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Business Link G r e a t e r H a l l C h a m b e r . c o m

Greater Hall Chamber's Annual Legislative Forum

Chamber Chair's Column page 2

Thursday, December 13 7:30 am - 9:30 am

Most Fit Company Awards page 4

NEW Lanier Technical College Ramsey Conference Center

Small Business of the Month page 5

2535 Lanier Tech Drive | Gainesville 30507

Meetings & Events page 6 Member Announcements page 10 Leadership Hall page 11 Ribbon Cuttings pages 13-14 Welcome New Members page 15

Open to the Public Space Limited! Save Your Spot Now! Cost: $25 Chamber members; $35 non-members. $350 Table. Non-refundable. Includes full buffet breakfast. Reservations required. Gerri Collins, 770-532-6206 x 106. Email:

Senator Butch Miller 49th GA Senate District

Senator John Wilkinson 50th GA Senate District

Rep. Lee Hawkins 27th GA House District

Rep. Matt Dubnik 29th GA House District

Rep. Emory Dunahoo, Jr. 30th GA House District

Rep. Timothy Barr 103rd GA House District

Presented by

Special Guest

Governor Nathan Deal

Save the Date Tuesday, November 13 Industry Appreciation Lunch Thursday, November 15 Jingle Mingle on the Square Tuesday, November 27 Business After Hours


Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Inc. A Publication of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

From the Chair

Greater Hall's Voice for Business The Greater Hall Chamber is one of the most influential business organizations in the region and state representing 2,400 businesses and their employees in Gainesville-Hall County. Since 1908, the Chamber has proudly served as our community’s voice for business. Membership in the Chamber provides unparalleled opportunities to connect with peers, current and prospective clients, and to stand out as our area’s premier business advocacy organization.

Carol Burrell

Your Chamber works hard to provide the programs and support to make our community more accommodating for commerce. We all have a stake in the future, and Chamber membership gives businesses the opportunity to shape it. Perhaps the greatest advantage of membership is networking and the opportunity to meet fellow professional members, make business-to-business connections and build relationships.

President & CEO, Northeast Georgia Health System; Chair, Greater Hall In addition to networking, the Chamber is our community’s greatest adChamber of Commerce

vocate for small business with some 85% of Chamber members comprised of small businesses. From Business After Hours to Small Business Seminars, the Chamber provides programs and resources designed to grow your business. Involvement is always a key to success, and taking advantage of your membership begins with involvement. Focus on an issue – small business, healthcare, Vision 2030, leadership, government affairs and more – and get involved on a committee. Attend one of the many upcoming events and share information about your business, reach out to prospects and customers and gain visibility. Promote your product or service by volunteering for the Chamber or sponsoring an event. And, showcase your company through the Chamber's online membership directory, the online membership news section or a ribbon cutting ceremony. As we work to be better tomorrow than we are today, we will continue to strive to be one of the best Chambers in the state and nation, standing behind our members to help their businesses flourish. We hope you will join us and enjoy the many benefits of membership and support of our mission. If you’re already a member, get involved! If not, Join NOW and enjoy a host membership benefits. Call the Chamber, 770-532-6206, or visit the Chamber online:

November 6, 2018 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Delegation Visits Germany


Kat B usiness Link VOLUME 24 ISSUE 5 McKemie West, Editor • Email: Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

2018-2019 Executive Committee Chair Carol Burrell, Northeast Georgia Health System

Vice Chair, Education Andi Farmer Milton Martin Honda

Chair Elect Brian Rochester Rochester & Associates

Vice Chair, Marketing Tate O'Rouke Jackson EMC

Treasurer Glennis Barnes Georgia Power

Vice Chair, Government Philip Wilheit, Jr. Wilheit Packaging

Vice Chair, Economic Development David Lee Jackson EMC

Vice Chair, Membership Brett Fowler Turner, Wood & Smith Insurance

Vice Chair, Community Development Caroline Lewallen Jaemor Farms

Vice Chair, South Hall Council Geoff Lee Road Atlanta

Chair, VISION 2030 Phillippa Lewis Moss Community Service Center Elizabeth Higgins Executive Director Co-Chairs, HALLmark Paul Chambers, AT&T Mimi Collins, Longstreet Clinic Randall Frost, Stewart, Melvin & Frost Senior Advisor Dixie Truelove Truelove Family Farms Immediate Past Chairman Perry Barnett, CPA, Rushton Chamber President & CEO Kit Dunlap

