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Over 500 people are registered for the 6th Annual Chamber Chase 5K & 2 Mile Wellness Walk on Thursday, April 18 at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville. A crowd of over 2,000 is expected to participate in the community-wide wellness event! Registration is available online through April 12 at Registration at the Chamber office, open through April 17. Complete details on the event including race courses and frequently asked questions are also available online. The Chamber Chase is more than a run/walk with activities including Fastest CEO, Fastest Team, Best T-Shirt Contest, great giveaways and Hall County's Largest Office Party with music, food, awards, and recognition following the race! The Chamber Chase, formerly Get Fit Stay Fit, is a program of VISION Dixie Truelove Lee Online at Kit Dunlap 2030. Call 770-532-6206 David or Register


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The Chamber's 34th Annual Hackers Greater Hall Chamber 2013-2014 Chair DIXIE TRUELOVE is a native Holiday Golf Tournament is Friday, of Hall County and a graduate of the University of Georgia with a April 26 at Legacy on Lanier Golf Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture. Dixie is a second generation Club at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. dairy farmer and operates Truelove Dairy, Inc. with her brother, Jerry. Cost is $150 per player; $600 team (4They were featured in a Georgia Trend magazine article about companies some). The tournament's title sponsor in business for over 50 years. is Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia, and play begins with a shotgun start at Dixie has served in several areas of the Greater Hall Chamber 10 a.m. Entry Fee includes green fee, including Vice Chair of Government Affairs, Vice Chair of Community cart, breakfast, box lunch, snacks and Development, and on the VISION 2030 Awards Board. She graduate in of drinks. will is beapresented Leadership Hall County, Leadership Georgia, and currently serves on three flights, along with Hole-In-One the Board of Trustees of Leadership Georgia. prize, closest to the pin, longest drive, a putting contest and much more. The Within theReception, community, Dixie serves on the boards of Quinlan Visual 19th Hole sponsored by AT&T, with delicious free food and Art Center, University, andclubhouse. Northeast Georgia Health System drink followsBrenau the tournament at the Advisory Board. She is a past president of WomenSource and the Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County and is a recipient of the Jaycees Young Woman the Year Award. DixieonisLanier married to Mike A Golf Ball Drop Raffle of will take place at Legacy Golf Club Smith, President and CEO of SteelCell of North America. to kick off Hackers Holiday on Friday, April 26. A helicopter will drop


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From the Chairman

Developing Leadership for Life “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams We have been fortunate to have a long legacy of leadership at the Greater Hall Chamber, and I thank immediate past chairman Randall Frost for his part in keeping the tradition.

Dixie Truelove Truelove Dairy, Inc. 2013-2014 Chair Greater Hall Chamber

A common trait among successful leaders is the ability to inspire others. During my term as chair, I hope to inspire others, as Randall has, and increase Chamber member involvement. Gainesville-Hall County has a diverse base of leadership with folks from all walks of life, and I believe that is exactly what makes our community great. We enjoy outstanding leaders in business, community and philanthropy. We enjoy leadership from all ages, from student/youth leaders to young upcoming professionals to the seasoned leaders that helped form many of our current programs.

The Chamber has hundreds of volunteers that exhibit leadership qualities while working for the betterment of our community. Dozens of committees, the VISION 2030 initiative, Healthcare Consortium, Economic Development Council, Partners in Education, Leadership Hall County, Youth Leadership Hall and The Wisdom Project are just a few programs developing leaders for life. Leadership Hall County is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year (see article on page 15) and is an effective development program that provides the opportunity for existing and emerging leaders to gain insight and knowledge concerning all aspects of the Gainesville-Hall County community. Additionally, the program educates local leaders about the challenges facing our community today. We must keep in mind what legacy we are seeking to maintain and to build. A good leader must lead not just for today but also for the future. I hope to help in creating a community of leaders that we can pass the baton. I will complete my term as chair this time next year, and the Chamber will move forward with a new set of leaders. That is why it is so critical that we focus not on this year alone but on serving the organization and preparing the next generation to assume their role.

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Chamber and community leaders face the challenge of learning from the past and shaping the future. I encourage you to take part in this process. Connect, participate and share your input. Hall County thrives from diverse opinions and creative leadership. I encourage you to be a part of the journey of Developing Leadership for Life.


Leadership Hall Advisory Committee (L-R): Jake Green, Regions Bank; Carla Walker, Whelchel, Dunlap, Jarrard & Walker; Dana Miller, Chamber VP Education; Tate O’Rouke, Senator Johnny Isakson’s Office; Shane Taylor, Highland Mountain Beverage; Jeff Butler, Morton Vardeman & Carlson. Not pictured: Tiffany G. Kirk, Turner Wood & Smith Insurance. These Leadership Hall County graduates were elected by fellow classmates to serve a three-year term on the newly formed Leadership Hall and Youth Leadership Hall Program Advisory Committees. Members of the committees will provide input and assistance in planning the monthly programs for Leadership Hall and Youth Leadership Hall.

Business Link VOLUME 19 ISSUE 7 McKemie West, Editor • Email: Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

2013-2014 Executive Committee Chairman Dixie Truelove, Truelove Dairy Chairman Elect David Lee, Jackson EMC

Vice Chair, Marketing and Communications Jullie King, The Longstreet Clinic

Vice Chair, Membership Treasurer Development Jody Lail, Chattahoochee Bank Tony Paramore, Gainesville of Georgia Paint & Design Vice Chair, Economic Development Chris Braswell, PB Property Management Vice Chair, Education Andi Farmer, Milton Martin Honda Vice Chair, Government William Bagwell Homestead Investments

Co-Chairs, HALLmark David Abee, Regions Bank Paul Chambers, AT&T Jimbo Floyd, Turner Wood & Smith Insurance Senior Advisor Denise Deal, Southern Magnolia Capital

Vice Chair, South Hall Council Immediate Past Chairman Brian Cantel, Cantel Wealth Randall Frost, Stewart, Melvin Management & Frost Vice Chair, Community Development Deborah Mack, Volunteer

President & CEO Kit Dunlap, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Chair, VISION 2030 Carl Romberg, Citisco Meg Nivens, Executive Director

Board of Directors 2013-2014 Perry Barnett, Rushton & Company Karen Baston, Sperry Van Ness Col James Benson, Riverside Military Academy Phil Bonelli, Wells Fargo John Breakfield, Breakfield & Associates Carol Burell, Northeast Georgia Health System Sid Chandler, Independence Bank of Georgia Stacey Dickson, Lake Lanier CVB Danny Dunagan, Mayor, City of Gainesville Dr. Merrianne Dyer, Gainesville City Schools Sam Evans, Oakwood City Council Tony Funari, Funari Realty, City of Braselton Rob Geoffroy, The Atlanta Falcons John Geyer, J Geyer Advertising Will Hicks, Stifel Nicolaus Dr. Bonita Jacobs, University of North Georgia Jay Jacobs, Jacobs Media Lane Jones, Highland Mountain Beverage Dr. John Kennedy, Lakeview Academy Mary Jane Locklear, Cox Communications

Scott McGarity, McGarity’s Business Products Steve McNeilly, Northeast GA Health System Dick Mecum, Chair, Hall County Commission Mike Miller, Mayor, City of Flowery Branch James Nix, Mayor, City of Clermont Greg Ours, Poly Enterprises Ray Perren, Lanier Technical College Larry Poole, Mayor, City of Gillsville Brad Puryear, Mansfield Energy Will Schofield, Hall County Schools Dr. Ed Schrader, Brenau University Pao Sengkhammee, Zebra Technologies Darrell Snyder, Georgia Power Dennis Stockton, The Times Grier Todd, Lake Lanier Islands Resort Milton Turner, Mayor, City of Lula Dr. Mary Watkins, Watkins Total Health Care Philip Wilheit, Wilheit Packaging Philip Wilheit, Jr., Wilheit Packaging Bob Willis, Willis Investment Counsel

Associate Directors 2013-2014 Jonathan Collins, BB&T

Andy Kalinauskus, Conditioned Air Systems

Bruce Eades, Insurance Office of America

Sierra McMullen, Charter Business

Josh Everett, New Leaf Landscape Services

Barbara Rambo, ProCare Rx

Joy Fowler, Hamilton State Bank

Sherry Ridgway, Global IT

Connie Hagler, CMIT Solutions

Trey Wood, Turner Wood & Smith Insurance

Jay Kelly, Signs By Tomorrow

Todd Young, Publix

Staff Executive Kit Dunlap, President/CEO Joy Sims, Executive Assistant Economic Development Tim Evans, Vice President Shelley Davis, Vice President Existing Industry Josh Stephens, Project Manager Finance & Operations David Umberson, Vice President Finance and Human Resources Education Dana Miller, Vice President South Hall Council Kit Dunlap, President/CEO

Government Affairs Kit Dunlap, President/CEO Community Development Robin Halstead, Vice President VISION 2030 Meg Nivens, Executive Director Membership Development Megan Martin, Vice President Kara Tate, Membership Coordinator Marketing & Communications Kemie West, Business Link Editor/Consultant Greater Hall Chamber Welcome Center Robin Halstead, Manager

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ZF Opens 3rd Facility in Area

BITZER U.S. Opens Headquarters

Officials cut ribbon to open ZF's new facility in Oakwood Industrial Park. (Front Row, L-R): Mayor Lamar Scroggs, City of Oakwood; Dietrich Bechmann, ZF Friedrichshafen; Dr. Franz-Josef Armbruster, ZF Friedrichshafen; Julio Caspari, ZF North America; Adolfo Gonzalez Garza, ZF TN; Dick Mecum, Chairman, Hall County Commission. (Back Row, L-R): Philip Lindenstruth, ZF Gainesville; Past Chamber Chairman Randall Frost, Stewart, Melvin & Frost; Philip Wilheit, Wilheit Packaging and Chair, Gainesville-Hall County Development Authority; Tim Evans, Greater Hall Chamber VP Economic Development; Billy Powell, Hall County Commission; Larry Callahan, Pattillo Construction Company.

Ribbon Cutting at BITZER's 95,000 square foot North American Headquarters in Oakwood. (L-R): Kit Dunlap, President/CEO, Greater Hall Chamber; Wolfgang Lenz; Christiane Schaufler-Muench; Peter Schaufler, CEO & Chairman of BITZER Group; Peter Narreau, President BITZER US, Inc.; Mayor Lamar Scroggs, City of Oakwood; Georgia Senator Butch Miller; Dick Mecum, Chairman, Hall County Commission.

ZF celebrated the grand opening of its third facility in the Gainesville-Hall County region in June. The newest plant is located on Rafe Banks Drive in Oakwood Industrial Park and is a manufacturing site for clutches and other powertrain components for mid-size and heavy trucks. The new plant demonstrates ZF’s commitment to “Made in America” products. Since 1986, when ZF opened its first North American production facility in Gainesville to build manual transmissions for Ford pickup trucks, ZF’s presence in the area has grown. The opening of the third facility attests to the many positive facets of the GainesvilleHall County area and its people, as well as local employee training facilities, and support from local, state government and regional authorities. With the addition of the new facility, ZF also brings more jobs to the Gainesville-Hall County area with over 550 employees at three locations. The new plant brings the number of the North American production sites to 22, and the North American market generates 18% of ZF’s sales. Those sales increased by 48% in 2012. With over 6,800 employees and growing, the North American market plans for significant growth and with central production areas, like Gainesville/Oakwood/Hall County, will remain an important region for ZF. ZF is among the top 10 companies on the ranking list of the largest automotive suppliers worldwide.

German-based BITZER was founded in 1934, and has two U.S. locations – Oakwood GA and Syracuse NY. In 1979, Peter Schaufler took over BITZER Inc. from his father and has grown the operation to over 36 locations worldwide. BITZER’s worldwide sales are now almost $1 billion, and BITZER is now the largest screw and semi-hermetic piston compressor manufacturer in the world. BITZER US has been a large part of the company’s growth and strategy. In 1999 Peter Schaufler began BITZER US in Oakwood as its first North American independent subsidiary to sell compressors. By 2005, BITZER US began local production of reciprocating compressors with 25 employees. Over the next eight years, Schaufler continued to invest in the Oakwood facility turning it into the North American Headquarters. In 2012, Schaufler invested approximately $10 million in a new plant and equipment to support the increase in production required to meet the demand. The new $10 million facility was developed by Pattillo Construction Company. BITZER also maintains the adjacent 45,000 square foot facility on Chamblee Road. BITZER US now employs over 120 people in the Hall County area with more long term growth planned on the horizon. BITZER US, Inc., 4080 Enterprise Way, Flowery Branch, Georgia 30542 (770) 503-9226.

Kubota Manufacturing of Amercia Celebrates 25 Year Anniversary Phil Sutton (background) Henry Kubota (left) and City of Gainesville Mayor Danny Dunagan with a proclamation Dunagan issued declaring Thursday, June 6 as Kubota Manufacturing of America Corporation Day in GainesvilleHall County.

Kubota Manufacturing of America Corporation (KMA) located in Gainesville Industrial Park North in 1988 to establish Kubota's North American manufacturing headquarters and has grown from about 38 workers to over 1,000. Henry Kubota is president of KMA and Kubota Industrial Equipment, a Jefferson manufacturing facility that opened eight years ago and expanded this year. KMA in Gainesville is led by Phil Sutton, Chief Administrative Officer, and manufactures and assembles lawn tractors, mowers, subcompact tractors, utility vehicles, loaders and backhoes. In recent years, the facility has expanded with an additional 490,000 square feet of cross-dock, and products manufactured in Gainesville are exported throughout the world. About 50% of all Kubota branded equipment sold in the United States is manufactured or assembled at the local 151-acre facility. KMA production supports a network of component and logistics suppliers in the area, including Tatsumi Intermodal, Etori, Shintone and others, and many local businesses in Gainesville-Hall County count Kubota as a long-time business partner. Kubota employees support many local organizations, such as United Way of Hall County, with their time, energy and financial support.

