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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

Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

109th Annual

Economic Development Page 4

Meeting & Gala Thursday, May 18

Meetings & Events Page 6

Chattahoochee Country Club

Member Announcements Page 10 New Members Pages 11 Chamber Chase Highlights Page 12 Small Business of the Month Page 13 New Youth Leadership Class Page 14

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Celebrating a Year of Success & Annual Business Awards

Annual Meeting & Gala on May 18 The Greater Hall Chamber's 109th Annual Meeting & Gala is Thursday, May 18 at the Chattahoochee Country Club in Gainesville. 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 2016-2017 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. 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:

Presented by Chairman Lee Hemmer Chair-Elect Perry Barnett Chamber President & CEO Kit Dunlap Outdoor Reception at 6:00 p.m. Buffet Dinner & Program 7:00 p.m. $90 per person • $160 couple $1300 Table Sponsorship (seats 10) Black Tie Optional Reservations Required 770-532-6206 • Email:

Sponsored by

AT&T • King's Hawaiian Carroll Daniel Construction • Lanier Islands Georgia Power • Clipper Petroleum Cook & Company • Jackson EMC

Chamber members and guests enjoy the Chamber's 2016 Annual Meeting & Gala. Call now to make your reservations for the Chamber's 109th Annual Meeting & Gala on Thursday, May 18 at the Chattahoochee Country Club in Gainesville. 770-532-6206.

Save the Date Tuesday, May 9 Small Business Seminar Tuesday, May 16 Business After Hours Thursday, May 18 Annual Meeting & Gala

M AY 2017

A Publication of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

From the Chairman

Education and Workforce Development As a catalysts for business success, the Greater Hall Chamber takes pride in developing programs and initiatives that grow companies and create jobs. In 2015, the Chamber implemented the Greater Hall Workforce Development Task Force. Chaired by Chamber Chair-Elect Perry Burnett, CPA, the Task Force is made up of business leaders and educators and seeks to increase work-based learning and employer presence in schools. Since creating this initiative, our community has seen the number of students participating in the work-based learning initiative in the manufacturing sector quadruple. Chamber leadership takes pride in this accomplishment and remains dedicated to making an impact by building a sustainable workforce that possesses the skills needed for employers today and in the future.

Lee Hemmer The Simpson Company Chairman, Greater Hall Partners in Education is a collective effort of the Greater Hall Chamber and Chamber of Commerce

our local schools and matches businesses and organizations with schools to provide extra funding, unique services and volunteer support. The vision behind the Partners in Education Program is to enrich the learning experience of our children so that all develop a strong academic foundation, skills and core values that will benefit them in life and in a career.

Connecting the academic and business communities within Gainesville-Hall County allows us to provide students with even more opportunities for success. Schools must prepare today’s students for their entry into a diverse, competitive work force. When businesses take part in the education of these young people, they help strengthen the work force of the future. Education not only builds a skilled workforce, it also provides social, civic and personal development. The Partners In Education program is vital in helping the community and the school system work and grow together. Every school in Gainesville-Hall County benefits from the 350 plus Gainesville-Hall County businesses who are currently serving as Partners in Education. If you have an interest in getting involved in the Workforce Development Task Force or Partners in Education, let us know. Help us to continue to build the best place in Georgia to live and work.

Businesses Partnering with Schools Cargill Corporation and Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia both serve as Partners in Education with Fair Street International Academy and have been tremendous supporters of the school in many capacities. These business partners go above and beyond to help Fair Street educators and students.

May 2, 2017 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

"Cargill and Chattahoochee Bank not only partner with us to provide financial assistance for student recognition and programs, but also to involve employees in school programs and activities. Cargill compensates their employees that volunteer for reading initiatives and mentoring," said William Campbell, Principal, Fair Street International Academy. "And, in turn, many volunteer their own time to stay involved."


Chattahoochee Bank provided support for the Reading Bowl team by purchasing Spirit shirts with the bank's logo on it as an opportunity to recognize students who participated in the Reading Bowl as well as an opportunity to share their support and partnership with the school.

Partners in Education Volunteer Connie Shinuald, an employee of Cargill, reads to students at Fair Street International Academy.

For more on Partners in Education and how your business can get involved, contact Andi Harmon, Chamber VP Education, 770-532-6206 x 113. Email:

Business Link VOLUME 22 ISSUE 11 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 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

May 2, 2017 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

E c o no m ic D e ve lo pme n t



Kubota Opens New Facility

Workforce Development

Kubota executives and local and state government representatives participate in a Japanese Sake Barrel Ceremony and the presentation of a new Kubota RTV manufactured in Gainesville to Governor Nathan Deal and the State of Georgia.

