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Buy Local Business Expo 2012

Chairman's Column page 2

The Greater Hall Chamber's Annual Buy Local Business Expo is Thursday, January 19 and will highlight the many great products and services that you can find right here at home. Booth space and sponsorships are now available.

New Industry Ground Breaking page 4 Upcoming Events page 6 Ribbon Cuttings page 10

Thursday, December 8

The Expo will be held in meeting rooms ABC at the Georgia Mountains Center from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. and will feature dozens of local businesses and nonprofits. Business After Hours with food, drink and a cash bar coincides with the event from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Event Sponsors are AT&T Real Yellow Pages, Charter Business, Delta Community Credit Union, Milton Martin Honda, The Times and WDUN AM-FM Radio.

When it comes to YOUR banking, don’t settle for anything less. Member Announcements page 11

7:30 - 9:00 a.m. • Gainesville Civic Center

Lt. Governor Casey Cagle

and the Gainesville-Hall County legislative delegation

VISION 2030 page 12

New Members Page 13

49th Georgia Senate District State Senator Butch Miller 26th Georgia House District Rep. Carl Rogers

"We introduced the first Buy Local Business Expo two years ago, and the event has been a tremendous success. We are anticipating 60-70 exhibitors displaying a variety of business-to-business and business-to-consumer products and services. This is one networking event you'll not want to miss!" said Greater Hall Chamber Vice President of Membership Michelle Wiley. Exhibits are $195 each for Chamber Members; $300 for Non-Members; $100 NonProfits. Exhibits include a six (6) foot table, a table cloth, a table skirt and two chairs. Electricity is available for an extra $25 fee. For more information or to reserve your booth space, call Michelle Wiley, 770-532-6206. Email:

27th Georgia House District Our Customer Service Representative Team in Hall County: Rep. Doug Collins

Small Business of 31st Georgia House District Sandra Moorhead, Gainesville - Main Office | Pam Avery, Oakwood - South Hall the Month Rep. Tommy Benton Jennifer Hill, Murrayville | Shane Lasseter, Gainesville - Thompson Bridge, page 14 25th Georgia House District Erin Still, Clermont - Quillian’s Corner (TBD – Runoff on December 6) Workforce Sponsored by Development Georgia page 15

Register Now for Booth Space!

Buy Local Business Expo Thursday, January 19, 2012 Mountains Center

EXPO 1:00-6:00 pm • BUSINESS AFTER HOURS 4:00-6:00 pm


AINESVILLE Thursday, DecemberGAINESVILLE 8 Eggs & Issues mpson Bridge) (Main Office) andridge Court 351 Jesse Tuesday, December 13 Jewell Parkway Small Business Success Seminar 0-534-1165 770-531-3191


Thursday, December 15 South Hall Business Coalition MURRAYVILLE

5504 Thompson Bridge Rd. DECEMBER 770-535-8642


A Publication of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

From the Chairman

Saving the Brick and Mortars Just the other day, I was forwarded an email by my sister from a local independent retailer. The message was strong and lured me into researching further. Carole Hudgins, owner of The Little Ladybug and originator of the email, sent a cry for support. She urges current customers and prospective clients to take part in the 3/50 Project. The goal is simple: Ask consumers to frequent three local businesses they don’t want to see disappear, and to spend a very affordable $50 per month doing it.

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

The 3/50 Project is a viral Buy Local campaign that sprung from a simple blog post in March 2009, supporting independent, locally owned businesses. By educating consumers about the impact of their spending habits, the Project's goal is to increase consumer spending in a way that delivers the greatest amount of financial benefit to local community economies. The Project's tag line, Saving the Brick and Mortars Our Nation is Built On, refers to its sole purpose – retention of locally owned, independent businesses, whose dollars provide a large portion of annual revenue critical to funding public resources and services.

Consumers are asked to think of three businesses they would miss if they disappeared, then return to them, with a reminder that those transactions are what keeps the doors open. The number 50 ties to the fact that if just half the employed U.S. population dedicated $50 of their current monthly spending to locally owned independent businesses, more than $42.6 billion of revenue would be generated annually. The 3/50 Project message then explains that for every $100 spent in local, independent brick and mortar businesses, more than $68 returns to the local economy; when spent in a big box or chain, the amount drops to only $43. Spend it online, and unless you live in exactly the same community as the e-tailer, nothing comes home.

December 6, 2011 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

I can think of three businesses right off the bat. And, supporting this Buy Local campaign is at the heart of the Chamber's mission. Over 85% of our members are small businesses. On January 19th, we'll support this campaign further by hosting the Buy Local Business Expo. Already, 30 companies have signed up as exhibitors, and we'll be promoting all the programs and services you can find right here at home.