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New Gainesville-Hall Co. Map The Chamber's NEW Gainesville-Hall County map features the Greater Hall area and municipalities including Gainesville, Clermont, Flowery Branch, Gillsville, Lula, Oakwood, Braselton and Buford. The map’s cover features the Northeast Georgia Medical Center, the only hospital in Georgia to make two lists: “100 Top Hospitals 2013” by Truven Health Analytics and “America’s 50 Best Hospitals 2013” by HealthGrades. “We are honored to be featured on this year’s Gainesville-Hall County map,” says Brad Nurkin, President of Northeast Georgia Medical Center. “These types of national recognitions are due to the elite caliber of our physicians and staff. And it’s the quality of life offered in Gainesville-Hall County that helps us attract these exceptional clinicians, making us a soughtafter healthcare destination for patients around the state and nation.” The map is available at the Greater Hall Chamber, 230 E.E. Butler Parkway in Downtown Gainesville. Details: Robin Halstead, 770-532-6206. Email:

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Statewide, statistics are staggering. Prescription drug abuse is advancing at an alarming rate, and more people in Georgia die from prescription drug overdoses from abusive reasons than in automobile accidents. To address this medical epidemic (L-R): P. Tennent Slack, MD; Jack Chapman, MD; Chad Bolton, Northeast Georgia Health System; Dallas Gay at the (officially Chamber's Healthcare Committee meeting in June. designated an epidemic by the CDC in 2011), the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) Foundation has launched a significant statewide initiative to focus on drug monitoring, education and safe drug disposal. The Think About It Campaign in Hall County is spearheaded by P. Tennent Slack, MD, Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Interventional Pain Medicine; Jack Chapman, MD, Gainesville Eye Associates and Past President of MAG; and Dallas Gay, a MAG Foundation volunteer. The group is working with a broad range of organizations with programs and education to help eradicate prescription drug abuse across our state.

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Economic Development

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce Regional Power Breakfast is Thursday, July 11 at the Chattahoochee Country Club from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. and includes Union, Towns, Rabun, Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Habersham, Stephens, Forsyth, Hall, Banks, Franklin and Hart counties. The Georgia Chamber continues the tradition of hosting the Regional Power series in partnership with local chambers across Georgia this year. These events feature Georgia Chamber 2013 Board Chair Steve Green and President and CEO Chris Clark. The Regional Power Breakfast is a great way to interact with Georgia Chamber members and business people from the community and to learn more about the issues that are most important to our state’s business community. Program details: Lauren Moore at the Georgia Chamber, 404-223-2269 or email: The power breakfast is complimentary, but you must register to attend. For Reservations: Joy Sims, Chamber, 770-532-6206 x 106. Email:


Meetings & Events

JULY 2013 Thursday, July 4 Independence Day Chamber Office Closed July 4th & 5th

Thursday, July 18 Chamber Executive Board 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Chamber

Tuesday, July 9 Small Business Roundtable 8:30 a.m. – Chamber

Wednesday, July 24 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Longstreet Cafe in Gainesville

Tuesday, July 9 Ambassadors Council Orientation 3:45 p.m. – Chamber Wednesday, July 10 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. McDonald's, 3183 Frontage Road in Gainesville/Oakwood Wednesday, July 10 Human Resource Council 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Luna's in Downtown Gainesville Thursday, July 11 Georgia Chamber of Commerce Regional Power Breakfast Georgia Chamber 2013 Board Chair Steve Green & President/CEO Chris Clark 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. - Chattahoochee Country Club in Gainesville

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Wednesday, July 17 Issues Committee "Update on Don Carter State Park" 8:00 a.m. – Chamber


Wednesday, July 17 Lunch 'n Learn 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Recess Southern Gastro Pub

NO Chamber Board of Directors Meeting in JULY. The next meeting is Thursday, August 22 at 12:00 p.m. at the Gainesville Civic Center.

