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Wednesday, October 11 Expo & Screenings – 7:30am-1:30pm Breakfast – 7:30am-9:00am

Gainesville Civic Center

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The Chamber 's 11th Annual HealthSmart Expo presented by CIGNA is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC with over 60 exhibitors and FREE Health Screenings for men and women 18 years and older. Health Screenings provided by Longstreet Clinic include Blood Pressure, Body Mass Index, Carotid Artery Screening, Cholesterol, Triglycerides and Glucose Testing with professionals on hand to conduct screenings, review your written report and answer questions. FREE Shuttle Service! No Admission Fee! No Appointment Needed! FREE McDonald's salads to the first 100 screenings.

Food Demonstration with Chef Hans 10:00 am at the Gainesville Civic Center Join Food Network Star Chef Hans Rueffert for a Healthy Cooking Demonstration with delicious food samples and tips on cooking and eating healthy.

Creative Cooking With Crevolyn 11:00 am at the Gainesville Civic Center Crevolyn Wiley, The Market on Limestone, a cookbook author and outstanding cook, will share delicious and healthy Southern recipes.

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Giveaways & Door Prizes FitBit • $100 Amazon Gift Card • Free Spa Massages Over 60 Health & Wellness Exhibitors Details: Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 x 115. Email:

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Along with FREE Community Health Screenings, the HealthSmart Expo on Wednesday, October 11 will feature a series of FREE Health and Wellness Seminars. No entry fee! Open to the Public!

Quick & Healthy Meals on a Budget

12:00 pm at the Gainesville Civic Center Carin Booth, UGA Hall County Extension Service, will discuss the Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program that provides healthful, family friendly, delicious meals without spending a great deal of money on food or time in the kitchen.

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Economic Impact of Quality Healthcare With our premier location, surrounded by beautiful Lake Sidney Lanier, the area offers an unparalleled quality of life and a sound economic future for business and industry. In addition to growing and expanding industries, Gainesville-Hall County continues to have robust activity in retail development, tourism and healthcare services. The growing healthcare sector is adding to our quality of life and economic outlook.

Perry Barnett, CPA Ruston Chairman, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

A 2017 study by the Greater Hall Chamber indicates Hall County is served by 338 Health Care Service Providers that employ nearly 12,600, or 15.4% of the Hall County workforce, producing approximately $575 million in annual wages. Almost 80% of those jobs are located in the region’s healthcare epicenter in Gainesville-Hall County.

Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) continues to rank as one of the nation's leading healthcare organizations, and Northeast Georgia Medical Center has ranked as Georgia’s top cardiac care hospital for 11 consecutive years. NGHS is developing a graduate medical education program with an estimated $66 million economic impact on the Hall County economy from 2019-2023, with an additional $18 million local economic impact predicted for each year after. The program is anticipated to generate over 90 additional community jobs in 2019, rising to as many as 300 jobs by 2023. NGMC has surpassed the $1.5 billion mark in local and state economic impact, according to an annual study conducted by the Georgia Hospital Association. Access to world-class healthcare services right here in Gainesville-Hall County is one of our strongest assets in economic and workforce development. The Chamber's Healthcare Committee has been the catalyst for connecting Health & Wellness Initiatives to local businesses and oversees a set of community-wide programs and events. The committee meets monthly to discuss access to healthcare, wellness programs and benefits, healthcare services, legislative issues, health insurance and other important health and wellness topics. Now in its 11th year, the HealthSmart Wellness Expo on October 11 will feature some 60 booth exhibits providing interactive wellness services. The event, free and open to the public, focuses on community health and wellness including FREE Community Health Screenings by Longstreet Clinic. We'll also be announcing the Most Fit Company Awards. I am thankful to live in a community with such a strong economy, surrounded by natural beauty, numerous outdoor activities, and access to world-class healthcare.

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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

Presenters at the Healthcare Reform Seminar in August (L-R): Chamber Chairman Perry Barnett, CPA, Rushton; Rob Fowler, Executive Vice President & Partner, Turner, Wood & Smith Insurance; John Dammann, Georgia Market Vice President, Humana; Kit Dunlap, President & CEO, Greater Hall Chamber; John Montgomery, MD, VP & Medical Officer, Humana, Georgia/Florida; Anne Tyler Hall, Attorney & Principal, Hall Benefits Law; Brett Fowler, Vice President & Partner, Turner, Wood & Smith Insurance; Steve McNeilly, Director of Health Partners, Northeast Georgia Health System, Inc.