Business Link Volume 17 Issue 12 mcKemie West, editor • email: Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

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

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

Vice Chair, Education elisabeth Baldwin BB&T

President & CEO Kit Dunlap, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Board of Directors 2011-2012 David Abee, Regions Bank

Deborah mack, Community Volunteer

emily Bagwell, Whelchel, Dunlap, Jarrard, Walker

mike miller, Mayor, City of Flowery Branch

Brenda Bahel, The Starke Companies

Willie mitchell, Gainesville City Schools

Perry Barnett, Rushton & Company

Dr. martha Nesbitt, Gainesville State College

Wade Beavers, Beavers/Rogers Law & Advisory

James Nix, Mayor, City of Clermont

Col. James Benson, Riverside Military Academy

Tom oliver, Chairman, Hall Co. Commission

William H. Beyer, NEGA Heart Center

Bob Pennington, Willis Investment Council

Carol Burrell, NEGA Health System

larry Poole, Mayor, City of Gillsville

Ruth Bruner, Mayor, City of Gainesville

Terry Roberts, Lake Lanier CVB

Brian Cantel, Cantel Wealth Management

Will schofield, Hall County Schools

Bob Coleman, Coleman & Chambers

Dr. ed schrader, Brenau University

lance Compton, Red Clay Interactive

Joyce stephens, United Community Bank

sam evans, City of Oakwood Councilman

Dennis stockton, The Times

Andi Farmer, Milton Martin Honda

milton Turner, Mayor, City of Lula

This Holiday Season, and on through the year, let's get the word out and take part in the survival of the cornerstone of our local economy – our Brick and Mortars.

Kathy Fauscett, Keller Williams Realty

Russell Vandiver, Lanier Technical College

Tony Funari, Mayor Pro-tem, Town of Braselton

Greg Vitek, IMS Gear

Rob Geoffroy, The Atlanta Falcons

Dr. mary Watkins, Watkins Chiropractic


Tommy Howard, The Norton Agency

Darrell Wiley, J&J Foods

Dr. Bonita Jacobs, North Georgia College & SU

Philip Wilheit, Wilheit Packaging Materials

Jacobs, A Civic Leader Remembered

Dr. John Kennedy, Lakeview Academy

Philip Wilheit, Jr., Wilheit Packaging Materials

Jay Jacobs followed in his father's footsteps and his grandfather's footsteps becoming the first third-generation leader of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce this year. Jay's grandfather, John Jacobs, Sr., served as president of the Chamber in 1928. His father, John Jacobs, Jr., founder of WDUN Radio, Jacobs Media and Wide Travel served two terms as Chamber President/Chairman, first in 1956 and again in 1970. Chamber associates and friends are remembering the media giant and community leader who died in November. Jacobs dedicated his life to serving his family, his country and the needs of the community. He was a WWII Veteran, Brenau University's longest serving Trustee (chair for 25 years), a 31-year trustee at Riverside Military Academy, Kiwanis Club leader, Jaycees president and help found the Northeast Georgia History Center. John Jacobs will Greater Hall Chamber Chairman Jay Jacobs (left), Jacobs Media be missed and remembered for all his accomplishments but remembered most as a Corporation, with Chamber President/CEO Kit Dunlap and parents Martha and the late John Jacobs. mentor and friend to many.

Kelly lee, Wells Fargo Advisors

Associate Directors 2011-2012 Karen Baston, Sperry Van Ness

Tony Paramore, Gainesville Paint & Design

Jimmy Hernandez, Milton Martin Toyota

spence Price, The Adams Companies

emmett Forrester, NEGA Diagnostic Clinic

Dan slott, Service Master

Doug langman, TRC Staffing

Jessica Tullar, City of Gainesville

Chris mcCall, Keller Williams Realty

Carla Walker, Whelchel, Dunlap, Jarrard, Walker

Julie Nicholson, Community Bank & Trust

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

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

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

Community Development Robin Halstead, Vice President

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

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

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Economic Development

ProCare Rx Ground Breaking ProCare Rx's Roger Burgess (below) addresses officials at the ground breaking ceremony for ProCare Park corporate headquarters and data center in Gainesville.

ProCare Rx, a national pharmacy benefit management company, broke ground in late October on construction of the first of several buildings in the new ProCare Park corporate campus in Gainesville-Hall County. The initial facility, located on a 23acre site fronting I-985 at Exit 20, is anticipated to be complete by summer 2012 and will house ProCare Rx’s almost 120 Georgia-based employees in the corporate headquarters, operations support and state-of-the-art data center. “This is a long-term strategic move for us to relocate our corporate headquarters and the bulk of our operations to Gainesville-Hall County,” said Roger Burgess, cofounder of ProCare Rx. “As a national company, we need to be close to the assets of Metro-Atlanta, however it is important that we be in a community with its own sense of identity and a progressive attitude that supports our business growth.”

December 6, 2011 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Founded in 1987, ProCare Rx administers and manages the prescription drug benefits for millions of members delivering significant cost savings to client groups including self-insured employer groups, hospices, workers comp plans, insurance companies and other managed care organizations.


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On hand for the ground breaking ceremony was Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, stating “ProCare Rx is a leading performer in the management of pharmacy benefit programs, and I am excited that the company and its founders are making this renewed long term commitment to do business and grow their future in Georgia.” “Our success is determined by the talents of our people,” said Burgess. “By relocating to Gainesville-Hall County, we are positioning ProCare Rx to retain and recruit the best talent in our industry with the quality of life supported by the lake, the mountains, the schools and the overwhelming sense of kindness we’ve found in being welcomed by community leadership.” Recruitment effort to bring the company to the area began in 2005 through the Greater Hall Chamber's Economic Development Division. During a group meeting, ProCare Rx officials shared their vision, and the City of Gainesville, Hall County, the Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority worked together to support the creation of the new corporate campus. “This is a business that recognizes the importance of people,” said Kit Dunlap, President and CEO of the Greater Hall Chamber. “ProCare Rx joins a growing list of national leaders in technology-based businesses that recruit and retain the best talent in Gainesville-Hall County. ProCare Rx will be a company that helps brand this community with a prominent position on one of the most visible sites in the region.”

