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Healthy Hall Awards of Excellence

Thursday, February 15 1-6pm | Gainesville Civic Center

Business Association of Steel Fabricators and served on its The Chamber's new Healthy Hall Awards of Excellence Program spotlights those in the healthcare industry making a significant impact on our quality of life through excellence in health and wellness. A luncheon honoring award recipients is Wednesday, February 28 at 11:30 am at the Brenau Downtown Center in Gainesville.

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EXPO 2018

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Louis G. Smith, Jr., President & CEO, Northeast Georgia Medical Center, as keynote speaker. Louis' Louis G. Smith extensive healthcare experience spans decades, Northeast Georgia Meetings & Events and his involvement in civic groups like local Medical Center chambers and Rotary speak to his commitment to community. Prepage 6 sented by Northeast Georgia Health System, the awards program cKibbon, Ricky Presley, Ron Quinn, Joe Hatfield, Tracy Vardeman, will recognize professionals in over a dozen categories. Nominations Member tewart Teaver, Clifton Hastings, Nancy Nortonaccepted and Wesley Martin. through February 9. $20 per person; Table $300 (seats 8). Announcements Reservations required. Reservations/Nominations: Amanda Lewis, page 10 770-532-6206 x 111. Register online:

• Over 60 Exhibitors • Networking • Leads Development • Taste of Gainesville • Door Prizes & Drawings • Business EXPO is FREE • Open to the Public

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Don't Do Business Alone! The Greater Hall Chamber's Annual Membership Drive kicked off on January 29 with dozens of volunteers working to recruit new members, NOW through March 2. With the slogan, "Don't Do Business Alone!" Volunteers are seeking to develop new business relationships and recruit new members. Helping business succeed and fostering a thriving and vigorous business environment are the Chamber's primary goals. With over 2,300 business members, the Chamber offers a full range of resources and business services.

Perry Barnett, CPA Rushton Chairman, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber’s greatest benefits? Networking, relationships and lead development. Building relationships is the key to acquiring new business, growing existing business and solving problems, and there’s no better place to form business relationships than through the Greater Hall Chamber. Businesses can get ahead by taking part in the many Chamber events to meet prospective clients and generate business leads. Plus, the Chamber only refers its member businesses through the in-house Welcome Center and staff referrals.

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. See page 4 to see how you can become a CERTIFIED Small Business Partner. Join Now for Special Deals! In addition, a Special Incentives Package is available when you join the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce NOW through MARCH 2, 2018. • Featured Member Listing and Logo on the Chamber’s website (Value: $50) • Complimentary Electronic Membership listing of 2,300 Chamber Members (Value: $200) • Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and coverage in the Business Link newsletter • Advertising discounts on AccessWDUN • Advertising discounts in The Times • Business Information Listing in the Chamber’s Business Link newsletter • Invitation to the New Member Breakfast and Orientation on March 16.

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Membership Drive Now Underway

Business Link VOLUME 23 ISSUE 8 McKemie West, Editor • Email: Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

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

Chamber Membership Drive Team Captains: (L-R): Christen Wilbanks, Greater Hall Chamber, VP Membership Sales; Alan Schuetze, Carroll Daniel Construction; Darryl Workman, BrandBank; Sues Alexander, Regions Bank; Steve Naughton, Chamber Volunteer; Logan Jones, Jacobs Media. Not Pictured: Nick Bruner, Rushton and Lila Westmoreland, Brenau University. Team Captains and some 43 volunteers are recruiting new Chamber members now through March 2.

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 Carli Echols, University North Georgia

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Workforce Development: Kubota Manufacturing For Kubota Manufacturing of America, hiring high school students is a vital part of the company's workforce development strategy. As they continue to grow, the industry's goal is to be the employer of choice in Northeast Georgia, filling their pipeline with young, motivated high school graduates. The work based learning program is the perfect vehicle to accomplish this goal. Kubota currently has 10 students working at the Gainesville plant and 16 students at the Jefferson facility. These students work an average of 20 hours per week learning various aspects of the manufacturing business from assembly and welding to planning and logistics. High school students are paid $10.50/hour as they work and learn with great opportunities for full time employment including benefits immediately upon graduation. The company has been able to offer full time employment to 100% of the students who have completed this program. As an added benefit, current Kubota team members also receive the chance to grow by having the opportunity to train and mentor these young folks. Many of Kubota's work based learning students have gone on to pursue higher education opportunities, but they see that as a win for Kubota and the community! Kubota is located on a new, recently developed 180-acre campus on Highway 365 in Gateway Industrial Centre. The $220 million project included some 600 additional jobs. Kubota now employs 1,880 in Gainesville-Hall County, and the company recently celebrated their “One-Millionth” tractor produced since opening its Gainesville facility in 1988. For more information on the Chamber's Workforce Development initiatives, contact Shelley Davis, Chamber Vice President of Existing Industry, 770-532-6206. Email:

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Keller Williams Realty / Lanier Partners Lane Jones, Community Volunteer Lanier Technical College MDC N2Publishing NE Georgia School of Music & Dance Randy & Friends SCORE Scott Gibson Studios Signs By Tomorrow The Bellton Group Small Business Development Center Your Trusted Servant

Become a Chamber CERTIFIED Small Business Partner by simply attending six (6) Small Business Seminars in 2018. Parters Receive: • Certificate of Completion • Certified Small Business Door Decal • Recognition at a Chamber Board Meeting • Announcement in the Business Link Newsletter Small Business Seminars are sponsored by AccessWDUN, Caldwell Electrical Contractors, Signs by Tomorrow and WSI Digital Rainmakers and are free for Chamber members. Stay updated at Details: Amanda Lewis, 770-532-6206 x 111. Email:

Upcoming Small Business Seminars Tuesday, February 13 "Bricks & Mortar Can Compete & Win vs. Internet" presented by marketing strategist David Hays, Boost Business 7:45 am - 9:00 am at the Chamber

Tuesday, March 13 "The Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace" presented by Dr. Nikki Tobias, Certified Life and Career Coach 7:45 am - 9:00 am at the Chamber


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Chamber Chase 5K Register NOW The 11th Annual Chamber Chase 5K & 2 Mile Wellness Walk is Thursday, March 22 at 6:00 pm at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville. Register online NOW -March 18 at Register in person at the Chamber now through March 22. Registration fee is $30; $35 after March 8. • Register as a Team or Individual • Free Training Passes (quantity limited) • Reserve a Tent for your Team • T-Shirt Design Contest • Individual and Group Awards Details: 770-532-6206

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FEBRUARY 2018 Wednesday, February 7 Healthcare Committee 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. | Chamber Thursday, February 8 Leadership Hall County 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 9 Economic Development Council 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. | Chamber Tuesday, February 13 Small Business Seminar 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Chamber Tuesday, February 13 Youth Leadership Hall 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 13 Ambassador Council 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 2 Dog Cafe | Gainesville Wednesday, February 14 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. -9:30 a.m. Atlanta Bread Company | Gainesville

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Thursday, February 15 Chamber Executive Committee 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Chamber

Friday, February 16 Arbor Day Celebration 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville Tuesday, February 20 South Hall Business Coalition 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. King's Hawaiian| Oakwood Tuesday, February 20 Vision 2030 Board of Directors 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Chamber Wednesday, February 21 Issues Committee 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Chamber Wednesday, February 21 Lunch 'n Learn 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Avenues of Life Counseling 439 Green Street | Gainesville Thursday, February 22 Chamber Board of Directors 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Gainesville Civic Center Friday, February 23 WomenSource Power Breakfast 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. | Chamber Wednesday, February 28 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Papa Jack's Country Kitchen | Buford Wednesday, February 28 Healthy Hall Awards Luncheon 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Brenau Downtown Center

MARCH 2018 Thursday, February 15 Business EXPO 2018 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Business Lunch Thursday, March 8 Transportation Forum 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Business Expo 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Gainesville Civic Center University of North Georgia | Gville Thursday, February 15 Wednesday, March 21 A Taste of Gainesville at Business Job Fair After Hours (Business EXPO) 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Gainesville Civic Center Gainesville Civic Center Friday, February 16 Membership Drive Meeting 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. | Chamber

Thursday, March 22 Chamber Chase 5K 6:00 p.m. | Riverside Military Academy

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One & Only Peach State Bank Strengthens Local Leadership NORTON, PRESLEY & VARDEMAN JOIN BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2018 marks some significant milestones for Peach State Bank. Stewart Teaver, local business executive and longtime Peach State Bank board member, has been elected chairman of the board of directors. The announcement was made by William House, Chairman of Peach State Bancshares, the bank’s holding company which was formed in 2017 to better position the bank for long-term growth. Stewart is president of City Plumbing and Electric Supply Co. as well as President of Area Realty, Manager of Area Realty 1 and Manager of CPE Realty. And, we are pleased to announce the appointment of new board members Nancy Norton, Ricky Presley and Tracy Vardeman, adding another dimension of local commitment, knowledge and strength to our board of directors. They join Andy Fuller, Clifton Hastings, Joe Hatfield, Wesley Martin, Steve McKibbon, Ron Hastings Quinn and Stewart Teaver. In business since 2005, Peach State Bank is now GainesvilleHall County’s ONE & ONLY independently owned and operated bank. Our commitment to our community is stronger and more focused than ever as we look forward to growing with Gainesville in the years to come. L - R: Nancy Norton, Ricky Presley, Tracy Vardeman

L - R: Steve McKibbon, Ricky Presley, Ron Quinn, Joe Hatfield, Tracy Vardeman, Andy Fuller, Stewart Teaver, Clifton Hastings, Nancy Norton and Wesley Martin.

A little about our newest directors: Nancy Norton is a fifth-generation Gainesville resident. She is Senior Vice President and Relocation Director at

Southern Association of Steel Fabricators and served on its board for nine years. Ricky has past experience with two other regional bank boards prior to joining Peach State Bank.

The Norton Agency where she coordinates referrals from

Tracy Vardeman is Chief Strategy Executive with Northeast

third-party companies. Nancy is a member of the Junior

Georgia Health System, a regional healthcare system

League of Gainesville-Hall County and has been involved

serving a population base of over 750,000 people across

with Challenged Child, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, NGHS

19 counties of northeast Georgia. Tracy has served on the

MarketPlace and Junior Achievement. She joined the

Peach State Bank Community Development Board since

Peach State Bank Community Development Board in

January 2016.

November 2013. Ricky Presley is a successful local businessman and founder of Presco Steel Company. Since selling the company in 2000, he has managed and developed personal commercial real estate investments. He is the past president of the

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Member Announcements



• Michele Piucci joined Peach State Bank & Trust as Senior Vice President and Deposit Operations Manager, specializing in business development and corporate cash management. A veteran banker and Gainesville native, Michele most recently served as VP of treasury management and business development at Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia. Active in the Chamber and community, she a board member and former chief volunteer officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier. • Founded in 1818, Hall County Government is kicking off its Bicentennial Year with a 2018 Bicentennial calendar, produced in partnership with Lake Lanier CVB, University of North Georgia and The Times. Calendars are free and available at the reception desk on the 1st floor of the Hall County Government Center at 2875 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville. • SCORE of Northeast Georgia, a resource partner of the Small Business Administration, is hosting a Small Business Expo on March 23 from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm at Lanier College & Career Academy, 2723 Tumbling Creek Road in Gainesville. Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities available. Details: Charles White, 770-380-9727. Email: • Gainesville Theatre Alliance’s February Festival of Theatre includes exciting productions of the award winning Avenue Q (Feb 13-24) and Sir Terry Pratchett’s Monstrous Regiment (Feb 1624). The Alliance is a collaboration of the University of North Georgia, Brenau University and theatre professionals. • Longstreet Clinic, with over 200 providers, 19 specialties and nine locations, welcomes Mark Wilson, MD, to its Pediatrics practice, and Jessica Kobleur, MD, to its Pediatric Inpatient Service in Gainesville. Dr. Wilson sees patients at the Baldwin office. Dr. Kobleur treats pediatric patients who are hospitalized at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. • The Chamber's Annual Job Fair presented by Express Employment Professionals is Wednesday, March 21 from 10 am - 2 pm at the Gainesville Civic Center. Job Seekers will meet 60+ employers and hiring managers face-to-face and complete job applications on site. Open to the public and no admission fee. Details: Amanda Lewis, 770-5326206 x 111. Email:

• Agribusiness Recognition Awards will be presented at the Annual Agribusiness Breakfast on Tuesday, March 27 at 7:30 a.m. at the North Hall Community Center. The breakfast, held in conjunction with National Ag Day, is open to the public and presented by Jackson EMC. Nominations for awards are now being accepted: Friend of Agribusiness, Outstanding Agribusiness, Farmer of the Year and Ag Hall of Fame. The award nomination deadline is March 2. Details and Reservations: Hall County Cooperative Extension, 770-535-8293. • Hall County Farm Bureau (HCFB) received the Georgia Farm Bureau's (GFB) McKemie Award (large membership division), the highest honor awarded to a county in recognition of its efforts to promote agriculture in its local community. The HCFB also received the GFB's Outstanding Young Farmer Committee Award, chaired by Chamber Board Member Caroline Lewallen of Jaemor Farms. Formed in 1937 by 50 farmers, the GFB continues its strong grassroots network as a united voice in the legislative arena, promoting farm markets and providing leadership to Georgia's agricultural community. • There's still time to nominate your favorite healthcare professional for a Healthy Hall Award of Excellence. Awards will be presented in over a dozen categories at the awards luncheon on February 28. Nominations online: Nomination deadline is Friday, February 9. Amanda Lewis, 770-532-6206 x 111. Email: • The 40th Annual Quinlan Gala Fine Art Auction is Saturday, March 3 featuring the highest caliber original art work by local, regional and national talents including Jill and Patrick McGannon. $125 per person for Gala and Preview Night (March 1). Proceeds fund Quinlan programming, classes, exhibitions and community outreach. 770-536-2575. • Château Élan Winery & Resort in Braselton has been acquired by Wheelock Street Capital, and the real estate developer will invest over $20 million to renovate the resort's 394 guest rooms, world-class spa, award winning winery and golf clubhouse. HEI Hotels & Resorts will manage operations including seven restaurants, 40,000 sf of meeting space and the destination spa. The 45holes of championship golf is managed by Troon Golf.

• For the 5th year, the University of North Georgia (UNG) was named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance national list of Best College Values. UNG is one of only four public universities in Georgia on the 2018 ranking, reflecting academic quality and affordability. • Hall County Board of Commissioners appointed Jock Connell as County Administrator and Lisa Johnsa as Assistant County Administrator. Both previously held the same positions on an interim basis. Connell and Johnsa join Assistant County Administrator Marty Nix on the administrative leadership team. Johnsa and Nix's dual Assistant County Administrator positions are part of a restructuring plan to strengthen the County's

service to citizens as population numbers increase and development continues up the I-985 corridor. • Carroll Daniel Construction's division manager, Trent Brown, was selected to join the steering committee for the Association of General Contractors of America’s Construction Leadership Council, a collection of emerging construction industry leaders who provide organization for industry networking and continuing educational opportunities involving professional development and leadership skills.

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South Hall Business Coalition

(L-R): Kit Dunlap, Greater Hall Chamber; Sheri Millwood, City of Oakwood; Chamber South Hall Council Chair Geoff Lee, Road Atlanta; Pat Jones, City of Oakwood; Program Presenter Stan Brown, Oakwood City Manager. Come hear Joe Leonardo, King's Hawaiian, Vice President of Manufacturing, speak about the success and future of the bakery in Oakwood at the next South Hall Business Coalition meeting on Tuesday, February 20. Space Limited. RSVP: Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206x115.

Transportation Forum: March 8

Russell McMurry Commissioner, Georgia Department of Transportation

The Chamber's Annual Transportation Forum is Thursday, March 8, 11:30am - 1:00pm at the University of North Georgia Gainesville Campus. The forum creates discussion with transportation officials, Chamber members, business professionals and community leaders. Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry and Brent Cook, District 1 Engineer, will present the program as well as Srikanth Yamala, Director, Gainesville-Hall County Metropolitan Planning Organization. Presented by Pinnacle Bank and Rochester & Associates. $20 for Chamber Members, $25 Non-members. Includes a boxed lunch. Reservations required. Reservations: Gerri Collins, 770532-6206 x 106. Email: or make your reservations online at

Small Business Development

Dimo Fine Jewelry, a family operated business for over 25 years, plans to continue with the third generation of the Dimo Family. Siblings, Missy, Lusi and Robert, along with their father, Dimo, have been setting the standards of customer care and service for Hall County. Together, they aspired to establish a fine jewelry business, and they have succeeded. As we've all seen and heard, they are expanding and plan on making their store both distinct and innovative. We look forward to what Missy Dimo of Dimo Fine Jewelry. is to come ahead. The Dimo Family pledges to continue the loyalty they have earned from our community over the last 25 years, and the best is yet to come. 1318 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-533-9070.

