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Return on Investment That's one big reason to join the Chamber. Whether you’re running a small business or a large industry, the Greater Hall Chamber brings you innovative member benefits and programs that provide measurable returns.

Making the Connection There's a big reason the Greater Hall Chamber was recently voted BEST in NETWORKING as part of The Times Best of Hall. Connecting through your Chamber partnership will help build your business, obtain new clients and stay updated on the community. Business exposure is one of the top reasons members say they find value in their chamber investment. There’s no shortage of opportunities for maximum exposure as part of the chamber. Membership Has its Privileges. The Chamber also provides countless opportunities to reinforce your brand and strategically position yourself in the business community. From ribbon cuttings, advertising, marketing exposure and sponsorships, the Chamber offers tangible ways to bring your business to the forefront. Want to learn how to market your business? What’s happening in government that impacts your business or how to maximize your social media? The chamber offers a number of committees, seminars and programs designed to help you be successful. Join during our annual membership campaign, through February 27 for added benefits and incentives. Call Christen Wilbanks at the Chamber, 770-532-6206 x 116 today!

Business Expo 2017 Thursday, February 16 Gainesville Civic Center Free • Open to the Public • Networking 12:00 - 1:00 pm Business LUNCHEON 1:00 - 6:00 pm Business EXPO 4:00 - 6:00 pm TASTE of GAINESVILLE

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The Greater Hall Chamber's Business EXPO returns this year bigger and better with 70+ exhibitors, no admission fee, great networking and valuable business exposure. NEW this year is a Business Luncheon featuring Derrick Case, founder of Dress Up, as guest speaker.

Business After Hours with A Taste of Gainesville is 4:00-6:00 pm at the EXPO. No Admission Fee and Free Shuttle Service by Milton Martin Honda! This event is Northeast Georgia's largest expo showcasing businesses in Greater Hall County. Exhibitors will be able to utilize business-to-business services, while exchanging leads and developing professional relationships. Limited exhibit space is still available on a first come, first serve basis. Chamber Member Exhibit, $250; Non-Member, $500; Non-Profit, $150. Download an Exhibitor Form online at greaterhallchamber.com or contact Mandy Lathem, 770532-6206 x 115. Email: mlathem@ghcc.com

Save the Date Tuesday, February 14 Small Business Seminar Thursday, February 16 Business Expo Luncheon Tuesday, February 21 Business After Hours at 2 Dog

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A Publication of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce


From the Chairman

How to Grow Your Business The Chamber's Annual Membership Recruitment Campaign kicked off on January 23 with dozens of volunteers working to sign up new members through February 27. Volunteer recruiters are seeking to develop new business relationships and meet the GOAL of 75 new members. The Greater Hall Chamber is dedicated to supporting an aggressive business environment and making a positive contribution to the community by serving as a resource for information, a voice for business and a valuable link to community development. With over 2,300 business members, the Chamber offers a full range of resources and business services. The Chamber’s greatest benefits? Networking, relationships and lead devel-

Lee Hemmer opment. Building relationships is the key to acquiring new business, growing The Simpson Company Chairman, Greater Hall existing business and solving problems, and there’s no better place to form business relationships than through the Greater Hall Chamber. Businesses Chamber of Commerce

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. 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. Join Now for Special Deals! A national survey found that consumers are 63% more likely to buy from Chamber members. In addition, a Special Incentives Package is available when you join the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce NOW through FEBRUARY 27, 2017. • Featured Member Listing and Logo on the Chamber’s website (Value: $50) • Processing/Initiation Fee waived (Value: $35 with full membership dues payment) • Complimentary Membership CD listing of 3,000 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 3.

