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Chairman's Column page 2 New Chamber Leadership Team, page 2 TSPLOST Updates and Projects pages 4 -5 Upcoming Events page 6 Member Announcements page 10 Ribbon Cuttings page 12 New Members page 13 Small Business Development page 14 Education & Workforce page 15

Governor Deal outlines his support for transportation infrastructure projects and the TSPLOST Referendum Georgia’s history of progress is, in part, a tale of investment in transportation. Beginning with the port of Savannah in the 1700s and an extensive rail network in the 1800s, Georgia grew strong and prosperous because our ancestors understood the importance of building these vital economic connections. It happened again after World War II with the development of the world’s most utilized international airport. We became the leader of the New South when we Governor Nathan Deal added a first-rate highway system that tied together our rural and urban communities and connected Georgia to the rest of our country. Today, after decades of inadequate and inefficient transportation investment, our future economic growth is threatened by crumbling infrastructure and inadequate capacity. We are now challenged to invest in our continued growth and prosperity, and it is critical that we, like our ancestors, step up to the generational responsibility of maintaining and expanding our state’s transportation network. That challenge will appear on the ballot this July in each of the state’s 12 transportation regions. Georgians will be asked to approve a one-percent increase in the sales tax to fund strategic transportation infrastructure projects. Reaching this decision point was a sometimes challenging exercise in local and statewide planning and cooperation. For almost a year,

city and county officials in each region compiled lists of important improvements. The Georgia Department of Transportation studied those lists and coordinated the requests. The result is a plan for $16-19 billion worth of projects to be funded over the next 10 years by the onepercent increase. Here’s why this process makes sense for Georgia: • Local officials and citizens – those most knowledgeable about local needs – put together the lists. • Funds for those projects will be raised and spent entirely within those districts. The first 75 percent will fund each region’s projects and the remaining 25 percent will be given to the region’s cities and counties to spend on hometown transportation improvements with the greatest impact. In other words, local decision makers determined local transportation needs and will receive 100 percent of the new revenues in their region to address those needs. Local communities are taking care of themselves, not waiting for action from Washington. Continued on page 5. Transportation Referendum


The TSPLOST vote is July 31. Vote early starting July 9 at the Hall County Elections Office in the new Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road at McEver Road in Gainesville. For a list of projects, maps and detailed TSPLOST information for the Georgia Mountains Region, visit online:

Save the Date Thursday, July 10 South Hall Business Coalition Tuesday, July 31 TSPLOST Voter Referendum Tuesday, August 14 Small Business Success Seminar

J U LY 2012

NORTH GEORGIA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL A Publication of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

From the Chairman

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs! Welcome to a new year of activity, collaboration and fellowship for our Chamber. It is right that we begin this year by recognizing last year’s chair, Jay Jacobs, and his leadership team for a remarkable term of service. Jay’s theme—communicate, promote and prosper—served us well in a year when our Chamber remained vibrant and our membership strong despite the tough economy. Thanks, Jay, for a job well done.

Randall Frost Stewart, Melvin & Frost 2012-13 Chairman, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

This year’s theme is jobs, jobs, jobs! In this economy, we are fortunate that new industries are joining our community and existing industries are expanding. Tim Evans and Shelley Davis do an outstanding job of recruiting new industry and helping existing industries promote and maintain jobs. Thanks to our 155 HALLmark investors, the City of Gainesville, Hall County, Flowery Branch and Oakwood, the Greater Hall Chamber is able to have a first class economic development staff working everyday to create jobs and add to our tax base.

On July 31, 2012, we will have an opportunity to vote on an important economic enhancement. The TSPLOST will stimulate new activity in our community and create a significant number of jobs. Economists say that consumer-spending drives seventy percent of the economy, so these new jobs will benefit us in many ways. I urge each Chamber member to go to the polls on July 31 (early voting begins July 9) and vote for the TSPLOST. This is one important way to add jobs. As we begin this year, the new leadership team and I encourage you to be in touch with us and with Kit Dunlap and the Chamber staff throughout the year. The Chamber sponsors numerous programs to help members improve business operations and educate us about local, federal and state issues that may impact all kinds of businesses in our region. In terms of all our offerings, we want to know what is working well and what we can improve. Our goal is to have the best year ever for an organization that continues to set the standard of excellence for our local community, the region and the state.

July 3, 2012 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

New Chamber Leadership Team


Kit Dunlap (left), President & CEO of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce with 2012-13 Chairman Randall Frost, Stewart, Melvin & Frost, Chairman-Elect Dixie Truelove, Truelove Dairy, and Immediate Past Chairman Jay Jacobs, Jacobs Media.

Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Chairman Randall Frost is Managing Partner in the law firm of Stewart, Melvin & Frost, LLP in Gainesville and has practiced law since 1971. Randall graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in finance and from the Mercer University School of Law. He is a past president of several community organizations including the Gainesville Kiwanis Club, The Arts Council, the Northeastern Bar Association, the Gainesville City Board of Education, the Hall County YMCA, and United Way of Hall County. He is a former recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from United Way and the Boys and Girls Club as well as the Hearts of Gold Award from the American Heart Association. He has been recognized as both The Arts Council and YMCA Volunteer of the Year. Randall is currently a member of Grace Episcopal Church, the Gainesville Kiwanis Club, The Arts Council, Salvation Army Advisory Board, the Northeastern Bar Association and State Bar of Georgia. He is a long-time supporter and volunteer of the Chamber and is a graduate of Leadership Hall County. Randall and his wife, Susan Henson Frost, have two grown children. Continued on page 10.

