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Wednesday, October 11 Expo & Screenings – 7:30am-1:30pm Breakfast – 7:30am-9:00am

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HealthSmart 2017 The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce's 11th Annual HealthSmart Presented by Expo presented by CIGNA is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC with over 60 exhibitors and FREE Health Screenings for men and women 18 years and older. Free Community Health Screenings by The Longstreet Clinic include Blood Pressure, Body Mass Index, Cholesterol, Triglycerides and Glucose Testing with professionals will be on hand to conduct screenings, review your written screening report and answer your questions. FREE Food Demonstration with Chef Hans Rueffert. FREE Shuttle Service! No Admission Fee! No Appointment Needed! FREE Health and Wellness Seminars. FREE McDonald's salads to the first 100 screenings. Great networking, door prizes and giveaways!

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Hans Rueffert, owner and chef of the Woodbridge Inn in Jasper, GA is HealthSmart's featured guest. Known as The Chef Without a Stomach, Hans just finished participating in the first season of The Next Food Network Star in 2005 when diagnosed with stomach cancer. Chef Hans Rueffert With only 2% chance of survival, Hans began a journey of surgeries and treatments writing cookbooks on healthy eating. He frequently teaches cooking classes at the Piedmont Cancer Wellness Center and works with the Gastic Cancer Fund to mentor people with stomach cancer through their disease. His passion for health has led him to reach into his German heritage for a new life motto: Gesundheit, German for ‘good health'. Come hear Hans testimonial at the HealthSmart Breakfast, followed by a Healthy Cooking Demo with delicious food samples.

• FREE Community Health Screenings • Open to the Public • No Appointments Needed • Free Food Demos & Samples • 60+ Exhibitors • FREE Shuttle Service

Save the Date Thursday, September 7 Business Before Hours Tuesday, September 12 Small Business Resource Fair Thursday, September 14 Business After Hours


A Publication of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

From the Chairman

The World is Open for Business To be successful today, businesses must work hard, plan diligently, and as some would say, be touched with a bit of luck. There is an old saying that the definition of luck is when preparation meets opportunity. Hopefully as the recession continues to subside, businesses will have more opportunities. Many businesses used the recession as an exercise to lean up their operation and staff themselves with the right team. Times have changed and the methods to prepare ourselves for future opportunities have changed as well. Now is the perfect time for companies to evaluate markets outside of the norm and remember that our products and services are usually in demand by customers outside of our current markets. For most businesses, having a slightly more diverse product offering or geographic customer base can rePerry Barnett, CPA Ruston duce the risk of local market fluctuations. One of the first steps to determine Chairman, Greater Hall expanded market opportunities is to assess any potential competition for Chamber of Commerce these products or territories. For many this is the easy step. The next step is to evaluate the company’s capacity to fill this potential new business opportunity, and this is a step where many companies stop. I have not encountered a company yet that completed this feasibility analysis and determined that the company was 100% prepared to expand. We often forget that many of our products or services are exportable to any part of the U.S. and anywhere in the world. This may be hard to imagine for a local business such as a small coffee or gift shop. When we travel, we visit places that we enjoyed and bring back fond memories. It is surprising how many of people will continually purchase a product or a service – something that reminds them of a happy experience in their lives. I know people that remember a fun trip to Chicago and will periodically order a pizza shipped in dry ice! Good food and hospitality can be shipped anywhere in the world.

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To take this a step further many businesses should consider international opportunities as well. This could mean selling U.S. goods and services overseas, selling U.S. goods and services to foreign companies investing in the U.S., or even purchasing goods in one country and selling to customers in another country. For many of us this sounds attractive, however we may not know where to start. This is one of many ways the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce can serve us best. Our Chamber is connected with state and federal agencies that focus on U.S. companies planning to expand their markets internationally. The U.S. Department of Commerce and its affiliate agencies have an abundance of market analysis available by country, by product and by industry.


For example, according to this analysis, due to the growth of developing countries, construction is expected to be one of the more dynamic sectors in the global economy. Some of the projected top global demand will be for products such as HVAC, plumbing, glass, doors and windows. Also of note for U.S. e-commerce businesses – in Germany the top two e-commerce sights are Amazon and eBay, with high demand for books, magazines, clothes and shoes. Be sure to mark your calendar and attend the Chamber's upcoming Small Business Resource Fair on Tuesday, September 12 from 7:45-10:00 am at Featherbone Communiversity Manufacturing Development Center in Gainesville. The event features the best local, free resources to help your business thrive and grow. Keynote Speaker Bill Carlson with Infogroup will discuss his company's program called ReferenceUSA, a free target marketing database, and he will give tips on how to use the database program to boost sales and marketing strategies. In addition, representatives and professionals will be on hand to discuss free and low cost business resources from government contracting opportunities to assistance with tax issues and SBA financing. For details on the Small Business Resource Fair, contact Amanda Lewis at the Chamber, 770-532-6206 x 111. Email: When I think of the large amounts of specific data available for global business, I am reminded of those famous words from famous bank robber Willie Sutton. When asked why he robbed banks, he answered, “because that is where the money is.” My point is this: There is a lot of information and assistance available for companies to develop a specific plan for global markets where their products and services can experience the highest demand. There is an entire world of opportunities out there, and the world is open for business.

