Page 1

Business Link G r e a t e r H a l l C h a m b e r . c o m Chamber Chair's Column page 2 Meetings & Events page 4 Small Business of the Month page 5 Member Announcements page 10 New Members page 11 Certified Small Business Partners, Page 12 Ribbon Cuttings page 14 Membership Incentives page 16

Greater Hall Chamber Business EXPO Fee ission m d A blic No the Pu o t n e Op Service e l t t u h S

Thursday, February 21

1-6 pm | Gainesville Civic Center

Thursday, February 21

– Win Great Prizes –

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Business Luncheon

Drawings All Day Long!

Reservations Required

1:00 - 6:00 pm Business EXPO Free & Open to Public 4:00 - 6:00 pm A Taste of Gainesville $5 entry fee

Business After Hours

A Taste of Gainesville Thursday, February 21

4:00-6:00 pm at the Business Expo

Menu Specialties from Local Restaurants 2 Dog Restaurant | Fajitas Mexican Restaurant Gainesville Seafood Market | Sliced Chicken Salad Chick | Panera Bread Mountain Fresh Creamery | RLM Affairs

- Over 60 Exhibitors - Networking - Leads Development - A Taste of Gainesville - Door Prizes & Drawings - Business EXPO is FREE - Open to the Public

Amanda Wilbanks, founder and CEO of Southern Baked Pie Company, is the keynote speaker at the Business Luncheon on February 21, (11:30am-1pm) at the Gainesville Civic Center. Reservations Required. Space limited. The Business EXPO follows with 60+ exhibitors and door prizes. Local restaurants will serve special menu items at Business After Hours and A Taste of Gainesville (4-6pm). Business Lunch Reservations & EXPO Exhibit Information: 770-532-6206.

Save the Date Tuesday, February 12 Small Business Seminar Tuesday, February 19 Business After Hours Wednesday, February 26 South Hall Business Coalition


Presented by

A Publication of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce


The Real Value of Joining the Chamber The Greater Hall Chamber's Annual Membership Campaign officially kicked off on Monday, January 28. Over 50 volunteers are gearing up to recruit new Chamber members and are offering a host of incentives. Chamber Vice Chair of Membership Brett Fowler of Turner, Wood & Smith Insurance, is leading the drive. The Membership Campaign runs through March 1, and volunteers are seeking to develop new business relationships and recruit 100 new members. Chamber Members enjoy many benefits including networking and leads development, advertising opportunities, committee participation, small business development programs, resourceful workshops, major expos and events and more. In addition, a Special Incentives Package is available when you join the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce NOW through March 1 (See box on back page.) Carol Burrell President & CEO, A national survey of 2,000 adults reveals that being active in a local Northeast Georgia Health chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy because two-thirds System; Chair, Greater Hall of consumers believe that such companies use good business practices, are Chamber of Commerce

reputable, care about their customers, and are involved in the community. The study, conducted by The Schapiro Group, an Atlanta-based strategic consulting firm, and commissioned by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, found consumer perceptions of chamber members to be positive in many ways: • When consumers know that a small business is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 44% more likely to think favorably of it and 63% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future. • If a company shows that it is highly involved in its local chamber, consumers are 10% more likely to think that its products stack up better against its competition. • When consumers know that an insurance company is a member of the chamber, they are 36% more likely to think favorably of the company.

Major Impact on Small Businesses

February 7, 2019 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Small businesses represent the largest segment of most local chamber membership rolls, and the study indicates that chamber membership has consistent and powerful benefits for small businesses. (90% of the Greater Hall Chamber's members are small businesses.) According to the report, if respondents know that a small business is a member of its local chamber, the business (in Southern U.S.) enjoys a 45% increase in its consumer favorability rating, a 43% increase in consumer awareness, a 83% increase in its local reputation, and an 82% increase in the likelihood that consumers will patronize the business in the future.

VOLUME 24 ISSUE 8 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 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 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 LTC James Spivey, Riverside Military Academy 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.

Associate Directors 2019-2020

More Benefits Networking: People do business with people they know. Your chamber creates networking opportunities with other business professionals and fosters relationships. Visibility: Your Chamber increases your visibility within the community. Supporting Economic Growth: The Chamber directly impacts local business environments and the local economy, creating a win-win for everyone. Access to Resources: The Greater Hall Chamber connects you with resources that you need to thrive through committees, monthly programs and informative workshops. Community Involvement: Supporting your local community increases quality of life for everyone. Many thanks to our members and outstanding volunteers! We appreciate each organization's contribution to our success. If you're not a member, I urge you to join during the Membership Drive that runs through March 1.

How Do I Join the Chamber?


