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Business Link G r e a t e r H a l l C h a m b e r . c o m Chairman's Column page 2 Agribusiness Awards page 4 Chamber Chase Highlights page 4

Annual Meeting & Gala on May 17 The Greater Hall Chamber's 110th Annual Meeting & Gala is Thursday, May 17 at the Chattahoochee Country Club in Gainesville. The evening begins at 6:00 p.m. with an outdoor reception. The dinner program begins at 7:00 p.m. and includes an overview of the year's success and annual award presentations including the 2017-2018 Small Business of the Year, Family Business of the Year, Silver Shovel Awards, the prestigious W.G. Mealor Chairman's Award, Distinguished Citizen Award and the Community Service Award. Table Sponsorships $1300 (limited, seats 10) with promotion and recognition during the awards program. Individual tickets $90; $160 Couple. Reservations: Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 x 115 or email: Reservations Online:

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110th Annual

Meeting & Gala Thursday, May 17 6:00 p.m.

Chattahoochee Country Club Celebrating a Year of Success & Annual Business Awards Presented by Chairman Perry Barnett Chair-Elect Carol Burell Chamber President & CEO Kit Dunlap

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Outdoor Reception at 6:00 p.m. Buffet Dinner & Program 7:00 p.m. $90 per person • $160 couple $1300 Table Sponsorship (seats 10) Black Tie Optional Reservations Required 770-532-6206 • Email:

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Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Chamber members and guests enjoy the Chamber's 2017 Annual Meeting & Gala. Call now to make your reservations for the Chamber's 110th Annual Meeting & Gala on Thursday, May 17 at the Chattahoochee Country Club in Gainesville. 770-532-6206.

Carroll Daniel Construction • Georgia Power Jackson EMC • Lanier Islands Northeast Georgia Health System

Save the Date Tuesday, May 8 Small Business Seminar Thursday, May 10 Business After Hours Thursday, May 17 Annual Meeting & Gala

M AY 2018

A Publication of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

From the Chairman

Economic Vitality through Public Art Sponsored by the Greater Hall Chamber and funded by the Chamber's HALLmark Initiative, Vision 2030 is a community project coordinated by volunteers leading long-term initiatives, defined by the citizens, to position Gainesville-Hall County as the most enviable community in Georgia by the year 2030. The group champions these initiatives and propels them forward through collaborative partnerships with government, education, business, and non-profits. The Chamber's VISION 2030 began its Public Art Initiative in spring 2015 seeking to enhancing the lives of citizens and the community’s long-term economic vitality through public artworks. Under the direction of Elizabeth Higgins, Vision 2030 Executive Director, committee chair Frank Norton Jr., The Norton Agency, and the steering committee: Amanda McClure, Perry Barnett, CPA Quinlan Art Center; Katie Crumley, Hall County Government; Tina Carlson, Rushton Chairman, Greater Hall Morton Vardeman & Carlson; Gladys Wyant, The Arts Council, Joey Summer; Chamber of Commerce Clayton Santiago, Whitney Brown, Jack Burd and LeTrell Simpson, several outstanding initiatives have been launched including a Public Art Walking Tour & Map and Free Range Public Art throughout Gainesville-Hall County. Fifty-five works of art in a variety of media were cataloged in 2015, and 78 new pieces have been installed since then! Most recently the Public Art Committee introduced its newest art adventure – Brenau Urban Rural Discovery Secrets or 2030 BURDS that can be “discovered” throughout our community. We invite community members, and visitors alike, to be aware and let us know when and where you find one of these distinctive creatures. Post your discoveries on social media to #2030BURDS.

Purchase your own 2030 BURD for $100 and a BURD will be placed in the community. BURDS may be purchased at the Chamber, The Norton Agency, Access WDUN, and the Quinlan Art Center.

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Vision 2030 Public Art Committee presents the 2018 Block Party Get Happy > Buy Art on Friday, May 11 from 6-10pm at The Royal Space at the Hunt Tower on the Downtown Gainesville Square. The event features a Silent Auction and ART available for purchase, each piece for under $100! Come enjoy Good Food Truck, Downtown Drafts Beer, Homemade Pants Music. Proceeds will go towards the purchase of more public art. Tickets $30 (includes food & first drink). Purchase tickets at and help us celebrate art in our community!


South Hall Market Update

Business Link VOLUME 23 ISSUE 11 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 Chair, VISION 2030 Melissa Tymchuk, Northeast Georgia Health System Elizabeth Higgins, Exec Director

Co-Chairs, HALLmark Paul Chambers, AT&T Mimi Collins, 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 Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

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 Josh Everett, New Leaf Landscape Services Brett Fowler, Turner Wood & Smith Insurance Tony Funari, Funari Realty Col. Bill Gallagher, Riverside Military Academy Jim Grier, Mayor, City of Lula Joy Griffin, United Way of Hall County Richard Higgins, Chair, Hall Co. Commission Morgan House, American Canoe Association 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 Sheri Millwood, Oakwood City Council 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 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 Roy Turpin, Mayor, City of Gillsville 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 Thank you Frank Norton, Jr. and The Norton Agency, Longstreet Clinic and NEGA Diagnostic Clinic for hosting the South Hall Business Coalition at Highpoint Medical in Braselton. (L-R): Kit Dunlap, Chamber; Frank Norton, Jr., The Norton Agency; South Hall Council Chair Geoff Lee, Road Atlanta; Chamber Chair Perry Barnett, Rushton. Join us at the NEW Flowery Branch City Hall for an update from Bill Andrew, City Manager, on May 15.

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 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 Kit Dunlap, President & CEO 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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2018 Agribusiness Awards

Annual Agribusiness Awards were presented at a breakfast on March 27 held in conjunction with National Ag Day and sponsored by Jackson EMC. (L-R): Elton Maddox (Agribusiness Hall of Fame), Joab and Jacob Bowen (Farmers of the Year), Jane Crumley (accepting in memory of JK Crumley, Agribusiness Hall of Fame), Mike Haynes (Agribusiness Hall of Fame), Jerry Truelove, Truelove Dairy (accepting for the Hall County Farm Bureau, Friend of Agriculture) and Mark Sosebee, Gold Creek Foods (Outstanding Agribusiness). A program of the Greater Hall Chamber and Hall County Cooperative Extension, agribusiness awards seek to increase recognition and appreciation of the agricultural community in Hall County. For more information on this and other Greater Hall Chamber Community Development programs, contact Robin Halstead, VP Community Development, 770-532-6206 or email:

Chamber Issues Committee Senator Butch Miller, President Pro Tempore of the Georgia Senate: Deb Bailey, Executive Director of Government Affairs, Northeast Georgia Health System; Kit Dunlap, Chamber President & CEO, at the Chamber's Issues Committee Meeting where Senator Miller and Deb Bailey presented an overview of the 2018 Georgia Legislative Session.

Chamber Staff Position Opening Full-time position as part of the Gainesville-Hall County Economic Development Division team working with business expansion, retention, retail development and small business. Skills and requirements include written, speaking and social skills; proficiency in office productivity and social media; college degree; work experience preferred; ability to prioritize and work on multiple projects in a team environment; willingness to learn economic development processes. To apply: Send resume to Human Resources, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 374, Gainesville, GA 30503 or Email resume to:

Vision 2030: Chamber Chase 2018 5K & Wellness Walk Highlights Over 1,500 people gathered at Riverside Military Academy on March 22 for the 11th Annual Chamber Chase. Mansfield Cares won Most Creative Use of Company Logo in the T-Shirt Contest!