(L-R): Mike Giles and Abit Massey, Georgia Poultry Federation; Michael Wheeler, Hall County Extension Office; Bryan Tolar, Georgia AgriBusiness Council; Dennis Pitts, Lt. Governor Casey Cagel's office; Tom Oliver, Chairman, Hall County Commission; Billy Skaggs, Georgia Department of Agriculture. Michael Wheeler presented Guest Speaker Bryan Tolar with Proclaimation for Farm City Week in Gainesville-Hall County.

Pattillo to construct new building Pattillo Industrial Real Estate will begin construction on a new, 77,100 square-foot speculative building in Gainesville Business Park this month – the first spec building developed in Georgia in almost four years. Larry Callahan, CEO, Pattillo Industrial Real Estate said, “Our firm will Rendering of Pattillo's new spec building. be making this investment in one of the hottest economic development markets in the Southeast. The Gainesville-Hall County market has demonstrated that demand by employers to access the skilled workforce drives demand for manufacturing space.” The building, located on a 20-acre site at the park, will be expandable to 140,000 square feet. This will be the second building developed in the Gainesville Business Park since opening in March 2010. ZF Wind Power opened a 250,000-square-foot headquarters and manufacturing space in October 2011. “Our public-private partnership with Pattillo continues to pay dividends for the area,” added Tim Evans, Vice President of Economic Development. “As much as 80% of our new business recruitment activity is focused on finding an existing building. Our success has left available buildings very scarce in our market. This new building will enhance our ability to attract needed jobs to the region.”

2012 Industry of the Year Awards The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Industry of the Year Awards, honoring small, medium and large manufacturers/processors/distributors, will be presented at the Annual Industry Appreciation Luncheon on Tuesday, January 17 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Chattahoochee Country Club. Nominations for 2012 Awards are now being accepted. Sponsored by Lanier Technical College. $35 Chamber Member; $50 Guests; $400 for a Table for Six (6). Make nominations and reservations online at or contact Jean McCullough, Project Manager, 770-532-6206. Email:

Environmental Health & Safety

(L-R): Regions Market President David Abee; Michael Fucito, Vice President Consumer Sales Manager; Bill Lampton, Championship Communication; Brian Kovach, Regions Branch Manager, at the Business After Hours in October at the new main branch on the corner of Washington Street and E.E. Butler Parkway in Downtown Gainesville. Bill Lampton was winner of the bicycle giveaway during the event!

American Security Shredding recently hosted the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Environmental Health & Safety Committee. (L-R): Shelley Davis, Greater Hall Chamber VP of Existing Industry; Bill Nusbaum, Georgia Tech; Carroll Griffin, ZF Wind Power; Megan Martin and David Mills, American Security Shredding; Jessica Butzer, Brenau Catering; Steve Naughton.

South Hall Hospital Update

Thank You Event Sponsors Ag GA Farm Credit • AT&T • Chick-fil-A Stonebridge Crossing • Crystal Farms Avian Technologies • Delta Community Credit Union • Farm Bureau Georgia Power • Hall County Soil & Water • Jacobs Media • Jackson EMC Lakeview Academy • Main Street Gainesville • MarJac Mountain Fresh Creamery • Milton Martin Honda • Peckerwood Farms The Times • United Community Bank • WDUN AM-FM Radio

Small Business Success Seminar

(Clockwise from top): Lane Jones, Highland Mountain Water; Charles White; Randal Frost, Stewart, Melvin & Frost; Joyce Stephens, United Community Bank (event sponsor); Officer Joe Britte, Gainesville Police Department; Angela Thompson, Main Street Gainesville; Zack Tumlin, Turner, Wood & Smith. Don't miss the upcoming Small Business Success Seminar on December 13 at the Chamber!

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December 6, 2011 • An Advertising Supplement to The Times

(L-R): Northeast Georgia Health System's Anthony Williamson,Vice President, Greater Braselton Development; Carol Burrell, President & CEO, Northeast Georgia Health System; Dr. Jack Chapman, Gainesville Eye Associates; Chad Bolton, Northeast Georgia Health System, at the Healthcare Committee's recent meeting and South Hall hospital update. The December 6th meeting "Models for Access to Primary & Specialty Care for the Uninsured" will be presented by Dr. Jack Chapman, Gainesville Eye Associates, and Cheryl Christian, Good News Clinics. Details: Jean McCullough, 770-532-6206. Email:

Membership Development

Business After Hours at Regions


Meetings & Events

December 2011 Tuesday, December 6 Youth Leadership Hall Healthcare/Community Service Program 7:50 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Frances Meadows Center

Wednesday, December 14 Issues Committee City of Gainesville - Comprehensive Plan Update - Pedestrian Bridge 8:00 a.m. – Chamber

Wednesday, December 7 Healthcare Committee Models for Access to Primary & Specialty Care for the Uninsured presented by Dr. Jack Chapman, Gainesville Eye Associates, and Cheryl Christian, Good News Clinics 8:00 a.m. – Chamber

Wednesday, December 14 Network Over Coffee 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. – McDonald's Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville

Wednesday, December 7 Leads Group 11:30 a.m. – Turnstile Deli Thursday, December 8 Annual Eggs & Issues Breakfast Featuring Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and the Hall County Legislative Delegation 7:30 a.m. – Gainesville Civic Center Thursday, December 8 Leadership Hall County Law/Judicial Program 7:30 a.m. – Gainesville Civic Center

December 6, 2011 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, December 13 Small Business Success Seminar Building Your Business Success presented by Jeff Smith, ActionCOACH Atlanta 7:45 - 9:00 a.m. – Chamber


Thursday, December 15 South Hall Business Coalition Hall County Update by Tom Oliver, Chairman, Hall County Commission 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. – The Oaks at Lanier Charter Career Academy Thursday, December 15 Chamber Executive Committee 11:30 a.m. – Chamber Tuesday, December 20 VISION 2030 Board of Directors 11:30 a.m. – Chamber Note: No Greater Hall Chamber Board of Directors Meeting in December Note: No Gainesville-Hall County Economic Development Council meeting in December Get details on these and other upcoming Chamber events and register online:

2012 Chamber Events Tuesday, January 17: Annual Industry Appreciation Luncheon 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Chattahoochee Country Club Sponsored by Lanier Technical College Thursday, January 19: Buy Local Business Expo & Business After Hours Expo: 1:00-4:00 p.m. – Business After Hours: 4:00-6:00 p.m. Georgia Mountains Center – Meeting Rooms ABC Sponsored by AT&T Real Yellow Pages, Charter Business, Milton Martin Honda, The Times, WDUN AM-FM Radio Tuesday, February 14: South Hall Marketing Workshop Presented by Gordon Sawyer and the professionals at Red Clay Interactive 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. – The Oaks at Lanier Charter Career Academy Friday, February 24: SAFE & GREEN Environmental & Safety Assembly 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Georgia Mountains Center Wednesday, March 14: Annual GDOT Transportation Forum 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Gainesville State College, Continuing Education Building Wednesday, March 28: Job Fair & Career Expo 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. – Georgia Mountains Center Sponsored by Gainesville Employer Committee, Lanier Technical College, WDUN AM-FM Radio

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

Building Your Business Success: Plan, Action, Results Presented by Jeff Smith, Partner & Executive Coach of ActionCOACH Atlanta, a business coaching firm that helps company executives grow their business and improve profitability through a set of strategic plans and systems. Details: Jean McCullough, 770-532-6206. Email: Online:

South Hall Business Coalition Thursday, December 15 8:00-8:15 a.m. Networking • 8:15-9:00 a.m. Program Lanier Charter Career Academy $5 Members • $15 Non-Members • Includes Breakfast Sponsored by Milton Martin Honda and WDUN AM-FM Radio

Hall County Government Update

Tom Oliver, Chairman, Hall County Commission Reservations: Michelle Wiley, 770-532-6206. Email: Make reservations for this event online:

Industry of the Year Awards Tuesday, January 17 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Chattahoochee Country Club $35 Chamber Members; $50 Guests; $400 Table for Six (6) Includes Lunch • Sponsored by Lanier Technical College The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Industry Appreciation Luncheon and Program will present awards to small, medium and large manufacturers, processors or distributors, in the Greater Hall area. Download applications for Industry of the Year at Reservations and more information: Jean McCullough, 770-532-6206. Email: jean Make luncheon reservations online at

Buy Local Business Expo Thursday, January 19 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. Buy Local Business Expo 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Business After Hours

Business Exhibits • Prizes • Food Networking • Business After Hours Register now for the area's largest business trade show. Exhibits, $195 Chamber Members; $300 non-members; $100 non-profits. Event Sponsors are AT&T Real Yellow Pages, Charter Business, Delta Community Credit Union, Milton Martin Honda, The Times and WDUN AM-FM Radio. For Exhibit and Sponsor Information: Michelle Wiley, 770532-6206. Email: Online:

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Ribbon Cuttings

New Subway at Shallowford Road Subway District Manager Nick Herring with Kiara Shealer and Donna Markham at the ribbon cutting at Subway on Shallowford Road in Gainesville. The new location is ideal for fresh baked subs, salads and cookies. The restaurant offers a clean, healthy and friendly place to enjoy a great, healthy meal. Breakfast served seven days a week until 11 am. 151 Shallowford Road, Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-536-6696.

Mr. Rooter Plumbing of North GA

Owners Terry and Teena Humphrey cut ribbon for their new franchise, Mr. Rooter Plumbing of North Georgia. After starting a plumbing company 11 years ago, the Humphrey's recently opened this as their second business. Mr. Rooter focuses on plumbing and drain cleaning services with "the personal touch of a locally-owned business and the benefits of national training and backing of a large company." Mr. Rooter services Hall and Jackson counties with technicians on call 24/7. 2140 Hilton Drive, Suite D, Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-718-1063.

December 6, 2011 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Chase Bank in Flowery Branch


Branch Manager Sheila Fugate cuts ribbon at Chase Bank in Flowery Branch. Conveniently located in South Hall County on Spout Springs Road, the new branch is prepared to satisfy all banking needs with checking, savings, automobile loans, mortgages and investments. 7354 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch, GA 30542. 770-965-9479.

