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Business Link G r e a t e r H a l l C h a m b e r . c o m Chairman's Column page 2 Healthy Hall Awards page 4 Meetings & Events page 6 Member Announcements page 10 Leadership Hall page 12 Small Business of the Month page 13 Ribbon Cuttings page 14 Welcome New Members pages 15-16

Hackers Holiday Golf Tournament The Greater Hall Chamber's 39th Annual Hackers Holiday Golf Tournament presented by ACG Solutions is Friday, April 27 at Legacy on Lanier Golf Club at Lanier Islands. A shotgun start at 10 a.m. kicks off the tournament that includes fun, fellowship and great prizes for scratch golfers and hackers alike. Entry Fee includes green fee, cart, breakfast, box lunch, snacks and drinks, and a reception following the tournament with awards and great door prizes. Cost is $175 per player; $650 team of four. Register yourself as an individual or register a team. Awards will be presented in three flights, along with a Hole-In-One prize, Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive and much more. AT&T's 19th Hole Reception with delicious complimentary food and drink follows the tournament at the clubhouse. Great Sponsorship Opportunities Available including Beverage Cart Sponsorships ($750); Par 5 Golf Hole Sponsorships ($400); and Golf Hole Sponsorships ($250). Win a $1000 Cash Drawing! Tickets: $10 each; 3 for $20. Do NOT have to be present to win. To register as a team, individual or inquire about sponsorships and tickets, contact Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 x 115. Email:

Chamber's 110th Annual Meeting and Gala is May 17 The Greater Hall Chamber's 110th Annual Meeting & Gala is Thursday, May 17 at the Chattahoochee Country Club in Gainesville. Over 400 Chamber members and guests will enjoy a festive evening while celebrating a year of success! The evening begins at 6:00 p.m. with an outdoor reception. The dinner program begins at 7:00 p.m. and includes an overview of the year's success and annual award presentations including the 2017-2018 Small Business of the Year, Family Business of the Year, Silver Shovel Awards, the prestigious W.G. Mealor Chairman's Award, Distinguished Citizen Award and the Community Service Award. Sponsorships available. Table Sponsorships $1300 (seats 10) and includes promotion and recognition during the awards program. Individual tickets are $90; $160 Couple. Details: Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 x 115 or email: Online:

Make your reservations for the Chamber Gala on May 17. Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206x115 or Online:

Save the Date Thursday, April 10 Small Business Seminar Thursday, April 19 Business After Hours Thursday, April 27 Hackers Holiday Golf

APRIL 2018

A Publication of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

April 3, 2018 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

From the Chairman

Importance of Work Based Learning


The initiatives of the Greater Hall Workforce Development Task Force (WDTF), founded in 2015, are vital to the state of our current and future economy. These programs, developed through volunteer leadership, participating industries, educators and business professionals, are shaping the future of our community. Industry leaders like Greg Vitek, IMS Gear Georgia, chair of the Workforce Development Task Force, and Bill Hall, Murray Plastics, chair of the Vision 2030 Education Consortium, are working with others to make great strides in linking the energy of our youth with local industries and businesses to grow a workforce for today and tomorrow. Last March, a Workforce Development Recognition Luncheon was held with 70 attendees and a program featuring area employers, a labor attorney and a legislative update to ensure employers know their options for their Perry Barnett, CPA sustainable workforce strategy. Since that time, the Greater Hall ChamRushton Chairman, Greater Hall ber's Existing Industry Division led by Vice President Shelley Davis, has Chamber of Commerce been hard at work forming partnerships and alliances with area work based learning coordinators, educators, Chamber Industry Roundtable members, the Georgia Mountain’s Regional Commission and many others. As of January 2018, 40 students representing eight high schools are employed in Work Based Learning at 17 Manufacturers in Gainesville Hall County: American Yazaki Corporation, Gibson Dental Designs, IMS Gear Georgia, King's Hawaiian, Kipper Tool Company, Kubota Manufacturing, Mencom Corporation, MP Equipment, Murray Plastics, PERFORMANCE Foodservice, Poly Enterprises, PPG Industries, SKF USA, Tower Sealants, Tribe Transportation, ZF Gainesville and ZF-TRW Automotive. In February, Manufacturing Job Shadow Days included 90 high school sophomores touring nine area manufacturers for the purpose of encouraging work based learning during their final two years of high school. To develop more work based learning partnerships, the WDTF is creating a video focusing on how students can take advantage of apprenticeships during high school to secure a career in many fields. Most recently, the Greater Hall Chamber and Vision 2030 facilitated a Career Path Fair for 500 students, 7th graders from eight area schools, at the University of North Georgia Gainesville. Some 50 employers presented career path options for the students. See more on page 4.

