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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 Greater Hall Chamber's Annual Legislative Forum

Chairman's Column page 2

Thursday, December 14

Most Fit Company Awards page 4

7:30 am - 9:30 am Gainesville Civic Center

Existing Industry page 5 Meetings & Events page 6


Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and the Gainesville-Hall County Legislative Delegation

Lt. Governor Casey Cagle State of Georgia

Member Announcements page 10 Business Beautification Awards page 11 Small Business of the Month page 13 Ribbon Cuttings page 14 New Members page 15

Senator Butch Miller 49th GA Senate District

Senator John Wilkinson 50th GA Senate District

Rep. Lee Hawkins 27th GA House District

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A Publication of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

From the Chairman

Working to create a skilled workforce Gainesville Hall-County continues to lead as Georgia’s most dynamic and vibrant economic region. Home to more than 300 manufacturing and processing concerns and 49 international companies, our community offers a sound economic base for business and industry along with an unparalleled quality of life. As we strive to maintain our economic success, our top priority is workforce development. An employable, skilled workforce is vital to our continued success. The Greater Hall Workforce Development Task Force was founded in 2015 with a mission to ensure we can acquire the talent and skills employers need for future growth and to replace an aging workforce. Perry Barnett, CPA Rushton Chairman, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

At the center of our community's workforce initiative is Lanier Technical College (LTC), a founding member of the Workforce Task Force. Servicing seven counties, the need for future technical education is so great that the first new technical college campus in Georgia is now under construction in Hall County. The new campus will serve the entire region and provide educated, skilled talent for the next generation in Northeast Georgia. Governor Nathan Deal was on hand on October 26 to speak at the new campus. He discussed his drive to educate Georgians to take jobs that are right here in our own state. As part of his efforts to educate and train our citizens, he went to the General Assembly and asked for "more categories of types of jobs that were already available if you had the skills to be able to take them." As a result, we are now up to 12 categories that the HOPE Grant will cover, paying 100 percent of the tuition of the courses for a certification or diploma. Lanier Technical College already supports our local employers, adjusting curriculum and degree programs to address employers' current needs. Two examples are the addition of the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and motor sports technology programs. LTC offers a skills guaranty to employers so that if a graduate does not have the appropriate proficiency expected from the degree obtained, LTC will retrain the employee. Currently, LTC has a job placement rate of 93 percent.

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LTC does not stop with educating students and supports future entrepreneurs with its Manufacturing Development Center. This Center helps existing small businesses plan for the next growth phase of their organization and assists a new entrepreneur through the process of commercializing a new idea.


Hall County has a very diverse and successful business community, and we owe much of our success to LTC. With President Dr. Ray Perren’s leadership, Lanier Technical College has become a premier regional education and career development institution. Governor Nathan Deal with Lanier Tech Students at the new campus under construction in North Hall County. Governor Deal was Special Guest Speaker at the college's "Come See Our Progress" event on October 26.

Business Link VOLUME 23 ISSUE 5 McKemie West, Editor • Email: Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

2017-2018 Executive Committee Chairman Perry Barnett, CPA, Rushton Chair Elect Carol Burrell, Northeast Georgia Health System

Vice Chair, Government Philip Wilheit, Jr. Wilheit Packaging Vice Chair, Membership Katie Dubnik Forum Communications

Treasurer Jimbo Floyd, Turner, Wood & Smith Insurance Vice Chair, Economic Development David Lee, Jackson EMC Vice Chair, Education Andi Farmer, Milton Martin Honda Vice Chair, Marketing Tate O'Rouke, Jackson EMC

Vice Chair, South Hall Council Geoff Lee, Road Atlanta Vice Chair, Community Development Caroline Lewallen Jaemor Farms

Co-Chairs, HALLmark Paul Chambers, AT&T Mimi Collins, The Longstreet Clinic Randall Frost, Stewart, Melvin & Frost Senior Advisor John Vardeman, Morton, Vardeman & Carlson Immediate Past Chairman Lee Hemmer, The Simpson Company

