Business Link Sep/Oct 2023

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Chairman’s Column

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Industry Appreciation Luncheon

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Meetings & Events

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Member News

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Small Business Spotlights

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New Members

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Ribbon Cuttings

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upcoming events

Thursday, September 14

Job Fair & Career Expo

Gainesville Civic Center

Thursday, September 21

Business After Hours

Conditioned Air Systems

Tuesday, October 17

Business After Hours

Key Optique


Annual Industry Awards Luncheon

Wednesday, November 15 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Lanier Technical College

Ramsey Conference Center

– Details on page 4

Wednesday, OCTOBER 4

7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Lanier Technical College

Ramsey Conference Center

FREE Health Screenings

Open to the Public (18 and older)

Glucose, Cholesterol, Triglycerides, Blood Pressure

BMI & Body Fat, Carotid Artery, Thyroid Neck Checks

Heart Murmur, Fall Risk, Flu Shots

• Open to the Public

• 60+ Wellness Exhibitors

• No Entry Fee

• No Appointment Needed

• Shuttle Service

HealthSmart Breakfast features Most Fit Company Awards

For HealthSmart Expo info or to register for the Breakfast featuring Gainesville-Hall County's Most Fit Companies: Ellie Parker, 770-532-6206 or

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The Economic Impact of Healthcare

With our premier location, an unparalleled quality of life and a sound economic future, Gainesville-Hall County continues to have robust activity in retail development, tourism and healthcare services. The growing healthcare sector is adding to our quality of life and economic outlook. According to the Greater Hall Chamber’s 2023 Healthcare Study, Gainesville-Hall County is home to over 485 healthcare service providers employing 16,000 people, or approximately 15% of the Hall County workforce. More than 80% of Hall County’s healthcare employment is concentrated in the City of Gainesville, the region’s healthcare epicenter.



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Brett Fowler

Turner Wood & Smith



Glennis Barnes

Georgia Power


Phil Bonelli

Regions Bank

Education Vice Chairs

Whitney Brown

Stewart Melvin & Frost

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Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

2023-2024 Executive Committee

Economic Development

Vice Chair

Glennis Barnes

Georgia Power

Marketing Vice Chair

Missy Burgess

Lanier Islands

Government Affairs

Vice Chair

Drew Echols

Jaemor Farms

South Hall Council

Vice Chair

Community Development

Vice Chair

Tammy Caudell

Carroll Daniel Construction

Membership Vice Chairs

John Simpson

Lakeview Academy

Beth Downs, Northeast Georgia Health System

VISION 2030 Vice Chairs

Tate O’Rouke

Jackson EMC

Juli Clay

Women in Technology

HALLmark Co-Chairs

Denise Deal

The Sassafras Group

Casey Ryals Hall County

Farm Bureau Insurance

Philip Wilheit Jr.

Wilheit Packaging

Senior Advisor

Doug Carter

Don Carter Realty

Immediate Past Chair

William Bagwell

Homestead Investments


Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) employs over 10,000 people and continues to rank as one of the nation's leading healthcare organizations with 1.5 million patient visits in 2022 at five hospitals and 95 Northeast Georgia Physician Group locations. According to the Georgia Hospital Association, Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) has a $4.2 billion annual impact on the local community and state. Construction is underway to expand NGMC Gainesville with a new 927,000-square-foot patient tower that will make NGMC the third-largest hospital in Georgia by bed size and the Graduate Medical Education program has contributed over $66 million into Hall County’s economy from 2019 to 2023.

The Chamber continues to be a catalyst for connecting health and wellness Initiatives to local businesses and oversees a set of community-wide programs and events. Health & Wellness Seminars are held monthly on topics of importance, and the HealthSmart Wellness Expo, presented by NGHS and Longstreet Clinic, is October 4 featuring some 60 booth exhibits providing interactive wellness services. The event, free and open to the public, focuses on community health and wellness including FREE Community Health Screenings. We'll also be announcing the Most Fit Company Awards recognizing employers providing outstanding health programs. Be sure to make plans to attend the HealthSmart Kickoff Breakfast (October 4 at 7:30am) followed by the HealthSmart Expo (7:30am-1:30pm). For exhibit information and reservations, contact Ellie Parker at the Chamber, 770-532-6206 x 115. Email:

Meet Chairman-Elect Glennis Barnes

Andi Farmer

Milton Martin Honda

Mike Zeiler

Carroll Daniel Construction

Anna Hester

Executive Director

2023-2024 Board of Directors

Christa Andrews Corporate Storage

Ed Asbridge Mayor, City of Flowery Branch

Brian Barfield AT&T

Neal Booth Pinnacle Bank

Chris Braswell, The Norton Agency

Chris Brown, Delta Community Credit Union

Nick Bruner Rushton

Brian Cantel, Cantel Wealth Management

Rand Carswell Chattahoochee Grill

Kay Cochran, Cochran Brothers Electric Co.

Sam Couvillon Mayor, City of Gainesville

Shanna Cronic Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic

Nathan Crumley M & R Equipment Rental & Sales

S. Wade Dale, Mayor, City of Gillsville

Andrew Davenport, A New Veteran

Stacey Dickson, Lake Lanier CVB

Jessica Dudley United Way of Hall County

Anderson Dunlap, The Inn Between Deli

Cody Elder Gainesville Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United

Brennan Garrison, Turner, Wood & Smith Insurance

Emily Hayes Milton Martin Toyota

Richard Higgins Chair, Hall County Commission

Sam Hulsey, United Community Bank

Rick Humphrey, Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta

Jay Kelly Signs By Tomorrow

Angie Kennedy, Carroll Daniel Construction

Jay Kilroy Willis Investment Counsel

President & CEO

Kit Dunlap

Tim McDonald, Lanier Technical College

Mike McGraw Ranger Manufacturing / PrideStaff

Terry Merck, American Yazaki Corporation

Sheri Millwood Oakwood City Council

Steve Naughton Enterprising Solutions

James Nix, Mayor, City of Clermont

Matt Nix, Duplicating Products

Witt Nix, Duplicating Products

Ryan Owen Kubota Manufacturing of America

Dr. Jeff Payne, Capstone Property Group

Nicole Pleasant, First Citizens Bank

Col. Stas Preczewski, Riverside Preparatory Academy

Stacey Reece, Spherion Staffing & Recruiting

Vanesa Sarazua Hispanic Alliance GA

Stacey Poole Sauer, McDonald’s NEGA

Britt Sawyer Sawyer Media Group

Will Schofield, Hall County School System

Mulham Shbeib, Mar-Jac Poultry

Dr. Anne Skleder Brenau University

Jackie Walters Slaughter Walters Management Co.

