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July 4, 2017 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

Member Announcements

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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. siteselection.com • 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. hoopladigital.com • 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 hallcounty.org • 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. gamountainfoodbank.org • 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. healansmill.org • 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. tracytesmerremodeling.com • 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. exploregeorgia.org • 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. faeusa.com • 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. ung.edu • 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. mysisu.org • 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. braselton.net • 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 georgiasbdc.org • 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. ung.edu • 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. leadershipgeorgia.com

GOT NEWS? Email: kwest@ghcc.com

Strong Gaddy Lee Wealth Management

(L-R): Financial Planners and Managing Partners Shane Gaddy and Kelly Lee; Financial Advisor Kyle Bochat; and Founding Partner Charlie Strong opened Strong Gaddy Lee Wealth Management last month, bringing 50 years of industry experience to the community with financial planning, investment services, consulting, business, trust and estate planning. The new firm is centered around the needs of clients and has the strength and financial backing of two firms – top ranked independent broker/dealer LPL Financial, one of the nation’s leading financial services companies, and Atlanta-based Integrated Financial Group (IFG). 301 Green Street, Suite 100D in Gainesville. 770-534-0727. stronggaddylee.com

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