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Don't waste a minute. Join today! Call Christen Wilbanks, Chamber Vice President of Membership Sales: 770-532-6206 x 116. Email: cwilbanks@ghcc.com

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Membership Leadership Team

Business Link VOLUME 22 ISSUE 8 McKemie West, Editor • Email: kwest@ghcc.com

GreaterHallChamber.com Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

2016-2017 Executive Committee Chairman Lee Hemmer The Simpson Company

Vice Chair, Marketing Tate O'Rouke University of North Georgia

Chairman Elect Perry Barnett, CPA Rushton

Vice Chair, Membership Development Katie Dubnik Forum Communications

Treasurer Jimbo Floyd, Turner Wood & Smith Insurance Vice Chair, Economic Development Brian Rochester Rochester & Associates Vice Chair, Education Deborah Mack, Volunteer Vice Chair, Government John Breakfield Breakfield & Associates

Co-Chairs, HALLmark Paul Chambers AT&T Randall Frost Stewart, Melvin & Frost David Lee Jackson EMC

Senior Advisor Vice Chair, South Hall Council Dixie Truelove Andy Kalinauskas Truelove Dairy Conditioned Air Systems Immediate Past Chairman Vice Chair, Community Brian Daniel Development Carroll Daniel Construction Co. Lila Weaver Westmoreland President & CEO Brenau University Kit Dunlap Chair, VISION 2030 Greater Hall Chamber of Melissa Tymchuk, Northeast Commerce Georgia Health System Elizabeth Higgins, Exec Director

Board of Directors 2016-2017 Phil Bonelli, Wells Fargo Jay Cooper, Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia Dr. Wanda Creel, Gainesville City Schools Stacey Dickson, Lake Lanier CVB Danny Dunagan, Mayor, City of Gainesville Sam Evans, Councilman, City of Oakwood Josh Everett, New Leaf Landscape Services Andi Farmer, Milton Martin Honda Brett Fowler, Turner Wood & Smith Insurance Tony Funari, Funari Realty Col. Bill Gallagher, Riverside Military Academy Joy Griffin, United Way of Hall County Kenitra Halyard, Georgia Power Emily Hayes, Milton Martin Toyota Richard Higgins, Chair, Hall Co. Commission Morgan House, Lake Lanier Olympic Park Anna Jacobs, Jacobs Media Lane Jones, Community Volunteer Jay Kelly, Signs By Tomorrow Dr. John Kennedy, Lakeview Academy Caroline Lewallen, Jaemor Farms David Lloyd, Liberty Utilities Mike McGraw, PrideStaff / Ranger Lock

Terry Merck, American Yazaki Mike Miller, Mayor, City of Flowery Branch Steve Naughton, Enterprising Solutions James Nix, Mayor, City of Clermont 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 Jeff Reinhardt, MD, The Longstreet Clinic Josh Schlieman, Sullivan & Schlieman Will Schofield, Hall County School System Dr. Ed Schrader, Brenau University Carol Shirley, South State Bank Louis Smith, Northeast Georgia Health System Jody Spain, Cotton Eyed Joe’s Kevin Strada, The Atlanta Falcons Grier Todd, Lanier Islands Milton Turner, Mayor, City of Lula Philip Wilheit, Wilheit Packaging Philip Wilheit, Jr., Wilheit Packaging Arrik Williams, Tatsumi Intermodal USA

Associate Directors 2016-2017 Irineu Bragante, Mugele Tara Carney, AEON Global Health Kate Cook, Cook Law Group Brad Gooch, Lawson Air & Plumbing Jim Grier, Champion Capital Alliance Andrew Joyner, The Simpson Company Shane Lazenby, Lazenby Law Group

Sarita Madera, Homestar Financial Corp Kingsley Peeples, NEGA Health System Steven Pettit, Peach State Bank & Trust Stacey Poole, McDonald's, NEGA Alan Schuetze, Carroll Daniel Construction Ahna Still, Halski Systems Darryl Workman, BrandBank

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 Garrett Wiley, Project Manager

Greater Hall Chamber Membership Development Leadership Team (L-R): Katie Dubnik, Forum Communications, Vice Chair of Membership; David Lloyd, Liberty Utilities; Steve Naughton, Chamber Volunteer; Anna Jacobs, AccessWDUN; Kathy Fauscett, Keller Williams Realty; Darryl Workman, BrandBank; Terry Merck, AYC Plastics; Christen Wilbanks, Greater Hall Chamber, Vice President of Membership Sales. Not Pictured, Tony Paramore, Gainesville Paint/Gainesville Design Center.

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 Garrett Wiley, 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


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The Greater Hall Chamber's Annual Transportation Forum is Thursday, March 9 at the University of North Georgia from 11:30 am -1:00 pm at the Gainesville Campus, Continuing Education Auditorium. The forum is open to the public and creates discussion with transportation officials, Chamber members, business professionals and community leaders.

Russell McMurry Commissioner, Georgia Department of Transportation

Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry and Brent Cook, District 1 Engineer, will present the program as well as representatives from the Gainesville-Hall County Metropolitan Planning Organization.

The event is presented by Pinnacle Bank and Rochester & Associates. Additional sponsors are McDonald's, the University of North Georgia, Highland Mountain Water, Coca-Cola of Gainesville, AccessWDUN and The Times. Cost $15 for Chamber Members, $20 Non-members, and includes a boxed lunch. Reservations required. Gerri Collins, 770-532-6206 x 106. Email: gcollins@ghcc.com

Annual Job Fair is March 22

Lanier Technical College Team Members (L-R): Carl Rogers, VP of Economic Development; Dennis Stockton, Executive Director of Foundation and Community Outreach; Nancy Beaver, VP for Student Affairs; Dr. Ray Perren, President; Tim Evans, VP Economic Development, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Tavarez Holston, VP of Academic Affairs; Tim McDonald, Executive Vice President. Dr. Ray Perren discussed current and new programs that will be added at Lanier Tech and gave an overview of the new campus, slated for a ribbon cutting in fall 2017 and classes to start January 22, 2018. The South Hall Business Coalition will meet on February 9 at Left Nut Brewing Company. The Coalition is sponsored by AccessWDUN, Milton Martin Honda, Red Clay Interactive and Store More Self Storage. Meetings are $5 Chamber Members; $15 Non-Members. Details: Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 x 115. Email: mlathem@ghcc.com

Mincey Marble to relocate

Job seekers complete applications on site at the Chamber's Job Fair last year. The 2017 Job Fair is March 22 at the Gainesville Civic Center. The event is open to the public, with no admission fee and 60+ employers on hand looking to hire.

The Chamber's Annual Job Fair is Wednesday, March 22 from 10 am to 2:00 pm at the Gainesville Civic Center and is a great opportunity for both employers and job seekers. The event is open to the public with NO admission fee! Employers will have the opportunity to meet hundreds of job candidates face-to-face during a short period of time. Employer booths are available for $300 ($325 with electricity) $200 for Non-Profits ($225 with electricity). For job seekers, the event provides coveted face-time and personal contact with hiring managers. The Presenting Sponsor is Express Employment Professionals. Additional sponsors include Etcon Employment Solutions (Platinum), King's Hawaiian (Gold), Spherion (Silver), Gainesville Area Employer Committee, Georgia Department of Labor and Lanier Tech. Goods/Service Sponsors: Signs by Tomorrow, McDonald's, McGarity's Business Products, Milton Martin Honda and Panera Bread. Details and Employer Exhibit Info, contact Amanda Lewis, 770-532-6206 x 111. Email: alewis@ghcc.com

Local manufacturer Mincey Marble has been based on Browns Bridge Road in West Hall County for its entire 40-year history. Mincey manufactures cast marble bath products for commercial industries – including hospitality, multi-family, military, and healthcare – throughout North America. The company sought and recently won rezoning approval to build a new facility across the highway. Donna Mincey, company president and CEO stated, “From the Hall County Commissioners to planning department staff and the Greater Hall Chamber, all worked tirelessly toward a solution that balances the best interests of our company with the Gainesville-Hall community. They are to be commended.” Mincey Marble announced in late January that the company is moving all operations to Gainesville Business Park, an industrial park off Calvary Church Road. Mincey said her company’s recent rezoning was a “painful but necessary process” to arrive at its decision to relocate. “Had we not gone through such a lengthy rezoning process, we would have come to our decision much sooner,” she said. “In the end though, I am happy for our opponents and am grateful to those who supported our rezoning efforts. This move should satisfy everyone.” With an annual payroll of over $10 million, Mincey Marble provides nearly 300 jobs, all of which will remain in Hall County. A key factor in the relocation was the securing of major new business contracts in late 2016 that dramatically altered Mincey sales forecasts for the new year and beyond. Mincey’s move to a 79-acre site provides much greater flexibility for future expansion. The company plans to build a 350,000 to 400,000 square-foot facility to house all operations, which currently are split between two locations along Brown’s Bridge Road. Construction and relocation are expected to be completed by early 2018. minceymarble.com


Certified Small Business Partner

Governor Nathan Deal proclaims the third week in February 2017 (February 20-24) as GEORGIA SMALL BUSINESS WEEK. The Greater Hall Chamber recognizes the impact of small business by hosting monthly Small Business Seminars, on-going marketing workshops, awards and recognition, insurance and healthcare educational forums, and more. With over 85% of Chamber members being small businesses, the Greater Hall Chamber recognizes that small business is the heart of our economy. According to the Georgia Department of Labor, 298,415 business establishments represented Georgia employment in the fourth quarter of 2015. Of those:

Become a Chamber Certified Small Business Partner! It's easy – just attend a minimum of six Small Business Success Seminars during the 2017 calendar year.

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99.8% are categorized as small (fewer than 500 employees) 97.6% employed fewer than 100 94.6% employed fewer than 50 77.7% employed fewer than 10

CERTIFIED Small Businesses Partners Receive: • Certificate of Completion • Certified Small Business Door Decal • Recognition at a Chamber Board of Director's Meeting • Announcement in the Chamber's Business Link Newsletter To receive text message reminders for small business events, text "BIZ" to 25324. Details: Amanda Lewis, 770-532-6206 x 111. Email: alewis@ghcc.com

Upcoming Small Business Seminars

To learn more about Georgia Small Business Week, visit georgia.org/small-business. For more on Greater Hall Chamber Small Business Initiatives, contact Amanda Lewis, Project Manager, 770-532-6206 x 111. Email: alewis@ghcc.com

Chamber Job Opening Economic Development Project Manager Project manager in Economic Development. Research and prepare RFP’s for business. Manage Economic Development events. Coordinate prospect visits. Marketing and commercial real estate backgrounds helpful. Degree required. Apply / Resumes to: Human Resources Manager, P.O. Box 374, Gainesville, GA 30503 or email: resumes@ghcc.com

Tuesday, February 14 7:45am - 9am at the Chamber "Communicating Value" presented by Chris Hanks, Kennesaw State University

Tuesday, May 9 7:45am - 9am at the Chamber "Successful Selling" presented by the University of Georgia SBDC

Tuesday, March 14 7:45am - 9am at the Chamber "Finding and Reaching Your Primary Market - Your Competitive Advantage" by Dede Gossage, GetToItToday

Tuesday, June 13 7:45am - 9am "Effectively Tracking a Multimedia Marketing Campaign" presented by Forum Communications

Tuesday, April 11 7:45am - 9am at the Chamber "Avoiding Legal Land Mines" presented by Attorneys at Stewart, Melvin & Frost

Small Business Seminars are free for Chamber Members. Programs and presenters subject to change. Stay updated online at GreaterHallChamber.com

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Wednesday, February 8 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Honey Baked Ham in Gainesville Wednesday, February 8 Human Resources Council 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Luna's Thursday, February 9 Leadership Hall County 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Thursday February 9 South Hall Business Coalition "Left Nut Brewery Overview" 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Left Nut Brewing Company 2100 Atlanta Highway in Gainesville Friday, February 10 Economic Development Council 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. – Chamber

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Tuesday, February 14 Youth Leadership Hall 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 16 Chamber Executive Committee 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. – Chamber Thursday, February 16 Business Expo Luncheon 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Gainesville Civic Center Thursday, February 16 Business Expo 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Gainesville Civic Center Thursday, February 16 Business After Hours at the Expo and A Taste of Gainesville 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Gainesville Civic Center Friday February 17 Membership Campaign Meeting 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. – Chamber Friday, February 17 Arbor Day Celebration 10:00 a.m. Atlanta Botanical Gardens Gainesville Tuesday, February 21 Vision 2030 Board of Directors 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Chamber Tuesday, February 21 Business After Hours at 2 Dog 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 317 Spring Street in Gainesville

Wednesday, February 15 Issues Committee 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. – Chamber

Wednesday, February 22 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Kroger Marketplace in Gainesville

Wednesday, February 15 Lunch 'n Learn 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. – Twin Lakes Recovery, 204 W. Academy St in Gainesville

Thursday, February 23 Chamber Board of Directors Meeting 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Gainesville Civic Center

Thank You Chamber Sponsors! Duplicating Products 2 Dog Restaurant Georgia Power AccessWDUN Hall County Master Gardeners BatesCarter HomeStart Financial Caldwell Electrical Contractors Jackson EMC CBT Keep Hall Beautiful Chic-fil-A of Stonebridge Lakeview Academy City of Gainesville Milton Martin Honda Collins Property Group Delta Community Credit Union North Georgia Audiology

NEGA Health System Red Clay Interactive Signs by Tomorrow South State Bank The Longstreet Clinic The Times Store More Self Storage WSI Digital Rainmakers

The Business Luncheon at the EXPO sponsored by Delta Community Credit Union is Thursday, February 16 (12pm at the Gainesville Civic Center) and will feature Derrick Case as keynote speaker. Derrick and his wife, Danielle, are founders of the successful Dress Up boutiques. Their story as entrepreneurs begins with a frustrated shopping trip to a mall in July 2009 and Jobless the desire top Area open their own store. Rates That idea lead to Hall 4.9 storethe inception ofGainesville the first City Dress Up 10 County Cherokee 4.1 front in Dahlonega in August 2009, Latest 8 4.5the just five weeks Dawson later. Since then, Nov 2016 Forsyth 4fronts, couple has expanded to 17 store 6 4.4 in four states, 200+ employees, and Gwinnett 4.5 a Previous Month 4 huge online and social media presence. Oct 2016 Jackson 3.9 Dress Up was named to the INC 4.4 Ga Mountains 4.55000 2 list in 2016 as one of the fastest growing State of Georgia 5.2 One Year Ago Nov 2015 companies in America. Business U.S. 4.9 Expo N Case D Jof Dress F M Up A M J J A S O N Derrick 4.5 & Danielle 2017 is open to the public with no 2015 2016 Updated 12/27 admission fee. Cost for the Business Luncheon is $15 for Chamber Members; $25 Non-Members. For lunch reservations,3.0contact Mandy Lathem at the Greater Hall Chamber, 770-532-6206 x 115. Email: mlathem@ghcc.com

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• Congratulations to Gainesville-Hall County business leaders named as Georgia Trend's 2017 Most Influential Georgians: Governor Nathan Deal; Kit Dunlap, President & CEO, Greater Hall Chamber; Carrol Burrell, President & CEO, Northeast Georgia Health System; Lt. Governor Casey Cagle; Philip Wilheit, Sr., President & CEO, Wilheit Packaging. georgiatrend.com • The Quinlan Visual Art Center's 39th Annual GALA Fine Art Auction is Saturday, March 4 and is presented by Willis Investment Counsel. Nationally acclaimed artist Geoffrey Johnson will be the Artist Guest of Honor. Private Preview Night with artists on Thursday, March 2 at 5:30 pm. quinlanartscenter.org • Network with community leaders while obtaining valuable business updates at the Chamber's Board meeting Thursday, February 23 at 12pm at the Gainesville Civic Center. $12, includes lunch. Reservations required. Contact Gerri Collins, 770-532-6206 x 106, or email gcollins@ghcc.com • Gainesville Theatre Alliance, a 37year collaboration between the University of North Georgia and Brenau University, presents "Godspell" as part of the February Festival of Theatre being performed February 14-25, simultaneously with a production of William Shakespeare’s "Much Ado About Nothing" on the UNG-Gainesville stage. Tickets: 678-717-3624 or online at gainesvilleTHEATREalliance.org • Registration is open for Hall County Government's Scholars Academy, March 7- May 9. Each of the nine sessions will focus on a different aspect of local government and include tours of many facilities. Participants will gain an intimate understanding of how their tax dollars are spent and how county departments operate. No charge. To register contact Public Information Officer Katie Crumley at 770-297-5504 or email: kcrumley@hallcounty.org • Elachee Nature Science Center dedicated its newest permanent exhibit, The Pollinator Pass to honor long-time Elachee supporters Mike and Robbie McCormac. The exhibit features interpretive panels to explain the importance of honey bees in the ecosystem with and live bee hives that allow visitors to view these incredible workers in action. The bees travel in and out of the hives through pipes that open to a pollinator