(L-R): Dr. Ray Perren, Lanier Technical College; Perry Barnett, Rushton; Christian Johnson, Student Apprentice; Juergen Moller, IMS Gear Georgia; Rhonda Samples, Hall County Schools; Misty Freeman, Gainesville High School; Ashley Wilson, AT&T; Cindy Fendley, MP Equipment; Yahira Rondan, Student Apprentice; Tyler Smith, Smith, Gilliam, Williams & Miles.

Kubota Manufacturing of America Corporation (KMA) celebrated the grand opening of its new 502,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Gainesville on April 10. The $100 million facility produces the company’s RTV series utility vehicles and will add an additional 350 jobs. “It’s an exciting day for Kubota as we continue to grow to meet the demands of Kubota dealers and customers for our sub-compact tractors, turf products and utility vehicles, all while improving operational efficiencies and realizing manufacturing excellence here in the State of Georgia,” said Hironobu Kubota, President of KMA. KMA broke ground on the new facility in September 2015 on a 43-acre site in Gateway Industrial Centre, located just three miles from KMA’s existing operations. The new utility vehicle manufacturing facility is up and running. Kubota started full operation of its utility vehicle manufacturing lines, with the capacity to produce up to 75,000 units annually. The existing KMA facilities, which have been in operation since 1988, employ approximately 1,500 people and are also undergoing enhancements to increase production capacity to support Kubota’s growing turf business. KMA, together with Kubota Industrial Equipment Corporation, employ nearly 2,400 team members in Gainesville and Jefferson, making Kubota the largest Japanese manufacturing employer in Georgia.

Greater Hall Labor Market There are more than 775,000 talented people in the Gainesville-Hall labor market, which includes the workforce of Hall and adjoining counties. Workforce development initiatives, such as the Greater Hall Workforce Development Task Force, encourage a high level of education and skills training. There are more than 18,000 people enrolled in area colleges and universities with an additional 150,000 enrolled within an hour's drive. As the heart of Northeast Georgia's transportation network, our community serves as an employment center for the region. Building a sustainable workforce for Gainesville-Hall County that possesses the skills needed by today’s (and tomorrow’s) employers is of high priority. By collaborating with area employers, educators and leaders to create new programs, market existing programs, remove barriers and influence perceptions. For more on the labor market or to view the Gainesville-Hall County Area Labor Profile, visit

The Chamber recently hosted its annual Workforce Development Luncheon at Lanier Charter Career Academy. Chamber Chair-Elect Perry Barnett, CPA, Rushton, spearheads the Greater Hall Workforce Development Task Force. Apprentices spoke about opportunities extended while being employed in manufacturing as students. The program also included comments from Juergen Moller, General Manager, IMS Gear Georgia, and MP Equipment's HR Manager Cindy Fendley who discussed their strategy for a sustainable workforce. Tyler Smith, Attorney, Smith, Gilliam, William & Miles, touched on the legal side followed by remarks from local educators including Dr. Ray Perren, President, Lanier Technical College; Misty Freeman, Director of College & Career, Gainesville City Schools; and Will Schofield, Superintendent Hall County Schools. The luncheon concluded with a Rapid Fire Roundtable Discussion with employers. Thank you sponsors, AT&T and Smith, Gilliam, Williams & Miles.

The Greater Hall Workforce Development Task Force seeks to ensure businesses can acquire the talent and skills they need for future growth and to replace an aging workforce. Since creating the initiative in 2015, the number of work-based learning students employed in manufacturing has quadrupled. Greater Hall Workforce Development Task Force seeks to maintain these PRIORITIES: • Maintain relationships with employers • Connect employers to local future employees • Support and communicate state and federal initiatives • Facilitate communication to educational professionals • Facilitate industry participation • Communicate job options through programs and relationships • Celebrate workforce development achievements For details on the Greater Hall Workforce Development Task Force, contact Shelley Davis, Chamber VP Existing Industry, 770-532-6206 or

Mincey Marble Breaks Ground

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The Mincey family is joined by dignitaries from the City of Gainesville, Hall County Board of Commissioners and Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce for the groundbreaking of Mincey Marble's headquarters in Gainesville. Mincey Marble, a family-owned local manufacturer of cast marble products, broke ground in mid-April for its future headquarters at Gainesville Business Park, an industrial park off Calvary Church Road. Mincey will be consolidating operations currently housed in two facilities along Browns Bridge Road in West Hall County where the company started 40 years ago.