Business Link VOLUME 23 ISSUE 10 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 Chair, VISION 2030 Melissa Tymchuk, Northeast Georgia Health System Elizabeth Higgins, Exec Director

Co-Chairs, HALLmark Paul Chambers, AT&T Mimi Collins, 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 Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

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 Josh Everett, New Leaf Landscape Services Brett Fowler, Turner Wood & Smith Insurance Tony Funari, Funari Realty Col. Bill Gallagher, Riverside Military Academy Jim Grier, Mayor, City of Lula Joy Griffin, United Way of Hall County Richard Higgins, Chair, Hall Co. Commission Morgan House, American Canoe Association 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 Sheri Millwood, Oakwood City Council 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 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 Roy Turpin, Mayor, City of Gillsville 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

Matt Arthur, Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), presented a program at the Chamber's April Board of Directors confirming that building a well-educated, globally competitive and sustainable workforce is of high priority in Georgia. Commissioner Arthur noted that TCSG is the state's #1 resource for workforce and that QuickStart has been ranked #1 in the nation for eight consecutive years.. (L-R): Chamber Chairman Perry Barnett, CPA, Rushton; Dr. Ray Perren, President, Lanier Technical College; Matt Arthur, Commissioner, TCSG; Doug Carter, Don Carter Realty and Board Vice Chair, TCSG; Phil Sutton, Kubota and Board Member, TCSG.

Economic Development Tim Evans, Vice President Shelley Davis, Vice President Existing Industry Amanda Lewis, 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 Kit Dunlap, President & CEO 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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1st Annual Healthy Hall Awards

Healthy Hall Award Recipients (Front, L-R): Carol Burrell, Northeast Georgia Health System; Cindy Greene DMD, BGW Dental Group; Mimi Collins, Longstreet Clinic; Cindy Levi, Avita Community Partners; Robin Taylor, Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic; Aprill Exley, Northeast Georgia Health System. (Back, L-R): Dr. J. Jeffrey Marshall, The Heart Center of NGMC; Gale Hansen Starich, PhD, Brenau University; Dr. Jack M. Chapman Jr., Gainesville Eye Associates; Dr. Antonio Rios, Northeast Georgia Physicians Group; Jack Skorput, Gainesville Physical Therapy; Dallas Gay, 3 Steps to Save a Life/ Community Volunteer. Not Pictured: Pat Freeman, Legacy Link. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented posthumously to Henry S. Jennings, Jr., MD. The award was accepted by his daughter, The Reverend Betsy Jennings Powell, MD. (L-R): Kit Dunlap, Greater Hall Chamber; David Powell and Betsy Jennings Powell.

Workforce Student Career Fair

Dr. Jeremy Williams, Superintendent, Gainesville City Schools, with students from Gainesville Middle School at the Career Path Fair in March.

Over 500 students, 7th graders from eight area schools, participated in the Chamber and VISION 2030’s 7th Grade Career Path Fair on March 15 at the University of North Georgia, Gainesville Campus. The collaborative initiative with over 50 area employers helped local middle school students become aware of career opportunities and pathways to help guide these students with their plan of study in high school. The program was funded both directly and via in-kind services by these partners, a Georgia Partnership for Excellence In Education Grant, and the Chamber’s HALLmark initiative. Details: Shelley Davis, Chamber VP Existing Industry, 770-532-6206. Email:

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2018 Healthy Hall Awards Recipients Outstanding Allied Health Professional Gainesville Physical Therapy

Achievement in Behavioral Health Cindy Levi, Avita Community Partners

Nurse (LPN) of The Year Outstanding Healthcare Professional Dr. Jack Chapman, Gainesville Eye Associates Robin Taylor, NEGA Diagnostic Clinic Outstanding Healthcare Administrator Carol Burrell, NEGA Health System

Nurse (RN) of the Year Aprill Exley, NEGA Health System

Visionary Leader Award Mimi Collins, Longstreet Clinic

Dentist of the Year Cindy Greene DMD, BGW Dental Group

Community Impact Award Dallas Gay, 3 Steps to Save a Life/Volunteer

Physician Specialist of the Year Dr. Jeffrey Marshall, Heart Center of NGMC

Senior Impact Award Legacy Link

Primary Care Physician of the Year Dr. Antonio Rios, NEGA Physicians Group

Lifetime Achievement Award Healthcare Education Award Gale Hansen Starich, PhD, Brenau University Henry S. Jennings, Jr., MD (Deceased)

Turner, Wood and Smith Insurance (TWS) Owners/Partners (L-R): Jimbo Floyd, Joe Wood Jr., Trey Wood, Brent Loggins, Rob Fowler, Brett Fowler. TWS is Northeast Georgia's oldest and largest independent insurance agency and the recently broke ground with a dedication ceremony for a new, 16,000 square foot headquarters located between the Frances Meadows Center and Gainesville Middle School. The two-story facility is expected to be ready for occupancy this fall. TWS, founded in 1905, has 39 employees and works in the property and casualty arena serving commercial, auto and home insurance clients as well as Employee Benefit clients. The firm's current Brenau Avenue property has been purchased by the City of Gainesville. 770-536-0161.


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Presenting Sponsor of the Chamber's Job Fair on March 21, Express Employment Professional's (L-R): Amanda Nguyen, Hollie Christy and Heather Tyner with Mark Butler, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Labor. The event drew over 750 job seekers, all spending quality time with hiring managers. Some 70 employers were on hand and hiring for hundreds of positions. The Greater Hall Chamber is dedicated to providing resources to match employers’ job openings with skilled, quality employees. The Job Fair offers Chamber member businesses a unique partnership and opportunity to help find the area's best employees. King's Hawaiian (Gold Sponsor) and Spherion Staffing Services (Silver Sponsor) were hiring on-site at the event coordinated by Lanier Technical College, the Gainesville Area Employers Committee and Georgia Department of Labor. Other Job Fair sponsors included McDonald's (Meal) and Goods & Services Sponsors: Highland Mountain Water, McGarity’s, Milton Martin Honda, Panera Bread, Signs by Tomorrow. Media Sponsors: AccessWDUN and The Times.

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Meetings & Events

South Hall Business Coalition Frank K. Norton Jr., CEO of The Norton Agency, will present the South Hall Business Coalition with an overview of the new Highpoint Medical Campus in Braselton at the meeting on Thursday, April 19 from 8:009:00 am. Developed by The Norton Agency, Highpoint’s first phase, a two-story, 40,000-squarefoot building, is a collaborative effort between Longstreet Clinic and Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic. Highpoint is now welcoming patients in a wide variety of fields. Frank will also present his Market Update focusing on South Hall County. The South Hall Business Coalition is sponsored by Red Clay Interactive, Store More Self Storage, AccessWDUN and Milton Martin Honda. $5 Chamber members; $15, Non-members. Light breakfast. Highpoint Medical Campus is located at 1270 Friendship Road in Braselton. Details: Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 x 115. Email: Online Reservations:

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Upcoming Small Business Seminars Tuesday, April 10 "How to do Business with our Local Governments" Hall County & Gainesville City Reps 7:45 am - 9:00 am – Chamber

Tuesday, May 8 "New Tools for Organization and Time Management" Elizabeth Evans, Avenues of Life Counseling 7:45 am - 9:00 am – Chamber

Thank You Chamber Sponsors! We appreciate these organizations that supported Chamber Events: AccessWDUN ACG Solutions AT&T Caldwell Electrical Chattahoochee Country Club City of Gainesville Danley Sound Labs Georgia Mountains YMCA Hall County Government Jackson EMC

Liberty Utilities Milton Martin Honda Natural Juice Cafe Red Clay Interactive Signs by Tomorrow Store More Self Storage The Norton Agency The Times WSI Digital Rainmakers

APRIL 2018 Wednesday, April 4 Healthcare Committee 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. | Chamber

Thursday, April 19 Chamber Executive Committee 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Chamber

Tuesday, April 10 Small Business Seminar 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Chamber

Thursday, April 19 Business After Hours Sponsor: Danley Sound Labs 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 2196 Hilton Drive, Suite D | Gainesville