garden and viewing area. elachee.org • Peach State Bank welcomes local banking veterans Ricky Pugh, senior vice president; Steve Sorrells, vice president; Wendy Smith, loan processor and Jana Lovell, customer service representative. peachstatebank.com • WomenSource presents Motivating Women: Building A Life of Leadership on March 10, 11:30am - 1:00pm at the Chattahoochee Country Club featuring Erika Laughlin, Owner, Erika Reade Ltd.; Tracy Garner, Vice President Service Delivery & Assurance at AT&T; and Brenda Hill-Gilmore, Gainesville High School Girls Basketball Coach. $50/Ticket, $500 Tables of 8. To register call 770-5039060 or online at womensource.info • Braselton Councilman Tony Funari received the prestigious Certificate of Achievement from the Harold Holtz Municipal Training Institute, a cooperative effort of Georgia Municipal Association and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government that provides a nationally recognized series of training opportunities for elected city officials. Funari is president of Funari Realty and a member of the Braselton Rotary Club and the Northeast Georgia Health System Foundation. funarirealty.com • The University of North Georgia (UNG) is winner of the 2017 NCAA Division II Award of Excellence, an annual accolade recognizing positive campus and community engagement events. UNG was selected as one of 25 national finalists for its Operation Nighthawks of Honor initiative by the university's athletics department on the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. The initiative enables each of the university's sports teams to annually celebrate the men and women of the U.S. military who have bravely served or are serving, paying specific tribute to service members who have a distinct connection to UNG. ung.edu • After many years of hospitalist medicine, Alisa Davis, MD has transitioned her practice to Internal Medicine Comprehensive Care at The Longstreet Clinic, Jesse Jewell Campus in Gainesville. Dr. Davis is a graduate of the Emory University School of Medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. longstreetclinic.com

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Chamber Internship Spotlight

Savannah Romans Intern, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Hall Chamber implemented a college internship program several years ago and have employed numerous students from Brenau University and the University of North Georgia. Currently, Savannah Romans is serving as an intern and assisting Chamber staff in Economic Development, Membership and Marketing divisions. She has been a valuable asset assisting with programs and initiatives such as HealthSmart, the current membership drive, economic development research and more. Savannah is a native of Jefferson, Georgia. She is studying Marketing at Brenau University and is involved in a leadership role for many campus organizations. After graduation in 2018, her aspiration is to obtain a Master's degree in Business Analytics and work in Market Research.

Business After Hours

Thank You Medical Weight Loss by Healthogenics for sponsoring the January Business After Hours. (L-R): Hannah Erickson, Sharon Bicknell, Alison Wunderlin, Bill Strong. 2 Dog will celebrate its 20th Anniversary and sponsor Business After Hours on Tuesday, February 21 at the restaurant on Spring Street in Downtown Gainesville with a Pizza Bar, drinks, drawings and much more!

