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What does the Chamber do and why join? The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce continues to focus on its members with ongoing benefits and opportunities. With a staff of 12 professionals and dozens of volunteers, we continue to seek ways to provide you with tools to survive and thrive and make your business more viable. The Chamber provides services designed to help members meet their business goals. We offer networking and educational opportunities, leadership development and ways to increase the visibility of your business.

Economic Development Report pages 4 - 5 Upcoming Events page 6 Member Announcements page 10 Ribbon Cuttings page 12 Small Business of the Month page 13 New Members page 13 New Member Campaign page 14

The Chamber is actively involved in the area, representing Gainesville-Hall County and the business community at the local and state level. We are active in local politics; advocating on the issues that govern our business climate and affect our quality of life. Since 1908, the Chamber has been the "voice of business" and on the forefront of change in our community. We believe the business community has a responsibility to provide for future generations; and we pride ourselves on leading with integrity, vision and action. Through programs like VISION 2030, the Chamber is committed to helping our members achieve business success while fostering our quality of life. Kit Dunlap

President & CEO, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Economic and Workforce Development The Chamber's first objective is to create jobs. Our staff and volunteers focus on both bringing in new industry, businesses and retail development and on assisting and expanding our existing industries. Education and leadership programs like Leadership Hall, Youth Mentoring and Partners in Education are building a viable workforce. Small Business Benefits The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce strives to support our small business community. Small Business Success Seminars, the South Hall

Save the Date Tuesday, August 16 Small Business Success Seminar Thursday, August 18 Business After Hours Tuesday, August 30 South Hall Business Coalition

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Business Coalition, Human Resource Council and ongoing workshops and forums help keep our members informed. Working in collaboration with Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Chamber created a partnership to provide our members with an exclusive program offering better access to a wide-range of health insurance. Workplace initiatives like Drugs Don't Work, with workers compensation insurance savings, are providing bottom line value and allowing businesses to remain competitive. Connect – Communicate – Promote Using new Greater Hall Chamber Chairman Jay Jacobs' motto – Connect, Communicate, Promote – the Chamber offers dozens of networking events annually to connect members to the people who can help their business succeed. From monthly Business After Hours to the Annual Eggs & Issues Breakfast, the Chamber sets the stage to build relationships. The Chamber also helps businesses by offering strategic marketing opportunities to help members reach their target audiences. Print, Direct Mail, Sponsorships Opportunities, Expos, Job Fairs, Ribbon Cuttings – whatever your goals, we have an opportunity for you. Get Involved. Give Back. Get Results. If you're not a Chamber member, join during the membership campaign that kicks off on August 18 with special incentives. Details: Chamber Membership VP Michelle Wiley, 770-532-6206. Email: mwiley@ghcc.com

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Take Advantage of Your Membership Are you taking advantage of your membership privileges? Chamber President/CEO Kit Dunlap's front page article of the Business Link lists a few of the many valuable assets included in your Chamber membership. Yet, the advantages of membership go much deeper. As business professionals, we often have hectic schedules. Through the ongoing work of Chamber staff and volunteers, we strive to keep you informed of current employment regulation changes, insurance issues and developments that directly affect your business. We are on top of the political climate in the community along with state, local, federal new and proposed laws and regulations and how they can affect your business.

Jay Jacobs Jacobs Media Corporation Chairman, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Hall Chamber is staffed with highly qualified professionals to assist you with a number of business needs. The staff provides services for you to utilize to meet your business goals and growth strategies. Assistance is only a phone call or email away. You may be wondering who to contact for specific questions or topics. Look at the list below and find helpful information to increase your business potential.

Economic Development Do you have a new business venture or know of a client or vendor looking to relocate to the Gainesville-Hall County area? Contact Tim Evans, VP, Economic Development (tim@ghcc.com). Is your business expanding, do you have a specific issue with human resources? Are you interested in starting a Drugs Don’t Work program at your workplace? Contact Shelley Davis, VP, Existing Industry (sdavis@ ghcc.com). Does your company need a wellness program? Need small business development assistance? Contact Jean McCullough, Project Manager (jean@ghcc.com). Education and Workforce Development Is your business a Partner in Education, involved in the Youth Apprentice Program or would you be willing to serve as a mentor to a student? Contact Dana Miller, VP, Education (dmiller@ghcc.com) Membership Development Are you a Chamber member? If not, see Special Incentives on page 14, and join during the Membership Campaign now through September 30. Contact Michelle Wiley, VP, Membership Development (mwiley@ghcc.com) or Membership Coordinator Kara Matter (kmatter@ghcc.com).

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Community Development Is your business interested in receiving a Beautification Award or becoming involved in Agribusiness promotion? Contact Robin Halstead, VP, Community Development (rhalstead@ghc.com)

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VISION 2030 Are you interested in playing a part in our future through VISION 2030? Participating in Greenspace initiatives, public art and community sidewalk planning? Contact Meg Nivens, Executive Director, VISION 2030 (mnivens@vision2030.org) We are striving to better connect to you and provide the highest quality of membership and business services. The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce is prepared and ready to help you and your business and make the most of your membership. Give us a call, 770-532-6206, or shoot us an email today!

Board Opens Meetings to Chamber Members Greater Hall Chamber Chairman Jay Jacobs, Jacobs Media, is making true his commitment to connect, communicate and promote the membership. Chamber Board of Directors luncheon meetings are now open (space limited) 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. The Board meets from 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Gainesville Civic Center. Cost is $12 per person. If you are interested in learning more about the inner workings of the Chamber and networking with Chamber leadership, attend a Board meeting and get involved! Upcoming meetings are Thursday, August 25 and Thursday, September 22. Reservations required. Space limited. Contact Joy Sims at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, 770-532-6206. Email: jsims@ghcc.com

Business Link Volume 17 Issue 8 mcKemie West, editor • email: kwest@ghcc.com greaterhallchamber.com 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, Williams & Miles, P.A. The Simpson Company 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 Council