Baxter's Multi-Sport Facility Mark Grogan cuts ribbon at Baxter's Multi-Sport, Northeast Georgia's premier resource for cycling, running and triathlon needs. The facility offers Baxter's Smoothie & Juice Bar, Baxter's Shirt Factory for t-shirt design and production, and Hands on Healing Massage. 2480 Limestone Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-532-2453.

Designer Treasurers

Linda Barnette cuts ribbon at Designer Treasures, a gently-used luxury retail shop. Save 50% or more on designer brands, purses, clothes, shoes and jewelry. Juniors and womens sizes available, 0-3X. The shop carries a large selection of formal wear for weddings, dances and even mink coats! 1062 Thompson Bridge Road, Suite B-4, Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-534-8110.

North Georgia Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Chris Harper cuts ribbon at North Georgia Pediatric Dentistry. The clinic offers the most advanced technology, digital radiography and the highest quality dental materials. "Dr. Chris" is an expert in caring for the unique dental needs of infants, children and teens with a friendly and comfortable experience. Dr. Chris built his practice on the principle of "would this be a place I would want to bring my own children?" 2695 Old Winder Highway, Suite 100, Braselton, GA 30517. 770-965-2340.

Pinnacle Custom Signs in Buford

Phillip Rodriguez, Don, Theresa and Matt Conklin cut ribbon at Pinnacle Custom Signs, a full-service sign company providing premier customer service and high quality products with the latest in technology and innovative advertising techniques. 5012 B.U. Bowman Road, Suite 300, Buford, GA 30518. 678-714-8700.

Hairshack on the Gainesville Square Owners Brenda and Danny Pridgen cut ribbon at Hairshack on the Downtown Square offering economicallyfriendly barber services, womens styles and cuts, and childrens cuts. Full service salon from top quality color to fades and shaves! Check out specials on Facebook! 105 Bradford Street, SE, Gainesville 30501. 770-287-8335.

viding a great hands on learning environment for kids of all ages. Items currently needed: cleaning supplies, arts and craft supplies, office supplies, stamps, financial support. INK is a 501(c)3 organization. Donations tax deductible. • The Quinlan Visual Arts Center announces the opening of Pen Dragon, a fine arts supply store located at the center on Green Street in Gainesville. 678-897-9614. Shop for one of a kind items and support our community by buying handmade gifts at the gift shop with pottery by Philip Zoercher, hand blown ornaments by Loretta Eby, original oil paintings by Ann Alexander, Frank Norton, Jr. and many more! Gift wrapping available. • Doug Carter, President & CEO of Don Carter Realty and 2011 chairman of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, recently received the Frederick B. Kerr Service Award. The award honors a Leadership Georgia alumn who has shown support for the group, which includes young and aspiring leaders from across the state. • Emily Whitehead, Service Project Chairman for Leadership Hall County, announces the Annual Service Project benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County. The group seeks to collect 1,500 gifts by December 8 to be distributed to children ages 5-17 at the Club's Christmas party. Details:

• Becky Fauscett's Keller Williams Realty Lanier Partners of Gainesville was named one of America's top real estate teams by The Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends and ranked in the top 1/2 of 1 percent of over a million Realtors nationwide at No. 221 in the nation. • Mark your calendar for the Chamber's Job Fair & Career Expo on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Georgia Mountains Center. Employer exhibit space and sponsorships available. Jean McCullough, 770-532-6206. jean@ • Jenny Dell is Brenau University's new Director of Alumni Relations. A graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Public Relations, she most recently served as the Director of Communications & Alumni Relations at Christian Academy of Knoxville (TN).

• Northeastern Judicial Circuit Defender Brad Morris was honored with the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' 2011 Indigent Defense Award. Judge Cliff Jolliff is the 2011 recipient of the Judge Aaron Cohn Award, by the Council of Juvenile Court Judges of Georgia. • Colleen Manji announces Jazzercise is collecting canned food, blankets and coats for the local Under the Bridge Ministry through the holidays. 678-357-1690. Email: • Mercer University's Board of Trustees has elected Rev. Bill Coates, Jr. of Gainesville to a five-year board term. Coates is currently senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Gainesville.

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Chamber to Host Trip to Ireland

In partnership with Wide Travel Service, the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce presents "A Lifetime of Irish Memories" an eight day trip to Ireland from Monday, October 29, 2012 - Monday, November 5, 2012. The 8-day trip includes nine meals. An informational meeting about the Greater Hall Chamber's Trip to Ireland is Wednesday, January 18 at 4:30 p.m. at the Chamber. Come learn about this exciting opportunity. Details, Joy Sims, 770-532-6206. Email:

Beautification Committee

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Elachee Nature Science Center and the new Regions main branch received the Fall Business Beautification Awards. Elachee's (Above, L-R): Andrea Timpone, Cynthia Taylor, Kate Pika, Lavon Callahan, Judy Stock, Robbie McCormac, Melissa Reid, Peter Gordon and Karen Legg. (Right): Regions Market President David Abee at the new main branch in Gainesville.

