & Events

MARCH 2012 Wednesday, March 7 Healthcare Committee Public Health presented by David Westfall, MD, District 2 Health Director 8:00 a.m. – Chamber Wednesday, March 7 Leads Group 11:30 a.m. – Turnstile Deli Wednesday, March 7 Human Resources 11:45 a.m. – Luna's Restaurant Thursday, March 8 Leadership Hall County Quality of Life Program 7:30 a.m. Thursday, March 8 Business After Hours 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Gainesville State College - Gainesville New Academic Building IV, Room 3110 Friday, March 9 Economic Development Council 7:30 a.m. – Chamber

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Tuesday, March 13 Small Business Success Seminar HR Practices presented by Doug Langman and Kathy Parks, TRC Staffing 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. – Chamber


Friday, March 16 Business Before Hours 7:30 a.m. – American Security Shredding Tuesday, March 20 VISION 2030 Board of Directors 11:30 a.m. – Chamber Wednesday, 21 Leads Group 11:30 a.m. – Turnstile Deli Thursday, March 22 Chamber Board of Directors 12:00 p.m. – Gainesville Civic Center Tuesday, March 27 South Hall Business Coalition TSPLOST Referendum Update Presented by Srikanth Yamala, Transportation Planning Manager, Gainesville-Hall Metro Planning Organization 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. – Spout Springs Library in Flowery Branch Wednesday, March 28 Network Over Coffee 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. – Loretta's Country Kitchen in Oakwood Wednesday, March 28 Job Fair & Career Expo 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Georgia Mountains Center

Tuesday, March 13 Youth Leadership Hall Judicial Program 7:50 a.m.-3:00 p.m. – Gainesville Civic Center

Thursday, March 29 Agribusiness Award Breakfast 7:30 a.m. – East Hall Community Center

Tuesday, March 13 Ambassadors Council 3:45 - 4:45 p.m. – Scott's on the Square

Thursday, April 12 Business After Hours 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. – Wilson Orthodontics in Braselton

Wednesday, March 14 Network Over Coffee 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. – Panera Bread, Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville Wednesday, March 14 Annual Transportation Forum 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Gainesville State College - Continuing Education Building, #10 Wednesday, March 14 Issues Committee 8:00 a.m. – Chamber Thursday, March 15 Chamber Executive Committee 11:30 a.m. – Chamber


Thursday, April 19 2012 Chamber Chase 5K 6:00 p.m. – Riverside Military Academy Friday, April 27 33rd Annual Hacker's Holiday Golf 10:00 a.m. Shotgun Start – Legacy on Lanier Golf Club at Lake Lanier Islands

MAY Thursday, May 10 104th Annual Meeting & Gala 6:30 p.m. – Chattahoochee Country Club Get all the details and register for these events online at Call the Chamber at 770-532-6206.

Business After Hours Thursday, March 8 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Gainesville State College New Academic IV Building at Gainesville Campus $5 Chamber Members • $15 Non-Members • Cash Pot Prize! Gainesville State College's new $37.5 million facility nearly doubles instructional space and houses the schools of Humanities & Fine Arts, Business, Education, Health & Wellness with 24 classrooms, 12 labs, a testing center, a 260-seat multi-purpose dividable room and several conference rooms. Great food, drink and doorprizes. For event details: Michelle Wiley, 770-532-6206. Email:

Small Business Success Seminar Tuesday, March 13 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Free for Members; $15 Non-Members Sponsored by United Community Bank and Jacobs Media

HR Practices and E-Verify Presented by Doug Langman and Kathy Parks of TRC Staffing. Come hear the latest in human resources practices. The professionals from TRC Staffing will cover interview basics, background checks, S2verify, e-verify, testing, drug screens, and employee evaluations. Jean McCullough, 770-532-6206. Register online:

Annual Transportation Forum Wednesday, March 14 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Gainesville State College Sponsored by Independence Bank, Rochester & Associates McDonald's and The Times $15 Chamber Members • $20 Non-Members • Open to the Public • Lunch The Greater Hall Chamber's Annual Transportation Forum is open to the public with special Guest Speaker Todd Long, Georgia DOT Director of Planning. Get updates on area projects and learn about the TSPLOST Referendum on July 31. Includes Lunch. Reservations required. Jean McCullough, 770-532-6206. Email: Register for this event and others online:

South Hall Business Coalition Tuesday, March 27 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Spout Springs Library in Flowery Branch $5 Members • $15 Non-Members • Breakfast Sponsored by Milton Martin Honda and WDUN Radio

