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.


  • Forbes Magazine rated Gainesville-Hall County among “Best Small Places for Business & Careers” for the last five years
  • The Milken Institute Report rated the Gainesville-Hall County among the top “Best Small Metro Areas in the U.S.” for the sixth consecutive year, based on job and salary growth.
  • Georgia ranks #1 (5th year running) in US for best state for business (Site Selection, 11/2017)
  • Gainesville-Hall County ranks in the top 5 in the US for best small cities for business (Site Selection)
  • Georgia ranks #1 (4th year running) in US for best state for business (Area Development,9/2016)

Small Business in Hall County

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

97.3% categorized as small, using the Small Business Administration’s definition of fewer than 500 employees
96.5% employ <100
92.8% employ <50
73.1% employ <10
*Georgia Department of Labor Fourth Quarter 2017

CERTIFIED Small Business Partners

In 2017, the Chamber CERTIFIED Small Business Partner program was implemented and 25 businesses were certified. In 2018, 23 businesses became CERTIFIED Small Business Partners.  Businesses can become part of the initiative by simply 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, Signs by Tomorrow and WSI Digital Rainmakers and are free for Chamber members. Programs are subject to change.  Stay informed on upcoming Small Business Seminars and register online at CHAMBER CALENDAR. Details: Amanda Lewis, 770-532-6206 x 111. 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

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