December 6, 2011 • An Advertising Supplement to The Times

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Member Announcements

• Château Élan Winery & Resort announces the completion of a $1.5 million renovation to the Spa at Château Élan.This second phase completes a $3 million transformation of the Spa. • Action Ministries Gainesville has launched “White Christmas” to provide gifts for low-income children. Sign up at and receive a child’s name, age, sizes, and gift wishes. Go shopping and provide a gift totaling $50-$70. Deliver the gift(s) by December 9th to 1 First Street, Gainesville, GA 30504. Steve Napier, 770-531-0144. • Officials recently participated in the dedication and opening of Gainesville State College's Academic IV Building, a 135,000- square-foot, $37.5 million project that nearly doubles the instructional space at the college. The building houses the School of Humanities and Fine Arts and the School of Business, Education, Health and Wellness. • Jennifer Dees, Braselton Town Manager, announced that the Georgia Department of Community Affairs awarded the town a $500,000 grant to assist with renovations of the historic Braselton Brothers Store. The makeover is expected to be an economic boost to the community retaining 16 jobs and creating 29 more. • Support is needed to help INK (Interactive Neighborhood for Kids) continue pro-


December 6, 2011 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Community Development

VISION 2030 Board of Directors


New VISION 2030 Board members have hit the ground running with more than a dozen committees formed, involving over 100 community volunteers. Work is underway to make our “15 Big Ideas” become a reality by the year 2030. Some recent news: • VISION 2030 is excited to work with the John Jarrard Foundation by helping host the first three-day music festival at Brenau University in September. The concert event celebrated its 10 year anniversary this year and grossed over $110,000 for area charities. • The Green Space Committee is working to make our Kelly Anne Miles Chairman VISION 2030 community more connected by trail ways and paths along our current parks. We are pleased with the announcement Partner, Smith, Gilliam, Williams & Miles that the City of Gainesville is continuing the construction on the Midtown Greenway and is developing the trail head in the former CSX maintenance yard. The project is taking place in conjunction with the stream restoration of the North Fork Tributary to Flat Creek. Phase I of the Midtown trail should be open for public use by Spring 2012. • VISION's Public Art Committee is identifying sites for future art and sculpture locations – new ideas and public/private partnerships always welcome! • The Harbor Town Committee has identified three possible locations where a live/ work/play community on Lake Lanier could become a reality. • We recently launched a new website – Many thanks to Full Media for designing, developing and launching the new site! Visit us on Facebook (and on Twitter soon), and the Marketing Committee is in full gear getting the news out about VISION 2030 projects and activities. • The HealthSmart Expo, a VISION 2030 Initiative, was a success with hundreds participating in the free wellness screenings in October. Mark your calendar for the Get Fit Stay Fit 5K Run/Walk on April 19, 2012!

Dental health promoted at Enota

Northeast Georgia General Restorative Dentistry has been a Partner in Education with Enota Multi Intelligence Academy for three years. Dr. Rick Gadbois and his staff recently taught the kids from Monica Carnes and Amy Anderson’s classes the basics of proper hygiene and the importance of keeping teeth clean and healthy. Dr. Gadbois presented an educational animated video that was fun for kids of all ages, and each student received a take home bag full of goodies including a tooth brush, dental mirror and coloring sheet. (L-R): Glory Perkins, Dental Hygienist; Dr. Rick Gadbois; Niki Shawver, Dental Hygienist; Grace Duncan, Patient Coordinator, with students from Enota. For more on Partners in Education, contact Chamber Vice President of Education Dana Miller, 770-532-6206. Email:

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VISION 2030 Board of Directors (Front): Greater Hall Chamber Chairman Jay Jacobs, Jacobs Media; R.K. Whitehead, Whitehead Die Casting; Richard Riley, community volunteer; Bill Sanders, Jackson EMC; VISION 2030 Executive Director Meg Nivens; VISION 2030 Chairman Kelly Miles, Smith, Gilliam, Williams & Miles. (2nd Row): Rob Fowler, Turner, Wood & Smith Insurance; Enrique Montiel, Merial Select; Carl Romberg, Citisco; (3rd Row): Mark Alexander, Stewart, Melvin & Frost; Kit Dunlap, Greater Hall Chamber. (4th Row): Julia Clay, Brenau University; Cindy Wilson, Georgia Mountains YMCA; Tyler Smith, Smith, Gilliam, Williams & Miles. (Back): Allen Nivens, Indigo Energy; Dale Jaeger, The Jaeger Company; Lance Compton, Red Clay Interactive. (Not Pictured): David Abee, Regions; Mimi Collins, The Longstreet Clinic; John Vardeman, Morton, Vardeman & Carlson; Dixie Truelove, Truelove Dairy; LeTrell Simpson, Con-Sen-Sus; Berlinda Lipscomb, community volunteer; Melissa Tymchuk, Northeast Georgia Health System.

George Jones 2541 Club Drive, NW Gainesville, GA 30506 (770) 287-4154 - Individual Member

The BrownStone Project Lynn Roth 2565 Thompson Bridge Road Suite 112 Gainesville, GA 30501 (404) 853-9879 - Social Services

Hairshack Brenda Pridgen 105 Bradford Street Gainesville, GA 30501 (770) 287-8335 - Spa/Salon Facebook: thehairshackgainesville

Doug Smith Contracting Deborah Smith 5412 Green Circle Clermont, GA 30527 (770) 560-2814 - Septic Systems

Holly Ledingham 7308 Birdsong Place Flowery Branch, GA 30542 (828) 808-8354 - Individual Member

Franville Corporation DBA Krystal Travis Rogers 2390 Thompson Bridge Road Gainesville, GA 30501 (770) 532-4859 - Restaurant & Catering Gail Kokaly 5136 Shirley Drive Gainesville, GA 30506 (770) 314-6438 - Individual Member