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Upcoming Small Business Seminars Tuesday, May 9 "Why Your Sales and Marketing Isn't Working... and How to Fix It!" Tres Crowe, Skyfire Consulting 7:45 am - 9:00 am – Chamber

Tuesday, June 13 "How to Effectively Track a MultiMedia Marketing Campaign" Katie Dubnik, Forum Communications 7:45 am - 9:00 am – Chamber Member SIPC

May 2, 2017 • An Advertising Supplement to The Times

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Meetings & Events

MAY 2017 Wednesday, May 3 Healthcare Committee 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. – Chamber

Wednesday, May 17 Issues Committee 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. – Chamber

Wednesday, May 3 Marketing Committee 12:00 p.m. – Chamber

Wednesday, May 17 Lunch 'n Learn 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Mountain Fresh Creamery 6615 Cleveland Highway in Clermont

Tuesday, May 9 Small Business Seminar "Sales & Marketing" presented by Tres Crowe, Skyfire Consulting 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. – Chamber Tuesday, May 9 Ambassadors Council 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 2 Dog Restaurant in Gainesville Wednesday, May 10 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. McDonald's at 2010 Limestone Pkwy in Gainesville Wednesday, May 10 Human Resources Council 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Luna's on the Square in Gainesville Thursday, May 11 Leadership Hall County 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

May 2, 2017 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Friday, May 12 Economic Development Council 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. – Chamber


Tuesday, May 16 Vision 2030 Board of Directors 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Chamber Tuesday, May 16 Business After Hours Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 1911 Sweetbay Drive in Gainesville

Celebrating Homestar Financial

Thursday, May 18 Chamber Executive Committee 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. – Chamber Thursday, May 18 Chamber Annual Meeting & Gala 6:00 p.m. Outdoor Reception 7:00 p.m. Dinner & Awards Program Chattahoochee Country Club 3000 Club Drive in Gainesville Tuesday, May 23 South Hall Business Coalition "University of North Georgia Gainesville Update" presented by Dr. Richard Oates, Vice President, Gainesville Campus 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Martha T. Nesbitt Academic Building Building 17 - Gainesville Campus Wednesday, May 24 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Bank of the Ozarks at 4058 Continental Drive in Oakwood Thursday, May 25 Chamber Board of Directors Meeting 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Georgia Power Pavilion on Lake Lanier in Gainesville

Thank you Homestar Financial for sponsoring Business After Hours in April and congratulations on 15 years of business success. Front Row (L to R): Ana Campa, Wes Hunt, Gus Lobo and Sarita Madera. Back Row (L to R): Jessica Miles, Britt Adams, Melody Cooley, Jeff Waggoner, Allan Satterfield and Austin Saxon.

Business After Hours on May 16 Relax after work in the serene setting of the Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville at Business After Hours on TUESDAY, May 16 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Stroll through the garden with a glass of wine and enjoy the late spring blooms. And be sure to check out "Ribbit the Exhibit", an exhibition of over 20 whimsical copper frog sculptures by artist Andy Cobb. Delicious light bite catering provided by Chef Kern. $5 Chamber members; $15 Non-Members. Door prizes and drawing for the Cash Prize! Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 x 115. Email:

Local Attorneys Recognized

Get details and register for these and more Greater Hall Chamber Events Online:

Thank You Chamber Sponsors! We appreciate these organizations that sponsored Chamber Events: AccessWDUN Jackson EMC Rochester & Associates Atlanta Botanical Gardens King's Hawaiian Rushton AT&T Lanier Islands Signs by Tomorrow Caldwell Electrical Milton Martin Honda Smith, Gilliam, Williams & Carroll Daniel Construction Montara Farm Miles Clipper Petroleum Publix Store More Self Storage Cook & Company Rainmaker & Associates University of North Georgia Georgia Power Red Clay Interactive WSI Digital Rainmakers House Dressing Riverside Military Academy

Kit Dunlap presented Stewart, Melvin & Frost with a plaque to commemorate "Be Kind to Lawyers Day" at the recent Small Business Seminar, “Avoiding Legal Land Mines,” that was presented by the group's attorneys. (L-R): Rustin Smith and Randall Frost, Stewart, Melvin & Frost; Kit Dunlap, Greater Hall Chamber; Jim Grier, Champion Capital Alliance; Mark Wilson, Your Trusted Servant.