Board of Directors 2018-2019 Norman Baggs, The Times Nick Bruner, Rushton Missy Burgess, Lanier Islands Caitlin Collins, Mincey Marble Manufacturing Namon Collins, Allstate Insurance Stacey Dickson, Lake Lanier CVB Danny Dunagan, Mayor, City of Gainesville Dr. Suzanne Erickson, Brenau University Terry Evans, Pinnacle Bank Jim Grier, Mayor, City of Lula Joy Griffin, United Way of Hall County Richard Higgins, Chair, Hall Co. Commission Logan Jones, Jacobs Media Corporation Dr. John Kennedy, Lakeview Academy Jennifer Landers, Newland Communities David Lloyd, Liberty Utilities Mike McGraw, PrideStaff / Ranger Mfg J.D. Mealor, Regions Bank Terry Merck, American Yazaki Mike Miller, Mayor, City of Flowery Branch Sheri Millwood, Oakwood City Council Terry Morrisey James Nix, Mayor, City of Clermont

Nancy Norton, The Norton Agency Dr. Richard Oates, University of North Georgia Bill Orr, Mayor, Town of Braselton Dr. Ray Perren, Lanier Technical College Michele Piucci, Peach State Bank Josh Schlieman, Sullivan & Schlieman Will Schofield, Hall County School System Dr. Ed Schrader, Brenau University Alan Schuetze, Carroll Daniel Construction Mulham Shbeib, Mar-Jac Poultry Sarita Madera Smith, Homestar Financial Corp Terry Spicer, King's Hawaiian LTC James Spivey, Riverside Military Academy Ahna Still, Halski Systems Kevin Strada, The Atlanta Falcons John Turner, Northeast Georgia Health System Roy Turpin, Mayor, City of Gillsville Philip Wilheit, Wilheit Packaging Arrik Williams, Tatsumi Intermodal USA Dr. Jeremy Williams, Gainesville City Schools Darryl Workman, South State Bank Mike Zeiler, Bitzer US, Inc.

Associate Directors 2018-2019 Christa Andrews, Corporate Storage, LLC Carin Booth, Hall County Extension Service Haley Bower, Clipper Petroleum Chris Brown, Delta Community Credit Union Jonathan Collins, Capstone Properties Group Regina Dyer, Gainesville CVB Renee Ginn, Chick-fil-A Gainesville

Dianne Hicks, Keller Williams Lanier Partners Jay Kilroy, Willis Investment Counsel Robyn Lynch, Lake Lanier Olympic Park Andrew May, Atlanta Rehab & Performance Casey Ryals, Hall County Farm Bureau Insurance Sheila Sanchez, State Farm Insurance Alison Smith, Bagwell Insurance Group

Greater Hall Chamber Staff Executive Kit Dunlap, President & CEO Gerri Collins, Executive Assistant Economic Development Tim Evans, Vice President Shelley Davis, Vice President Existing Industry Amanda Lewis, Project Manager Madison Hickey, Project Manager

A Chamber delegation recently visited Germany, (L-R) at ZF Forum, ZF's global headquarters in Friedrichshafen. (L-R): Chamber Chair-Elect Brian Rochester, Rochester & Associates; Jimbo Floyd, Turner, Wood & Smith Insurance; Tim McDonald, Lanier Technical College; Ellen Kraft, Georgia Department of Economic Development Europe; Brandon Loftus, ZF Gainesville; Tim Evans, Greater Hall Chamber VP Economic Development; Economic Development Council Chair David Lee, Jackson EMC; Brian Daniel, Carroll Daniel Construction; Perry Barnett, Rushton.

Finance & Operations David Umberson, Vice President, Finance and Human Resources Membership Development Mandy Lathem, Vice President, Events Christen Wilbanks, Vice President, Sales Kara Tate, Vice President, Sales & Programs Education & Leadership Andi Harmon, Vice President

Government Affairs Kit Dunlap, President & CEO South Hall Council Kara Tate, Vice President, Sales & Programs Community Development Robin Halstead, Vice President VISION 2030 Elizabeth Higgins, Executive Director Marketing & Communications Kemie West, Business Link Editor/Consultant Greater Hall Chamber Welcome Center Robin Halstead, Manager Intern Carli Echols, University North Georgia

Innovative Leaders. Powerful Partnerships. At Jackson EMC, we’re focused on your success. Our team of experts partner with businesses to implement innovative technology to help them manage their energy needs, improve productivity and reduce environmental impact. All to keep energy reliable and affordable now and in the future.

