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<ul><li><p>B u s i n e s s L i n kChairman's Columnpage 2</p><p>Education SPLOSTpage 4</p><p>Board Nomineespage 5</p><p>Upcoming Eventspage 6</p><p>Member Announcementspage 10</p><p>Ribbon Cuttings page 12</p><p>Small Business of the Monthpage 13</p><p>New Memberspage 15</p><p>Buy Local Business Expopage 15</p><p>G r e a t e r H a l l C h a m b e r . c o m</p><p>A Publication of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce</p><p>Save the Date</p><p>M A R C H2 0 1 1</p><p>Tuesday, March 8Small Business Success Seminar </p><p>Thursday, March 10South Hall Business Coalition</p><p>Thursday, March 24Business After Hours</p><p>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</p><p>Get Fit Stay Fit 5K Run-Walk is April 21</p><p>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.</p><p>5 Steps to Get Fit Stay Fit 2011</p><p>Annual GDOT Forum</p><p>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:</p><p>Get all the updates on area transportation issues and projects... and learn about the PROPOSED T-SPLOST!</p><p>HALLmark chairs David Lee, Jackson EMC, Mimi Collins,The Longstreet Clinic and Paul Chambers, AT&amp;T, announced the programs success and goal achievements at a breakfast celebration for investors. See details on page 4.</p><p>HALLmark Success!</p><p>Wells Fargo Buildingsuite 115</p><p>678-450-8020</p></li><li><p>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. </p><p>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. </p><p>Several years ago, our education committees looked at ideas from the Leadership Hall program and created an outstanding Youth Leadership </p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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 &amp; CEO, Greater Hall Chamber, 770-532-6206.</p><p>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!</p><p>Fr</p><p>om</p><p> th</p><p>e C</p><p>ha</p><p>irm</p><p>an</p><p>Mar</p><p>ch 1</p><p>, 201</p><p>1 </p><p> Gre</p><p>ater</p><p> Hal</p><p>l Cha</p><p>mbe</p><p>r of C</p><p>omm</p><p>erce</p><p>2</p><p>VoluMe 17 Issue 3McKemie West, editor email:</p><p></p><p>Brenda Bahel, The Starke Companies</p><p>elisabeth Baldwin, BB&amp;T Bank</p><p>Perry Barnett, Rushton &amp; Company</p><p>Wade Beavers, Beavers/Rogers Law &amp; Advisory</p><p>Dr. James Benson, Riverside Military Academy</p><p>William H. Beyer, NEGA Heart Center</p><p>Chad Bolton, NEGA Health System, Inc.</p><p>Ruth Bruner, Mayor, City of Gainesville</p><p>sam evans, City of Oakwood Councilman</p><p>Andi Farmer, Milton Martin Honda</p><p>Kathy Fauscett, Keller Williams Realty</p><p>Jim Fitzgerald, Wrigley Manufacturing</p><p>Jimbo Floyd, Turner, Wood &amp; Smith Insurance</p><p>Randall Frost, Stewart, Melvin &amp; Frost LLP</p><p>Dr. John Kennedy, Lakeview Academy</p><p>Jody lail, Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia</p><p>Kelly lee, Wells Fargo Advisors</p><p>Deborah Mack, Community Volunteer</p><p>Keith Mcleod, NEGA Urological Associates</p><p>Mike Miller, Mayor, City of Flowery Branch</p><p>Willie Mitchell, Gainesville City Schools</p><p>Dr. Martha Nesbitt, Gainesville State College</p><p>James Nix, Mayor, City of Clermont</p><p>Tom oliver, Chairman, Hall County Commission</p><p>Bill orr, Mayor, Town of Braselton </p><p>larry Poole, Mayor, City of Gillsville</p><p>Terry Roberts, Lake Lanier CVB </p><p>Will schofield, Hall County Schools</p><p>Dr. ed schrader, Brenau University</p><p>David smith, Merial Select</p><p>Dennis stockton, The Times</p><p>Phil sutton, Kubota Manufacturing</p><p>Milton Turner, Mayor, City of Lula</p><p>Darrell Wiley, J&amp;J Foods</p><p>Philip Wilheit, Wilheit Packaging Materials</p><p>Mike Williams, Lake Lanier Islands Resort</p><p>Drew Addison, Industrial Properties Group</p><p>Kellie Bowen, Full Bloom Nursery</p><p>Dede Gossage, Heritage Academy</p><p>Melanie Fuller Hill, BB&amp;T</p><p>Hart