Terry Spicer, King’s Hawaiian Bakery

Analiese Stopek Longstreet Clinic

Kevin Strada The Atlanta Falcons

Renee Sweeney, Notary Pros

Joe Thomas, Mayor, City of Lula

Melissa Tymchuk Northeast Georgia Health System

Jody Wall Brenau University

A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Glennis Barnes joined Mississippi Power Company in 1991 as a marketing specialist. Throughout the years, he took on roles of increasing responsibility at the company. In 2001, Glennis came to Georgia Power’s Northeast Region as a Client Manager in Sales and Marketing. In 2003, he joined the Governmental Affairs team as a Legislative Affairs Coordinator representing Georgia Power at the Georgia General Assembly for 14 years. Glennis currently serves as the Gainesville Area Manager for Georgia Power with responsibility for Hall, Dawson, Lumpkin, Barrow, and Jackson counties. He is a graduate of Leadership Gulf Coast, the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Economic Development Course, Leadership Hall County and the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. In addition to serving as Chamber Vice Chair of Economic Development, he serves on Gwinnett County Schools Human Resources Advisory Council. Glennis is a member of the University of North Georgia Board of Trustees, Junior Achievement Board, the Northeast Georgia Health System Board, the Gainesville-Hall Development Authority and the Gainesville-Hall County Land Bank Authority. His greatest joys are developing, mentoring, and coaching young men about life and their responsibilities to mankind. Glennis and his wife, Tamika, have three sons, Ashton, Taj, and Darius.

Michael Lancaster, Edward Jones Investments

David Lee, Jackson EMC

Dr. Kate Maine, University of North Georgia

Megan Martin, North Georgia Community Foundation

Ward McCamy, Bank of America


Kit Dunlap, President & CEO

Gerri Collins, Executive Assistant

Economic Development

Tim Evans, Senior Vice President


Kurt Ward, Mayor, Town of Braselton

Lila Westmoreland, Brenau/Habitat for Humanity

Philip Wilheit, Sr. Wilheit Packaging

Dr. Jeremy Williams, Gainesville City Schools

Greater Hall Chamber Staff

Government Affairs

Kit Dunlap, President & CEO

Anna Hester

Membership Development

Nikki Chandler, VP Existing Industry

Ryan Jackson, Project Manager

Abby Greenwood Project Manager

Finance & Administration

Mark VanTassel, VP

Education & Leadership

Christen Wilbanks, VP Sales

Ellie Parker, VP Events

Marissa Maynor, Sales & Events

South Hall Council

Ellie Parker, VP Membership Events

Community Development

Robin Halstead, VP


Anna Hester, Executive Director

Marketing & Communications

Kemie West, Consultant

Chamber Welcome Center

Robin Halstead, Manager


Sarah Nolan, Brenau University

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

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Industry Awards Program on November 15

The Greater Hall Chamber's Annual Industry Appreciation Luncheon on November 15th will feature an Economic Outlook by Georgia native Roger Tutterow, Professor of Economics at Kennesaw State University. Tutterow's analysis of the economic, business and political environments have been featured in a variety of media including Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Business Week, Forbes, USA Today, Atlanta Journal Constitution, NPR’s “Marketplace” and “All Things Considered,” CNN-Radio as well as by regional electronic and print media.

Kubota breaks ground on expansion

In addition to his work in academia, Dr. Tutterow has served as a consultant on financial economics and statistical modeling for corporate clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to closely held businesses. He has served on the Council of Economic Advisors, under Georgia Governors Sonny Perdue, Nathan Deal and Brian Kemp. He was selected by Georgia Trend magazine as a “notable Georgian” and as one of “Georgia’s Most Influential” by James magazine.

Industry Appreciation Luncheon

Wednesday, November 15

11:30 am - 1i:00 pm

Lanier Technical College

Ramsey Conference Center

15th Annual Industry of the Year Awards recognizing Economic Impact, Corporate Responsibility and Workforce Excellence.

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Nominate your industry or another outstanding company. Awards will be presented to industries in the following categories: Small Industry (less than 50 employees); Medium Industry (51-200 employees); Large Industry (251+ employees). Awards will also be presented in the following categories Workforce Development, Corporate Responsibility, Environmental Responsibility and Safety

$50 Chamber Member | $60 Guest

$500 Table (Seats 8)

Reservations Required • Includes Lunch

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Governor Nathan Deal and Governor Brian Kemp participated in the recent groundbreaking of Kubota Manufacturing of America's (KMA) $190 million expansion in Gainesville. (L-R) Phil Sutton, Vice President, KMA; Governor Brian Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp; former Governor Nathan Deal; Brian Arnold, President, KMA. Gainesville-based Carroll Daniel Construction is general contractor for the project in the Gainesville-Hall County Gateway Industrial Center. Kubota will build a 700,000 square foot, technology-driven manufacturing facility that will mass produce front end loaders for all sizes of Kubota tractors. Established in 1988, KMA is headquartered in Gainesville and with its sister company, Kubota Industrial Equipment, employs over 3,000 Georgians.

Boost Transport & Freedom Trans USA

cut a ribbon at Boost Transport | Freedom Trans USA. The companies partnered to bring a better solution to supply chain management in North Georgia with two facilities on Barber Road in Gainesville housing a full suite fulfillment center. With the capability to hold 15,000 pallets, they will be able to provide customers with new warehousing options that will allow them to better control cost and improve supply chain efficiencies. For inquiries regarding warehouse space, order fulfillment, supply chain management, or logistics/transportation, call Todd Gailey at 770-654-6268 or Thomas Jones at 770-561-2101.

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Dusty Benefield, Todd Gailey, Todd Robson, Craig Tankersley and Thomas Jones

Chamber Staff


Dunlap | President & CEO

A native of Jasper, Alabama and a Brenau College graduate, Kit has led the Chamber since 1998. She is a leader in economic and community development and at the top of the industry among fellow executives. She is a founding member of the Gainesville-Hall County Economic Development Council and served as the council's first chairman in 1992.

Tim Evans | Senior Vice President

A native of Jackson County, Tim has been in the Economic Development field for nearly 30 years. He has served as the Vice President of the Greater Hall Chamber since 2005. Tim previously served the Georgia Department of Economic Development in several roles, including Assistant Deputy Commissioner.

Gerri Collins | Executive Assistant

Gerri is a Florida native, and after more than three decades and various roles in the banking industry, she joined the Chamber staff in 2015 as Executive Assistant. Gerri is responsible for administrative duties and coordinating Chamber Board of Directors meetings.


Chandler | Vice President, Existing Industry

A native of Hall County, Nikki graduated from North Hall High School and attended Gainesville College and Brenau University. She joined the Chamber's Economic Development Team in 2020 and is responsible for existing industry projects and workforce development.