To achieve LEED® Gold, Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton turned to Jackson EMC to integrate several sustainable innovations, including creating an energy model in which building systems are analyzed for optimal performance. Jackson EMC’s Commercial & Industrial Team: Dylan Munn, Jennifer Fennell, Brandon Ashley, David Cleveland, Tate O’Rouke, Wade Johnson, and Garrett Wiley

November 6, 2018 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

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2018 Most Fit Company Awards presented at the HealthSmart Expo Presentation of Most Fit Company Awards took place at the 12th Annual HealthSmart Breakfast on October 17. Judging criteria for the contest included wellness, nutrition and fitness opportunities provided for employees. Chamber Healthcare Committee Chair Dr. Dave Westfall, Emory-Rollins School of Public Health, presents Most Fit Company Award to Kathleen Owen of the Georgia Poultry Improvement Association, winner Small Employer Category (50 or less employees): The Georgia Poultry Improvement Association provides monitoring and diagnostic services from farm to table to contribute to the safety and health of poultry flocks, eggs and poultry products. With 48 employees, they work to keep Georgia’s poultry industry healthy. A Certified Drug-Free Workplace through the Georgia State Board of Workers Compensation, they promote employee wellness through premium incentives and a rewards program. Many employees walk or run in groups on company property during breaks. They encourage good nutrition through e-mail newsletters, and healthy eating options are available in the break room. They also provide employees with on-site health screenings, flu shots and shingles vaccinations.

Boehringer Ingelheim was awarded Most Fit Company in the Medium Employer Category (51-250 employees). (L-R): Lynne Harper, Occupational Health Nurse, Kat Suda, Regional Health & Wellness Coordinator, Randy Sheppard, Environmental Health & Safety Manager, with Dr. Dave Westfall, Emory-Rollins School of Public Health. Boehringer Ingelheim has been in our community for over 30 years and is one of the pharmaceutical industry’s top 20 companies. The company has 240 employees and recently added a new mile walking trail around their facility so employees can exercise on-site. They have an occupational health nurse on staff who assists in monitoring employee health and performs wellness checks, have an annual flu shot event and an on-site metabolic screening day. Employees and spouses who participate in the screenings receive a monetary incentive to use for health services. They offers discount and reimbursement programs for fitness center participation and organize both walking and step counting challenges They also conduct blood drives on-site and have a masseuse who comes bimonthly for employee usage.

(L-R): HealthSmart Guest Speaker Dallas Gay, Partnership for a Drug Free Hall; Chamber Chair Carol Burrell, President & CEO, Northeast Georgia Health System; Lauren Darr, Senior Client Manager, CIGNA; Bryan Holgerson, GA/AL Market President, CIGNA. Thank you CIGNA, presenting sponsor of HealthSmart Expo 2018. Providers and exhibitors reported the largest turnout in the event's 12 year history. Longstreet Clinic performed 290 health screenings (159 of the 290 were new participants) and The Heart Center at NGMC completed 320 carotid artery screenings.

ProCare Rx employees accept award for Most Fit Company in the Large Employer Category ( 251+ employees). ProCare Rx provides low cost pharmacy benefit management systems and services. The company processed their first pharmacy claim in 1994, and today, with 450 employees, processes millions of claims every year. ProCare’s wellness program called Healthy by Choice is run by an RN, assisted by a health coach and a fitness instructor. They offer financial incentives for participation in annual screenings and for being tobacco free, as well as for annual wellness visits to the employee’s physician, dentist and health coaching. They offer participants paid time to exercise and have a staff member that offers exercise classes as well as consultations for creating a personalized workout program. They also pay for registration fees for annual walking events. Their programs are not only focused on physical health, but also mental, emotional, financial, and social wellbeing. They bring in a massage therapist once a month for stress relief and host area vendors for ‘Fresh Market Fridays’ with locally grown fruits, vegetables and honey.

Founded by Marty Owens, The Rooster’s Perch Coffee and Book Co. in Downtown Gainesville is an enterprise of the non-profit, Randy and Friends. Rooster's Perch is a place to sip a cup of coffee, spend time with friends and enjoy a wide selection of books. The shop trains (L-R): D'ete Sewell and Marty Owens, Rosters Perch Coffee & and hires people who face barriers Books; Chamber Chair Carol Burrell, Northeast Georgia Health to a successful and System; Dennis Scheidt, Rooster’s Perch. meaningful life because of intellectual or physical challenges and strives to instill self-confidence and a strong work ethic for associates to become a vital part of the community. Associates learn many employable skills such as customer service, computer skills, and other responsibilities in running a successful business. The staff is well trained and eager to assist! Randy and Friends also provides training/employment in the Woodworking Shop and Business Services Division. 210 Bradford Street, Gainesville, GA 30501. 678-943-2400.