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2017-2018 Executive Committee Chairman Perry Barnett, CPA, Rushton Chair Elect Carol Burrell, Northeast Georgia Health System

Vice Chair, Government Philip Wilheit, Jr. Wilheit Packaging Vice Chair, Membership Katie Dubnik Forum Communications

Treasurer Jimbo Floyd, Turner, Wood & Smith Insurance Vice Chair, Economic Development David Lee, Jackson EMC Vice Chair, Education Andi Farmer, Milton Martin Honda Vice Chair, Marketing Tate O'Rouke, Jackson EMC

Vice Chair, South Hall Council Geoff Lee, Road Atlanta Vice Chair, Community Development Caroline Lewallen Jaemor Farms

Co-Chairs, HALLmark Paul Chambers, AT&T Mimi Collins, The Longstreet Clinic Randall Frost, Stewart, Melvin & Frost Senior Advisor John Vardeman, Morton, Vardeman & Carlson Immediate Past Chairman Lee Hemmer, The Simpson Company

President & CEO Kit Dunlap Chair, VISION 2030 Greater Hall Chamber of Melissa Tymchuk, Northeast Commerce Georgia Health System Elizabeth Higgins, Exec Director

Board of Directors 2017-2018 Norman Baggs, The Times Glennis Barnes, Georgia Power Phil Bonelli, Wells Fargo Nick Bruner, Rushton Stacey Dickson, Lake Lanier CVB Danny Dunagan, Mayor, City of Gainesville Sam Evans, Councilman, City of Oakwood Josh Everett, New Leaf Landscape Services Brett Fowler, Turner Wood & Smith Insurance Tony Funari, Funari Realty Col. Bill Gallagher, Riverside Military Academy Jim Grier, Champion Capital Alliance Joy Griffin, United Way of Hall County Richard Higgins, Chair, Hall Co. Commission Morgan House, Keller Williams Lanier Partners Dr. John Kennedy, Lakeview Academy David Lloyd, Liberty Utilities Sarita Madera, Homestar Financial Corp Mike McGraw, PrideStaff / Ranger Mfg Terry Merck, American Yazaki Mike Miller, Mayor, City of Flowery Branch Steve Naughton, Enterprising Solutions 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 Larry Poole, Mayor, City of Gillsville Barbara Rambo, ProCare Rx Josh Schlieman, Sullivan & Schlieman Will Schofield, Hall County School System Dr. Ed Schrader, Brenau University Robert Schuetze, BB&T Mulham Shbeib, Mar-Jac Poultry Carol Shirley, South State Bank Jody Spain, Cotton Eyed Joe’s Andy Stewart, Peach State Bank & Trust Ahna Still, Halski Systems Kevin Strada, The Atlanta Falcons Phil Sutton, Kubota Steve Syfan, Syfan Logistics Milton Turner, Mayor, City of Lula Lila Westmoreland, Brenau University Philip Wilheit, Wilheit Packaging Arrik Williams, Tatsumi Intermodal USA Dr. Jeremy Williams, Gainesville City Schools Mike Williams, Lanier Islands Darryl Workman, BrandBank

Associate Directors 2017-2018 Lindsay Addison, Sisu Sues Alexander, Regions Bank Sharon Barrett, South State Bank Kay Blackstock, Georgia Mountain Food Bank Caitlin Collins, Mincey Marble Brook Davidson, Stewart, Melvin & Frost

Logan Jones, AccessWDUN Terry Morrisey, Caldwell Electrical Contractors Nick Pruner, Edward Jones Investments Misty Waldrop, HALLCO Credit Union John Wheeler, Bizzy Bee Exterminators Emily Wiley, J & J Foods/The Market on Limestone

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 Peyton Wilhoite, Project Manager Finance & Operations David Umberson, Vice President, Finance and Human Resources Membership Development Mandy Lathem, Vice President, Events Christen Wilbanks, Vice President, Sales Education & Leadership Andi Harmon, Vice President

Government Affairs Peyton Wilhoite, Project Manager South Hall Council Mandy Lathem, Vice President, Events 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 Savannah Romans, Brenau University

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As part of the 11th Annual HealthSmart Expo, the Greater Hall Chamber is conducting its annual survey for “Most Fit Company Awards” and judging criteria includes wellness, nutrition and fitness opportunities provided for employees. Most Fit Company Awards are presented in three company size categories: Large (251+ employees), Medium (51-250 employees) and Small (50 or less employees), and will be presented at the HealthSmart Breakfast with special guest speaker and Food Network Star Chef Hans Rueffert on October 11 at 7:30 am at the Gainesville Civic Center.