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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ZF Celebrates 30th Anniversary

The University of North Georgia’s (UNG) economic impact on Northeast Georgia topped $625 million for fiscal year 2016. According to an annual study by the University System of Georgia's (USG), UNG's impact on the communities in its region rose nearly 15%, or $81 million, from the previous year. The economic impact of UNG is a measure of direct and indirect spending that contributes to the 30-county service region served by the university. "This study shows that UNG’s commitment toward advancing economic growth and prosperity in the areas we serve is right on target," President Bonita C. Jacobs said. "Each and every day, UNG’s students, faculty and staff are contributing to our community to produce high-performing graduates ready to enter the workforce, and serve as a catalyst for economic development."

City of Gainesville Mayor Danny Dunagan and City Officials Barbara Brooks and Bryan Lackey; Oakwood Mayor Lamar Scroggs and Hall County Chairman Richard Higgins joined ZF officials Dr. Franz Kleiner, Member, Board of Management, ZF Friedrichshafen AG; Dr. Hans F. Collenberg; ZF Head of Business Unit CV Powertrain Modules; Elizabeth Umberson, ZF North America Head of Materials Management; Brandon Loftus, Head of ZF Gainesville, to celebrate ZF's 30 years in Gainesville-Hall County. A joint proclamation claiming September 23 as "ZF Day” was presented by Gainesville, Oakwood and Hall County governments. ZF is a global leader in driveline and chassis technology, as well as active and passive safety technology. In 1987, ZF opened its first North American production facility on Palmour Drive in Gainesville to build manual transmissions for the automotive industry. Since the opening, ZF has grown in Gainesville-Hall County and throughout North America. ZF’s four facilities in Hall County, including two facilities in Gainesville and two in Oakwood, employ more than 1,000 associates. Since 1987, the company’s North American presence has grown to approximately 31,900 employees in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, designing and manufacturing technology for the automobile, truck and industrial sectors.

UNG, with five campuses, had a regional employment impact of 6,204 jobs in the same period. The employment numbers include on-campus positions and off-campus jobs that exist due to the institution. Most of UNG's $625,883,204 economic impact consists of initial spending by the university for salaries and benefits, operating supplies and expenses, and other budgeted expenditures. Included in UNG’s economic impact is $260 million in spending by UNG’s more than 17,000 students, which alone resulted in 3,305 jobs in the study area. Public colleges and universities that comprised the USG in 2016 had a total impact of $16.8 billion on the state. The study found that Georgia's public university system generated over 150,000 full- and part-time jobs. The report also noted that on average, for each job created on campus, there are two off-campus jobs that exist because of spending related to the institution. For the complete report, visit

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HealthSmart Expo

Wednesday, October 11 Gainesville Civic Center

Drawings, door prizes, giveaways, food samples, free screenings, free seminars, 60+ exhibits, networking and McDonald's Salads to 1st 100 screened!

HealthSmart Kickoff Breakfast • 7:30-9:00 am Register now for the HealthSmart Breakfast featuring Food Network Star Chef Hans Rueffert. Enjoy a healthy breakfast, great networking and presentation of the 2017 Most Fit Company Awards. $15 Chamber Members; $25, Non-Members. Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 x 115 or Register Online: GreaterHallChamber/events

Exhibit Space Available Space limited! Sign up NOW! Promote your company or service along with 60+ wellness exhibitors. Member Booth, $350; Non-Member Booth, $550 each; Non-Profit Table, $200. Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206. Email:

Free Screenings & Seminars • 7:30 am - 1:30 pm


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Health Screenings by Longstreet Clinic with professionals on hand to conduct screenings, review your written report and answer questions. FREE Shuttle Service! No Admission Fee! No Appointment Needed!

Dale Tomazin, Executive VP and General Manager, cuts the ribbon to celebrate Tower Sealant's expansion in Gainesville. M-D Building Products, Inc., the parent company of Tower Sealants, announced a $2.5 million capital investment and the addition of 20 new jobs to its Gainesville-Hall County location at 2095 Memorial Park Road in Gainesville. The company currently employs 50 associates, doubling employees in the past two years. Tower Sealants manufactures top quality caulks and sealants and opened its 134,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Gainesville in 2006. The new expansion includes installation of the latest mixing and packaging technology to deliver consistent deaerated products with air-free filling that increases job productivity and efficiencies to the professional painter. / For interested job-seekers, Tower Sealants will be accepting job applications through the Gainesville Career Center of the Georgia Department of Labor at 2756 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville, GA 30504.