Small Business Success Seminars John Ray, Ray Business Advisors, discussed how pricing is the fastest way to change the profitability of a business at the October Small Business Seminar. (Clockwise, from front left): Dianne Hicks, Keller Williams; Lauran Nunez and Haley Bower, Clipper Petroleum; Carl Rogers and Tony Paramore, Lanier Technical College; Program Presenter John Ray, Ray Business Advisors; Patrick Fulbright, UGA Small Business Development Center; Andrew Davenport.

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Learn how to Communicate Effectively from presenters Gayle Ely, MBA, Total Life Leadership, and Bill Lampton, Ph.D., Championship Communication, on Tuesday, November 13 from 7:45-9:00am at the Chamber. Free for Chamber Members. Sponsored by AccessWDUN, Caldwell Electrical Contractors, Signs by Tomorrow and WSI Digital Rainmakers. Amanda Lewis, 770-532-6206.

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Meetings & Events

Industry Appreciation Luncheon 2018 Industry of the Year Awards

The 10th Annual Industry Appreciation Luncheon on November 13 at 11am at the Chattahoochee Country Club includes Industry of the Year Awards recognizing economic impact, corporate responsibility and workforce excellence. Guest speaker is Anne Kaiser, Chair, Technical College System of Georgia Board; Georgia Power VP of Community & Economic Development. The luncheon is presented by Lanier Technical College and Boehringer Ingelheim (platinum sponsor). Gold sponsors: Liberty Utilities and Rushton. Silver sponsors: Jackson EMC, King’s Hawaiian, Georgia Power, Wilheit Packaging and Electronic Sales Company. Reservations required. $35 Chamber members; $50 Non-members and guests; Table sponsor $400 (limited). Reservations: Amanda Lewis, 770-532-6206 x 111 or

Business After Hours Tuesday, November 27 Door Prizes!

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Brenau University

Cash Prize Drawing!

Business Incubator | 999 Chestnut Street in Gainesville Come meet faculty of Brenau's College of Business and Communication and enjoy networking with Chamber friends and great food by Brenau Catering! Tour the Business Incubator at Brenau University, located at Featherbone Communiversity.

November 6, 2018 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Celebrating Farm City Week


The 24th Annual Farm City Breakfast presented by Jackson EMC is Thursday, November 8 at 7:30 am at the North Hall Community Center. Since 1995, the Hall County Cooperative Extension and the Greater Hall Chamber have coordinated the event in observance of National Farm City Week to recognize local farmers, along with those working in agriculture and agribusiness. The program features Will Schofield, Superintendent of Hall County Schools, as keynote speaker and honors the hard-working individuals and companies who help spur our economic prosperity and feed our county, state, country and the world. Thank you sponsors: Ag Georgia Farm Credit, Hall County Soil & Water Conservation, Chandler Equipment, Hall County Farm Bureau, Peach State Bank, Jaemor Farms, Mountain Fresh Creamery and Bagwell Insurance. The complimentary breakfast is open to the public (no charge). Reservations required: Karen Davis 770-535-8293, or email:

Thank You Chamber Sponsors! AccessWDUN

Hall County Farm Bureau

Mountain Fresh Creamery

Ag Georgia Farm Credit

Hall Co Soil & Water Con.

Peach State Bank

Bagwell Insurance

Jackson EMC

Red Clay Interactive

Boehringer Ingelheim

Jaemor Farms


Brenau University

King's Hawaiian

Signs by Tomorrow

Caldwell Electrical

Lanier Technical College

Sterling on the Lake

Chandler Equipment

Liberty Utilities

Store More Self Storage

Electronic Sales Company

Main Street Gainesville

Wilheit Packaging

Georgia Power

Milton Martin Honda

WSI Digital Rainmakers

November 2018 Tuesday, November 6 Womens Source Power Breakfast 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. | Chamber Wednesday, November 7 Healthcare Committee 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Chamber Thursday, November 8 Farm City Breakfast 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. North Hall Community Park

Thursday, November 15 South Hall Business Coalition at Sterling on the Lake 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 7005 Lake Sterling Boulevard Flowery Branch Thursday, November 15 Chamber Board of Directors 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Gainesville Civic Center

Thursday, November 8 Chamber Executive Committee 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Chamber

Thursday, November 15 Main Street Gainesville Jingle Mingle 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Square in Downtown Gainesville

Friday, November 9 Economic Development Council 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. | Chamber

Friday, November 16 Membership Meeting 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Chamber

Tuesday, November 13 Small Business Seminar 7:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. | Chamber

Wednesday, November 21 Issues Committee 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Chamber

Tuesday, November 13 Industry Appreciation Luncheon 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Chattahoochee Country Club 3000 Club Drive | Gainesville

NOTE: The Chamber Office is Closed for Thanksgiving Holidays: Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23.