(L-R): Lamar Scroggs, Mayor of Oakwood; Congressman Doug Collins; Alex George, PPG Facility Manager; Chamber Chairman Perry Barnett, Rushton; Tim Evans, Greater Hall Chamber, at the Town Hall Meeting at PPG in Oakwood. Operating since 1981, PPG’s Oakwood manufacturing and R&D facility employs 86 people and produces latex paint for consumer and commercial architectural applications. Congressman Collins took the opportunity to meet with PPG employees and tour the facility during the August Congressional Recess.

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Link to to complete the 2017 Most Fit Company Survey/Nomination online. The deadline to submit award nominations is September 19. HealthSmart Breakfast reservations are required. The HealthSmart Breakfast cost is $15 Chamber Members; $20 Non-Members. Reservations Online: GreaterHallChamber/events. The HealthSmart Expo is free and open to the public with free health screenings. For more information on Most Fit Company Awards, contact Amanda Lewis, 770-532-6206 x 111. Email: For HealthSmart Breakfast Reservations, Expo Exhibit or Sponsorship Opportunities, contact Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 x 115. Email:

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South Hall Business Coalition

2017 Industry of the Year Awards 2017 Industry Appreciation Luncheon presented by

2016 Award Recipients included Murray Plastics, Inc. (Small Employer Category); Tatsumi Intermodal USA, Inc. (Medium Employer Category); SKF USA Inc. (Large Employer Category); The Sherwin Williams Company (Corporate Responsibility Award); Georgia Powder Coating (Safety Culture Award); FAE USA, Inc. (Environmental Stewardship Award); Gold Creek Foods LLC (Workforce Excellence Award). (L-R): Tim Evans, Chamber Vice President of Economic Development; Geoff Lee, Road Atlanta; Tony Funari, Funari Realty; Bill Orr, Mayor, Town of Braselton; Chamber Chairman Perry Barnett, Rushton, at the South Hall Business Coalition meeting. Many thanks to Funari Realty for sponsoring breakfast at the event that included an Economic Update by Tim Evans. The South Hall Business Coalition meets on Tuesday, September 19 at 8:00 am at Road Atlanta for great networking and details on the 20th Annual Motul Petit Le Mans (October 4-7), a 10 hour endurance sports car race that draws over 150,000 visitors to Hall County each year. Reservations Required. $5 Chamber Members; $15 Non-Members. Mandy Lathem, 770532-6206 x 115 or Online:

Greater Hall Chamber Industry of the Year Awards will be presented at the 9th Annual Industry Appreciation Luncheon on November 14 at 11:00 am at the Chattahoochee Country Club. Reservations required. $35 Chamber Members; $50 guests; Table $400 (limited table sponsorships). The event is presented by Lanier Technical College. For information on Industry of the Year Award nominations, sponsorship opportunities or lunch reservations, contact Amanda Lewis, 770-532-6206 x 111. Email: Online Reservations:

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Meetings & Events

SEPTEMBER 2017 Wednesday, September 6 Healthcare Committee 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. – Chamber Thursday, September 7 Business Before Hours and United Way of Hall County Campaign Kickoff 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. First Baptist Church Banquet Hall Friday, September 8 Economic Development Council 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. – Chamber

Tuesday, September 19 Vision 2030 Board of Directors 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Chamber Wednesday, September 20 Issues Committee 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. – Chamber

Tuesday, September 12 Ambassadors Council 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 2 Dog Restaurant/Gainesville

Wednesday, September 20 Lunch 'n Learn 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Honey Baked Ham/Gainesville

Wednesday, September 13 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Atlanta Bread Company/Gainesville

Thursday, September 21 Chamber Executive Committee 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. – Chamber

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Tuesday, September 19 South Hall Business Coalition 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Road Atlanta 5300 Winder Highway/Braselton

Tuesday, September 12 Small Business Resource Fair 7:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. – Lanier Tech MDC at Featherbone Communiversity

Wednesday, September 13 Human Resources Council 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Luna's Restaurant/Gainesville


Tuesday, September 19 Youth Leadership Hall 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Riverside Military Academy/Gainesville

Thursday, September 14 Business After Hours 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Sterling on the Lake Clubhouse, 7005 Lake Sterling Blvd/Flowery Branch

Wednesday, September 27 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Papa Jack's Country Kitchen 2200 Sparta Way/Buford Thursday, September 28 Chamber Board of Directors 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Chattahoochee Country Club/ Gainesville Get details and register for these and more Greater Hall Chamber Events Online:

Upcoming Chamber Events Wednesday, October 11, 2017: HealthSmart Wellness Expo & Breakfast 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. – Gainesville Civic Center Tuesday, November 14, 2017: Industry Appreciation Luncheon 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Chattahoochee Country Club Thursday, December 14, 2017: Eggs & Issues Breakfast 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. – Gainesville Civic Center Wednesday, February 28, 2018: Healthy Hall Healthcare Awards Luncheon 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Brenau Downtown Center

For Event Sponsorship Information, call 770-532-6206.