Carol Burrell, NEGA Health System

larry Poole, Mayor, City of Gillsville

Ruth Bruner, Mayor, City of Gainesville

Terry Roberts, Lake Lanier CVB

Brian Cantel, Cantel Wealth Management

Will schofield, Hall County Schools

Bob Coleman, Coleman & Chambers

Dr. ed schrader, Brenau University

lance Compton, Red Clay Interactive

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

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

Kelly lee, Wells Fargo Advisors

Associate Directors 2011-2012 Julie Nicholson, Community Bank & Trust

Karen Baston, Sperry Van Ness Jimmy Hernandez, Milton Martin Toyota

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

Jody Nelson, Georgia Power

Carla Walker, Whelchel, Dunlap, Jarrard, Walker

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

South Hall Council Kit Dunlap, President/CEO Joy sims, Executive Assistant

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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2011 Economic Development Report

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Gainesville-Hall County continues to be a destination for small businesses, professional service firms and multi-national industries. In 2010-2011, 34 new and expanded industries created 1140 jobs, retained 780 existing jobs and generated $249 million in capital investment for Gainesville-Hall County. Global firms expanding their North American business include ZF, Yazaki, GMI, ElringKlinger, Kubota, Atex, and IMS Gear. The Gainesville-Hall County Economic Development Council reports a 60% increase in jobs and double the investment over 2009. Gainesville-Hall County continues to have a strong and highly diversified business community. New and developing business/industrial parks in Hall County include Gainesville Business Park, North Gate Retail and Business Park, Gateway Industrial Centre, Glade Farm and Mountain View Business Park in Lula. Gainesville-Hall County has experienced 29% population growth from 2000-2010. In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau identified the Gainesville-Hall County MSA as the third-fastest growing metropolitan area in the United States and the fastest growing in Georgia. The 2011 estimated population of Gainesville-Hall County is 184,894. In addition to its role as an employment center, Gainesville-Hall County is a hub for high-quality professional and medical services for a 14-county region of Northeast Georgia. Medical services are a fast growth sector for the local economy, and the Northeast Georgia Medical Center again ranked #1 in Georgia, and in the top 5% in the nation, for heart care (2006-2011) according to HealthGrades®.

• A pedestrian bridge connecting Gainesville’s Downtown to Midtown will be completed in fall 2011 and developers have plans to construct a 13-story hotel, six-level parking garage and two nine-story office buildings in midtown. • Midtown Gainesville will be redeveloped with the help of a TAD (Tax Allocation District) and an Opportunity Zone. • The cities of Flowery Branch and Oakwood are redeveloping their downtown areas with approved Tax Allocation District designations. Both cities are planning for future growth around the developing Thurmond Tanner Parkway corridor. • A June 2011 report by the University of Georgia shows North Georgia College & State University made a regional economic impact of over $230 million and accounted for 2,462 jobs in a six-county area in 2010. • Lanier Technical College's Manufacturing Development Center (MDC), a public/ private partnership housed at Featherbone Communiversity, had seven businesses graduate and is currently assisting 10 start-up manufacturing companies. • Three Hall County institutions – Brenau University, Gainesville State College and Lanier Technical College – are at record enrollment and at full capacity with a combined enrollment of more than 16,000 students.

• King’s Hawaiian is opening a 111,000-square-foot bakery and distribution center in fall 2011 at Oakwood South Industrial Park and will employ 126 people.

• Brenau University added a Doctoral Degree in the Department of Nursing, now located at the Featherbone Communiversity Campus. The Nursing Program currently has more than 350 undergraduate and graduate students. The annual impact of Brenau University on the Georgia economy totals $63.1 million and 753 jobs.

• ZF Wind Power is investing $100 million in a 250,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and division headquarters in Gainesville Business Park, creating 215 new jobs. ZF Group was named “Georgia Manufacturer of the Year 2011” by Governor Nathan Deal.

• Gainesville State College has a new, five-story, 130,000-square-foot academic building in Oakwood, and the campus has the fastest growing enrollment in the University System of Georgia. The economic impact of Gainesville State College in 2010 reached $204 million and generated 2,254 full- and part-time jobs.

• Skip Barber Racing School is moving its offices to Hall County, joining the school’s existing base location at Road Atlanta.

• 72 new physicians joined the staff at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in 2011. Over 500 physicians representing more than 50 specialties are now on staff.

• ProCare Rx is developing an $18 million operations center at I-985 Exit 20 that will ultimately create 180 jobs and add to the established base of pharmaceutical companies in Gainesville-Hall County.

• Over 150,000 square feet of new medical space has been added in Gainesville and Hall County in the last year.

More 2010-2011 Economic Development Highlights:

• A 700,000-square-foot New Holland Market Retail and Commercial complex is planned by Carolina Holdings near Exit 24 on I-985, at the intersection of Limestone and Jesse Jewell Parkways in Gainesville. • Flowery Branch has a newly developed retail corridor on Spout Springs Road with over 500,000-square-feet of retail space. • New retail developments include Michael’s, Ulta, Bed Bath & Beyond, Lowe's, The Children’s Place, Aldi and Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft. Beechwood Crossing Shopping Center on Highway 53 in Gainesville was announced in late 2010 and is anchored by Olive Garden and Cheddar's restaurants. • Lake Sidney Lanier remains a multi-purpose lake that provides flood protection, power production, water supply and recreation for 7.5 million visitors annually. • The $240 million Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for infrastructure projects includes public works, water and sewer, building construction, parks, courthouse and administration, fire and EMS, and City of Gainesville projects. • Thurmond Tanner Parkway Phase III will provide a parallel access road to connect exits 12, 16 and 17 on I-985. • Sewer planned for Highway 365 is under development with funding from SPLOST.

• Lake Lanier Islands completed Lanier World and Phase II of its investment in the world-class resort featuring Legacy Lodge Hotel and Conference Center, golf course improvements, harbor development, and a health spa on the shores of Lake Lanier. • The Lake Lanier Olympic Center, home to the 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games, continues to host many international rowing and canoe/kayak events, including the USA Canoe Kayak National Championships in August 2011. • Road Atlanta, a 2.54-mile International Grand Prix course, attracts over 320,000 visitors annually. Road Atlanta will host the 14th Petit Le Mans in fall 2011. • Smithgall Woodland Garden, a 185-acre preserve in the Gainesville and a part of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, is in the midst of a $10 million program to develop the garden with a visitor’s center, children’s garden, amphitheater and pavilions. For more information, contact Tim Evans, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Economic Development, 770-532-6206. Email: tim@ghcc.com

Visit the Greater Hall Chamber online at greaterhallchamber.com for the full 2011 Economic Development Report.


Gainesville-Hall County Newgeography.com ranks Gainesville, Georgia in the “Best 100 Cities in the U.S. for Job Growth” in the June 2011 report. Forbes Magazine has rated Gainesville one of the “Best Small Places for Business & Careers” for three consecutive years. The Milken Institute ranked the Gainesville-Hall County MSA in the “Best Small Metro Areas” based on job and salary growth for the past three consecutive years. Inside Business Reports, hosted by Fred Thompson, featured Gainesville-Hall County as one of the top growing communities in America in a televised business report in 2010.

Trenton Systems

Computer hardware from Gainesvillebased Trenton Systems finds its way deep under the ocean in submarines, airborne, in ground vehicles, on video display walls in factory control rooms and in military command and control centers. Trenton Systems, headquartered in Gainesville since 1993, employs 25 people dedicated to engineering and integrating robust industrial computing system solutions. Trenton single board computers, backplanes, embedded motherboards and computer systems have branched out into rugged military computers like the rackmount systems installed in the latest version of the RC-135W Rivet Joint surveillance aircraft. Ever diversifying, Trenton's video display wall controllers represent the company’s newest product offerings. "Our customers have come to rely on Trenton’s long heritage of providing customer-driven products, services and systems that deliver performance, precision and stability over extended system deployment cycles," said Michael Bowling, President of Trenton Systems.

A 2011 CBS Money Watch story named Gainesville-Hall County as one of the nation’s biggest winners in home value appreciation. The Civic Economics Indie City Index ranked Gainesville-Hall County 10 in the nation for independent retailer activity and recirculation of dollars within the community. AARP The Magazine's July 24, 2011 issue named Gainesville as a Best Places 2011 in its "10 Affordable Cities for Retirement."

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Trenton continues to thrive in Gainesville-Hall County and completed an expansion in 2009 adding 8,000 square feet to include the assembly of a systems box. 2350 Centennial Drive, Gainesville GA, 30504. 770-287-3100. trentontechnology.com

Relocate America named Gainesville-Hall County among its “Top 100 Places to Live” in 2009.

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Where to Retire Magazine named Gainesville one of “America’s Best Low-Tax Retirement Towns” in the January/February 2008 issue.

Medical Economics, a physician’s monthly publication, named Gainesville one of its best places for physicians to practice medicine in the May 2007 issue. The Northeast Georgia Medical Center has been ranked #1 in Georgia, and in the top 5% in the nation, for heart care six years in a row according to HealthGrades®. The Northeast Georgia Medical Center was named a 100 Top Hospitals® National Winner in 2009 by Thomson Reuters. The Northeast Georgia Health System was named of one of Metro Atlanta’s Top 100 Workplaces by the Atlanta Journal Constitution for 2011. Three physician groups based in Gainesville-Hall County – The Longstreet Clinic, the Northeast Georgia Physicians Group and the Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic – are listed in Atlanta’s “Top 25 Physician Group Practices” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. For more information and the full 2011 Economic Development Report, visit the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce online at greaterhallchamber.com

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Meetings & Events August 2, 2011 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

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August 2011 Wednesday, August 3 Leads Group 11:30 a.m. – Turnstile Deli

Thursday, August 18 Chamber Executive Committee 11:30 a.m. – Chamber

Wednesday, August 3 Healthcare Committee 8:00 a.m. – Chamber

Thursday, August 18 Business After Hours & Tailgate Party Catered by The Varsity! 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. – McGarity's Business Products, located at 870 Grove Street in Gainesville

Tuesday, August 9 Ambassadors Council 3:45 p.m. – Scott's on the Square Wednesday, August 10 Network Over Coffee 8:30-9:30 a.m. – Longstreet Cafe Wednesday, August 10 Human Resource Council 11:45 a.m. – Luna's Restaurant

Tuesday, August 23 Youth Leadership Hall Kickoff 4:30-6:30 p.m. – Gainesville Civic Center Wednesday, August 24 Network Over Coffee 8:30-9:30 a.m. – The Oaks at Lanier Career Charter Academy

Thursday, August 11 Leadership Hall County Lake Program Thursday, August 25 8:00 a.m. – Clarks Bridge Park Chamber Board of Directors 12:00 p.m. – Gainesville Civic Center Tuesday, August 16 Small Business Success Seminar Friday, August 26 Tax Saving Strategies for Small Business Environmental Health & Safety Presented by R. Josh Crisp, CPA 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. – Chamber 7:45 a.m -9:00 a.m. - Chamber Tuesday, August 30 Tuesday, August 16 South Hall Business Coalition VISION 2030 Executive Committee South Hall Economic Development Update 11:30 a.m. – Chamber Presented by Tim Evans, VP, Economic Development, Greater Hall Chamber Wednesday, August 17 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. – Royal Lakes Golf & Issues Committee Country Club in Flowery Branch 8:00 a.m. - Chamber Get details on these and other Chamber Wednesday, August 17 events and register for events online: Leads Group greaterhallchamber.com 11:30 a.m. – Turnstile Deli

Chamber Events Friday, September 16, 2011: Business Before Hours 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. – Gainesville Paint & Decorating / Budget Carpet Outlet Tuesday, October 25, 2011: South Hall Marketing Workshop Sponsored by AT&T 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. – Spout Springs Library in Flowery Branch Thursday, November 17, 2011: Holiday Business After Hours & Open House Sponsored by Main Street Gainesville Featuring Open Houses, Food, Drink, Santa and more! 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. – On the Square in Downtown Gainesville

Small Business Success Seminar Tuesday, August 16 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Sponsored by Jacobs Media Corporation and United Community Bank Free for Members; $15 Non-Members

Tax Saving Strategies for Small Business Learn about current tax law changes and the impact on small businesses. Get the details on depreciation and capitalization, domestic product deduction, inventory change and retirement planning rules. Buford-based Josh Crisp and RJC CPAs specialize in accounting, tax advisory and consulting services for small and medium sized businesses. rjccpallc.com Details: Jean McCullough, 770-532-6206. Email: jean@ghcc.com

Business After Hours Thursday, August 18 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by McGarity's Business Products 870 Grove Street in Gainesville $5 Chamber Members • $15 Non-Members • Cash Pot Prize!