The Home Depot Reece Gilmer 924 Dawsonville Highway Gainesville, GA 30501 (770) 532-7395 - Retail Hulsey, Oliver & Mahar Jessica Mallanda 200 EE Butler Parkway Gainesville, GA 30501 (770) 532-6312 - Attorney

J.E. Dunn Construction Anna Pirkle Forgey 800 Mt. Vernon Highway Suite 200 Atlanta, GA 30328 (678) 781-2577 - Construction Services

Nationwide Insurance Gillespie Family Agency Bob Gillespie 3290 Buford Drive Buford, GA 30519 (470) 202-7368 - Insurance

Jay Young Electric, Inc. Jay Young 935 Interstate Ridge Drive Suite C Gainesville, GA 30501 (770) 531-5271 - Contractors / Electric

North Georgia Families Jessica Wade 3446 Winder Highway Suite M #147 Flowery Branch, GA 30542 (678) 804-8472 - Advertising/Directories/ Guides

John H. Franklin 585 Mountain View Circle Gainesville, GA 30501 (770) 536-2220 - Individual Member Lawler-Wood, LLC Scott Seaman 900 S Gay Street Suite 1600 Knoxville, GA 37902 (865) 637-7777 - Property Management Melissa Chandler 423 Prior Street, NE Gainesville, GA 30501 (770) 519-2063 - Individual Member

The Norton Agency R. Brad Abernathy 434 Green Street Gainesville, GA 30501 770-540-1548 - Real Estate The Norton Agency Sheila Davis 434 Green Street Gainesville, GA 30501 (770) 235-6907 - Real Estate

Party Town of Gainesville Saha Subrata 3320 Cleveland Highway Gainesville, GA 30506 (404) 862-2637 - Retail Party Supply Pen Dragon Fine Art Supply Mary F. Hall 514 Green Street, NE Gainesville, GA 30501 (678) 897-9614 - Retail Art Supply Rita Harvey 5806 Waterfall Way Buford, GA 30518 (770) 904-5009 - Individual Member Sapphire Management Spence Price PO Box 761 Flowery Branch, GA 30542 (770) 861-8218 - Property Management Sperry Van Ness James "Jadie" Hatcher 332 Washington St, Suite 101 Gainesville, GA 30501 (770) 531-9992 - Commerical Real Estate

Jingle Mingle on Downtown Square

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Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Membership Michelle Wiley and Membership Coordinator Kara Matter with Chamber Ambassador Joe Nation, Gainesville Sign & Graphics, at the December Business After Hours. (Right) Kris Nordholz, Full Media, and daughter, Olivia, enjoyed the festivities on the Square.

Subway Nick Herring 203 EE Butler Parkway Gainesville, GA 30501 (770) 310-0468 - Restaurant & Catering New members (9/29/11 thru 10/31/2011) To join the Greater Hall Chamber or learn about membership benefits, call Membership Coordinator Kara Matter, 770532-6206. Email kmatter@ghcc. com or visit us and join online at

December 6, 2011 • An Advertising Supplement to The Times

The Greater Hall Chamber and Main Street Gainesville's Business After Hours and Downtown Jingle Mingle on the Square was in December with crowds of friends and families kicking off the Holiday Season.

Strong Gaddy Lilly Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC Shane Gaddy 600 Spring Street Gainesville, GA 30501 (770) 532-6361 - Financial Planning home.wellsfargoadvisors. com/strong-gaddy-lilly

Welcome New Members

Cherie Bates 3451 Hickory Lake Drive Gainesville, GA 30506 (404) 775-4832 - Individual Member


Key Economic Indicators

December 6, 2011 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce


Nichols Body Shop

Trip to Atlanta Falcons Game Members of the Chamber's top membership recruiting team won a trip to the Falcons-Titans game. Rob Geoffroy, Atlanta Falcon’s Team Controller, Bill Kokaly, Capital Data Service, Inc., Kara Matter, Chamber Membership Coordinator and David Umberson, Chamber Vice President Finance and Human Resources.

Greater Hall County Area Jobless Employment Rates Hall County

Oct 2011

8.6 Previous Month

12-Month High



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One Year Ago

Oct 2010



Gainesville City


Cherokee Dawson

8.7 8.6



Gwinnett 9.2 Jackson 10.1 Ga Mountains 8.9 State of Georgia 10.2


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Retail Sales


The Norton Agency Key Economic Indicators $ 228,697,110 2 columns 206,539,176 230,664,304 4.4167 x 10 Hall County


Latest October 2011

Previous Month

One Year Ago

September 2011

October 2010




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

D J F M A M J J A S O 2011


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Housing Permits Issued - Hall County Latest

October 8 Previous Month

Business Before Hours The staff at Delta Community Credit Union recently hosted Business Before Hours (L-R): Nancy Williams, Wes Mendenhall, Manager Christy Wagner, Michael Albano and Sonia DeLeon.