Greenwood | Project Manager, Economic Development

Abby joined the Chamber as an intern in 2022. A native of Concord, Georgia she recently graduated from the University of North Georgia and now works full time for the Chamber as a project manager responsible for small business development and health/wellness initiatives.

Mark VanTassel | Vice President, Finance & Administration

A longtime Gainesville resident, Mark is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and joined the Chamber staff in 2021. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in accounting and business management and is responsible for finance and human resources.

Anna Hester

| Executive Director, Vision 2030

Anna is a Hall County native and a graduate of Gainesville High School and the University of Georgia. She joined the Chamber as a project manager in 2021 and became Executive Director of Vision 2030 in 2022. Anna is responsible for all Vision 2030 committees and initiatives.


Halstead | Vice President, Community Development

A native of Connecticut, Robin graduated from Johnson & Wales in Providence RI. She joined the Chamber staff in 2003 as manager of the Welcome Center, a role she maintains today. In 2006, Robin took over responsibility for Chamber community development initiatives.

Christen Wilbanks | Vice President, Membership Sales

Christen is a graduate of Texas State University and located to Hall County in 2000. She joined the Chamber staff in 2016 and is responsible for membership sales and retention efforts, as well as member relations, networking events, ribbon cuttings and Chamber Ambassador activities.

Ellie Parker | Vice President, Membership Events

Ellie is a lifelong resident of Flowery Branch and a graduate of Mercer University. She joined the Chamber staff in 2021 as a project manager before stepping into her current role. She is responsible for recruiting sponsorships and executing large-scale membership events.

Ryan Jackson | Project Manager, Economic Development

Ryan is a Hall County native and a graduate of The University of Georgia. He joined the Chamber staff in July and is responsible for developing economic development digital marketing content, commercial real estate data and providing support to new and expanding businesses.

Marissa Maynor | Membership Sales & Events

Born and raised in Hall County, Marissa is a graduate of North Hall High School and the University of North Georgia. She joined the Chamber staff in January 2023 and assists with membership events, recruitment campaigns and committee activities.

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member news

Business Facilities recognized Gainesville-Hall County in its 2023 Metro Rankings Report in the Top 10 Best Business Climate (small cities). The 2023 Metro Rankings reveal cities across North America that lead for Business Climate, Tech Talent, Corporate Headquarters, Food Processing, and Growth. Focused on 60+ factors pertinent to site selection teams during a corporate relocation or expansion project, the report has been a valuable and timely resource for corporate site selectors and site selection consultants for nearly two decades. The full report, including 2023 State, Metro and Global rankings, was published in the July/August 2023 issue.

Gainesville-Hall County ranks #1 for hottest housing market in the nation, according to, an independent, advertising-supported publisher and comparison service. Bankrate analyzed 212 metro areas to create the Housing Heat Index and examined appreciation of home values, employment levels, job growth, population trends, homes listed for sale and typical selling times. Through a combined analysis of these categories, Gainesville-Hall County ranks number one for hottest housing market in the nation. Gainesville’s annual home price had an appreciation of 21.1%, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency, ranking the fourth highest in the nation.

Gainesville Renaissance, located on the Historic Downtown Gainesville Square, received top honors at the 2023 Georgia Association of General Contractors (AGC) Build Georgia Awards. Carroll Daniel Construction was given a first-place award for construction excellence on the new building and – one of five projects built by Carroll

Daniel Construction that earned recognition by AGC Georgia in 2023. Managed by Roddy Properties, Gainesville renaissance is a 60,000 square-foot mixed-use development "designed and constructed to blend in seamlessly with the aesthetic of Downtown Gainesville,” said Doug Ivester, project developer.

• The UGA Small Business Development Center's upcoming online marketing webinar – Leveraging the Power of LinkedIn to Grow Your Business – is September 25 (1011am). When it comes to building business relationships and targeting a specific professional group, LinkedIn offers powerful options. Investing in building the right relationships will lead to business growth and profitability. Webinar Cost: $29. Register online:

• Rushton accounting and consulting firm named Quatation Waller and Hugo McCoy as its 2023 Educational Scholarship Award winners. The scholarship supports promising college students pursuing their degree in accounting with funds applied to tuition and education-related expenses. Chris Hollifield, Rushton's managing partner, said the company believes in philanthropy and the importance of investing in our next generation.

• Kris Nordholz, CEO of Full Media, announced that the company won a Silver Award in the Aster Awards program for its development of Chattanooga’s Siskin Children’s Institute website. Founded in 2008, Full Media is a healthcare digital marketing agency specializing in website development, search engine optimization, online advertising and digital analytics.

• Syfan Logistics had great success with its first ever 5K fundraiser. Over 300 people in participated and raised over $35,000 for the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research, a nonprofit that empowers volunteers across the country to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research to help find better treatments with fewer long-term side effects and ultimately, cures. Syfan is looking forward to hosting the second annual 5K in early spring 2024.

• Good Samaritan Food Ministries 6th Annual Golf Tournament is Tuesday, September 12, at the Country Land Golf Course in Cumming. 100% of the tournament proceeds go back into the food ministry serving GainesvilleHall County and surrounding communities. This past year they served 124,759 clients with over 44,000 children. Info: Jackie Powers, 678-316-1037.

• State Representative Lee Hawkins, Chairman of the House Health Committee, was named recipient of the 2023 David

Levine Legislative Award by the Georgia Gerontology Society. Chairman Hawkins supports legislation which improves the quality of life for older adults with a special focus on aging issues and concerns of Georgia’s elderly population.

• Duplicating Products was awarded membership to the Ricoh Eco Excellence Program Members of the program share sustainability values with Ricoh and are committed to reducing their own environmental impact and helping customers do the same. Duplicating Products has been providing quality office machines to North Georgia for over 40 years.

• Nominate your company for a MOST FIT COMPANY AWARD! Judging criteria includes wellness, nutrition and fitness opportunities provided for employees and will be presented at the HealthSmart Breakfast on October 4 (7:30am) at Lanier Tech.  Nominate your company online at

• SCORE Northeast Georgia is hosting Simple Steps to Starting a Business on September 21 (9am-12pm) at Lanier College & Career Academy. If you're considering going into business as an entrepreneur, you will want to attend this in-depth workshop. Topics covered include myths about starting a business, critical success factors for a business start-up, creating a business plan, and more. Cost is $10. Info: Bob Goethe, 912657-1154. Register online:

• The City of Oakwood recently honored Mayor Lamar Scroggs for serving as Georgia's Longest Serving Mayor. Mayor Scroggs is an Oakwood native and has served as mayor since 1975.