Chamber Healthcare Committee Elisabeth Higgins, Executive Director, VISION 2030, and Sam Johnson, MD, Chief Medical Officer & Vice President, Medical Affairs, Northeast Georgia Health System, at the Chamber's recent Healthcare Committee meeting. Dr. Johnson made a presentation to the committee about the Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s New Medical Residency Program. For information about this committee or how to get involved in the Chamber's healthcare and wellness initiatives, contact Amanda Lewis, Project Manager, 770-532-6206 x 111. Email: alewis@ghcc.com


Youth Leaders Visit the State Capitol

Leadership Hall class members "doctoring" on a nursing simulator at Brenau University's Nursing Simulation Lab during Health Day. (L-R): Natalie Challen, Willis Investment Counsel; Lindsay Addison, Challenged Child & Friends; Lt. Joe Groover, Hall County Sheriff ’s Office. The class also visited Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville and Braselton and The Longstreet Clinic. Thank you Lakeview Academy for providing transportation, The Longstreet Clinic for sponsoring breakfast, and Northeast Georgia Health System for sponsoring lunch.

The Youth Leadership Hall Class with Representative Emory Dunahoo, Jr., Governor Nathan Deal, Representative Lee Hawkins and Senator Butch Miller. The students traveled to Atlanta for a full day of state government activities at the Capitol. Thank you Chick-fil-A of Stonebridge for sponsoring breakfast and Jackson EMC for sponsoring lunch.

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• Featured Member Listing & Logo on the Chamber’s website (Value: $50) • Processing/Initiation Fee waived (Value: $35) • Free CD listing of 3,000 Chamber Members (Value: $200) • Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and coverage in the Business Link newsletter • Promote Your Company on AccessWDUN (Week of 30 sec. radio commercials) • Advertising Discounts in The Times ($150 off a $200 advertisement) • Your Company Listing in the Chamber’s Business Link newsletter Join today! Call Christen: 770-532-6206 x 116. Email: cwilbanks@ghcc.com

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Since 1983, the Chamber's Leadership Hall County program has provided a learning experience for Greater Hall County's existing and emerging leaders – now with over 900 graduates. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017-2018 Class. Each year a class of professionals in the midst of their careers develop an understanding of our community through a series of sessions. Programs include natural resources, agriculture, quality of life, education, healthcare, social services, governments, judicial services and economic development. Nomination Deadline is March 15. Nominees complete a detailed application which are reviewed by a selection committee, and final participants are then selected. To make a nomination, contact Andi Harmon, VP Education, 770-532-6206 x 113. Email: aharmon@ghcc.com

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Small Business Seminar Presenter Tim McDonald (center), Lanier Tech, with Jim Grier (left), Champion Capital Alliance, and Tony Paramore, Gainesville Paint. Tim discussed Leadership Styles at the January seminar. Don't miss the next seminar on Tuesday, February 14. How to Communicate Value will be presented by Christopher Hanks, Founder & Executive Director, Entrepreneurship Center at Kennesaw State University. The most successful businesses have perfected the art of communicating their value. At this seminar, you’ll learn how to perfect your “elevator pitch” to clearly and effectively communicate your value. Seminars are FREE to Chamber members and sponsored by AccessWDUN, Caldwell Electrical Contractors, Signs by Tomorrow and WSI Digital Rainmakers. Details: Amanda Lewis, 770532-6206 x 111. Email: alewis@ghcc.com

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Long time Greater Hall Chamber supporter and member, Baris Savas is owner of Georgia Design & Graphics. The company is family owned since 1999 and creates high quality postcards, flyers, carbonless forms and booklets, business cards, letterheads, envelopes, posters, roll labels and stamps. A Chamber member for over 17 years, Georgia Design & Graphics prints the Chamber’s monthly mailers and has excellent customer service, quality products and quick delivery time. Email: csr@GeorgiaGraphics.com 678-404-2679 or 770-718-0538. facebook.com/georgiagraphics

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(L-R): Andy & Brooke Kalinauskas, Conditioned Air Systems, Studio Owners David & Thea DuBose and Kevin & Carey Robinson, cut ribbon for Naturally Posh Photography, a 3,700-square-foot studio conveniently located off the Gainesville Square. Owned and operated by Thea and David DuBose, Naturally Post Photography specializing in newborns, children and family photography. Thea has photographed hundreds of babies and families since opening in 2008. But, children aren’t the only subjects! They also shoot commercial and head shot photos. They host two big portrait events each year – Portraits with Santa and Live Bunnies at Easter. 224 Main Street SW, Gainesville, GA 30501. 770 536-7674. naturallyposhphotography.com