Liberty Utilities opens new office 2017 Industry of the Year Awards

Celebrating the opening of Liberty Utilities (LU) new office in Gainesville (L-R): Matt Ricks, LU Senior Engineer; Jim Sweeney, LU East Region President; Chuck Rossi, President, Liberty Georgia; Kit Dunlap, President & CEO, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce; David Lloyd, LU Supervisor of Operations; Brian Daniel, President, Carroll Daniel Construction; Doug Straughan,Hussey Gay Bell ; John Dooly, Carroll Daniel Construction. Liberty Utilities Georgia is a regulated natural gas distribution company serving some 56,500 customers in 16 communities. The company previously operated as Atmos Energy. Liberty is focused on being a good neighbor and helping the communities they serve. In 2016, Liberty Utilities employees spent over 450 hours volunteering in surrounding communities. The company also donated over $125,000 to local non-profits and charities including United Way of Hall County, Enrichment Services Programs and Ninth District. Liberty Utilities 1766 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville, GA. 1-855-216-6305.

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2016 Award Recipients included Murray Plastics, Inc. (Small Employer Category); Tatsumi Intermodal USA, Inc. (Medium Employer Category); SKF USA Inc. (Large Employer Category); The Sherwin Williams Company (Corporate Responsibility Award); Georgia Powder Coating (Safety Culture Award); FAE USA, Inc. (Environmental Stewardship Award); Gold Creek Foods LLC (Workforce Excellence Award). 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. The Industry Appreciation Luncheon is presented by Lanier Technical College and sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim, Rushton, SYFAN Logistics and King’s Hawaiian. $35 Chamber Members; $50 guests; $400 Table Sponsor (seats 8). For information on Industry of the Year Award nominations, sponsorship opportunities or lunch reservations, contact Amanda Lewis, 770-532-6206 x 111. Email: Online Reservations:

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The Greater Hall Chamber is seeking nominations for the 2017 Industry of the Year Awards. Nominated companies must be located in the Greater Hall area (3 years) and involved in the manufacturing, processing or distribution of a tangible product. Nominate a company online at by October 16. Winners are chosen based on economic impact, corporate responsibility and workforce excellence.


Meetings & Events

OCTOBER 2017 Wednesday, October 4 Healthcare Committee 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. – Chamber

Wednesday, October 18 Issues Committee 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. – Chamber

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

Wednesday, October 18 Lunch 'n Learn 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Featherbone Communiversity Gainesville

Tuesday, October 10 Ambassadors Council 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 2 Dog Restaurant/Gainesville Wednesday, October 11 HealthSmart Breakfast 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Gainesville Civic Center Wednesday, October 11 Healthsmart Expo 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Gainesville Civic Center Wednesday, October 11 Human Resources Council 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Luna's Restaurant/Gainesville Thursday, October 12 Leadership Hall County 7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 13 Economic Development Council 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Oakwood City Hall/Oakwood

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Friday, October 13 Marketing Committee 12:00 p.m. – Jackson EMC/Gainesville


Tuesday, October 17 Youth Leadership Hall 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 19 Business After Hours & Tailgate Party 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Conditioned Air Systems 2418 Hilton Way/Gainesville Thursday, October 19 Chamber Executive Committee 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. – Chamber Tuesday, October 24 South Hall Business Coalition 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Legacy Lodge at Lanier Islands Wednesday, October 25 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Rooster's Perch/Gainesville Thursday, October 26 Chamber Board of Directors 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Eagle Ranch/Chestnut Mountain Friday, October 27 Business Before Hours 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Next Star Communications/Gainesville Get details and register for these and more Greater Hall Chamber Events Online:

Tuesday, October 17 Vision 2030 Board of Directors 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Chamber

Upcoming Chamber Events Tuesday, November 14, 2017: Industry Appreciation Luncheon 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Chattahoochee Country Club 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

