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Chamber's 111th Annual Meeting and Gala is May 16 The Greater Hall Chamber's 111th Annual Meeting & Gala is Thursday, May 16 at the Chattahoochee Country Club in Gainesville. Over 400 Chamber members and guests will enjoy a festive evening while celebrating a year of success! 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 2018-2019 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. Sponsorships available. Tables $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:

Hackers Holiday 2019 Friday, April 26

Legacy on Lanier Golf Club 10am Shotgun Start

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$175 player; $650 foursome and includes green fee, cart, breakfast, box lunch, snacks and drinks. Presented by Margaritaville at Lanier Islands. Awards presented in three flights, Hole-In-One, closest to the pin, longest drive and putting contest. Shotgun Start at 10am. 19th Hole Reception follows the tournament at the clubhouse. $1,000 Raffle Drawing! $10 ticket or 3 for $20. Do no have to be present to win! Kara Tate, 770-532-6206 or

Make your reservations today for the Chamber Annual Meeting & Gala on May 16. Call 770-532-6206 or visit

Business Award Nominations Small Business of the Year • Family Business of the Year

Nominate your company or another member The Greater Hall Chamber is seeking nominations for the Small Business of the Year Award, to recognize an outstanding small business Chamber member for 2018-2019, and the Family Business of the Year, to recognize a family-owned business. A member may nominate their business or another member. Nominations must be received by April 19. Awards are presented at the Chamber's Annual Meeting & Gala on Thursday, May 16 at the Chattahoochee Country Club. Details: Amanda Lewis, 770-532-6206 x 111. Email:

Save the Date Tuesday, April 9 Small Business Seminar Friday, April 26 Hackers Holiday Golf Tuesday, April 30 South Hall Business Coalition

APRIL 2019

Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Inc. Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Inc. A Publication of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

From the Chair

Developing Our Future Workforce The initiatives of the Greater Hall Workforce Development Task Force, founded in 2015, are vital to the state of our current and future economy. These programs, developed through volunteer leadership, participating industries, educators and business professionals, are shaping the future of our community. Partnering with Vision 2030's Education Consortium, this Chamber program is making great strides in linking the energy of our youth with local industries and businesses to grow a workforce for today and tomorrow.

Carol Burrell President & CEO, Northeast Georgia Health System; Chair, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber and VISION 2030 initiated the 7th Grade Career Path Fairs last year and is a collaborative initiative with the University of North Georgia and Lanier Technical College. The program seeks to help local middle school students become aware of career opportunities in Gainesville and Hall County. Two Career Path Fairs have been scheduled for spring 2019 with an estimated 1,200 7th graders participating with 45 area businesses, representing over 16 different career paths.

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Forty-five area companies representing over a dozen career paths will have the opportunity to impact students on just how interesting their business is! Each of the 1,200 students have chosen four career paths of interest and following the event will choose one of those career pathways to focus on during their plan of study in high school. Some of the high school completed career paths come with certifications and all give the student more employability in an area of their interest. The objective is to let students become acquainted with local people representing local opportunities in the career path of their choice.


The goal is to inform students of careers that they can build right here at home. The Career Path Fairs give 7th graders an opportunity for a “light bulb” moment to connect to a career that will inspire them prior to entering high school.

Kat B usiness Link VOLUME 24 ISSUE 10 McKemie West, Editor • Email: Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

2019-2020 Executive Committee Vice Chair, Education Chair Carol Burrell, Northeast Georgia Andi Farmer Milton Martin Honda Health System

Vice Chair, South Hall Council Geoff Lee Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta Co-Chairs, HALLmark Paul Chambers, AT&T Mimi Collins, Longstreet Clinic Randall Frost, Stewart, Melvin & Frost

Chair Elect Brian Rochester Rochester & Associates

Vice Chair, Marketing Tate O'Rouke Jackson EMC

Treasurer Glennis Barnes Georgia Power

Vice Chair, Government Philip Wilheit, Jr. Wilheit Packaging

Vice Chair, Economic Development David Lee Jackson EMC

Vice Chair, Membership Brett Fowler Turner, Wood & Smith Insurance Immediate Past Chairman Perry Barnett, CPA, Rushton Chair, VISION 2030 Chamber President & CEO Phillippa Lewis Moss Kit Dunlap Community Service Center Elizabeth Higgins Executive Director