Business After Hours Join Chamber members and friends for great networking at Business After Hours and Casino Night at Sterling on the Lake in Flowery Branch on Thursday, September 14 from 5-7pm. Developed by Newland Communities, Sterling on the Lake is situated on 1,000 acres with over 200 acres of open space, lakes and parks. The community is designed as a true lakeside village with a variety of affordable and luxury homes and amenities including Casino Night tennis courts, two clubhouses, a fitness center, Sterling on the Lake private movie theater, boating, walking trails, Thursday, September 14 children’s treehouse and much more. When 5-7pm complete, the community will have approxiPrizes, Food, Drink! mately 2,000 homes and over 6,000 residents. Home prices range from the $200’s to the $700’s. Business After Hours is $5 Chamber Members; $15 Non-Members with a Cash Prize Drawing! Info: Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 x 115 or email:

Business Before Hours United Way of Hall County and Campaign Chair Tommy Howard, The Norton Agency, United Way of Hall County kick off the 2017-18 Annual Campaign UNITED WAY OF HALL COUNTY at Business Before Hours on Thursday, September 7 at 7:30 & a.m. at First Baptist GREATER HALL CHAMBER Church Banquet BUSINESS BEFORE HOURS Hall. Keynote Speaker is Bob Lupton, author of Toxic Charity and Founder of Focused Community Strategies (FCS) Atlanta. His life’s work has been the rebuilding of urSeptember 7, 2017 ban neighborhoods where families can flourish and children can grow into healthy First Baptist Church - Banquet Hall adults. United Way of Hall County's mission is to improve lives in Hall County, 7:30 a.m. Breakfast | 8:00 a.m. Program and United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community because those pillars are the building blocks to empower Lupton,campaign Guest Speaker people and transform possibilities. For more onBob the annual kickoff or Author of Toxic Charity and Founder of FCS United Way of Hall County, call 678-989-5334.(Focused Community Strategies) Atlanta


He is the author of several books including Charity Detox, Toxic Charity, Theirs is the Kingdom, Renewing the City, and the widely circulated “Urban Perspectives.” His life’s work has been the rebuilding of urban neighborhoods where families can flourish and children can grow into healthy adults.

Thank You Chamber Sponsors!

We appreciate these organizations that supported Chamber Events: AT&T Lanier Islands AccessWDUN McDonald's Bojangles Milton Martin Honda Caldwell Electrical Montara Farm Chattahoochee Country Club Red Clay Interactive Gainesville Parks & Rec Riverside Military Academy Halski Systems Road Atlanta

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Member Announcements



• The Lake Lanier Olympic Park (LLOP) named Robyn Lynch as venue manager. Lynch's background is in fund raising, community and government relations and event planning. LLOP brings an estimated 100,000 visitors each year and is undergoing a series of renovations. The first phase, completed last year, included improvements to the tower and offices. Phase 2 will be improvements to park bathrooms and the boathouse. The LLOP beach, picnic areas and boat ramps are open to the public. • Gainesville native Morgan House, former Lake Lanier Olympic Park venue manager, has joined Keller Williams Realty Lanier Partners. Morgan spent eight years on the USA National Team for Sprint Kayaking and competed in many events around the world. He is a Chamber Board Member and serves on the Gainesville CVB, the Peach State Bank Youth Development Board and the John Jarrard Foundation Board. • Northeast Georgia Health System appointed Brian D. Steines, CPA, MBA, as chief financial officer. Most recently, Steines served as CFO for University of Missouri Health Care and the MU School of Medicine in Columbia, overseeing Missouri’s premiere academic health system – which includes five facilities, a medical school, a Level 1 Trauma Center, 600 employed physicians and 500 residents providing services to all 114 counties in the state. • The Georgia Mountain Food Bank's Empty Bowl Lunch presented by Homestar Financial is September 26. Drop in from 11am-1pm at the First Baptist Church Gainesville Banquet Hall for a tasty lunch and take home a hand-painted bowl as a thank you and a reminder of our goal to eliminate hunger in our community. • The 16th Annual John Jarrard Foundation Concert is Saturday, September 16, 5:00 - 11:00 pm at the Brenau University Front Lawn. The John Jarrard Foundation is a non-profit created in the memory of Gainesville-native and Georgia Music Hall of Fame member John Jarrard. All proceeds from the foundation and its events benefit local charities. • For only the second time, a Braselton business owner received the coveted “Synergy Honor” for exemplary achievements in economic and cultural development. Donna Cannella received