Tuesday, November 13 Vision 2030 Board of Directors 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Chamber Tuesday, November 13 Ambassador Council 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 2 Dog Cafe | Gainesville Wednesday, November 14 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Midland Station Downtown Gainesville Wednesday, November 14 Human Resource Council 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Luna's | Downtown Gainesville Wednesday, November 14 Lunch 'n Learn 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. United Way of Hall County

Tuesday, November 27 Business After Hours at the Business Incubator at Brenau University 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 999 Chestnut Street | Gainesville Wednesday, November 28 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Edward Jones | Michael Lancaster 5506 Main Street | Flowery Branch

DECEMBER 2018 Tuesday, December 11 Small Business Seminar 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Chamber Thursday, December 13 Annual Eggs & Issues Breakfast 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. NEW Lanier Technical College 2535 Lanier Tech Drive | Gainesville Get all the details and register for events online:

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November 6, 2018 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Member Announcements



• Brian Bailey, Northeast Georgia Health System; Dr. Betsy Grunch, a neurosurgeon with Longstreet Clinic, and Dan Ryan, Team Ryan Automotive, were named to Georgia Trend Magazine's prestigious "40 Under 40" list, a group of 40 individuals under the age of 40 poised to lead our state’s commercial, cultural, academic and governmental institutions into the future. The October 2018 issue also spotlights Gainesville-Hall County. Copies available at the Chamber, 230 E.E. Butler Parkway in Gainesville. 770-532-6206. • Atlanta Business Chronicle named Chamber Chair Carol Burrell, Northeast Georgia Health System, as a 2018 Women Who Mean Business honoree, recognizing the most dynamic, powerful and game-changing women in the Atlanta business community. • The Quinlan's 71st Annual Members' Exhibition continues through November 24 and showcases the work of local and regional member artists. 770-5362575. • The University System of Georgia Board of Regents has recommended $13.6 million in state funding for the University of North Georgia (UNG) for renovations on the Lanier Technical College campus space, located next to UNG's Gainesville Campus. UNG will begin renovations after Lanier Tech opens its new campus in early 2019. The anticipated completion of the UNG project is January 2021. • Jessica Payne was named to assist the Town of Braselton’s economic development staff and “Buy Local” campaign for downtown revitalization. Payne brings eight years of marketing and advertising experience. • Chris Armstrong has been named chief of Hall County Fire Services. Armstrong began his career in fire services in 1988 and most recently served as chief of fire services for Littleton, Colorado. • The Gainesville Theatre Alliance, a nationally acclaimed collaboration of the University of North Georgia (UNG), Brenau University and area theatre professionals, launched a new Repertory Company with five area students this fall. The talented group includes Alec Beard and Celine Mansour (UNG), Michael Dotson, Lauren Hill and Rachel Finazzo (Brenau). The program combines the importance of storytelling with the literary education of Northeast Georgia’s youth as they

perform for free at schools, libraries, community centers and childrens' hospitals. • Business EXPO 2019 is February 21 with the Annual Business Luncheon, interactive exhibits and A Taste of Gainesville. The largest trade show in Northeast Georgia, Business EXPO 2019 will highlight the many great products and services available in Greater Hall County! FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Great sponsorship opportunities now available. Details: Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 x 115. • Georgia Mountain Food Bank’s (GMFB) 10th Anniversary Empty Bowl Lunch, sponsored by HOMESTAR, raised enough money to help provide more than 673,000 meals to those struggling with hunger throughout Hall, Lumpkin, Union, Dawson and Forsyth counties. • Hall County Resource Recovery, along with Kubota, Southern Waste and Recycling and Wilheit Packaging, received the Innovation Award from the Georgia Recycling Coalition (GRC) for their partnership in diverting waste from the Kubota manufacturing plant in Gainesville to the Hall County Landfill. GRC is non-profit promoting and enhancing reduction and recycling programs throughout the state. • WDUN was honored as the best radio station in its class and was named the state’s best website at the Georgia Association of Broadcasters’ 56th annual GABBY Awards 2018 Convention in October. • Donna Brinson was named Vice President for Academic Affairs at Lanier Technical College. Brinson has nearly 30 years of experience in higher education, starting as an Adjunct Instructor at Lanier Tech's Oakwood Campus and most recently as the College’s Dean of Business, Public Safety and Professional Services. • Greater Hall Chamber Vice Chair of Government Affairs, Philip Wilheit, Jr. has been named by Governor Nathan Deal to the Georgia Ports Authority. A partner in Wilheit Packaging, Philip is on the board of trustees for Leadership Georgia and the board of the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation, John Jarrard Foundation and chair-elect of Junior Achievement.