Vice Chair, Community Development Caroline Lewallen Jaemor Farms

Senior Advisor Dixie Truelove Truelove Family Farms

Board of Directors 2019-2020 Norman Baggs, The Times Nick Bruner, Rushton Missy Burgess, Lanier Islands Caitlin Collins, Mincey Marble Manufacturing Namon Collins, Allstate Insurance Stacey Dickson, Lake Lanier CVB Danny Dunagan, Mayor, City of Gainesville Dr. Suzanne Erickson, Brenau University Terry Evans, Pinnacle Bank Jim Grier, Mayor, City of Lula Joy Griffin, United Way of Hall County Richard Higgins, Chair, Hall Co. Commission Logan Jones, Wilheit Packaging Dr. John Kennedy, Lakeview Academy Jennifer Landers, Newland Communities David Lloyd, Liberty Utilities Mike McGraw, PrideStaff / Ranger Mfg J.D. Mealor, Regions Bank Terry Merck, American Yazaki Mike Miller, Mayor, City of Flowery Branch Sheri Millwood, Oakwood City Council Terry Morrisey, Intelligent Energy 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 Michele Piucci, Peach State Bank Col. Stas Preczewski, Riverside Military Academy Josh Schlieman, Sullivan & Schlieman Will Schofield, Hall County School System Dr. Ed Schrader, Brenau University Alan Schuetze, Carroll Daniel Construction Mulham Shbeib, Mar-Jac Poultry Sarita Madera Smith, Homestar Financial Corp Terry Spicer, King's Hawaiian Ahna Still, Halski Systems Kevin Strada, The Atlanta Falcons John Turner, Northeast Georgia Health System Roy Turpin, Mayor, City of Gillsville Philip Wilheit, Wilheit Packaging Arrik Williams, Tatsumi Intermodal USA Dr. Jeremy Williams, Gainesville City Schools Darryl Workman, South State Bank Mike Zeiler, Bitzer US, Inc.

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Jose Gonzalez of Cochran Brothers Electric shows students how to program a Variable Frequency Drive to control assembly lines based on speed demands at the 7th Grade Career Path Fair on March 14 at the University of North Georgia Gainesville Campus. The event gave over 500 students the opportunity to learn about various career options to help guide them with their plan of study in high school. A second career path fair is scheduled for April 12 at Lanier Technical College.

Planning and sponsoring organizations for the program include the Greater Hall Chamber, Vision 2030, University of North Georgia, Lanier Technical College, Hall County School System, Gainesville City School System, Georgia Mountains Worksource, Chick-fil-A, the Georgia Beverage Association, Edward Jones/Michael Lancaster and Cochran Brothers Electric. For more information, contact Shelley Davis, Chamber Vice President of Existing Industry, or Elizabeth Higgins, Executive Director of Vision 2030, at 770-532-6206. What an incredible program to create a better tomorrow for our community’s youth – thanks to all who make it a success!

Christa Andrews, Corporate Storage, LLC Carin Booth, UGA Extension Hall County Haley Bower, Clipper Petroleum Chris Brown, Delta Community Credit Union Jonathan Collins, Capstone Properties Group Regina Dyer, Gainesville CVB Renee Ginn, Chick-fil-A Gainesville

Dianne Hicks, eXp Realty Jay Kilroy, Willis Investment Counsel Robyn Lynch, Lake Lanier Olympic Park Andrew May, Atlanta Rehab & Performance Casey Ryals, Hall County Farm Bureau Insurance Sheila Sanchez, State Farm Insurance Alison Smith, Bagwell Insurance Group

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 Madison Hopkins, Project Manager Finance & Operations David Umberson, Vice President, Finance and Human Resources Membership Development Mandy Lathem, Vice President, Events Christen Wilbanks, Vice President, Sales Kara Tate, Vice President, Sales & Programs Education & Leadership Andi Harmon, Vice President

Government Affairs Kit Dunlap, President & CEO South Hall Council Kara Tate, Vice President, Sales & Programs 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 Jacquelyn Christoph, Brenau University

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7th Grade Career Path Fair Over 500 students, 7th graders from eight area schools, participated in the Chamber and VISION 2030’s 7th Grade Career Path Fair on March 14 at the University of North Georgia, Gainesville Campus. The collaborative initiative helps local middle school students become aware of career opportunities and offers pathways to help guide these students with their plan of study in high school. A second career fair will be held on Friday, April 12 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Lanier Technical College. Some 1,200 students will participate with 45 area businesses representing over 16 different career paths during the two events. Details: Shelley Davis, Chamber VP Existing Industry, 770-532-6206. Email:

Local Advances in Healthcare

2nd Annual Healthy Hall Awards

Healthy Hall 2019 Award Recipients (Front, L-R): John Ferguson, Retired CEO, Northeast Georgia Health System; Katrina Bailey, RN, Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic; Heather Hayes, FNP, Edmondson Telford Center & Longstreet Clinic; Mandy Reece, PharmD, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; Julie Abernathy, RN, Northeast Georgia Medical Center; Dr. David Westfall, Emory-Rollins School of Public Health; Reese Daniel, Twin Lakes Recovery; Deanne Collins, Lanier Tech; Dr. Sean Sumner, Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic. (Back, L-R): Chamber Chair Carol Burrell, Northeast Georgia Health System (event presenting sponsor); Sandy Mathis, Recro Pharma; Liz Coates, Good News Clinics; Chris Childs, DMD, Parrish & Childs Dentistry; Dana Chapman, ITN Lanier; Dr. Ray Perren, Lanier Tech; Theresa Glidden, LPN, Longstreet Clinic; Dr. Frank Lake, Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center and NGPG Radiation Oncology. Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Dr. David Westfall; Carol Burrell, Northeast Georgia Health System; David Miller, PhD, Brenau University. Dr. Westfall was a founder of Good News Clinic, served 11 years as head of the District 1 Health Department and now serves as chair of the Chamber's Healthcare Committee.

Dr. Ken Dixon, Founder of SpeciCare, was guest speaker at the Greater hall Chamber's Healthcare Committee meeting in March. (L-R): Gale Starich PhD, Brenau University; Elizabeth Higgins, Vision 2030; Dr. Ken Dixon. SpeciCare saves cancerous tumors at the time of biopsy and uses the living tumor tissue to create new options in cancer care. Vision 2030's Public Art Block pARTy is Friday, May 10 from 6-10pm at The Royal Space (Hunt Tower Parking Lot) on the Downtown Gainesville Square. Featured artist is Angela Chrusciaki Blehm; music by Fire and the Knife; food truck Yumbii; beverages by Tap It and Gainesville Growlers. Original art, $100 and under. Tickets, $35. Purchase online:

Outstanding Allied Health Professional Mandy Reece, PharmD Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Corporate Innovation Recro Pharma Healthcare Education Lanier Technical College

Physician Specialist of the Year Dr. Frank Lake Hospice of NGMC and NGPG Radiation Oncology

Outstanding Healthcare Professional Julie Abernathy, RN NEGA Medical Center

Outstanding Achievement in Behavioral Health Reese Daniel Twin Lakes Recovery

Primary Care Physician of the Year Dr. Sean Sumner NEGA Diagnostic Clinic

Outstanding Healthcare Administrator Heather Hayes, FNP Edmondson Telford Child Advocacy & Longstreet Clinic

Nurse of the Year (LPN) Theresa Glidden, LPN Longstreet Clinic

Visionary Leader John Ferguson, Retired CEO NEGA Health System

Nurse of the Year (RN) Katrina Bailey, RN NEGA Diagnostic Clinic

Lifetime Achievement Award Dr. David Westfall Emory-Rollins School of Public Health

Community Impact Good News Clinics Senior Impact ITN Lanier

Dentist of the Year Chris Childs, DMD Parrish & Childs Dentistry


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Meetings & Events

Growing South Hall County

The Chamber's Healthcare Committee and South Hall Business Coalition recently met in at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton. (L-R): Kit Dunlap, Chamber; Anthony Willliamson, Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton; Chamber South Hall Vice Chair Geoff Lee, Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta; Healthcare Committee Chair Dr. David Westfall, Emory University.

April 2019 Friday, April 5 Membership Committee 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Chamber

Tuesday, April 23 Marketing Workshop 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Brenau Downtown Center

Tuesday, April 9 Small Business Seminar "How to Grow Your Business" Presented by Thom Price, SCORE 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Chamber

Wednesday, April 24 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. RLM Affairs 3575 McEver Road | Gainesville

Tuesday, April 9 Ambassadors Council 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 2 Dog Cafe | Gainesville

Thursday, April 25 Chamber Board of Directors 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Gainesville Civic Center

Wednesday, April 10 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Sam’s Club 3839 Mundy Mill Road | Oakwood

Friday, April 26 40th Annual Hackers Holiday 10:00 a.m. Shotgun Start Legacy on Lanier at Lanier Islands

Wednesday, April 10 Human Resources Council 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Luna's Restaurant | Gainesville Friday, April 12 Economic Development Council 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Flowery Branch City Hall 5410 Pine Street | Flowery Branch

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Friday, April 12 Career Path Fair #2 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lanier Technical College


South Hall Business Coalition's March meeting was held at Oakwood City Hall (L-R): Chamber Vice Chair, South Hall Council Geoff Lee, Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta; Pat Jones and Sherri Millwood, Oakwood City Council; Kit Dunlap, Greater Hall Chamber; Stan Brown, Oakwood City Manager. The Coalition will meet at Chicopee Woods Golf Course on Tuesday, April 30 from 8-9am. Details: Kara Tate, 770-532-6206 x 103 or

– Thank You Event Sponsors – AccessWDUN ACG Solutions AT&T Brenau University Caldwell Electrical CHASE for Business Chick-fil-A Chicopee Woods Golf Course Cochran Brothers Electric Delta Community Credit Union Edward Jones

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Tuesday, April 16 Vision 2030 Board of Directors 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Chamber Wednesday, April 17 Issues Committee 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Chamber Wednesday, April 17 Lunch 'n Learn Presentation by Mike Denham, Accelerate Business Consulting 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn | Gainesville Wednesday, April 17 Marketing Committee 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Chamber Thursday, April 18 Chamber Executive Committee 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Chamber

Tuesday, April 30 South Hall Business Coalition 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Chicopee Woods Golf Course 2515 Atlanta Highway | Gainesville

MAY 2019 Thursday, May 2 Business After Hours Sponsor: Turner, Wood & Smith 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 1515 Community Way | Gainesville Tuesday, May 7 South Hall Business Coalition 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Chateau Elan | Braselton Friday, May 10 Vision 2030 Public Art Block Party 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Royal Space| Hunt Tower Downtown Gainesville Square Tuesday, May 14 Small Business Seminar 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Chamber Thursday, May 16 111th Annual Meeting & Gala 6:00 p.m. Reception | 7:00 p.m. Dinner Chattahoochee Country Club 3000 Club Drive | Gainesville Register and learn more about these and more Chamber events online:

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Member Announcements



• Caldwell Electric Contractors (CEC) announced Neal Booth has joined the company and oversees the Operations and Finance division. With over 36 years of experience in the finance industry, Booth was most recently Senior Executive VP & Director of Commercial Banking at Hamilton State Bank. Founded in 1988, CEC is a leader in industrial electrical services in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Alabama. • Nominate your company or another member for the Small Business of the Year or Family Business of the Year. Awards will be presented at the Chamber's Annual Meeting & Gala on May 16. 770-532-6206 or • Michelin North America and Road Atlanta have partnered to become Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta with a new tower under construction featuring a 300-person hospitality/event space, a media center and broadcast booths, hospitality suites, a rooftop viewing deck, and a fully-equipped catering kitchen. See details on exciting upcoming races along with Ultimate Fan Club Membership Specials at • United Way of Hall County announces a president and chief professional officer Jessica Dudley, who most recently served as executive director of Community Helping Place in Dahlonega, Lumpkin County's largest outreach program that provides basic needs such as food, clothing, health care and emergency financial assistance to community residents. • Wes Hyder, owner of Hometown Heating & Air, announced that the Buford-based company received Carrier's 2019 President's Award. They were also awarded "New Dealer of the Year" for 2019. • The Art Council's 4th Annual Black & White Ball is Saturday, April 27 at 6:30pm at the Smithgall Arts Center in Downtown Gainesville. Premier dining by Affairs to Remember with dancing to the music of The American Flyers. Black tie/formal. • UGA Small Business Development Center "Finance for Small Business" is April 24. The evaluates trends, decision makeing, and will take a deeper dive in the CPA/Bookkeeper P&L reporting. $69. 770-531-5681. • Dr. Mary A. Gowan was named dean of the University of North Georgia's Mike Cottrell College of Business.

She comes from James Madison University, where she served as professor of strategic leadership studies. • ITN Lanier provides safe, affordable transportation to seniors and the visually impaired in Greater Hall County. The program has experienced tremendous growth and is seeking VOLUNTEERS. 678-696-0360 or visit • Edward Jones Financial Advisor Beth Baldwin attended the organization's Women's Conference, recognizing top female advisors and providing the opportunity to network, hear from internationally recognized speakers, participate in elective sessions that explore performance excellence best practices. (770) 534-1220. • David Smith is retiring after 30 years as executive director of CenterPoint, leading to great success in impacting the lives of our youth through counseling, mentoring, education and substance abuse prevention. Founded in 1969 as the Christian Education Center, CenterPoint reached over 10,000 students in 2018. • Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc., will create 225 jobs and invest more than $120 million in Hall, Gwinnett and Clarke counties, with over 50 jobs at the company’s Gainesville manufacturing facility. Founded in 1885 and headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, the company's focus in Hall County is on preventative animal health, specifically for the poultry industry. • The Chamber completed a study of 366 healthcare service providers in Gainesville-Hall County concluding that the community's growing healthcare sector employs 12,500 people (13% of the workforce) in Hall County. See the study at or email Tim Evans, Chamber VP, Economic Development at • Linda MacGregor, Director, City of Gainesville Water Resources Department announced the opening of the new Water Quality Building at the Riverside Water Treatment Plant in Gainesville. The facility will help to ensure that Gainesville and Hall County residents have a continuous supply of the highest quality water and sanitary sewer service.

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Transportation Forum 2019

Over 250 people attended the Chamber's Annual Transportation Forum at the University of North Georgia Gainesville Campus on March 7. (L-R, Front): David Voyles, Pinnacle Bank (event co-sponsor); Chamber Chair Carol Burrell, Northeast Georgia Health System; Emily Dunn, 9th District GDOT Board Member; Kit Dunlap, President & CEO, Greater Hall Chamber. (L-R, Back): Derrick Allen, Pinnacle Bank; Chamber Chair-Elect Brian Rochester, Rochester & Associates (event co-sponsor); Brandon Kirby, Assistant District 1 Engineer, GDOT; Dr. Richard Oates, Vice President, University of North Georgia Gainesville; Bryan Lackey, City Manager, City of Gainesville; Srikanth Yamala, Planning Director, Gainesville-Hall County MPO; Terry Evans, Pinnacle Bank; Billy Powell, Hall County Commissioner.

Annual Agribusiness Awards

Awards were presented to outstanding individuals at the Annual Agribusiness Breakfast presented by Jackson EMC on March 5. Recipients (L-R): Farmer of the Year: Brandon Reece; Friend of Agriculture: Caroline Lewallen; Agriculture Hall of Fame: Shorty DeLong; Agriculture Hall of Fame: Tom Oliver; Outstanding AgriBusiness: Preston Bowen and Larry Glover of Lanier Cold Storage; Ag Student Leadership Award: Hunter Hester, West Hall High School; Agriculture Hall of Fame: Governor Nathan Deal. The program is a partnership of the Greater Hall Chamber and UGA Extension Hall County. Thank you sponsors: AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Bagwell Insurance, Cargill, Inc., Chandler Equipment, Fieldale Farms, Hall County Farm Bureau, Hall County Parks & Leisure, Hall County Soil & Water, Jaemor Farms, J&G Poultry, Mountain Fresh Creamery and United Community Bank.

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Youth Leadership Hall's Aniyah Norman, a student at Johnson High School, prepares a thank your note as part of Youth Leadership's etiquette program.

Youth Leadership Hall's Quality of Life and Etiquette program was sponsored by the Chattahoochee Country Club with Vaughan Smith making every detail perfect! Dario Perla, Master's Apparel, and Abby Murray, Style Collectíf, helped students dress to impress while Brandee Thomas, My Sister's Resale Boutique, assisted with an interactive fashion show competition. Awards were provided by the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center. Staci Crain, East Hall High School, taught social dining etiquette, and Keynote Speaker Lee Goff, Digital Business Architects, gave interview strategies. Carla Walker, Whelchel Dunlap Jarrard & Walker, taught ballroom dancing! Dr. Juli Clay, Brenau University, and Graham Williams, Press On Paper Co., led the final segment on the importance of written communication.


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Education & Leadership

(L-R): Brian Heck, Hall County Superior Court, Kas Lawson, Hall County State Court, and Cassie Sherman, Carroll Daniel Construction, pack boxes during Leadership Hall 's visit to the Georgia Mountain Food Bank. Make a Difference Day was sponsored by North Georgia Community Foundation. Just People Flowery Branch Village hosted the class at their new facility followed by a visit to Sisu Family Resources to gain a better understanding of their work with integrated learning systems. The class attended the Chamber's Transportation Forum then visited The Salvation Army to explore the needs of the homeless and poverty stricken in our community. The day ended with the processing and packing of almost 1,000 pounds of food at the Georgia Mountain Food Bank. Thank you Lakeview Academy for sponsoring transportation for the day.