• Past and current physicians, directors and community members recently celebrated Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic's 70th Anniversary with free community health screenings, food and fun. Since its beginning in 1953, the Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic has grown into a multi-specialty practice of 41 physicians and 14 mid-level providers.

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Courtyard by Marriott Gainesville Opening

Corporate Storage headquarters expansion

Located in the heart of Downtown Gainesville, the Courtyard by Marriott Gainesville opened its doors with a ribbon cutting in August. (L-R) Taylor Sharett, Ecker Construction; Webb Yongue, Capstone Property Group; Robyn Lynch, City of Gainesville; Tim Evans, Greater Hall Chamber; David Hughs, McKibbon Hospitality; Jeff Payne, Capstone Property Group; Former and current Mayor of Gainesville Danny Dunagan and Sam Couvillon; Glennis Barnes, Georgia Power; Erik Rowen, McKibbon Hospitality; Wayne Cannon, Courtyard by Marriott Gainesville. The new 77,000 square-foot property with 130 rooms is Gainesville's largest hotel and anchors The National, a revival and redevelopment with new conference and event space, The Vault. Courtyard by Marriott Gainesville, as well as The National and The Vault, were developed by owners Capstone Property Group. McKibbon Places oversaw the development and construction of the project, and McKibbon Hospitality will operate the hotel and The Vault, employing 40 individuals. An exciting project for McKibbon, Courtyard by Marriott Gainesville marks the company’s 100th hotel in the town where the company got its start nearly 100 years ago.

Celebrating 30 years in business

Chattahoochee Marketing Group (CMG) began in 1992 as StitchTech in Charleston, South Carolina. Rick and Susan Boyd establish the full-service embroidery operation and relocated the company to Gainesville as a result of Rick’s participation in the 1993 Georgia Chamber Red Carpet Tour that Gainesville-Hall County hosted that year. They leased space in the old Gainesville Mill complex on Georgia Avenue, where their business still resides. CMG celebrates 30 years of business this year and is one of the largest contract embroidery operations in the Southeast. For many years CMG ran a successful sports cap program and produced caps for the winning teams of various athletic championships including the Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four and the Stanley Cup. CMG produced and shipped as many as 45,000 caps within a 24-hour timespan! Today, with 14 employees, CMG offers custom embroidered apparel as well as over 600,000 other customizable items, from key chains to trophies.

Jimmy Adams, President & CEO of Corporate Storage, cuts a ribbon at the company's new headquarters expansion in Gainesville-Hall County. The opening of Corporate Storage's 146,000 square foot facility on Atlanta Highway brings the total warehouse space to 421,000 square feet locally. Corporate Storage is a 3PL warehouse and supply chain solution for general commodities and food grade storage, servicing manufacturers and food processors through their seven facilities in the Northeast Georgia region. 1750 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville, GA 30504. 678-207-1930.

Merger creates new ophthalmology practice

Dr. Jack Chapman, Managing Partner and Ophthalmologist at Gainesville Eye Associates and Dr. Matthew Kaufman, Managing Partner and Ophthalmologist at North Georgia Eye Clinic announce a merger to create North Georgia Eye Associates, the largest ophthalmology practice in North Georgia. The two practices share a 100-year+ legacy of excellence providing North Georgians a wide array of eye care services, from routine preventative care to surgical repair and cosmetic procedures. Services remain at existing locations, ensuring convenient access for patients and a seamless transition. With a shared commitment to exceptional eye care, this strategic alliance combines the expertise, experience, and resources of two highly esteemed practices, solidifying their position as the leaders in ophthalmology in the region.

Buford Corn Maze celebrates 15th season

The Buford Corn Maze celebrates its 15th season this year, offering fun for the whole family. Owned and operated by the Miller and Beggs families, the venue is located on a 32-acre family farm that dates back to the early 1800s. The business has grown from a “broken-down pickup truck and a tent” to one of the most popular corn maze entertainment venues in the state and even the USA – as Buford Corn Maze has been recognized by Country Living magazine as one of the top corn mazes in the country. Along with the maze there's a Haunted Forest, hayrides, popcorn jumping pillow, farmer’s combine slide, animal viewing area, pumpkin patch, pony rides and much more.

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Hall County Delegation Visits Inland Port

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) hosted a Hall County Delegation for a tour of the Appalachian Regional Port Terminal in Chatsworth-Murray County. The 104-acre Northeast Georgia Inland Port Terminal, located on I-985 in Gainesville-Hall County, will be a new containerized freight route for Northeast Georgia businesses to connect to the Port of Savannah and the world. The new inland port is anticipated for completion in 2026 with initial capacity to handle 80,000 containers/year, growing to 200,000 containers/year at full operation. (L-R) Ed McCarthy, GPA; Chris Riley, Deal Riley & Associates; Commissioner Gregg Poole, Hall County; Seth Vinings, Community Volunteer; Casey Ryals, Hall County Farm Bureau Insurance; Philip Wilheit, Jr., Wilheit Packaging; Tim Evans, Chamber; Wesley Barrell, GPA.

South Hall Business Coalition

Join the Chamber's South Hall Business Coalition on Tuesday, September 19 at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta (9-10am) in Braselton for an overview of the upcoming 26th Annual Motul

Petit Le Mans (October 11-14). For the past 25 years, Motul Petit Le Mans has been THE sporting event in the Southeast to experience. The South Hall Business Coalition will meet on Tuesday, October 31 at the University of North Georgia (9-10am) for an update with Dr. Steven Smith, Vice President, Gainesville Campus. Hear how UNG plans to continue providing the best possible educational experience for students and helping them fulfill their potential. The South Hall Business Coalition meets monthly on topics of importance to the South Hall community and is sponsored by AccessWDUN, Milton Martin Honda, Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton, Signs by Tomorrow and South Hall Rotary.

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Industry Apprenticeship 101 Recognition

(L-R) Tim McDonald, Lanier Technical College; Shelley Logan, Workforce Strategies Group; Tobias Martin, IMS Gear; Whitney Blair, WorkSource Georgia Mountains; Nikki Chandler, Chamber; Hank Deveikis, Voyant Beauty; Kristie Pilgrim, IMS Gear; Greg Vitek, Workforce Strategies Group; Patrick Larson, Georgia Mountains Regional Commission. The Gainesville-Hall Development Authority awarded $300,000 from an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant to support local manufacturers investing in workforce development. Companies participating in Apprenticeship Model (APP101) were awarded $15,000 each, with ElringKlinger, IMS Gear and Voyant Beauty the most recent recipients. The financial reward is given to industries with an employee participating in the two-year apprentice program, working full time with on-the-job training while attending related technical education at Lanier Technical College. Upon completion, apprentices are promoted, compensated for their value to the company, and receive U.S. Department of Labor certification.

