Small Business

Small Business represents the heart of the economy and a dominant source of job creation. Over 90% 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.


  • 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”
  • Georgia has been named the “#1 State for Business” for six consecutive years and Gainesville-Hall County ranks as a “Top Performing Small Metro Area in Georgia” (Site Selection, 11/2018)
  • Area Development also included Gainesville-Hall County among its 2018 cities for “Year-After-Year Growth”

Small Business in Hall County

2 Dog Restaurant – Tina and Tim Roberts celebrate 20 years in business in Downtown Gainesville.

99.5% categorized as small, using the Small Business Administration’s definition of fewer than 500 employees
96.5% employ <100
92.5% employ <50
70.2% employ <10
*Georgia Department of Labor Fourth Quarter 2018

CERTIFIED Small Business Partners

In 2018, 23 businesses became CERTIFIED Small Business Partners.  Businesses can become part of the initiative by attending six (6) Small Business Seminars in a year. Partners Receive:

• Certificate of Completion
• Certified Small Business Door Decal
• Recognition at a Chamber Board Meeting
• Announcement in the Chamber’s Business Link Newsletter

Link here to see current Certified Small Business Partners and the 2019 Program Schedule.

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

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

2019 Small Business of the Month

January:  McEver Road Self Storage
February:  Limestone Shirt Factory
March:  Lanier Flight Center
April:  Cochran Brother’s Electric
May:  Runners Fit
June:  Papa Jack’s Country Kitchen
July:  Kona Ice of Greater Gainesville
August:  Gee Heating and Air
September: Highland Mountain Beverage Service, Inc. 
October: Master’s Apparel
November: Scott’s Downtown
December: Nichols Body Shop