Welcome New Members

AAA Commercial Floors Thomas Winfrey 512 Moreno Street Gainesville, GA 30501 - Floor Coverings (770) 535-6671

Asa Carlton Greg Swinks 5224 Palmero Court Buford, GA 30518 - Construction Contractor (770) 945-2195

Cartridge World Mitch Harkins 3 Washington Ave, Unit A Gainesville, GA 30501 - Retail Office Supplies (770) 531-4465

Circle K #217 Vincent Squillace 7342 Spout Springs Road Flowery Branch, GA 30542 - Retail Convenience Store (470) 878-3507

Heartland Payment Systems Ryan Nicholson 4110 Fieldstone Drive Gainesville, GA 30506 - Business Services (770) 654-2456

Landscape Plus Services Michael Easter 1643 Atlanta Highway Gainesville, GA 30504 - Landscape Services (770) 967-3343

Against The Clock Eric Merrell 119 Green Street NE Gainesville, GA 30501 - Recreation (678) 696-8455

Bill Price 9970 Kings Road Gainesville, GA 30506 - Individual Member (404) 697-4208

Chattahoochee Shoals Construction Group Julie Truelove P.O. Box 580 Oakwood, GA 30566 - Construction (770) 540-4093

Craig M. Shoemaker – Realtor 3803 Corinth Drive Gainesville, GA 30506 - Real Estate Agent (336) 255-1467

Highland Trust Partners Jason Norton 1077 Baxter St, Suite 600 Athens, GA 30606 - Financial Services (706) 850-4965

Lanier RacePlex Norm Morgan 5301 Winder Highway Braselton, GA 30517 - Motor Sports (770) 965-9179

Jennifer McCall, Attorney at Law, LLC 427 Green Street NW Gainesville, GA 30501 - Attorney (770) 532-9732

Manhattan Chicago Pizza David Schilling 3320 Thompson Bridge Rd Gainesville, GA 30506 - Restaurant (470) 252-5228

Keller Williams Lanier Partners – Lisa Collins 2435 Hawthorne Lane Gainesville, GA 30506 - Real Estate Agent (678) 316-4443

Mann for all Occasions Chad Mann 5341 Mountain View Pkwy Lula, GA 30554 - Entertainment / DJ (706) 594-2084

Bill's Place Vivienne Long Always Open Garage Door 534 West Avenue, SW Services Gainesville, GA 30501 Dawn Matthieu - Non-Profit 4970 Peach Mountain Drive (770) 965-2870 Gainesville, GA30507 - Garage Door Service (770) 965-8973 Buckhorn Mountain Pressure Washing American Heart Association TJay Black 4741 Buckhorn Circle Julie Ann Hamilton Gainesville, GA 30506 821 Dawsonville Highway - Pressure Washing Service Suite 250-323 (470) 248-2438 Gainesville, GA 30501 - Non-Profit (770) 612-6049

Chattahoochee Valuation Group – Gainesville David Ball, MAI, CCIM 500 Pirkle Ferry Rd, Suite A Cumming, GA 30040 - Real Estate Commercial Appraisal (770) 886-4454 Cheryl Brown 6174 Devonshire Drive Flowery Branch, GA 30542 - Individual Member (770) 504-6211

Farmers Insurance Chris Taylor 7378 Friendship Springs Boulevard, Suite E Flowery Branch, GA 30542 - Insurance (678) 888-5818 Gainesville Homeschool Academy Katie Boswell P.O. Box 1706 Gainesville, GA 30503 - Non-Profit (470) 252-6783




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Resource Property Management Jim Tortorelli 214 Lake Pointe Drive Gainesville, GA 30506 - Commercial Real Estate Martin Furniture & Design (818) 674-9458 Ben Martin 121 Bradford Street Rindt-McDuff Assocs, Inc. Gainesville, GA 30501 - Furniture & Interior Design Robert Simmons 445 Bradford St NW (770) 534-5238 Gainesville, GA 30501 - Civil Engineers (770) 531-5109 Motors In Motion Kim Dietlin Marsha Stringer 6516 Boulder Crest Court Flowery Branch, GA 30542 - Individual Member (770) 967-1345

2800 Cleveland Highway Gainesville, GA 30506 - Trailer Sales (678) 450-0006

ROI Performance Group Jim Custer 6780 Molly View Point Cumming, GA 30041 - Business Services (678) 947-4101