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Free Health Screenings on October 4

The Greater Hall Chamber and VISION 2030's 16th Annual HealthSmart Wellness Expo is Wednesday, October 4 (7:30 am - 1:30 pm) at Lanier Technical College, Ramsey Conference Center. Presented by Northeast Georgia Health System and Longstreet Clinic, HealthSmart is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and promotes wellness with free health screenings and 60+ wellness exhibitors.

Free Community Health Screenings

7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Lanier Technical College | Ramsey Conference Center

Glucose • Cholesterol • Triglycerides

Blood Pressure • BMI & Body Fat

Carotid Artery • Thyroid Neck Checks

Heart Murmur Fall Risk Flu Shots

Breakfast & Most Fit Company Awards

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

Lanier Technical College | Ramsey Conference Center

Wednesday, October 4

7:30am - 1:30pm

Lanier Technical College

Ramsey Conference Center

No Admission Fee

Open to the Public 60+ Interactive Exhibitors

As part of the VISION 2030 HealthSmart Community Challenge, the Chamber is conducting its annual survey for “Most Fit Companies” in Gainesville-Hall County. Judging criteria includes wellness, nutrition and fitness opportunities provided for employees. Awards are presented in three categories: large companies (251+ employees), medium (51-250) and small (50 or less). Most Fit Company Awards will be presented at the HealthSmart Breakfast.  Nominate your company online at  Breakfast reservations required. Chamber Member, $15; Non-Member, $20.

Health & Wellness Seminar: Telemedicine

Hall County Schools Work-Based Learning (WBL) Coordinators at Fox Factory (L-R) Deana

Harper, Cree Aiken, Holli Howard, Kaylynn Samples, Andy Mejia (Fox Factory), Cammie Carter, Kristi Sims, Kami Kovach, Carin Booth, Kim Guy, Nikki Chandler, Greater Hall Chamber. The educators visited Fox Factory, Marel, Voyant and Boot Barn Hall & Bourbon Brothers. By touring and learning about these companies, the WBL coordinators can now better support students in career path decisions. For more on WBL, contact Nikki Chandler, Chamber VP Existing Industry, 770-532-6206, or

Telemedicine was the topic of the Chamber's recent Health & Wellness Seminar presented by Dr. Jack Cheng. (L-R) Al Trembley, Pro-Gene X; Matthew Zimmie, Northeast Georgia Medical Center; Dr. Jack Cheng, Northeast Georgia Physicians Group; Michael Mantooth, Good News Clinics; Chitra Srinivasan, Northeast Georgia Medical Center; Allen Jernigan, Southern Companions

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Small Business Resource Fair

Tuesday, October 10 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Lanier Technical College | Ramsey Conference Center

Come hear an inspirational presentation by Casey Ryals, Chamber Board Member and HALLmark Co-Chair. Casey is manager of the Farm Bureau Insurance Agency in Hall County, co-founder of Ryals Brothers, and a the author of Last to Least, a book focusing on self-leadership.

Resource Exhibitors

Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs

Business Incubator at Brenau University

Chick-fil-A's of Gainesville | Georgia Department of Revenue

Georgia Mountains Regional Commission

Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center | SCORE

Hall County Library | UGA Small Business Development Center

8:30-8:45 Register | 8:45-9:15 Breakfast & Speaker | 9:15-10 Exhibitor Fair & Networking

$10 Chamber Member; $20 Non-Member • Register Online:

Abby Greenwood, 770-532-6206 x 110 •

Small Business Seminar

Tuesday, September 12 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. | Chamber or via Zoom

Finding Your Marketing Mix

Britt Sawyer, Sawyer Media Group

It’s tough to know what marketing strategy is best for growing your business. Join Britt Sawyer of Sawyer Media Group as she walks you through the process of creating an effective strategy. She'll explore all the digital ingredients – social media, digital marketing and branding. Sawyer Media Group has the passion, skills, and innovation to grow your business. It's your hometown marketing agency, specializing in helping business find the right Marketing Mix in this crazy world of marketing!

No Charge for Chamber Members • Register Online:

Abby Greenwood, 770-532-6206 x 110 •

Thank You Sponsors

Casey Ryals is the keynote speaker at the Chamber's Small Business Resource Fair on October 10.

small business spotlights

Remedy Distillery

When working in financial services, Keith Speed connected with a client who was starting a distillery and asked Keith to join him. That’s when life came full circle, and Keith found his passion for distilling. This ultimately led him to open his own business, Remedy Distillery, in 2020 at 885 Main Street in Gainesville. While searching for a location, Keith determined that Gainesville was the ideal place, due to its demographics, size and convenient location. What Keith loves most about the business is meeting new people who get excited about their products. “When I see people taste our products and get excited, or when people come up to me out in public and express how much they love our bourbon or whiskey, I am so honored and feel that a gift has been given to me,” Keith said. His ultimate goal for Remedy is to expand nationwide with the hope that one day fans will look back and see that Remedy started in Gainesville, Georgia!

Overdrive Logistics

(L-R) Overdrive Logistics co-owner Rickey Tatum, Stephanie Loggins, Angela Horne and co-owner Gary Copeland with Chamber Membership Vice Chairs Beth Downs, Northeast Georgia Health System, and John Simpson, Lakeview Academy. Gainesville-based Overdrive Logistics, a 3rd party freight brokerage, was founded in 1998. Rickey and Gary, who met while taking flying lessons, have led the business that has survived and flourished over the past 25 years. Overdrive employs 40+ co-workers locally and another two in Allentown, PA. The company provides customers with a wide variety of products but specializes in arranging transportation of refrigerated foods. And, being in Gainesville, the Poultry Capital of the World, does mean they haul a fair amount of chicken!

Grubs Market

Natalie Ertzberger, floor manager, Daniel Stribling, co-owner, and Jarett Ashley, butcher, at Grubs Market A family endeavor, grubs has evolved into a community “one-stop-shop” for quality provisions for all occasions – from elaborate parties to grab-andgo dinners – with an outstanding butcher and meats, delicious cheeses, prepared foods, large wine selection and gifts. Chef Jimmy Ellis crafts five course meals using fresh, seasonal ingredients with a sommelier selecting wines that pair perfectly with each course. Dinner spots can be booked individually or for a group. Grubs also hosts wine tastings for any size group with mini charcuteries. Custom gift baskets are offered for the holiday season, thank you gifts, showers, staff appreciation, housewarmings, birthdays and more. Grubs offers wine by the glass, and Happy Hour is daily from 5 to 6 pm, allowing customers to enjoy 50% off any purchase of wine by the glass in store. Deli sandwiches, salads, and sides are made fresh daily. Grubs Market, located at 311 Main Street in Gainesville, is now open on Sundays and offers online ordering and in-town delivery.