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Downtown Office Space for Lease Convenient Downtown Gainesville office at 204 Green Street for lease! Walk to the Square, less than a block away! • 2,800 SF +/– • $2,200 Monthly Lease • Reception Area • Large Offices • Conference Room, Kitchenette, Closets • Near the Courthouse Details: Brent Hoffman, Berkshire Hathaway Commercial, 770-533-6721. brent@brenthoffman.com

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Arbor Day is February 17

3rd Grade Art Winners: 1st Place: Lily Grace Clay, Enota Elementary. Runners-up: Mara Supron, Sardis Enrichment School; Eva Murray, Enota Elementary 5th Grade Essay Winners: 1st place: Cade Burnette, Riverbend Elementary. Runners-up: Colin Nichols, Riverbend Elementary; Hannah Kennedy, Enota Elementary For Arbor Day info, contact Robin Halstead, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, 770-532-6206 x 101. Email: rhalstead@ghcc.com

Job Fair 2017 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 The Greater Hall 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 ($325 with electricity); $200 Non-Profits ($225 with electricity). Reserve your exhibit space NOW! Details: Amanda Lewis, 770-532-6206 x 111. Email: alewis@ghcc.com. Online: GreaterHallChamber.com

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The Annual Arbor Day Celebration is Friday, February 17 at 10 am at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens Gainesville. Open to the public, the event is coordinated by the Greater Hall Chamber and sponsored by the Hall County Master Gardeners, Keep Hall Beautiful and Georgia Power. Festivities include student contest Winning Art by 3rd Grader Lily Grace Clay. recognition and a joint city/county proclamation with Tree City USA recognition. The Chamber's Beautification Committee and the Georgia Forestry Service will recognize winners of the 2017 Arbor Day Student Art and Essay Contest. Over 100 entries were submitted with the topic “I Speak for the Trees.”

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Upcoming Chamber Events

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Thursday February 9 Tuesday, January 10 SouthBusiness Hall Business Coalition Small Seminar 8:00 am -a.m. 9:00– am 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 Chamber Left Nut Brewing Company Wednesday, January 18 LunchTuesday, 'n LearnFebruary 14 Small 11:30 a.m.Business - 1:00 p.m.Seminar 7:45 Martin am - 9:00 am –inChamber Milton Toyota Oakwood Wednesday, February 15 Thursday, January 19 Lunch 'n Learn Business After Hours 11:30byam - 1:00 Weight pm Sponsored Medical TwinbyLakes Recovery Center Loss Healthogenics

Thursday, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00February p.m. 16 Business Expo 2017in 952 Dawsonville Highway 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Gainesville Gainesville Civic Center 12-1pmJanuary Business Tuesday, 24 Luncheon BusinessCoalition Expo South1-6pm Hall Business 4-6pm Business After Hours "New Lanier Tech Campus Overview" by Dr. Ray Perren, Tuesday, February President, Lanier Tech 21 Business Hours at 2Dog 8:00 a.m. - After 9:00 a.m. 5:00 pm - College 7:00 pm Lanier Technical 317Campus Spring /Street Oakwood Lecture Hall Celebrating Building 300 2Dog's 20 Years!

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Thursday, Tuesday, JanuaryMarch 31 9 Annual Transportation Forum Small Business Marketing 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Workshop UNG - Gainesville "Creating Content thatCampus Creates Continuing Ed. Auditorium Revenue" Presented by Caleb Spivak, Wednesday, March 22 Founder, What Now Atlanta Annual 8:30 a.m. - 11:30Job a.m.Fair am - 2:00 pm Brenau10:00 University / Gainesville Gainesville Civic Center Open to the Public! Details & Register Online GreaterHallChamber.com

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