Tuesday, April 10 Ambassador Council 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 2 Dog Cafe | Gainesville Wednesday, April 11 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. -9:30 a.m. Hilton Garden | Gainesville Wednesday, April 11 Human Resource Council 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Luna's | Gainesville Thursday, April 12 Leadership Hall County 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 13 Economic Development Council 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. | Chamber Tuesday, April 17 Youth Leadership Hall 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 Vision 2030 Board of Directors 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Chamber Wednesday, April 18 Issues Committee 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Chamber Wednesday, April 18 Lunch 'n Learn 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Your Trusted Servant 956B Dawsonville Hwy | Gainesville Thursday, April 19 South Hall Business Coalition 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Highpoint Medical Campus 1270 Friendship Road | Braselton

Wednesday, April 25 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Sam's Club | Oakwood Thursday, April 26 Chamber Board of Directors 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Gainesville Civic Center Friday, April 27 Hackers Holiday Golf Tournament 10:00 a.m. Shotgun Start Legacy on Lanier at Lanier Islands

MAY 2018 Thursday, May 10 Business After Hours Sponsor: BGW Dental Group 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 1205 Friendship Road | Braselton Friday, May 11 Vision 2030 Public Art Block Party 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. The Royal Space at the Hunt Tower 200 Main Street | Gainesville Tuesday, May 15 South Hall Business Coalition 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. NEW Flowery Branch City Hall Thursday, May 17 110th Annual Meeting & Gala 6:00 p.m. Outdoor Reception 7:00 p.m. Dinner & Awards Program Chattahoochee Country Club Tuesday, May 22 WomenSource Power Breakfast 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. | Chamber Online:



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Member Announcements



• Site Selection, a magazine of corporate real estate strategy and economic development, ranked Gainesville #2 in its 2017 Project Ratings by Population for metros with a population less than 200,000 in the March 2018 issue. Gainesville moved up a place, ranking #3 in the U.S. in 2016. • The University of North Georgia's Mike Cottrell College of Business Speaker Series features Bill Mitchell, President, Dunkin’ Brands International, at the seminar on April 18 from 12:00-1:00 pm at the UNG Dining Hall Banquet Room in Dahlonega. No charge. Details: • Amici owners, Kevin and Stephanie Bush, recently celebrated the restaurant's grand re-opening at 2550 Atlanta Highway in Gainesville. The Italian inspired restaurant fuses made from scratch gourmet pizzas, award winning wings, pastas, sandwiches, soups, salads and more. "Amici"means "friends" in Italian and brings Gainesville a new restaurant for great times and amazing food. Menu online: • Gainesville Theatre Alliance, now in its 39th season, is the nationally acclaimed collaboration of the University of North Georgia, Brenau University, theatre professionals and the North Georgia community, presents season finale, The Odyssey, April 10-21. For tickets, call the box office, 678-717-3624 or • National Small Business Day is April 29 – May 5. According to the Georgia

Department of Labor, 305,643 business establishments represented Georgia employment (Q1 2017). Of those: 99.8% are categorized as small (fewer than 500 employees); 97.4% employed fewer than 100; 94.2% employed fewer than 50; 75.9% employed fewer than 10. According to the GDOL, 4,432 business establishments represented Hall County employment in 2017. 99% of businesses are categorized as small, and 92.9% employ fewer than 50 people. • March of Dimes' March for Babies 5K run and walk is April 21 at the Longstreet Clinic. Jerious Norwood, former Atlanta Falcon, will lead warmup, Batman and Wonder Woman will be on site. Pet friendly, food, fun. Let’s work together to eradicate the #1 killer of babies, Prematurity! Register at • The Hall County Library System and SCORE, a resource of the U.S. Small Business Administration, are offering small business workshops. "How to Grow Your Business" is Wednesday, April 25, 3:00 -5:00 pm at the Gainesville Library Branch, 127 Main Street in Gainesville. • United Way of Hall County's inaugural Read & Run Half Marathon & 5K, presented by Longstreet Clinic, is April 14, 7:30-11:30am at The Venue at Friendship Springs in Flowery Branch. Activities for the entire family include a read-a-thon, and an expo with businesses and nonprofits from across Hall County.