Kat B usiness Link

Contact Christen Wilbanks, VP Membership Sales ( or Kara Tate, VP Sales & Programs ( Call 770-532-6206 or JOIN ONLINE:

Christa Andrews, Corporate Storage, LLC Carin Booth, Hall County Extension Service 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

Innovative Leaders. Powerful Partnerships. At Jackson EMC, we’re focused on your success. Our team of experts partner with businesses to implement innovative technology to help them manage their energy needs, improve productivity and reduce environmental impact. All to keep energy reliable and affordable now and in the future.

To achieve LEED® Gold, Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton turned to Jackson EMC to integrate several sustainable innovations, including creating an energy model in which building systems are analyzed for optimal performance. Jackson EMC’s Commercial & Industrial Team: Dylan Munn, Jennifer Fennell, Brandon Ashley, David Cleveland, Tate O’Rouke, Wade Johnson and Garrett Wiley.

Meetings & Events


Transportation Forum Thursday, March 7 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

University of North Georgia Gainesville Campus | Continuing Education Building Featuring Brandon Kirby

Assistant D1 District Engineer, GDOT Director, Gainesville-Hall Co MPO

– Presented by –

February 7, 2019 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, February 12 Small Business Seminar "Turning Millennials & Generation Z into Brand Advocates" presented by Kem Henderson, Delta Community Credit Union 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Chamber

Tuesday, February 19 WomenSource Power Breakfast Guest Speaker: Angela Middleton 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Chamber

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 Tuesday, February 19 (8-9am) at the Chamber with guest speaker Angela Middleton, local basketball legend and longtime educator. She will tell us about her exciting coaching and teaching career journey! Come interact with Angela and network with other women. No cost to attend. Registration required. Register for the WomenSource Power Breakfast via email:

Thank You Chamber Sponsors! AccessWDUN Halski Systems Alliant Health Plans Highland Mountain Water Brenau University Jackson EMC Caldwell Electrical Keep Hall Beautiful Delta Community Credit Union Lakeview Academy Gville Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Lanier Technical College Gainesville Eye Associates Longstreet Clinic Gainesville High School Lowe's of Gainesville Georgia Power McDonald's NEGA Hall Co. Master Gardeners MegaPrint

Wednesday, February 13 Human Resources Council 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Luna's Restaurant | Gainesville Friday, February 15 Arbor Day Celebration 10:00 a.m. Atlanta Botanical Gardens Gainesville

WomenSource Power Breakfast


Friday, February 8 Economic Development Council 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. | Chamber

Tuesday, February 12 Ambassadors Council 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 2 Dog Cafe | Gainesville

Srikanth Yamala

This annual forum creates discussion with transportation officials, Chamber members, business professionals and community leaders. $20 for Chamber Members, $25 Nonmembers. Includes a boxed lunch. Reservations required. Reservations: Gerri Collins, 770-532-6206 x 106. Email: Online:

February 2019

Milton Martin Honda NEGA Diagnostic Clinic NEGA Health System NEGAMC - Braselton NGPG Internal Medicine ProCare Rx Red Clay Interactive Signs by Tomorrow Store More Self Storage WSI Digital Rainmakers

Tuesday, February 19 Vision 2030 Board of Directors 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Chamber Tuesday, February 19 Business After Hours Sponsored by Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Internal Medicine 1285 Sims Street | Gainesville Wednesday, February 20 Issues Committee 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Chamber Wednesday, February 20 Lunch 'n Learn Guest Speaker: Tony Roland, Trusted Partner Marketing, Inc. 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. New Holiday Inn Express Dawsonville Highway | Gainesville Thursday, February 21 Chamber Executive Committee 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. | Chamber

Thursday, February 21 Annual Business EXPO Luncheon Featuring Amanda Wilbanks, Southern Baked Pie Company, and sponsored by Delta Community Credit Union 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Gainesville Civic Center Thursday, February 21 Business EXPO Presented by MegaPrint 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. EXPO 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. A Taste of Gainesville Gainesville Civic Center Tuesday, February 26 Healthcare Committee & South Hall Business Coalition with presentation by Anthony Williamson, President, Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. NEGAMC Braselton Wednesday, February 27 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Chick-fil-a Robson Crossing Wednesday, February 27 Healthy Hall Awards Luncheon Presented by NEGA Health System 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Brenau Downtown Center Thursday, February 28 Chamber Board of Directors 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Gainesville Civic Center

MARCH 2019 Tuesday, March 5 Agribusiness Awards Breakfast 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. North Hall Community Center Thursday, March 7 Annual Transportation Forum 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. University of North Georgia Tuesday, March 12 Business After Hours Sponsor: McGarity's Business Products 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 870 Grove Street | Gainesville Get all the details and register for events online:

Small Business Success Seminar

Locally owned by Kal Hafez and managed by John Stoecker, McEver Road Self Storage has a newly expanded, climate controlled, secure facility. With a protected perimeter fence monitored by a system of security cameras, clients can be assured their items are safe. They aim to be your one-stop shop for all your moving and storing needs and rent a wide range of moving trucks and packing supplies. Many of their customers are outdoor enthusiasts who love to spend time on the water. The facility is located between two marinas on Lake Lanier, so their RV, boat, and car parking Teresa Noles, Assistant Property Manager, and John spaces are perfect for storing Stoecker, Manager, at McEver Road Self Storage. recreational equipment while not in use. Smaller storage units are available and are perfect for storing fishing or camping gear. If you’re searching for an easily accessible, climate controlled self-storage facility near Oakwood, then look no further than McEver Road Self Storage at 5140 McEver Road, Oakwood, GA 30566. 770-534-5011.

Small Business

Small Business of the Month McEver Road Self Storage

(Front, L-R): Amanda Joswick, Inspired Intelligence; Small Business Seminar Program Presenter Chris Hanks, Tom DiGregorio Entrepreneurship Center; Amanda Lewis, Chamber. (Back): Suzanne Erickson PhD, Brenau University; Tony Paramore, Lanier Technical College; Carroll Turner PhD, Business Incubator at Brenau University. Join Kem Henderson, Delta Community Credit Union, on February 12 for an insightful seminar and tips on creating social media and branding strategies that target 18-35 year olds. No charge for Chamber Members. Details: Amanda Lewis, 770-532-6206 x 111. Email:

CashFlow LEASE CashFlow LEASE ®


Equipment Leasing Equipment Leasing That Equips That Equips You You For Success. For Success. ,

February 7, 2019 • An Advertising Supplement to The Times

from Pinnacle from Pinnacle Bank Bank

1/2With Page Ad ®, you WithLEASE CashFlow LEASE , you can expand your capabilities CashFlow can®expand your capabilities 4 columns x 5 whilethe reducing risk ofequipment. acquiring equipment. while reducing risk of the acquiring

Maintain liquidity Maintain •liquidity • Possible benefitsyour (consult • Possible tax benefitstax (consult CPA) your CPA) • Protection against equipment obsolescence • Protection against equipment obsolescence • Upgrade capabilities • Upgrade capabilities •


February 7, 2019 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Education & Leadership

Youth Leadership at the Capitol


Youth Leadership students met Governor Kemp and President Pro Tempore Senator Butch Miller and sat in on both the House and Senate. The group met our local delegation for lunch, and the students had numerous questions for them based on what they had witnessed earlier in the day. Special thanks to Tate O'Rouke and David Lee with Jackson EMC for presenting and sponsoring lunch. The favorite part of the day for the students was spending an hour on the Senate Floor with Senator Butch Miller. Special thanks to McDonald's of Northeast Georgia, Inc. for sponsoring breakfast; Lakeview Academy and Gainesville High School for providing transportation; and, Andi Farmer and Ashton Blackwood for coordinating the day.

Serving Northeast Georgia 1/4 Page Ad 2 columns Since 1993 4.4167 x5"

NAID (National Association for Information Destruction) Prism (Professional Records & Information Services Management) A Division of Total Information Protection Group

770-287-9605 •


Leadership Hall County Chamber Chair Carol Burrell, Northeast Georgia Health System, welcomed the Leadership Hall Class with Louis Smith, President, Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville, and Mimi Collins, CEO, Longstreet Clinic, discussing Healthcare in Hall Collaboration and Innovation. The students toured several departments at NGMC then at Longstreet Clinic learned how to cast broken arms! NGMC Braselton sponsored lunch and presented a growth update and expansion plan. Lanier Technical College provided a tour of the new Allied Health Building, and President Dr. Ray Perren welcomed the Keith Biron, RMA, Clinical Orthopaedics group to the campus. At Brenau Coordinator for Longstreet Clinic, presents trophy for “Best Casting” to Joey Summer, University Ivester College of Health Summer & Summer, Attorneys at Law, and Ben Sciences, Dr. Gale Starich disFilchak, Deep Roots Landscape. cussed partnerships between higher education and the medical community. Special thanks to Lakeview Academy for transportation and Longstreet Clinic for sponsoring breakfast.

Leadership Nominations Open Leadership Hall County has provided a learning experience for Greater Hall County's existing and emerging leaders since 1983, and the program now has some 900 graduates. Nominations are open for the 2019-2020 Class. Each year a class of professionals in the midst of their careers develop an understanding of our community through a series of sessions. Programs include agriculture, quality of life, education, healthcare, social services, governments, judicial services and economic development. Nomination Deadline is March 15. Nominate yourself, a business associate or friend at or mail Andi Harmon, Chamber VP Education, at

Partners in Education

East Hall Middle School Staff (L-R): Amy Autry, Media Clerk; Allyson George, ESOL Teacher; Erin Chumbler, Georgia Studies Teacher; Jennifer Parker, Media Specialist. Principal Kristin Finley and staff express their gratitude to TRIBE Express, the school's Partner in Education, for the company's value to students and teachers. "Tribe sponsored families at Christmas and their entire organization collaborated with us to provide over 40 EHMS families with food boxes over the holidays. They help us anytime we have a need. We are blessed to have them as partners," said Kristin Finley.


may be far off,

Awards of Excellence

but the April 15 deadline for IRA contributions isn’t.

Healthcare Awards Luncheon Wednesday, February 27

You have only so many years to prepare for retirement. That’s why contributing to your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) is so important. Fortunately, you still have time to maximize your 2015 IRA contribution before the April 15 deadline.

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Brenau Downtown Center

The Chamber's 2nd Annual Healthy Hall Awards of Excellence Program spotlights those in the healthcare industry making a significant impact on our quality of life through excellence in health and wellness.

Investing is about more than money.

By contributing now, we your retirement savings At Edward Jones, stop to ask you the question: can“What’s have more opportunity to grow. Even if you important to you?” Without that insight already IRA elsewhere, it’s easy to investing transfer and ahave realan understanding of your goals, it toholds an Edward Jones IRA and begin receiving the little meaning. face-to-face guidance you deserve. Contact your Edward Jones financial advisor for To learn more about the advantages an a one-on-one appointment to discussofwhat’s Edward IRA,your call goals. or visit today. really Jones important:

Nominate your favorite individual, business or organization:

Healthy Hall Award Categories

1/2 Page Ad

Rick Kimpling, AAMS Reneigh Satterfield, Financial Advisor AAMS® 2 columns 64 North Brooks Street Unit B ®

Financial Advisor MKD-8652A-A

4.4167 x10"

Cleveland, GA 30528 Member SIPC 706-865-0933 3630 Thompson Bridge Rd Ste 22 Gainesville, GA 30506 770-536-2031 .

(*May be awarded posthumously)

Reneigh Satterfield, AAMS® Financial Advisor

Healthy Hall 2019 is presented by Northeast Georgia Health System. Gold Sponsors: Brenau University and Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic. Silver Sponsors: Alliant Health Plans, Gainesville Eye Associates, Longstreet Clinic and ProCareRX. $20 per person; Table $400 (seats 8). Reservations required. Amanda Lewis, 770532-6206 x 111. Reservations online:

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


ou Spons Thank Y

Beth Baldwin

Financial Advisor


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

February 7, 2019 • An Advertising Supplement to The Times

Corporate Innovation Outstanding Allied Health Professional Outstanding Healthcare Professional Outstanding Healthcare Administrator Visionary Leader Community Impact Senior Impact Award Healthcare Education Award Achievement in Behavioral Health Nurse of the Year (LPN) Nurse of the Year (RN) Dentist of the Year Physician Specialist of the Year Primary Care Physician of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award*

Economic Development

Healthy Hall


February 7, 2019 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Member Announcements



• In 2019, the UGA Small Business Development Center Gainesville is challenging you to work ON your business, rather than IN your business. Contact the SBDC about any training of interest or if you would like to set up an appointment to work with one of their consultants. 770-531-5681. Email: • The Chamber's 2nd Annual Healthy Hall Awards of Excellence Luncheon on February 27 will spotlight those in the healthcare industry making a significant impact on our quality of life through excellence in health and wellness. Nominate an individual, business or organization at SurveyMonkey. com/r/HealthyHallAwards. Reservations: Amanda Lewis, 770-532-6206 x 111 or email: • Hall County announced continued restoration efforts at the Healan's Mill project with the purchase of 96 additional acres of land and restoration of the water wheel and flume at the historic grist mill. Some 170 years ago the mill served as a source of power for the community, grinding wheat and corn and turning timber into boards. The final phase of the project includes a Visitor’s and Heritage Center with exhibits of what life was like for those who lived when the water-powered mill was in its peak of operation. • Turner, Wood & Smith Insurance has relocated from the Downtown Gainesville Square to its new corporate headquarters located at 1515 Community Way in Gainesville. Founded in 1905, the agency employs 30 people and offers commercial, personal and employee benefit business throughout Northeast Georgia. • Junior Achievement (JA) of Northeast Georgia’s Business Hall of Fame Gala held earlier this month highlighted the careers and public service of Dallas Gay and Betty and Frank Norton, Sr., three of our community's most outstanding citizens. Through JA, in partnership with the education and business communities, over 17,000 students will be instructed by corporate volunteers and high school students on the fundamentals of free enterprise, business ethics, personal economics and workforce development. • Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club (LCKC) announces Zsolt Szadovski, a Hungarion Kayak World Champion medalist, as new head coach. LCKC continues the 1996 Olympic legacy of

promoting flatwater canoe and kayak sports on Lake Lanier, offering recreational opportunities as well as feeder programs for the U.S. National Teams for flatwater racing in dragon boat and canoe/kayak. • Gainesville First Methodist Church will host Life Line Screening on March 13. The Life Line 5-test package catches health problems before they go to far. The cost is $149 and checks for risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease and other chronic conditions. Join the 8 million people who have been screened! Call 844-591-7170 to register and receive a $10 discount or visit lifelinescreeniing. com/communitycircle • Gainesville Theatre Alliance's February Festival of Theatre offers something for everyone with two productions: Noises Off and Men on Boats. Tickets are $12-24, depending on patron age and seat location. Call the Box Office, 678-717-3624, or buy online at • Liz Coates has been named executive director of Good News Clinics in Gainesville. Coates, an ordained Christian minister, previously served as the non-profit's community engagement director. The clinic provides free medical and dental services to qualifying low-income individuals and families, supplying some $8-$10 million in free medication, 12,000 medical appointments and 6,500 dental appointments annually. • A groundbreaking for Auto Metal Direct’s (AMD) new $15 million Distribution and Fulfillment Center in Gateway Industrial Centre was held in February. Carroll Daniel Construction will build a 318,000 square-foot facility on a 30-acres site adjacent to the newly announced Inland Port Terminal. AMD, a distributor of auto body panels and trim for classic cars and trucks, imports many of their parts and components by container from a manufacturing partner in Taiwan. • Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Internal Medicine practice opened in January and is accepting new patients. The practice offers routine and preventive health evaluations, immunizations, EKGs, physicals, lab services and sameday sick appointments. 770-219-8583.

GOT NEWS? Email:

South Hall Business Coalition A large Chamber crowd heard what's happening at Lanier Islands at the January South Hall Business Coalition meeting. (L-R) Flowery Branch Mayor Mike Miller, Lanier Islands; Terri Jondahl, Lake Lanier Islands Development Authority; Kit Dunlap, Greater Hall Chamber; Bill Donohue, Lake Lanier Islands Development Authority. Not pictured, Program Presenter Grier Todd, VP Hospitality, Lanier Islands. Join the South Hall Business Coalition and Chamber Healthcare Committee on Tuesday, February 26 (8-9am) at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton for a presentation by Anthony Williamson, President, NGMC Braselton. Enjoy breakfast from the very popular Café 1400! Kara Tate, 770-532-6206.

Healthcare Committee

L-R: Drema Thompson, Manor Lake; Margaret Spratlin, Longstreet Clinic; Kit Dunlap, Greater Hall Chamber; Dr. David Westfall, Emory-Rollins School of Public Healthy; Jerry Shadbolt and Julie Abernathy, Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Jerry Shadbolt, Executive Director of Orthopedic Services at NGMC. discussed the Comprehensive Joint Replacement Program and NGMC's Joint Care Centers at the January Healthcare Committee meeting. The committee will meet with the South Hall Business Coalition on February 26 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton. Details: Amanda Lewis, 770-532-6206 x 111.

Student Art & Essay Contest

The community’s Annual Arbor Day Celebration is Friday, February 15 at 10am at the Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville. Open to the public, the event is coordinated by the Chamber and sponsored by the Hall County Master Gardeners, Keep Hall Beautiful and Georgia Power. Festivities include student contest recognition and a joint city/county proclamation with Tree City USA recognition. 2019 Arbor Day Student Art and Essay Contest Award Recipients include 3rd Grade Art Awards: 1st Place: Chloe Scarlett, Enota Elementary; Runner Up: Cameron Rich, Sardis Enrichment School; Runner Up: Geraldinee Arellano, McEver Arts Academy. 5th Grade Essay Awards: 1st Place: Riley Collins, Riverbend Elementary; Runner Up: Molly Williams, Enota Elementary; Runner Up: Clare Gaddy, Enota Elementary. Details: Robin Halstead, 770-532-6206.

