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Holiday shopping season kicks-off Thursday night

The official Christmas shopping season is still a couple days away, but retailers are bracing for one of the busiest Black Friday shopping events in years.

According to a report by the National Retail Federation, an estimated 147 million people will shop either at stores or online during the Black Friday weekend, which draws its name from an accounting term that indicates retailers have made a profit, or are "in the black."

November 21, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Distillery gets green flag

The backwoods moonshining business birthed one of the nation's most popular sports in NASCAR, so it fits that the state's newest legal moonshine distillery is under the same roof as the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.

In fact, the distillery - Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery on Hwy. 53 in Dawsonville - can't make the liquor fast enough to take the checkered flag ahead of its demand.

November 21, 2012 | By Lee Johnson DCN regional staff | BUSINESS


Newspaper holding open house Friday

The public is invited to an open house Friday at the Dawson Community News' new home.

The staff will welcome guests from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. to the office at 76 Howard Ave. East, Suite 140, in Dawsonville Business Park.

November 07, 2012 | From staff reports | BUSINESS


Belk to host semiannaul charity sale on Saturday

Belk will host its semiannual charity sale on Saturday, which benefits local nonprofits and schools.

To participate, shoppers should buy a $5 ticket from a participating nonprofit or at their local Belk store.

October 31, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | BUSINESS


Membership director named

The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce has chosen a familiar face as its new member­ship director.

Long­time chamber member and community volunteer Kara Hewatt accepted the position last week. Today is her first day on the job.

October 31, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Northside expands local imaging center

Northside Hospital improved medical offerings in Dawson County with the opening of its expanded imaging center on Monday.

"We're excited about being up here in Dawson County," said CEO Skip Putnam. "This is just part of our expansion and we're going to continue to expand services up here in this area. We appreciate everyone's support and we look forward to a very long relationship with Dawson County."

October 31, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Consumer expo to highlight area businesses

Local businesses will have the opportunity to showcase products and services Oct. 30 during the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce Business and Consumer Expo.

Celebrating its 12th year, the mini-trade show will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Lakeview Center on Dawson Forest Road.

October 24, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | BUSINESS


Development authority promotes county globally

Dawson County entered the global market Oct. 11 during north Georgia's first virtual summit aimed at promoting innovations in regional economic development.

Organized by the Development Authority of Dawson County, the event used high-tech systems in Atlanta, Dawsonville and Cornelia to join panelists with online participants from across Georgia and the nation.

October 17, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Chamber leader named to ‘40 Under 40’

Dawson County Chamber of Commerce President Christie Haynes is a University of Georgia elite alumna.

Haynes, 24, was selected earlier this year to UGA's 2012 40 Under 40.

October 03, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Private firm to manage lodge

Management of the lodge, cottages and convention center at Amicalola Falls State Park in northern Dawson County will shift to a private hospitality firm on Dec. 1.

State Department of Natural Resources board members discussed a partnership with Naples, Fla.-based Coral Hospitality during a meeting Sept. 26 in Atlanta.

October 03, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Dance team to appear on reality TV show

Reality television shows aren't exactly known for clearing up misconceptions, but one local dance team hopes a new show will tell the truth about the sport.

Synergy, a two-time national championship clogging team based in Cumming, will be featured in a one-hour reality TV show at 11 tonight on TLC.

September 26, 2012 | By Savannah King DCN regional staff | BUSINESS


‘It’s just a joy’

Officials gathered Thursday morning to dedicate Lanier Technical College's new building in Dawson County.

Nearly a decade in the making, the close to 32,000-square-foot $5 million facility is off Hwy. 9 next to Dawson County Middle School and near downtown Dawsonville.

September 26, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Pain at pumps

This summer communities across the nation have seen the highest gas prices in seven years, increasing the stress on family budgets and small businesses.

In Dawson County, gas prices jumped more than 30 cents per gallon over a matter of days in late August.

September 12, 2012 | Chelsea Thomas | BUSINESS


Downtown eatery reopens

Those cravings for Bully Burgers and fresh-cut fries can be satisfied again after Dawsonville's historic Pool Room reopened Saturday.

"We didn't have people waiting at the door when we opened, but they started coming in right after," said Gordon "G.P." Pirkle Jr., son of owner Gordon Sr. "Everybody's real happy that we're open again."

September 05, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Raffle winner headed to Italy

Six years ago, Bill Hardman took his new bride Helen to Italy for their honeymoon.

Thanks to a stroke of good luck Thursday, he's $10,000 wealthier and says he's taking her back in the spring.

August 29, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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Rezoning to bring grocer

Commissioners last week approved a rezoning that will make way for a new grocery store and retail center at the intersection of Ga. 400 and Dawson Forest Road.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Holiday shoppers looking to hit stores on Thanksgiving night

An estimated 140 million shoppers will take advantage of holiday sales, some opting to forego the traditional Thanksgiving dinner and hitting the stores early in hopes of getting one of those advertised pre-Black Friday super deals.

November 26, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Unemployment rate continues to fall

The unemployment rate for Dawson and neighboring counties in the region continues to fall.

November 19, 2014 | David Renner | BUSINESS


Lanier Tech to host job fair

The job search has changed dramatically over the years. Advances in technology and the decline in the economy have changed the way people get hired.

November 05, 2014 | By Kristen Oliver DCN regional staff | BUSINESS


Clinic opens doors for dental exams

A local charity clinic has opened the doors on its new dental clinic.

October 15, 2014 | David Renner | BUSINESS


Business group supports SPLOST

Advance voting begins Monday for the Nov. 4 election, which includes a referendum asking voters to extend Dawson County's 1-cent sales tax.

October 08, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Chamber golf tourney successful despite weather

While the weather Monday morning was gloomy and overcast, that didn't stop Dawson County Chamber of Commerce members and friends from showing up to golf.

October 01, 2014 | David Renner | BUSINESS


Holiday season to bring jobs

Unemployment continues to improve across the north Georgia region and officials believe the busy holiday shopping season will bring even lower rates in the coming months.

October 01, 2014 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


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