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Chairman's Column Page 2 Business Expo Highlights Page 4 Celebrating Agribuisness Page 5 Meetings & Events Page 6 Member Announcements Page 10 New Members Pages 11-12 Small Business of the Month Page 13 Vision 2030 Page 14

The Greater Hall Chamber's 5K Chamber Chase and 2 Mile Wellness Walk is Thursday, March 30 at 6:00 pm at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville. Register online at or register IN PERSON now through March 30 at the Chamber, 230 E.E. Butler Parkway in Gainesville. The registration fee is $30, and $35 after March 16. Free training passes to area fitness centers available (limited, 1st come-1st serve). Awards will be presented to the Fastest Corporate Team, the Fastest Community Team, Fastest CEO, Best Team Spirit and T-Shirt Contest Awards and more! Finish line results and race times will be done electronically and awards presented in several age categories. FREE food, drink, music and giveaways following the race at “Hall County’s Largest Office Party”! Tent rentals are also available to use as a team base or promote your company. 5K Chamber Chase Details: Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 x 115. Email:

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Great opportunity for both employers and job seekers! The Chamber's Job Fair on Wednesday, March 22, 10 am-2pm, is Open to the Public! NO Entry Fee! Employers meet hundreds of job candidates face-to-face during a short period of time. Job Seekers will spend coveted face-time with dozens of hiring managers. Presented by Express Employment Professionals, this community event will feature 60+ Employer Exhibitors. Complete job applications on site while making great business contacts and networking with companies that are hiring. Limited Employer Booths still available. Promote your company while recruiting qualified employees. Meet hundreds of job seekers in one day. For exhibit information, contact Amanda Lewis, Project Manager, Economic Development, 770-532-6206 x 111. Email:

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Save the Date Tuesday, March 14 Small Business Seminar Thursday, March 23 Business After Hours Thursday, March 30 Chamber Chase 2017

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From the Chairman

Membership Campaign Success At press time, the Greater Hall Chamber's membership division, through the hard work of staff and volunteers, has gained some 70 new members. Under the leadership of Membership Vice Chair Katie Dubnik, Forum Communications, and Chamber Membership Sales Vice President Christen Wilbanks, along with dozens of volunteers, the campaign to recruit new Chamber members was a tremendous success. Now with over 2,400 Chamber member representatives, it is vital that we engage our fellow members in programs and activities. The recruitment drive was planned at an excellent time. The Chamber is in "peak events season" and March is packed full of activities such as the Transportation Forum on March 9; the Job Fair on March 22; Business After Hours at Gainesville Lee Hemmer Flooring on March 23; and the Chamber Chase 5K & 2 Mile Wellness The Simpson Company Chairman, Greater Hall Walk on March 30. So much going on, and something for everyone! There Chamber of Commerce is not a better time to get involved and take advantage of your membership. Getting involved with programs connects you to the information and people that will enhance the value of your membership. The Chamber offers current members a range of opportunities to share their expertise and enthusiasm with the community. Build your business relationships and grow your company as we work together to help our community prosper. Ongoing programs include the South Hall Business Coalition, Lunch 'n Learn, Network Over Coffee, Issues Committee, Human Resources Council, Vision 2030, Small Business Council and more. Bring your talents and voice your opinions. Learn what others think and then work towards a common goal in teams, task forces, and community groups. With dozens of committees and interest groups, there is no reason not to get involved. Your input, participation and ideas are needed at the Greater Hall Chamber! The Chamber's task of working to improve the long-term economic vitality of its members and the community is accomplished through the ideas and projects that begin in committees of the Chamber. Each committee focuses on a different aspect of the community that affects business. If you're not already participating on a committee, call the Chamber, get a list of over a 18 committees, and get involved.

