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  • B u s i n e s s L i n kChairman's Columnpage 2

    Education SPLOSTpage 4

    Board Nomineespage 5

    Upcoming Eventspage 6

    Member Announcementspage 10

    Ribbon Cuttings page 12

    Small Business of the Monthpage 13

    New Memberspage 15

    Buy Local Business Expopage 15

    G r e a t e r H a l l C h a m b e r . c o m

    A Publication of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

    Save the Date

    M A R C H2 0 1 1

    Tuesday, March 8Small Business Success Seminar

    Thursday, March 10South Hall Business Coalition

    Thursday, March 24Business After Hours

    A program of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Committee, the Get Fit Stay Fit Corporate Challenge kicked off in February with an employee fitness train-ing program. The Get Fit Stay Fit 5K Corporate Challenge Run/Walk is Thursday, April 21 at Riverside Military Academy, and the challenge concludes with Hall Countys Largest Office Party following the race. Get Fit Stay Fit promotes health, wellness and fitness among companies and their employees, families and individuals. From small companies to large corporations, the event attracts some 1,500 participants at all levels from competitive runners to social walkers. Over 100 companies and doz-ens of individuals, ages 10 to 80, are gearing up for Get Fit Stay Fit 2011! To register or for sponsorship information, contact Robyn Lynch, 770-532-6206. Email:, or get all the details online at

    Get Fit Stay Fit 5K Run-Walk is April 21

    1 Recruit a team captain from your company... get details at getfitstayfit5k.com2 Sign up as part of your company team or sign up as an individual. 3 Join a fitness program. Get Fit by taking advantage of one of the FREE training programs offered at area facilities with limited memberships available.4 Participate in the Get Fit Stay Fit 5K Run Walk at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville on Thursday, April 21 at 6:00 p.m. 5 Enjoy Hall Countys Largest Office Party following the run/walk with award recognition including the Fastest CEO, Fastest Team and Most Spirited Team, T-Shirt Contest Winner and live entertainment.

    5 Steps to Get Fit Stay Fit 2011

    Annual GDOT Forum

    The Greater Hall Chamber's Annual Transportation Forum is Tuesday, March 15 at Gainesville State College,11:30 am - 1:00 pm. Sponsors include Rochester, lunch provided by McDonald's and media sponsor, The Times. The event is open to the public and creates discussion with Chamber members, business and community leaders, and transportation professionals. Special Guest Speak-ers include Todd Long, GDOT Director of Planning, and Todd McDuffie, GDOT District 1 Engineer. Reservations required. Cost: $15 for Chamber Members; $20 for guests. Includes lunch. For reservations: Jean McCullough, 770-532-6206. Email: Register online:

    Get all the updates on area transportation issues and projects... and learn about the PROPOSED T-SPLOST!

    HALLmark chairs David Lee, Jackson EMC, Mimi Collins,The Longstreet Clinic and Paul Chambers, AT&T, announced the programs success and goal achievements at a breakfast celebration for investors. See details on page 4.

    HALLmark Success!

    Wells Fargo Buildingsuite 115


  • The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce strives to create a pro-busi-ness environment that helps your business become more successful and attract new businesses to our community. What difference can you make? Your membership and volunteer time are key components that allow the Chamber to offer the programs and services you request. With new jobs created over the past year and additional industrial and commercial investment from existing and new businesses, signs of economic recovery are being seen.

    Your involvement makes the difference, and it helps you get the most from your membership. Just look at the efforts of our Healthcare Committee. Thanks to their vision, projects such as the Get Fit Stay Fit Run-Walk 5K Corporate Challenge and the HealthSmart Expo emerged to create ad-ditional focus on wellness and healthy lifestyles.

    Several years ago, our education committees looked at ideas from the Leadership Hall program and created an outstanding Youth Leadership

    Hall program for high school juniors and seniors. Now, ideas are being developed to see if a Senior Leadership program can be created to add value to participants and the community.

    The South Hall Business Coalition developed from requests to bring more Chamber programs to the southern part of Hall County. Now, monthly meetings are held to discuss a number of issues from transportation to education. Marketing seminars are also frequently held in the South Hall area.

    Members requested more networking opportunities that could follow the successful Business After Hours and the membership team developed the Network Over Coffee and a Leads Group to involve more members and provide opportunities at different times of the day.

    The vision and teamwork of the economic development team helped to develop the Annual Industry Appreciation event with awards to recognize the important existing industries in the Greater Hall Com-munity. The list could continue, and hopefully it shows how a person or a group of people can make a difference and take an idea and develop it into something that can benefit the community and Chamber members. Thanks for your help and your ideas. If you have a new idea that you would like to share, please relay it to Kit Dunlap, President & CEO, Greater Hall Chamber, 770-532-6206.

    Please check out our new website for a complete list of the dates and times of Chamber activities. Get involved today. If you have any questions or would like to become more in-volved, please contact Membership VP Robyn Lynch, 770-532-6206 or email: If you are not a Chamber member, we invite you to join and be a part of our business networking team! Call Membership Coordinator Michelle Wiley, 770-532-6206 or join online at!




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    VoluMe 17 Issue 3McKemie West, editor email:

    Brenda Bahel, The Starke Companies

    elisabeth Baldwin, BB&T Bank

    Perry Barnett, Rushton & Company

    Wade Beavers, Beavers/Rogers Law & Advisory

    Dr. James Benson, Riverside Military Academy

    William H. Beyer, NEGA Heart Center

    Chad Bolton, NEGA Health System, Inc.

    Ruth Bruner, Mayor, City of Gainesville

    sam evans, City of Oakwood Councilman

    Andi Farmer, Milton Martin Honda

    Kathy Fauscett, Keller Williams Realty

    Jim Fitzgerald, Wrigley Manufacturing

    Jimbo Floyd, Turner, Wood & Smith Insurance

    Randall Frost, Stewart, Melvin & Frost LLP

    Dr. John Kennedy, Lakeview Academy

    Jody lail, Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia

    Kelly lee, Wells Fargo Advisors

    Deborah Mack, Community Volunteer

    Keith Mcleod, NEGA Urological Associates

    Mike Miller, Mayor, City of Flowery Branch

    Willie Mitchell, Gainesville City Schools

    Dr. Martha Nesbitt, Gainesville State College

    James Nix, Mayor, City of Clermont

    Tom oliver, Chairman, Hall County Commission

    Bill orr, Mayor, Town of Braselton

    larry Poole, Mayor, City of Gillsville

    Terry Roberts, Lake Lanier CVB

    Will schofield, Hall County Schools

    Dr. ed schrader, Brenau University

    David smith, Merial Select

    Dennis stockton, The Times

    Phil sutton, Kubota Manufacturing

    Milton Turner, Mayor, City of Lula

    Darrell Wiley, J&J Foods

    Philip Wilheit, Wilheit Packaging Materials

    Mike Williams, Lake Lanier Islands Resort

    Drew Addison, Industrial Properties Group

    Kellie Bowen, Full Bloom Nursery

    Dede Gossage, Heritage Academy

    Melanie Fuller Hill, BB&T

    Hart Payne, Community Volunteer

    Kingsley Peeples, Bates Carter Company

    Dr. Gale starich, Brenau University

    Zack Thompson, Pro Touch Landscapes

    Andrea Timpone, Elachee Nature Science Cnt

    Tracy Whitmire, Accusite Surgical Services

    B u s i n e s s L i n k

    Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce 2010-2011 executive Committee

    ChairmanDarrell snyderGeorgia Power Company

    Chairman ElectJay JacobsJacobs Media Corporation

    TreasurerBrian Daniel, Carroll Daniel Construction Company

    Vice Chair, Economic DevelopmentRussell VandiverLanier Technical College

    Vice Chair, Education Beth Baldwin Edward Jones Investments

    Vice Chair, Government Affairslee HemmerThe Simpson Company

    Vice Chair, Marketing and CommunicationsMelissa TymchukNortheast Georgia Medical Cnt

    Vice Chair, Membership DevelopmentAllen Nivens, Indigo Energy

    Vice Chair, South Hall CouncilGeoff lee, Road Atlanta

    Vice Chair, Community DevelopmentPhillipa Moss, Gainesville-Hall Co. Community Service Center

    Chair, VISION 2030Kelly Miles, Smith, Gilliam, Williams & Miles, P.A.Meg Nivens, Executive Director

    Co-Chairs, HALLmarkPaul Chambers, AT&TDavid lee, Jackson EMCMimi Collins, The Longstreet Clinic

    Senior AdvisorRob Fowler, Turner, Wood & Smith Insurance

    Immediate Past Chairmanemily Bagwell, Whelchel, Dunlap, Jarrard & Walker President & CEOKit Dunlap, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

    Board of Directors 2010-2011

    Associate Directors 2010-2011


    What Difference Can You Make?

    Darrell SnyderGeorgia Power Company Chairman, Greate