President & CEO Kit Dunlap Chair, VISION 2030 Greater Hall Chamber of Melissa Tymchuk, Northeast Commerce Georgia Health System Elizabeth Higgins, Exec Director

Board of Directors 2017-2018 Norman Baggs, The Times Glennis Barnes, Georgia Power Phil Bonelli, Wells Fargo Nick Bruner, Rushton Stacey Dickson, Lake Lanier CVB Danny Dunagan, Mayor, City of Gainesville Sam Evans, Councilman, City of Oakwood Josh Everett, New Leaf Landscape Services Brett Fowler, Turner Wood & Smith Insurance Tony Funari, Funari Realty Col. Bill Gallagher, Riverside Military Academy Jim Grier, Champion Capital Alliance Joy Griffin, United Way of Hall County Richard Higgins, Chair, Hall Co. Commission Morgan House, Keller Williams Lanier Partners Dr. John Kennedy, Lakeview Academy David Lloyd, Liberty Utilities Sarita Madera, Homestar Financial Corp Mike McGraw, PrideStaff / Ranger Mfg Terry Merck, American Yazaki Mike Miller, Mayor, City of Flowery Branch Steve Naughton, Enterprising Solutions James Nix, Mayor, City of Clermont Nancy Norton, The Norton Agency

Dr. Richard Oates, University of North Georgia Bill Orr, Mayor, Town of Braselton Dr. Ray Perren, Lanier Technical College Larry Poole, Mayor, City of Gillsville Barbara Rambo, ProCare Rx Josh Schlieman, Sullivan & Schlieman Will Schofield, Hall County School System Dr. Ed Schrader, Brenau University Robert Schuetze, BB&T Mulham Shbeib, Mar-Jac Poultry Carol Shirley, South State Bank Jody Spain, Cotton Eyed Joe’s Andy Stewart, Peach State Bank & Trust Ahna Still, Halski Systems Kevin Strada, The Atlanta Falcons Phil Sutton, Kubota Steve Syfan, Syfan Logistics Milton Turner, Mayor, City of Lula Lila Westmoreland, Brenau University Philip Wilheit, Wilheit Packaging Arrik Williams, Tatsumi Intermodal USA Dr. Jeremy Williams, Gainesville City Schools Mike Williams, Lanier Islands Darryl Workman, BrandBank

Associate Directors 2017-2018 Lindsay Addison, Sisu Sues Alexander, Regions Bank Sharon Barrett, South State Bank Kay Blackstock, Georgia Mountain Food Bank Caitlin Collins, Mincey Marble Brook Davidson, Stewart, Melvin & Frost

Logan Jones, AccessWDUN Terry Morrisey, Caldwell Electrical Contractors Nick Pruner, Edward Jones Investments Misty Waldrop, HALLCO Credit Union John Wheeler, Bizzy Bee Exterminators Emily Wiley, J & J Foods/The Market on Limestone

Greater Hall Chamber Staff Executive Kit Dunlap, President & CEO Gerri Collins, Executive Assistant 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 Intern Carli Echols, University North Georgia