Chamber Chase 2018 5K and 2 Mile Wellness Walk Award Recipients:


OVERALL WINNERS M: Juan Soto, Runner's Fit F: Michelle McKenzie, Runner's Fit


Fastest CEO: David Bailey, Anesthesia Associates of Gainesville

Most Creative: Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic

Fastest Corporate Team: Runner's Fit

Best Use of the Chamber Chase Logo: Kipper Tool Company

Fastest Community Team: Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club

Most Creative Use of Company Logo: Mansfield Cares

Team Spirit Award: ProCare Rx

People's Choice Award: Longstreet Clinic Runner's Fit Team Member Juan Soto (17:43) was the Overall Top Male Winner and Michelle McKenzie (19:16) was the Overall Female Winner. Runner's Fit was the Fastest Corporate Team.

The ProCare Rx Team won the Most Team Spirit Award!

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Meetings & Events

MAY 2018 Wednesday, May 2 Healthcare Committee 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. | Chamber

Tuesday, May 15 Vision 2030 Board of Directors 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Chamber

Thursday, May 3 Membership Committee 8:30 a.m. - 9: 30 a.m. | Chamber

Wednesday, May 16 Issues Committee 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Chamber

Thursday, May 3 Workforce Development Task Force 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Chamber

Wednesday, May 16 Lunch 'n Learn Speaker: Carin Booth, UGA Hall County Extension 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Jaemor Farm | Hwy 365 in Alto

Tuesday, May 8 Small Business Seminar 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Chamber Tuesday, May 8 Ambassador Council 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 2 Dog Cafe | Gainesville

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Thursday, May 10 Leadership Hall County Graduation 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Thursday, May 10 Business After Hours Sponsor: BGW Dental Group 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 1205 Friendship Road | Braselton

Thursday, May 17 Chamber Executive Committee 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Chamber Thursday, May 17 110th Annual Meeting & Gala 6:00 p.m. Outdoor Reception 7:00 p.m. Dinner & Awards Program Chattahoochee Country Club Tuesday, May 22 WomenSource Power Breakfast 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. | Chamber Wednesday, May 23 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Edward Jones/Nick Pruner 7378 Friendship Springs Blvd Suite D | Flowery Branch Thursday, May 24 Chamber Board of Directors 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Georgia Power Pavilion | Gainesville

Friday, May 11 JUNE 2018 Economic Development Council 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. | Liberty Utilities Thursday, June 7 1766 Cleveland Highway | Gainesville Business After Hours Sponsor: Mountain Fresh Creamery Friday, May 11 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Vision 2030 Public Art Block Party 6615 Cleveland Highway | Clermont 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. The Royal Space at the Hunt Tower Tuesday, June 12 200 Main Street | Gainesville Small Business Workshop 7:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 15 Featherbone Communiversity South Hall Business Coalition 999 Chestnut Street | Gainesville 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. NEW Flowery Branch City Hall Online:

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Member Announcements



• Lori Wurtz has been named Elections Superintendent of the Hall County Elections Department. She formerly served as Jackson County's Supervisor of Elections and Voter Registration for the past seven years. • Edward Jones Financial Advisor Beth Baldwin recently attended a conference to recognize top female financial advisors as well as participate in networking opportunities, presentations from internationally recognized speakers, explore performance best practices and interact with firm leadership. Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, provides financial services in the US and, through its affiliate, in Canada. • For the 4th consecutive year, Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) has earned the Women’s Choice Award as one of Georgia’s Best Hospitals. The honor recognizes NGMC as a leader in bariatric surgery, heart and cancer care, obstetrics, orthopedics and patient experience. The award identifies the nation’s best healthcare institutions based on clinical excellence and female patient satisfaction. • Kroger’s annual “Can Hunger” Food Drive supported the Georgia Mountain Food Bank (GMFB) by collecting proceeds in November and December within its five-county service area of Hall, Forsyth, Dawson, Lumpkin and Union counties. Kroger customer’s $79,212 gift potentially will help GMFB provide almost 400,000 meals to the food insecure. • Document Destruction Services (DDS), with facilities in Homer, GA, grew its truck fleet to eight with a new partnership with Peach State Freightliner. DDS serves commercial businesses in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee offering secure destruction of sensitive paper and electronic records including computer hard drive destruction. Celebrating its 25th year, DDS is proud to remain a privately owned, family business. Residents can bring personal records for destruction to the Homer facility, Monday-Friday. Details: 706-677-2779. • Lorra Lee, President, Small Business Access Partners (SBA Partners) announced that the organization received the ‘Certified Development Company of the Year’ Award. The US Small Business Administration’s Georgia Office recognized SBA Partners for its