TSPLOST Referendum/July 31 Program presented by Srikanth Yamala, Transportation Planning Manager, Gainesville-Hall Metro Planning Organization. Reservations required. Michelle Wiley, Greater Hall Chamber, 770-532-6206. Email: Register online:

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the third leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the United States.*

Learn what you can do to prevent it. Attend a FREE educational seminar presented by Cancer Center physicians to learn about screening and treatment options for colorectal cancer. Tuesday, March 27 • 6 – 7:30 p.m. Northeast Georgia Medical Center Walters Auditorium • Gainesville The seminar is FREE, but registration is required. Registration and a light sandwich supper begin at 5:30 p.m. Please call 770-219-3840 to register or email us at Northeast Georgia Medical Center is committed to providing the highest quality of colon/rectal cancer care in Northeast Georgia. We endorse the following guidelines: Regular screening beginning with a colonoscopy at age 50 and a yearly fecal occult blood testing (FOBT). • Patients of African American descent should begin screening at age 45. • Patients at higher risk* should begin screening earlier and may need it more frequently. * Personal history of colon/rectal cancer, adenomatous polyps or inflammatory bowel disease * Family history of colon/rectal cancer and polyps

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Ribbon Cuttings

Reneigh Satterfield / Edward Jones


Reneigh Satterfield of Edward Jones Investments cuts ribbon. Reneigh believes it's important to invest her time to understand what you're working toward before you invest your money. Working closely with you and your CPA, attorney and other professionals, she can help determine the most appropriate financial strategy for you and your family. She can also help ensure you have a comprehensive retirement savings strategy. Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the U.S. and is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm's 12,000-plus financial advisors work directly with more than 7 million clients. 3630 Thompson Bridge Road, Suite 22, Gainesville, GA 30506. 770-536-2031.

USA Mobile Drug Testing As compliance specialists, USA Mobile Drug Testing of Northeast Georgia helps businesses of all sizes organize and maintain a Drug Free Workplace. Karen and Ira Robbins and Karen Tinker cut ribbon. The staff is knowledgeable in both DOT and non-DOT regulations and employs Certified Professional Collectors that can make site visits 24/7 to administer drug and alchohol testing, background screenings, DNA testing and consulting services. 6338 Dawson Blvd., Suite D, Norcross, GA 30093. 678-8047225.

Employment Plus Bill Curvino, Chrissy Forrester, Annie Ferguson, Michelle Cheeley, Salli Varney and Sheri Marr cut ribbon at Employment Plus, one of the fastest-growing U.S. staffing firms with over 100 branch and on-site partner locations. The company provides staffing, professional and technical recruiting for light industrial manufacturing, office, call center, transportation, healthcare and construction industry sectors. Employment Plus creates lasting partnerships with clients and cost-effectively fills temporary, temp-to-hire, contract and direct-hire positions. 604 Washington Street, Suite A-8, Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-503-9911.

Nurse Management Services of GA

Denzel Cooper cuts ribbon at Nurse Management Services of Georgia, Inc., a private home care agency offering a wide range of private duty home care services for those recuperating after a hospital stay, disabled, chronically ill, living alone, terminally ill, in need of long-term care, or medically fragile children requiring skilled nursing care in the home. The company is a Medicaid provider enrolled in the Community Care Service Program (CCSP), Georgia Pediatric Program (GAPP), SOURCE, Private Insurance, and The Veterans Association (VA). Utilizing RN’s, LPN’s, and CNA’s, they provide skilled nursing care in the comfort of home at physicians request with individualized care plans. 958 McEver Road, Suite D2, Gainesville, GA 30504. 770-991-6645.

Ava White Tutorials & Academy Barbara Haight, Elaine Niederquell, Ava White, Ruth Stills, Ann Calmes, and Pat Hammond cut ribbon at Ava White Tutorials, a provider of academic support to students of all ages. They help students preparing for SAT or ACT, assist with all high school subjects, math and reading remediation, foreign language assistance, study and organizational skills. Tutors can help students get ready for CRCT and End of Course tests. They also give individual educational evaluations to help determine a student’s areas of academic strengths and weaknesses, then devise the right program to meet their individual needs. Ava White Academy is a small, private school for students with academic challenges like ADHD, learning disabilities, and dyslexia, serving students from 1st to 8th grade. Student meet five days a week, 8:30am3:00pm, and teacher ratio is kept low to individualize curriculums to meet students’ needs. They accept Special Needs Scholarship funds from the state, and the Ava White Academy is accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission. 223 Washington Street, Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-536-6898.