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2017 Most Fit Company Awards presented at HealthSmart The Greater Hall Chamber presented Most Fit Company Awards at the 11th Annual HealthSmart Breakfast. A VISION 2030 Initiative, judging criteria for the contest included wellness, nutrition and fitness opportunities provided for employees. Awards were presented in three categories: Small companies (50 or less employees), Medium companies (51-250 employees), Large companies (251+ employees). Congratulations to Turner, Wood & Smith Insurance, Syfan Logistics and King's Hawaiian! Brett Fowler, Turner, Wood & Smith Insurance (TWS), winner of Most Fit Company in small employer category, with Elizabeth Higgins, VISION 2030. TWS employs 38 people and is the largest independent insurance agency in Northeast Georgia providing commercial and personal insurance, as well as employee benefits. TWS participates in the Go365 wellness program provided by their health insurance provider, Humana, with nearly 100% engagement. The program helps control health insurance costs and drives healthy behaviors. They partner with Longstreet Clinic to provide flu shots onsite and provide CPR training to all staff through the North Georgia Heart Foundation as well as training for an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) that was purchased for their office. Many employees have incorporated stand up desks to encourage movement for improved circulation and relief for lower back pain. The host an annual health and wellness event to encourage usage of the Go365 wellness program for employees and all of their Humana clients. Humana enrolled employees have the opportunity to receive a biometric screening, flu shot, and a results consultation with health feedback and wellness tips. Happy Ferguson, Syfan Logistics, accepts award from Elizabeth Higgins, Executive Director, VISION 2030. Syfan Logistics has a Drug-Free Workplace Certification through the Georgia State Board of Workers Compensation. They offer biometric screening and flu shots to their employees through their health insurance provider, Humana. Syfan Logistics sponsors and participates in many community 5K races and supports employees that walk in the 3-day breast cancer event. Their co-ed softball team came in first place, and they also have a men's softball team and a men's golf team. Syfan has an onsite exercise facility and two trainers that team members have the option to work with. The company has installed an automated external defibrillator (AED) and are making plans to host a blood drive later this month.

Large employer Most Fit Company winner King's Hawaiian (L-R): Bryan Everett, Rob Hathy, Belinda Muller, Samantha Steele, Alejandra Rodriguez, Michele Bertolino, Ryan Taylor, Dan Raatjes, Brett Radosta. King's Hawaiian Bakery in Oakwood has 540 employees and produces the company's flagship product, Hawaiian sweet bread. King’s Hawaiian has an employee driven wellness team at the plant. With the corporate wellness program offered through United Healthcare, monthly topics are presented with an online incentive program where employees can earn gift cards by participating. They host their own on-site health fair that includes biometric screenings, flu shots, and local vendor booths. An onsite Early Intervention Specialist from ATI Worksite Solutions treats work related injuries, non-work related injuries, and health issues as well as bringing solutions that help improve safety. Weekly wellness activities offered include yoga classes, on-site circuit training with Team Radosta, trail hikes and golf. The company hosted the 4th Annual Lanier Tech Foundation 5K, and a “Biggest Loser” competition that resulted in the plant losing almost 350 lbs. Stress and financial management is offered on-site through the BB&T @ Work program.

Chamber Chairman Perry Barnett, CPA, Rushton, with Laura Darr, CIGNA, presenting sponsor and Kit Dunlap, Chamber President & CEO. Over 250 people took advantage of free health screenings provided by Longstreet Clinic at the HealthSmart Expo that also included over 60 vendors, and health and wellness seminars.

Existing Industry Roundtable

2017 Industry of the Year Awards

Award recipients are chosen based on economic impact, corporate responsibility and workforce excellence. Nominees for 2017 Industry of the Year Awards include: ALBAform, Inc.; American Yazaki Corp; Bitzer US; Boost Transport LLC; Ceramic Tile Services; Count On Tools; Kipper Tool Company; Mincey Marble Manufacturing, Inc.; Premier Georgia Printing & Labels; Victory Processing LLC; ZF Gainesville.

The Greater Hall Chamber's Industry Roundtable recently met at IMS Gear Georgia, Inc. and participated in a tour of the facility by Greg Vitek, President of IMS Gear Georgia, followed by a workforce development and apprenticeship discussion. The Chamber's Industry Roundtable, exclusive to CEO's, managers or owners of area existing manufacturers, processors and distributors, meets monthly to share information, discuss trends and conduct plant tours. For more information, contact Shelley Davis, Vice President of Existing Industry, 770-5326206 x 108. Email:

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Greater Hall Chamber Industry of the Year Awards will be presented at the 9th Annual Industry Appreciation Luncheon on Tuesday, November 14 at 11:00 am at the Chattahoochee Country Club. Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield will be the keynote speaker at the event presented by Lanier Technical College.