approval of $37.6 million in SBA 504 loans throughout Georgia. SBA Partners, a nonprofit SBA-certified development company, was founded in 1983 and with programs from the US SBA and the US Department of Agriculture offers financing options to small businesses in Georgia. • Nikki Perry is the City of Gainesville’s new communications and tourism director, previously held by Catiel Felts, who retired in May. Nikki worked at The Times in Gainesville, then in 2008 transitioned into public relations as an information officer for the Hall County government. Since 2012 has served as the PR director for the City of Lilburn. • House Dressing Interiors, located at 670-A Main Street in Gainesville, will host a book signing with interior designer Phoebe Howard for her new book, Coastal Blues, on Thursday, May 10 from 4-7 pm. With stores in Atlanta, Jacksonville and Charlotte, Howard epitomizes Southern Style. 770-5317393. • Braselton resident Jack Frost, owner of Memorial Park Funeral Homes, was awarded the Medal of Honor by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), the highest honor bestowed to a native born American. Frost received the award at DAR’s spring conference in Atlanta and was nominated for the award by Betsy Adams of The Adams Companies, Americanism chair of the local DAR chapter. • Colleen Manji was honored with the Gold President's Award as one of the top 50 Jazzercize franchise owners in the world. Manji owns Jazzercise locations in Gainesville on Thompson Bridge Road, Braselton on Spout Springs Road and in Sugar Hill on Cumming Highway. • The University of North Georgia (UNG) was named one of the nation's "best value colleges" by Forbes Magazine in its annual Best Value Colleges ranking and one of only three public universities in Georgia. In August, UNG was named one of the nation's top higher education institutions by Forbes Magazine in its 2017 "America’s Top Colleges" report.

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Beautification Nominations The Chamber's Beautification Committee is seeking nominations for the 2018 Residential Beautification Award from various sections of Gainesville-Hall County. Award nominations are made by neighbors and friends and selected by members of the Chamber's Beautification Committee. “Since 1994, the Greater Hall Chamber has recognized and promoted homeowners that are helping beautify our community,” said Robin Halstead, Chamber Vice President of Community Development. “Along with our annual Business Beautification Awards, this residential initiative helps promote the importance of landscape enhancements and recognize those that are making a difference.”

Residential Beautification Award Recipients Billy & LaTrell Thomas in Murrayville. Nominate yourself, a friend or neighbor for the 2018 award. Details, Robin Halstead, 770-532-6206. Email:

WomenSource Power Breakfast The WomenSource Power Breakfast Series, a new partnership with the Chamber, allows women from all backgrounds to have casual conversations over a cup of coffee with leaders in our community. Meetings feature a speaker’s career story, how she achieved success, how she juggles the roles she fulfills in her life, and any other advice she might offer. The upcoming program is May 22 (8-9am) at the Chamber with guest speaker Dr. Carol Adams, Associate Vice President and Dean, University College at University of North Georgia. She will tell us about her exciting career journey and how she landed in Gainesville just a few short years ago! Come interact with Dr. Adams and network with other women. No cost to attend. Registration required. Register online at

Networking at Business After Hours

(L-R): Alex Laidlaw, Holiday on Lake Lanier; Dennis Stockton, Lanier Technical College; Hall County Commissioner Billy Powell, SVN/Hokayem Company; Janice Wagner, Sunrise Cove Marina, at the March Business After Hours at Sunrise Cove Marina.