AUGUST 2013 Tuesday, August 13 Small Business Success Seminar "Small Business Resources" Presented by the UGA Small Business Development Center (SBDC) 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. – Chamber Thursday, August 22 Business After Hours Sponsored by The Longstreet Clinic 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. The Longstreet Clinic Main Campus 725 Jesse Jewell Parkway in Gainesville

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Business After Hours sponsored by Hasty Pope Law Firm (L-R): Cindy Wilson, Challenged Child; Dana Miller, Chamber VP Education; John Gram, Whelchel, Dunlap, Jarrard & Walker; Chamber Chairman Dixie Truelove, Truelove Dairy; Ellen DeFoor, Northeast Georgia Medical Center Foundation. Event Sponsor John Pope (left) and Chamber President/CEO Kit Dunlap at Business After Hours in June. Thank you Hasty Pope Law Firm for the great event at the Chattahoochee Country Club! Don't miss Business After Hours on Thursday, August 22, 5:00-7:00 pm at The Longstreet Clinic, PC. Details to come! For more information on this and other Chamber networking events, call Megan Martin, 770-532-6206.

Thursday, August 29 South Hall Business Coalition "Hall County Schools Update" Presented by Will Schofield Superintendent, Hall County Schools 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Lanier Charter Career Academy Register for these and other Chamber events online:

Fall 2013 Wisdom Project The Wisdom Project is VISION 2030's senior leadership program co-chaired by Bill Sanders, Jackson EMC, and Melissa Tymchuk, Northeast Georgia Health System. Designed for 55+ members of the community, Wisdom Project is a partnership of the Greater Hall Chamber and Brenau University’s Center for Lifetime Study. The Wisdom Project prepares retired and semi-retired individuals to use their wisdom and talents in creative ways through action and advocacy. Participants experience a dynamic, multi-faceted view of Gainesville-Hall County, explore local issues and opportunities and engage with community leaders. The fall 2013 program includes seven sessions, plus the kick-off (August 15) and a graduation ceremony (November 22). Application information: Kathy Amos at Center for Lifetime Study, 770-538-4705. Email: Online:

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• Action Ministries Smart Lunch, Smart Kid summer program brings nutritious lunches to children in need during the summer when they don't receive that benefit at school. To donate or volunteer call Terri Armour, 770-531-0144 x 5642. The Action Dash to Beat the Cycle of Poverty 5K Run/Walk on Labor Day (9-2-13) mobilizes communities to address the challenges of poverty by focusing on hunger relief, housing and education. • Turbo Truck Center's Customer Appreciation Day is July 11, 10 am-2 pm, to introduce the opening of a new Paint and Body Division and highlight the growing Truck and Trailer Sales Division, a full service truck shop for all repairs or refurbishment needs. Public is invited for food, fun and chance to win $500 towards Michelin tires! 2037 Old Candler Road, right off I-985 in Gainesville. • Cheryl McDuffie, administrator of The Longstreet Clinic’s Center for Women’s Health, received the Georgia Medical Group Management Association's Distinguished Service Award for 15 years of service. The TLC women's clinic has 12 physicians, 10 nurse midwives and two nurse practitioners. • Since 1963, the U.S. has celebrated Small Business Week (50th anniversary). The U.S. Small Business Administration Georgia District's Entrepreneurial Success Award went to John Stanton and Don Stoner of Almark Foods, a provider of ready-to-eat eggs, located at 2118 Centennial Drive in Gainesville. • Sign-up for the Citizen's Alert System, which could be life-saver during a natural disaster. Messages can be sent to individuals using a variety of mechanisms - cell phone, landline, email, text messaging, pager. Register at and click on the Citizen's Alert icon. • Edward Jones financial advisor Beth Baldwin qualified and attended the firm's 2013 Financial Advisor Leaders Conference for leaders in the firm. Baldwin was one of only 793 who qualified from nearly 12,000 financial advisors. • FREE WomenSource Health Forum on Depression on Tuesday, August 6 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Walters Auditorium at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, 743 Spring Street in Gainesville. Presented by Monica Newton, D.O., Northeast Georgia Physicians Group. Reservations required. 770-503-9060. Online: • Northeast Georgia Health System will lease the former Sam’s Club in Oakwood for a corporate support service center. Some 200 employees will work there initially. The site is centrally located between Gainesville and Braselton with close proximity to I-985, which is beneficial for future system growth.