Annual Tailgate Party with The Varsity! What'll ya have... What'll ya have? How about some furniture and french fries? Join us at the McGarity's office furniture showroom in Gainesville for fun and networking with food catered by the Varsity! Details: Michelle Wiley, 770-532-6206. Email: mwiley@ghcc.com

South Hall Business Coalition Tuesday, August 30 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Royal Lakes Golf & Country Club in Flowery Branch Sponsored by Milton Martin Honda and WDUN Radio $5 Chamber Members • $15 Non-Members

South Hall Economic Development Update Presented by Tim Evans Greater Hall Chamber VP of Economic Development Reservations required. Michelle Wiley, 770-532-6206. Email mwiley@ghcc.com Make reservations for this and other Chamber events online: greaterhallchamber.com

HealthSmart Expo 2011 Wednesday, October 12 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. – Kickoff Breakfast 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. – Wellness Expo Georgia Mountains Center in Downtown Gainesville Breakfast: $10 Chamber Members; $15 Non-Members Wellness Expo: FREE and Open to the Public Sponsorship opportunities and exhibit space now available for the Chamber's 5th Annual HealthSmart Wellness Expo. Breakfast will feature former NFL player and motivational speaker Dave Hubbard and presentation of the 2011 Most Fit Company Awards. Free health screenings at the Expo. Michelle Wiley, 770-532-6206. Email: mwiley@ghcc.com


Moore’s Wealth Management Client Appreciation Dinner Held at the Chattahoochee Country Club

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cott Moore, founder and senior advisor of Moore’s Wealth Management, has been in the financial services industry for over 20 years and has developed 100’s of clients throughout the Southeast. He has a low-risk, safe & secure philosophy toward managing his client’s retirement assets while providing a reasonable 6-7% annualized rate of return over 5-10-15 years with some of the finest Private Wealth Managers in the country. Because of this philosophy, Moore’s Wealth Management is adding 50-60 clients/yr to their family owned and family run financial services business. Scott was a mutual fund broker with one of the largest investment firms on Wall Street for almost 17 years before

becoming an independent fiduciary advisor about three years ago. Having been on both sides of the profession, he can quickly analyze a client’s retirement portfolio to determine if it was designed for their best interest or the best interest of their financial professional.

assets from nursing home costs. Scott’s offices are located in Alpharetta and Gainesville, Georgia, where he and his two older sons, Chris and Brian, enjoy serving others in their growing financial family business. Scott and his wife of 30 years, Carla, have five children ranging in age from 17 to 29 and three wonderful As a fiduciary, Scott is held to a much grandchildren. In his spare time, Scott enjoys spending time with his family higher professional standard than a typical broker. He has been nationally and attending automotive enthusiast recognized as an “Ed Slott Master Elite events as well as restoring classic cars. Scott and his wife, Carla, also love to IRA Advisor” where there are fewer cruise the Georgia Mountains on their than 260 members across the nation. motorcycle. He is a skilled financial professional who utilizes the latest estate planning For more information on how Scott and investment techniques to design and implement personalized strategies may be able to serve you and your family, please call one of our offices at that can help reduce financial risk, lower taxes, avoid probate, and protect (770) 535-5000 or (678) 566-3590.

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oore’s Wealth Management held their 2nd Annual Client Appreciation Dinner on July 19th at the beautiful Chattahoochee Country Club. There were over 100 clients and guests in attendance and it was an evening of live music, dancing, great food and fabulous door prizes.

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i already Work With a financial representative Why do i need to see scott?

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hoW do i schedule a time to visit With scott? • You may schedule a time to visit by calling our Gainesville office at 770535-5000 or our Alpharetta office at 678-566-3590. What are the office hours? • By appointment. • We are normally available Monday – Friday, 9:00 – 5:00 What are my obligations for my free face-to-face visit?

• There is absolutely no charge or obligation. • Your first visit is designed to answer your questions, give you ample information to decide if we can help you, and that’s it. • You decide if you want to meet us again, and there is NEVER A FEE FOR OUR TIME!

Locations: 210 Washington St., NW • Suite 106 Gainesville, GA 30501 12600 Deerfield Pkwy • Suite 100 Alpharetta, GA 30004 www.mooreswealthmanagement.com

What is the charge for subsequent meetings? • There is NEVER any charge for our time. • Different programs have different fee structures, all of which we will help you fully understand before proceeding. What should I brIng to the face-to-face meetIng?

The following items would be helpful, if you wish to bring them: • Your latest financial statements such as: Mutual funds, CD’s, Life Insurance policies, annuity policies, retirement accounts (IRA, 401K, TSA, 403B, etc.) [Please bring your statements not just a spreadsheet] •Wills and Trusts • A copy of your most recent Federal Income Tax Return • An estimate of your annual expenses • Any questions you may want to write down for discussion

What happens during the face-to-face meeting? • This is YOUR hour. WE will answer and address any questions you may have. • By reviewing your information, Scott will better understand your financial concerns and can then provide recommendations. • At the close of the hour, you will decide if you want to meet again.


Member Announcements August 2, 2011 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

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• Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia is collaborating with Heritage Bank of the South, a community bank formed in 1955 in Albany, to expand mortgage services in the region. Gainesville mortgage veterans, Nancy Greeson, Karen Widner and Kerry Farmer will be employed by Heritage Bank and housed in the Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia location on E. E. Butler Parkway in Gainesville. chattahoocheebank.com • WomenSource, founded in 2008 by the Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County, North Georgia Community Foundation and United Way of Hall County, continues its health series with Battle of the Bulge; Middle Age Weight Gain on August 9, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Brenau at Featherbone Communiversity. Free! Linda Rucker Hutchens and Ella J. Wilmont Smith, authors of Black America Series: Hall County, Georgia, will be speakers at the August 4 Brown Bag Lunch at the Frances Meadows Center. 770-503-9060. womensource.info • With an ongoing commitment to the community and future workforce, Cargill gave $10,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County to support educational programs and improving academic success. The club serves 4,000 youth in three locations in Hall County. boysgirlsclubs.com • The Georgia Mountain Food Bank's 5th Annual Empty Bowl Lunch is September 15 at First Baptist Church. Lunch is served in hand-made bowls to remind guests of hunger issues in our community. Visit INK and design, create and paint bowls for the event. 770-536-1900. inkfun.org. • Eagle Carpet Care of Gainesville is collecting food for the Georgia Mountain Food Bank from residential customers. To increase awareness and education about the need for donations, Eagle invites others to participate in a competition to see who can collect the most peanut butter, tuna fish and shelf stable milk. Details, Cathy LaRocco, 678-714-0445. gamountainfoodbank.org • Founders of Lanier Village Estates were honored with the dedication of a new Founders Garden in celebration of the facility's 10th anniversary. Founding members include Lynda Askew, Jean and Lon Fockele, Gerald Fulks, Henry Jennings Jr. MD, Frank Norton, Jr., Leonard Parks, John Smith, Eula Pearce Sommer, George Stump, Tracy Vardeman, Max Ward, Rich White,