Annual Eggs & Issues Breakfast 2023

Thursday, December 7

7:30-9:30 am | Lanier Technical College

Featuring the Hall County Legislative Delegation

Sen. Shelly Echols (49)

Sen. Bo Hatchett (50)

Rep. David Clark (100)

Rep. Brent Cox (028)

Rep. Matt Dubnik (029)

Rep. Emory Dunahoo (031)

Rep. Lee Hawkins (027)

Rep. Soo Hong (103)

Rep. Derrick McCollum (030)

Registration Required • Breakfast Included Chamber Member, $40 • Guest, $50 Table $400 (seats 8) Gerri Collins, 770-532-6206 x 106

Presented by

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Keith Speed, owner, Remedy Distillery.

small business

Employer Retention Tax Credit Seminar

The Chamber's recent Small Business Seminar on Employer Retention Tax Credit was presented by Dr. Patrick Fulbright of the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (L-R) Steve Naughton, SCORE; Dr. Patrick Fulbright, UGA SBDC; Kay Cochran and Kari Kelley, Cochran Bros. Electric; Jonathan Rogers, CRI; Chris Arrington, DoubleCakes by Chris; Ross Mackenzie, CRI; Kit Dunlap, Greater Hall Chamber. Chamber members attend monthly Small Business Seminars, both in person and via Zoom. Seminars are sponsored by AccessWDUN, Caldwell Electrical Contractors, Cochran Brothers Electric, Delta Community Credit Union, Gainesville Mechanical, Small Business Access Partners and The Times

Six Steps to Building the Right Team

It all starts with hiring the right people. Charlie Schrauth, a small business owner and SCORE Mentor, was presenter at the August Small Business Success Seminar and led discussion on how to build an efficient team. Charlie also shared the importance of employing an administrative assistant and other options like a virtual assistant. . (L-R) Steve Naughton, SCORE Northeast Georgia; Kit Dunlap, Greater Hall Chamber; Charles Schrauth and Ralph NeSmith, SCORE Northeast Georgia; Abby Greenwood, Greater Hall Chamber. SCORE is a nationwide nonprofit with entrepreneurs and experienced executives dedicated to helping small businesses succeed.

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Vision 2030 Public Art

Vision 2030 Celebration

A Protective Angel sculpture was dedicated to the men and women of Hall County Fire Rescue at Hall County Fire Station 5. Protective Angel sculptures can be seen at several public safety facilities throughout Hall County and serve as reminders that first responders are never alone and are followed by the community’s love and support as they serve on the front lines to protect the community. The angel, created by Gainesville artist Jane Taylor, was donated as part of the Greater Hall Chamber’s Vision 2030 Public Art initiative and funded through a grant from the North Georgia Community Foundation and an anonymous donation.

Highlands to Islands Trail

The Vision 2030 Board hosted its first Celebration & Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on August 15 at the NGHS Plaza Pavilion at Lake Lanier Olympic Park. (L-R) Amy Youngblood, Carol Hanlon, Phillippa Lewis Moss, Joy Griffin, Shelley Logan, Mike Giles, Allison Kimbrell, Juli Clay, Britt Sawyer, Tim Knight, Tate O’Rouke, Robyn Lynch, Jessica Dudley, Ashley Davis, Mimi Collins and Anna Hester. The recipient of the first “Visionary of the Year” award was announced at the event. The award recipient, Elizabeth Higgins, was recognized for her outstanding leadership and commitment to Vision 2030. Elizabeth is the former Executive Director of Vision 2030 and retired from the role in 2022 after seven years.

Kayak Shack highlighted in Georgia Trend

Senator Shelly Echols, Commissioner Kathy Cooper and Hall County officials cut a ribbon to open the new section of the Highlands to Islands Trail at Tumbling Creek, extending the existing trail to the new pedestrian bridge near the University of North Georgia campus in Oakwood. This connection will allow people to walk or bike from UNG to Lee Gilmer Airport in Gainesville. Vision 2030's Greenspace Committee was instrumental in the development of the Highland to Islands trail system. Once complete, the trail will connect all of Hall County with a 40-mile stretch of paved trails, allowing users to walk or bike from Downtown Gainesville to Lake Lanier Islands.

Georgia Trend highlighted Gainesville Parks & Recreation's Kayak Vending Machine project by Gnarly Marsh in the July issue. The Georgia Convention & Visitors TravelBlazers program recognizes community destinations with creative product development that demonstrates “tourism at the economic development table.” Gainesville Parks & Recreation (GPR) Director Kate Mattison had an idea about how to better connect visitors and residents to Lake Lanier, that draws 12 million visitors a year. With five public GPR parks on the lake, Kate saw a lack of accessibility to the lake and came up with the idea of a kayak vending machine. GPR partnered with Gnarly Marsh, a startup with the same idea born when the company’s founders were attending business school together. In May 2022, the Kayak Shack made its debut in Gainesville’s Longwood Park. Kayakers download the LINKA GO app, set up an account, pay the rental fee, and get a code to unlock one of the 10 stalls. Inside are a kayak, paddle, dry bags and adult life jackets. Get the app at For more on Gainesville Parks & Recreation, visit

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education leadership

With a class of 39 members, the 2024 Class of Leadership Hall County (LHC) gathered at Riverside Preparatory Academy this summer and kicked of the year. Founded in 1982, LHC is grooming emerging and existing leaders to be integral players in the future of our community. Since its inception, 1,023 men and women representing our diversity have completed this program and taken their place as leaders in the community.

The Leadership Hall's History Program included a visit to the Beulah Rucker Museum (above). Dr. Steven Smith (left), University of North Georgia, and Brain Barfield, AT&T, check out a honeybee hive at Elachee Nature Science Center The class also visited the Northeast Georgia History Center for a tour and traveled by the City of Gainesville Trolley through Downtown Gainesville, Midtown Greenway and Alta Vista Cemetery. Thank you program sponsors: Performance Food Group, Chick-fil-A Gainesville, Northeast Georgia History Center and City of Gainesville

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Silver Shovel Award Recipients Get Involved:

Silver Shovel Awards were presented at the Greater Hall Chamber's June Board of Directors meeting. The Chamber’s Silver Shovel Awards are presented annually to Chamber Volunteers who have gone above and beyond, who have worked hard for our Chamber, for our community, for business, for Gainesville-Hall County.

(Seated, L-R): Jay Young, Riverside Preparatory Academy; Deana Harper, Hall County Schools; Carol Burrell, Northeast Georgia Health System; Ed Asbridge, City of Flowery Branch; Leah Stevens, Lanier Islands Legacy Golf. (Standing, L-R): Mike McGraw, Ranger Manufacturing; Fred Roddy, Gainesville Renaissance; Zack Loggins, Runners Fit; Eric Chini, Rochester|DCCM; Dan Carey, Truist; Garrett Hibbs, Hall County Extension Service. Not Pictured: Charlie Hawkins, Norton Commercial; Jeff Payne, Capstone Property Group; Dr. Anne Skleder, Brenau University.