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The Gainesville Rotary Club is leading the community in accessibility. We built our 100th wheelchair ramp this year. The ramp project began in 2008 and currently the club builds 8 to 10 ramps each year.

• Just shy of 200 members strong. • We range in age from 20s to 80s. • We supported more than 20 community programs this year. • We represent more than 60 different vocations. • Our club is part of a 1.2 million-member organization that started with the vision of Paul Harris. He envisioned a service organization where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful friendships.

seRvinG Humanity

We honored those who have served humanity this year with a veterans’ Banquet and a memorial dedicated to the men and women of Gainesville who serve in public safety.

Rotary Club of Gainesville • www.rotaryclubofgaines

BuildinG FRiendsHiPs

The annual Banquet not only brings members together to build friendships, it recognizes a man and Woman of the year from the Hall County community as well as club members who achieved excellence in vocation, ethics, and leadership.

COmmunity SERVICE 4-Way test

Of the things we think, say or do:

1. is it the truth? 2. is it fair to all concerned? 3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned? •

a few examples of the many groups and programs the Gainesville Rotary Club supports by volunteering, inkind donations, or financial contributions are students of the month, Georgia mountian Food Bank, and salvation army.

May 2, 2017 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Member Announcements



• The Greater Hall Chamber has released the 2017 Industrial Directory with information on 295 manufacturers, processors and distributors located in Gainesville-Hall County. The directory can be purchased for $33 in PDF or bound book format. To order, contact Shelley Davis, VP Existing Industry, 770-532-6206. Email: • Nan Edwards, Finance and Human Resources Director for the Town of Braselton, earned the prestigious Municipal Revenue Administration Certificate awarded by the Georgia Municipal Association. The award is designed to strengthen the understanding of city managers, clerks and finance officials on different municipal revenue sources and applicable laws of the administration and collection process. • Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County CEO Steven Mickens announced the clubs’ name change to Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier and the expansion of services to thousands of students in nearby Forsyth, Dawson, White and Lumpkin counties. They currently serve 5,600 students in Hall County each year through three club locations, five school sites and one public housing site. The Club's Rubber Duck Derby is May 5 at 5:30pm at Clarks Bridge Park in Gainesville. Duck Fest follows across the street at Lake Lanier Olympic Park with live music, food trucks and craft beer and wine distributed by Tap It. • The University of North Georgia's (UNG) Cottrell MBA program has been ranked as the fifth-best public, parttime MBA program in Georgia by the U.S. News and World Report 2018 Best Graduate Schools report. The Cottrell MBA also has the lowest cost, and according to U.S. News, part-time business programs play a vital role for working professionals who are unable to attend business school full time. • Shop at the Quinlan Art Center's Gift Shop and give back to the community! Artists featured on the Trustees Gift Shop Wall have donated 100% proceeds of the sale of their work to support Q programs exhibition, education and outreach in the Northeast Georgia community. • June Jam was founded by Mitch Farmer who selflessly gave back to the community that he loved so much. Proceeds from June Jam 2017 on Saturday, June 24 at The Arts Council in Downtown Gainesville will benefit CASA

(Court Appointed Special Advocates) and their life-changing work for the neglected children in the North Georgia area. Gates open 6 pm. Tickets $25 for advance Purchase, $30 at the door. Info: 770-531-1964. • American Security Shredding and Habitat for Humanity of Hall County are teaming up for “Shredding with a Cause” on Saturday May 20 from 11:00am-2:00pm at Re-Store, 975 Chestnut Street in Gainesville. Come shred your personal and important documents, keep your identity secure (2 box limit). Suggested donation $20 but additional gifts are greatly appreciated! All proceeds from this event benefit Habitat for Humanity of Hall County. This will be the last weekend at the current Re-Store location, and store items will be discounted deeply. Come shred and shop! • Small to mid-sized businesses can enter to win a free website plus one year of hosting and support by Full Media. To enter this national ReadySite Giveaway Contest link here: readysite-contest/ and enter before May 1. Details: Brad Beyea. 770-534-2515. Email: • Jessica Butler, executive director of Gateway Domestic Violence Center, recently unveiled a capital campaign called Gateway to 2020. Gateway’s emergency shelter opened in 1983, providing programs and legal services. Since then our community’s population has more than doubled and the shelter is often over-capacity. Strong support from the community has enabled Gateway to provide services to over 600 women and children each year. Learn more and support this important program, visit • Join Katie Dubnik and the team from Forum Communications at the Chamber's Small Business Seminar on Tuesday, June 13. They'll cover the importance of a multi-media marketing campaign and provide tips for tracking effectiveness through technology such as URLs, phone numbers, Google Analytics, MailChimp and more. Forum is a full service strategic marketing agency focused on helping businesses, nonprofits and start-ups find their voice in a crowded marketplace.

