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Greater Hall Chamber 2017-2018 Leadership Team Greater Hall Chamber Chair System’s construction of Georgia’s Perry Barnett, CPA, is a partner first net-new hospital in almost 20 at Rushton, one of the region’s years, NGMC Braselton, and the largest accounting firms serving system recently acquired Barrow clients locally, statewide and overRegional Medical Center. Carol’s seas. Perry, who has worked with achievements have been recognized Rushton since 2002 and has over statewide; Georgia Trend magazine 25 years of experience in his field, consistently places her on their list of oversees the firm's Business Services the 100 Most Influential Georgians Division. He also works with clients and in 2017, named her Georgia’s in manufacturing, distribution, Most Respected Business Leader. Perry Barnett, CPA Carol Burrell Kit Dunlap construction and other industries The Greater Hall Chamber presentRushton Northeast Georgia President & CEO while specializing in international ed her with the 2017 Distinguished Chair, Greater Hall Health System, Chamber Greater Hall Chamber business, tax and estate planning, Citizen Award. Carol is active in Chamber of Commerce Chair-Elect of Commerce business formation and succession Gainesville Rotary and United Way planning. Perry has been involved with the Chamber for many years of Hall County, and she is Past Board Chair for the Northeast Georgia and is chair of the Greater Hall Workforce Development Task Force that Chapter of the American Red Cross. She also serves on the board of works closely with area employers, educators and leaders to create and the Georgia Hospital Association and the University of North Georgia market programs to enhance the area’s labor pool. He has served on the Foundation and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Chamber’s Finance & Audit Committee as well as the Citizens for Better Executives and Voluntary Hospitals of America. Education 2015 Committee that led a local sales tax campaign initiative. Perry is a member of the Business Advisory Council at the University of Kit Dunlap, President & CEO of the Greater Hall Chamber since North Georgia's Mike Cottrell School of Business. He has coached youth 1998, has spearheaded several multi-million dollar initiatives such as soccer and basketball and served locally on the boards of North House, the HALLmark initiative, that have funded successful economic deHall County Boys & Girls Clubs, and the Lanier Soccer Association. He velopment, education and community programs as well as VISION is a former president of the Jaycees. 2030. Kit's leadership has guided the Chamber to solid ground with a membership base of 2,500 individuals and a staff of 12 people. A Brenau Carol Burrell, Chamber Chair-Elect, is the president and CEO of NorthCollege graduate, Kit served on the Board of the Georgia Department east Georgia Health System (NGHS). She has been a part of the senior of Economic Development for 10 years and as chairman for two years. management team at NGHS for almost two decades, serving as executive She is a founding member of the Gainesville-Hall County Economic vice president and chief operating officer before being named president Development Council and served as the council's first chairman in 1992. and CEO in 2011. Under Carol’s leadership, Northeast Georgia Medical She is currently serving on the board of the Metro North Georgia Water Center continues to rank tops in the state and nation. Carol lead the Planning District and is a past chair of the organization.

Save the Date Tuesday, July 11 Small Business Seminar Wednesday, July 12 Network Over Coffee Thursday, July 20 South Hall Business Coalition

J U LY 2017

A Publication of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

From the Chairman

Common Goals and United Action As we start our new year with the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, it is only fitting that we begin with the month celebrating Independence Day. We all recognize the 4th of July as our declaration of independence and the formation of our nation. This anniversary has grown into a holiday that is celebrated in many different ways with family and friends.

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

While it is important to stop and spend time with family and friends, let us not forget what this means date truly means. 241 years ago, a group of farmers, merchants and others bought into a common vision that became the American Revolution. To be sure, many probably had their doubts about the Revolution's success, as well as what would come after. What started out as an idea evolved into common goals and united action, and the end result was the founding of the greatest nation of all times.