• Dr. Misty Caudell, founder, Georgia Skin Center, recently earned board-certification by the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery, a multi-specialty board that certifies surgeons who fulfill rigorous qualification requirements for performing cosmetic surgery to the neck and face. Dr. Caudell also maintains a board-certification in Dermatology from the American Board of Dermatology and is the only dermatologist in Gainesville with these two board certifications. • The Chamber is seeking nominations for 2017-18 Small Business of the Year and the 2017-18 Family Business of the Year. The small business award is presented to an outstanding business and Chamber member with 50 or less employees. The family business award is presented to a family-owned business that has operated for 25 or more years. A member may nominate their business or another member. The Nomination

deadline is April 20. 2016-2017 Small Businesses of the Year Awards went to Forum Communications and Liberty Candy Company, and Family Businesses of the Year recipients were Harrison Oil & Tire Company and Truelove Dairy. 2017-2018 Award winners will be recognized at the Chamber's Annual Meeting & Gala on Thursday, May 17. Details: Amanda Lewis, 770-532-6206 x 111. • Team Ryan Automotive, a family operated automotive service and repair shop in Buford, invites you to its 3rd Anniversary Celebration on April 11, 12-4 pm, with cake and giveaways. On April 21, they’re partnering with Elachee Nature Science Center for Earth Day events including the Trillium Trek. Details:

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Chamber Staff Position Opening Project Manager Economic Development Division Full-time position as part of the Gainesville-Hall County Economic Development Division team working with business expansion, retention, retail development and small business. Skills and requirements include written, speaking and social skills; proficiency in office productivity and social media; college degree; work experience preferred; ability to prioritize and work on multiple projects in a team environment; willingness to learn economic development processes. To apply: Send resume to Human Resources, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 374, Gainesville, GA 30503 or

Chamber Membership Campaign Nets 75 New Members The Greater Hall Chamber's Membership Drive concluded on March 15 and was a success bringing in a total of 75 new Chamber members. Logan Jones, Media Consultant for Jacobs Media/ AccessWDUN, won the top membership recruiter award. Logan signed up 11 new members this year and led the winning team that brought in a total of 21 new members. Members of Logan’s team – named #WellDUN – included Robyn Lynch, Lake Lanier Olympic Park; Joe Nation, Gainesville Signs and Graphics; Philip Wilheit, Jr., Wilheit Packaging and Robin Halstead, Greater Hall Chamber. As top membership recruiter, Logan won $1,000, and each member of the team won a one night stay at the Legacy Lodge at Lanier Islands and two Gwinnett Striper Tickets. The Hall County Allstars Team, under Captain Steve Naughton, SCORE, came in a close second with nine (9) new members. Other Chamber Volunteers that recruited new members include Sues Alexander, Regions Bank; Darryl Workman, BrandBank; Lila Westmoreland, Brenau University; Nick Bruner, Rushton; Alan Schuetze, Carroll Daniel Construction; Katie Dubnik, Forum Communications; Terry Spicer, King’s Hawaiian; Lindsay Allison, United Way of Hall County; David Lloyd, Liberty Utilities; Mike Lancaster, Edward Jones; Sarita Madera, Homestar Financial; Carol Burrell, Northeast Georgia Health Systems; Caroline Lewallen, Jaemor Farms; Bernadette Mastracchio, The Times; Mike McGraw, Ranger Manufacturing; David Griffin, Metro Congratulations Logan Jones, Jacobs Media, top membership recruiter Appraisals and Arrik Williams, Tatsumi. Many thanks to our Chamber supporters for making the with Chamber Vice Chair Membership, Katie Dubnik, Forum 2018 campaign a success! See New Members on pages 15-16! Communications (left) and Kit Dunlap, Chamber President & CEO.

Leadership & Education

Youth Leadership Hall Youth Leadership's Quality of Life Day was hosted by the Chattahoochee Country Club. Students learned from Dario Perla, The Master's Apparel, how to dress for success and how to dress on a budget by Brandee Thomas, My Sister's Resale Boutique. Connie Davis, Tastefully Growing Up, presented proper etiquette skills for every situation, and keynote speaker Lee Goff, Digital Marketing Architects, discussed the process of landing interviews and getting hired. Joy Griffin, United Way of Hall County, facilitated a wealth simulation activity and discussed nonprofits in the community. Carla J. Walker, Whelchel, Dunlap, Jarrard & Walker, led the group in proper social dancing techniques. A special Maddie Woodard, Chestatee High School, and Garrett Dalley, Riverside Military Academy, learn thank you to Vaughan Smith, etiquette skills during Youth Leadership program Chattahoochee Country Club, for at the Chattahoochee Country Club. hosting the event.