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The Greater Hall Chamber and the Georgia Chamber present a Breakfast Meeting facilitated by Chris Clark, President & CEO of the Georgia Chamber.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 Chattahoochee Country Club 3000 Club Drive • Gainesville, GA 30506

7:30 - 8:00 a.m. – Registration 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. – Breakfast and Georgia 2030 Overview and Panel Discussion 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. – Networking Over breakfast, attendees participate in the conversation to help us plan for the future of Georgia. Following breakfast, all are encouraged to provide additional feedback and enjoy networking with business leaders. Join the statewide Georgia 2030 conversation by attending this event. No Charge. Reservations required: online at or email Meg Lowe at

Beautification Nominations The Chamber's Beautification Committee is seeking nominations for the 2017 Residential Beautification Award from various sections of Gainesville-Hall County. Award nominations are made by neighbors and friends and selected by members of the Chamber's Beautification Committee. 2016 Award recipients included Bob and Pat Bittinger, 2519 Venture Circle in Gainesville (City of Gainesville Winner) Billy and LaTrell Thomas, 6448 Payne Road in Murrayville (Hall County Winner). “Since 1994, the Greater Hall Chamber has recognized and promoted homeowners that are helping beautify our community,” said Robin Halstead, Chamber Vice President of Community Development. “Along with our annual Business Beautification Awards, this residential initiative helps promote the importance of landscape enhancements and recognize those that are making a difference.” For more information on Residential or Business Beautification Awards, contact Robin Halstead, Greater Hall Chamber, 770-532-6206. Email:

Hall County's 2016 Residential Beautification Award went to Billy & LaTrell Thomas, 6448 Payne Road in Murrayville. Nominate yourself, a friend or neighbor for the 2017 award. Details, Robin Halstead, 770-532-6206. Email:

Welcome New Members!

Susan Strittmatter 2350 Donnie Lee Drive Gainesville GA 30506 - Individual Member 404-275-1032 Bista Solutions John Woodward 980 Hammond Drive Suite 1275 Atlanta GA 30328 -CRM Software 470-316-6771 Schaefer & Associates Lorene Schaefer 3677 Cameron Circle Gainesville GA 30506 - Attorney 404-680-8986 J&M Electric Supply Jimmy Harris 211 Industrial Park Drive Cumming GA 30040 - Industrial /Electric 770-889-9742

Northeast Georgia Podiatry Purvi Shah 590 South Enota Drive NE Unit 1 Gainesville GA 30501 - Medical Podiatry 813-484-0152

GLD Group Karen Eckhart 2169 Centennial Drive Gainesville GA 30504 - Manufacturing 866-924-4590

The Norton Agency Joanna Clippinger 434 Green Street Gainesville GA 30501 - Real Estate 770-297-4897

Straight Street Jennifer Robson 2145 Centennial Gainesville GA 30504 - Non Profit 678-989-0255

Tropical Delights Julie Coats 1037 Regency Park Drive Braselton GA 30517 - Catering 678-997-9231

Park Creek Apartments Amanda Burns 1100 Park Creek Court Gainesville GA 30504 - Apartments 770-287-1414

Michelle M. Mckeon 780 Morosgo Drive #13314 Atlanta GA 30324 - Individual Member 678-744-9353

Osleeper Manufacturing Jerry Channel 2495 Athens Highway Gainesville GA 30507 - Furniture 678-936-1926 Relax & Wax – TBR Renatta Long and Mirna Dunaway 1065 Thompson Bridge Rd Gainesville GA 30506 - Spa / Salon 678-971-5775

Chuck Whitehead 3310 Banks Mountain Drive Gainesville GA 30506 - Individual Member 770-540-2552 For Greater Hall Chamber membership information and benefits, contact Christen Wilbanks, Chamber Vice President of Membership at 770-532-6206 x 115 or email: Join the Chamber online at

Chamber Marketing Opportunities The Greater Hall Chamber offers its members a reasonably priced marketing opportunity by including business promotional pieces in a Monthly General Mailing. Chamber members provide a promotional piece and mailing/insert fee, and the piece is mailed to approximately 1650 member representatives. For details, contact Gerri Collins, 770-532-6206 x 106. Email: How can your business reach thousands of prospects? Consider advertising in the Chamber's monthly Business Link newsletter. A partnership with The Times, Business Link is circulated to newspaper subscribers the first Tuesday of each month. Additionally, the newsletter is mailed to each Chamber representative. For Business Link advertising information, contact The Times, 770-532-1234.