Youth Leadership '19 Announced

Leigh Cumiskey (right) and daugter, Tricia, Gainesville High and YLH graduate. Leigh has been the East Hall High School liaison for YLH since its inception in 2005 and is retiring this year. YLH's 2018 graduation was held at Montara Farm in April with 79 students representing 10 public and private high schools. Keynote speaker SSGT Greg Cochran, Hall County Sheriff’s Office, and four-time World Record Holder in Strength based events, challenged the class to pursue excellence. The group participated in “21 Ways to be a Great Teammate” followed by team building activities and a graduation ceremony. Thank you program sponsors: Butch Miller, State Senate and Montara Farm Retreats.

Chestatee High School Bryce Barrett Cameron Gwyn David Woodard Haylee Lloyd Jonah Bull Lindsey Bornhurst Nicole Sedwick Shelby Benjamin Trey Grimsley

Jerald Gonzalez Matthew Moon Nermeen Arif Sophia Le Gainesville High School Caitlin Pirkle Doris Toledo Eduardo Ortiz Grace O'Keefe Grayson Wagner Hannah Wagner Joseph Diaz Karyme Ramirez Katherine Edwards Marimartin Towns

Lakeview Academy Abbe Piccolo Adam Cottrell Bryce Blackwell Jack Kennedy Mary Keys Payne Nanditha Rajini Sophia Coker North Hall High School Alec Wilson Alexandra Shows Ella Randall Lee Emilie Green Noah Wagner Rebecca Dillard Ty Smith Zach Warwick

East Hall High School Alex Hightower Alysia Gray Danny Restrepo Isaac Capulin Jovanna Aceves Karah Dale Laura Fowler Martha Dominguez Sarah Salyers

Johnson High School Alyssa Ramos Aniyah Norman Asha Gill Avery Owen Lydia Ebbs Victoria Clendenning Victoria Smith Walter Caballero

Flowery Branch High Andrea Farmer Annabelle Thomas David Tran Ethan Faulkner Jennifer Dam

West Hall High School Caleb James Franklin Elizabeth Soriano Isaiah Prather Lanier College/Career Academy Jackson Barlett Rey Santana Zach Mullinax

Lanier Christian Academy Cole Strickland Madelyn Majewski Mikayla Henderson

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Education & Leadership

The Greater Hall Chamber announces the 14th class of Youth Leadership Hall (YLH) and the largest class yet with 81 students. Initiated in 2005, the program now has some 797 student graduates. A program for high school juniors and seniors, YLH seeks to provide an investment in the community’s future leadership by fostering interest in the community and inspiring students to become the leaders of tomorrow. Beginning in August, students will participate in monthly programs on topics such as the judicial system, healthcare, servant leadership and economic development. Students must have a satisfactory academic standing and be nominated by a teacher, administrator, coach, or extracurricular activity director.

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Leadership & Education May 1, 2018 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce


Leadership Hall County

PIE of the Month: Lanier Islands

(L-R): Terry Spicer, King’s Hawaiian; Marcus Neville, Midtown Blue & Midtown Alliance; Trent Brown, Carroll Daniel Construction, at Glo-Crest Dairy Farm in Clermont. Leadership Hall's Agriculture Day began at the Georgia Poultry Lab with keynote speaker Gary Black, State Agriculture Commissioner. At Mountain Fresh Creamery the class enjoyed fresh milk and ice cream while watching milk production followed by a trip to Jaemor Farm for fried pies and a tractor tour of the farm. The day ended with wine tasting at Sweet Acre Farms Winery. Thank you program sponsors: Clipper Petroleum, Bojangles' and Lakeview Academy.