You may be thinking, what does this have to do with local business? As we take a break in July to celebrate our nation's birthday, let us all remember for business we are truly living in revolutionary times. In recent years, we have seen how businesses large and small can develop an idea and become a disruptor in their industry. These businesses may have developed new a technology or used an outstanding business plan. With Hall County’s vibrant economy and strong Chamber of Commerce, there is no better place for an organization’s ideas to turn into action and success. So, as we pause to celebrate our nation’s birthday, let’s also consider the future of our own businesses and our markets. I challenge everyone to give some thought as to how we can make our own businesses revolutionary. With the Chamber’s strong economic development team, many small business seminars and member initiatives, your Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce is always available to assist you in moving your ideas into action. So, please spend some time in July celebrating our great nation, spending time with family and friends, and reflecting on the fact that we live the best environment for business.

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July 4, 2017 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

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Thursday, August 31

8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Brenau Downtown Center Theatre Learn what the experts are saying about the state of healthcare and insurance industries. We will be focusing on compliance, how to prepare for an audit, and what triggers an audit with these keynote speakers: Brett Fowler, Vice President & Partner, Turner, Wood & Smith Insurance Jen Del Nero, Associate Regional Director Atlanta Office, U.S. Department of Labor Anne Tyler Hall, JD, Attorney & Principal, Hall Benefits Law Anna Hewell, Compliance Director, Turner, Wood & Smith Insurance

– OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – $15 Chamber Members; $20 Non-Members • Reservations Required • Includes Light Breakfast Reservations: Amanda Lewis, 770-532-6206 x 111. Email:

Business Link VOLUME 23 ISSUE 1 McKemie West, Editor • Email: Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greater Hall Chamber Staff Executive Kit Dunlap, President & CEO Gerri Collins, Executive Assistant Economic Development Tim Evans, Vice President Shelley Davis, Vice President Existing Industry Amanda Lewis, Project Manager Peyton Wilhoite, Project Manager Finance & Operations David Umberson, Vice President, Finance and Human Resources Membership Development Mandy Lathem, Vice President, Events Christen Wilbanks, Vice President, Sales Education & Leadership Andi Harmon, Vice President

Government Affairs Peyton Wilhoite, Project Manager South Hall Council Mandy Lathem, Vice President, Events Community Development Robin Halstead, Vice President VISION 2030 Elizabeth Higgins, Executive Director Marketing & Communications Kemie West, Business Link Editor/Consultant Greater Hall Chamber Welcome Center Robin Halstead, Manager Intern Savannah Romans, Brenau University

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Silver Shovel Award Recipients

Economic Development Review The Gainesville-Hall County Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is among the top 50 fastest growing metros in the nation. Businesses make long-term investments in our community because of its stability, skilled workforce, visionary leadership and quality of life. Fiscal year end (7/1/16-6/30/17) summary includes 30 expanded and new investments, 1,260 new jobs, 250 retained and $198 million in new investment.

2016-2017 Silver Shovel Award Recipients were recognized at the Greater Hall Chamber Board of Directors Meeting in June. The awards are presented annually to outstanding Chamber volunteers for dedication and service. (Seated, L-R): John Breakfield, State Court Judge; Brett Fowler, Turner, Wood & Smith Insurance; Andy Kalinauskas, Conditioned Air Systems; David Dickerson, Whelchel, Dunlap, Jarrard & Walker; Rope Roberts, Georgia Power. (Standing, L-R): Stacey Poole, McDonald's NEGA; John Simpson, Lakeview Academy; Darryl Workman, BrandBank; Lila Westmoreland, Brenau University; Caroline Lewallen, Jaemor Farms; Madeline Wirt, Whelchel, Dunlap, Jarrard & Walker; Sarita Madera, Homestar Financial Corporation; Louise Dufour-Zavala, Georgia Poultry Lab Network; Brent Cook, Georgia Department of Transportation. Not pictured, Greg Vitek, IMS Gear.