Jane Eve Wilheit and Joe Wood. Lanier Village is among only a small number of accredited CCRCs nationwide to receive the senior industry’s mark of excellence for service, care and financial stability. actsretirement.org • Clay Pilgrim of Rushton & Company, has been elected President of the regional chapter of the Georgia Society of CPAs. Pilgrim is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a specialist in financial forensics. rushtonandcompany.com • In a report by the U.S. Department of Education, Gainesville State College (GSC) was included in the public, 4-year sector with lowest tuition and required fees for the 2009-2010 academic year. With tuition and fees of $2,448, GSC is well below the national average of $6,397. gsc.edu • The Gainesville City Council appointed new members to the Main Street Gainesville Advisory Board: Derrick Case, owner, Dress Up Boutique; Brett Fowler, an agent at Turner, Wood and Smith Insurance; DeAnna Browne, operations/finance administrator at United Way of Hall County; Amanda McClure, executive director, Quinlan Visual Arts Center. gainesville.org • Kris Nordholz, CEO of Full Media, announces the company's relocation to 393 Green Street in Gainesville. The website design and internet marketing firm was founded in 2008 with four employees. Full Media now employs 14 with a second office in Chattanooga, Tennessee. fullmedia.com • Tanya Applebaum worked for Junior Achievement (JA) for 16 years and retired in July. Lee Highsmith, most recently with Challenged Child and Friends, has taken the position. Lee has a background in education, formerly served on the Gainesville City School Board and as an instructor for Junior Achievement. georgia.ja.org • Vicki Wineland is Gainesville's new Tourism and Trade Manager. Wineland most recently worked for Soque River Mills as Marketing Director for the Old Clarkesville Mill for 12 years. gainesville.org • Managing Partner Frank Henry of Henry & Company, LLC, announces their 30th Anniversary. Founded in 1981, the CPA firm now serves over 600 clients, providing full service accounting based on personal attention with tax planning and preparation and many other accounting and financial services. henryandcompany.com

• The American Institute of Graphic Arts Atlanta chapter and the International Academy of Visual Arts recently honored Red Clay Interactive, a Gainesville-based digital marketing and web design agency, for creative excellence in website design. Four Red Clay projects won awards, including Riverbend Baptist Church and the Georgia Chamber. redclayinteractive.com • The Hall County Board of Commissioners appointed Hall County Planning Director Randy Knighton as County Administrator. An employee with Hall County since 2002, Knighton has 18 years of experience in planning and previously worked for the Orange County and Orlando Planning Departments in Florida. hallcounty.org • United Way of Hall County and local Publix Super Markets are partnering to collect school supplies for students in Hall County, grades K-12. The drive runs through August 14, and supplies can be dropped off at the United Way office, 527 Oak Street in Gainesville or several other locations. Details: 678-989-5333 or email: jgriffin@unitedwayhallcounty.org. • Joe Atkinson was named community bank president for Wells Fargo's Greater Georgia North region which includes 29 branches in Gainesville, Athens, Dalton and Rome. Atkinson has 27 years of experience in financial services and relocated to Georgia from Texas, where he was district manager. Wells Fargo was named United Way's 2010 largest workplace community supporter in the nation. Wells Fargo team members pledged $38 million through their annual campaign. Along with financial support, more than 39,000 Wells Fargo team members volunteered 1.3 million hours in 2010. wellsfargo.com • The Greater Hall Chamber's 2011 Wage & Benefit Survey helps local employers remain competitive in both wages and benefits and provides 70 job summaries from 56 employers with average wage rates, pay practices and benefits. Cost is $30 Chamber members; $50 non-members. Shelley Davis, 770-532-6206 x 108. Email: sdavis@ ghcc.com. greaterhallchamber.com • Chad Payne was named Gainesville's new fire marshal. Payne started his career as a firefighter in the U.S. Navy, attended Lanier Technical College and the Georgia Regional Police Academy and served as a reserve deputy with the Hall County Sheriff's Office. Most

recently, Payne served as a lieutenant with the Hall County Fire Services as a fire inspector and arson investigator. gainesville.org • Congratulations to University of Georgia Alumni Association "40 under 40" recipients Lance Compton, Red Clay Interactive, and Billy Skaggs, former Hall County Extension Agent and current chief operating officer of the Georgia Department of Agriculture. The program honors alumni under 40 years of age for business, leadership, community, educational or philanthropic endeavors. alumni.uga.edu • Chip Morris of Landscape Management Company announce the addition of Amanda Mercer as Business Development Coordinator. Employees Ron Edwards, Joey Brock, Jimmy Fitzpatrick, Ken Wojnarowski and Saturnino Dominguez recently attended the North Georgia Turf Grass Field Day with training in turf management, insects, diseases, weed control and pesticides. Edwards, Brock and Fitzpatrick have been with the company for over 20 years. landscapegeorgia.com • Local educators created a learning center for women and children living at Gateway Domestic Violence Center with computers, educational and language software and books. The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International members secured grants to finance the project though state and international foundations. gatewaydvcenter.org • The AARP The Magazine July 24 issue named Gainesville as a Best Places 2011 in its "10 Affordable Cities for Retirement." The article highlights places are economical for retirees with quality lifestyle. Criteria included not only property- and sales-tax rates, median housing price, and cost of living but also the tax rate on pensions and Social Security, along with recreation, climate, and arts and culture. aarp.org/bestplaces • For many years promoting drug courts across the country, Judge John Girardeau of Gainesville received national recognition and was one of only four people nominated for the Stanley Goldstein Drug Court Professionals Hall of Fame awarded by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals in Washington DC.