Sandra Grindy of Lanier Islands, interviews a student at Mock Interview Days at Flowery Branch High School (FBHS). Lanier Islands has supported FBHS in many ways including employees participating as guest speakers at the school's Falcon Career Summit, providing representatives on advisory committees, interviewers at Mock Interviews Days, sponsoring the Little Miss Falcon Pageant, and now as an official new Partner in Education (PIE). Lanier Islands has been an amazing mentor for FBHS Work-Based Learning students for more than 10 years with internships in golf course operations and management, marketing, social media, culinary, event planning, and more. The resort has invested in students and helped them learn and grow through employability skills and on the job training. Lanier Islands has done an incredible job in using their time, talent, and treasure for the betterment of our youth and the community.

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Thank you Jeremy Perry, Matt Hamby, Tracie Morris of the City of Gainesville and Tim Sims, Hall County, for presentations on How to Do Business with our Local Governments at the April Small Business Seminar. Attend a seminar and learn how your company can become a Chamber Certified Small Business Partner. Small Business Seminars are sponsored by AccessWDUN, Caldwell Electrical Contractors, WSI Digital Rainmakers and Signs by Tomorrow.

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Don't miss the next Small Business Seminar on Tuesday, May 8 from 7:45am -9:00am at the Chamber as Elizabeth Evans, a Pastoral Counselor with Avenues of Life Counseling & Coaching in Gainesville, shares technological and realistic ways to organize your time at home and work (stress free). She will teach you ways to succeed in accomplishing your goals with ease, by using what God has already put in your grasp. Share in this exciting time of learning, applying and making it happen in your life! No charge for Chamber members. Amanda Lewis, 770-532-6206 x 111. Email:

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May 1, 2018 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Ribbon Cuttings

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Julie Edwards, Daphne and Murray David, and Fran Habeeb cut ribbon at The Humane Society of Northeast Georgia (HSNEGA) for the new ChristianDavid Healthy Pet Clinic, at the HSNEGA 845 West Ridge Road facility. The project was made possible through a signature gift by the Davids. The new clinic includes three exam rooms and a larger waiting and treatment area, allowing HSNEGA to increase client capacity and level of service. The new clinic will be led by Summer Andersen, DVM, Associate Veterinarian, and supervised by Dr. Jaime Feroli, Medical Director at HSNEGA.

Limestone Personal Training Amber Owens, Kat von Hacke, Tommie Griffith and Chris Foeste cut ribbon at Limestone Personal Training, a personal training studio run by certified and experienced personal trainers ready to help clients meet their fitness goals. The trainers tailor each workout around a client's abilities and limitations and design and set client goals and programs to help achievee the desired results. Trainings sessions are offered as well as Pilates and Zumba classes. 2480 Limestone Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501. 470-326-6774.

Project Evolution Cars Ramone Mejia and Jeremy Cwikla cut ribbon at Project Evolution, a complete automotive body shop center offering world-class collision repair services, custom body work and complete automotive restorations at competitive pricing. They work with all insurance companies and individuals to repair damages and services also include motorcycles, boats, and personal watercraft. 1632 Gibbs Drive, Gainesville GA 30507. 678-989-0716.

Susan Verlander, principal, Marina Bay Properties, with Greg Verlander and Jeff Huggins, cuts ribbon at Marina Bay. The developers will operate as the in-house, onsite sales brokerage firm exclusively representing the Marina Bay on Lanier community. Marina Bay is a 300+ acre private gated lake front community that when completed will be home to 399 families who are part of a full lifestyle amenity program and planned community featuring a 14,000+ square-foot clubhouse with resort style swimming complex, fitness center, stadium seating lighted tennis center, spacious parks, children’s and pets playground. Located on Lake Lanier just 12 miles from Downtown Gainesville, Marina Bay has three miles of beautiful Lake Lanier shoreline with new and resale cottages and villas for sale from $400’s to $600’s as well as Custom and Lakefront Estate homes from $600’s to over $2mm’s, and home sites as well. 6338 Marina Club Drive, Gainesville, GA 30506. 770-679-3955.

