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Leadership program seeking applicants

The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for its upcoming Leadership Dawson program.

Established in 1992 as a joint program between the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce and the local University of Georgia Extension office, more than 150 local residents have graduated from Leadership Dawson.

March 22, 2013 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Chamber unveils new logo

Officials with the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce hope a new logo unveiled last week will change the perception of the business organization.

"The chamber really turned a corner last year, not just in that we hired a new director, but also that we have a new staff that's come on," said Peter Hill, board chairman. "With the transition and renovation, it's a perfect opportunity to rebrand and put a new face with the organization."

March 20, 2013 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Expert sees retail impact

An area real estate and economic expert views Dawson County as a beacon for shoppers and encouraged the community to pay close attention to the "tremendous potential" of Ga. 400.

"You're attracting retail here, which is attracting housing here, which will attract business here, which will improve here," Frank Norton Jr. said. "We are now mecca - not to worship, they are coming to spend money."

March 06, 2013 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Networking event a success

Dawson County Chamber of Commerce officials are calling a new women's networking event an "ultimate success."

"We're so glad we had such a great turn out for our inaugural event. This is something we're going to try to do quarterly," said Christie Haynes, chamber president.

March 06, 2013 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Medical Plaza to open soon

Dawson County will soon have a new location for help with medical needs.

Medical Plaza 400, a part of the Northeast Georgia Health System, is set to open in April at what was formerly the Moto 400 building, located north of the intersection of Hwy. 53 and Ga. 400.

March 06, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | BUSINESS


Chamber offers networking event

The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its inaugural Women of the Chamber networking event.

Set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the chamber office, just north of Hwy. 53 on Ga. 400, Women of the Chamber is a casual get-together featuring wine, cheese and a relaxed networking opportunity to meet other women in the local business community.

February 20, 2013 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Local attorney tapped for Lanier Islands board

A local attorney is the newest member of the Lake Lanier Islands Development Authority.

Clint Bearden, 27, was one of several appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal in January to key positions in the state.

February 06, 2013 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Interest along Ga. 400 spikes

Interest along the busy Ga. 400 corridor continues to spike after several years of sluggishness, officials say.

David McKee, Dawson County's planning director, said his office has seen building permits and business license applications surge by about 40 percent from a year ago.

February 06, 2013 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Northside Hospital now offers MRI in Dawsonville

Northside Hospital is pleased to announce another expansion of its radiology services in Dawsonville with the addition of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) for brain, spine and orthopedic exams.

Since 2008, Northside/Dawson Imaging has offered high-quality radiology/imaging services for patients of all ages.

January 30, 2013 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | BUSINESS


Doughnut franchise opening this summer

A nationally known doughnut chain has submitted plans to build a location off Ga. 400.

The Development Authority of Dawson County last week announced Dunkin' Donuts has submitted plans for the construction of a standalone building, north of the outlet mall.

January 30, 2013 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Gala honors members

In a year when change topped the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce's agenda, the move to a new facility for the group's 22nd annual award's ceremony and gala brought a fun, festive and memorable experience Friday night.

Held at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, the event marks the chamber's accomplishments of 2012 and honors many in the community for their contributions. It's also one of the organization's largest fundraisers.

January 30, 2013 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Fresh n’ Frugal grocer open in Dahlonega

Fresh n' Frugal-Cost Plus Foods, is a new concept supermarket open in Dahlonega. The business operates in the location formerly occupied by J&J Foods in the Greenbriar Shopping Center.

January 23, 2013 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | BUSINESS


Chamber gala is Friday at hall of fame

Dust off those dancing shoes and get ready for an evening of food and fun as the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce holds its annual gala and awards ceremony Friday night.

With a "Postcards from Dawson County" theme, the event will be held for the first time at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame in downtown Dawsonville.

January 23, 2013 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Chamber gala approaching

The 22nd annual Dawson County Chamber of Commerce banquet is just around the corner.

The gala will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. This year's theme will be "Postcards from Dawson."

January 02, 2013 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | BUSINESS


Distillery gets green light on tastings

Distillers on Friday got the final approval needed to begin offering samples of the first legal moonshine produced in Dawsonville.

"I'm so excited," said owner Cheryl Wood. "We're all really excited."

December 05, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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Business community thanks top teachers

The local business community last week paid tribute to the county's top teachers.

April 16, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Steel fabricator cleared to expand

A local steel fabricator received clearance last week to move forward with an expansion that will bring new jobs to Dawson County.

April 02, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Unemployment rate on the rise

The Georgia Department of Labor announced last week that the unemployment rate in the Georgia Mountains region, which Dawson is a part of, is on the rise.

March 19, 2014 | By David Renner | BUSINESS


Manufacturer applies for building variance

A local steel fabricator has applied for a building variance in anticipation of expanding its manufacturing operations.

March 19, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Racing team moving headquarters here

Dawsonville continues to be a hotbed for NASCAR activity with the recent announcement that J.J. Yeley's race team has decided to bring its operations to town.

March 05, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | BUSINESS


Senior facilities possible

Dawson County may soon be getting not one but two locations geared toward senior citizens.

Both Whitley Engineering Inc. and TBG Residential are looking at locations, one in the city and the other in the county.

February 26, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | BUSINESS


Lake, retail touted as area’s economic engine

Rising lake levels have played a role in the area's economic upturn, according to a local real estate expert.

February 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Internet provider faces settlement, layoffs

The Governor's Office of Consumer Protection announced Monday that the agency has entered into a $600,000 settlement with Internet service provider Windstream Communications over allegations of false advertising.

The office claims that Windstream advertised speeds it could not provide, mislead customers as to the nature of their infrastructure, misrepresented minimum connection speeds and failed to completely clarify subscription-based promotions.

February 26, 2014 | By David Renner drenner@dawsonnews.com | BUSINESS


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