GOT NEWS? Email: kwest@ghcc.com


Wellness Expo is October 12

Dave Hubbard America’s Fitness Coach®

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Committee’s “Most Fit Company Awards” will be presented at the HealthSmart Breakfast, also held on October 12th from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. at the Georgia Mountains Center. Go to the Chamber's website, greaterhallchamber.com, to complete the Most Fit Company Survey and enter your company in the contest!

The breakfast will feature motivational health and fitness speaker Dave Hubbard, also known as America’s Fitness Coach®. Hubbard, an author and former NFL player, has been a health and fitness speaker for over 30 years. He has spoken to hundreds of Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 companies and specializes in helping people become healthier and more productive. In 2000, Dave patented his unique method of exercise. Dave’s books include “BAD CHUTE, Why most Americans fail with fitness” and “Fat to Fit in only 10 minutes a day.” HealthSmart Exhibit info, Most Fit Company Awards or Breakfast Reservations: 770-532-6206. Email: mwiley@ghcc.com. greaterhallchamber.com

The Longstreet Clinic received a Most Fit Company Award at last year’s HealthSmart Expo. (L-R): Dottie Carlan, Glenda Goff, Spears Mallis, Loren Funk, Jullie King, Mimi Collins, Jack Chapman Jr., MD, Gainesville Eye Associates, and Kit Dunlap, Chamber President/CEO. (Right): Katie Dubnik and Melissa Tymchuk, Northeast Georgia Health System, at the event.

Georgia Mountains Center

Breakfast 7:30 am- 9:00 am • Expo 7:30 am - 1:30 pm

FREE Health Screenings & Wellness Expo Dozens of Wellness Exhibits • No Admission Fee • Open to the Public

HealthSmart Breakfast

Presentation of the 2011 Most Fit Company Awards Featuring motivational, health and fitness speaker Dave Hubbard, "America's Fitness Coach," a former NFL Player and author of "Fat to Fit in Only 10 Minutes a Day!" $10 Members; $15 Non-members. Breakfast reservations, sponsor opportunities, exhibitor information: Michelle Wiley, 770-532-6206. Email: mwiley@ghcc.com. Get all the details and register online: greaterhallchamber.com

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Wednesday, October 12

Community Development

The 5th Annual HealthSmart Wellness Expo on Wednesday, October 12 at the Georgia Mountains Center will feature an estimated 70 booth exhibits providing interactive wellness services. The event, free and open to the public, focuses on community health and wellness and continues to be one of VISION 2030’s most successful initiatives. Dozens of services will be provided at the Expo including FREE health screenings.

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Ribbon Cuttings

SolAirsoft Sport in North Hall

Price McKibbon cuts ribbon for SolAirsoft, Hall County's newest airsoft course. Similar to Paintball, Airsoft is a team-building sport where participants use replica firearms shooting plastic "BB" rounds and typically wear replica military gear or team uniforms. Airsoft encourages honor, teamwork, and leadership skill building. There are a variety of different games to choose from, and the basics consist of two teams which attempt to eliminate the opposing team through cooperation and tactics. SolAirsoft features 50 acres of unique topography with man-made mountains, open fields, and an urban battleground located on Highway 60 North at Highway 136/Price Road, entrance is located directly behind CVS Pharmacy. SolAirsoft, 678- 696-1880. solairsoft.com

Heartfelt Home Care

Priorities

Internal Operations & Administration – Reorganize the VISION 2030 Board of Directors to form a working team with strong and established projects and committees. Public Art – Form a committee to focus on implementing a public arts program for Gainesville-Hall County and municipalities along with The Quinlan Visual Arts Center, The Arts Council, Brenau University Fine Arts Department, John Jarrard Foundation and others. Pedestrian Bridge – Promote the new downtown pedestrian bridge connecting Downtown Gainesville to the future hotel and conference center in Midtown.

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Lake Lanier Olympic Park - Assist Gainesville City and Hall County to reinvest in the Clarks Bridge property and continue to promote national and international events at the venue.

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Amanda Jackson and Ralph Savage cut ribbon for Heartfelt Home Care, LLC, a family owned and locally operated business providing quality and affordable home care services. Amanda and Ralph started Heartfelt Home Care to help families keep their loved ones at home. The company provides a variety of professional and compassionate care services, custom tailored to each client's needs. 770-362-5299.

Chamber Ribbon Cutting Events Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremonies are FREE for Chamber members. Ceremonies can be performed as a single event or with an open house or grand opening. Chamber staff provides the camera, the guests, and, of course, the very large scissors. There are many benefits to hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony including free publicity with photo and company info published in the Greater Hall Chamber’s Business Link newsletter. Ribbon Cuttings are conducted only for new Chamber members or a member celebrating a large-scale renovation or relocation. The staff assists in coordinating the event, adds the event to the online calendar at greaterhallchamber.com, posts a photo on the Chamber’s Facebook page, invites the Ambassadors Council to assist, provides VIP Lists, and publishes photo and description of company in Business Link newsletter. Details: Kara Matter, 770-532-6206. kmatter@ghcc.com

Sidewalk Project – Assist Oakwood, Flowery Branch, Gainesville and Hall County in creating a sidewalk project where citizens apply for sidewalk installation and take part in the program by prioritizing and having input on areas served. Comprehensive Land Use Plan – Work with governments on updating the plan in keeping with VISION 2030 initiatives for Greenspace and a Harbor Town. Website – Redesign the VISION 2030 site, vision2030.org Greenspace – Continue progress on Greenspace and Harbor Town, as well as the other 15 Big Ideas. For more information on VISION 2030, email Executive Director Meg Nivens at mnivens@ghcc.com. www.vision2030.org


Welcome New Members Mimms Enterprises, Inc. Robert Mimms 780 Old Roswell Place, Suite 100 Roswell, GA 30076 (770) 518-2200 - Commercial Real Estate mimmsenterprises.com

ACT Financial Services, Inc. Jennifer Zody 821 Dawsonville Hwy Gainesville, GA 30501 (678) 617-2054 -Accounting actfsi.com

North Georgia Beds, LLC Karen Snow 3339 Nottingham Forest Drive Gainesville, GA 30501 (678) 410-1375 - Grading & Clearing ngabeds.com

Action Ministries Gainesville Steve Napier P.O. Box 673 Gainesville, GA 30503 (770) 531-0144 - Non-Profit gainesville.actionministries.net

Osmin Amaya Painting Contractor 1067 Cooley Drive Gainesville, GA 30501 (678) 316-8893 - Paint Contractor

CMIT Solutions of Lanier Connie Haggler 3292 Thompson Bridge Road, Suite 359 Gainesville, GA 30506 (678) 232-3171 - IT Services cmitsolutions.com Georgia Pals, Inc. Yvonne Tosta 4505 Martin Road Flowery Branch, GA 30542 (770) 967-0069 - Medical/Home Health georgiapals.com

Penmac Staffing Leon Hunt 5634 Atlanta Highway Flowery Branch, GA 30542 (770) 967-4200 - Employment Agency penmac.com

Lula Pharmacy & Foothills Gifts Both Karen Bowling and Amy Miller grew up in the Gainesville area and graduated from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. Karen has spent her career practicing in and around the Gainesville area while Amy worked in several other states before settling back home. They both love working in a small town and getting to know their patients and their patient's families. The full service pharmacy has been serving Lula since 1977 and offers flu shots, pneumonia vaccines, Small Business of the Month Recipients Karen free blood pressure checks, as Bowling, RPh (left) and Amy W. Miller, RPh, owners of Lula Pharmacy & Foothills Gift Shop. well as B-12 injections with a physician's order. The Foothills Gift Shop, located within the pharmacy, stocks gifts, toys, jewelry and gift cards from large retailers like Home Depot and Kohl's along with UGA merchandise and a fudge shop. Lula Pharmacy & Foothills Gift Shop, 6102 Banks Street, Lula, GA 30554. lulapharmacy.com

The Colored Egg, Inc. Anna Jennings 610 Grove Street Gainesville, GA 30501 (770) 718-6676 - Restaurant & Catering coloredegg.com

Good Nutrition Gregory Lee 1500 Browns Bridge Road, #100 Gainesville, GA 30504 (770) 536-1252 - Retail Health & Wellness goodnutritionweb.com To join the Greater Hall Chamber or learn about membership benefits, call Membership Coordinator Kara Matter, 770-532-6206. Email kmatter@ghcc.com or visit us and join online at greaterhallchamber.com

Chamber Sponsorship Opportunities The Greater Hall Chamber is seeking sponsors for upcoming programs and events. Sponsorships offer a perfect opportunity to promote products and services to area professionals and business leaders. Sponsors have the opportunity to speak and distribute literature at some events as well as being featured on all advertising and promotional pieces. Sponsorships fees can be divided with several other sponsors. Sponsorships and advertising opportunities include Business After Hours, Leadership Hall County programs, South Hall Council forums, Business Before Hours, Environmental Health & Safety programs, Human Resource Council luncheons, and as well as Chamber-produced area maps, community magazines, the monthly Business Link newsletter and more. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Michelle Wiley, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, 770-532-6206. Email: mwiley@ghcc.com. greaterhallchamber.com

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TruGreen Commercial Services Karen Tullis 3630 Swiftwater Park Dr. Suwanee, GA, GA 30024 (678) 714-7900 - Landscape & Lawn Services trugreen.com

Membership Development

360Clean Complete Facility Care Bobby Myers 4951 Harvest Court Flowery Branch, GA 30542 (770) 318-3071 - Cleaning Services 360clean.com

Small Business of the Month

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Key Economic Indicators

Over 50 volunteers are gearing up to recruit new Chamber members and are offering a host of incentives including a waived initiation fee, free advertising, a ribbon cutting ceremony, membership CD (valued at $200!) and much more. Jimbo Floyd

The Membership Campaign runs through September Turner, Wood & Smith Vice Chair, Membership, Greater 30. Volunteers are seeking to develop new business Hall Chamber of Commerce relationships and recruit 100 new members.

Greater Hall County Area Jobless Employment Rates Hall County

Jun 2011

7.9 Previous Month

Chamber Members enjoy a host of benefits including group health insurance discounts, advertising opportunities, monthly networking events, committee participation, small business development and more. A recent national survey found that consumers are 63% more likely to buy from Chamber members. In addition, a Special Incentives Package is available when you join the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce NOW through September 30, 2011. Join today! Call Membership Coordinator Kara Matter, 770-532-6206. Email: kmatter@ghcc.com or join online at greaterhallchamber.com

Join the Chamber NOW! A Special Incentives Package is available when you join the Greater Hall Chamber NOW through September 30, 2011: • Business Directory Listing and company logo on Chamber’s website (Value: $50) • Processing/Initiation Fee waived (Value: $35)

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10.3%

4 2

One Year Ago

Jun 2010

J J A S O N D J F M A M J

8.9

2010

Gainesville City

8.2

Cherokee Dawson

8.3 9.3

Forsyth

7.4

Gwinnett Jackson Ga Mountains State of Georgia

8.8 9.9 8.5 9.8

U.S.

9.2

2011 Updated 7/26

Retail Sales

3.0

The Norton Agency Key Economic Indicators $ 216,826,422 2 columns 214,730,617 209,931,980 4.4167 x 10 Hall County

2.0

Latest June 2011

Previous Month

One Year Ago

May 2011

Jun 2010

$

$

1.0

Hall County retail sales figures are estimated from the 1% sales tax collected for Hall. For example, $11 million in tax revenue represents A S O N D retail sales of approximately $100 million. 2010

J F M A M

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2011 Updated 7/26

Housing

• Event Coupons to upcoming Chamber events (Value: $15 per event) • Business Information Listing in the Chamber’s Business Link newsletter • Invitation to the New Member Luncheon and Orientation on October 7

Permits Issued - Hall County Latest

36 Reasons to be a Member 19. Manufacturers & Processors Directory 20. Sponsorship Opportunities 21. Gainesville-Hall County Map 22. Certificate of Origin 23. HealthSmart Expo 24. Committee Participation 25. e-Biz Newsletter 26. Chamber Welcome Center 27. Newcomer/Relocation Information 28. Job Fairs 29. Hackers Holiday Golf Tournament 30. Leads Group 31. South Hall Council 32. Web Site Directory 33. 5K Get Fit Stay Fit Corporate Challenge 34. South Hall Business Coalition 35. Commercial Broker Gatherings 36. Member-to-Member Discounts