#1 in State of Georgia, Again! The Gainesville-Hall Economic Development Council (EDC) recently celebrated three outstanding years of leadership with out-going EDC Chairman, Brian Rochester, Rochester & Associates. The group celebrated Rochester's Famous Theory: "Gainesville-Hall County was ranked the #1 Economic Development Community in Georgia by Site Selection magazine. Georgia has been ranked the #1 Community for Business/Jobs in the United States for four years in a row. It is well known the USA is the greatest economy and nation on Planet Earth. As far as we know, Earth is the only inhabited planet in our Galaxy and the known Universe. Therefore, Gainesville-Hall County is the #1 place for Business in the #1 State in the Universe." During Brian’s three-year term as Chairman of the EDC, 75 expanding and new businesses announced or finalized plans to hire nearly 3,700 new positions and invest $678 million. The EDC is a public-private partnership of the Greater Hall Chamber, Hall County and the Cities of Gainesville, Flowery Branch, Lula and Oakwood and provides one-stop marketing and economic development services to support the community’s efforts in existing industry retention, new business recruitment, small business development and retail development. The Chamber's 2017-2018 Economic Development Team is lead by Chairman David Lee, Jackson EMC; Chairman-Elect Dr. Ray Perren, Lanier Technical College; Tim Evans, Chamber Vice President of Economic Development; Shelley Davis, Vice President of Existing Industry, and Project Managers Amanda Lewis and Peyton Wilhoite.

Now in its 3rd year, the Greater Hall Workforce Development Task Force is proactive in keeping our community on the leading edge of providing skill ready employees for area businesses. Since launching the initiative in 2015, the number of work-based learning students employed in manufacturing has quadrupled. Recognized for our pro-business efforts, Forbes Magazine has rated Gainesville-Hall County among “Best Small Places for Business & Careers” for the last four years. In 2016, Site Selection Magazine named Georgia the #1 State for Business for the 4th year in a row. Area Development and CNBC also rated Georgia top in the nation for new business and expansion. The Milken Institute Report named the Gainesville-Hall County Metro area as the Top Small Metro area in Georgia, # 4 in the nation for job growth and in the Top 10 in the nation for Best Performing Small Metros. There are 49 international company locations from 19 countries in Gainesville-Hall County, employing 8,700 workers. One-third of goods producing employees in our community work locally for foreign-owned firms. Hall County is a leader in agribusiness and food processing. Garner Economics ranked the Gainesville-Hall MSA as the highest concentrated metro area for food manufacturing and processing in the United States, with over 10,000 employees. Gainesville-Hall County still reigns as Northeast Georgia’s primary trade area serving over 500,000 residents with significant retail growth at the I-985/Highway 365 and Dawsonville Highway 53 corridors as well as in South Hall.


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The Greater Hall Chamber and the Georgia Chamber hosted a breakfast meeting in June facilitated by Chris Clark, President & CEO of the Georgia Chamber. Over 200 people attended the event to participate in the conversation to help plan for the future of Georgia. Plant Managers Phil Sutton, Kubota, and Terry Merck, American Yazaki Corporation, participated in a panel discussion on workforce development. (L-R): Glennis Barnes, Gainesville Area Manager, Georgia Power; Former Greater Hall and Georgia Chamber Chair Doug Carter, Don Carter Realty; Chris Clark, President & CEO, Georgia Chamber; State Senator Butch Miller, Milton Martin Honda.

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VISION 2030 Volunteers (L-R): Tim Knight, Knight Commercial Real Estate; Dr. Gale Starich, Brenau University; Dr. Richard Oates, University of North Georgia Gainesville; Beverly Knight, Keller Williams Realty; Paul Gaertner.


VISION 2030 leaders celebrated a year of success in June. (L-R): Vision 2030 Chair-Elect Phillipa Lewis Moss, Director, Gainesville Community Service Center; Vision 2030 Executive Director Elizabeth Higgins; Vision 2030 Chair Melissa Tymchuk, Executive Director, Strategic Marketing, Northeast Georgia Health System.

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Meetings & Events

JULY 2017 Tuesday, July 11 Small Business Seminar "20 Things Customers DON’T Want to Hear and What to Say Instead" presented by Bill Lampton, PhD, Championship Communication 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. – Chamber Tuesday, July 11 Ambassadors Council 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 2 Dog in Gainesville Wednesday, July 12 Network Over Coffee 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Panera Bread in Gainesville Wednesday, July 12 Human Resources Council 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Luna's on the Square in Gainesville Thursday, July 13 Leadership Hall County 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 19 Issues Committee 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. – Chamber

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Thursday, July 20 South Hall Business Coalition AT&T Fiber in South Hall 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Sterling on the Lake in Flowery Branch


Thursday, July 20 Chamber Executive Committee 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. – Chamber

Business After Hours at The Times

Note: NO Chamber Board of Directors Meeting in July.

