Thanks to the extraordinary energy of the local business, education, government, healthcare, arts, and philanthropic and service communities, Gwinnett County and the Gwinnett Chamber continued to thrive and enhance the quality of life for all citizens in 2015. It was a year of continued growth for our community, and our collective efforts served to reinforce Gwinnett’s success and our region’s economy and overall prosperity.
Indeed, 2016 is off to a great start and promises shared opportunities to continue to build upon our achievements. The Chamber is committed to helping leverage our entire array of assets and resources to ensure continued progress and growth, working strategically and collaboratively with all sectors of our community to make sure Gwinnett remains the economic engine of growth for metro Atlanta.
Toward that end, it is essential that the Chamber continues to strengthen the community by helping businesses prosper and driving economic prosperity. This collective goal means implementing strategies and solutions designed to encourage investment and job creation.
The Chamber is fortunate to have a talented staff, capable leadership, an active board and engaged members to support our mission of strengthening existing businesses, facilitating the growth of quality job opportunities and enriching the community’s quality of life. With a shared community vision and sense of commitment, we will continue to ensure that “Success Lives Here.”
The Gwinnett Chamber will be the forum for business, government, education, healthcare, arts/culture/entertainment, and philanthropic and public service communities to come together to advance our region’s economy and enrich Gwinnett’s quality of life.
The mission of the Gwinnett Chamber is to strengthen existing businesses, facilitate the growth of quality job opportunities and enrich the community’s quality of life.
Dr. Dan Kaufman, President & CEO
Randy Dellinger, Chairman
Anthony Rodriguez, Chair-Elect
Carla Carraway, Past Chair
Norwood Davis, Treasurer
Craig Brown, Secretary
Perry Tindol, VC Programs
Pam Ledbetter, VC Marketing & Communications
Doug Jenkins, VC Economic Development
Sherwood McDuffie, VC Membership & CC
Tammy Shumate, VC Leadership
Mike Levengood, VC Education
Leticia Willis, VC Arts
Philip R. Wolfe, VC Healthcare & Life Science
Brad Carr, VC Special Events
Preston Williams, VC Sports & Entertainment
Matt Hyatt, VC Entrepreneurship & Small Business
Chuck Button, VC Community Relations
Tom Andersen, Andersen Tate & Carr, P.C.
Delores Crowell, AT&T
Robert Dobbs, Wells Fargo
Ron Garrard, Garrard Group
Craig Hudson, Merial, Ltd.
Gregory Jay, Chandler, Britt & Jay, LLC
Terri Jondahl, CAB, Incorporated
Caryn McGarity, The McGarity Group, LLC
Bartow Morgan, BrandBank
Brand Morgan, Brand Properties, LLC
Sean Murphy, Procurri, LLC
Cathy Nichols, Mobile Communications of Gwinnett
Bill Russell, Russell Landscape Companies
Raymer Sale, E2E Resources, Inc.
Dr. Manfred Sandler, CardioVascular Group, PC
Jeff Seebeck, CISCO
David Snell, E.R. Snell Contractor, Inc.
John D. Stephens, John D. Stephens, Inc.
Sidney H. Theus, American Painting & Renovations
Supt. J. Alvin Wilbanks, Gwinnett County Public Schools
Steve Williams, United Community Bank
Shiv Aggarwal, American Mgmt. Services, Inc.
Kerry Armstrong, Pope & Land
Chess Britt, Primerica Financial Services
Jim Brooks, Evermore CID
Glen Cannon, Gwinnett Technical College
Steve Cannon, Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Ctr
Greg Cantrell, Living Stone Properties
Rick Chandler, Chandler, Britt & Jay, LLC
Dean Collins, T.Y. Lin International Company
Bryan Ginn, GA Campus – PCOM
Michael Golden, Arnall Golden Gregory, LLP
Mary Hester, LAN Systems
Stephen K. Hill, SKH Enterprises, Inc.
David Jacobson, Direct Technologies, Inc.