Culver's of Gainesville

Culver’s of Gainesville owners, Mark and Dawn Dahl, break ground on the new restaurant located at 1260 Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville, set to open mid-July. (L-R): Angela Sheppard, Assistant City Manager, City of Gainesville; Mark and Dawn Dahl, Dahl Family Maple Products; Tim Evans, Greater Hall Chamber; Rusty Ligon, Community Development Director, City of Gainesville; Christen Wilbanks, Greater Hall Chamber. Culver's is a Wisconsin-based, family-favorite restaurant known for their local ButterBurgers, Fresh Frozen Custard and Wisconsin Cheese Curds.


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Bloomin Blinds Trevor Ewald 935 Interstate Ridge Drive Suite B Gainesville GA 30501 -Interior Design 678-535-3151

Compass Pest Management Cliff Baird 1102 South Main Street Cornelia GA 30531 -Pest Control 706-778-1073

Arbor Terrace at Hamilton Mill Leann Crawford 3581 Braselton Highway Dacula GA 30019 -Senior Living 770-999-0421 B4CC, Inc (Specicare) Ken Dixon 690 Medical Park Lane Gainesville GA 30501 -Medical/Health/Wellness 833-242-2873

Brand Mortgage Luiggi Amoretti 670 Paces Woods Ct Lawrenceville GA 30043 -Mortgage Lender 770-339-2079

Crossroads Bar & Grille Vinnie Newman 5900 Spout Springs Road Suite A-1 Flowery Branch GA 30542 -Restaurant 770-967-3375

Buy the Yard Kacy Cronan PO Box 1256 Gainesville GA 30503 -Landscape 706-892-YARD

Daniel's Educational Tours Shelly Echols 4336 Cornelia Highway Lula GA 30554 -Transportation Services 770-718-0899

Danny's Donuts Andy Nuon 417 Main Street Gainesville GA 30501 -Restaurant 678-450-4515

Gainesville GA 30501 -Mortgage Lender 678-997-2672

Danny's Donuts #2 Andy Nuon 975 #18 Dawsonville Hwy Gainesville GA 30501 -Restaurant 470-892-6511

Integrated Counseling, Inc Patti Shipp 4347 Mundy Mill Road Suite A2 Oakwood GA 30566 -Counseling Services 770-540-8149

Georgia Gas Distributors Johanna Lozano 6065 Roswell Rd, Suite 910 Sandy Springs GA 30328 -Business Services 404-497-1600

Joachim Herz Stiftung Iris Schultz 384 Langenhorner Chaussee Hamburg Germany 22419 -Non-Profit 404-594-1793

Go Green Solutions, LLC Brent Westmoreland PO Box 2222 Dahlonega GA 30533 -Health/Wellness 706-219-0025

Keller Williams / Gavin Kohler 3730 Village Way, Suite 160 Braselton GA 30517 -Real Estate 678-425-1988

Homestar Financial Corp Kerry Farmer 631 Dawsonville Highway

-Personal Training 678-485-1264 Looms and Lighting Jennifer Terry 864 Chattahoochee Drive Gainesville GA 30501 -Retail / Specialty Gifts 404-226-6061 Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio Jenna Wellborn 950 Washington Street NW Gainesville GA 30501 -Retail 770-532-7800 Metals USA Bobby Morrison 3935 Old Mundy Mill Road Oakwood GA 30566 -Manufacturing 770-536-1214

Limestone Personal Training New Members Tommie Griffith Continued on Page 16. 2480 Limestone Pkwy Gainesville GA 30501

Learning is ever in the freshness of its youth, even for the old. —Aeschylus

27th Annual Great Grown-Up

Welcome New Members

Advanced Allergy of North Georgia Dr. Michael Maloney 100 College Avenue Gainesville GA 30501 -Medical/Allergist 678-971-5005