Small Business Seminar (L-R): Arrik Williams, Tatsumi USA; Jay Kelly, Signs By Tomorrow; Steve Hungerford, Amici Café; Nathan Crumley, M&R Equipment Rental & Sales; Program Presenter Phil Bonelli, Wells Fargo; Debra Catron, Ceramic Tile Services; Tony Paramore, Lanier Technical College. Thank you, Phil Bonelli for presenting the January program. The next seminar is Tuesday, February 13 from 7:45-9:00 am at the Chamber. "Bricks & Mortar Can Compete & Win vs. Internet" will be presented by marketing strategist David Hays, Boost Business. Details: Amanda Lewis, 770-532-6206 x 111. Email:

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Leadership & Education

Youth Leadership Hall


Youth Leadership Hall took over the State Capitol on January 22! The program in Atlanta was a phenomenal learning experience for our young leaders. Thank you to Senator Butch Miller and Ashton Blackwood for hosting the class. Students visited with our local legislative delegation as well as Abit Massey and Mike Giles, Georgia Poultry Federation, Harris Blackwood, Governor's Office of Highway Safety, and TJ Kaplan with Jay Morgan. A special thanks to Jackson EMC and Tate Izlar O'Rouke for sponsoring lunch, as well as McDonald's for providing breakfast. Nominations for Youth Leadership Hall Class of 2018-2019 are now open through area high schools.

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Rachel Bahin, Longstreet Clinic; Dr. Drew Pearl, University of North Georgia; Janet Walden, Hall-Dawson CASA; Deuce Roark, Lakeview Academy; Susan Holman, BSN, RN, Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville; Kyle Lewallen, Lew’s Cutting Boards; Michael Kelly, Signs by Tomorrow; Sean Couch, Northeast Georgia Health System. Leadership Hall County's Healthcare Day was a huge success thanks to Longstreet Clinic, Northeast Georgia Health System and Brenau University. We are fortunate to have top notch professional medical care in our community and are thankful for these partnerships. The Leadership group visited both Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Gainesville and NGMC Braselton, Longstreet Clinic in Gainesville and Braselton, and finished the day at Brenau University’s Human Donor Cadaver Lab.

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Community Development

Arbor Day is Friday, February 16 and includes a community celebration at 10 a.m. at the Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville. Open to the public, the event is coordinated by the Chamber and sponsored by the Hall County Master Gardeners, Keep Hall Beautiful and Georgia Power. Festivities include 2018 Arbor Day Student Art and Winning art by 3rd Grader Erik Fuentes, Enota Elementary. Essay Contest Awards and a joint city/county proclamation with Tree City USA recognition. Over 100 student entries were submitted with the topic “I Speak for the Trees.” 3rd Grade Art Award Recipients: 1st Place: Erik Fuentes, Enota Elementary; Runner Up: Leilani Moreno, McEver Arts Academy; Runner Up: Makaylah Terveen, Sardis Enrichment School. 5th Grade Essay Award Recipients: 1st Place: Evelyn Crow, Riverbend Elementary; Runner Up: Emily Hudson, Riverbend Elementary; Runner Up: McKennah Korab, Spout Springs School of Enrichment. For information on Arbor Day or other Greater Hall Chamber Community Development programs, including Agribusiness programs and Business & Residential Beautification Awards, contact Robin Halstead, 770-532-6206 x 101. Email:


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Sheila Sánchez, family and business associates cut a ribbon for State Farm Insurance / Sheila Sanchez. The firm provides personalized insurance and financial services based on each customer's needs. The company's success is built on a foundation of shared values, quality service and relationships. Servicing Hall County and the surrounding area since 2012, the agency is now in a new location at 654 Browns Bridge Road, Suite A, Gainesville, GA 30504. 770-536-9400.

Dale Herndon and Nicole Columbo cut ribbon for Gainesville Toastmasters, a membership organization that helps members improve their communications, public speaking and leadership skills in a supportive, positive learning environment. Established in February 1958, it is one of the oldest and most successful Toastmaster clubs in Georgia and the only club in Hall County. Meetings are every Monday evening from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Jacobs Building at 340 Green Street in Gainesville, next to the Post Office.