Meetings & Events

NOVEMBER 2017 Tuesday, November 7 Business After Hours Sponsored by College of Business & Mass Comm at Brenau University John W. Jacobs Building 340 Green Street/Gainesville Wednesday, November 8 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Chick-fil-A Jesse Jewell 1971 Jesse Jewell Pkwy/Gainesville Wednesday, November 8 Human Resources Council 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Luna's Restaurant/Gainesville Thursday, November 9 Farm City Breakfast 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. North Hall Community Center Thursday, November 9 Leadership Hall County 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 14 Industry Appreciation Luncheon 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Chattahoochee Country Club Tuesday, November 14 Ambassadors Council 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 2 Dog Restaurant/Gainesville Wednesday, November 15 Issues Committee 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. – Chamber

Friday, November 10 Economic Development Council 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. – Chamber

Tuesday, November 21 Vision 2030 Board of Directors 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Chamber

Tuesday, November 14 Small Business Seminar

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

Business After Hours

Thursday, November 16 Chamber Board of Directors 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Chattahoochee Country Club

Thursday, November 9 Chamber Executive Committee 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. – Chamber

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Main Street Gainesville's Jingle Mingle is Thursday, November 16 on the Downtown Gainesville Square from 5:00-8:00 pm. Join us for the lighting of the Chicken atop Main Street Market, live music in various locations, carriage rides, visits with Santa and more! Shops around the Square will have extended hours and be hosting Open Houses with Holiday treats! No charge – collections for charity! Mandy Lathem, 770532-6206 x 115. Email:

Wednesday, November 15 Lunch 'n Learn 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Goodwill Career Services 3715 Mundy Mill Road/Oakwood

Thursday, November 16 Business After Hours & Jingle Mingle Sponsored by Main Street Gainesville 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Downtown Gainesville Square

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

Upcoming Chamber Events Thursday, December 14, 2017: Eggs & Issues Breakfast 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. – Gainesville Civic Center Wednesday, February 28, 2018: Healthy Hall Healthcare Awards Luncheon 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Brenau Downtown Center Thursday, March 22, 2018: Chamber Chase 5K & 2 Mile Wellness Walk 6:00 p.m. – Riverside Military Academy Friday, April 27, 2018: Hackers Holiday Golf Tournament 10:00 a.m. – Legacy on Lanier Golf Club at Lanier Islands

For Event Sponsorship Information, call 770-532-6206.

Many Thanks to Conditioned Air Systems for sponsoring Business After Hours and the Chamber's Annual Tailgate Party with The Varsity! (L-R): Company founder Doug Magnus, Baya M. Pruitt, Brooke and Andy Kalinauskas, Conditioned Air Systems; Kit Dunlap, President & CEO, Greater Hall Chamber.

Celebrating Farm City Week The 23rd Annual Farm City Breakfast is Thursday, November 9 at 7:30 am at the North Hall Community Center. Since 1995, the Hall County Cooperative Extension and the Greater Hall Chamber have coordinated the event in observance of National Farm City Week to recognize local farmers, along with those working in agriculture and agribusiness. The program features Dr. Sam Pardue, Dean of the UGA College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, as keynote speaker and honors these hard-working individuals and companies who help spur our economic prosperity and feed our county, state, country and the world. The complimentary breakfast is open to the public (no charge). Reservations required. Becky Rogers at the Hall County Extension Office, 770-535-8293. Email:

Thank You Chamber Sponsors! We appreciate these organizations that supported Chamber Events: Fieldale Farms AccessWDUN Georgia Power AT&T IMS Gear Georgia BatesCarter Jackson EMC Boehringer Ingelheim King's Hawaiian Brenau University Lanier Technical College Caldwell Electrical Main Street Gainesville Chattahoochee Country Club Milton Martin Honda Chick-fil-A Gville West NEGA Occupational Clipper Petroleum Pattillo Industrial Real Estate Corporate Storage LLC Primary Care Clinics of GA Electronic Sales Co.

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• Gibson Dental Designs, a full-service dental laboratory with headquarters in Gainesville, announces the launch of a new brand and website. Founded by Alvin Gibson in 1983, Gibson Dental built its reputation on crafting top-quality dental restorations including crowns, bridges, partials, dentures and implants using a variety of techniques and materials. 770-534-7288. • Master Entrepreneurs will be honored at the Annual Masters of Innovation Celebration at the Brenau Downtown Center on Wednesday, November 15, 8:30-10:30 a.m. For details or to RSVP: Lila Weaver at or call Lila at 770-538-4707. • The Arts Council presents a South Hall Evening of intimate Jazz with Blair Crimmins and the Hookers on Saturday, November 18 at 8:30 p.m. at the Historic Depot on Main Street in Downtown Flowery Branch. Tickets, $30. 770-5342787. • The City of Flowery Branch presents Harvest Moon Movie Nights. See a free outdoor screening of La La Land at 6:oo pm before the jazz concert on Saturday, November 18. 770-536-5209. • Magical Nights of Lights at Lanier Islands is November 17 - January 3. Admission to the Magical Lights Tour at Winter Adventure is $45 per car for passenger cars and vans that accommodate up to 10 passengers. Stop at the Holiday Village to enjoy visits with Santa, watch holiday classics on the massive flat screen TV and dine on tasty holiday treats. At Winter Adventure, purchase wristbands for unlimited carnival rides, access to the snow play zones and bubble skating. • Handcrafted for the Holidays, the Quinlan Visual Art Center's 5th Annual Fine Craft Market is December 2 & 3 and showcases the fine craft artists of Northeast Georgia with unique wood turns, pottery, jewelry and other exceptional gifts you won't find anywhere else. No admission fee. 514 Green Street in Gainesville. • Northeast Georgia Medical Center named John Delzell, Jr., MD, VP of Medical Education and Designated Institutional Official (DIO) for Graduate Medical Education (GME). Donna Brown, MSEd, has joined NGMC as the director of GME and will train and oversee the program coordinators for each of the residency programs. James Kruer, Jr., MD, was named program

director for internal medicine, most recently serving as program director. Charles Richart, MD, was named general surgery program director and is current medical director of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care at NGMC. • Since 1968, the Hall County Historical Society has presented Christmas on Green Street, scheduled for Sunday, December 3 this year. The fun filled family night begins with a Christmas parade of antique cars, holiday floats and Santa! After the parade, stay and enjoy live music, magicians, face painters, activities and refreshments and the Grand Finale – walking down the lantern lit Green Street to the Lighting of the Rotary Tree. • Dallas F. Gay was honored with the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) Donna Glass Non-Physician Distinguished Service Award for serving as a primary architect of the MAG ‘Think About It’ campaign to reduce prescription drug abuse. Gay has been a tireless advocate for raising awareness and spending an enormous amount of time and personal resources to combat the prescription drug abuse epidemic in Georgia. Frank McDonald Jr., MD, is the new president of MAG and is a board-certified neurologist and chair of operations and the Management Board at the Longstreet Clinic in Gainesville. With nearly 8,000 members, the Medical Association of Georgia is the leading voice for physicians in the state. • Consider sponsoring one of the Chamber's upcoming events such as Business After Hours, recognized as one of Gainesville-Hall County's greatest networking opportunities. Gain valuable on-site exposure for your organization while making quality business leads. Details: Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 x 115. Email: • Marketing and web developer GetUWired's next Business Heroes meeting is "Networking: The power of effective, automated follow up" with Dobbin Buck on November 16 at 6 pm at their headquarters in Dahlonega. The networking program brings professionals together to discuss tactics they’re executing or planning and to share ideas. 877-236-9094. Register at

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South Hall Business Coalition