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New Members, Continued from page 15 Mike Bliss 3601 Crest Hill Drive Flowery Branch GA 30542 -Individual Member 770-912-5034 Nix Tank Company Darrell Webb 5504 Saddle Club Road Gainesville GA 30506 -Contractor 770-532-8207 North Georgia Services Jon Irving 2569 Dunlap Mill Road Gainesville GA 30506 -Construction 678-616-4963 Olive Basket Charles Hay 821 Dawsonville Hwy Gainesville GA 30501 -Retail Specialty Gifts 706-510-5034 Skier's Marine Atlanta Heidi Moore 1209 Hillside Gardens Lane Gainesville GA 30504

-Boat Sales & Service 470-228-5001 Southern Nest Laurie Mason 3296 Thompson Bridge Rd Gainesville GA 30506 -Retail Home &Gifts 678-696-5406 Tenacea Consulting Cammie Bell-Garrison 134 Davis Road Jefferson GA 30549 -Consulting 706-367-1525 The Collegiate Grill Jeffrey Worley 220 Main Street SW Gainesville GA 30501 -Restaurant 678-989-2280 The Norton Agency Chris Braswell 434 Green Street Gainesville GA 30501 -Industrial Real Estate 678-617-1294

The Steering Group Joe Gelderman 1078 Dixie Bell Ct Lawrenceville GA 30045 -Consulting 404-978-2282 VDL Simon Bambach 5459 Aloha Way Oakwood GA 30507 -Manufacturing Waldrip Real Estate Susan Marshall 303 Pearl Nix Pkwy Gainesville GA 30501 -Real Estate 678-343-2211 For Greater Hall Chamber membership info and benefits, contact Christen Wilbanks, Vice President of Membership Sales, 770-532-6206 x 115 or email: – Join the Chamber online at

Thank You Chamber Sponsors! We appreciate these organizations that support Chamber Events: AccessWDUN AT&T BGW Dental Group Bojangles' Butch Miller, State Senate Caldwell Electrical Carroll Daniel Construction City of Flowery Branch Clipper Petroleum

Georgia Power Glo-Crest Dairy House Dressing Interiors Jackson EMC Jaemor Farms King's Hawaiian Lakeview Academy Lanier Islands Liberty Utilities

Milton Martin Honda Montara Farm Retreats Mountain Fresh Creamery NEGA Health System Red Clay Interactive Signs by Tomorrow Store More Self Storage The Times WSI Digital Rainmakers

The Board of Directors of the Greater Hall Chamber Chairman Perry Barnett, CPA Chair-Elect Carol Burell and President & CEO Kit Dunlap invite you to celebrate Gainesville-Hall County's success at the

110th Annual Meeting & Gala Thursday, May 17, 2018 6:00 p.m. Chattahoochee Country Club

3000 Club Drive • Gainesville, GA 30506


2017-2018 Annual Business Awards Small Business of the Year • Family Business of the Year Community Service Award • Silver Shovel Awards W.G. Mealor Award • Distinguished Citizen Award Black Tie Optional Reception 6:00 p.m. Dinner & Program 7:00 p.m. Reservations Required Contact: Mandy Lathem 770-532-6206 x 115 Email:

Reservations Online:

Upcoming Chamber Events Tuesday, May 8 Small Business Seminar 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Chamber

Tuesday, May 15 South Hall Business Coalition 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. NEW Flowery Branch City Hall

Thursday, May 10 Business After Hours Thursday, May 17 Sponsored by BGW Dental Group 110th Annual Meeting & Gala 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Outdoor Reception 1205 Friendship Road | Braselton 7:00 p.m. Dinner & Awards Program Chattahoochee Country Club Friday, May 11 Vision 2030 Public Art Block Party Tuesday, May 22 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. WomenSource Power Breakfast The Royal Space at the Hunt Tower 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. | Chamber 200 Main Street | Gainesville

Outdoor Reception Elegant Buffet Dinner Jazz Music $90 per person $160 couple $1300 Table Sponsor (seats 10) Limited Sponsorships Available


Tuesday, June 12 Small Business Workshop 7:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Featherbone Communiversity 999 Chestnut Street | Gainesville


Details & Register Online for these events and more This publication is printed on partially recycled paper.

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