AUGUST 2017 Tuesday, August 8 Small Business Seminar "How to Use Lean Principles to Reduce Wasted Time & Resources" by Yoel Yohan, Author, The Corporate Drain 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. – Chamber Thursday, August 10 South Hall Business Coalition "Economic Development Review" by Tim Evans, Greater Hall Chamber 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Houndstooth Grill in Braselton Tuesday, August 15 Chamber Board Orientation 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. – Chamber Tuesday, August 22 Business After Hours at the Georgia Mountain Food Bank 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 1642 Calvary Industrial Drive, SW in Gainesville Thursday, August 31 Healthcare Reform Seminar 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Brenau Downtown Center Get details and register for these and more Greater Hall Chamber Events Online:

Annual Chamber Events Thursday, August 31, 2017: Healthcare Reform Seminar 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. – Brenau Downtown Center Wednesday, October 11, 2017: HealthSmart Wellness Expo 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. – Gainesville Civic Center Tuesday, November 14, 2017: Industry Appreciation Luncheon 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Chattahoochee Country Club Thursday, December 14, 2017: Eggs & Issues Breakfast 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. – Gainesville Civic Center

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

Thank you to The Times, celebrating their 70th Anniversary this year, for hosting Business After Hours in June. (L-R): Kit Dunlap, Greater Hall Chamber; Krista Goodrich, Masterpiece Mixers Paint & Party Studio; Norman Baggs, General Manager, The Times; Andy Miller, Keller Williams Lanier Partners; Doug Straughan, Hussey Gay Bell. (Front): Dr. Purvi Shah DPM, Northeast Georgia Podiatry; David Rogers, FreshN-Fit Cuisine. Mark your calendar for the next Business After Hours on Tuesday, August 22 at the Georgia Mountain Food Bank located at 1642 Calvary Industrial Drive, SW in Gainesville. Come and see how the food bank has provided over 28,000,000 meals to those in need in a 5-county service area through the doors of the 22,000 square foot logistics and distribution warehouse. Learn how they serve the 1-in-5 Georgians living in hunger in our own back yard, and how together we can turn a $1 donation into 5 meals. $5 Chamber members; $15 Non-Members. Door prizes and drawing for the $100 Cash Prize! Details: Mandy Lathem, 770-532-6206 x 115. Email:

South Hall Business Coalition Join AT&T's Paul Chambers and Jenise King at the South Hall Business Coalition on Thursday, July 20, 8-9 am, at Sterling on the Lake as they discuss AT&T Fiber. Much of South Hall County recently qualifies for AT&T’s FASTEST Fiber Internet speeds. AT&T Fiber is a 100% fiber based internet service that is incomparable in speed and great for business needs, streaming, and integrated home entertainment solutions. Great networking! Outstanding giveaways! Club House at Sterling on the Lake, 7005 Lake Sterling Blvd in Flowery Branch. Reservations Required. Includes Light Breakfast. $5 Chamber Members; $15 Non-Members. Reservations: Mandy Lathem 770-532-6206 x 115. Email:

Thank You Chamber Sponsors! We appreciate these organizations that supported Chamber Events: AccessWDUN AT&T Caldwell Electrical Milton Martin Honda