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

HealthSmart features Chef Hans Hans Rueffert, owner and chef of the Woodbridge Inn in Jasper, GA is HealthSmart's featured guest. Chef Hans will be the keynote speaker at the HealthSmart Breakfast on Wednesday, October 11 at 7:30 a.m. at the Gainesville Civic Center (reservations required) and will be performing a Food Demonstration at the HealthSmart Expo at 10 a.m. with great healthy food tips and free food samples. The demonstration/ seminar is free and open to the public. Known as The Chef Without a Stomach, Hans just finished participating in the first season of The Next Food Network Star in 2005 when diagnosed with stomach cancer. With only 2% chance of survival, Hans Chef Hans Rueffert began a journey of surgeries and treatments writing Food Network Star cookbooks on healthy eating. He frequently teaches cooking classes at the Piedmont Cancer Wellness Center and works with the Gastic Cancer Fund to mentor people with stomach cancer through their disease. His passion for health has led him to reach into his German heritage for a new life motto: Gesundheit, German for ‘good health'. Come hear Hans testimonial at the HealthSmart Breakfast, followed by a Healthy Cooking Demo with delicious food samples. For breakfast reservations, or more information on HealthSmart, call Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 x 115, email or visit

Business After Hours at CAS Tailgate Party 2017

Football season is here and Conditioned Air Systems Thursday, October 19 is hosting its Annual Tailgate Party on Thursday, October 19 from 5-7pm at their facility at 2418 Hilton Way in Gainesville. The fun, annual event will feature food by The Varsity, door prizes and great networking! Come see the CAS staff and Chamber friends while enjoying food and fun! Since Doug Magnus founded the company in 1983 with two employees, CAS has grown into a 100 employee, strong family operation that still treats every customer What'll Ya Have?! like extended family. With over 100 years of combined experience (in management alone), CAS is a company that values depth of experience and loyalty. This translates into expert, reliable and professional service for you. Visit CAS Online:

Thank You Chamber Sponsors! We appreciate these organizations that supported Chamber Events: AccessWDUN AEON Global Health AETNA Medicare BGW Dental Group Caldwell Electrical CIGNA Clipper Petroleum CoventryOne Conditioned Air Systems Eagle Ranch Fairway Outdoor

Gainesville Eye Associates NEGA Health System Highland Mountain Water Next Star Communications Homestar Financial Red Clay Interactive Lanier Islands Riverside Military Academy Liberty Utilities SAPA Longstreet Cafe Signs by Tomorrow Longstreet Clinic Sterling on the Lake McDonald's Store More Self Storage Milton Martin Honda The Heart Center Montara Farm The Times NEGA Diagnostic Clinic WSI Digital Rainmakers

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• Château Elan’s BIG Little Office Party is designed for small businesses and a unique alternative to a traditional holiday celebration. Your team will be among a host of revelers out to celebrate the year’s successes while toasting the holidays in style at your own private table. Experience the festive party atmosphere; complete with cocktails, dinner, dancing and special room rates. Call Lisa Nickel, 678-425-6034 or email: • The Jaemor Farms corn maze is now open. The Jaemor Express maze is designed in the shape of a train and stretches nearly 6 acres with a mini corn maze for children. The corn maze will run until Sunday, November 5. For info and tickets on the corn maze, hayrides, pumpkin train, petting zoo, farm slides, skeeball, duck races and more, call 770869-3999 or visit • Kirby Smart, UGA Head Football Coach will be the keynote speaker at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier's Futures for Kids Gala on Monday, October 16, 5:30 to 8:30 pm, reception followed by dinner and program. The Gala serves as the organization's signature event and recognizes influential individuals, corporate partners and top leaders of our community. Joyce Wilson, 770-5328102 or email: • Northeast Georgia Physicians Group (NGPG) appointed Daniel Tuffy as president and chief administrative officer. Tuffy most recently served as VP of Operations for CaroMont Health in Gastonia, NC. NGPG has over 350 physicians and staff at some 65 locations across North Georgia, is the state’s 6th largest physician group, with providers represent over 25 specialties. • GetUWired, an Internet marketing agency specializing in websites and online advertising is giving back to the community by offering four local small businesses a free Web Marketing MakeOver valued at $5,000 each! To apply, visit Application deadline is October 16. Scholarships will be awarded by November 3. Email April at or call 877-236-9094 x 204. • U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of North Georgia (UNG) 21st among public regional universities in the South. UNG also was ranked #1 in the South for the least amount of student debt among regional public universities, reinforcing UNG's reputation for excellent academics and affordability.