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New Lanier Technical College

Lanier Technical College's "Grand Reveal" was held on October 19 with a ribbon cutting followed by campus tours. (L-R): Debbie Weber, Board Member, Lanier Technical College Board of Directors; Doug Carter, Vice Chair, Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Board; Matt Arthur, Commissioner, TCSG; Dr. Ray Perren, President, Lanier Tech; Governor Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal; Chris Riley, Chief of Staff, Governor Nathan Deal; Brett Berto, Chair, Lanier Technical College Foundation.

Hundreds Attend Fall Job Fair

The Job Fair in October drew over 600 job seekers (L-R): Alexandra Florez, Thiari Cardenas and Heather Tyner, Express Employment Professionals; Mark Winters, Georgia Department of Labor; Hollie Christy, Express Employment Professionals; Kit Dunlap, Chamber.

Business Before Hours at Sisu Thank you Sisu for hosting Business Before Hours! (L-R): Jamie Reynolds, Sisu Executive Director; Lindsay Addison, Director of Development & Marketing; Randy Owens, Sisu board member. Business After Hours is November 27 at the Business Incubator at Brenau University. Details: 770-532-6206.


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Leadership Hall Team Members (L-R): Ben Filchak, Deep Roots Landscape; Paul Sherman, Clipper Petroleum; Makayla Richards, Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville; Lila Westmoreland, Brenau University; Holli Howard, Chestatee High School; Amanda Wilkson, BatesCarter; 1st Lt. Chris Dale, Hall County Sheriff's Office. The Annual Leadership Hall Fall Retreat was a day of synergy, team building, bonding and fellowship with delicious food, perfect weather and beautiful scenery in the country. Deep appreciation to Montara Farm Retreat for always creating an environment conducive to turning teams into family. Thank you to Georgia Power and Fieldale Farms for sponsoring the program along with Montara.

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Youth Leadership experienced a day learning about etiquette and quality of life. Dario Perla of Master's Apparel and Abby Murray with Style Collectíf started the morning with tips on how to dress for success when job interviewing. The group traveled to My Sister's Place Upscale Boutique where Brandee Thomas assisted the students in a team building exercise to find appropriate career attire while sticking to a budget. A delicious meal was sponsored by Chattahoochee Country Club Karyme Ramirez, Gainesville High School, and Pablo while Staci Crain, East Cervantes, Riverside Military Academy, learn the Waltz and Hall High School, taught Foxtrot as part of Youth Leadership's etiquette program at the Chattahoochee Country Club. proper dining etiquette. The always motivating Lee Goff with Digital Marketing Agency Business Coaching & Mentoring gave the students an insider's view on how to land a quality job. After lunch, the kids learned the Waltz and Foxtrot with Carla J. Walker, Whelchel Dunlap Jarrard & Walker. Then, Dr. Juli Clay, Brenau University, finished out the day by teaching the students how to write proper thank you notes for all occasions. Thank you to all of the above as well as to Gainesville Parks & Recreation for sponsoring gift passes for the winners of the fashion challenge.

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November 6, 2018 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Economic Development

Driving Club at Road Atlanta


South Hall Business Coalition

Photo provided by Orion Media Company

Gary Sekulow (with scissors), Adam Sekulow and Trip Campbell cut a ribbon for the Driving Club at Road Atlanta in Braselton. The Driving Club at Road Atlanta is your new favorite club located in a newly renovated 25,000 square foot luxury clubhouse, centered around the nation’s favorite track. The 2.54 mile track and long straight-aways gives you the space you need to really push the limits of your vehicle. Whether you are out on the track, or joining us on race day, you will never miss the action as your new Member Lounge overlooks one of the most iconic sections of the track – Turn 12. Driving Club at Road Atlanta, 5290 Winder Highway, Braselton, GA 30517, 678-280-CLUB.