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South Hall Business Coalition

Join the South Hall Business Coalition at Elachee Nature Science Center on Tuesday, April 4 as Andrea Timpone, President & CEO, discusses Elachee's programs and mission of restoring and maintaining the biodiversity of the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve – an invaluable green space in our community. The South Hall Business Coalition is sponsored by AccessWDUN, Store More Self Storage, Milton Martin Honda and Red Clay Interactive. The Coalition meets monthly and hosts programs of importance to the South Hall community. Meetings are $5 Chamber members; $15, Non-members. Details: Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 x 115. Email:

Business Link VOLUME 22 ISSUE 9 McKemie West, Editor • Email: 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 Peyton Wilhoite, Project Manager

(L-R): South Hall Council Chair Andy Kalinauskas, Conditioned Air Systems; Pap Datta, Left Nut Brewing Co.; Tim Evans, Greater Hall Chamber, at the South Hall Business Coalition's recent meeting at Left Nut Brewing in Gainesville.

Finance & Operations David Umberson, Vice President, Finance and Human Resources Membership Development Mandy Lathem, Vice President, Events Christen Wilbanks, Vice President, Sales

Education & Leadership Andi Harmon, Vice President Government Affairs Peyton Wilhoite, Project Manager South Hall Council Mandy Lathem, Vice President, Events Community Development Robin Halstead, Vice President VISION 2030 Elizabeth Higgins, Executive Director Marketing & Communications Kemie West, Business Link Editor/Consultant Greater Hall Chamber Welcome Center Robin Halstead, Manager

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Business EXPO and A Taste of Gainesville Highlights Milton Martin Honda won the "Most Engaging Award" at the Expo. (L-R, front): Andi Farmer, Kristina Morrison, Yoselin Vega, (back) Tim Pledge, Jeff Wilson. Thank you Milton Martin Honda for providing the complimentary shuttle service! (L-R): Kit Dunlap, Greater Hall Chamber; Entrepreneurs and program presenters Danielle and Derrick Case, owners of DressUp; Kathline Collins, Collins Property Group; Chris Brown, Delta Community Credit Union, at the sold out Business Expo Luncheon. (L-R): Kyle Hinnant and Scott McGarity, McGarity Business Products. McGarity's Business Products was winner of the "Most Educational" exhibit at the Business Expo. Thank you McGarity's for sponsoring the bar at Business After Hours at the Business Expo.

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Tim Broxton of Easy B's Kitchen was one of 9 restaurants serving menu items at A Taste of Gainesville.

Many thanks to Chris Brown and Christy Wagner of Delta Community Credit Union for sponsoring the Business Luncheon at the Expo.

Deb Gravitt (left) and Regina Mansfield, City of Gainesville, winner of the "Most Creative" exhibit award and co-sponsor of A Taste of Gainesville.

Deborah Woodward, Au.D. and Steve Woodward, Director & CEO, North Georgia Audiology & Hearing Aid Center, co-sponsors of A Taste of Gainesville. (L-R): Marissa Hird, Steve Lovig and Jamie Shelton of Homestar Financial Corporation. Thank You Homestar, Milton Martin Honda and MV-1 Specialty Vehicle Solutions, Gold Sponsors of the 2017 Business Expo! Over 65 companies participated as exhibitors in the Business Expo.


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The Chamber and Hall County Cooperative Extension annual agribusiness awards program increases recognition and appreciation of the agricultural community in Hall County. Award presentations will be made at the Ag Awards Breakfast on Tuesday, March 21 at 7:30 am at the North Hall Community Center. Held in conjunction with National Ag Day, the breakfast is complimentary, open to the public and presented by Jackson EMC. Awards include Friend of Agribusiness, Outstanding Agribusiness, Farmer of the Year and Ag Hall of Fame. Join us as we celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture.


Meetings & Events March 7, 2017 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce


MARCH 2017 Tuesday, March 7 South Hall Business Coalition The Venue at Friendship Springs 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 7340 Friendship Springs Boulevard in Flowery Branch Wednesday, March 8 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Mocha Moe’s 7380 Spout Springs in Flowery Branch

Thursday, March 16 Lunch 'n Learn 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Gainesville Fit Body Boot Camp Thursday, March 16 Chamber Executive Committee 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. – Chamber Tuesday, March 21 Annual Ag Awards Breakfast 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. North Hall Community Center

Wednesday, March 8 Tuesday, March 21 Human Resources Council 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Luna's Restaurant Vision 2030 Board of Directors 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Chamber Thursday, March 9 Wednesday, March 22 Leadership Hall County Network Over Coffee 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Loretta's Country Kitchen Thursday, March 9 Annual Transportation Forum Wednesday, March 22 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Job Fair University of North Georgia Gainesville Campus/Continuing Ed Bldg 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Gainesville Civic Center Friday, March 10 Thursday, March 23 Economic Development Council Chamber Board of Directors Meeting 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Flowery Branch Train Depot Gainesville Civic Center Tuesday, March 14 Thursday, March 23 Small Business Seminar Business After Hours at Gainesville "Finding & Reaching Your Primary Flooring Market" Presented by Dede Gossage, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Owner, GetToItToday 684 Main Street in Gainesville 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. – Chamber Tuesday, March 14 Ambassadors Council 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 2 Dog Restaurant in Gainesville

Tuesday, March 28 Workforce Development Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 1;00 p.m. Lanier Career Academy

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

Thursday, March 30 Chamber Chase 5K Run & 2 Mile Wellness Walk 6:00 p.m. Riverside Military Academy

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

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Thank You Chamber Sponsors! Red Clay Interactive Homestar Financial AccessWDUN Rochester & Associates Jackson EMC Caldwell Electrical Contractors Signs by Tomorrow King's Hawaiian Chick-fil-A Stonebridge Spherion Lanier Technical College Clipper Petroleum Store More Self Storage McDonald's Etcon Employment The Times McGarity's Business Products Express Employment Venue at Friendship Springs Milton Martin Honda Gainesville Flooring WSI Digital Rainmakers NEGA Health System Gainesville Employer Comm. Panera Bread GDOL Pinnacle Bank Georgia Power

Small Business Marketing Workshop (L-R): Lila Weaver Westmoreland, Brenau University; Caleb J. Spivak, What Now Atlanta; Melinda Coker, Small Business Access Partners; Suzanne Erickson, PhD, Brenau University. Thank you Small Business Access Partners for sponsoring and Brenau University for hosting Caleb Spivak's outstanding presentation on creating social media content that creates revenue.

Business After Hours on March 23 In 1992, Jack Everett opened Budget Carpet Outlet on Main Street in Gainesville. After graduating from the University of Georgia, his son, Jason, joined the family business. They built their company by placing integrity above all else and have provided flooring knowledge with a relaxed buying experience for the last 25 years. In 2014, they changed their name to Gainesville Flooring to better reflect the broad range of products they sell and install. Celebrating their 25th anniversary, Gainesville Flooring is throwing it back to 1992 for the March 23rd Greater Hall Chamber Business After Hours. The Gainesville Flooring team wants to celebrate with the community with food from 2 Dog, 90s Music and a photo booth. Door prizes include a Green Mountain Grill and a free room of carpet donated by Mohawk Industries. Gainesville Flooring is located at Gainesville Design Center, 684 Main Street in Gainesville. 770-287-8463.

Transportation Forum Thursday, March 9 11:30 am-1:00 pm University of North Georgia / Gainesville Campus The Chamber's Transportation Forum on Thursday, March 9 is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC with updates by Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry and Brent Cook, GDOT District 1 Engineer, and Srikanth Yamala, Gainesville-Hall County Metropolitan Planning Organization. $15 for Chamber Members; $20 Non-members and at the door; Includes a boxed lunch. Reservations: Gerri Collins, 770-532-6206 x 106. Email:





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• Billy Glosson, Market President, announced that State Bank and Trust Company has completed its mergers with The National Bank of Georgia. The merger provides for the expansion of the bank's statewide footprint with entry into markets in Athens, Gainesville and Savannah. • Junior Achievement of Northeast Georgia’s Business Hall of Fame 2017 Recipients are Randall Frost, managing partner with Stewart, Melvin & Frost, Jim Mathis, past president/CEO of the North Georgia Community Foundation, and Paul Maney, a retired IBM executive and small business investor. In 2016-17, over 8,000 students were served by trained corporate volunteers, teaching youth the fundamentals of free enterprise, business ethics, personal economics, and workforce development. • 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 • The Council of Superior Court Judges awarded Hall County Superior Court Judge Jason Deal the Emory Findley Award for outstanding service, visionary leadership, resolve and dedication. Deal became the presiding judge of the Hall County Drug Court in 2006 and started the Dawson County Treatment Court. He is a member of the Governor's Criminal Justice Reform Council and serves as chair of the Council of Accountability Court Judges of Georgia. • Brett Fowler, Turner Wood & Smith Insurance, was named one (of only 20) Employee Benefit Adviser's 2017 Rising Stars in Advising. EBA is an information resource for employee benefit advisers, brokers and agents. Brett was also named Gainesville Jaycee's Young Man of the Year. The award, which honors outstanding community members under the age of 40, has been distributed since 1945. • Dr. David Westfall was named Rotary Club of Gainesville's 2016 Man of the Year and Sissy Lawson was named Woman of the Year. Dave serves as the State Director of Public Health District 2 and was recognized for continuously seeking ways to improve the lives of citizens of Georgia. Sissy was elected

to the Gainesville City Council in 1985 and became the first female mayor in 1991 and again in 2003. Both her grandfather and great grandfather also served as mayors. She led the way in establishing many non-profits such as Elachee, Friends of the Park and Gateway House. • Julia Greene, this year's Gainesville Jaycees Young Woman of the Year honoree, recently moved from a private law practice to an Assistant District Attorney in the local juvenile court system. Greene was recognized for a number of accomplishments, most notably her service as the President of the Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County. • Network with community leaders while obtaining valuable business updates at the Chamber's Board meeting Thursday, March 23 at 12 pm at the Gainesville Civic Center. $12, includes lunch. Reservations required. Contact Gerri Collins, 770-532-6206 x 106, or email: • Jimmy Adams, President, Adams Transfer & Storage (ATS) boasts the most Certified Moving Consultants in the state as 20-year employee Debbie Cofer, ATS general manager, and Israel Sosa earned their Certified Office & Industrial Consultant designation from the American Moving & Storage Association. Carolyn Greene marks her 10th year as a certified Residential Moving Consultant with 30 years in the industry. Founded in 1903, ATS is Georgia’s oldest family-owned moving and storage company. • Malia Bolt of Purple House Gallery in Gainesville was named the 2017 Design Star at the Framing Edition Competition in Atlanta for creatively framing a custom mirror. Malia will collaborate with the Larson-Juhl Design Team on a new moulding collection to be launched at the 2018 West Coast Art & Frame Expo. 5% of the first years sales will go to a local charity of Malia's choice. • Children's Center for Hope and Healing's Wine Tasting fundraiser is Saturday, March 18, 4-6 pm at beautiful Montaluce Winery in Dahlonega. The event includes red and white wine tastings, cheeses, a silent auction and raffle items. Tickets: $60 per person. Call 770-532-6530 x 1011 or email Cindy Wilson, Tickets online:

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Business After Hours at 2 Dog Thank You Tim and Tina Roberts of 2 Dog for sponsoring the February Business After Hours. Gainesville Flooring will sponsor Business After Hours on Thursday, March 23 at 634 Main Street in Gainesville and celebrate their 25th anniversary with food by 2 Dog, drinks, and great drawings including a Green Mountain Grill and a free room of carpet donated by Mohawk Industries!

Small Business Success

(L-R): Tony Paramore, Gainesville Paint; Joe Selbee; Berkshire Hathaway Home Services; Chris Hanks, Kennesaw State University; Kit Dunlap, Greater Hall Chamber; Phil Bonelli, Wells Fargo. Chris Hanks led the February seminar with a packed audience on the art of communicating. Attend the next seminar on March 14 presented by business coach Dede Gossage, owner, GetToItToday. Get on the path to becoming a Chamber Certified Small Business Partner. Details, page 13.

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Peyton Wilhoite Project Manager Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Gainesville-native and North Hall High graduate Peyton Wilhoite has joined the Chamber staff. Peyton attended Ole Miss on a track and field scholarship before transferring to the University of Georgia where he received an Advertising degree from the Grady College of Journalism. Prior to returning to Gainesville, he worked at The Buntin Group, an advertising agency in Nashville TN, as a channel activation associate. As Chamber Project Manager for Economic Development and Government Affairs, Peyton is responsible for economic development marketing initiatives that further job investment growth from existing and new business, while addressing issues that affect business and the community. He also works with Chamber committees and programs involving government affairs. Contact Peyton at 678-971-6224 or email:

Welcome New Members EKG Security Fred Godbee 400 Adams Street, Suite B Vidalia, GA 30474 - Security 770-531-3326

H&R Block Elaine Linser 5900 Spout Springs Rd, #17 Flowery Branch, GA 30542 - Financial Services 770-967-5361

Farmers Insurance Chad Payne Agency- Chad Payne 983 Enota Avenue Gainesville, GA 30501 - Insurance 770-880-0512

Hampton Inn Braselton at Chateau Elan Richard Aaron 5159 Golf Club Drive Braselton, GA 30517 - Lodging 770-307-0700

Bank of the Ozarks Lisa Bailey 4058 Continental Drive Oakwood, GA 30566 - Financial Institution 678-450-8550 Boost Transport LLC Dusty Benefield 2298 Skelton Road Gainesville, GA 30504 - Transportation & Trucking 678-997-2535 Chicken Salad Chick Bob Wiggins 1122 Dawsonville Hwy Gainesville, GA 30501 - Restaurant 770-655-1090 Country Financial Andy Gaddis 604 Washington St NW Suite A-10 Gainesville, GA 30501 - Insurance 770-532-7273

Fitbarre, LLC Justin Holland 123 Green Street Gainesville, GA 30501 - Fitness Center 678-450-8845 Funari Realty Sheri Millwood 6232 Grand Hickory Drive Braselton, GA 30517 - Real Estate 770-519-8300 Gainesville Towing & Recovery Donald Smith 2471 Athens Hwy Gainesville, GA 30507 - Towing & Recovery 770-534-7606

Deidre Fresquez State Farm Agency - Deidre L. Fresquez & Megan Ramer 322 Oak Street NW, Suite 3 Gainesville, GA 30501 - Insurance 770-535-1277

Georgia Skin Care Misty Caudell 1250 Jesse Jewell Pkwy Gainesville, GA 30503 -Dermatology 770-535-7546

Dimo Fine Jewelry Missy Dimo 1318 Browns Bridge Rd Gainesville, GA30501 - Retail / Jewelry 770-533-9070

Global Labor Solutions Kevin Russell 3859 Postal Drive, Suite 100 Duluth, GA 30096 - Staffing 678-999-7541

Harness Group LLC Rob Drake 15 Technology Parkway Peachtree Corners, GA 30092 - Computers 678-609-8150 Hayes Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac Chad Hayes 3656 State Hwy 365 Alto, GA 30510 - Automobile Dealer 706-776-1144 Homestar Financial Allan Satterfield 332 Washington St, # 301 Gainesville, GA 30501 - Mortgage 770-540-0945 Homestar Financial Hayden Simmons 332 Washington St, # 301 Gainesville, GA 30501 - Mortgage 770-561-8120 Homestar Financial Wendell Couch 332 Washington St, # 301 Gainesville, GA 30501 - Mortgage 678-997-2694 See Page 12 for continued list of New Chamber Members!

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March 7, 2017 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Membership Development

Welcome New Members Continued from Page 11

Jason Hogan Designs Jason Hogan 1700 Holiness Camp Ground Road Cleveland, GA 30528 - Promotional Items 770-658-2003 Keller Williams Jay Davies 631 Dawsonville Hwy Gainesville GA 30501 - Real Estate 678-296-5231 Keller Williams Kim Smith 631 Dawsonville Hwy Gainesville, GA 30501 - Real Estate 678-677-3505 Keller Williams Susie Evert 631 Dawsonville Hwy Gainesville, GA 30501 - Real Estate 616-262-2882 Lanier Urgent Care William Henson 1429 Thompson Bridge Rd Gainesville, GA 30501 - Medical / Urgent Care 770-824-4610 Master's Apparel Dario Perla 611 Candler Street Gainesville, GA 30501 - Custom Clothier 770-363-1636

Mdbillingtek, LLC Shannon Painter 4423 Nohl Crest Drive Flowery Branch, GA 30542 - Medical Billing 678-960-3234

Southern Grace Enterprises Tracy McDaniel 5603 Main Street Flowery Branch, GA 30542 - Event Planning 770-530-2528

MegaPrint Thomas Maxey 819 Oak Street Gainesville, GA 30501 - Printing 770-532-3021

Stark Raven Design Katherine Porfilio 81 E Point Drive Dahlonega, GA 30533 - Marketing/Web Design 678-971-9745

MetalWorks, LLC Ben Houston 4409 McBrayer Road Oakwood, GA 30566 - Manufacturing 678-960-3109

The Academy CDC Staci Vinton 4187 Continental Drive Oakwood, GA 30566 - School / Childcare 770-287-7023

Natural Juice Café Brett Copeland 2480 Limestone Pkwy Gainesville, GA 30501 - Restaurant 678-928-4833

The Ahh Spa Jeannie Copeland 2480 Limestone Pkwy Gainesville, GA 30501 - Spa 770-535-2044

Nsurance Solutions & Technologies Warren Erickson 3055 Chattahoochee Trace Gainesville, GA 30506 - Business Services

The Mosquito Authority Jim Darowski 1717 Barrington Circle Marietta, GA 30062 - Exterminating 770-238-2514

PLM Trailer Leasing Rusty Swarts 4752 Clark Howell Hwy College Park, GA 30349 -Transportation & Trucking 404-764-8769

The Norton Agency Chris Romberg 434 Green Street Gainesville, GA 30501 -Real Estate 678-677-6701

Leadership Hall County

The Leadership Hall Class with Governor Nathan Deal, State Senators John Wilkinson and Butch Miller, and Representatives Matt Dubnik, Emory Dunahoo, Jr., Timothy Barr and Lee Hawkins. The class traveled to Atlanta for a full day of state government activities at the Capitol. Thank you program sponsors: Northeast Georgia Health Systems, Jackson EMC, Clipper Petroleum, and Chick-fil-A of Stonebridge Village.

Nomination Deadline: March 15 Since 1983, Leadership Hall County has provided a learning experience for Greater Hall County's existing and emerging leaders, and the program now has over 900 graduates. Nominations are 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. Nominate yourself, a business associate or friend. Details: Andi Harmon, VP Education, 770-532-6206 x 113. Email:

Youth Leadership Hall

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Youth Leadership's "Make a Difference" program included overviews and visits to several non-profits including Habitat for Humanity of Hall County, Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, Humane Society of Northeast Georgia, Gateway Domestic Violence Center, United Way of Hall County and the Georgia Mountain Food Bank. Thank you sponsors, McDonald’s and Georgia Power.

Certified Small Business Partners 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. CERTIFIED Small Business 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

Upcoming Small Business Seminars

(L-R): Dennis Machida, Judy Poyner, and company president Carlton Crawford of Clean-Way, Inc., a disaster restoration contractor specializing in fire, water, and storm damage repair. Clean-Way helps clients in all aspects of the disaster restoration process by providing remediation and contracting services, with consistent service from beginning to end of the project. Clean-Way is a locally-owned, family run business that has been serving Gainesville and the surrounding counties since 1987. Their goal is to completely satisfy customers by providing quality work and prompt service and work with local and national insurance carriers and offer emergency on-call service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Clean-Way, Inc., 1610 Gibbs Drive, Gainesville, GA 30507. 770-536-9258.