• Historic Downtown Farmer's Market on the Gainesville Square is open 2:30 pm-6:30 pm every Friday. Market Manager Steve Thomas says the quality improves each year with plants, fresh cut flowers, heirloom vegetables, fruit, honey, salsa coffee, and new this summer...frozen Bison meat, farm-fresh eggs, French-style baked goods and fresh goat cheese. • Leadership Community's Lunch 'n Learn, part of Chick-fil-A Leadercast, is July 11, 11:30 am-12:45 pm at Recess in Gainesville. Reservations required. 678-617-5599. Email: • Lisa Bisson is the new sales rep for iCard NOW, a local printer specializing in short runs (under 5,000) of business cards, postcards, brochures, flyers, letterhead and envelopes. 2490 Hilton Drive, Suite A in Gainesville. • John Nix and Duane Schlereth, partners at BatesCarter have retired. John was managing partner from 1995-2009, president of the Georgia Society of CPAs and is currently chair of the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Board. Duane Schlereth was awarded the Gold Medal by Georgia Society of CPAs, given to the individual with the highest score exam score in the state. He serves as treasurer for the Georgia Mountain Food Bank. • Global Atlanta, an online publication, featured an article on Hall County as a magnet for international companies with 15 from Germany. The site tracks how companies are engaging with the global economy and how foreign enterprises are fueling Atlanta's rise as an international business center. • Rich Cavagnaro was named the Metro Atlanta Chamber and Atlanta Business Chronicle's Business Person of the Year for Experienced Entrepreneur. Cavagnaro started Buford-based AdEdge Water Technologies in 2002. The company has delivered water purification technologies for hundreds of public, municipal and industrial clients in North America, China and Indonesia and is improving the quality of people's lives, enhancing the environment and helping grow economies throughout the world. • Giorgio Carera, CEO of FAE USA announces the company's work for the Panama Canal project, a milestone for a Georgia-based company for such a large international project. FAE is now a supplier for the project and was highlighted in central and South American news outlets. FAE is globally recognized for vegetation control, rock crushing, mulching and soil stabilization equipment and is located in Oakwood.



The Dawg House Footlongs The Dawg House Famous Footlongs & More is a full service sports bar and grille serving custom gourmet burgers, wings and hot dogs. They offer lunch and dinner specials daily as well as a happy hour Monday through Friday, 5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Watch your favorite sporting events on the state of the art entertainment system. The Dawg House is available for private events and also offers catering services and delivery in the Gainesville area. 420 Wall Street in Gainesville. 770-533-7900.

Scott's Downtown Relocation Scott’s has relocated and expanded. Formally Scott’s on the Square, the restaurant is now Scott’s Downtown located at 131 Bradford Street NW in Gainesville. The new location houses the restaurant, a separate bar and lounge and a new, 10,000 square foot event facility. The expansion in the restaurant now provides private dining and meeting space for groups from 6 to 22. Scott’s is open for lunch and dinner serving lunch Tuesday-Friday, dinner only on Saturday. Scott’s Downtown, The Loft at Scott’s and The Lounge at Scott’s, 131 Bradford Street NW in Gainesville. Reservations: 770-536-1111 or online at

Steak 'n Shake opens in Oakwood Matthew Meeks and Mike Stephens, franchisees of the new Oakwood Steak 'n Shake, cut ribbon at the grand opening on June 20. The restaurant was founded in 1934 in Normal, Illinois. Founder Gus Belt pioneered the concept of premium burgers and milk shakes. After 75 years, Steak 'n Shake remains a 1950's diner-style restaurant offering drive-thru and front-window service. "Famous for Steakburgers" refers to its most prominent food item, the hand-made 100% pure beef patty. Along with the original steakburger, favorites include the genuine chili, classic sandwich melts, hand-dipped milkshakes, salads and a breakfast menu and kids menu. Currently, there are over 600 restaurants. Steak ‘n Shake Operations, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Biglari Holdings Inc. 3525 Thurmon Tanner Parkway, Oakwood, GA 30566.

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Welcome New Members! Angel House of Georgia Angela English 822 Maple Street, SW Gainesville, GA 30501 (770) 572-7945 - Non-profit Browns Superior Cleaning Services Travis Brown 4001 Amberleigh Trace Gainesville, GA 30501 (404) 447-1354 - Janitorial Services

Mitchell Shiver 5257 Highway 53 Braselton, GA 30517 (678) 508-1495 - Individual Member Nationwide Retirement Solutions John Desselle 2967 Brooks Drive Snellville, GA 30078 (678) 528-8943 - Insurance

Steak 'n Shake S & S Oakwood Partners, LLC Matthew Meeks 3525 Thurmon Tanner Parkway Oakwood, GA 30566 (770) 654-9323 - Restaurant & Catering To join the Greater Hall Chamber, call Kara Tate, Membership Coordinator at 770-532-6206. Online:

Chamber Team, continued from page 1 A native of Jasper, Alabama and a Brenau College graduate, Kit is at the top of the industry among fellow Chamber executives and has a strong economic development background. She served on the Board of the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade & Tourism (Georgia Department of Economic Development) for 10 years and as chairman for two years. She is a founding member of the Gainesville-Hall County Economic Development Council and served as the council's first chairman in 1992. She has served on the boards of the Northeast Georgia Medical Center, SunTrust Bank Northeast Georgia and on the Board of Trustees at Brenau University. She is currently serving on the board of the Metro North Georgia Water Planning District and is a past chairman of the organization.