In August, Forbes magazine named UNG one of the nation's top institutions in their "America's Top Colleges" ranking. This fall, UNG is serving 19,000 students at five campuses – Blue Ridge, Cumming, Dahlonega, Gainesville and Oconee County – and online. • The Chamber's Business Beautification Awards of Excellence program was founded 23 years ago and promotes well-maintained areas by publicly recognizing those who have made beautification efforts to property. Nominate your company for an award. The deadline to submit nominations is October 13. Details: Robin Halstead, 770-532-6206 x 100. Email: • North Georgia Community Foundation's Celebration of Community is Thursday, October 12 at 6:00 pm at the Gainesville Civic Center. The event celebrates philanthropy in the area by honoring hometown heroes. Special guest Doug Ivester, retired Chairman & CEO of Coca-Cola, will present the Woodrow Stewart Leadership in Philanthropy Award to Dr. Buddy Langston and the Gus Whalen Young Philanthropist to Callie Flack, Forum Communications. Tickets: $100; $175 Couple; $1200 Table. 770-535-7880. • Chamber Board meetings are open to Chamber members. Attend a meeting, network with Chamber leadership and learn what's happening in Greater Hall County! The next meeting is Thursday, October 26 from 12-1:30 pm at Eagle Ranch in Chestnut Mountain. Reservations Required. $15 per person; includes lunch. Gerri Collins, 770-5326206 x 106. Email: • Atlanta Parent magazine named eight Longstreet Clinic providers among the “Mom-Approved Doctors” in its September issue. Readers nominated their favorite OB/GYN, midwife or fertility specialist for providing excellent medical care in their field. OB/GYNs recognized include R. Brett Barger, MD, Jeffry J. Bizon, MD, W. Thomas Jenkins, MD and Crystal A. Terrill, DO. Two Longstreet Clinic gynecologists were recognized: Karin D. Dillard, MD and Cricket Garlich, MD, along with certified nurse midwives Kim Blasingame, CNM and Liz S. Coleman, CNM.

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Thank you Sterling on the Lake and Newland Communities for sponsoring the September Business After Hours and Casino Night! (L-R): Cindy Langman, Program Coordinator, Hall County Animal Shelter; Taylor Lovelady, Marketing Coordinator, Newland Communities/Sterling on the Lake; Jennifer Landers, Vice President Operations, Newland Communities/Sterling on the Lake; Leigh Anne Beaver, Office Manager, Newland Communities/Sterling on the Lake. Don't miss great fun, food and networking at Conditioned Air Systems' Annual Tailgate Party and Business After Hours on Thursday, October 19, 5-7:00 pm at 2418 Hilton Way in Gainesville. Food by The Varsity and GREAT Door Prizes! Mark your calendar for Holiday Fun at Business After Hours and Jingle Mingle on Thursday, November 16 on the Square in Downtown Gainesville. Sponsored by Main Street Gainesville, the fun begins at 5:00 pm with special shop openings around the Square, Photos with Santa, Kiddie Train Rides and much, much more! Details: Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 x 115. Email:

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(L-R): Greater Hall Chamber Chairman Perry Barnett, CPA, Rushton; Kelsi Nilsson, Road Atlanta; Mark Pombo, Driver, Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge; Geoff Lee, Road Atlanta; Tim Evans, Greater Hall Chamber; Derek Reyes, Road Atlanta, at the September South Hall Business Coalition meeting. Many thanks to Road Atlanta for sponsoring breakfast at the event that included information on the 20th Annual Motul Petit Le Mans (October 4-7). The South Hall Business Coalition meets next on Tuesday, October 24 at 8:00 a.m. at Legacy Lodge at Lanier Islands. Meetings are sponsored by Milton Martin Honda, Red Clay Interactive, AccessWDUN and Store More Self Storage. Reservations Required. Cost: $5 Chamber Members; $15 Non-Members. Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 x 115. Email: Online:

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Newly erected on Brenau University’s Green Street Campus is “Luminary 830,” a sculpture by North Carolina artist Mike Roig. The dynamic work of art is kinetic and moves perpetually with the wind. The artwork was facilitated through the Vision 2030 Public Art Committee, an anonymous donor, and the North Georgia Community Foundation. The Vision 2030 Public Art Committee is dedicated to facilitating diverse visual arts throughout GainesvilleHall County and works in collaboration with donors, government, education, and cultural partners to enrich the quality of life in our community. The group recently partnered with the Lake Lanier Olympic Park to unveil four new large pieces of Free Range Public Art in the tunnel at the venue. Details: Elizabeth Higgins, Executive Director of Vision 2030, 770-5406970. Email: or visit:

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Leadership and Education

Leadership Hall County The Leadership Hall County Class participated in a Fall Retreat last month at Montara Farm. Activities for the day included the DISC Profile System for assessing individual and team thinking style profiles. Using the “I Speak” instrument, individuals learned strengths and weaknesses of their communication styles and more effective methods for interacting with other team members. The afternoon was complete with the "Annual Redneck Olympics Competition." Program Sponsors for the day included Liberty Utilities, Clipper Petroleum and Homestar Financial Corporation.

(Left) Cheryl Brown, United Way of Hall County, participates in Redneck Olympics Competition. (Below) Christen Wilbanks, Chamber; Alston Waldrip, Whelchel, Dunlap, Jarrard & Walker; Natalie Booth, Hall County Finance.

North Hall Middle School Students with Chick-fil-A Gainesville mascot. Chickfil-A, a school Partner in Education (PIE), provided refreshments for the Hall County Track meet this spring, lunch appreciation for teachers, and lunch for students who attended Junior Achievement Biz Town. For more on PIE: Andi Harmon, 770-532-6206 x 113. Email:

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Hollis Transport Agency, Inc. was founded by Ron Hollis, Sr. and Jamie Hollis in 1979. Ron started the business with a single truck delivering newspapers and theatre supplies in Northeast Georgia. The company expanded and began hauling computer forms, soft drinks, tires, auto parts, feed ingredients and more. The business took off and soon a new freight terminal was built in 1988. Ron's son Brian is now president of the company. Under Brian's direction, Hollis Transport applied for their own trucking authority and a new path for the company was born. Hollis Transport started hauling truckload freight and soon Brian picked up their first warehousing account. Today, Hollis Transport celebrates 38 years of outstanding service with customers across the U.S. They specialize in just-in-time truckload deliveries, warehousing and 48-state-truck-brokering. Hollis Transport & Distribution moved to Flowery Branch in 2005 on a 40 acre site with 500,000 square feet of warehouse space. 4515 Cantrell Road, Flowery Branch GA 30542. 770-965-8930. As a Greater Hall Chamber member, businesses are entitled to a host of benefits. Potential dividends from investment are unlimited! Join online:

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

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Bill Carlson, Infogroup, was the keynote speaker at the Small Business Resource Fair at Featherbone Communiversity in September. He discussed his company's program called ReferenceUSA, a free target marketing database with up-to-date business and residential information. The purpose of the event was to provide local, free resources to help Photo provided by The Times small businesses thrive and grow. Sponsored by Halski Systems and Bojangles, the fair included dozens of exhibitors on hand to provide guidance and resources. Greater Hall Chamber Small Business Seminars are sponsored by AccessWDUN, Signs by Tomorrow, DSI Digital Rainmakers and Caldwell Electrical Contractors. Don't miss the next Small Business Seminar on October 10 at 7:45 a.m. as Gregg Burkhalter, The LinkedIN Guy, discusses how to build a strong personal brand and how to implement it through LinkedIn. A personal branding coach, Gregg believes Facebook might show your personality, but LinkedIn (with 500 million users) is the digital home of your personal brand. You will leave with an outline of what to do daily on LinkedIn to build relationships, your personal brand and grow your business. Details: Amanda Lewis, 770-5432-6206 x 111 or email:

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Ribbon Cuttings

Lakeview Academy

Danene Woody cuts ribbon for The Spiced Brew, an aromatherapy oils shop. Danene is a certified aromatherapist and seeks to share the benefits of essential oils from all over the world with the community. The shop, with a 1900's apothecary feel, offers over 40 oils, custom blends, inhaler blends and carrier oils along with bath bombs, salts, organic soaps and teas, and a large selection of handmade baby items, bookmarks, and old-fashion doilies. 2551 Limestone Parkway, #1A, Gainesville, GA 30501. 470-290-5117. Lakeview Board Members cut ribbon to celebrate the opening of its new academic building (L-R): Jim Coyle; Dr. Jennifer Gottsman; Brian Daniel; Stephen Starke; Dr. Frank Booth; Dr. John Kennedy, Head of School; H. Ferrell Singleton, former Headmaster of 27 years; Jane Hemmer; Laila Muhanna; RK Whitehead; Fran Habeeb; Mack Vinton. Lakeview Academy honored its past while celebrating its future with the dedication of its new academic building named in honor of longtime Head of School, Ferrell H. Singleton. Singleton Hall will house middle school classrooms and provide space for learning support and technology/engineering programs. Lakeview Academy is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory day school for grades K3-12 and is accredited by SAIS-SACS. Lakeview is committed to excellence in the personal growth and academic development of the college-bound student through a partnership of school, family and community. 796 Lakeview Drive, Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-532-4383.

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Sisu John Gram, Lindsay Addison, Jenny Floyd, Jamie Reynolds, Cherri McDuffie, Katie Zottnick, Katie Dubnick, Taylor Lovelady at Sisu, formerly Challenged Child and Friends, gather to cut ribbon to celebrate the organization's name change. Sisu is an integrated learning environment where children, 6 weeks to 6 years old, with special needs learn and interact with developing peers and offers the convenience of education, therapy, nursing and family support services in one location. The school is proud to showcase its new brand: Sisu, a Finnish concept, is a consistent and courageous approach toward challenges which at first seem to exceed our capacities. SACS accredited, licensed by Bright from the Start and Quality Rated, Sisu serves families across 14 northeast Georgia counties. 2360 Murphy Blvd, Gainesville, GA 30504. 770-535-8372.

Tax Kiosk at Kroger Marketplace

Melissa Hulsey and Chris Kinsey cut ribbon to open the new Millie's Drapery and Decorating showroom on Cleveland Highway in Gainesville. The family owned and operated company has been serving North Georgia since 1968 and provides custom draperies, bedding, blinds and shades and quality upholstery services. Millie's offers interior design consultation for both residential and commercial design projects. 1732 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-532-3819.

Want to promote your company with a RIBBON CUTTING? This is a free service if you're a member of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce. Not a member? Join now and receive numerous benefits. Contact: Christen Wilbanks, VP Membership Sales, 770-532-6206 x 116 or

(L-R): Scott Martin, Larry Davies, Hall County Tax Commissioner Darla Eden and Chad Richards cut ribbon for the self-service tag renewal kiosk located at Kroger marketplace in Gainesville. Darla Eden and her office is responsible for the collection of property tax due to the state, county, municipalities and school systems. Through the use of technology Hall County residents now have access to an enhanced website offering e-Billing, e-Payment and the new, self-service tag renewal kiosk. 770-531-6960.


Welcome New Members

Branch Properties, LLC Terri Ellen 821 Dawsonville Hwy Gainesville GA 30501 -Property Management 404-832-8900

Fresh N Fit Cuisine David Rogers 6080 Parkway North Drive Cumming GA 30040 -Health / Wellness 678-208-0341

Cantsink Sharon Lee 71 First Avenue Lilburn GA 30047 -Architect/Engineer 678-280-7453

Gainesville Toastmasters Dale Herndon 102 Prior Street, #205 Gainesville GA 30501 -Non-Profit

Center for Spine & Pain Medicine Linda Popowitz 715 Queen City Parkway Suite 106 Gainesville GA 30501 -Medical 678-450-1222 Champoodle Mobile Dog Spa Marie Varner 6034 Bark Camp Road Murrayville GA 30564 -Pet Grooming 770-532-6098

Community Newspapers Alan Nesmith 2440 Old Athens Hwy Cornelia GA 30531 -Magazines & Newspapers 706-778-4114 Elastron USA Zev Gurion 975 Chestnut Street Gainesville GA 30501 -Manufacturing 330-289-0062

Goliath Material Handling Matt Parkerson 6315 Old Wood Hollow Way Buford GA 30518 -Architect & Engineering 678-822-7408 Great Expressions Dental Center Serria McCollum 300 Pearl Nix Parkway Suite D Gainesville GA 30501 -Dentist 770-536-1957 Home Instead Senior Care David Rigg 115 1/2 Bradford Street,Suite 210 Gainesville GA 30501 -Medical-Home Health 770-534-5880 John Emil D'Angelo 3020 Hallmark Lane Buford GA 30519 -Individual Member 770-654-3197