Business Link Volume 18 Issue 7 mcKemie West, editor • email: Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

2012-2013 executive Committee Chair, VISION 2030 Carl Romberg, Citisco meg Nivens, Executive Director

Chairman Randall Frost Stewart, Melvin & Frost

Vice Chair, Government Affairs David lee, Jackson EMC

Chairman Elect Dixie Truelove Truelove Dairy

Co-Chairs, HALLmark Vice Chair, Marketing and David Abee, Regions Bank Communications Jullie King, The Longstreet Clinic Perry Barnett, Rushton & Co. Paul Chambers, AT&T Vice Chair, Membership Senior Advisor Development Philip Wilheit, sr., Wilheit Jimbo Floyd, Turner Wood & Packaging Smith Insurance

Treasurer Jody lail, Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia Vice Chair, Economic Development Chris Braswell PB Property Management Vice Chair, Education elisabeth Baldwin BB&T Wealth Management

Vice Chair, South Hall Council Immediate Past Chairman Jay Jacobs, Jacobs Media Corp. Brian Cantel, Cantel Wealth Management President & CEO Kit Dunlap, Greater Hall Vice Chair, Community Chamber of Commerce Development Deborah mack, Volunteer

Board of Directors 2012-2013 emily Bagwell, Whelchel, Dunlap, Jarrard, Walker

Dr. Randy Pierce, Gainesville State College

William Bagwell, Jr., Homestead Investments

James Nix, Mayor, City of Clermont

Karen Baston, Sperry Van Ness

Tom oliver, Chairman, Hall Co. Commission

Col. James Benson, Riverside Military Academy

Tony Paramore, Gainesville Paint & Design

William H. Beyer, NEGA Heart Center

Bob Pennington, Willis Investment Counsel

Carol Burrell, NEGA Health System

larry Poole, Mayor, City of Gillsville

stacey Dickson, Lake Lanier CVB

spence Price, Prime Pak Foods

Danny Dunagan, Mayor City of Gainesville

Will schofield, Hall County Schools

Dr. merrianne Dyer, Gainesville City Schools

Dr. ed schrader, Brenau University

sam evans, City of Oakwood Councilman

Joyce stephens, United Community Bank

Andi Farmer, Milton Martin Honda

Dennis stockton, The Times

Kathy Fauscett, Keller Williams Realty

Grier Todd, Lake Lanier Islands Resort

Tony Funari, Mayor Pro-tem, Town of Braselton

milton Turner, Mayor, City of Lula

lance Gardner, Georgia Power

melissa Tymchuk, NEGA Health System

Rob Geoffroy, The Atlanta Falcons

Russell Vandiver, Lanier Technical College

John Geyer, J Geyer Advertising

Dr. mary Watkins, Watkins Chiropractic

mike Giles, Georgia Poultry Federation

Davis White, Full Media

Dr. Bonita Jacobs, North Georgia College & SU

Darrell Wiley, J&J Foods

Dr. John Kennedy, Lakeview Academy

Philip Wilheit, Jr., Wilheit Packaging Materials

mike miller, Mayor, City of Flowery Branch

Associate Directors 2012-2013 Phil Bonelli, Wells Fargo

Brian Hollis, Hollis Transport Agency

John Breakfield, Breakfield & Associates

lane Jones, Highland Mountain Beverage

Burton Brown, First Command Financial Planning

megan martin, American Security Shredding

Namon Collins, Allstate Insurance

Cindy Reed, Keep Hall Beautiful

Brett Fowler, Turner Wood & Smith

Charles White, Community Volunteer

Joy Griffin, United Way of Hall County

emily Whitehead, Milton Martin Toyota

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 Tate, Membership Coordinator Marketing & Communications Kemie West, Business Link Editor/Consultant Greater Hall Chamber Welcome Center Robin Halstead, Manager

Economic Development July 3, 2012 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce


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 Georgia Mountains region includes Banks, Dawson, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, and White counties.

Investment Opportunity Hall County and its municipalities will be better equipped with the transportation infrastructure to attract economic development and create jobs.

All money raised in the region will stay in the region.

Transportation Voter Referendum July 31, 2012 We may not get another chance to say “yes” to create jobs and improve our transportation network.

Key Points The regional project list was developed by local elected officials and will be voted and supervised by the public. 75% of all funds raised in the region will be spent on regional projects. 25% of all funds raised in the region will be returned directly to local jurisdictions. Hall County would receive approximately $360 million in total – a $1.45 return for every $1 raised.

GAINESVILLE-HALL COUNTY FACTS Shortfall: $1.3 billion over the next 30 years with the current Federal and State funding levels.

Growing Area: Over 200% increase in population and employment numbers by 2040.

Declining Gas Tax Revenues: Due to improved vehicle gas mileage and reduced vehicle miles traveled.

Project Highlights 1.