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• Site Selection ranked Gainesville-Hall County #1 in Georgia and #1 in the Southeast in total projects for our population tier for the second consecutive year. Georgia has been rated #1 State in the Nation for business four consecutive years in a row. • Hoopla is a groundbreaking digital media service offered by the Hall County Library, allowing you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, phone or TV. Thousands of titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. All you need is a valid email and Hall County Library Card. Download the Hoopla Digital app – compatible with Apple TV and Chromecast. • For the 25th consecutive year, Hall County Financial Services has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence by the Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for Fiscal Year 2016. Copies of Hall County's most recent comprehensive financial reports can be found at • Georgia Mountain Food Bank’s Empty Bowl Lunch, presented this year by Homestar Financial Corporation, is Tuesday, September 26, drop in from 11am-1pm, at the First Baptist Church Gainesville Banquet Hall. Along with a tasty lunch, guests take home a hand-painted bowl as a thank you and a reminder of our goal to eliminate empty bowls and empty stomachs in our community. For sponsorship information or event tickets, call 770-534-4111. • Friends of Healan's-Head's Mill, a group of citizens working with Hall County Government to restore the 170-year-old gristmill, has launched a website covering the history of the mill, plans for restoration, opportunities to donate and photos of the mill's transformation thus far. • Governor Nathan Deal recently appointed Tracy Tesmer to the State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors, the entity that regulates and licenses individuals who want to become contractors in Georgia. Tesmer is the owner of Gainesville-based Tracy Tesmer Design/ Remodeling, a home, kitchen and bathroom remodeling firm.In 2016, the City of Gainesville appointed Tesmer as an

architect representative on its Building Board of Appeals. The appointment by the Gainesville City Council and mayor spans a five-year term. • The Georgia Department of Tourism & Travel recently posted “100 Plates Locals Love.” They covered every region of Georgia to find the best local dishes from tasters across the state. Gainesville Seafood Market's Fried Scallops was highlighted as "the biggest and best fried scallops I've ever had! The scallops are huge, fresh and plentiful. So very good." Angel Retana is the restaurant's owner and also owns Fajita's on Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville. • FAE USA, Inc., located in Flowery Branch, announced singer/songwriter Edwin McCain as the company's spokesman. FAE USA is the U.S. subsidiary of FAE Group, a manufacturer of machinery for land clearing, road construction, agricultural and forestry applications. McCain owns a forestry company and has experience in land clearing. “We partnered with McCain not only because he is a well-known musician, but also for his knowledge of the land clearing business and our equipment,” said Giorgio Carera, FAE USA’s CEO. • The University of North Georgia (UNG) has been awarded $2.6 million over five years from the U.S. Department of Education’s Upward Bound Program to help promising low-income high school students in Hall and Gilmer counties prepare for college. UNG will partner with Gilmer County High School and Johnson High School in South Hall County. The funs works to inspire low-income, first-generation, rural students to attend college. The U.S. Department of Education reports 86% of Upward Bound students who graduated from high school in spring 2014 enrolled in college that fall. • After an extensive rebranding effort, Executive Director Jamie Reynolds announced Challenged Child & Friends has a new name – Sisu. A Finnish term for determination, persistence, bravery, resilience, hardiness and indomitable spirit, the new name reflects the potential that exists in every child, regardless of ability. Challenged Child began providing educational, nursing, therapy and family support services in 1985. Today, the one-of-a-kind educational offering is SACS accredited and one of

only a select few schools in the nation offering the convenience of education, therapy, nursing and family support services in one location. • Amy Pinnell, the program director of Braselton Main Street, announced re-accreditation from Main Street America for meeting performance standards and exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization. Main Street communities create quality public spaces, catalyze local entrepreneurship and support downtown and strengthens the economic, social and cultural fabric of their communities. • Molly Knight has joined the Gainesville UGA Small Business Development Center (SBDC) as Program Coordinator. Originally from Augusta, Molly is a graduate of the University of North Georgia. The SBDC services Hall, Forsyth and all other counties northeast and will host a series of training classes this summer. Sign up and take advantage of these high quality, local offerings! July 12–Marketing Strategy & Tactics; July 27–Financing Panel. Financing Panel Lunch & Learn is

Thursday, July 27, from 11am-1 pm. The program will provide an overview for small businesses or new start-ups with a panel of experts from different lenders discussing alternative means for gaining access to the financing your business needs to thrive. $49, includes lunch. All classes are at the Greater Mountains Regional Commission office, 1310 W. Ridge Road in Gainesville. For details or to register, visit • The University of North Georgia's Cottrell MBA program, offered through the Mike Cottrell College of Business, has been ranked as the fifth-best public, part-time MBA program in Georgia by the U.S. News and World Report 2018 Best Graduate Schools report. • Former Greater Hall Chamber Chair Dixie Truelove of Truelove Dairy was named recipient of Leadership Georgia's E. Dale Threadgill Community Service Award. Dixie and other Leadership Georgia award winners will be recognized at an annual gala on November 3.