the award from Mayor Bill Orr and the town’s council. Cannella launched the Antique & Artisan Festival in 2009 with 32 exhibitors. The tri-annual festival now hosts over 250 exhibitors from 10 states and attracts over 25,000 visitors to the historic downtown. • Just People, Inc. is a private, not for profit agency that provides a wide variety of support services to adults with developmental disabilities. The organization is hosting a golf tournament fundraiser at Reunion Country Club in Hoschton on Friday, September 29. Sponsorship packages available! Details, Kyle Ivey, 678-598-2080. • The University of North Georgia's Mike Cottrell College of Business StartItUp Conference is September 19 at the Forsyth Conference Center from 9:30am - 1:00 pm featuring nationally recognized entrepreneurs: King of Pops founder Steven Carse; Chief Parent Officer Titania Jordan; and UNG alum and HiQ Cosmetics co-founder Patrick Pickens. $25 (includes lunch from Chef Kern); $10 for UNG alumni and students. Register at • With 275 employees at the Gainesville facility, Marel is the leading global provider of advanced processing equipment systems and services to the poultry, fish, and meat industries ( Marel’s 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament netted $12,500 for The EdmondsonTelford Center for Children, an organization that provides services to Hall and Dawson County children who are victims of abuse or neglect. The Center opened in 1997 and serves more than 300 children free-of-charge annually. • Longstreet Cancer Center welcomes Andrew Johnson, MD, to the practice. Dr. Johnson comes to the Longstreet Cancer Center upon completion of residency and fellowship training at the University of Colorado in Denver. He is a graduate of the Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta, the University of North Georgia and North Hall High School. • Kirby Smart, Head Football Coach at the University of Georgia will be the keynote speaker at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier's Futures for Kids Gala is Monday, October 16, 5:30 to 8:30 pm, reception followed by dinner and program. The Gala serves as the organization's signature event and recognizes influential individuals, corporate partners and top leaders of our commu-

nity. This event raises critical funds to support over 5,100 youth served by the Club each year. Details: Joyce Wilson at 770-532-8102 or • The Healthy Aging Expo, presented by The Times, is Wednesday, September 13 at the Frances Meadows Community Center in Gainesville. Outstanding seminars, classes and health screenings are free and open to the public. Details: 770-535-6330. •, a leading career site for nurses, recognized Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville as one of the best hospitals for nurses to work for in Georgia. Over the past two years, has collected over 1,579 reviews by nurses at 130 Georgia hospitals regarding workplace satisfaction. Reviews in Georgia revealed that Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville has one of the highest levels of satisfaction among its nurses. • Elaine Linser, a Senior Tax Consultant at H&R Block in Gainesville, announces their Basic Income Tax Course (ITC) to the public and especially beneficial for small business owners. 770-531-3320. Email: elaine.linser@tax. or visit • Michael Wheeler, Hall County Extension Coordinator, received the

2017 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agriculture Agents. The award is given to agents with over 10 of service in Cooperative Extension and who have exhibited excellence in the field of extension education. • The Heart Center of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Georgia’s #1 Heart Hospital, announced cardiologist Mahmoud Abdou, MD joined the practice. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease and has served in many leadership and teaching roles and in a variety of research initiatives at Emory University School of Medicine. The Heart Center is the largest cardiology practice in the region, with over 30 physicians seeing patients at 13 locations. • Gainesville Toastmasters recently received President’s Distinguished status, Toastmasters International’s highest level awarded to a club. Since February 1958, Gainesville Club Toastmasters has helped its members become more confident in their presentation and leadership skills.

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Exhibit Space & Sponsorships HealthSmart 2017 kicks off with the HealthSmart Breakfast on Wednesday, October 11 at 7:30 a.m. at the Gainesville Civic Center with keynote speaker Chef Hans Rueffert. Presentation of the Most Fit Company Awards will take place during the breakfast program. The HealthSmart Expo is free and open to the public with free health screenings. Exhibit space is available and includes 6' skirted table, cloth and 2 chairs. Booth and Equipment Rental Fees: Chamber Member Booth - $350 each Non-Member Booth - $550 each Non-Profit Table - $200 each Many sponsorship opportunities that range from Title Sponsor to Silver Level Sponsorships and include booths in prime location at the HealthSmart Expo, tickets to the HealthSmart Breakfast, promotion including logo placements on advertisements, banners, and marketing materials. For HealthSmart Breakfast Reservations, Exhibit Information or Sponsorships, contact Mandy Lathem, 770532-6206 x 115. Email:

Welcome New Members

Constructive Ingenuity Sara Silvio 646-B Kentucky Street Scottdale GA30079 -Construction/Consulting 404-539-2199 Del-Tec Packaging Chris Matlack 4020 Pelham Court Greer SC 29650 -Business Services 864-28-7390

Hunt & Taylor Law Group, LLC Ralph Taylor 1001 Riverside Drive Suite A Gainesville GA 30501 Attorney 770-831-7770 Payco, Inc Patty Barbour PO Box 1654 Cornelia GA 30531 -Business Services 706-778-0322 SCR Consulting Roger Dixon PO Box 2063 Buford GA 30515 -Consulting 678-592-0245

Synovus Bank David Abee 8025 Westside Parkway Alpharetta GA 30009 -Financial Institution 770-751-4757 Texas Roadhouse Teresa Young-Brown 895 Dawsonville Highway Gainesville GA 30501 -Restaurant 678-450-8447 The Spiced Brew Danene Woody 2551 Limestone Parkway Suite 1A Gainesville GA 30501 -Health and Wellness 470-290-5117

For Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Membership Information & Benefits: Christen Wilbanks, Vice President Membership Sales, 770-532-6206 x 115. Email: Join the Chamber Online:

Kay Blackstock and board members from Georgia Mountain Food Bank celebrate their 5th anniversary at Boomershine Logistics Center at Business After Hours. Thank you Georgia Mountain Food Bank and Liberty Utilities for sponsoring the event. Door prize winners included Jim Carella, Habitat for Humanity, Mike McGraw, PrideStaff/Ranger MFG, and Lauren Nunez, Clipper Petroleum. Anissa Balch, Metro Appraisals, won the $100 cash drawing. Don't miss great fun, food and networking at Casino Night at Business After Hours on Thursday, September 14, 5-7:00 pm at Sterling on the Lake in Flowery Branch. Details: Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 x 115. Email:

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Small Business of the Month Atlanta Rehabilitation Chamber President Kit Dunlap (left) with Atlanta Rehabilitation & Performance Center's Andrew May and Blythe Nicholson. Atlanta Rehabilitation is an outpatient physical therapy private practice that specializes in orthopedics and sports medicine. Established in 2001, the group is clinician owned with three physical therapists, an occupational therapist (certified hand therapist), and multiple certified athletic trainers who work at high schools in our community. Atlanta Rehabilitation separates itself from the competition by providing evidence based treatments from compassionate clinicians in a fun supportive environment. The friendly staff ensures that patients understand their condition and how therapy benefits recovery. Contact Atlanta Rehabilitation to learn why so many physicians, professional sports agents, personal trainers and sport medicine specialist in the Southeast choose Atlanta Rehabilitation & Performance Center. 2350 Limestone Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-536-9300.

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Leadership Hall Lake Program The Leadership Hall Class set sail during their Lake Life Program on August 10 and enjoyed a day full of water activities including a demonstration by Hall County Sheriff ’s Office Dive Team, a tour of Buford Dam, a lunch cruise at Lanier Islands and Dragon Boat races at Lake Lanier Olympic Park. Thank you program sponsors: McDonald’s, AT&T and Lanier Islands. Goodie bag sponsors were Lanier Islands and The Good Life Group / Keller Williams Lanier Partners.

Bill Hall, Murray Plastics, in mask with Deputy Justin Bonds, Hall County Dive Team.

Gracie McGarity, Fieldale Farms, and Kit Charest, Marel, Inc, prepare for Dragon Boat Racing at Lake Lanier Olympic Park.

Youth Leadership Kick Off

The 12th class of Youth Leadership Hall kicked off in August with a class of 79 students from 10 area public and private high schools. Special thanks to the facility sponsor, Gainesville Parks & Recreation Agency, as well as the following goodie bag sponsors: 2 Dog Café, Advantage Recruiting, Amici Café, Brenau University, Carroll Daniel Construction, Chicken Salad Chick, City of Gainesville, Extreme Carwash, J. Geyer Advertising, King’s Hawaiian, Lanier Islands, Liberty Candy Company, Milton Martin Honda, Natural Juice Café, Northeast Georgia Health System, North Georgia Canopy Tours, Perfect Temp Systems, Rushton, Southern Smoq BBQ, Springer Mountain Farms, The Longstreet Clinic, University of North Georgia, Watkins Total Healthcare, Wilson Orthodontics and Wrigley’s.

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On Tuesday, September 12 the Chamber's Small Business Council will host the 2017 Small Business Resource Fair, 7:45-10am at Featherbone Communiversity. The event will feature the best local, free resources to help your business thrive and grow in Hall County. Keynote Speaker Bill Carlson with Infogroup will discuss his company's program called ReferenceUSA, a free target marketing database with up-todate business and residential information. He’ll give tips on how to use ReferenceUSA’s database to boost sales and marketing strategies. The program can provide instant address and background information on millions of U.S. and Canadian businesses and residences. Data stretches back to 2002 to provide a historical picture of businesses, and access Bill Carlson to the ReferenceUSA database is free!

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Open to the Public. Door Prizes! No Charge for Chamber Members; $15, NonMembers. Featherbone Communiversity MDC, 999 Chestnut Street in Gainesville. Reservations required. Reservations: Amanda Lewis, 770532-6206 x 111. Email: Reservations Online:

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439 Green Street Northwest Gainesville, GA 30501 770-534-1220

Rick Kimpling, AAMS® Financial Advisor

64 North Brooks Street Unit B Cleveland, GA 30528 706-865-0933 IRT-2046G-A

(L-R): Lane Jones, Community Volunteer; Al Trembley, WSI Digital Rainmakers; Tony Paramore, Gainesville Paint; Yoel Yohan, Crimson & Co.; Dan Gill, Kipper Tool; Brandon Deeb, Full Media. Yoel Yohan, a career process improvement expert at UPS, presented an interactive session with process improvement and methodology to a packed crowd at the August Small Business Seminar. Chamber Small Business Seminars are sponsored by AccessWDUN, Signs by Tomorrow, DSI Digital Rainmakers and Caldwell Electrical Contractors. Don't miss the Small Business Resource Fair on September 12, and on October 10, Gregg Burkhalter will discuss how to build a strong personal brand with LinkedIn. For info on these program or how you can become a Certified Small Business Partner, contact Amanda Lewis, 770-5432-6206 x 111 or email: Member SIPC