Thank You Chamber Sponsors AT&T • American Security Shredding • Duplicating Products Gainesville State College • Gainesville Area Employer Committee Independence Bank • Jackson EMC • Jacobs Media Lanier Technical College • Luna's Restaurant & Piano Bar • McDonald's Milton Martin Honda • Northeast Georgia Health System • PeopleCheck Regions Bank • Rochester & Associates• SKF USA • The Times Turner, Wood & Smith • United Community Bank • WDUN Radio

gram, the Gainesville Theatre Alliance, a 32-year collaboration between Brenau and Gainesville State College. • Coleman & Chambers announces a name change to Coleman, Chambers & Rogers, LLP. The law firm is located at 1370 Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville. 770-534-3770. • Elachee Nature Science Center's Trillium Trek Trail Run is Saturday, March 24 at 8:30 am. Presented by Publix Charities, the race includes a 5K, 10K, ½ marathon, and a Kid’s Fun Run. • March is National Youth Art Month, and the Quinlan Visual Arts Center will display local youth art entries through April 14. The competition is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club. • Chamber Board of Directors luncheon meetings are open to Chamber members. The monthly meetings review division reports and feature a guest speaker, usually on a timely topic or issue facing Gainesville-Hall County. Learn about the inner workings of the Chamber, network with Chamber leadership, get involved! The next meeting is Thursday, March 22, 12 p.m., at the Gainesville Civic Center. Reservations required. Cost $12. Joy Sims, 770-532-6206. Email: • Peggy B. Slappey is Braselton's Mayor Pro Tem for 2012. Slappey is serving her

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Tim Scully, MD, chief of staff; and Ron Lewis, MD, vice chief of staff. Dr. Scully is a cardiologist with Northeast Georgia Heart Center, and Dr. Lewis a general surgeon with Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Surgical Associates. • The Georgia Department of Transportation appointed Bayne E. Smith District 1 Engineer for the 21 counties in Northeast Georgia. He was instrumental in developing Georgia’s Intelligent Transportation Management System and also served as State Traffic Signal Engineer. He is responsible for preconstruction, construction, maintenance and operation of 2,300 miles of state routes and interstates in Northeast Georgia and supervises 430 employees. • The Gainesville Jaycees presented the Annual Lifetime Achievement Award to attorney William Bagwell. Young Man of the Year went to Brian Daniel, Carroll Daniel Construction, and Kelly Lee, Wells Fargo Advisors, was honored as the Young Woman of the Year. • The Greater Hall Chamber is now accepting nominations for 2011-12 Small and Family Business of the Year Awards. Nomination details: Jean McCullough, 770-532-6206 or email: Online:



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third year as a councilwoman and is broker and sales manager for Peggy Slappey Properties, Inc. • Northeast Georgia Medical Center is seeking input from the Braselton community as it plans the new hospital in South Hall. Residents can provide input through an online survey at Those who provide contact information for updates will be entered in a drawing for three $100 American Express gift cards. • The Gainesville SBDC will host several sessions of "Starting A Business Q&A" at 999 Chestnut Street in Gainesville. Classes are free and from 5:00-7:00 pm. For those considering starting a small business, this workshop is must. Call 770-531-5681 or register online: • Scott Satory, owner of Service First Roofing, announces the company's support of St. Jude's Wounded Warrior project with donations of $41,000 over the last two years. • Gainesville Ballet Company presents Alice In Wonderland and other repertory works March 23-25, Friday/Saturday-7:30 pm; Saturday/Sunday matinees-2 pm at Pearce Auditorium, Brenau University. For tickets call 770-532-4241 or online at • Re-elected as Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s medical staff officers for 2012 is

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• Rob Robinson, CEO of Walters Management Company, has joined the Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia Advisory Board. • The Gainesville Citizens' Government Academy is Mondays, March 12-May 14. Instructors will take class participants from the shooting range at the Nationally Accredited Police Department to the driving range at the Chattahoochee Golf Course. Applicants must be 21. No charge. 770531-6598. Register online at • Hall County Government Scholars' Academy is April 17-June 2. Each of the eight sessions will focus on a different aspect of local government. No charge. 770297-5504. Register online at • Kelli Crickey is the new director of the Master of Business Administration program for North Georgia College & State University's Mike Cottrell School of Business. • Todd Brown, general manager of The Fockele Garden Co., was elected president of the Georgia Green Industry Association Board of Directors Landscape Division. The group promotes horticulture in the state. • Brenau University announced a new Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting degree as part of a collection of degrees offered by their nationally recognized theatre pro-