2. Regional Destination: For education, employment, tourism, and healthcare purposes.

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Economic Development: Opportunity to create jobs, improve quality of life, and take advantage of the ‘recipient’ status.

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

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from SR 53/Winder Highway to Gwinnett County Line. Widening of US 129/SR 11/Athens Highway from SR 323/Gillsville Highway to SR 323 in Jackson County. Widening of US 129/SR 11/Cleveland Highway from Nopone Road to White County Line. Widening of US 129/SR 11/Cleveland Highway from Limestone Pkwy to Nopone Road.

For additional information contact: Kit Dunlap, President/CEO, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce,, (770) 532-6206 For project information contact: Srikanth Yamala, Transportation Manager, Gainesville-Hall MPO,, (770) 531-6809

Gov. Deal, TSPLOST, continued from page 1

The 2012 TSPLOST is an opportunity for all Georgians to take control of their future by choosing to make significant investments in transportation projects that are vital both to the economy and quality of life throughout the state. With the upcoming vote on July 31 nearing, there are several misconceptions floating around about this one-penny sales tax.

Citizens have a choice. The regions that approve the ballot question will get to use the money for their own local and regional improvements. Those that turn down the investment opportunity may save pennies, but will miss an important opportunity to position for economic growth and the jobs and dollars that come with it.

FICTION: Money goes to GDOT in Atlanta and doesn't come back to the region. FACT: The GDOT never receives any money from the Transportation Improvement Act (TIA). All monies collected locally will be spent locally with NO exceptions. FICTION: The gas tax should be raised instead of the TIA. FACT: The gas tax is a declining source of revenue. As people drive more fuel efficient cars and buy less gas, less revenue is raised to support the existing network. A 25 cent/gallon increase in the gas tax would be required to match TIA. FICTION: TIA subsidizes MARTA and expensive transit projects. FACT: Outside Region 3 (Atlanta), no money is spent on MARTA. Some regions contain local transit projects (mostly bus service) selected by local elected officials. FICTION: We will endure economic damage and loses to local businesses. FACT: Every penny that is raised in the local regions will be spent on local projects with local oversight. Additional transportation funding will jump-start Georgia’s economy, provide more jobs in each region and make our roads safer. FICTION: Taking on these projects is dangerous and costly for our region. FACT: All of the projects have been scaled to meet the funds made available by the passing of the TSPLOST. These projects include vital transportation improvements that will help create jobs and increase economic investment in local communities. FICTION: The high increase of transportation spending is too excessive in light of the current recession. A tax increase is never the answer to an economic recovery. FACT: Despite our fast-growing population, Georgia spends less per capita on transportation than almost any other state. This is beginning to make our state less attractive to employers and is negatively impacting our quality of life as Georgians. An investment in transportation will generate jobs, foster economic development, and ensure safety on the roadways.

Why is this investment such an important step? First of all, this comes at a time when roads and bridges around the state need critical maintenance. Secondly, population growth has outstripped our investment in transportation infrastructure, and we must add capacity to catch up. As we seek to make Georgia more competitive economically, it is imperative that we have a highway system that promises business access to and from markets for both their people and products. Inadequate asphalt, system bottlenecks and the gridlock they create choke off economic activity. For more than 250 years, Georgians have understood the value of investment in transportation infrastructure. Today, leaders on the local level have risen to the task. Now it’s our turn. I urge voters to understand the importance of keeping Georgia connected, to learn more about the plans for improvements in your region, and to encourage others to support the plans. The ballot will ask Georgians to make a decisive investment in transportation. Regions that approve this investment will take a big step in the direction of securing Georgia’s economic future. For a list of projects, maps and detailed TSPLOST information for the Georgia Mountains Region, visit online:

FICTION: The project selections only benefit special interest groups. FACT: The projects were selected by local officials in a transparent process with public input. Projects were required to have a regional impact. All Georgians will see the benefit of these projects through safer roads and more jobs.

For more facts on Georgia's TSPLOST, visit online:

Transportation Update by GDOT The South Hall Business Coalition will meet on Tuesday, July 10 from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. at the Spout Springs Library in Flowery Branch. South Hall road projects plus the TSPLOST Referendum on July 31 will be discussed by Todd Long, Deputy Commissioner of GDOT; Bayne Smith, GDOT District 1 Engineer and Srikanth Yamala, Gainesville-Hall MPO. All South Hall citizens are encouraged to attend and learn the details on projects in the area including the 347 / Friendship Road and Spout Springs Road Widening Projects. The meeting is sponsored by Milton Martin Honda and WDUN AM-FM Radio. Cost is $5 per person, and the meeting is open to the public. Coffee and light breakfast available. Networking begins at 8:00 a.m. The program begins at 8:15 a.m. For reservations, contact Michelle Wiley at the Greater Hall Chamber, 770-532-6206. Email: Get all the details and make reservations for this and other Chamber events online at

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FICTION: There are no guarantees the projects will be built as stated. FACT: A Citizens Review Panel of five citizens will oversee the finances and construction in each region. Projects must be built as approved by voters in each region.