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The Market on Limestone The Wiley Family: Crevolyn, Arrie Mae, Darrell, Garrett and Emily cut a ribbon at The Market on Limestone, an all new approach to grocery shopping in Gainesville with a focus on freshness, local products, healthy living and unique offerings in every department. The Market's meat department offers top quality Certified Angus Beef and locally produced Springer Mountain Farms Chicken. The grocery is committed to buying locally grown and Georgia Grown products whenever possible. From a massive Fresh Bar/Salad Bar to the Clip Your Own Herbs Garden – The Market fills a gap Gainesville’s been missing! 2500 Limestone Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-536-0699.

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Extreme Clean by Charlotte's Team Terri Greehling, family and staff cut ribbon for Exteme Clean by Charlotte's Team, a commercial and janitorial business with 19 employees. The company operates 24/7 and is insured and licensed by the state. Call 470222-3785 for a free estimate.

My Sister’s Place volunteers and board members Beth French, Fay Ray, Jo Hughes, Janet Quick, Debbie Elliott, Executive Director Brandee Thomas, Jill Bagley, Verna Courtney, Felecia Doyle, Judi Garofalo and Marti Giacobe. My Sister’s Resale Boutique is operated My Sister’s Place homeless shelter for women and children and provides a genuine shopping experience featuring gently-used clothing and accessories for men and women, jewelry, home décor and art. The shop specializes in quality merchandise at discounted prices and is open 10am- 6pm, Monday-Friday; 10am-3pm Saturdays. Donations welcomed during these hours. 130 John Morrow Parkway, Suite A, Gainesville, GA 30501. 678-971-4241.

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Rob Damas, Assistant Manager; Amy Lagasse, General Manager; Bob and Penny Wiggins, Owners; Scott Deviney, CEO, Chicken Salad Chick, cut a ribbon to open the casual restaurant that features fast, Southern service and 12 varieties of chicken salad, pimento cheese, fresh side dishes and soups. 1122 Dawsonville Highway, Suite 500, Gainesville, GA 30501. 678-971-1640.


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Opened in 1954 by Charles Johnson and Joann Adams, Riverside Pharmacy in Gainesville was purchased by Wayne Gee in 1982 and sold to Scottie Barton in 2010. Their motto "Service is Tradition" is practiced daily and gives every customer one-on-one attention – treated like family. Riverside Pharmacy offers the most competitive prices in town and free delivery service! The full-service pharmacy offers vitamins and supplements as well as unique gifts and specialty items. 935-A Green Street, NE, Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-532-6253.


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Small Business Seminar (Clockwise from top left): Jim Grier, Champion Capital Alliance; Mike McGraw, PrideStaff/Ranger MFG; Michael Lancaster, Edward Jones; Kit Dunlap, Greater Hall Chamber; Matt and Katie Dubnik, Erin Williamson, Forum Communications, at the June seminar presented by Forum Communications. The July 11 seminar – 20 Things Customers DON'T Want to Hear & What to Say Instead – is presented by Bill Lampton, PhD, of Champion Communication. Bill taught five years at UGA, spent two decades in management, and in 1997 formed Championship Communication, a Gainesville-based consulting company that helps companies solve their communication problems. Small Business Seminars are held monthly and are sponsored by AccessWDUN, Signs by Tomorrow, DSI Digital Rainmakers and Caldwell Electrical Contractors. For information on this seminar or how you can become a Certified Small Business Partner, contact Amanda Lewis, 770-5432-6206 x 111 or email:

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Welcome New Members!

Consider becoming a Greater Hall Chamber CERTIFIED Small Business Partner! It's easy – just attend six FREE seminars during the 2017 calendar year. Partners receive many benefits including: Certificate of Completion; Certified Small Business Door Decal; Recognition at a Chamber Board Meeting and in Business Link.