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Next Star Communications employees at the Feburary Business Before Hours. Don't miss the next Business Before Hours at American Security Shredding, Gibbs Drive off Calvary Church Road, on Friday, March 16 from 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. This special event before work includes delicious breakfast foods and coffee and drinks by Highland Mountain Beverage. Don't miss great networking and fabulous door prizes! No Charge! Michelle Wiley, 770-532-6206. Email:

Chamber Healthcare Committee The Healthcare Committee recently heard tips on how to have a healthy heart and prevent heart disease. (L-R): Suzanne Burns, Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) Diabetes Education Department; Leslie Davis, NGHS Bariatric Department; Chamber Healthcare Chairman Chad Bolton, NGHS; Jullie King, The Longstreet Clinic; Shanna Cronic, Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic. Michele Piucci, Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia.

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(L-R): Business After Hours event host Frankie Luna of Luna's Restaurant and Piano Bar; Marty Baily, Luna's; Cash Pot Prize Winner Beth Baldwin, Edward Jones; Doorprize Winner Darla Eden, Walters Management Company; and Andrea Barber, Luna's, at the February Business After Hours at Luna's on the Square in Downtown Gainesville. Don't miss the next Business After Hours at Gainesville State College's new Academic Building at the Gainesville Campus on Thursday, March 8 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Details: Michelle Wiley, 770-532-6206. Email:

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Atlanta Apartment Association Derek Norton 8601 Dunwoody Place, Suite 318 Atlanta, GA 30350 (770) 518-4248 Non-Profit Citation Manufacturing, Inc. Bob Taubel 799 Georgia Ave PO Box 3190 Gainesville, GA 30503 (770) 531-1499 Manufacturers & Processors Discreet Screenings & Labs of Georgia Terry Marshall PO Box 558 Gainesville, GA 30503 (770) 533-9004 Drug Testing

Employment Plus Michelle Cheeley 604 Washington St, Suite A-8 Gainesville, GA 30501 (770) 503-9911 Employment Agency

Hire Dynamics Alexander Branch 80 Enterprise Dr, Suite 2 Pendergrass, GA 30567 (770) 503-5806 Employment Agency - Staffing Legend Reality, Inc. Amy Phillips 1131 Riverside Drive Gainesville, GA 30501 (770) 540-0041 Real Estate - Commercial Lisa A. Maniscalco, Attorney 4036 Muscadine Trail PO Box 908972 Gainesville, GA 30501 (770) 356-1521 Attorney at Law Melaleuca, The Wellness Co. Hilary Gronas

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(770) 561-6251 Mfg - Health & Wellness

(770) 534-4457 Dental Laboratory

Mr. Kleen Bobby Toner P.O. Box 7214 Gainesville, GA 30504 (770) 297-6358 Cleaning Services

Robertson/Loia/Roof, P.C. Duane Roof 3460 Preston Ridge Rd, Suite 275 Alpharetta, GA 30005 Architects & Engineers

On Demand Construction Services DeeAnna Likens 4546 Railroad St Oakwood, GA 30566 (770) 531-0200 Construction - Wireless Telecom PeopleCheck, Inc. Stacey Reece 1100 Sherwood Park Drive PO Box 1544 Gainesville, GA 30503 (770) 535-6200 Background Check & Screening Pittman Dental Laboratory Jennifer Hudson 2355 Centennial Circle Gainesville, GA 30504

Servpro of Gainesville Mark Collins 2658 White Sulphur Road Gainesville, GA 30501 (770) 536-1010 Fire/Water Cleanup & Restore SP Recycling LuAnn Chambers 384 Maltbie Street Lawrenceville, GA 30045 (770) 995-0014 Recycling Stewart, Melvin & Frost, LLP Thomas LeFevre, Attorney 200 Main Street, Suite 600 Gainesville, GA 30501 (770) 536-0101 Attorney

Deadline for Nominations is March 15 Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012-2013 Leadership Hall County class. Participants include a cross-section of individuals and must be 25 years old. Tuition for each participant is $800 for Chamber members and $970 for non-Chamber members, which includes a one-year Chamber individual membership. Individuals must be nominated for the program by March 15, 2012. Once nominated, the individual will be asked to complete a detailed application. All applicants are reviewed by a selection committee, and final participants are selected from all applications submitted. Contact: Dana Miller, Greater Hall Chamber, 770-5326206 ext. 113. Download a Leadership Hall nomination form online at

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Greater Hall County Area Jobless Employment Rates Hall County