(L-R): Kelley Wilson, Sandra Simon-Grindy and Grier Todd, Lanier Islands; Kit Dunlap, Greater Hall Chamber; Missy Burgess and Toby Cole, Lanier Islands, at the October South Hall Business Coalition meeting at Legacy Lodge. Many thanks to Lanier Islands for sponsoring the program and a delicious breakfast. The South Hall Business Coalition will meet on Tuesday, December 5 at 8:00 am at the Spout Springs Library in Flowery Branch for a VISION 2030 update by Vision Chair Melissa Tymchuk, Northeast Georgia Health System. Details: Mandy Lathem, 770532-6206 x 115. Email:

Outstanding Tradesmen Honored

The 6th Annual Master Craftsmen Awards were presented in October as part of the Featherbone Communiversity Master Series Program in partnership with Lanier Technical College. The awards showcase the construction industry and promote to young people and the community the importance of construction in the economy while recognizing those individuals with outstanding skills in their trade. The 2017 Master Craftsmen Award Recipients include Lee Arnold, Brandon Dornak, Ron & Reggie Bell, Lanny Dunagan, Stanley Cochran, Rick Gailey, Landry Crumley and T. R. Mattingly.

Business Before Hours

Thank you Next Star Communications, ranked one of the top 10 Sprint Authorized Retailers in the nation, for hosting Business Before Hours.

Business Beautification Awards Mr. Bill Fields was a member of the "Great 8" rowing crew, who captured the Gold Medal in the 1952 Olympics. After his military service, Fields returned to Gainesville, where he consulted with the U.S. Olympic Atlanta Organizing Committee, who chose Lake Lanier to be the sight of the Joe Wood Jr. (left) and Rob Fowler, Turner, Wood & Smith 1996 Rowing and Canoe/ Insurance, with Robyn Lynch, Executive Director, Lake Lanier Kayak events. Because Olympic Park. of Bill Field's role in creating Lake Lanier The Olympic Park, a beautiful Butterfly Garden at butterfly garden was the entrance installed in honor of of Lake him and his family. The Lanier garden is sponsored by Olympic Turner, Wood and Smith Park in Insurance and welcomes honor of visitors to the venue. Olympian Bill Fields.

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Youth Leadership Hall

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Youth Leadership Hall Students (L-R): Kory Harris, East Hall High School; Kristy Ward, East Hall High School; Nick Harkins, Flowery Branch High School; Johan Rodriguez, East Hall High School; Runyi Wang, Riverside Military Academy; Kingsley Owusu Otoo, Gainesville High School; Ben Boyd, North Hall High School. Youth Leadership's Quality of Life Program was a success thanks to the following: Dario Perla, Master's Apparel; Lee Goff, Digital Business Architects; Connie W. Davis, Tastefully Growing Up; Brandee A. Thomas, My Sister's Resale Boutique; Cheryl Gay Brown, United Way of Hall County; Carla J. Walker, Whelchel Dunlap Jarrard & Walker; and Dr. Juli Gesch Clay, Brenau University. Special thanks to the Chattahoochee Country Club and Vaughan Smith for their impeccable service and professionalism as they continue to host the students each year while creating the perfect environment as well as Clipper Petroleum for sponsoring the program.

Congratulations to Sardis Elementary School and their new Partner in Education – The Times. The partnership is already very active with the newspaper sponsoring a full page of editorial space for the Sardis Bobcats once a quarter as well as social media support, field trips and journalistic mentoring. Students from the school will be contributing stories for the paper. For more on Partners in Education: Andi Harmon, 770-532-6206 x 113. Email:

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(L-R): Deuce Roark, Lakeview Academy; Bruce Cutler, UGA Small Business Development Center; Terry Spicer, King’s Hawaiian; Dr. Drew Pearl, University of North Georgia, at the Leadership Hall Industry Day Program – a great success with BatesCarter, Fieldale Farms and Chick-fil-A Gainesville West sponsoring the day. The class enjoyed touring and learning more about industry and our economy at ZF Industries, ProCare Rx and Lanier Technical College.