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Lanier HVAC Services Matthew Magnus 835 Oak Street Gainesville GA 30501 -Heating and Air 678-943-1351

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Martin Docks Justin Twiggs 5303 Browns Bridge Road Gainesville GA 30504 -Construction 770-536-0189

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Smitty's Cigars & Tobacco Rene Barrios 975 Dawsonville Highway Gainesville GA 30501 -Retail 770-539-9006

Beth Baldwin

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439 Green Street Northwest Gainesville, GA 30501 770-534-1220

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Summit Place at Limestone Leslie White 2350 Winward Lane NE Gainesville GA 30501 -Apartments 770-503-0031 Sweet Caroline's Vintage Caroline Givogre 117 1/2 Bradford Street SE Gainesville GA 30501 -Retail 770-355-6547

Rick Kimpling, AAMS®

Financial Advisor

64 North Brooks Street Unit B Cleveland, GA 30528 706-865-0933

Wendy Tomme 3444 Blue Spruce Court Gainesville GA 30504 -Individual Member 615-804-5642 Whelchel, Dunlap, Jarrard & Walker - Jeremy Panter 405 Washington Street NE Gainesville GA 30501 Attorney 770-535-4001

For Greater Hall Chamber Membership Information & Benefits, contact Christen Wilbanks, Vice President Membership Sales, 770-532-6206 x 115 or Join the Chamber Online:

Reneigh Satterfield, AAMS® Financial Advisor

3630 Thompson Bridge Rd Ste 22 Gainesville, GA 30506 770-536-2031 Member SIPC

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Chick-fil-A Jesse Jewell Bobby Shoemaker 1917 Jesse Jewell Pkwy Gainesville GA 30501 -Restaurant 770-297-7936

GetUWired Dobbin Buck 204 Green Street Gainesville GA 30501 -Internet Marketing 877-236-9094

may be far off,

Kebab & Curry Buffet Kony Akhtai 833 Dawsonville Highway Suite 210 Gainesville GA 30501 -Restaurant 770-925-5758


First Century Bank Jeff Blair 807 Dorsey Street Gainesville GA 30501 Financial Institution 770-297-8060

Membership Development

All Stone Concepts LLC Troy Hicks 2190 Hilton Drive Gainesville GA 30501 -Manufacturing 770-534-0942


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

2. Jobs A top Chamber economic development initiative is to build a sustainable workforce that possesses the skills needed by employers and an ideal environment for finding and recruiting educated, highly skilled people in Gainesville-Hall County.

3. Exposure With a membership base that is over 85% small businesses, the Chamber offers a variety of resources to grow small businesses. From marketing workshops to monthly seminars, the Chamber is a valuable resource to grow your business.

“The #1 reason an organization joins the Greater Hall Chamber is NETWORKING. From small businesses to large manufacturers, we all benefit from building relationships and networking through the Chamber.” Terry Merck Vice President, American Yazaki Corporation

“The Chamber is always one step ahead of issues facing businesses today and works to ensure that all Gainesville-Hall County can successfully compete on a local, national and global stage.” Perry Barnett, CPA Partner, Rushton

“The Chamber provides countless opportunities (ribbon cuttings, print advertising, digital marketing exposure and even sponsorships) to reinforce your brand and strategically position yourself in the business community.” Katie Dubnik President, Forum Communications

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, October 10 Small Business Seminar 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. – Chamber Wednesday, October 11 Healthsmart Expo 7:30am-1:30 p.m. Gainesville Civic Center Wednesday, October 18 Lunch 'n Learn 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Featherbone Communiversity Gainesville

Thursday, October 19 Business After Hours 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Conditioned Air Systems 2418 Hilton Way / Gainesville

Friday, October 27 Business Before Hours 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Sponsored by Next Star Communications Gainesville

Tuesday, October 24 South Hall Business Coalition 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Legacy Lodge at Lanier Islands

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

Wednesday, October 25 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Rooster's Perch / Gainesville



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Business Link Oct 2017  

Business Link; Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce; Chamber; Biz Link 2017

Business Link Oct 2017  

Business Link; Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce; Chamber; Biz Link 2017