Thank You Chamber Sponsors AT&T • Charter Business • Hasty Pope Law Firm Highland Mountain Beverage • Jacobs Media Corporation The Longstreet Clinic, PC / Oakwood • Milton Martin Honda Red Clay Interactive • WDUN Radio

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Small Business of the Month Ava White Academy & Tutorials Greater Hall Chamber Membership Chairman Jimbo Floyd presents Ava White, Ava White Academy & Tutorials, with the Small Business of the Month Award. Ava White Tutorials has offered educational services for over 30 years. The Academy is an accredited private school in Gainesville offering small class sizes, a challenging academic curriculum – all in a structured special education setting. The Hybrid High School facilitates instruction of high school courses through the Georgia Virtual High School. Ava also offers individual tutoring in all subjects, test-taking skills and preparation for exams. The Wilson Reading System is used to help remedial students who are struggling with reading. This program has shown remarkable results for people of all ages, including dyslexic, learning disabled, ADHD, ADD and ESOL students. Ava White Tutorials also offer educational evaluations and parental advisement.

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July 2, 2013 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Founded in 1983, Leadership Hall County (LHC) now has over 700 graduates.

For more on Leadership Hall County or other Greater Hall Chamber Education programs, contact Dana Miller, Vice President of Education, 770-532-6206. Email:

Greater Hall County Area Jobless Employment Rates Hall County


May 2013

6.9 Previous Month

Gainesville City



Cherokee Dawson

6.2 6.4




Gwinnett Jackson Ga Mountains State of Georgia

6.8 7.5 7 8.2




Apr 2013



12-Month High



Aug 2012

One Year Ago

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M A M 2013

Updated 6/26

Retail Sales


The Norton Agency Key Economic Indicators $ 217,905,584 2 columns 208,524,188 217,672,675 4.4167 x 10 Hall County


Latest May 2013

Previous Month

One Year Ago

March 2013

May 2012



100’s millions of dollars

The Leadership Hall County 2013-2014 Class: Lee Alexander, Northeast Georgia Medical Center Kristin Beck, Northeast Georgia Medical Center Kirsten Boettcher, Lakeshore Mall Bonner Burton, Hall County Sheriff's Office Jessica Butler, Gateway Domestic Violence Center Wanda Cannon, Hall County Extension Office Sam Couvillon, BB&T / Sidney O. Smith Insurance Will Dyer, First Baptist Church Andi Farmer, Milton Martin Honda Elizabeth Fielden, Hall County Family Connect Network Brad Gooch, Lawson Air Conditioning & Plumbing David Griffin, Metro Appraisals, Inc Laura Haynes, WomenSource Callie Hughs, Caroll Daniel Construction Greg Katulka, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management David King, Georgia Power Trisha Lewis, Hall County Probation Services Nick Martin, Budget Carpet & Flooring Patrick O'Rouke, Georgia Department of Natural Resources Dr. Al Panu, University of North Georgia Lindsay Payne, United Hospice Clay Pilgrim, Rushton & Company Zach Propes, BatesCarter Jeff Reinhardt, MD, The Longstreet Clinic Kelley Martin Robertson, Office of the DA/Northeast Georgia Judicial Circuit Chris Rotalsky, City of Gainesville Charles Shadle, Brenau University Matt Smith, Carr, Lawson, Cantrell & Associates, Inc. Bryan St. Pierre, Alexander, Almand & Bangs Michelle Taylor, Anesthesia Associates of Gainesville Clinton Teston, Office of the Public Defender/Northeast Georgia Judicial Circuit Kirk Watkins, North Georgia Canopy Tours Katy Wilson, Riverside Military Academy


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2013-2014 Leadership Hall Class


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.













2013 Updated 6/26

Housing Permits Issued - Hall County Latest

May 37 Previous Month

2012 Total

One Year Ago

April 2013

May 2012





2013 YTD

Area Permits County Barrow Dawson Gwinnett Forsyth Jackson

May 2013 23 3 289 147 11

May 2012 12 3 98 136 2

Mar 2013 14 8 199 192 12

Total 2012 44 13 603 1,468 30

2013 YTD 69 22 848 783 39

Avg Total Price 2013

Avg Price

Homes Sold and Closed and Average Price of Home May 2013

Avg Price

May 2012

Avg Price

Apr 2013

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Updated 6/26

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Leadership Hall Class of 2012-2013 at their graduation and alumni party at the Chattahoochee Country Club on May 16.

Tommy Howard 770-718-5204

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The Power To Perform

Leadership Hall County Celebrates 30th Anniversary 1983-2013

"In 1983, we did not know what to expect in the first Leadership Hall class. We certainly hoped that we would strengthen our leadership skills and obtain some knowledge of Hall County. The collective wisdom of the class and the Chamber staff created an atmosphere of leadership, learning and volunteerism which continues today. In my view, the Chamber has had great success through the years in training leaders, and that is the purpose of Leadership Hall." Randall Frost Partner, Stewart, Melvin & Frost “Looking back on the participants in that first class, I am impressed that many have played a significant part in the leadership of our county. The Chamber is to be commended in identifying future leaders.” Jim Moore Vice President, BB&T Sidney O. Smith “I was fortunate to be asked to join Leadership Hall County when it first began. I was not from Hall County and being a young corporate banker – the network and camaraderie of the class was beneficial. I would highly recommend all aspiring business leaders that have the opportunity to join Leadership Hall, to do so. They will be glad they did.” Joyce Stephens Executive Vice President, United Community Bank

"The original class in 1983 was definitely an experiment. We talked through our plan many times, then it would change. We made a few mistakes, which were corrected in year #2. I was designated to repeat, so some experience would be there, and they needed a chairman without a day job! Those were great years, and the experience was truly invigorating. Leadership Hall reflected our leadership assets to others who would help in the future. Our group has great hope and love of community and has continued to stay involved. It is most exciting to see our vision unfold 30 years later!" Mary Lou Melvin, Community Volunteer "When you look at the current leaders in the Gainesville-Hall County community, most if not all are graduates of the Leadership Hall County program. Many went on to participate in Leadership Georgia and are now in state leadership roles. That is exactly what Leadership Hall was designed to do – create leaders, provide knowledge to those in leadership roles, and create a vision of the community they have been designated to lead. I am confident Leadership Hall will continue to train and equip future leaders for our community." Steve Gilliam Partner, Smith, Gilliam, Williams & Miles

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Education / Leadership

The Greater Hall Chamber's Leadership Hall County (LHC) program is celebrating its 30th year anniversary. Founded by the Chamber in 1983, the program exposes highly talented, motivated and potential leaders of Hall County to the inter-related economic, government, socio-cultural and educational issues of the community. To celebrate the program’s 30 years of success, a new Leadership Hall logo/brand has been launched. “Integrity. Passion. Vision. These words describe the Leadership Hall County program perfectly. We are excited about our new look and look forward to 30 more years of leadership excellence in Gainesville-Hall County,” said Dana Miller, Chamber Vice President of Education. Over 730 people have graduated from the program. Class members are nominated by former participants and selected by the Leadership Hall Selection Committee. Leadership Hall County graduates continue to be involved in many areas of volunteer and civic service in our community. Each year local non-profit agencies present service project ideas to the class, and the class decides the project they will undertake. For more information on Leadership Hall County or Youth Leadership Hall, contact Dana Miller, Vice President of Education, Greater Hall Chamber, 770-532-6206. Email:

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Upcoming Chamber Chamber Events Upcoming Events Thursday, July 11 Thursday, Small Business Marketing Workshop Arbor Day Celebration JobAugust Fair and29Career Expo Chamber South Hall Business Coalition Tuesday,Georgia February 14 Friday, February 17 Wednesday, March 28 Marketing Trends 10:00 a.m. "Hall County School 10:00 a.m. - Update" 3:00 p.m. Regional Power Breakfast System Presented by Gordon Frances Meadows Center Georgiaby Mountains Center 8:00 a.m.Sawyer - 9:30 a.m. Presented 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. – The Oaks at Chattahoochee Country Club Will Schofield, Superintendent Hall Co. Schools Lanier3000 CharterClub Career Academy Safe & Green Regional Assembly Get Career Details &Academy Register Online: Drive in Gainesville Lanier Charter Friday, February 24 2719 Tumbling Creek Road in Gainesville Business After Hours 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Thursday, August 22 Thursday, February 16 Business After Hours Georgia Mountains Center 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by The Longstreet Clinic, P.C. Luna's Restaurant Annual Transportation Forum p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 200 5:00 Main Street Wednesday, March 14 The Clinic Gainesville - Main Campus - Atrium Hunt Longstreet Tower in Downtown 11:30 a.m. - 1:00Details p.m. & Register Online: 725 Jesse Jewell Parkway in Gainesville Gainesville State College



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