Jan 2011

6

8

• Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and coverage in the Chamber’s Business Link newsletter

1. Membership Directory & Web Listing 2. Ribbon Cuttings 3. Group Health Insurance Discount 4. Business After Hours 5. Business Link Newsletter 6. Advertising Opportunities 7. Member Referrals 8. Business Before Hours 9. Annual Meeting & Gala 10. Small Business Seminars 11. New Member Breakfasts 12. Annual Legislative Breakfast 13. Electronic Membership List 14. GDOT Transportation Forum 15. Newcomer Lead Resource 16. Business Tax Deduction 17. Economic Development 18. Wage & Benefit Survey

12-Month High

8

Latest

May 2011

• Membership CD with 2,300 Chamber Members, address, phone listed (Value: $200)

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10

100’s millions of dollars

Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Membership Chairman Jimbo Floyd, Turner, Wood & Smith Insurance, and Membership Vice President Michelle Wiley report this year's membership recruitment campaign officially kickoffs on Thursday, August 18 at Business After Hours at McGarity's Business Products.

Percent

Membership Development

Membership Campaign Kicks Off

Jun 28 Previous Month

2010 Total

One Year Ago

May 2011

Jun 2010

152

15

6

88

2011 YTD

Area Permits County Barrow Dawson Gwinnett Forsyth Jackson

Jun 2011 0 3 58 124 4

Jun 2010 1 3 58 96 3

May 2011 1 2 59 77 2

Total 2010 45 33 647 1,012 39

2011 YTD 10 19 319 430 13

Homes Sold and Closed and Average Price of Home Area

Jun 2011

Avg Jun Price 2010

Avg Price

May 2011

Avg Price

Total 2010

Avg Total Price 2011

Avg Price

City

26

125,560

13

111,198

21

126,234

119

130,529

94

135,197

North

34

238,312

30

164,995

36

172,437

279

203,389 188

179,852

East

31

63,268

20

97,785

26

85,040

144

89,653 122

73,275

South

23

152,320

17

210,775

23

179,647

172

133,791 116

165,682

West

53

199,611

45

189,563

58

201,548

374

170,098 264

176,499 Updated 7/26

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

Tommy Howard 770-718-5204

The Norton Agency thoward@nortonnorthga.com

The Power To Perform


Center Point Mentoring Program Chamber Beautification Initatives

Phillippa Moss

(L-R): Staci Tunkel, Center Point Mentor Program; Greater Hall Chamber QuEST Council Chairman Anthony Shope, Rushton & Company; Traditions staff Havolynne Page, Carla Wright, Bobby Palmer, Cameron Wolfe, Gail Wolfe; David Smith, Center Point; Dana Miller, Vice President of Education, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.

Traditions Fine Furnishings on John Morrow Parkway in Gainesville is taking part in the Chamber's partnership with Center Point's Mentor program serving students in the Hall County and Gainesville City Schools. Traditions is generously providing company staff an hour off a week to serve as Center Point Mentors for the 2011-2012 school year. The Greater Hall Chamber is encouraging companies to follow Tradition's lead and provide mentors for the program.

Director, Gainesville-Hall County Community Service Center and Vice Chair, Community Development, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Moss says, “Hall County has some of the most enchanting residential and commercial properties around. Participating on the Beautification Committee or attending our events is a perfect way to explore ideas from some of the top designs to others in our community who strive to enhance their property.”

Monthly gathers are held at different venues to learn about Gainesville-Hall County's best beautification efforts. Upcoming Gatherings: September 21: Smithgall Woodland Gardens; October 12: Elachee Nature Science Center; November 9: Georgia Forestry Commission Office in Lula. For more information, contact Robin Halstead, Greater Hall Chamber Vice President of Community Development, 770-532-6206 or email rhalstead@ghcc.com

Center Point has been serving the students and families of Hall County since 1967 and seeks to improve low graduation rates through the mentor program. Founded in 1994 with United Way, over 5,000 area students have participated in the program. Mentoring showed great strides last year, and 90% of those students being mentored showed improvement in academics, 85% increased school attendance, 91% exhibited enhanced bonding to their school, 86% demonstrated better behavior and 91% improved peer relationships.

Community Development

Under the direction of Phillippa Moss, Greater Hall Chamber Vice Chairman of Community Development and Director of the GainesvilleHall County Community Service Center, the Beautification Committee seeks to recognize and promote outstanding efforts in the community through programs such as Business and Residential Beautification Awards. The Beautification Committee is seeking interested volunteers for one meeting or for the committee's year-long activities!

"Center Point's Mentor program really works and has a huge impact on our community," said Chamber Vice President of Education Dana Miller. "This is why the Chamber is putting the call out to all members; please consider participating in this important program."

For more information or to sign up as a mentor, contact Dana Miller at the Chamber or Staci Tunkel, Center Point’s Director of Mentoring, 770-535-1050 x 105 or email: mentor@centerpointgainesville.com

QuEST Council Quality • Education • Strategy • Team MISSION: The Greater Hall Chamber's QuEST Council seeks to improve the employability of individuals in the community by providing leadership and support for the development of community-wide school to career initiatives. GOALS: Provide a forum to strengthen and expand the link between business and education; Recruit business and industry participants for the Youth Apprenticeship Program, Partners in Education, mentoring and job shadowing programs. Promote school to career activities and strong work ethics.

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Chamber members are asked to allow staff the necessary time off to serve as a mentor in the area school of their choice. Mentors commit an hour a week to visit their students during the school year, and often these visits take place during lunch.

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Upcoming Chamber Events Small Business Success Seminar Tuesday, August 16 Tax Saving Strategies Presented by R. Josh Crisp, CPA 7:45 - 9:00 a.m. – Chamber Sponsored by Jacobs Media and United Community Bank Business After Hours Tailgate Party Thursday, August 18 at McGarity's Business Products Food catered by The Varsity! 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at McGarity's

South Hall Business Coalition Tuesday, August 30 Economic Update Presented by Tim Evans 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Royal Lakes Golf & Country Club Sponsored by Milton Martin Honda and WDUN Radio

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HealthSmart Wellness Expo Wednesday, October 12 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Expo Georgia Mountains Center

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Get information and register for these events and others online at greaterhallchamber.com

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