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

Programs and presenters subject to change. Greater Hall Chamber Small Business Seminars are free for Chamber Members. To receive text message reminders for small business events, text "BIZ" to 25324. Details: Amanda Lewis, Project Manager, 770-532-6206 x 111. Email: Online:

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

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Community Development March 7, 2017 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce


Working for a Common Vision

Partners in Education

The Greater Hall Chamber's Vision 2030 initiative works to make GainesvilleHall County the most enviable community in Georgia by the year 2030! Melissa Tymchuk, Northeast Georgia Health System, leads the Vision Board, made up of volunteer committee chairs leading long-term initiatives. Here’s an overview:

Clipper Petroleum, a partner in education with Wauka Mountain Multiple Intelligences Academy, presented the school with a $5,000 grant to support a wide spectrum of programs and activities, including student leadership programs and technology upgrades to enhance learning. For the past Clipper Petroleum supports Wauka Mountain Multiple several years Clipper Intelligences Academy as partners in education and has also generously awarded many teachers provided funding for Hokki stools in several classrooms. with individual grants. This year, three teachers purchased Hokki stools for their classrooms. The stools are the perfect furniture solutions for busy students in a classroom. For information about Partners in Education and how your organization can get involved, contact Andi Harmon, Chamber Vice President of Education, 770-532-6206 x 113. Email:

Millennial: A new committee with the task of engaging this age group (who were actually too young to have input in original plan). Give us your opinion on Vision 2030 through a short. 7-question survey: Chairs: Walt Booth, BB&T Insurance and Ginny Early, Enemies of the Average Healthcare: Completed a Health Snapshot on Adults that reported over 75% of the sample population is overweight or obese, and 36.6% of Hall County’s Children are overweight or obese. Chair: Gale Starich, Brenau University Green Space: Working with Comprehensive Land Plan Review to ensure green space; pushing for the Highlands to Islands: Trails and Greenway; and gaining community and political support. Chair: John Girardeau, community volunteer Transportation: Bringing key players together to inform and brainstorm on county wide traffic hot spots. Chair: Mike Giles, Georgia Poultry Federation Downtown Development: Working with the City of Gainesville to make Downtown and Midtown Gainesville a thriving live, work and play area for families and tourists, while improving access to the area. Chair: Will Hicks, Stifel Public Art: Because of this group's work, unique public art is on show across Gainesville-Hall County with 47 pieces installed since 2013. Some 20 new pieces are expected in the next 24 months. This committee set up two funds at the North Georgia Community Foundation for purchase and endowment of public art pieces. A new website, dedicated to Hall County Arts, will be live this spring! Chair: LeTrell Simpson, Con-Cen-Sus Lake Lanier Olympic Park (LLOP): LLOP is becoming a central destination for serious and recreational sports enthusiasts and is an economic engine for the community. Renovations for Phase 1 are complete. Visit for updates! Chair: Mimi Collins, Longstreet Clinic Life Long Learning: The Education Committee, secondary and postsecondary educators and business leaders, is focused on middle school age students to help them learn about career options and identifying their interests and gifts. Wisdom Project and Wisdom Keepers: These initiatives continue to educate 55 year old and older adults about Gainesville-Hall County. Graduates of the Wisdom Project are Wisdom Keepers! This senior leadership program has become a model, presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council on Aging and in the Wall Street Journal. Representatives: Julie Ferguson and Robert Horne Harbor Town: A live, work, play community on the north end of the lake is under review. This committee is persistent in working through site plans and with the Corp of Engineers, local government and potential developers. Chair: Tim Knight, Knight Commercial Real Estate Diversity: This committee worked hard to bring diversity in our community to the forefront through a strategy engaging small groups of diverse citizens, listening and getting to know them, and informing them of topics of interest. Chair: Enrique Montiel, Merial Select Marketing: A new group has been formed to start telling the Vision story! Chair: Callie Flack, Forum Communications.

