Small Business

Small Business represents the heart of the economy and a dominant source of job creation. 93% of the Greater Hall Chamber’s members 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.


  • The 2020 Milken Institute Report named the Gainesville-Hall County Metro Area as the “Top Small Metro Area in Georgia” and Top Ten in the Nation for “Best Performing Small Metros”
  • Site Selection named Georgia the “#1 State for Business” for the eighth consecutive year and named Gainesville-Hall County one of the “Top Performing Small Metro Areas in Georgia”
  • Gainesville-Hall County was ranked one of the 2020 Best Cities in the U.S. for Small Businesses by
  • Area Development also rated Gainesville-Hall County among its cities for “Year-After-Year Growth” with Georgia named the “#1 Place for Business” for seven years in a row
  • CoStar Group named Gainesville-Hall County the #1 Metro Area in Georgia for Year-Over-Year Job Growth in 2020

Small Business in Hall County

99.6% categorized as small, using the Small Business Administration’s definition of fewer than 500 employees
97.1% employ <100
93.6% employ <50
73.7% employ <10
*Georgia Department of Labor / 2nd Quarter 2020

Chamber CERTIFIED Small Business Partners

2019 Certified Small Business Partners

Thirty (30) businesses became CERTIFIED Small Business Partners in 2020.  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 2021 Program Schedule.

Small Business Seminars are sponsored by AccessWDUN, Caldwell Electrical Contractors, Gainesville Mechanical and The Times and are free for Chamber members. Visit the CHAMBER CALENDAR to stay informed on upcoming Small Business Seminars and to register online. Contact Ellie Parker for details: (770) 532-6206 x 111 or email.

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, Signs by Tomorrow, South Hall Rotary and Store More Self Storage. Meetings are $5 for Chamber members or $15 for non-members and include a light breakfast. Visit the CHAMBER CALENDAR for upcoming South Hall Business Coalition meetings and to register or contact Kara Tate, VP Membership Events, for details: (770) 532-6206 x 103 or email.

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

2020-2021: Cochran Brothers Electric and Three D Cleaners
2019-2020: The Collegiate Grill and Tipton Construction
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 Farms
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