Royal Lakes Golf and Country Club Chip Spiler 4700 Royal Lakes Drive Flowery Branch, GA 30542 - Country Club/Golf Course (770) 535-8800 Smith Hulsey Ronny Hulsey Rustin Smith 590 S Enota Dr, Suite 3 Gainesville, GA 30501 - Attorneys (678) 273-2700

Sumo Hibachi and Wings Caroline Kim 151 Shallowford Road Gainesville, GA 30501 - Restaurant (678) 971-5838 TC Mobile Auto Repair Jessica Cudd 728 Sienna Valley Braselton, GA 30517 - Automobile Repair Service (404) 946-6399

Teston Law Firm Clint Teston 311 Green Street, Suite 402 Smith Mediation and Gainesville, GA 30501 Arbitration - Attorney Manley Smith (470) 208-1004 2150 Powers Ferry Drive, SE Marietta, GA 30067 - Mediation The Joint Chiropractic – (404) 395-6807 Flowery Branch Smith, Gilliam, Williams & Joe Burum Miles – Veronica Rogusky 5900 Spout Springs Road 301 Green St NW, Suite 200 Suite W-1 Flowery Branch, GA 30542 Gainesville, GA 30501 - Chiropractic Services - Attorney (470) 354-0189 (770) 536-3381

TJ Five Trades Luis Teran 5065 Stoneridge Road Flowery Branch, GA 30542 - Home Improvement (678) 617-4217 Training of Champions James Barber 4131 Ashford Way Gainesville, GA 30507 - Business Services (770) 519-2828 Turnkey Facility Maintenance Bryan Brinson 2076 Allied Drive Gainesville, GA 30501 - Maintenance Services (470) 326-5675 Universal Roofing and Construction Cody Hall 4264 Sudderth Road, Suite B Buford, GA 30518 - Roofing Contractors (678) 602-6641

Waldrip Real Estate Charlotte Campbell 208 Lauren Marie Drive Braselton, GA 30517 - Real Estate Agent (706) 824-7266

Xtreme Clean Auto Spa Brent Garrett 2848 SW Browns Bridge Rd Gainesville, GA 30504 - Auto Detailing Services (770) 534-9173 Xtreme Clean Auto Spa 2 Brent Garrett 616 White Sulpher Road Gainesville, GA 30501 - Auto Detailing Services (770) 971-1020 As an investor in the Greater Hall Chamber, businesses are entitled to a host of benefits. The potential dividends from investment are unlimited. Details: Christen Wilbanks or Kara Tate at 770-532-6206.


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Margaritaville Bucky Perry 7650 Lanier Islands Pkwy Buford, GA 30518 - Recreation (678) 304-3120


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Ribbon Cuttings

Aerie Lane in Buford

Cathy Rorke cuts the ribbon for Aerie Lane, a unique shop offering DIY craft workshops, custom birthday parties, gifts and an original concept Craft Bar, with staff providing step-by-step directions and encouragement. Charming gifts – most from local small businesses are available. Projects vary throughout the year, but the full workshop schedule is online at 2345 Thompson Mill Road, Suite 105, Buford, GA 30519. 470-778-2156.

Leslie White, owner and operator, cuts ribbon for Resource Brokers, LLC, a premier real estate firm based in Gainesville. Whether you’re in the market to buy, sell or rent, the Resource Brokers team of qualified agents is ready to assist you. THE home for all of your real estate needs. 208 Bradford Street, Gainesville, GA 30501. 678-696-8410.

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The Joint Chiropractic


Joe Burum and Dr. Joe Whitehead cut a ribbon at The Joint in Flowery Branch. The clinic is the newest location for The Joint Chiropractic, an organization with more than 30 clinics throughout the Atlanta area. The Joint provides professional, affordable and convenient chiropractic care for lower back pain, sciatica pain and migraines, as well as a pathway to wellness with chiropractic's natural, drug-free approach to healthcare. With 100% licensed doctors, The Joint provides walk-in, no appointment needed services including adjustments seven days a week! The Joint Chiropractic, 5900 Spout Springs Road, Suite W-1, Flowery Branch, GA 30542. 470-407-2225.

Vincent Squillace cuts ribbon for the new Circle K Convenience Store #217 on Spout Springs Road in Flowery Branch. Circle K’s success in the convenience retailing industry spans more than 40 years, known worldwide for quality products and great customer service. With some 44 stores in Georgia, Circle K Atlanta's continued growth and profitability is based on community mindedness and responsible retailing. 7342 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch, GA 30542. 470-878-3507.

Want to promote your company with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony? This is a free service if you're a member of the Greater Hall Chamber. Not a member? Join now and receive numerous benefits. For more membership information or to schedule your event, contact Christen Wilbanks, VP Membership Sales, or Kara Tate, VP Sales & Programs, at 770-532-6206.

2019 Membership Drive Success Business After Hours

75 New Chamber Members

Sponsor a Chamber Networking Event Business After Hours: Monthly networking opportunities for members held at business locations and other venues. Sponsorship – $700 per event Business Before Hours: Quarterly breakfast meeting for members. Held at business locations and other venues. Sponsorship – $300 per event New Member Breakfast: Quarterly breakfasts for new members with an orientation of Chamber programs and benefits. Sponsorships – $500-$1000 per event Sponsorship Opportunities: Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 x 115.


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New Chamber member Bill Price with Christen Wilbanks (left), Chamber VP, Membership Sales, and Kara Tate,VP Membership Sales & Programs. Thank you CHASE for Business for sponsoring a new member orientation and breakfast at Lanier College & Career Academy on March 22.

(L-R): Tim Evans, Chamber; Cami & Scott McGarity. Thank you McGarity's Business Products for hosting Business After Hours and congratulations on 40 years of business success! Don't miss great networking at Business After Hours on Thursday, May 2 at Turner, Wood & Smith's new headquarters in Gainesville, located adjacent to the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center at 1515 Community Way in Gainesville. Details: Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 x 115.

Membership Development

Chamber Membership Vice Chair Brett Fowler, Turner, Wood & Smith Insurance, announced that the membership drive brought in 75 new members at a recap session on March 21. Congratulations to team captain Tracy Hoeltke of Netchex and her team "Captains of Commerce" for bringing in the most new members. (Front, L-R): Christen Wilbanks, Chamber; Tracy Hoeltke, Nexchex; Shelley Davis, Chamber; Julie Nicholson, HUB International; Team Captain Dianne Hicks, eXp Realty. (Back, L-R): Richie Aitken, American Family Insurance; Namon Collins, Allstate Insurance; Brett Fowler, Turner, Wood & Smith Insurance; Steve Rawl, SunTrust Bank; Steve Naughton. Top team recruiters received an overnight stay at Legacy Lodge at Lanier Islands and passes for North Georgia Canopy Tours! Tracy Hoeltke was also the top individual recruiter and received the $1,000 prize! Thank you Left Nut Brewery for hosting the campaign recap party.



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Over 700 job seekers attend Job Fair

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The Chamber's Spring Job Fair on March 20 drew over 700 job seekers, all spending quality time with hiring managers. Some 70 employers were on hand and hiring for hundreds of positions. (L-R): Express Employment Professional's Hollie Christy, Heather Tyner, Amber Estrada. The Job Fair offers Chamber member businesses a unique partnership and opportunity to help find the area's best employees. The Fall Job Fair is Tuesday, September 24 at the Gainesville Civic Center. Details: Amanda Lewis, 770-532-6206 x 111.

Hackers Holiday

Business After Hours Tuesday, May 2

Now located adjacent to the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center at 1515 Community Way in Gainesville.

5-7pm | Turner Wood & Smith Founded in 1905, Turner, Wood & Smith Insurance employs 40 people and offers commercial, personal, and employee benefit insurance. Come visit the TWS staff, tour the new facility, and enjoy delicious food and drink. Door prize drawings, Cash Prize Drawing and, of course, outstanding networking!

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Wednesday, April 10 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Sam’s Club | Oakwood Wednesday, April 17 Lunch 'n Learn 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn Browns Bridge Road | Gainesville

Tuesday, April 23 Marketing Workshop 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Brenau Downtown Center

Friday, April 26 40th Annual Hackers Holiday 10:00 a.m. Shotgun Start Legacy on Lanier at Lanier Islands

Wednesday, April 24 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. RLM Affairs | Gainesville

Tuesday, April 30 South Hall Business Coalition 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Chicopee Woods Golf Course

Thursday, April 25 Chamber Board of Directors 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Gainesville Civic Center

Thursday, May 2 Business After Hours Turner, Wood & Smith Insurance 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 1515 Community Way | Gainesville

Friday, April 26

10:00 a.m. Shotgun Start Legacy on Lanier Golf Club | Lanier Islands Presented by Margaritaville Kara Tate, 770-532-6206 x 103 • Email:

Upcoming Chamber Events Tuesday, April 9 Small Business Seminar 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Chamber

Golf Tournament



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