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Lang & Tina Doan cut a ribbon to open Royale Nails Spa in Gainesville. The salon, that has been in business nearly 12 years, has a committed and competent team ready to help keep your nails, skin and body healthy and beautiful. In addition to regular beauty services such as pedicures and manicures, they work closely with medical specialists in the field of dermatology to find the best treatment for each individual client. Royale Nails Spa, 545 Park Lane, Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-539-9102.


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Sandra Rocha, Maitri Patel, Rachel Mosher, Lamara Moore, Dr. Mina Youssef and Serria McCollum cut a ribbon at Great Expressions Dental Center Gainesville. The talented and dedicated Dr. Mina Youssef, Registered Dental Hygienist Lamara Moore, and the entire Gainesville team put patients’ needs first and aims to be your dental provider for life, providing services for the entire family – from general dentistry to Invisalign and specialists for children’s dentistry to oral surgery, periodontics and orthodontics. They are in-network with all major insurance programs and offer a Smile Protection Plan for those without dental insurance. 300 Pearl Nix Parkway, Suite D, Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-536-1957.

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Gain Exposure with a Ribbon Cutting 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 membership information or to schedule your event, contact Christen Wilbanks, Chamber Vice President of Membership Sales, 770-532-6206 x 116 or email

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Job Fair 2018

Wednesday, March 21 10 am - 2 pm

Gainesville Civic Center 830 Green Street in Gainesville Share Information About Your Company Recruit Qualified Job Applicants Meet Hundreds of Job Seekers

Transportation Forum Thursday, March 8 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

University of North Georgia Gainesville Campus | Continuing Education Building Featuring Russell McMurry, Commissioner, GDOT Brent Cook, District 1 Engineer, GDOT Srikanth Yamala, Director, Gainesville-Hall Co MPO

Great Sponsorships Available! The Chamber's Job Fair, presented by Express Employment Professionals, provides the perfect forum for companies hiring to recruit new employees. Meet hundreds of job candidates face-to-face. The event is free and open to the public. Employer Booths: $300 ($345/electricity); $200 Non-Profits ($245 /electricity). Reserve your exhibit space NOW! Details: Amanda Lewis, 770-5326206 x 111. Email: Online:

REGISTER NOW – Chamber Chase 5K – Thursday, March 22

6:00 p.m. at Riverside Military Academy Registration Fee Increases March 8!

Presented by Pinnacle Bank and Rochester & Associates. Additional sponsors include McDonald's, the University of North Georgia, Highland Mountain Water, Coca-Cola of Gainesville, AccessWDUN and The Times. Cost is $20 for Chamber Members, $25 Non-members and includes a boxed lunch. Reservations required. For reservations, contact Gerri Collins at the Chamber, 770-532-6206 x 106. Email: | Reservations online:

Since 1983, Leadership Hall County has provided a learning experience for our community's existing and emerging leaders and now has over 900 graduates. Nominations are open for the 2018-2019 Class. Each year a class of professionals in the midst of their careers develop an understanding of our community through a series of sessions on topics such as agriculture, education, healthcare, social services, governments, and economic development. Nomination Deadline is March 15. Nominate yourself, a business associate or friend. Contact Andi Harmon at the Chamber, 770-532-6206. Email: or download a Nomination Form online at

Upcoming Chamber Events Tuesday, February 13 Small Business Seminar 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Chamber Wednesday, February 14 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. -9:30 a.m. Atlanta Bread Company | Gville Thursday, February 15 Business Expo 2018 11:30 a.m. Business Lunch 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. Business Expo Gainesville Civic Center

Thursday, February 15 Business After Hours 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Gainesville Civic Center

Thursday, February 22 Chamber Board of Directors 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Gainesville Civic Center

Tuesday, February 20 South Hall Business Coalition 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. King's Hawaiian | Oakwood

Wednesday, February 28 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Papa Jack's | Buford

Wednesday, February 21 Lunch 'n Learn 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Avenues of Life Counseling | Gville

Wednesday, February 28 Healthy Hall Awards Luncheon 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Brenau Downtown Center



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Business Link February 2018  
Business Link February 2018