Payne, Community Volunteer</p><p>Kingsley Peeples, Bates Carter Company</p><p>Dr. Gale starich, Brenau University</p><p>Zack Thompson, Pro Touch Landscapes</p><p>Andrea Timpone, Elachee Nature Science Cnt</p><p>Tracy Whitmire, Accusite Surgical Services</p><p>B u s i n e s s L i n k</p><p>Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce 2010-2011 executive Committee</p><p>ChairmanDarrell snyderGeorgia Power Company</p><p>Chairman ElectJay JacobsJacobs Media Corporation</p><p>TreasurerBrian Daniel, Carroll Daniel Construction Company</p><p>Vice Chair, Economic DevelopmentRussell VandiverLanier Technical College</p><p>Vice Chair, Education Beth Baldwin Edward Jones Investments</p><p>Vice Chair, Government Affairslee HemmerThe Simpson Company</p><p>Vice Chair, Marketing and CommunicationsMelissa TymchukNortheast Georgia Medical Cnt</p><p>Vice Chair, Membership DevelopmentAllen Nivens, Indigo Energy</p><p>Vice Chair, South Hall CouncilGeoff lee, Road Atlanta</p><p>Vice Chair, Community DevelopmentPhillipa Moss, Gainesville-Hall Co. Community Service Center</p><p>Chair, VISION 2030Kelly Miles, Smith, Gilliam, Williams &amp; Miles, P.A.Meg Nivens, Executive Director</p><p>Co-Chairs, HALLmarkPaul Chambers, AT&amp;TDavid lee, Jackson EMCMimi Collins, The Longstreet Clinic</p><p>Senior AdvisorRob Fowler, Turner, Wood &amp; Smith Insurance</p><p>Immediate Past Chairmanemily Bagwell, Whelchel, Dunlap, Jarrard &amp; Walker President &amp; CEOKit Dunlap, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce</p><p>Board of Directors 2010-2011</p><p>Associate Directors 2010-2011</p><p>staff</p><p>What Difference Can You Make?</p><p>Darrell SnyderGeorgia Power Company Chairman, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce</p><p>ExecutiveKit Dunlap, President/CEOJoy sims, Executive Assistant</p><p>Economic DevelopmentTim evans, Vice Presidentshelley Davis, Vice President Existing IndustryJean McCullough, Project Manager</p><p>Finance &amp; OperationsDavid umberson, Vice President Finance and Human Resources</p><p>Education &amp; Workforce DevelopmentDana Miller, Vice President</p><p>Government Affairs &amp; South Hall CouncilMichelle Wiley, Membership Coordinator</p><p>Community DevelopmentRobin Halstead, Vice President</p><p>VISION 2030Meg Nivens, Executive Director</p><p>Membership DevelopmentRobyn lynch, Vice PresidentMichelle Wiley, Membership Coordinator</p><p>Marketing &amp; CommunicationsKemie West, Business Link Editor/Consultant</p><p>Greater Hall Chamber Welcome CenterRobin Halstead, ManagerLeadership Hall County class members and Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce officials met with </p><p>Governor Nathan Deal and Senator Butch Miller at the State Capitol. The famous Gainesville-Hall County chicken boxes were delivered to the Legislature on February 10.</p><p>Leadership Hall County Visits the Capitol</p></li><li><p>Ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction </p><p>by J.D. Power and Associates</p><p>Jackson EMC received the highest numerical score among midsize utilities in the South region in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Electric Utility Residential Customer SatisfactionStudySM. Study based on 85,272 totalresponses, ranking the 27 largest providers in the South (AL, AK, DC, FL, GA, LA, MS, NM, OK, NC, SC, TN, TX, VA).Proprietary study results are based </p><p>on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed in July 2009-May 2010. Your experiences may vary. Visit</p><p> ""!