Economic Development

TSPLOST: Fact vs. Fiction


Meetings & Events

JULY 2012 Monday, July 9 Primary Election Early Voting Begins (TSPLOST Referendum is July 31) 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. – New Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road at McEver Road in Gainesville Tuesday, July 10 South Hall Business Coalition TSPLOST + 347 / Friendship Road & Spout Springs Road Widening Projects featuring Todd Long, Deputy Commissioner of GDOT; Bayne Smith, GDOT District 1 Engineer and Srikanth Yamala, Gainesville-Hall MPO 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. – Spout Springs Library in Flowery Branch Tuesday, July 10 Ambassadors Council 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. – Chamber Wednesday, July 11 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. – Chick-fil-A, 400 Pearl Nix Parkway in Gainesville Wednesday, July 11 Human Resources 11:45 a.m. – Luna's Restaurant in Downtown Gainesville Wednesday, July 18 Issues Committee 8:00 a.m. – Chamber

July 3, 2012 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Wednesday, July 18 Leads Group 11:30 a.m. – Turnstile Deli


Thursday, July 19 Chamber Executive Board 11:30 a.m. – Chamber

Friday, July 20 New Member Breakfast 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. – Featherbone Communiversity in Gainesville Wednesday, July 25 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. – BabyCakes Mini Cupcake Bakery & Lunch Café, 3575 McEver Road in Gainesville Tuesday, July 31 VOTE! Primary Election (TSPLOST Referendum is July 31) 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. – Polls Open NOTE: NO Chamber Board of Directors Meeting in July. The next Board meeting is Thursday, August 23, 12:00 p.m. at the Gainesville Civic Center.

AUGUST 2012 Tuesday, August 14 Small Business Success Seminar Identify, Compete, Win Government Contracts presented by Joe Beaulieu, Government Contract Counselor, Georgia Tech 7:45 a.m.-9:00 a.m. – Lanier Tech MDC at Featherbone Communiversity

South Hall Business Coalition Tuesday, July 10 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Spout Springs Library in Flowery Branch $5 per person • Open to the Public Sponsored by Milton Martin Honda and WDUN AM-FM Radio

South Hall Transportation Update: TSPLOST + 347 / Friendship Road & Spout Springs Road Widening Projects South Hall road projects plus the TSPLOST Referendum on July 31 will be discussed featuring Todd Long, Deputy Commissioner of GDOT; Bayne Smith, GDOT District 1 Engineer and Srikanth Yamala, Gainesville-Hall MPO. Michelle Wiley, 770-532-6206.

New Member Breakfast Friday, July 20 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Sponsored by Crystal Springs Featherbone Communiversity 999 Chestnut Street in Gainesville No Charge • Complimentary Breakfast New Chamber Members are invited to join Greater Hall Chamber officers and staff for an orientation and complimentary breakfast. Get the most of your membership... attend this function and learn the benefits and how to get involved. Reservations: Michelle Wiley, 770-532-6206. Email: Online:

Thursday, August 16 Business After Hours Sponsored by Budget Carpet Outlet & Gainesville Paint Design Center 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. – 662 Main Street in Midtown Gainesville Get details and make reservations for these and other Chamber events online at

2012-2013 Events Mark your calendar with these 2012-2013 Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Events. Specific times and locations TBD: Wednesday, October 10, 2012: 6th Annual HealthSmart Expo Wednesday, November 14, 2012: Annual Farm City Breakfast Thursday, December 13, 2012: Annual Eggs & Issues Legislative Forum Wednesday, January 23, 2013: Industry Appreciation Luncheon Friday, February 15, 2013: Annual Arbor Day Celebration Friday, February 22, 2013: Buy Local Business Expo Friday, April 12, 2013: 34th Annual Hacker's Holiday Golf Tournament Thursday, April 18. 2013: 6th Annual Chamber Chase 5K & Wellness Walk Thursday, May 9, 2013: 105th Greater Hall Chamber Annual Meeting & Gala

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Member Announcements July 3, 2012 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce


• Early voting for the Primary Election is July 9-27, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday at the Hall County Board of Elections and Voter Registration, 2875 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville. The office is also open on Saturday, July 21, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Polls are open on July 31 from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Details, 770-531-6945. • Former Chamber Board member and Atlanta Falcons Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Greg Beadles was recognized as the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2012 CFO of the Year in the community service category. He has been an executive officer with the Falcons for 11 years and with the club for 18 years, beginning his career in 1995 as an intern in the Falcons' finance department. • Hall County Parks & Leisure introduces a new volunteer program to Hall County residents. Parks are in need of community-minded individuals interested in helping beautify a local park. Details: Kelly Norman, Volunteer Coordinator, 770-535-8280 ext. 228 or email: • Grace Fricks, President and CEO of ACE, recently attended the White House Business Council and Business Forward event in Washington D.C. Fricks met with the business and civic leaders from Atlanta to discuss jobs, the economy and ways the Administration and the Atlanta Business Council can work together. • Nominations are now accepted for the Master Craftsman, Builders of America awards to be presented on November 1 at Featherbone Communiversity. The awards honor individuals who excel at their craft and have made a lasting impact on Northeast Georgia with their work. Nominations accepted in several trade categories. Deadline for nominations is July 24. For details, email Dr. Carroll Turner, Lanier Tech MDC: • Jim O’Dell, Safety Manager of Kipper Tool Company announced the company's milestone of 1,000 days without a Lost Workday injury case. • Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia announced veteran banker Mickey C. Hyder, Jr. has joined the mortgage services team, HeritageBank of the South, housed at Chattahoochee Bank in Gainesville. Hyder started Chase Mortgage Corporation in 1993, where he served as President for 19 years prior to joining HeritageBank’s Mortgage Di-