September 5, 2017 • An Advertising Supplement to The Times

Beth Baldwin

Financial Advisor


September 5, 2017 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Ribbon Cuttings

BGW Dental Group Braselton


Cindy Fulenwider Greene, DMD, Ryan M. Wood, DMD, Richard G. Bennett, Jr., DMD, Matthew L. Vaughn, DMD and Raina E. Graham, DMD break ground for BGW Dental Group's new 8,042-square-foot office building at the corner of Ga. 211 and Friendship Road in Braselton. The practice’s second location is scheduled to open late 2017. Over the past 12 years, BGW Dental Group has experienced exceptional growth in Hall County, opening a new, expanded office in Gainesville in 2015. 1215 Vine Street, Gainesville GA 30501. 770-532-4555.

First Baptist Church Oakwood

(L-R): Robin Buckley, Paul Patten, Jim Keys, Pastor Myles Brown, Mayor Lamar Scroggs, Andy Shorthill, Winston Buttram and the congregation of First Baptist Church Oakwood recently celebrated the re-dedication of their Sanctuary. The renovation project included new lighting, technology, carpet and paint. The church invites the community to come worship and see the new updates. 3780 Old Oakwood Road , Oakwood, GA 30566. 770-534-4193.

Labor Finders of Gainesville Megan Ramer, Branch Manager, cuts ribbon for Labor Finders of Gainesville. Established in 1975, Labor Finders is the oldest and largest privately held industrial labor staffing company. Labor Finders has recently moved their office to Gainesville from Commerce and delivers a flexible, productive, dependable workforce to meet fluctuating demands while eliminating payroll and administrative burdens for companies. 104 Carrington Park Drive, Suite A, Gainesville, GA 30504. 678-696-5310.

Papa Jack's Country Kitchen Bill Mays and the staff at Papa Jack's Country Kitchen in Buford celebrated the restaurant's new location with a ribbon cutting. Papa Jack's serves Southern, home-cooked meals like "mama used to make!" They offer a full, homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner along with fresh desserts. The restaurant offers dinein and take-out with a convenient drive-through, as well as catering services, a banquet/meeting room and are open 7 days a week. 2200 Sparta Way, Buford, GA 30519. 770-965-7007.

Chick-fil-A on Jesse Jewell Pkwy

Caleb, Claire and Bobby Shoemaker cut ribbon with Renee Ginn, Emily Coffey and Ivan Grunewald to open the new Chick-fil-A on Jesse Jewell Parkway in Gainesville. The restaurant is the second free standing location in Gainesville. Chick-fil-A celebrates 30 years of business in Gainesville. 1917 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-297-7936.

Bista Solutions

Prateek Kulkarni, COO, Pradip Kulkarni, Chairman, and John Woodward, Director of Sales–Americas, cut ribbon for Bista Solutions, a provider of cutting edge business technology for small and medium sized businesses at a lower cost. Partners with Odoo, a top open source ERP platform, NetSuite, a top cloud-based ERP solution and Tableau, Bista Solutions has 250 employees, is headquartered in Sandy Springs, has four satellite offices around the world and a large development organization in India. They cover all business types and industries with specialized solutions in Warehousing/ Supply Chain, Meat and Poultry, E-Commerce, Manufacturing and Retail. 980 Hammond Drive, Suite 1275, Sandy Springs, GA 30328. 470-316-6771.

Free to the Public!

1545 Community Way, Gainesville

(L-R): Deb Bailey, RN, BSN, MSN, Director of Government Affairs, Northeast Georgia Health System; Dallas Gay, co-chair, Medical Association of Georgia Foundation’s “Think About It” Campaign; Judy Brownell, Director of Substance Abuse Prevention, Center Point; Kit Dunlap, President & CEO, Greater Hall Chamber, at the Chamber's Healthcare Committee meeting. The program, presented by Deb Bailey, Judy Brownell and Dallas Gay of the Partnership for Drug Free Hall provided information on the nationwide Opioid Epidemic and its effect on Hall County. The organization will hold its first community forum on September 26, 6:30-8pm, Brenau Downtown Center. The Chamber's Healthcare Committee meets monthly with programs and discussion on community health and wellness issues. For more information, contact Amanda Lewis, 770-532-6206 x 111. Email:

Partnership for Drug Free Hall

As an investor in the Greater Hall Chamber, businesses are entitled to a host of benefits offered to members. The potential dividends from investment are unlimited. Join online:

Benefits of Chamber Membership... • Listing in the Chamber's Membership Directory • Listing in the Chamber's Online Business Directory • Subscription to Business Link newsletter • Access to Networking Opportunities and Events • Access to Forums, Seminars and Peer Groups • Volunteer Opportunities and Community Involvement • Advertising, Publicity, Sponsorship Opportunities • Business Referrals / Leads & Networking Groups • Gain in Exposure / Ribbon Cuttings • Make Business Connections

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Scheduled to Speak:

10:30 AM Dianne Appling, Lifeline, Topic: Keep Playing!