</p><p>$ # %</p><p>! #</p></li><li><p>Co</p><p>mm</p><p>un</p><p>ity</p><p> De</p><p>ve</p><p>lo</p><p>pm</p><p>en</p><p>tM</p><p>arch</p><p> 1, 2</p><p>011</p><p> G</p><p>reat</p><p>er H</p><p>all C</p><p>ham</p><p>ber o</p><p>f Com</p><p>mer</p><p>ce</p><p>4</p><p>The Greater Hall Chamber announced that investments in HALLmark The Next Generation 2010-2015, a five-year economic development plan for Gaines-ville-Hall County, have surpassed the initiatives $2.1 million goal. To date, 146 investors, including businesses and industries across the community, have invested $2,225,890 in the program to ensure the economic viability of our region. Another 20 companies are ex-pected to invest in the initiative in 2011. </p><p>HALLmark chairs Paul Chambers,AT&amp;T; Mimi Collins, The Longstreet Clinic; and, David Lee, Jackson EMC,announced the programs success at a breakfast celebration for investors on February 2. Motivational speaker and business leader John Addison, co-CEO of Primerica, gave the keynote address.</p><p>The benefits of HALLmark are many, including high quality jobs; a stable and growing tax base; the protection of ex-isting investments that have been made by businesses and homeowners; and, an unparalleled quality of life. </p><p>HALLmark five year program goals seek 1,700 new jobs with $250 million in capital investment; $60 million in new annual payroll and the placement of Gainesville MSAs unemployment rate below that of the state and nation. The initiatives plan includes focus on the following:</p><p>VISION 2030Enhance the VISION 2030 Big Ideas for community development and quality of life in the next 20 years.</p><p>Economic DevelopmentCreate jobs. Recruit new businesses that require a highly skilled work-force. Serve as a catalyst to increase business retention and expansion activities with existing companies. </p><p>Retail &amp; Small Business DevelopmentAttract and promote the retail develop-ment and locally-owned small busi-nesses</p><p>Education &amp; Workforce DevelopmentBuild a workforce necessary for our community to fully participate in todays global economy. Provide leader-ship, alliance programs and networks to ensure an increased graduation rate and an educated, well-trained workforce. </p><p>Community &amp; Governmental AffairsPromote positive interaction between local, state and federal government and our local business community. Focus on healthcare initiatives and commu-nity wellness programs. Address water issues in Gainesville-Hall County and Georgia.</p><p>For more information on HALLmark 2010-2015, contact Kit Dunlap at the Greater Hall Chamber, 770-532-6206.</p><p>HALLmark Past $2.1 Million Goal</p><p>(L-R): Chamber Chairman-Elect Jay Jacobs, Jacobs Media; HALLmark tri-chairs Paul Chambers, AT&amp;T, and David Lee, Jackson EMC; Chamber President &amp; CEO Kit Dunlap; Guest Speaker John Addison, Primerica; HALLmark tri-chair Mimi Collins,The Longstreet Clinic; Chamber Chairman Darrell Snyder, Georgia Power. </p><p>SPLOST: Good Cents for Education</p><p>Brian CantelCantel Wealth Management Co-Chairman, Citizens for Better Education 2011</p><p>Deborah MackCommunity VolunteerCo-Chairman, Citizens for Better Education 2011</p><p>Lee HemmerThe Simpson CompanyCo-Chairman, Citizens for Better Education 2011</p><p>The Citizens for a Better Education is a grass-roots committee of Gainesville-Hall County volunteers who are working toward passage and continuation of the local 1 percent Education Sales Tax or SPLOST. The group is a wide cross-section of our community, including PTA and PTO leaders, former educators, government and school board representatives, local Democrat and Republican party leaders, agribusi-ness concerns, retired citizens, and several business and community volunteers.</p><p>On Tuesday, March 15, Gainesville/Hall County voters face an important voteaffecting the future of our children and our school systems. A local referendum will decide whether we should extend the one-penny/1% education sales tax for another five years. A YES vote on the ballot will raise money to fund school rebuilding and renovation projects and pay existing debt. These projects are necessary to meet critical space needs and to ensure a better education for our children.</p><p>If passed the one-penny sales tax would pay for the following: Hall Co...</p></li></ul>