vision. Chattahoochee Bank announced Dr. D. J. Campbell, Aesthetic Center of Gainesville & Braselton, and Tony Herdener, CFO of Northeast Georgia Health System, have joined the bank's Advisory Board. • Pro View Foods founder B. Jan Cooley received prestigious designation from the Association for Corporate Growth’s Atlanta Chapter for global growth in revenue and employment. Cooley founded Kings Delight, 19872002, and started Pro View Foods in 2007, a food service poultry provider for schools, institutional, private label and commodity exports, operating three plants in Gainesville and Braselton and employing 350. • M3 Hotel Accounting of Gainesville provides solutions to over 3,000 properties, processing over $8 billion in financial transactions annually. Over the last year, M3 has seen adoption of their product lines increase exponentially in the U.S., and recently expanded service offerings to clients in Canada. • Gainesville Phoenix Woman’s Club's 4th Annual Luncheon is August 11 at the Frances Meadows Center, 11:00 am2pm with proceeds supporting “For Her Glory” Foundation, to preserve the dignity, self esteem, and sense of well-being of cancer survivors. Guest Speaker is Ginny McCormack, cooking instructor, speaker, food columnist and author of Sunday in the South. Tickets, $25. Brenda Martin, 770-536-4159. • Quinlan Visual Arts Center is having a summber membership drive. Join now and and enjoy invitations to all exhibition receptions, discounts on classes, and 100% tax deduction on dues. All new and renewing members will be entered into a drawing for a special gift basket. • To honor all that retiring president Martha Nesbitt has done fo Gainesville State College, the community and higher education, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia announced that the Academic IV Building has been officially renamed the Martha T. Nesbitt Academic Building. • AT&T has expanded its 4G LTE network in the metro Atlanta market, including service to Gainesville and Flowery Branch. The new service can deliver mobile Internet speeds as much as ten times quicker than 3G.



New Leadership Team, cont. from page 2 Chairman Elect Dixie Truelove is a native of Hall County and a second generation dairy farmer operating Truelove Dairy, Inc with her brother, Jerry. Dixie has served as Vice Chair of Government Affairs and community Development for the Chamber and has been involved with VISION 2030, SPLOST campaigns, and is a recipient of the W.G. Mealor Chairman's Award. She is a graduate of Leadership Hall County, Leadership Georgia, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Leadership Georgia. She is a past president of WomenSource and the Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County. Dixie and her husband, Mike Smith, reside in Clermont. President and CEO of the Greater Hall Chamber since 1998, Kit Dunlap has spearheaded several multi-million dollar private business initiatives such as HALLmark, that has funded successful economic, education and community development programs, VISION 2030 and the Chamber building renovation in Downtown Gainesville. Kit's leadership has guided the Chamber to solid ground with a membership base of 2,400 individuals and a professional staff of 12 people. A native of Jasper, Alabama and a Brenau College graduate, Kit is at the top of the industry among fellow Chamber executives and has a strong economic development background. She served on the Board of the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade & Tourism (Georgia Department of Economic Development) for 10 years and as chairman for two years. She is a founding member of the Gainesville-Hall County Economic Development Council and served as the council's first chairman in 1992. Kit is currently serving as co-chair of the Citizens for Better Transportation, Region 2, representing a 13-county area in North Georgia. The group's mission is to promote and support the TSPLOST Referendum on July 31. She is a Board member for the Northeast Georgia Medical Center, SunTrust Bank Northeast Georgia and on the Board of Trustees at Brenau University. She is a former Chairman of the Metro North Georgia Water Planning District Board and Vice President of the 1071 Coalition, dedicated to maintaining water levels in Lake Lanier that sustain water supply, recreation, and economic prosperity.

Business After Hours Dana Miller, Greater Hall Chamber Vice President Education; Event Sponsors Steve McKibbon and Robbie Robison, The Gardens; Rick Aiken, Executive Director, Humane Society of Northeast Georgia; Julie Edwards and Florence Aiken, Humane Society of Northeast Georgia.

The June Business After Hours was hosted by The Gardens, a 36-homesite community Gainesville neighborhood set within a forest sanctuary between Dixon Drive and Piedmont Road. The Gardens recently underwent a multi-million dollar redevelopment by McKibbon-Robison with an array of amenities including a swimming pool, pavilion and sidewalks. All proceeds from the event went to the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia. Don’t miss the next Business After Hours on Thursday, August 16 at Budget Carpet / Gainesville Paint & Design at 662 Main Street in Midtown Gainesville with food, drinks, networking, and a cash pot prize! $5 for members, $15 for non-members. Details: Michelle Wiley, 770-5326206. Email: Online:

Industry Roundtable

Ambassador Council Awards

Business Before Hours

The Ambassador Council's Quarterly Awards included 1st Place: Rosanne Short, Brenau University; 2nd Place: Megan Martin, American Security Shredding; 3rd Place: David Purvis, Breakfield & Associates; Ambassador of the Year: Bill Kokaly, Cox Communications; Ambassador Silver Shovel: Rosanne Short, Brenau University; New Ambassador of the Year: David Purvis, Breakfield & Associates; Chamber MVP: Charles White; Meeting Attendance Award: Andrea Brock, Turner, Wood & Smith Insurance; Ribbon Cutting Award: James Wright, Whelchel, Dunlap, Jarrad & Walker. The Ambassador Council is co-chaired by Andrea Brock, Turner, Wood & Smith, and Rosanne Short, Brenau. For more on the Ambassador Council or how to get involved, contact Membership Coordinator Kara Tate, 770-532-6206. Email:

(L-R): Chamber President & CEO Kit Dunlap with Jessica Gramling and Lisa Lassiter, Belk; Kirsten Boettcher and Mike Weinberger, Lakeshore Mall, at the Business Before Hours hosted Lakeshore Mall with breakfast catered by Panera Bread.

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Business After Hours at Wilson Orthodontics new office in Flowery Branch was a great success. Don't miss the next Business After Hours at Budget Carpet Outlet / Gainesville Paint Design Center on Main Street in Midtown Gainesville on Thursday, August 16 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. with the Cash Pot Prize and other great prizes! Details: Michelle Wiley, 770-532-6206. Email:

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Business After Hours

Membership Development

Chamber President & CEO Kit Dunlap with State Senator Butch Miller and Representatives Doug Collins, Emory Dunahoo and Carl Rogers at the Chamber's Industry Roundtable. Over 65 people attended the event sponsored by Jackson EMC.


Ribbon Cuttings

State Farm / Sheila Sanchez

Sheila and Fernando Sanchez, along with family and friends, cut a ribbon for the State Farm Insurance Agency. Sheila Sanchez and her vibrant team assists Gainesville and the surrounding community in obtaining the best value in all insurance and financial needs. 3030 McEver Road, Suite 110, Gainesville, GA 30504. 770-536-9400.

Woodmen of the World Chris Barnes, FICF, and Pat Frappampina, FICF CLF, cut ribbon for Woodmen of the World, a 122 year old fraternal, life insurance organization. The organization provides life, retirement and health solutions for families, seniors and businesses along with commonsense, simple solutions in our complicated economic environment. They have in excess of $10 billion in admitted assets and are A+ superior rated by A.M. Best. 525 Candler Street, Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-654-1256.

Skip Barber Racing School Jimmy Widjaja, Michael Culver, Kelly Pattison, Julie Soltis, Deborah Moon, and Christopher Shy cut ribbon at Skip Barber Racing School in Braselton, a leader in automotive education and entertainment for 37 years, moving countless alum up the professional motorsports ladder as well as making driving safer for thousands of people per year from across the country. Frequenting many world renowned tracks, Skip Barber Racing School hosts 5 arrive and drive race series per year in addition to driving schools, racing schools and corporate/private events. 5290 Winder Highway, Braselton, GA, 30548. 800-221-1131.

Kid's Dentistry of North Georgia Kid's Dentistry of North Georgia opened a second location at 7316 Spout Springs Road in Flowery Branch to serve the South Hall and surrounding areas. Dr. Ryan M. Vaughn is a board certified pediatric dentist on staff at both the Northeast Georgia Medical Center and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. 678450-7011.

July 3, 2012 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Ryan Hendrix State Farm Agency


Julie West, Matt Creel, Allison Sparrow, Lee Tankersley, Andrea and Ryan Hendrix cut ribbon at The Ryan Hendrix State Farm Agency in Flowery Branch, a full service insurance and financial services State Farm Agency. The agency's mission is to secure in the minds of our community, along with its friends and neighbors, that The Ryan Hendrix State Farm Agency exists to build long, standing relationships, manage risks, educate, and always be there whenever life happens. 7380 Spout Springs Road, Suite 110, Flowery Branch, GA 30542. 770-967-7789.

Thank You Chamber Sponsors ComTran Group • The Gardens • Georgia Power • Jackson EMC Jacobs Media Corporation • Lakeshore Mall • Milton Martin Honda Montara Farm • Northeast Georgia Health System United Community Bank • WDUN AM-FM Radio

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Welcome New Members Homestar Financial Shan Ryder 377 Shallowford Road Gainesville, GA 30504 (678) 971-4690 - Mortgage

BabyCakes Mini Cupcake Bakery & Floral Resia McFarland 3575 McEver Road Gainesville, GA 30504 (770) 536-7306 - Bakery and Florist

Inspired Real Estate Consulting, Inc. Nathan Schroeder 1032 Old Peachtree Road Suite 401-141 Lawrenceville, GA 30043 (404) 626-7877 - Consulting

Boyd's Cleaning Services, Inc. Kevin Boyd 794 Main Street Gainesville, GA 30501 (770) 536-5830 - Cleaning Service

Kid's Dentistry of North Georgia Ryan Vaughn 7316 Spout Springs Road Suite 102 Flowery Branch, GA 30542 (678) 450-7011 - Pediatric Dentist