Board members and staff of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier participate in a ribbon cutting with community leaders to celebrate the organization's name change. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier has been serving young people in Greater Hall County for over 63 years. The name change is part of an expansion of services to thousands of students in nearby Forsyth, Dawson, White and Lumpkin counties. To ensure youth leave the clubs as well-rounded individuals, the organization focuses on three key areas: Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. The clubs serve over 5,600 children annually and over 650 youth every day. Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier, 1 Positive Place, Gainesville, GA 30501.

Relax and Wax North Hall

Yohanna Milton, Mirna Dunaway and Renata Long cut a ribbon at Relax and Wax North Hall. Relax and Wax provides full body sugar and regular waxing services, Eyelash services and Eyebrow Microblading for both female and male. They carry a variety of body scrubs and Lipsense products and are open Monday-Friday, 10am-8pm, and Saturday, 10am-5:00pm. Relax and Wax, 1065 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville GA 30501. 678-971-5775.

Bank of the Ozarks Regional Retail Manager Lauren Vaverka and customers Ivette and Rene Barrios cut a ribbon at Bank of the Ozarks in Oakwood. The bank offers an array of the very best personal and business banking services geared to offer convenience and safety while helping you attain your goals. Personal attention given to each customer makes Bank of the Ozarks unique. From checking and savings to loans, their bankers meet and listen to your needs to ensure the right banking solution for you. They believe in being true to their brand no matter what your banking needs, you have a friend there! Bank of the Ozarks, 4058 Continental Drive, Oakwood, GA 30566. 678-450-8550.

May 2, 2017 • An Advertising Supplement to The Times

Krystal Restaurant Franville Corporation Travis Rogers PO Box 675 Gainesville GA 30503 - Restaurant 770-532-4859

Allstate Insurance Jimmy Walker 560 Pine Forest Road Atlanta GA 30342 - Insurance 404-358-0739

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Gibbs Grading & Utilities Scott Gibbs PO Box 2373 Gainesville GA 30503 - Contractor 770-503-5508

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May 2, 2017 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Community Development

VISION 2030: Chamber Chase 5K & Wellness Walk Highlights TEAM WINNERS Fastest CEO: David Bailey, Anesthesia Associates of Gainesville Fastest Corporate Team: Runner's Fit Fastest Community Team : Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club Team Spirit Award: Ace Hardware

TSHIRT CONTEST Most Creative: Anesthesia Associates of Gainesville Best Use of the Chamber Chase Logo: Cook & Company Most Creative Use of Company Logo: Mansfield Oil People's Choice Award: ProCare RX

OVERALL WINNERS Over 1,500 people gathered at Riverside Military Academy on March 30 for the 10th Annual Chamber Chase. The 5K included awards in several areas. The Lanier Canoe & Kayak Team won the Fastest Community Team Award. Runner's Fit Team Member Juan Soto was the Overall Top Male Winner and Nadia Davis was the Overall Female Winner. Runner's Fit was the Fastest Corporate Team.

Male: Juan Soto, Runner's Fit Female: Nadia Davis, Runner's Fit For Individual Results & Times (2014-2017), visit Race Questions? Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 x 115. Email:

The Most Creative TShirt Award went to Anesthesia Associates of Gainesville, and David Bailey won the Fastest CEO Award!

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The Most Team Spirit Award went to Ace Hardware!

Small Business Seminar Why Your Sales and Marketing Isn't Working... and How to Fix It! The next Small Business Seminar is Tuesday, May 9 from 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. at the Chamber. Don't miss this presentation by Richard (Tres) Crowe, head of marketing for Skyfire Consulting, the nation's leading public safety UAV experts.