Join a Committee

The Greater Hall Chamber is dedicated to supporting an aggressive business environment and making a positive contribution to the community by serving as a voice for business and a valuable link to economic and community development. Get involved in the Chamber's committee work and make the most of your membership. The Chamber has an opportunity for every member to play an active role. Get involved with your community and the Chamber today, and make a difference. For committee sign-up, contact Christen Wilbanks, VP Membership Sales at 770-532-6206. Email

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Business After Hours

JT Stratford Wealth Management open the doors of its new, fully renovated headquarters on Green Street and welcomed 100+ Chamber and community friends. Thank you Todd Ferguson, CEO, and Anthony Shope, COO, and the entire JT Stratford team for hosting the outstanding networking event. Don't miss the next Business

After Hours on Thursday, September 21 (5-7pm) at Conditioned Air Systems where we'll celebrate CAS's 40 years in business with its Annual Tailgate Party complete with food from The Varsity. On Tuesday, October 17 (5-7pm), Dr. Keylee Clemons Brown and the Key Optique team offer up food from Southern Baked Pie, networking with Chamber friends and fun games! Want to host a Business After Hours? Contact Christen Wilbanks, 770-532-6206,

Network Over Coffee

Welcome New Members!

Appliances 4 Less

Zach Zelepsky

300 Pearl Nix Parkway Gainesville, GA 30501

- Retail Appliances 678.943.2932

Blend of Hope

Chuck Boylan

5531 Preserve Pt Flowery Branch, GA 30542

- Coffee Shop & Bakery 678.523.7438

Cory Clark Electric, LLC

Cory Clark PO Box 380 Clermont, GA 30527

- Electrical Contractor 770.540.1997

Cowart Cattle Company

Clayton Cowart

821 Dawsonville Hwy, Suite 250 Gainesville, GA 30501

- Agriculture 803.412.5997

Cushman & Wakefield

Gilbert Valdez

1180 Peachtree St NE, Suite 3100 Atlanta, GA 30309

- Real Estate 404.509.4482

David Hayward

3763 Golden Leaf Point Gainesville, GA 30504

- Individual Member 404.255.0455

Foothills Functional Medicine

Dr. Philip Kimsey PO Box 7425 Chestnut Mountain, GA 30502 - Medical 678.936.6428

Foundry Film Co.

Brandon Blackburn 6451 Cleveland Hwy, Suite 2 Clermont, GA 30527

Chamber members recently took over Dunkin' in Flowery Branch with Network Over Coffee! Join us for a cup of coffee and the opportunity to network with business professionals. Call Christen Wilbanks at the Chamber for details, 770-532-6206, or

Wednesday, September 13 @ 9am – Clear View Optical in Gainesville

Friday, September 29 @ 9am – Break Water Grill in Flowery Branch

Friday, October 6 @ 9am – Boarding Pass Coffee on the Downtown Gainesville Square

Friday, October 27 @ 9am – Bistro at the Oaks at Lanier College & Career Academy

Gainesville Theatre Alliance

Dawn Marie Bernhard PO Box 1358 Gainesville, GA 30503

- Non-Profit 678.717.3721

Genuine Parts Corp

DBA Napa 542

Trey Gailey 404 Main Street, SW Gainesville, GA 30501

- Auto Parts & Supplies


Georgia Hospice Care

Christopher Felix 500 Jesse Jewell Parkway Suite 201 Gainesville, GA 30501

- Medical / Hospice 706.255.4669

Hello Hilo

Courtney Taira 1881 Jesse Jewell Parkway NE Gainesville, GA 30501 - Restaurant 470.712.4456

Innovative Administrative Services

Tracy Underhill 554 W Main Street Suite 400 Buford, GA 30518 - Business Services 770.932.1999

Napa 021 Trey Gailey 528 Bradford Street SW Gainesville, GA 30501 - Auto Parts & Supplies 770.535.8159

Napa 543

North Georgia Senior Resources

Al Trembly PO Box 2382 Gainesville, GA 30501 - Non-Profit 404.931.1151

Preferred Plastics, LLC

Stacey Rutherford PO Box 328 Gainesville, GA 30503 - Recycling 770.532.7740

Senior Helpers of Lawrenceville

Julio Vazquez 2070 Sugarloaf Parkway, Suite 700 Lawrenceville, GA 30045 - Senior Care Services 470.391.1400

State Court Judge Kelley Robertson Kelley Robertson PO Box 1036 Gainesville, GA 30503 - Individual Member 770.718.5143

Storage Investments, LLC

Shawn Gleason 1776 Peachtree Street, Suite 210N Atlanta, GA 30309 - Real Estate 678.469.9795

The Insurance Source Ashley Hardgrave 4222 McEver Road Oakwood, GA 30566 - Insurance


Travelmation LLC

Sara Russell 7080 Tree House Way Flowery Branch, GA 30542 - Travel Agency 678.787.3385

- Advertising / Marketing 470.208.3003

Gainesville Preparatory School

Katie Boswell

701 Medical Park Lane Gainesville, GA 30501

- Education


Trey Gailey 3403 Mundy Mill Road Flowery Branch, GA 30542 - Auto Parts & Supplies 770.535.6030

Napa 544

Trey Gailey 2023 Atlas Circle Gainesville, GA 30501 - Auto Parts & Supplies 470.354.3827

Veritas Homes Jill Gatlin P.O. Box 118 Buford, GA 30515 - Home Builder 404.386.0749

Wathco Inc.

Darlene Stone 5470 Technology Parkway Braselton, GA 30517 - Contractor 770.967.8180

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ribbon cuttings

Covered + Clad Commercial Finishes

Lightway Recovery Wellness Center

Tyler Canup, Project Manager; Joe Pryor, Vice President; Luke Canup, President, and Justin Pryor, Project Engineer, cut a ribbon at Covered + Clad Commercial Finishes, a Christian based company specializing in commercial flooring and select wall finishes. With a collection of some of the best talent and reputations in the industry, Covered + Clad strives to provide the most collaborative approach to customers in Northeast Georgia and the Greater Atlanta area. 5012 Bristol Industrial Way, Suite 105, Buford, GA 30518. 706-716-0031.