Caliber Collision Jeremy Kinsey 4619 Smithson Blvd Oakwood GA 30566 - Auto Repair 770-536-4985

Tuesday, July 11 20 Things Your Customers DON’T Want to Hear... What to Say Instead Presented by Bill Lampton, Ph.D., Championship Communication 7:45 am - 9:00 am at the Chamber

DBR Associates David Robertson 3130 Tanners Mill Road Gainesville GA 30507 - Industrial Products 770-992-2153

Tuesday, August 8 How to Use Lean Principles to Reduce Wasted Time and Resources Presented by Yoel Yohan, Partner TPG & Author of The Corporate Drain 7:45 am - 9:00 am at the Chamber Tuesday, September 12 Business Resource Fair We’ve assembled the best local, free resources to help you thrive and grow in Hall County. Networking & Registration (7:45am-8am). Breakfast and Keynote Speaker (8am-8:45am) Bill Carlson, Reference USA. Exhibitor Fair and Networking (8:45am-10am). No Charge and Open to the Public. Featherbone Communiversity, 999 Chestnut Street in Gainesville Small Business Seminars are FREE for Chamber Members; $15 Non-Members. Details: Amanda Lewis, 770-532-6206 x 111. Email:

First Look MRI Brian Gay 1980 Friendship Road Suite 102 Hoschton GA 30548 - Medical/Radiology 470-639-1262

Lanier Boat Charter Tom Stepnowski 6800 Lights Ferry Road Flowery Branch GA 30564 - Boat Rental 678-882-8062

Red Ground LLC David Bell 3870 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Suite 340-285 Duluth GA 30096 - Property Management 678-480-9975

M&M Special Events Madeline Lampkin 3141 Nifda Drive Smyrna GA 30339 - Event Planning 404-351-9222

Tree Park Apartments Alisha Levine 130 Tree Park Circle Flowery Branch GA 30564 - Apartments 770-967-7133

REACH Georgia Foundation Jennifer Herring 2082 E Exchange Place Tucker GA 30084 Non-Profit 770-724-9221

For Chamber member information and benefits: Christen Wilbanks, VP Membership Sales, 770532-6206 x 115 or email: Join the Chamber online at

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(L-R): Jeannine Callahan, First Look MRI; Sam Couvillon, Gainesville City Council; Legacy Link CEO Pat Freeman and Marketing Director Don Colombero; Dr. David Miller, Brenau University. The Chamber Healthcare Committee heard a presentation by Legacy Link, a local resource that coordinates many programs to keep seniors healthy, active, connected and informed. Mark your calendar for the Chamber's Annual Healthcare Reform Seminar hosted by this committee on Thursday, August 31 from 8am-12m at the Brenau Downtown Center. Details: Amanda Lewis, 770-532-6206 x 111. Email:

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PIE of the Month: REACH Scholars (L-R): REACH Scholars Ayeley Theodora Afantchao, Paloma Barron-Galvan, Isaac Ruiz, Imelda Razo, Kaylee Bautista. The REACH program (Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen) was launched in 2012 as a part of Governor Nathan Deal’s Complete College Georgia initiative. The program provides Georgia’s low income, academically promising students with the academic, social and financial support needed to graduate high school, access college and achieve post-secondary success. This program is structured to help communities build a well-educated, highly trained workforce for the future. REACH partners with the local school systems and has become the first "dual" Partner in Education with the Gainesville City and Hall County Schools. REACH identifies rising 8th grade scholars, and schools provide access to an academic coach who monitors attendance, behavior and curriculum to ensure they stay on track for college attainment. The community provides access to positive character and leadership building skills through a mentor that meets with the scholar on a regular basis. Throughout their participation, the scholars are engaged in unique and meaningful experiences that contribute to their college and career development as well as life skills. This fall, Gainesville City and Hall County School Systems will announce 13 scholars to participate in the program. Our community investment of $45,500 will be matched with an investment at the state level of $84,500. These funds will provide each scholar a $10,000 scholarship that can be utilized at any Georgia HOPE eligible institution. In five years, Gainesville and Hall County will have 65 scholars who will be the workforce in the community.