Chris Brechtel 960 Chattahoochee Drive Gainesville, GA 30501 (678) 943-0801 - Individual Membership Catamount Constructors, Inc. Keith Johnson 10 Mansell Court East, Suite 150 Roswell, GA 30076 (770) 518-2522 - Construction Services

Madison Retail, LLC Sue East 3625 Cumberland Boulevard Suite 530 Atlanta, GA 30339 (770) 818-4130 - Real Estate

S.I Communications, AT&T Authorized Retailer Shabaz Gillani 4009 Winder Highway Suite 265 Flowery Branch, GA 30542 678) 989-0280 - Cellular Phones Select Pest Control Systems Jeff Blackwell 1786 Browns Bridge Road Gainesville, GA 30501 (770) 536-8837 - Pest Control Sport Clips David Wachendorfer 890C Dawsonville Highway Gainesville, GA 30501 (678) 267-3540 - Hair Salon

Turner Construction Andy Davis 3560 Lenox Road Suite 1100 Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 504-3706 - Construction Learn all the benefits of Chamber membership and join online at!

Chamber Leadership Programs

Youth Leadership Hall attended a day-long retreat at Montara Farm where the class participated in competitive activities. The class took part in graduation ceremonies, and Chamber Chair Jay Jacobs presented plaques to the 55 students. Thanks to Montara Farm for their generosity and to Georgia Power for sponsoring lunch.

Meet the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Membership Team – Michelle Wiley, Vice President of Membership Development, and Kara Matter Tate, Membership Coordinator. Michelle Wiley joined the Chamber in March 2007 as Membership Coordinator. Along with Kara, she guided one of the most successful membership campaigns in Michelle Wiley Kara Tate Chamber history in 2011 netting over 100 Vice President, Membership new members. She also implemented proMembership, Greater Coordinator, Greater fessional networking groups for members Hall Chamber Hall Chamber including the successful Leads Group and the growing South Hall Business Coalition. She manages membership recruitment and retention programs, Business After Hours, Hackers Holiday, the Annual Gala, Buy Local Business and HealthSmart Expos, the Chamber Chase 5K as well as the Marketing and Membership committees. Michelle is a Walton County native and a graduate of Brenau University. Michelle and her husband, Chris, a City of Gainesville Firefighter/EMT have one daughter. Kara Tate joined the Greater Hall Chamber staff as Membership Coordinator in 2011. A Lumpkin County native and graduate of North Georgia College & State University, Kara served as an intern with the Chamber in 2010. Kara oversees the Ambassador Council, new membership recruitment, Leads Group, Network Over Coffee, and ribbon cuttings. Kara also assists in membership retention efforts. She recently married Dustin Tate. To join the Chamber, call Kara, 770-532-6206.

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July 3, 2012 • An Advertising Supplement to The Times

The 2012-2013 Leadership Hall County Class kicked of their year at Northeast Georgia Health System and Laurelwood and ended the day at Beth Baldwin’s (Class of 2005) home for a social. Sponsored by NGHS and the Leadership Advisory Committee.

Chamber Staff Spotlight

Membership Development

Antebellum Nicholas St. Clair 5510 Church Street Flowery Branch, GA 30542 (509) 496-3576 - Restaurant


Key Economic Indicators

Biotrauma, Inc.

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Small Business Development


Greater Hall County Area Jobless Employment Rates Hall County

Gainesville City 7.5


Cherokee 7.1 Dawson 7


May 2012

6.9 Previous Month

12-Month High

Forsyth 6.6

July 2011



Gwinnett 7.6 Jackson 8.5 Ga Mountains 7.5 State of Georgia 8.9


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2012 Updated 6/27

Retail Sales


The Norton Agency Key Economic Indicators $ 208,524,188 2 columns 209,931,980 233,517,141 4.4167 x 10 Hall County


Latest May 2012

Previous Month

One Year Ago

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May 2011




Hall County retail sales figures are estimated from the 1% sales tax collected for Hall. For example, $11 million in tax revenue represents retail sales of approximately $100 million.

Participants at the Chamber's June NetWeaving Seminar included (L-R): Charlie Hawkins, Norton Insurance; Jeff Skorput, Gainesville Physical Therapy; Chamber Small Business Council Chair Doug Langman, TRC Staffing; Jean McCullough, Chamber Economic Development Project Manager. Stanley Swain, Church Nerds Productions.

The Chamber recently held its first NetWeaving Seminar. The program seeks to assist small business professionals in building a community of NetWeavers who share this same ‘give FIRST in order to receive’ philosophy. NetWeaving does not replace networking, but NetWeaving efforts will far out-perform those from more traditional networking. Learn more from Bob Littell, Chief NetWeaver, at netweaving. com. Don't miss the Small Business Success Seminar on August 14 as Joe Beaulieu, Government Contracting Counselor with the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center, discusses how to obtain a government contract. Jean McCullough, 770-5326206. Email: Online:


100’s millions of dollars

Biotrauma, Inc. was founded by Ryan Sawyer, a U.S. Marine who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. While in Iraq, Ryan was assigned to the Marines Mortuary Affairs division, where his unit became the first Marines ever trained to collect, catalogue and clean-up the dead in a foreign battle zone. In Iraq, the scope of his task grew into a humanitarian mission. His biohazard cleanup services were used to secure any dead body, friendly, enemy or innocent bystander. More than a necessity of war, Ryan’s job became imperative to the morale of fellow troops. Having recent battle scenes lay unattended could be disheartening to Biotrama Inc.'s Ryan Sawyer, President/CEO, and even the most battle-tested Deirdre Lohn, VP of Sales and Marketing. Marine, and Ryan saw the difference their service could make in the lives of others. After his tour of duty, Ryan wanted to use his training and experience as a Marine to help those back home who were facing the reality of a tragedy. He began Biotrauma with the mission to offer the most professional and efficient clean up of a violent or unattended death scene by restoring it to its original condition. As a result of their experience and professionalism, Biotrauma, Inc. has become a nationwide leader in biohazard cleanup methods in just a few short years. The growth has allowed Biotrauma to provide much needed services to families in need all over the Southeast. Biotrauma, Inc., 999 Chestnut Street, Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-256-6595.


Economic Development

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2012 Updated 6/27

Housing Permits Issued - Hall County Latest

May 31 Previous Month

One Year Ago

2011 Total

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2012 YTD

Area Permits May May Apr Total 2012 County 2012 2011 2012 2011 YTD Barrow 12 2 6 25 16 Dawson 3 4 1 34 9 Gwinnett 98 48 83 555 275 Forsyth 136 102 257 1,099 567 Jackson 2 2 1 22 6

Homes Sold and Closed and Average Price of Home Area City

May 2012

Avg May Price 2011

Avg Apr Price 2012

9 155,333 21 126,234


Avg Total Price 2011

Avg Total Price 2012

Avg Price

97,320 180 132,902 54 142,180


45 151,371 37 169,272

27 182,233 384


23 70,302 29 78,686 16 66,720 238

203,902 119 153,844


17 202,832 26 142,114

21 121,930 296 131,000 80 174,700


50 176,246 60 199,355

60 159,388 558

79,629 74 71,939 182,192 190 179,083 Updated 6/27

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

Tommy Howard 770-718-5204

The Norton Agency

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The TSPLOST vote is July 31, 2012. Vote early starting July 9th at the Hall County Elections Office in the new Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road at McEver Road in Gainesville. For a complete list of projects, maps and detailed TSPLOST information for the Georgia Mountains Region, visit online:

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July 3, 2012 • An Advertising Supplement to The Times

Gainesville City Employees awarded their first "You're the Reason Scholarship" to Alyssa Simms, a graduate of West Hall High School. The $1,000 scholarship was created to help the children of City employees and is funded by employee contributions. Alyssa will be attending Gainesville State College. (L-R): Myrtle Figueras, Gainesville City Council, Jason and Laura Simms (parents); Alyssa Simms; Ruth Bruner, Gainesville City Council; Dana Miller (Judge), Greater Hall Chamber; Bob Hamrick, Gainesville City Council; Nikki Young (Judge), Hall County Government.

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(L-R): Dr. Shane Rayburn, Oakwood Elementary Principal; students Zach Mullinax, Anthony Ferrara and Sammy Shepard; Chamber Vice President of Education Dana Miller; Dr. Eloise Barron, Hall County Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning; Partner in Education Representative Greg Davis, Atmos Energy. Oakwood Elementary School recently hosted their 1st Annual Leadership Day with guests from Cobb County, Atlanta City and Fulton County Schools, Lovett, several out of state schools, Partners in Education representatives, state and Chamber officials. “Leadership Day” events are held by elementary schools going through The Leader in Me process – opening their doors to the community for a one-half day for students to showcase their leadership skills, staff to share successes, and highlights of the leadership philosophy driving the culture of the school.


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Upcoming Chamber Events Small Business MarketingCoalition Workshop South Hall Business Tuesday, February Tuesday, July 1014 Marketing TSPLOST + 347Trends / Friendship Presented by Gordon Sawyer Road & Spout Springs Road 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. – The Oaks at Widening Projects featuring Todd Lanier Charter Career Academy

Long, Deputy Commissioner of GDOT; Bayne Smith, Business After HoursGDOT DistrictThursday, 1 Engineer and Srikanth February 16 Yamala,5:00 Gainesville-Hall - 7:00 p.m. MPO 8:00 a.m.Restaurant - 9:00 a.m. Luna's 200Springs Main Street Spout Library Hunt Tower in Downtown Gainesville in Flowery Branch

ArborBusiness Day Celebration Small Seminar Friday, February Tuesday, August1714 10:00 a.m. and Win Identify, Compete Frances Meadows Center Government Contracts Presented by Joe Beaulieu Safe & Green Regional Assembly Government Contract Counselor Friday, February 24 Georgia Tech- 12:00 Procurement 8:00 a.m. p.m. Assistance Center Georgia Mountains Center 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Lanier Manufacturing AnnualTech's Transportation Forum Wednesday, March 14at Development Center 11:30 a.m.Communiversity - 1:00 p.m. Featherbone Gainesville State College


Job Fair andAfter Career Expo Business Hours Wednesday,August March 28 Thursday, 16 10:00p.m. a.m. -- 7:00 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Georgia Center BudgetMountains Carpet Outlet


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