100’s millions of dollars

When it comes to collision repairs, Nichols Body Shop in Flowery Branch utilizes cutting-edge technology to provide high quality collision repairs and backs it with personal, old fashioned service of the past. "From taking extra time to talk through the repair work to coming to you for onsite estimates, we go the extra mile and provide the attention that most big shops Greater Hall Chamber Chairman Jay Jacobs, Jacobs Media, don't," said owner Nick with Laura and Nick Nichols of Nichols Body Shop, the Nichols. Nichols has over Chamber's Small Business of the Month recipients. 20 years in the industry and has a team of experienced, certified technicians committed to ongoing training to evolve their skills as technology advances, which means you can feel confident in the quality and durability of repairs. "We're a family owned shop, so when you bring your vehicle to us you talk to the decision makers every time. We take pride in our work and every repair is done right the first time. And all repairs and paint work is backed by a lifetime guarantee." Free estimates. Nichols Body Shop, 4730 Atlanta Hwy, Flowery Branch GA 30542. 770-967-8200.


Membership Development

Small Business of the Month

2010 Total

One Year Ago

Sept 2011

Oct 2010





2011 YTD

Area Permits County Barrow Dawson Gwinnett Forsyth Jackson

Oct 2011 3 1 45 106 3

Oct 2010 33 1 42 60 1

Sept 2011 3 2 48 75 1

Total 2010 45 33 647 1,012 39

2011 YTD 19 31 463 905 18

Homes Sold and Closed and Average Price of Home Area

Oct 2011

Avg Oct Price 2010

Avg Price

Sept 2011

Avg Price

Total 2010

Avg Total Price 2011

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130,529 146










20,389 326










89,653 201










133,791 216










170,098 456

184,566 Updated 11/28

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

Tommy Howard 770-718-5204

The Norton Agency

The Power To Perform

Youth Leadership Hall

Leadership Hall County

Vinci Academy student museum and “Footprints in Time” exhibit. Leadership Hall County enjoyed an overview of Lakeview Academy by John P. Kennedy, Ed. D, Head of School. At Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy, Dr. Matt Maynor, Principal, spoke about the school's accomplishments. Dr. Merrianne Dyer, Gainesville City Schools Superintendent, discussed the Gainesville City School System including future plans for Fair Street Elementary, out-of-city tuition, mandated testing and how charter schools are formed and managed. The class toured Hall County's Lanier Charter Career Academy, enjoyed a delicious fivecourse meal and heard from Superintendent Will Schofield, Hall County Schools. The class toured the World Language Academy led by David Moody, Principal and Carrie Woodcock, Dual Language Coordinator, and witnessed first-hand how the students are learning two/three languages. The group toured the Da Vinci Academy where they explored the student museum and the “Footprints in Time” exhibit where Tinker the Teenage T-Rex fossil and a dinosaur exhibit is on loan from a real estate developer and dinosaur prospector in Austin, TX. Thank you Georgia Power for lunch and Lakeview Academy for breakfast and bus transportation.

Youth Leadership Hall students recently learned about the importance of good credit from Semuel Maysonet, BB&T, and how credit scores are determined. At Jaemor Farms co-owner Drew Echols spoke about agriculture and the history and current operation of the farm. Students enjoyed a hay ride and learned about farming pumpkins, beans, peaches, sun flowers and the process of getting these products and others to consumers. Gainesville Fire Chief Jon Canada addressed the class, and a department tour was led by Deputy Chief Jerome Yarbourgh. The class lunched on the Gainesville Square during a Blue Sky Concert and took part in a scavenger hunt led by Julie Butler, Gainesville Parks and Recreation, and Angela Thompson, Main Street Gainesville. The day ended with a tour of Rock Park Greenway. Many thanks to sponsors, Chick-fil-A at Stonebridge Crossing and Main Street Gainesville.

(L-R): Gainesville Fire Chief Jon Canada; Luis Beltran, Gainesville High; Jonathan Casas, East Hall High; Josaiah Hartog, Chestatee High; Gainesville Deputy Fire Chief Jerome Yarbrough; Rachel Kline,West Hall High; Ashton Litle, Flowery Branch High.

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Leadership Hall Class Members Brian Hughs, The Simpson Company, and John Breakfield, Breakfield and Associates, with students at the Da


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Pictured (L to R): Seated - Kristie McMahan, Michele Hetzel, Michele Piucci, Nicole Pleasant, Elaine Martin, Emily Reed; Standing - Laurie Tullis, Jay Cooper, Jody Lail, Sue Ladd, Stephen Starke, Tascha Franklin, Tom Healan, Greg Barrett, Shelia Williams.

At this Christmas season, we at Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia reflect on our successes and our blessings and thank our shareholders, our customers and our community for your continued support. Community Owned, Locally Managed, Locally Invested 643 E. E. Butler Parkway • (770) 536-0607 • MEMBER FDIC

Upcoming Chamber Events Eggs & Issues Breakfast Thursday, December 8 Featuring Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and the Gainesville-Hall County Legislative Delegation 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Gainesville Civic Center Sponsored by Jackson EMC Open to Public • Buffet Breakfast

Small Business Success Seminar Tuesday, December 13 Building Your Business Success Presented by Jeff Smith, ActionCOACH Atlanta 7:45 - 9:00 a.m. – Chamber Sponsored by United Community Bank and Jacobs Media


South Hall Business Coalition Thursday, December 15 Hall County Government Update Presented by Tom Oliver, Chairman Hall County Commission 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Lanier Charter Career Academy Sponsored by Milton Martin Honda and WDUN Radio


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Business Link December 2011  

Business Link December 2011