Jack Jessen, Clear Channel Outdoor
Greg King, WestRock
Bin Liu, CFS Corporation
Tom Martin, Gwinnett Community Bank
Keith Mason, McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP
Wayne Mason, Mason Family Management Company
Bill McCargo, B Mac Associates
Pat McDonough, CBO, LLC
Mike McGarity, The McGarity Group, LLC
Chairman Charlotte Nash, Gwinnett Board of Commissioners
Prince Niyyar, Commdex Consulting
Representative BJ Pak, Gwinnett Legislative Delegation
Michael Paris, Council for Quality Growth
Dr. Stanley “Stas” Preczewski, Georgia Gwinnett College
Trey Ragsdale, Kaiser Permanente
Randy Redner, Community Foundation of NE Georgia
Harry Rice, Atkins North America
Scott Schmidly, Eastside Medical Center
Bruce Sharp, BB&T
Bill Sloan, Pond & Company
Jim Smith, The Atlanta Falcons
Michael Tennant, Alston & Bird, LLP
Lee Tucker, Mahaffey Pickens Tucker, LLP
Richard Tucker, Arlington Capital, LLC
Senator Renee Unterman, Gwinnett Legislative Delegation
Chuck Warbington, Gwinnett Village CID
Phil Weatherly, Gas South
Connie Wiggins, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful
Mayor Allison Wilkerson, Gwinnett Municipal Association
Marvin Willis, Smith & Howard CPA
Finance/Banking – 7.1%
Health Products/Healthcare – 6.7%
Manufacturing/Distributing – 6.1%
Hospitality/Restaurants – 6%
Construction/Contracting – 5.6%
Other Professional Services – 4.8%
Real Estate – 4.5%
Advertising/Marketing – 3.5%
Education – 3.2%
Information Technology – 3%
Retail – 2.8%
Government – 2.4%
Legal Services – 2.3%
Other – 7.5%
1-3 employees – 29.7%
4-9 employees – 19.8%
10-25 employees – 19.9%
26-49 employees – 9.9%
50-99 employees – 8.9%
100-199 employees – 6%
200+ employees – 5.8%
Inside Gwinnett – 75.5%
Outside Gwinnett – 24.5%
General Member – 81.8%
Chairman’s Club Member – 18.2%
Eat & Educate Workshops
Small Business Essentials Panels
Small Business Summit Attendees
Simple Steps to Starting a Business Training Sessions
Small Business Consultations
Pinnacle Small Business Awards Nominees
Small Business Resources & News Email Subscribers
Launched in 2014, Gwinnett Small Business Resources was developed to provide entrepreneurs and small business owners with a comprehensive collection of resources, education, programs and tools to: assist in properly starting, sustaining and continuing to succeed in business, raise awareness of resources available to aid in success, position the Chamber as a reliable starting point for finding business assistance, gain practical and functional education in topic-specific areas of business and deliver relevant programming to help businesses grow successfully.
Monthly educational workshops and seminars focus on small business needs. The “Eat & Educate” series provided small business owners with in-person, topic-specific opportunities to gain the tools they need to be successful in business. Varying topics included marketing, surviving the first five years, finance and cash flow, legal and compliance, business plans, setting goals, minority assistance, networking, sales training, trade show tips and more.
The bi-monthly “On The Road” program, hosted throughout Gwinnett County, introduced the many resources available to small businesses. This portable panel of real experts included the Small Business Development Center, SCORE, minority assistance experts, as well as local city and county representatives knowledgeable in licensing, planning, economic development and more. Attendees learned about the many free or low-cost resources available to help their business succeed.
The Small Business Summit provided access to a full day of resources, tools, strategies and education for existing small businesses or those considering taking the leap into business ownership. Attendees participated in breakout sessions on topics such as funding, planning, marketing, networking, sales, service and enjoyed engaging keynote presentations and a tabletop exhibit.
The Pinnacle Small Business Awards honored small businesses that dare to start, strive to sustain and persevere to succeed, playing an ongoing significant role in driving our business community and economic growth. Award categories included: Family-Owned Small Business of the Year, Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year, Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year, Home Based Small Business of the Year, Small Business Rising Star of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Small Business of the Year: 0 – 5 Employees, Small Business of the Year: 6 – 24 Employees, Small Business of the Year: 25+ Employees and Resource Champion of the Year.
We partnered with SCORE to host multiple runs of their five-module training program, SimpleSTEPS™ for Starting a Business. SimpleSTEPS™ for Starting Your Business is a multi-session training program developed and offered exclusively through SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Businesses. This program was designed at a national level for people who have started, or are considering starting a small business, but need to do a little leg work, paperwork and feasibility research. Modules include: Start-Up Basics, Business Concept, Marketing Plans, Financial Projections and Funding Sources.
Programs Department Events
Membership Department Events
Partnership Gwinnett Events
Optimize efforts aimed at the recruitment, retention and expansion of new and existing companies in Gwinnett’s five target sectors: Advanced Manufacturing, Professional & Corporate Services, Health Sciences & Services, Information & Technology Solutions and Supply Chain Management. Continue to encourage companies of all sizes to contribute to job growth and wealth creation, including entrepreneurs and small business, as well as international and minority-owned businesses.
Promote the success of Pre-K through 12th grade educational systems while encouraging the expansion of higher education institutions. Support the enhancement of talent-development programs and resources to meet the needs of the growing Gwinnett community.
Encourage mobility and competitive infrastructure within Gwinnett and throughout the region; promote redevelopment and more sustainable development patterns; enhance the arts, cultural and recreational resources of the County, as well as the development of dynamic public spaces and activity centers; maximize Gwinnett’s diversity to enhance community vitality; foster the next generation of leadership; and boost awareness of community assets.
The Gwinnett Angels investment group launched in 2014 and by the end of 2015 had logged the following numbers: