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Chamber to celebrate 35 years

The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce will celebrate 35 years of community service next week.

In celebration, the chamber will host the monthly Business After Hours event at 5 p.m. June 26 at the chamber offices on Ga. 400.

June 20, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | BUSINESS


Events planned aim to ‘Save the Pool Room’

Several events are planned in the coming weeks aimed to save Dawsonville's historic Pool Room.

The downtown, landmark eatery was seized by the Georgia Department of Revenue for delinquent taxes. According to a notice that remains posted on the front door, owner Gordon Pirkle owes more than $84,000 in unpaid taxes and fees.

June 20, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Fiber optic work nears completion

Construction of a fiber optic network that could mean lightning-fast Internet service for thousands of businesses and households in north Georgia is nearing completion.

Crews were in downtown Dawsonville last week installing what is described as middle- and last-mile fiber runs. These lines will connect to core lines that were put in over the last several months.

June 20, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Northeast Georgia Health System expanding

Health care offerings continue to expand in Dawson County with Northeast Georgia Health System's purchase of the former Moto 400 building near Ga. 400.

The hospital system plans to renovate the 23,000-square-foot facility and develop a multi-purpose medical office building to serve the community's growing needs, according to a spokeswoman.

June 06, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


County now ‘Work Ready’

The Governor's Office of Workforce Development recently announced Dawson County is officially a Work Ready Community.

Established in 2006, Work Ready is a certification process based on a skills assessment for job seekers and a job profiling system for businesses designed to generate a workforce that meets the needs of local businesses.

May 30, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Leaders to discuss future of 400

An economic development luncheon that aims to provide the region's business leaders and elected officials an opportunity to discuss the future of Ga. 400 will be held at 11:30 a.m. June 7 at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center.

The 2012 Ga. 400 Summit will address numerous questions, including how the region's leaders can help reduce congestion and how they can improve the road's qualities.

May 30, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | BUSINESS


Official: Delinquent motel taxes remain unpaid

Dawson County officials say a local motel owner still owes several thousand dollars in back taxes despite management's claims that most of the debt has been paid.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Comfort Inn on Beartooth Parkway was nearly $10,000 behind in hotel/motel taxes, according to Kaye Molden, the county's senior accountant.

May 30, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Childcare center closing

A local childcare center is closing its doors on Friday.

"It's been a wonderful 12 years. This has become an extension of our family," said Barry Slaton, who with his father, Roger, opened Dawson Learning Center in August 2000.

May 30, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Pool Room closed

The future of a landmark Dawson County eatery lies in the balance after the Georgia Department of Revenue seized the Dawsonville Pool Room at lunchtime May 9.

According to a notice posted on the front door of the downtown restaurant, the seizure stems from nearly $84,000 in unpaid taxes and fees.

May 16, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Longtime chamber president to retire

The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce is preparing for a leadership transition after its top two officials announced plans to retire.

Longtime president Linda Williams and husband Marty Williams, vice president of travel and tourism, said last week they will step down together July 6.

May 16, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Northside expanding in Dawson

Northside Hospital system recently bought a building with plans to expand its services in Dawson County.

The hospital purchased the property at 91 Nordson Overlook in March, according to Russ Davis, director of marketing and public relations.

May 02, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Maximum Money class offered in Dawsonville

The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Small Business Development Center to offer a series of seminars designed to propel local business to the next level.

Maximum Money is an interactive course geared to help entrepreneurs and managers develop sound financial strategies that boost business.

April 25, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Sunday package sales see few customers

Sales were off to a slow start when package liquor stores opened for the first time Sunday in unincorporated Dawson County.

"I had about 40 customers all day," said Mike Keeney, owner of RK Package on Prestige Lane.

April 25, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Workforce development overview is Thursday

Unemployed and underemployed Dawson County residents interested in enhancing job skills through continuing their education are encouraged to attend a program offered Thursday by the Georgia Mountains Workforce Development Center at Rock Creek Park.

Sessions designed to give attendees information on services available through the workforce development center will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

April 25, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Forsyth Dental Partners expands to Dawsonville

A dental practice that has built a reputation on individual needs and comprehensive care for nearly two decades in neighboring Forsyth County has expanded its services in Dawsonville.

Forsyth Dental Partners opened its second location April 3 at 2390 Thompson Road, Suite 200.

April 25, 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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