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As part of Make A Difference Day, Leadership Hall County class members (L-R): Michelle Hall, Law Office of Michelle Hall; Kyle Lewallen, Lew’s Custom Cutting Boards & Closing Gifts; Ginny Early, Enemies of the Average; Jamie Green, Riverside Military Academy, helped process over 5,000 pounds of food and package over 250 meals for distribution at the Georgia Mountain Food Bank. The class visited the site of Just People Flowery Branch Village with Carroll Daniel Construction and then toured Sisu. The Georgia Mountains YMCA hosted the program and Natural Juice Cafe provided lunch. Dr. Lauren Ledbetter, Extension Leadership Specialist, UGA of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, spoke on servant leadership. United Way of Hall County provided an interactive poverty simulation experience with staggering statistics within our community.

The Board of Directors of the Greater Hall Chamber Chairman Perry Barnett, CPA Chair-Elect Carol Burell and President & CEO Kit Dunlap invites you to celebrate Gainesville-Hall County's success at the

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110th Annual Meeting & Gala Thursday, May 17, 2018


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2017-2018 Annual Business Awards (L-R): Sammy Smith, Gainesville City Schools (GCS) Board; William Campbell, Principal, Fair Street; Willie Mitchell, GCS Board; Christine Wages, Cargill; Heather Ramsey, GCS Board; Connie Shinauld, Cargill; Andy Stewart, GCS Board; Jeremy Williams, Superintendent, Gainesville City Schools, celebrate The Cargill Corporation's support of Fair Street School through a Cargill Cares Grant of $7,500. The grant will help fund a 3-day trip to the 4H Burton Environmental Center in Tybee Island, GA that offers hands-on learning experiences with a focus on the local coastal ecosystems. Funds will also support recognition programs for students who demonstrate Gainesville City Schools 4 R's (Respect, Responsibility, Ready, Role Model). As Fair Street's Partner in Education, Cargill also provides employees to read to classes and volunteer at the school on an ongoing basis.

Small Business of the Year • Family Business of the Year Community Service Award • Silver Shovel Awards W.G. Mealor Award • Distinguished Citizen Award Black Tie Optional Reception 6:00 p.m. Dinner & Program 7:00 p.m. Reservations Required Contact: Mandy Lathem 770-532-6206 x 115 Email:

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Small Business Development (L-R): Small Business Council Chairman Tony Paramore, Lanier Technical College, with seminar presenter Dr. Nikki Tobias, Grounded Vision Coaching & Consulting. Over 50 people attended the March seminar on building professional relationships in the workplace.

Don't miss the next Small Business Seminar on Tuesday, April 10 from 7:459:00 am at the Chamber to learn of opportunities and how to conduct business with Hall County and the City of Gainesville. Discover what is expected from suppliers and the basic procurement process from Tim Sims, Financial Assets Manager, Hall County Government, and the City of Gainesville’s team: Jeremy Perry, Chief Financial Officer; Matt Hamby, Deputy Chief Financial Officer; Tracie Morris, Business Services Manager. No charge for Chamber members. Amanda Lewis, 770-532-6206 x 111. Email:

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Damon Mosely, District Manager, and Yamir Jones, Store Manager, cut ribbon for T-Mobile Wireless Vision, LLC, the largest T-Mobile exclusive partner with over 450 stores in 26 states. 1943 Jesse Jewell Parkway, #8, Gainesville, GA 30501. 678-865-8390.

Mike Denham cuts a ribbon at Velocity Technology Partners, a professional services IT firm founded in 2005 that specializes in support of businesses requiring regulatory compliant monitoring and management. While the company works with all types of businesses, their core focus has always been on maintaining and managing IT networks and assets for medical, legal and financial services firms. Velocity's client base includes offices with as few as five users, as well as a local healthcare provider with 450 users in 10 campuses and an international client with a sophisticated network consisting of 26 sites around the world. 311 Green Street, #307, Gainesville, GA 30501. 706-296-8165.

Lanier Federal Credit Union Cutting Ribbon at Lanier Federal Credit Union (LFCU): Board Member Tim Collins; Tascha Franklin, Branch Manager; Board Member Margie McDowell; Robin Simpson, CEO; Todd Jones, EVP Loans; Board Member Robert Stephens; Karla Chancey, Sr. Deposits; Board Members Danny Owen and Tracie Irby; Kelley Walker, EVP Accounting. LFCU opened their second full-service branch in March at 1430 Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville, closing the branch at Gainesville City Hall. The new branch offers all members the same services as the Main Office in Oakwood. For better rates and better service, stop by Lanier Federal Credit Union today at 1430 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-297-5401.

The Carr Law Group Quentin, Spencer and Emily Carr and Jim Cox cut a ribbon at The Carr Law Group, an established and reputable full-service family firm of legal professionals serving the Northeast Georgia community, with offices centrally located in Habersham, Hall and White counties in the cities of Clarkesville, Gainesville and Cleveland. The firm is unique in that it was founded by and is still comprised of two brothers and a sister, who are each attorneys (Spencer Carr, Emily Carr and Quentin Carr). The firm strives to keep core family values at the forefront of their practice. 501 Candler Street, Gainesville, GA 30501. 706-754-9231.

Benchmark Physical Therapy

Beverly, Billy, Clay Hammons and Blythe Hammons cut ribbon with Sarah Day, Lindsay Allen, Robert Cornett and Zachary Saway at Benchmark Physical Therapy's new clinic in Gainesville with Clay Hammons serving as Clinic Director. Clay completed his Doctorate at the University of St. Augustine, and additionally has an Advanced Manual Therapy Certification and is certified in Dry Needling. BenchMark is an evidence-based physical therapy practice with an emphasis in orthopedic rehabilitation, injured worker programs, sports medicine and various other specialty programs. Benchmark strives to inspire and empower people to reach their full potential by consistently exceeding expectations. 885 Dawsonville Highway, Suite 1140, Gainesville, GA 30501. 678-943-8691.


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Culvers of Gainesville Mark Dahl 1260 Dawsonville Hwy Gainesville GA 30501 - Restaurant / Catering 608-548-3225

Farm Bureau Insurance J Casey Ryals 2405 Lighthouse Manor Dr Gainesville GA 30501 - Insurance 770-536-3461

Green Street Mailer Norman Baggs PO Box 838 Gainesville GA 30503 - Mailing Service 770-532-1234

Berkshire Hatahway Home Services /Christina Brooks 3726 Wavespray Ct Gainesville GA 30506 - Real Estate 678-343-9599

Coffee Shop at Lawrence Pharmacy Heather Jonovitch 631 Broad St SE Gainesville GA 30501 - Restaurant 770-534-3231

Andrew Davenport 4958 Red Oak Drive Gainesville GA 30506 - Individual Member 470-228-0507

Fido's World Dee Wardenton 1612 Skelton Road Gainesville GA 30504 - Pet Grooming 678-771-1052

Hi and Dry Covers Inc Rodney Greene 1233 Palmour Drive Gainesville GA 30501 - Retail 404-538-1979

Berkshire Hatahway Home Services /Joey Abercrombie 200 West Academy Gainesville GA 30501 - Real Estate 678-316-9922

Cotton Corporate Services Brinson Cotton 375 Jonney Thomas Road Cleveland GA 30528 - Janitorial Services 770-560-9865

Future Design Communications Tyler D. Reese 4336 Marble Arch Way Flowery Branch GA 30542 - Architect/Engineer 678-243-9474

Cantrell Tony Rice PO Box 757 Gainesville GA 30503 - Manufacturer 770-536-3611

Culver's of Braselton Harshal Patel 2660 Old Winder Hwy Braselton GA 30517 - Restaurant / Catering 516-233-8643

Dr. Joseph M Hock 3703 Winder Hwy Flowery Branch GA 30542 Mark Pettitt - Chiropractor 4636 Countryside Drive 770-532-2220 Flowery Branch GA 30542 - Individual Member Lanier Federal Credit Union 770-540-0494 Robin Simpson Phase 3 Construction 1430 Thompson Bridge Rd David Bodiford Gainesville GA 30501 PO Box 3232 - Financial Institution Gainesville GA 30503 770-535-9192 - Construction 678-551-3992 Longitude City LLC New Members, cont. page 16. Larry Long

Edward Jones / Dwight Larkins 2551 Limestone Pkwy Gainesville GA 30501 - Financial Services 770-503-0812 Family Promise of Hall County Lindsey McCamy 1001 Riverside Drive Suite B Gainesville GA 30501 - Non-Profit 770-535-0786

GDC Smiles Olivia Corbin 950 Washington St NW Suite J Gainesville GA 30501 - Dentist 770-534-6933

1766 Cleveland Highway Gainesville GA, 30501 678-707-5205

OBA! Brazilian Cuisine Kathleen Canavan-Lima 4785 Helton Road Gainesville GA 30506 - Restaurant / Catering 770-530-8412

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Morgan House 1430 Kensington Place Gainesville GA 30501 - Individual member 770-540-6307

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PO Box 528 Gainesville GA 30503 - Real Estate 678-206-5374

ClearWater Solutions LLC Rick Ailiff 219 South 8th Street Opelika AL 36801 - Consulting 334-532-3201

AtWork Personnel Aziz Owens 955 Interstate Ridge Drive Suite B Gainesville GA 30501 - Employment Agency 770-531-3200


Greater Hall Chamber's 39th Annual

Hackers Holiday Golf

Friday, April 27 | 10am Shotgun Start Legacy on Lanier Golf Club at Lanier Islands Presented by

19t Hole Sponsor

Tournament Sponsors

Registration & Sponsor Info: 770-532-6206

Business After Hours Thursday, April 19

5-7 pm at Danley Sound Labs 2196 Hilton Drive | Suite D | Gainesville 30501 Enjoy outstanding networking and delicious food while listening to music and audio demonstrations through Danley's unique line of loudspeakers.

Chamber New Members, continued from page 15 Rucker Dog Training Scot Rucker 1612 Skelton Road Gainesville GA 30504 - Dog Training 770-500-2588 Skeete & Associates of North Georgia, PC Julius Skeete, O.D. 150 Pearl Nix Pkwy, Suite D3A Gainesville GA 30501 - Optometry 770-287-1623 Skogies Lakefront Tony Jonovitch 2151 Dawsonville Hwy Gainesville GA 30501 - Restaurant / Catering 678-450-1310 Southern Painting Kent Franklin Addison TX 77501 - Paint Services 404-445-3766

The Alliance Austin Underwood 1391 Enota Avenue NE Gainesville GA 30501 - Insurance 770-540-0494 The Carr Law Group Quentin Carr 501 Candler Street Gainesville GA 30501 - Attorney 706-754-9231 Kathleen Starke The Starke Companies 4816 Coopers Creek Gainesville GA 30504 - Individual Member 770-355-4165 Trees of Gainesville Brooks Saye 1000 Foothills Pkwy NE Gainesville GA 30501 - Apartments 844-437-6487

Wednesday, April 11 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. -9:30 a.m. Hilton Garden | Gainesville Wednesday, April 18 Lunch 'n Learn 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Your Trusted Servant 956B Dawsonville Hwy | Gainesville

Thursday, April 19 Business After Hours Sponsor: Danley Sound Labs 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 2196 Hilton Drive | Gainesville

Vicki Wineland PO Box 1655 Clarkesville GA 30523 706-499-5992 - Individual Member Wizards Video Games Josh Horner 3 Washington Avenue Unit C Gainesville GA 30501 - Retail Specialty Gifts 678-971-4401

110th Annual Meeting

Thursday, May 17

Chattahoochee Country Club Great Sponsorship Opportunities! Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 x 115 Email:

Recognizing Small Business of the Year Family Business of the Year Silver Shovel Award Winners W.G. Mealor Chairman's Award Community Service Award Distinguished Citizen Award


Friday, April 27 39th Annual Hackers Holiday Golf Tournament 10:00 a.m. Shotgun Start Legacy on Lanier at Lanier Islands


Wednesday, April 25 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Sam's Club | Oakwood Thursday, April 26 Chamber Board of Directors 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Gainesville Civic Center

Dr. David Westfall 2611 Parker Trail Gainesville GA 30506 - Individual Member 770-532-7010

GALA 2018

Upcoming Chamber Events Tuesday, April 10 Small Business Seminar 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Chamber

Victory Automotive Service Louis Lavdas 3365 Mountain View Road Gainesville GA 30504 - Auto Repair and Service 678-858-3510

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Business Link April 2018  
Business Link April 2018