Welcome New Chamber Members

All About Bookkeeping Lisa Stringer 72 Redstone Trail Jefferson, GA 30549 - Business/Personal Services 706-410-0773 Billy Bell Plumbing William Bell 5122 Browns Bridge Road Gainesville, GA 30504 - Plumbing 770-536-5083 ChopBLOCK Mike Mills 110 Main Street, SW Gainesville, GA 30501 - Restaurant 470-252-5016

Full Media Kris Nordholz P.O. Box 2657 Gainesville, GA 30503 - Marketing/Website Design 770-534-2515

Ready Electric Brandy Teasley 230 Stonebrook Trail Cleveland, GA 30528 - Electric Contractors 706-969-9964

Gainesville Regional Pathology Associates, PC Dr. R. Michael McCormac 535 Jesse Jewell Pkwy, Suite A Gainesville, GA 30501 - Medical 678-923-6645

RLM Affairs Resia McFarland 3575 McEver Road Gainesville, GA 30504 - Event Planning 678-617-1654

Green Street Smiles Dr. Norman Peets 615 Green Street Gainesville, GA 30501 - Medical - Dentist 770-532-2337

Southern View Energy Scott Earp 1013 Airport Street Gainesville, GA 30501 - Architect/Engineer 678-833-5191

Inspired Intelligence Nir Pe'er Buford, GA - Drone Services 678-989-8211

Daystar Lighting Sol Stan Barrett 3463 Crown Drive Gainesville, GA 30506 - Industrial Lighting 717-331-2006

La Luz Del Mundo / The Light of the World Jack Freeman 3050 Austell Road, SW Marietta, GA 30008 - Non-profit 770-431-8181

Dutton Grading Glenn Dutton P.O. Box 908480 Gainesville, GA 30501 - Commercial Grading 770-287-8808

Lindsay Addison 1459 Heritage Road Gainesville, GA 30501 - Individual Member 770-540-9486

RDL Critical Logistics Sherri Holcombe 955 Interstate Ridge Drive Suite K2 Gainesville, GA30501 - Transportation/Logistics 678-971-1100

Director of Financial Services

Stewart, Melvin & Frost Ronald Chicken, Attorney P.O. Box 3280 Gainesville, GA 30503 - Attorney 770-536-0101

1/2 Page Ad

The Adam Companies Jimmy Adams 800 Georgia Avenue Gainesville, GA30501 - Real Estate 770-534-3608

2 columns 4.4167 Elisabeth Baldwin is the newestx10" addition to our team at Rushton Wealth Management. But she certainly is no stranger to Northeast Georgia.

Your CBD Store Cecily Sharp 3560 McEver Road Suite C Oakwood, GA 30566 - Health & Wellness 678-920-8800

A Gainesville native, Elisabeth is well-known for her community involvement along with her husband, Larry, and two children.

Consumers are 63% more likely to buy from Chamber members. Special Incentives available when you join the Chamber NOW March 1. Call 770-532-6206!

New Chamber Intern

Jacquelyn Christoph Intern, Brenau University

She is also well respected as a Certified Wealth Strategist with over 24 years in the financial services industry. Elisabeth helps her clients grow, preserve and transfer wealth in the most tax-efficient manner possible. Welcome, Elisabeth.

The Greater Hall Chamber's newest intern is Jacquelyn Christoph. From a small town located at the base of Mt. Rainier in Washington State, Jacquelyn graduated from Lincoln Memorial University, two years early, with highest honors. Currently, Jacquelyn plays women’s collegiate soccer and is working towards receiving her MBA from Brenau University in Gainesville. For fun, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. At the Chamber, Jacquelyn is assisting both the Economic Development and Membership Development Divisions. She is providing valuable work in helping coordinate special projects, such as the membership drive now underway.

770.287.7800 | RushtonWealth.Management

February 7, 2019 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Forte Maintenance Management Joseph Burris 3634 Old Oakwood Road Oakwood, GA 30566 - Home Improvement/HVAC 678-971-5800

Welcome Elisabeth Baldwin

Education & Leadership

Accelerate Business Consulting Mike Denham 182 Ben Burton Circle, #300 Bogart, GA 30622 - Consulting 706-765-7083

Securities offered through 1st Global Capital Corp. Member FINRA, SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through 1st Global Advisors, Inc. Insurance services offered through 1st Global Insurance Services, Inc. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified Financial Planner™ and federally registered CFP (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.