Cook's Pest Control was founded in 1928 by John L. Cook. The Cook family motto is "Do the job right the first time. Do what you've promised plus a little bit more. Satisfy each customer." The company's Gainesville location opened in 2007. Jesse Ferguson and the team of professionals make sure the high level of customer service expected by the founder continues. Their trained inspectors identify conditions that encourage infestations and prescribe the most effective control program available for specific insect and rodents. In addition, they offer mosquito management, fire ant treatment, Sentricon termite colony elimination system, moisture barrier and automatic foundation ventilation treatments. Cook's stands behind all of their services with a 110% money-back satisfaction guarantee. Cook's Pest Control, 930M Interstate Ridge Drive, Gainesville, GA 30501. 678-717-0681.

The tools of marketing may be different, but consumers buy for the same old reason they always have... need. Learn why consumers buy and how you can position your brand to be first in line when that need arises. Tres Crow is an experienced marketing and sales professional and serial entrepreneur, with extensive skill managing small to mid-sized teams. Having worked successfully in a variety of fields, he has a wide-ranging view of several key aspects of the business and entrepreneurial communities. He is the Co-Founder of digital mapping startup Walkabout, and the community-based marketing automation company Peragrin. He is a former Small Business Development Center Consultant. He completed his MBA at the University of West Georgia and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.

Small Business

Small Business of the Month Cook's Pest Control

Small Business Seminars are held monthly and cover a variety of issues important to small business owners and managers. Seminars are FREE to Chamber members and are sponsored by AccessWDUN, Signs by Tomorrow, DSI Digital Rainmakers and Caldwell Electrical Contractors. For information on this seminar or how you can become a Certified Small Business Partner, contact Amanda Lewis, 770-5432-6206 x 111 or email:

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TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR Call 770.531.3358 The Teams: Brenau, First Baptist, First United Methodist, Gainesville Rotary, Grace Episcopal, Hall County Library, Lanier Technical College and The Times.

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Education & Leadership

New Youth Leadership Class


Youth Leadership Hall Graduation

The Greater Hall Chamber announces the 12th class of Youth Leadership Hall (YLH) and the largest class yet with 79 students. Initiated in 2005, the program now has some 718 student graduates. A program for high school juniors and seniors, YLH seeks to provide an investment in the community’s future leadership by fostering interest in the community and inspiring students to become the leaders of tomorrow. The program begins with a kick-off program at the Gainesville Civic Center in August with educators, principals, superintendents, volunteers and parents. Students will participate in monthly programs on topics such as the judicial system, healthcare, servant leadership, and economic development. Students must have a satisfactory academic standing and be nominated by a teacher, administrator, coach, or extracurricular activity director. Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Class: Chestatee High School Will Cantrell Madison Cottrell Grace Fawcett Enoc Flores Dahlia Glavez Kate Henderson Owen Ozaki Elifelet Sanchez Kristen Wedegis Maddie Woodard East Hall High School Justin Berry Isabella Gray Kory Harris Johan Rodriquez Jasmin Ruiz Savannah Thellman Kristy Ward Tucker Williamson Flowery Branch High Aubrey Desmet Nick Harkins Michelle Jiang Shay Kokoshcke Bailee Lindeborg Savannah Lunt Kathrin Merritt Lexie Sengkahammee Sydney Short

Gainesville High School Sara Azpeitia Mary Nelson Bell Catie Cook Daniel Costantini Tricia Cumiskey Natasha Enriquez Anita Medepalli Kingsley Owusu Otoo Spencer Sumner Ali Waggoner AD Winston Johnson High School Samuel Dempsey Sabrina Dumanowsky Suheyla Kipcakli Moses Lopez Ana Luna Samantha Summerville Grace VanHooser Grace Woodward Lakeview Academy Mona Abboud Alec Bornhorst Drew Cottrell Thomas Gay Sarah Morters JD Roark Oliver Whitehead

Lanier Christian Academy Jessica Panter Lanie Robertson North Hall High School Clay Baker Rebecca Bowen Ben Boyd Emily Britt Carrie Garruth Dylan Hughes Dawson Hulsey Lena Strickland Karlee Taunton Sawyer Williams Riverside Military Academy Matt Adams David Brizzi Garrett Dalley Armand Johnson Runyi Wang Christian Welsh West Hall High School Helen Alejo Anna Grace Brock Devin Cantel Cory Davis Anna Pettit Soledad Santana Gloria Urrego Hannah Wetzel

Leadership Hall Sponsors Needed Consider promoting your company while supporting one of the Chamber's Leadership Hall County or Youth Leadership Programs. Sponsorships include recognition in Chamber’s Business Link newsletter; your corporate logo on program/agenda; corporate marketing materials distributed to class members; and the opportunity to participate in program. Several sponsor levels available including Leadership Hall Transportation Sponsorship ($950) and Youth Leadership Hall Meal Sponsorship ($500). Details: Andi Harmon, VP Education, 770-532-6206 x 113. Email:

To conclude the year, Youth Leadership Hall students participated in team building games and a leadership assessment at Montara Farm. The program also included a presentation on personal finance by Sandy Salyers, Regions Bank, and Chris McNeal, BB&T. Ann Nixon led a discussion on travel, and “21 Ways to Be a Great Teammate… A True Story" was presented by Larry Becker and Trish Stump. Thank you program sponsors: Montara Farm, Rainmaker & Associates, Lanier Islands and Rochester & Associates.