Frances Meadows Aquatic Center will be offering the following classes FREE during the event:

2 columns Land Classes – Wellness Room 4.4167 x10" 10am-11am – Zumba

11:00 AM Atlanta Gastroenterology, Topic: Stay Healthy!

11am-11:45am- Strength in Motion 12pm-1pm- Gentle Yoga 1pm-1:45pm – Barre Tone

11:30 AM Caroline Pierce, Good Nutrition, Topic: Stay Fortified! 12:00 NOON Scott, Chris and Brian Moore, Moore’s Wealth Management, Topic: Protect your Financial Health! 12:30 PM Dr. Andrew Lake, Gastroenterology Associates, Topic: Screenings are Important! 1:30 PM Phillippa Moss, Community Senior Center, Topic: Lending a Hand Keeps You Healthy!

Water Classes – Warm Pool 10am-11am – Water Works 11am-12pm – Gentle Movements 12pm-1pm – Aqua Moving & Grooving 1pm-2pm- Stretch and Flex Spin class – Spin room in Fitness Center (9 bikes available. First come, first served)

11am-11:45am- Your Ride

Prizes • Exhibitors & Health Screenings• Entertainment by Redemption Song & Justin Terry Music plus Much, Much More!

Sponsored by:

For more information call 770.535.6330 or email

September 5, 2017 • An Advertising Supplement to The Times

Partnership for Drug Free Hall is a group of agencies and community members dedicated to providing information, resources and actions to address the drug problems of Gainesville-Hall County. The organization is hosting its first community forum – "NOT MY FAMILY" on September 26 at 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Brenau Downtown Center. Join the discussion and learn more about the nature of the opioid epidemic facing our families, why it is occurring and what you can do. The forum's featured guest speaker is Dr. Susan Blank, Chief Medical Officer and Founder of Atlanta Healing Center. Dr. Blank is an addiction doctor and can be heard nationwide every Tuesday on her radio show “Detailing Addiction." For more information: Judy Brownell, Director of Prevention, Center Point. 770-535-1050 x 102. Email:

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Community Development

Group addresses opioid epidemic Wednesday, September 13th 10am-2pm


Why Join? 1. Networking The Chamber’s greatest benefits? Networking, relationships and lead development. Take part in the many Chamber events to meet prospective clients and generate business leads. Plus, the Chamber only refers its member businesses.

2. Jobs A top Chamber economic development initiative is to build a sustainable workforce that possesses the skills needed by employers and an ideal environment for finding and recruiting educated, highly skilled people in Gainesville-Hall County.

3. Exposure With a membership base that is over 85% small businesses, the Chamber offers a variety of resources to grow small businesses. From marketing workshops to monthly seminars, the Chamber is a valuable resource to grow your business.

“The #1 reason an organization joins the Greater Hall Chamber is NETWORKING. From small businesses to large manufacturers, we all benefit from building relationships and networking through the Chamber.” Terry Merck Vice President, American Yazaki Corporation

“The Chamber is always one step ahead of issues facing businesses today and works to ensure that all Gainesville-Hall County can successfully compete on a local, national and global stage.” Perry Barnett, CPA Partner, Rushton

“The Chamber provides countless opportunities (ribbon cuttings, print advertising, digital marketing exposure and even sponsorships) to reinforce your brand and strategically position yourself in the business community.” Katie Dubnik President, Forum Communications

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to supporting an aggressive business environment and making a positive contribution to the community by serving as a resource for information, a voice for business and a valuable link to community development. Founded in 1908, the Greater Hall Chamber serves the entire Hall County area, including the cities of Gainesville, Flowery Branch, Oakwood, Clermont, Gillsville, Lula, Braselton and Buford. With over 2,300 business members, the Chamber offers a full range of resources and business services. Join today. 770-532-6206.

Upcoming Chamber Events Thursday, September 7 Business Before Hours United Way Campaign Kickoff 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. First Baptist Church / Gainesville

Thursday, September 14 Business After Hours 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Sterling on the Lake / Flowery Branch

Wednesday, September 27 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Papa Jack's Country Kitchen / Buford

Tuesday, September 12 Small Business Resource Fair 7:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. – Lanier Tech MDC at Featherbone Communiversity

Tuesday, September 19 South Hall Business Coalition 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Road Atlanta 5300 Winder Highway / Braselton

Get details and register for these and more Greater Hall Chamber Events Online:

Wednesday, September 13 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Atlanta Bread Company / Gainesville

Wednesday, September 20 Lunch 'n Learn 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Honey Baked Ham / Gainesville



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Business Link September 2017  
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