0022 RWM EBaldwin-BizLink.indd 1

11/14/18 12:36 PM


February 7, 2019 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Small Business Development

New Chamber CERTIFIED Small Business Partners


2018 Certified Small Business Partners: A Good Look Home Inspection American Yazaki Corporation Business Incubator at Brenau University Cochran Brothers Electric Co. Count On Tools, Inc. Edward Jones Investments Michael Lancaster Enterprising Solutions Gainesville Mechanical, Inc. Gainesville Signs and Graphics Goodwill of North Georgia Halski Systems, LLC

Humane Society of Northeast GA Keller Williams - Lanier Partners Lanier Technical College Life & Health Insurance Agent Charles White Pinnacle Bank SCORE SCR Consulting Services, LLC Signs By Tomorrow Tenacea Consulting UGA Small Business Development Center WSI Digital Rainmakers Your Trusted Servant, LLC

Become a Chamber CERTIFIED Small Business Partner by simply attending six (6) Small Business Seminars in 2019. CERTIFIED Parters Receive: • Certificate of Completion • Certified Small Business Door Decal • Recognition at a Board Meeting • Announcement in the Business Link

Recognized at the Greater Hall Chamber's January Board of Directors meeting, 23 companies have been named 2018 Chamber CERTIFIED Small Business Partners.

Small Business Seminars are sponsored by AccessWDUN, Halski Systems, Caldwell Electrical Contractors, Signs by Tomorrow and WSI Digital Rainmakers and are free for Chamber members. Stay updated on upcoming seminars at Details: Amanda Lewis, 770-532-6206 x 111. Email:

1/2 Page Ad Choose Liberty. Choose Natural Gas. ,

4 columns x 5

1766 Cleveland Highway Gainesville GA, 30501 678-707-5205

Register NOW

Business Luncheon | 11:30am - 1pm Business EXPO | 1pm - 6pm A Taste of Gainesville | 4pm - 6pm

Chamber Chase 5K & 2 Mile Wellness Walk

Gainesville Civic Center

Riverside Military Academy

Business Lunch Reservations OR Exhibit Info: 770-532-6206 Presented by

Thursday, March 25 | 6:00 p.m.

The Greater Hall Chamber's 12th Annual Chamber Chase 5K & 2 Mile Wellness Walk is Thursday, March 28 at 6:00 pm at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville. Register online through March 25 at Register in person at the Chamber now through March 28. Registration fee is $30; $35 after March 14. • Register as a Team or Individual • Free Training Passes (quantity limited) • Reserve a Tent for your Team • T-Shirt Design Contest

SCR Consulting Services, LLC

• Individual and Group Awards

Security Compliance Risk



Years of Service 1958-2018

Get more information on Chamber Chase sponsorship opportunities, the course map, award categories and more by contacting Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 x 115 or

Norcross Blue Ridge

IN-KIND & DONATIONS Highland Mountain Water & Coffee Coca-Cola of Gainesville • Tribe Transportation

Membership Development

Thursday, February 21




A |G



1/4 Page Ad

Riverside Pharmacy Serving Gainesville Since 1954

1/4 Page Ad 2 columns 4.4167 x5"

February 7, 2019 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

2016, 2017

•Gift baskets & 2019 •Embroidery •Unique gifts •Screen printing 2 columns •Balloons for all occasions 4.4167 x5" Pharmacy •Full Service •Free Local Delivery •Compounding Unit Dose Packaging

935 Green St., Gainesville, GA



Ribbon Cuttings

Lakeside Market in Flowery Branch Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Karen and Artie Ching cut the ribbon for Lakeside Market, a gourmet grocery selling fine wines, artisan cheeses, Boars Head charcuterie, handmade breads and pastries, and a variety of hand-selected European foods. Drop in for a fresh coffee, cappuccino, tea or a soft drink and enjoy a delicious pastries. Also available are homemade soups, entrees and sandwiches to take home to enjoy. Lakeside Market is located on quaint Main Street in Downtown Flowery Branch. 5609 Main Street, Flowery Branch, GA 30542. 470-577-4890.

Just People, Inc.

Mike Swanigan, Cindy Suttles, Brad Marsico and Carrie Casey cut a ribbon at Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Gainesville, a brand new, limited service hotel with 94 well appointed rooms. Guests can enjoy the convenient location in a busy shopping district of Gainesville and near Lake Lanier, Georgia's most popular outdoor recreation area. The hotel has outstanding amenities, such as state of the art meeting space, complimentary hot breakfast buffet, outdoor pool, lounging area with fireplace and a business center. Come see why this new facility is one of the best places to stay while visiting Gainesville! Paragon Hotels, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 1189 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-533-5140. www.

February 7, 2019 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Panda Express


Becky Dowling cuts a ribbon to celebrate the expansion of "Just" People to Hall County. Just People, Inc., a non-profit providing a variety of support services throughout Metro Atlanta to adults with developmental disabilities, is expanding its service area to Hall County. The development of its third residential facility in Flowery Branch will serve 144 residents with 64 independent living apartments and 20 supportive living apartments. Founded in 1995, Just People is now recognized as one of the largest programs in Georgia aimed at ensuring those who need its services are able to fully participate in the life of the community while enhancing their independent living skills. The Flowery Branch Village is a partnership between “Just” People and Beckel, Inc., a property management company that holds, manages and preserves the real estate assets of the organization. Just People, 5658 McEver Road, Flowery Branch, GA 30542. 770-441-1188 Promote your company with a FREE Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. It's a free service if you're a member of the Chamber. Not a member? Join now, call 770-532-6206.