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Residential Beautification Awards

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The Greater Hall Chamber's Beautification Committee announces the recipients of the 2017 Residential Beautification Awards from Gainesville-Hall County. Award nominations were made by neighbors and friends. For more information, contact Robin Halstead, 770-532-6206 x 100. City of Gainesville 2017 Residential Beautification Award Recipient: The house at 562 Holly Drive in Gainesville was AFTER purchased by Marco McKibbon LLC (Steve McKibbon) BEFORE in 2016, and the former rental property was completely renovated. McKibbon replaced all electrical, plumbing, roof, systems, flooring, kitchen, and reconfigured the home to make it more conducive for today's buyers. After listing with Realtor Gina Kendrick, Berkshire Hathaway Home Service of Georgia, the home sold in a matter of days!

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Hall County 2017 Residential Beautification Award Recipient: Reba McGee's home located at 3339 Clarks Bridge Road in Gainesville. The McGee property was nominated by Dixie Truelove, Truelove Dairy. Reba McGee and her family built the home about 60 years ago on six acres with a horse barn and pastures in the back. Reba is now in her 80's and is still doing landscape work and planting flowers. For more on the Greater Hall Chamber's Residential and Business Beautification Awards Program, contact Robin Halstead, Vice President of Community Development, 770-532-6206. Email:

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Why Join? 1. Connections

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

2. Exposure

Complimentary Ribbon Ribbon Cutting Cutting Ceremony, Ceremony, introduction introduction at at Complimentary Chamber meetings and working with community and business Chamber meetings and working with community and business movers and and shakers shakers –– Join Join and and take take advantage advantage of of ways ways to to make make movers your business known in the community. your business known in the community.

3. Resources

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

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The Greater Greater Hall Hall Chamber Chamber of of Commerce Commerce is is dedicated dedicated to to supporting supporting an anaggressive aggressivebusiness businessenvironment environmentand andmaking makingaapositive positivecontricontriThe bution to the community by serving as a resource for information, a voice for business and a valuable link to community development. bution to the community by serving as a resource for information, a voice for business and a valuable link to community development. Founded in in 1908, 1908, the the Greater Greater Hall Hall Chamber Chamber serves serves the the entire entire Hall Hall County Countyarea, area,including includingthe thecities citiesof ofGainesville, Gainesville,Flowery FloweryBranch, Branch, Founded Oakwood, Clermont, Gillsville, Lula, Braselton and Buford. With over 2,300 business members, the Chamber offers a full range Oakwood, Clermont, Gillsville, Lula, Braselton and Buford. With over 2,300 business members, the Chamber offers a full range ofof resources and and business business services. services. Join Join today. today. 770-532-6206. 770-532-6206. resources

Upcoming Chamber Events Events Tuesday, July July 11 11 Tuesday, Small Business Business Seminar Seminar Small 7:45 -- 9:00 9:00 a.m. a.m. –– Chamber Chamber 7:45

Tuesday,August August 88 Tuesday, Small Business Business Seminar Seminar Small 7:45 -- 9:00 9:00 a.m. a.m. –– Chamber Chamber 7:45

Wednesday, July July 12 12 Wednesday, Network Over Over Coffee Coffee Network 8:30 -- 9:30 9:30 a.m. a.m. 8:30 Panera Bread Bread in in Gainesville Gainesville Panera

Thursday,August August 10 10 Thursday, South Hall Hall Business Business Coalition Coalition South Economic Development Development Review Review Economic 8:00 -- 9:00 9:00 a.m. a.m. 8:00 Houndstooth Grill Grill inin Braselton Braselton Houndstooth

Thursday, July July 20 20 Thursday, South Hall Hall Business Business Coalition Coalition South AT&T Fiber Fiber in in South South Hall Hall AT&T 8:00 a.m. a.m. -- 9:00 9:00 a.m. a.m. 8:00 Sterling on on the the Lake Lake in in Flowery Flowery Branch Branch Sterling

Tuesday,August August 22 22 Tuesday, BusinessAfter After Hours Hours Business Northeast Georgia Georgia Food Food Bank Bank Northeast 5:00 p.m. p.m. -- 7:00 7:00 p.m. p.m. 5:00


Thursday,August August31 31 Thursday, HealthcareReform ReformSeminar Seminar Healthcare 8:00a.m. a.m.--12:00 11:30p.m. a.m. 8:00 BrenauDowntown DowntownCenter Center Brenau Opentotothe thePublic Public Open


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