(L-R): Kay Keller and Shannon Shockley, University of North Georgia; Kit Dunlap, President & CEO, Greater Hall Chamber; Dr. Richard Oates, Vice President, University of North Georgia Gainesville Campus; Darrell Rochester, President & CEO, Rochester & Associates. Dr. Oates gave an update on the University and what's planned for the future at the South Hall Business Coalition meeting in October. The November 15 meeting will be at Sterling on the Lake. Meetings are sponsored by Milton Martin Honda, Red Clay Interactive, AccessWDUN and Store More Self Storage. Cost: $5 Chamber members; $15 non-members. Details: Kara Tate, 770-532-6206. Email: Reservations Online:

Master Craftsmen Recognized

Six North Georgia craftsmen (and craftswomen) were honored as masters of their trade at the 7th Annual Master Craftsmen Awards Program at Lanier Technical College in October. Carl Rogers, VP of Economic Development for Lanier Tech, moderated the event that was founded by the late Gus Whalen, a visionary who designed the series of events to honor master craftsmen, teachers, nurses and entrepreneurs. Rogers said paying tribute to men and women with unique skills that allow the community to see how valuable such trades are.

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"Today there's a huge shortage of tradespeople whether it's manufacturing or carpentry or plumbing," Rogers said, noting that Lanier Tech is tasked with educating and training future tradespeople. 2018 Master Craftsmen included Luis Azpieta, machinist; Jon Canada, residential builder; Pam England and Tamara Lewis, finish tradeswomen and owners of Chic & Shabby; Tommy Hawks, HVAC technician; Steve Paul, electrician.


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Office Manager, Lori Burgess (front left) and Owner, Wes Hyder (with scissors) cut a ribbon to celebrate the first year anniversary of Hometown Heating & Air. With over 22 years of experience, Hometown has taken their knowledge and experience and combined it with an approach that makes customers feel like they are working with a friend they can trust – like someone you know from your "hometown." They serve the community by helping with special projects such as Habitat for Humanity Hall County and athletic programs at Cherokee Bluff High School. 940 Sherwin Pkwy, Suite 100, Buford, GA 30518. 678-528-7887.

Lauren Pohl, Executive Manager of Forge-Rx, cuts a ribbon at the fitness facility in Flowery Branch. The team at Forge-Rx Fitness strives for a healthier you with a combination of physical fitness, nutrition and wellness. Their goal is to help individuals become more active, find balance with their nutrition, and ultimately live a longer life. They’ve combined all aspects of health and well being under one roof for the best experience possible. Forge-Rx Fitness, 7386 Friendship Springs Blvd, Suite A, Flowery Branch, GA 30542. 706-309-2099.

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Jennifer Jack-Wunder and Alan White cut a ribbon at Comfort Keepers, a provider of care services and living assistance in clients' homes. Their work allows seniors and disabled individuals to live independently and as comfortably as possible. They assist with short-term care and feature flexible schedules to help maintain independence and quality of life. 439 Green Street, NW, Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-906-8008.

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Oakwood City Officials Stan Brown, City Manager, and B.R. White, Oakwood Community Development, joined McEver Road Self Storage's John Stoecker, Manager, Owner Kal Hafez (with scissors), Melinda Coker, Senior VP, and Gary Cantrell, and Small Business Access Partners' Matt Schroeder and Teresa Noles for a ribbon cutting. Locally owned and operated, McEver Storage, a facility with over 700 units in Oakwood, was established in the late 1980’s and has undergone five expansions with the most recent completed this year. They offer both climate and non-climate controlled units of various sizes to accommodate all customers needs as well as vehicle, boat and RV storage. 5140 McEver Road, Oakwood, GA 30566. 770-534-5011.

November 6, 2018 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Meineke Car Care Center


(L-R): Mike Celano, Shazib Jamil, Gerri Henwood and Scott Rizzo of Recro with City of Gainesville Mayor Danny Dunagan and Police Chief Carol Martin. Recro, a producer of solid oral dose products and extended release formulations, opened their second location in Gainesville to focus on development. Recro Gainesville, 988 Chestnut St., Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-534-8239. Want to promote your company with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony? This is a free service if you're a member of the Greater Hall Chamber. Not a member? Join now and receive numerous benefits. For more membership information or to schedule your event, contact Christen Wilbanks, VP Membership Sales, or Kara Tate, VP Sales & Programs, at 770-532-6206.

Mark Knapp, Karen Donnelly, Donna McKelvin, Michael Kennedy and Nathan Lowery (Bruce Kennedy unavailable for photo) cut ribbon for Meineke Car Care Center, a complete one-stop car care facility. Locally owned and operated, Meineke provides certified mechanical repairs and exceptional customer service. Whether you need an oil change or a custom muffler package, tires or air conditioning repair, the team at Meineke can meet your needs. 2438 Limestone Parkway, Gainesville GA 30501. 678-943-8763.