Patchada Prajyapathomwong, Area Coach of Operations, cuts a ribbon at Gainesville's new Panda Express, America’s favorite Chinese kitchen! The restaurant is best known for its wide variety of original recipes including its Original Orange Chicken™, SweetFire Chicken Breast®, awardwinning Honey Walnut Shrimp™ and Shanghai Angus Steak™. Founded in 1983 with more than 2,000 locations throughout the U.S. and abroad, Panda Express is part of the family owned and operated Panda Restaurant Group, the world leader in Asian dining experiences that also includes Panda Inn and Hibachi-San. 418 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501. 678-928-9228.

THE ALLIANT DIFFERENCE You know health insurance is valuable to your employees, so do we. Affordable Plans Here are a few reasons you should shop the Alliant Difference:

Strong Local Networks Convenient Member Access: Dalton-based Customer Service Online Member Portal Mobile Member Portal App

For more information on 2019 Small Group coverage, please contact Call us at (877) 668-1015


Membership Drive Kickoff

Now's the Time to Join "Connecting through your Chamber partnership will help build your business, obtain new clients and stay updated on the community. Business exposure and networking are the top reasons members say they find value in their Chamber investment. There’s no shortage of opportunities for maximum exposure as part of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce." Brett Fowler, Turner, Wood & Smith Insurance Vice Chair, Chamber Membership Division

Membership Campaign 2019: NOW – March 1 Data shows that consumers are 63% more likely to buy from Chamber members. In addition, a Special Incentives Package is available when you join the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce NOW through March 1, 2019. • Featured Listing & Logo on the Chamber’s website (Value: $50) • Eelectronic listing of Chamber Members (Value: $200) • Ribbon Cutting Ceremony • Promotional Discounts (AccessWDUN - Value $300) Chamber Membership Drive Team Captains (L-R): Richie Aitkin, American Family Insurance; Darryl Workman, South State Bank; Chamber Vice Chair Membership Brett Fowler, Turner, Wood and Smith Insurance; Chris Brown, Delta Community Credit Union; Michele Piucci, Peach State Bank; Rena Pendley, American Cancer Society. Team Captains not pictured: Dianne Hicks, exp Realty and Tracy Hoeltke, Netchex. Team Captains and some 50 volunteers are recruiting new Chamber members now through March 1.

• Advertising Discounts (The Times - Value $150) • Business Information Listing in the Business Link newsletter • Invitation to the New Member Breakfast and Orientation For more on these membership benefits and more incentives: Christen Wilbanks, VP Sales, 770-532-6206 x 116 or Kara Tate, VP Sales & Programs, 770-532-6206 x 103.

Business After Hours

South Hall Business Coalition

5-7pm | NEW NGPG Internal Medicine

8:00 am - 9:00 am | NGMC Braselton

Tuesday, February 19

Network with Chamber friends and meet the providers at Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Internal Medicine, 1285 Sims Street in Gainesville. Heavy hors d'oeuvres, food, drink, door prizes! Cash Prize Drawing! $5 Chamber Members; $15 Non-Members. Info: Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 x 115.

Tuesday, February 26

Join the South Hall Business Coalition and Chamber Healthcare Committee for a presentation by Anthony Williamson, President, NGMC Braselton, on what's new at the hospital including life-saving heart and lung cancer care. Enjoy breakfast from the very popular Café 1400! Kara Tate, 770-532-6206.

Upcoming Chamber Events Tuesday, February 12 Small Business Seminar 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Chamber Friday, February 15 Arbor Day Celebration 10:00 a.m. Atlanta Botanical Gardens Gville Tuesday, February 19 WomenSource Power Breakfast 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Chamber

Tuesday, February 19 Business After Hours NGPG Internal Medicine 1285 Sims Street | Gainesville Wednesday, February 20 Lunch 'n Learn 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Holiday Inn Express | Gainesville Thursday, February 21 Business EXPO 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. Gainesville Civic Center


Tuesday, February 26 Healthcare Committee & South Hall Business Coalition 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. NGMC Braselton


Wednesday, February 27 Healthy Hall Awards Luncheon 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Brenau Downtown Center Details & Register Online This publication is printed on partially recycled paper.

Profile for The Times

Business Link February 2019  

Business Link February 2019  

Profile for thetimes