The Landings of Gainesville

Farley Barge, co-founder, Susan Barge, CEO, and Teresa Cantrell, benefactor, cut a ribbon at Lightway Recovery Wellness Center for Women, a nonprofit, long-term (at least a one year commitment), addiction recovery program located in a beautiful facility in Flowery Branch. Created by women, for women, Lightway's values include treating addiction as a chronic condition and women and their families impacted with dignity and respect. The goal is to holistically impact the women so personal transformation leads to generational change. 6593 McEver Road, Flowery Branch, GA 30542. 678-250-3511.

Kelly Tours

Tamar Brown, Executive Director, and staff cut a ribbon at The Landings of Gainesville, an outstanding senior living community in Gainesville. Residents can count on the highest quality in assisted living and memory care services in a warm, secure and homelike environment. Their caring experts work around-the-clock to ensure every resident lives their best life, every day. Exceptional offerings are available at an attainable pricing model. 2030 Windward Lane, Gainesville GA 30501. 678-971-1449.

Kelly Tours team members cut a ribbon at the Lula office. (Front, L-R) Kristy Balser, James Sencenbaugh, Jamie Pressey, Mary Spearman, Kelly Adams, Don Adams. (2nd Row, L-R) Gene Hall, Brice Balser, Shane Clayton, Adam Gettel, Ron Vedder, Jeanna Knowels, John Allender, Curt Frederick, Donnis Matthews, Martin Burdette. (3rd Row, L-R) John Garmley, Tony Henry, Roland Caron, Mickey Minick, Rick Yarbrough, Danny Clark, Ron Romaniello, Bob Schuneman, Mike Ferguson, Patrick Fahey. Kelly Tours is headquartered in Savannah with offices in Lula, Macon, Charleston SC and Yulee FL. They provide customers with dependable travel solutions for school, military and civic groups, corporations, churches and sports travel. The Kelly fleet is made up of 38- and 56-passenger luxury motor coaches equipped with WiFi, Youtube TV, charging ports, DVD players and restrooms. They offer schools custom travel packages to fit their needs with online payments available for parents. 5271 Mountain Center Plaza, Lula GA 30554. 470-472-4200.

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Boarding Pass Coffee


Cory cut a ribbon at Boarding Pass Coffee, a specialty coffee roaster on the Downtown Gainesville Square that offers a selection of the best coffees from around the globe. The travel-themed café and retail shop serves up your favorite coffee drinks as well as other unique beverages such as traditional chai, matcha, and butterfly blue tea. The food menu includes items from around the world for breakfast, lunch, or an afternoon snack. Scheduled coffee tasting experiences are offered as well. Stop in today, or order catering for your next event! 106 Spring Street SW #140, Gainesville, GA 30501. 678-696-5031.

Joel Thain, owner, cuts a ribbon at IntegriCom, a reliable IT services for small businesses that follow a process that has been proven over our 24 years in business. Clients gain peace of mind as the IntegriCom team fully manages clients' IT – from cybersecurity and cloud services to networks, computers, and telephone systems. :329 Oak Street, Suite 204, Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-215-4040.

FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers

Alejandra and Steve Tolson cut a ribbon at All In Print & Ship, a shipping service through FedEx, UPS, USPS, and DHL to both domestic and international destinations. All In Print & Ship also provides mailboxes that can receive any legally shipped letters or packages. Printing services provide business cards, mailers, pamphlets, menus, banners, posters, as well as photo packages. Specialty items are offered and include printed shirts, cups, mugs, tumblers, key chains, coasters, and a number of other items for marketing or as gifts. 2551 Limestone Parkway, Suite 1A, Gainesville GA 30501. 470-892-5935.

(L-R) Katlin Hemphill, Gina and Jonathan Baker, Lydia Gailey and Lauryn Griffin cut a ribbon at FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers. FYZICAL is unlike any physical therapy clinic you’ve ever been to before! While they are more than capable of handling all of your physical therapy needs, they also specialize in balance, vestibular and pelvic floor health. The team of highly skilled, compassionate physical therapists are 100% focused on achieving optimal health and wellness for you so you can get back to living the life you enjoy. For physical therapy tailored to your specific needs, visit the new location at 250 John W. Morrow Jr. Pkwy, Suite 115 in Gainesville. 678-862-0007.

Promote your company with a FREE Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. It's a free service if you're a member of the Chamber. Not a member? Join now, call 770-532-6206.

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Mayor Sam Couvillon, Penny Crow, Andrea Menchaca, Ashley Richards, Mariam Reese, Owners Christine & Murilo Santos, Marquez Davilla, Caroline Barber, Abby Wall and Steve
All In Print & Ship
IntegriCom ribbon cuttings

Wednesday, October 4 7:30

pm Lanier Technical College Ramsey Conference Center Free Health Screenings

- 10:00 a.m.

Lanier Technical College | Ramsey Conference Center

Don't miss the Chamber's Small Business Resource Fair on October 10th at Lanier Tech. This annual event features over a dozen exhibitors providing the best and brightest local resources for small businesses. The Resource Fair is a great place to network and connect with organizations for free advice, strategies and tips to help you succeed and grow your small business. $10 Chamber Member; $20 Non-Member. Abby Greenwood, 770-532-6206 x 110, Register online at

Thursday, September 14 Fall Job Fair & Career Expo 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Gainesville Civic Center Tuesday, September 19 South Hall Business Coalition 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta Thursday, September 21 Business After Hours at Conditioned Air Systems 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Hilton Drive | Gainesville Tuesday, October 10 Small Business Resource Fair 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Lanier Technical College Tuesday, October 17 Business After Hours at Key Optique 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Thompson Br Rd | Gainesville Tuesday, October 31 South Hall Business Coalition 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. UNG | Gainesville Campus Wednesday, November 15 Industry Appreciation Awards 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lanier Technical College Ramsey Conference Center Thursday, December 7 Eggs & Issues Breakfast 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Lanier Technical College Ramsey Conference Center Info & Registration Online:
am - 1:30
your company at the 15th Annual HealthSmart Expo. Exhibit space limited. Chamber Member Booth, $350 Non-Member Booth, $550. Reserve your spot NOW! Ellie Parker, 770-532-6206 Email: INFO Glucose • Cholesterol • Triglycerides • Blood Pressure BMI & Body Fat • Carotid Artery • Thyroid Neck Checks Heart Murmur • Fall Risk • Flu Shots Open to the Public Annual Small Business Resource Fair
Tuesday, October 10 8:30
No Admission Fee & ALL Welcome 60+ Wellness Exhibitors No Appointments Needed Prize Drawings Networking • Food & Drink • Cash Prize Drawing Business After Hours September 21 Conditioned Air Systems 2418 Hilton Drive | Gainesville October 17 Key Optique 3290 Thompson Bridge | Gainesville U.S. POSTAGE PAID PERMIT #92 GAINESVILLE, GA CAR-RT SORT This publication is printed on partially recycled paper.