Welcome New Chamber Members

BrohmTEK Michael Sims 821 Dawsonville Highway Suite 250-116 Gainesville GA 30501 - IT Services 678-696-0901 Cross Pointe Mill Creek Church Chad Logan 7340 Friendship Springs Blvd Flowery Branch GA 30542 - Church 770-362-4689 Forge-RX Brooke Sheppard 7386 Friendship Springs Blvd Flowery Branch GA 30542

- Fitness Center 678-960-4224 Jackson Boyum 2040 Skylar Leigh Drive Buford GA 30518 - Individual Member 770-655-8013 North Club Real Estate Todd Slaughter 718 Green Street Gainesville GA 30501 - Real Estate 770-846-7965 Onin Staffing Clarence Kittrell 510 West Avenue Gainesville GA 30501 - Employment Agency 678-275-4040 Rob Followell 6845 Jot-em-down Road Gainesville GA 30506 - Individual Member 706-973-9301

Sheri & Bill Bill Eppright 4837 Lost Creek Dr Gainesville GA 30504 - Entertainment 678-672-7310

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The Chair Factory LLC Robert Cheeley 456 Industrial Boulevard Gainesville GA 30501 - Venue 678-727-5509

The Simpson Company Nora Nelson P.O. Box 292 Gainesville GA 30503 - Commercial Real Estate 727-424-1110 NETWORKING... it's the #1 reason businesses join the Chamber. Sign up today and reap the benefits. Call 770-532-6206 or visit

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• Business start-ups to corporations with worldwide markets • Payroll, financial statements and business guidance • Tax planning and tax preparation for individuals and business entities Thank you Paul Chambers and AT&T for sponsoring the Greater Hall Chamber's October Board of Directors Meeting at the Chattahoochee Country Club. (L-R): Chamber Chair Carol Burrell, President & CEO, Northeast Georgia Health System; Daphney Souvenir, AT&T Retail Store Gainesville; Chamber Board Member and HALLmark Initiative Co-Chair Paul Chambers, AT&T Northeast Georgia Regional Director, External Affairs; Jaime Lopez, AT&T Retail Store Gainesville; Kit Dunlap, President & CEO, Greater Hall Chamber. Chamber Board of Directors meetings are open to members. The next meeting is Thursday, November 15, 12:00-1:30pm at the Gainesville Civic Center. $15 per person. Reservations: Gerri Collins, 770532-6206 or email


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Why Join the Chamber? “Chamber membership means that I stay in the know – whether it’s a new business moving into the area or an established business expanding or even changing leadership. Knowing what’s going on is the biggest advantage to Chamber membership. If you're planning to do any kind of business in Hall County, you’ll want to join the Chamber.”

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"Being an active member of the Chamber has benefited our company in many ways: Business after Hours allows us to network with future clients. Small Business Seminars provide informative tools that have helped us shape our business brand, and the South Hall Business Coalition keeps us in touch with the companies in our area." Kay Cochran Vice President, Cochran Brothers Electric Co., Inc.

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Jingle Mingle on the Square Thursday, November 15

"The heart of Chick-fil-A is to invest in our local community. The Greater Hall Chamber provides an excellent avenue for us to grow our relationships with our guests and other Gainesville businesses. By joining a Chamber Committee, you are able to network with other business leaders to continue making an impact in Hall County.”

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Take advantage of all the Greater Hall Chamber has to offer. If you're a member, get involved. If you're not, JOIN now. Contact Christen Wilbanks, VP Membership Sales, or Kara Tate, VP Sales & Programs, at 770-532-6206 or JOIN online at

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Upcoming Chamber Events Thursday, November 8 Farm City Breakfast 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. North Hall Community Park

Wednesday, November 14 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Midland Station Downtown

Thursday, November 15 Jingle Mingle 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Downtown Gainesville Square

Tuesday, November 13 Small Business Seminar 7:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m Chamber

Wednesday, November 14 Lunch 'n Learn 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. United Way of Hall County

Tuesday, November 27 Business After Hours 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Brenau University

Tuesday, November 13 Industry Appreciation Lunch 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Chattahoochee Country Club

Thursday, November 15 South Hall Business Coalition 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Sterling on the Lake

Thursday, December 13 Eggs & Issues Breakfast 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. New Lanier Technical College



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Business Link November 2018  
Business Link November 2018