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For over thirty years, Dr. Daniel Rabb and Dermatology Associates of Northeast Georgia’s highly trained staff have been dedicated to providing the finest comprehensive skin care available, all in a professional, caring atmosphere. Voted Best Dermatolo- (L-R): Regina Martin, Dr. & Mrs. (Sheryl) Dan Rabb, Lisa Bell. gist in North Georgia and Hall County, they offer the most advanced dermatology treatments available and the office is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to ensure optimum results. Dr. Rabb specializes in Skin Cancer Surgery and MOHS Micrographic surgery, other office procedures: General and Surgical Dermatology, Skin Cancer Prevention and Treatment, Vbeam Laser for Rosacea treatment, Light Box for the treatment of Psoriasis. They also offer the latest cosmetic treatments, including Botox®, Juvederm®, Restylane®, Sclerotherapy and many other options. Dermatology Associates of Northeast Georgia, 974 South Enota Drive, NE, Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-536-7546.

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Burkhalter, The LinkedIN Guy; Tony Paramore, Gainesville Paint; Wakeitha Cunningham, Damsel in Defense, at the October Small Business Seminar. Gregg discussed how to build a strong personal brand through LinkedIn at the October Small Business Seminar. “How to Hire the Right Person Quickly” will be the topic at the November 14th Small Business Success Seminar (7:45-9am at the Chamber) presented by Lynn Billing, Senior Vice President of the Franchise/License Division, Spherion Staffing Services. Spherion recently released the 2017 Emerging Workforce Study, a collection of data that can help you fine-tune your recruitment process. Lynn will discuss recruiting, interviewing and hiring tips for small business. You’ll learn creative ways to find applicants, the best legal interview questions, advice on using personality or skills testing, tips on creating a hiring procedure and more. No Charge for Chamber Members; $15 Non-Members. Details: Amanda Lewis, 770-5432-6206 x 111 or email:

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Ribbon Cuttings

Lanier HVAC Services

Charlie Newman and family, Chad Shatus, Ryan Chambers, Matt Magnus and Neil O'Brien cut ribbon for Lanier HVAC Services in Gainesville. The company provides residential and commercial HVAC installation, repairs and service on all major brands with 24 hour service and guaranteed. Other services include Preventative HVAC maintenance, Systems checks, Service agreements, Indoor air quality checks. 835 Oak Street, Gainesville, GA 30501. 678-943-1351.

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Dario Perla Custom Clothing


Dario Perla, Amy Johnson, Diahna Parks Ridenour and Joe Taylor cut ribbon. 'The Dario Perla Collection' by Master's Apparel for men has been in Gainesville for two years. Dario has 27 years experience, the majority in the Atlanta-Vinings area. Dario enjoys designing suits, sport coats, pants and shirts for the client who values updated styles and high quality tailoring. 611 Candler Street, Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-363-1636. As a Greater Hall Chamber member, businesses are entitled to a host of benefits. Potential dividends from investment are unlimited! Join online:

WorkSource Georgia Mountains

Officials and Heather Feldman, Executive Director, cut ribbon for WorkSource Georgia Mountain. Under the leadership of the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission and the Georgia Department of Economic Development, WorkSource seeks to build a world-class workforce that enables individuals to achieve their highest potential; ensure employers have skilled workers to compete effectively in the global economy; and capitalize on the untapped potential of underemployed and dislocated workers, youth, and other job seekers with special needs. WorkSource Georgia Mountains provides funding for education and training to eligible individuals to enhance their current skills or learn a new trade. 1310 W. Ridge Road in Gainesville. 770-538-2606.

Champoodle Mobile Dog Salon Marie Varner, Pam and Lenny Moniz cut a ribbon for Champoodle, a mobile dog salon and spa that provides grooming services in a stress-free spa atmosphere. Mobile dog grooming offers quality service and the ultimate in convenience. Driveway to driveway, Marie Varner and Champoodle have been going the extra mile for your pet since 1995. Champoodle, 770-532-6098.