Leadership Hall County Cadet C/SSG Thomas Pee oversees Leadership Hall Class on the Leadership Reaction Course at Riverside Military Academy. (L-R): Blair Marshall, Bingham Insurance Group (on wall); Angie Highsmith Kennedy, Carroll Daniel Construction (scaling wall); Sarita Madera, Homestar Financial, and Lindsay Addison, Challenged Child & Friends, assisting Angie! The class began their Leadership Retreat with an overview of Riverside Military Academy (RMA) by Dr. Britt Daniel, RMA Executive Officer, Jamie P. Green, Dean of Academics, and Major James P. Corbin, Dean of Enrollment Management. The class toured the school and participated in team-building activities led by 1SGT Andy Williams, Military Science Instructor, and Jorge Sosa, Academy Sergeant Major. The day ended with the Leadership Reaction Course. Thank you program sponsors: Riverside Military Academy, Publix and Carroll Daniel Construction Company.

South Hall Business Coalition

Benefits of Chamber Membership... • Listing in the Chamber's Membership Directory • Listing in the Chamber's Online Business Directory • Subscription to Business Link newsletter • Access to Networking Opportunities and Events • Access to Forums, Seminars and Peer Groups • Volunteer Opportunities and Community Involvement • Advertising, Publicity, Sponsorship Opportunities • Business Referrals / Leads & Networking Groups • Gain in Exposure / Ribbon Cuttings • Make Business Connections

Networking: Top Member Benefit Elachee Nature Science Center hosted the South Hall Business Coalition in March (L-R): Al Trembley, WSI Digital Rainmakers; Dr. Richard Oates, University of North Georgia Gainesville Campus; Kim Marks, Elachee Nature Science Center; Peter Gordon, Elachee Nature Science Center; Kit Dunlap, Greater Hall Chamber. The Chamber's South Hall Business Coalition will meet on Tuesday, May 23 at 8:00 a.m. at the University of North Georgia Gainesville for an update from Dr. Richard Oates, Vice President, Gainesville Campus. Meetings are sponsored by AccessWDUN, Milton Martin Honda, Red Clay Interactive and Store More Self Storage. Cost is $5 Chamber Members; $15 Non-Members. Details: Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 x 115. Email:

In a recent Member Communications Survey conducted by the Greater Hall Chamber's Marketing Committee, NETWORKING was listed as the number one reason for joining the Chamber. Nearly 80% of those participating in the survey sited networking opportunities, while CHAMBER AFFILIATION took the second top reason for joining. Over 90 businesses joined the Chamber during the recent membership recruitment campaign. New and existing members – take advantage of your affiliation with the Chamber. Get involved with a committee, take part in an upcoming small business seminar or network after work at Business After Hours on Tuesday, May 16 at Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville and again at The Times on Thursday, June 15. Get more information on these and other events online at or call 770-532-6206.

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Membership Development

As an investor in the Greater Hall Chamber, businesses are entitled to a host of benefits offered to members. The potential dividends from investment are unlimited. Join online:


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Upcoming Chamber Events Tuesday, May 9 Small Business Seminar "Sales & Marketing" Tres Crowe, Skyfire Consulting 7:45 am - 9:00 am – Chamber

Wednesday, May 17 Lunch 'n Learn 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Mountain Fresh Creamery in Clermont

Tuesday, May 16 Business After Hours Atlanta Botanical Garden Gville 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 1911 Sweet Bay Dr in Gainesville

Thursday, May 18 109th Annual Meeting & Gala 6:00 pm Outdoor Reception 7:00 pm Dinner & Program Chattahoochee Country Club


Tuesday, May 23 South Hall Business Coalition Presented by Dr. Richard Oates, UNG VP Gainesville Campus 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Martha T. Nesbitt Academic Bldg Building 17 - Gainesville Campus


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Business Link; Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

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