Small Business

Small Business represents the heart of the economy and a dominant source of job creation. Over 85% of the Greater Hall Chamber’s membership are small businesses. The Chamber provides a wide range of services to small business owners and potential entrepreneurs, working to grow business and strengthen the economy. Check the calendar for monthly small business events. 

4,703 Small Businesses in Hall County

2 Dog Restaurant – Tina and Tim Roberts celebrate 20 years in business in downtown Gainesville GA

99.8% categorized as small, using the Small Business Administration’s definition of fewer than 500 employees
96.9% employ <100
93.5% employ <50
74.2% employ <10
*Georgia Department of Labor 2016


  • Forbes Magazine rated Gainesville-Hall County among “Best Small Places for Business & Careers” for the last four years
  • The Milken Institute Report rated the Gainesville-Hall County among the “Best Small Metro Areas in the U.S.” for the fifth consecutive year, based on job and salary growth.
  • Georgia ranks #1 (4th year running) in US for best state for business (Site Selection, 11/2016)
  • Georgia ranks #1 (3rd year running) in US for best state for business (Area Development, 9/2016)
  • Georgia scores an “A” for small business friendliness (Thumbtack, 6/16)
  • Georgia ranks #4 in top states for small business financing (NerdWallet, 1/16)

The Chamber seeks to recognize and promote outstanding small businesses in the community and spotlights a Small Business of the Month, Small Business of the Year and Family Business of the Year.

Family Business of the Year

2015-2016 Clipper Petroleum and Chestnut Mountain Egg Farm
2014-2015 Duncan Exterminating and Georgia Chair Company
2013-2014 McGarity’s Business Products
2012-2013 Carroll Daniel Construction
2011-2012 J & J Foods
2010-2011 Milton Martin Toyota
2009-2010 Citisco

Small Business of the Month