Small Business

Small Business represents the heart of the economy and a dominant source of job creation. 93% 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.

Rankings

  • Forbes Magazine rated Gainesville-Hall County among the “Best Small Places for Business & Careers” for the last six years
  • The 2019 Milken Institute Report rated the Gainesville-Hall County Metro Area as the “Top Small Metro Area in Georgia” and #3 in the Nation for “Best Performing Small Metros”
  • Site Selection, lists Georgia as the “#1 State for Business” for seven consecutive years and Gainesville-Hall County ranks as a “Top Performing Small Metro Area in Georgia”
  • Area Development also included Gainesville-Hall County among its  cities for “Year-After-Year Growth”

Small Business in Hall County

99% categorized as small, using the Small Business Administration’s definition of fewer than 500 employees
96.7% employ <100
92.8% employ <50
70.9% employ <10
*Georgia Department of Labor / 2nd Quarter 2019

Chamber CERTIFIED Small Business Partners

2019 Certified Small Business Partners

Thirty-four (34) businesses became CERTIFIED Small Business Partners in 2019.  Businesses can become part of the initiative by attending six (6) Small Business Seminars in a year. Partners Receive:

• Certificate of Completion
• Business Door Decal
• Recognition by Chamber Board
• Announcement in the Chamber’s Business Link Newsletter

Link here to see current Certified Small Business Partners and the 2020 Program Schedule.

Small Business Seminars are sponsored by AccessWDUN, Caldwell Electrical Contractors, Gainesville Mechanical and Signs by Tomorrow and are free for Chamber members. Stay informed on upcoming Small Business Seminars and register online: CHAMBER CALENDAR. Contact Amanda Lewis for details: 770-532-6206 x 111 or email Amanda.

South Hall Business Coalition

Chamber Vice Chair of the South Hall Council, Terry Merck, American Yazaki Corporation; Bill Andrew, City of Flowery Branch; Paul Chambers, AT&T; Kit Dunlap, Greater Hall Chamber.

The Chamber’s South Hall Business Coalition meets monthly on issues and topics of interest to business in South Hall County.  Meetings are well attended and sponsored by AccessWDUN, Halski Systems, Milton Martin Honda, Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton, Red Clay Interactive and Store More Self Storage.  Meetings are $5 Chamber Members; $15 Non-Members and include light breakfast. For upcoming South Hall Business Coalition meetings and register, visit the CHAMBER CALENDAR or contact Kara Tate, VP Membership Events, for details: 770-532-6206 x 103 or email Kara.

Chamber Programs & Networking Opportunities

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

2018-2019 Riverside Pharmacy and WDUN
2017-2018 Duplicating Products and The Norton Agency
2016-2017 Harrison Oil & Tire and Truelove Dairy
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

2020 Small Business of the Month

January:  Nichols Body Shop
February:  The Collegiate Grill