Arbor Day Celebration Student award winners and sponsors at the Arbor Day Celebration at Atlanta Botanical Gardens Gainesville. Front (L-R): Lily Grace Clay, Enota Elementary, 1st Place Art; Eva Murray, Enota Elementary, Runner up Art; Mara Supron, Sardis Enrichment School, Runner up Art. Middle (L-R): Colin Nichols, Riverbend Elementary, Runner up Essay; Cade Burnette, Riverbend Elementary, 1st Place Essay; Hannah Kenned, Enota Elementary, Runner up Essay; Liz Dietz, Hall County Master Gardeners. Back (L-R): Adam Emrich, Georgia Power; Kelly Norman, Keep Hall Beautiful; George Wangemann, Gainesville City Council. Presented by Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia

Hackers Holiday Golf Tournament

Friday, April 28

Legacy on Lanier Golf Club Registration & Sponsor Info: Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 •

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2 Dog Celebrates 20 Years

“We are so excited about moving into our new state-of-the-art endoscopy center, and our office can now provide patients with the convenience of one location,” said Dr. Scott Clark, managing partner and president. “Patients can expect the same great care but in an updated setting.”

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50 is the recommended screening age Tim and Tina Roberts and children Ames and Nobi, cut ribbon with Katie Dubnik, Dean and Jenny Adams and Melissa Ragan. Located just off the Gainesville Square in a century-old renovated home, 2 Dog has been serving rustic euro soul food for 20 years and celebrates this milestone anniversary with a brand new look. Serving lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, 2 Dog has something for you. 2 Dog, 317 Spring Street, Gainesville, GA 30501. 678-316-8074.

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Gastroenterology Associates of Gainesville, P.C. physicians Drs. Stephen Moore, Scott Clark and Namita Pareek cut the ribbon along with staff at the new location of Gainesville Endoscopy Center. The Board Certified Gastroenterologists are trained in endoscopy procedures with over 35 years of experience. The new center offers a convenient location, weekend procedures, a large waiting area, cutting-edge procedure rooms, comfortable recovery rooms and a staff committed to the highest caliber of care. The center is certified by Medicare, accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, accepts most insurances and offers self-pay patients a discounted rate. 2324 Limestone Overlook, Suite 200, Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-536-8109.

Ribbon Cuttings

Paula Williams, Massage Practitioner, and friends, family and business associates cut ribbon at Strong Hands of Healing Massage. The center helps those that suffer with pain and stress live a more productive lifestyle by promoting wellness and relaxation through massage treatments. The practice advocates education with focus on regular massage, diet and exercise for improving overall quality of life and maintaining optimal health and wellness. Massage treatments are tailored to the needs of each individual. Use of essential oils in the treatment sessions enhances outcome results of therapy as clients are encouraged to relax, unwind and be comfortable while stress is massaged away! 2521 Mountain View Road, Gainesville, GA 30504. 706-499-5149.


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Peach State Bank Welcomes Local Banking Veterans Peach State is proud to add longtime bankers Steve Sorrells, Wendy Smith, Jana Lovell and Ricky Pugh to our leadership team. Ricky Pugh comes to Peach State as senior vice president, after having worked in Hall County banking since 1978 and holding numerous key leadership positions throughout his career. Gainesville native Steve Sorrells joins us as vice president, having held management roles in five local banks since 1984. Wendy Smith joins the bank as a loan processor. She has worked in banking and loan processing for 28 years, and is a lifelong Hall County resident. Jana Lovell will serve as a customer service representative, bringing with her 17 years of customer service experience with several local banks. We are pleased to add this high level of community banking experience to our Peach State team. Drop by sand say hello.


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Upcoming Chamber Events Tuesday, March 21 Tuesday, March 7 South Hall Business Coalition Agribusiness Awards Breakfast 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 8:00 am - 9:00 am The Venue at Friendship Springs North Hall Community Center Thursday, March 9 Transportation Forum 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. UNG - Gainesville Campus Tuesday, March 14 Small Business Seminar 7:45 am - 9:00 am – Chamber

Wednesday, March 22 Job Fair 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Gainesville Civic Center Open to the Public! Details & Register Online


Thursday, March 23 Business After Hours at Gainesville Flooring 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 684 Main Street in Gainesville


Thursday, March 30 Chamber Chase 5K Wellness Walk 6:00 p.m. Riverside Military Academy This publication is printed on partially recycled paper.


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