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Agribusiness Awards Breakfast The Greater Hall Chamber Agribusiness Committee awards program, a partnership with the Hall County Extension Office, increases recognition and appreciation of the agribusiness and agricultural community in Hall County. The annual awards will be presented during a breakfast on Thursday, March 29, 7:30 a.m. at the East Hall Community Center. Sponsored by Jackson EMC, Jacobs Media, Cargill, Jaemor Farm, Georgia Poultry Federation, Hall County Farm Bureau, Hall County Soil & Water and Crystal Farms, the event is free and open to the public. Awards include Friend of Agribusiness... an individual who has consistently promoted agribusiness in Hall County; Outstanding Agribusiness... a member of the agribusiness community who demonstrates significant presence and progress in this area; Farmer of the Year... a person who has made significant contributions to agribusiness and community services; Ag Hall of Fame... given to individuals each year (living or deceased) in recognition of sustained contributions to Hall County agribusiness. Reservations, call the Hall County Extension Office, 770-535-8293.

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100’s millions of dollars

As part of AT&T's four-year $100 million support of public schools in the U.S., the company is hosting job shadowing events with high school students. Over 300 Hall County and Gainesville high school students have toured the AT&T work location on Broad Street in Gainesville. Technicians and local managers including Paul Chambers, in conjunction with AT&T retiree pioneers have hosted the students. AT&T, working through the local junior achievement office, pays for the bus transportation and lunch for the students. For more on this program or other Chamber education initiatives, contact Education VP Dana Miller, 770-532-6206.


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Steve Naughton (left) gets tips from Rick Foote, Hall County Resource Recovery, at the Safe & Green Regional Assembly in February. For the 7th year, industry and commercial business representatives took on safety and environmentally-friendly topics including “Saving On Energy Costs” and “North Georgia Recycling Update” with over 20 exhibitors offering resources to keep employers safe and green.

Data compiled by the Norton Agency. For additional information or other data products, please call:

Tommy Howard 770-718-5204

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Youth Leadership Students (L-R): Lauren Wassel, Gainesville High School; Katie Allen, Johnson High; Chance Bloomer, North Hall; Meagan Basset, West Hall and Hope Stockel, Flowery Branch High School, with puppies at the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia. The class started their day at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County where they heard from several staff members about the organization and played interactive games with other classmates and staff. At Challenged Child & Friends they toured the campus and interacted with the children in the classrooms. The group traveled to Northeast Georgia Health System where they enjoyed a great lunch provided by the hospital and took a tour of the ER, Lab and Stribling Heart Center. After hearing about Laurelwood and participating in team building games, the group participated in a service project at the Humane Society. Many thanks to meal sponsors McDonald's and Northeast Georgia Health System.

Leadership Hall County class members and Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce officials met with Governor Nathan Deal and Senator Butch Miller at the State Capitol. The famous Gainesville-Hall County chicken boxes were delivered to the Legislature on February 9 as part of "Gainesville-Hall County Day." Hall County delegates recognized the class and the group enjoyed lunch with Lt. Governor Casey Cagle while hearing an update of session goals from our representatives. Mike Giles and Abit Massey, Georgia Poultry Federation, spoke on their role as lobbyists. Thanks to Senator Miller and Rep. Carl Rogers for assistance and sponsors Jackson EMC, Regions Bank and Turner, Wood & Smith Insurance.

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Upcoming Chamber Events Small Business BusinessMarketing After Hours Workshop Tuesday, Thursday, February March 814 Marketing 5:00 - 7:00Trends p.m. Presented Gainesville by State Gordon College Sawyer 8:00 New - 10:00 Academic a.m. –IVThe Building Oaks at LanierGainesville Charter Career Campus Academy Small Business Business AfterSeminar Hours Thursday, Tuesday,February March 1316 Human5:00 Resources - 7:00 p.m. Practices Presented Luna's by Doug Restaurant Langman and Kathy 200 Parks Main of TRC Street Staffing Hunt8:00 Tower - 9:00 in Downtown a.m. – Chamber Gainesville

Annual Arbor Transportation Day Celebration Forum Wednesday, Friday, February March1714 Guest Speaker 10:00 a.m. Todd Long GDOT Frances Director Meadows of Planning Center 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Safe Gainesville & Green Regional State College Assembly Friday, February 24 South8:00 Halla.m. Business - 12:00 Coalition p.m. Georgia Tuesday, Mountains MarchCenter 27 TSPLOST Referendum Update Annual Presented Transportation by Srikanth Yamala Forum Gainesville-Hall Wednesday,Metro MarchPlanning 14 11:30 8:00 a.m. a.m.-- 9:00 1:00 p.m. p.m. Gainesville Spout Springs StateLibrary College


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