Sweet Caroline's Vintage

Benefits of Membership... • Listing in the Membership Directory / Online • 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

Caroline Givogre cuts ribbon at Sweet Caroline's Vintage in Gainesville. Sweet Caroline’s Vintage provides women's and men's clothing from the 1940s to the 1990s. They also have accessories, home goods and records. There is something for everyone at Sweet Caroline’s! Sweet Caroline’s Vintage, 117 ½ Bradford st. Suite 208 Gainesville,, GA, 30501. 770-355-6547. Facebook:@sweetcarolinesvintage


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New Community Magazine The Greater Hall Chamber is proud to announce that The Times will publish the NEW 2018 COMMUNITY MAGAZINE.

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The magazine contains details on Economic Development, Healthcare, Housing, Education, Tourism, Art & Culture, Churches, History and Facts about all Cities in Hall County. Valuable contact information is included for those new to the community, as well as lifelong residents.

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The community magazine offers a premium means to showcase your business or organization. As an advertiser you will receive complimentary magazines that will be published in Spring 2018. The magazine will also be available in a convenient electronic format.

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November 7, 2017 • An Advertising Supplement to The Times

The Chamber’s community magazine is published every two years and is a guide to all that is happening in Gainesville-Hall County. With over 80 pages of valuable information, the magazine is distributed to prospective new businesses, newcomers, visitors and business clients.

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Why Join? 1. Growth The Chamber’s greatest benefits? Networking, relationships and lead development. Take part in the many Chamber events to meet prospective clients and grow your business. Plus, the Chamber only refers its member businesses.

2. Connections With a membership base that is over 85% small businesses, the Chamber offers a variety of resources to help small businesses. From marketing workshops to monthly seminars, the Chamber is a valuable resource to network and build relationships.

3. Communicate Stay in-the-know. As the voice for business, the Chamber is the cornerstone for economic and community development. Stay up-to-date on important legislation, workforce issues, and other valuable information.

“For me, the Greater Hall Chamber has always been a place of connection and growth. It has connected me with the community both with my business and personally, and it has been an organization through which we community members have striven to grow and improve the world around us." Phil Bonelli, Wells Fargo VP, Relationship Manager - Greater Georgia Middle Market Banking

"Our Chamber membership has allowed us to make new connections with companies and individuals in the community. Not only have we been able to grow our business through networking and other Chamber events, we have also greatly benefited from many of the learning opportunities and expos. Ahna Still, Halski Systems Ambassador

"Whether you are a native of Hall County or now call it home, the Chamber is the best resource to join and utilize to network for both friendships and business relationships. Our county has grown several state leaders and has businesses from a variety of industries – and the Chamber is a connecting point to them all." Caroline B. Lewallen, Jaemor Farms Agritourism & Marketing Coordinator

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce 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. Founded in 1908, the Greater Hall Chamber serves the entire Hall County area, including the cities of Gainesville, Flowery Branch, Oakwood, Clermont, Gillsville, Lula, Braselton and Buford. With over 2,300 business members, the Chamber offers a full range of resources and business services. Join today. 770-532-6206.

Upcoming Chamber Events Tuesday, November 14 Wednesday, November 8 Industry Appreciation Luncheon Network Over Coffee 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Chattahoochee Country Club Chick-fil-A Gainesville 1971 Jesse Jewell Pkwy/Gainesville Wednesday, November 15 Lunch 'n Learn Thursday, November 9 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Farm City Breakfast Goodwill Career Services/Oakwood 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. North Hall Community Center Thursday, November 16 Chamber Board of Directors Tuesday, November 14 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Small Business Seminar Chattahoochee Country Club 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. – Chamber


Thursday, November 16 Business After Hours and Jingle Mingle sponsored by Main Street Gainesville 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Downtown Gainesville Square


Get details and register for these and more Chamber events online:

This publication is printed on partially recycled paper.

Business Link November 2017