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Chamber accepting award nominations

The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its 20th annual awards banquet and gala to be held March 2.

The ceremony pays tribute to individuals who have made great contributions to the community in volunteerism, leadership and entrepreneurship.

January 18, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


DCN welcomes reporter

Dawson Community News welcomed a new reporter to its editorial staff earlier this month.

Chelsea Thomas is covering city government, education and water issues, as well as community events, activities and happenings.

January 18, 2012 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | BUSINESS


Norton’s economic forecast is Thursday

Economic forecasts in recent years have seemed to be an endless stream of bad news.

Local real estate guru and economic trend detector Frank Norton aims to reverse that trend - though not without some notes of caution.

January 18, 2012 | By Aaron Hale DCN regional staff | BUSINESS


Street lights out? There’s an app for that

In a society that is constantly becoming more reliant on technology, Sawnee EMC is joining the movement with a new street light outage reporting application for smartphones.

The electric cooperative had already launched an online application and will soon release its smartphone application, said Sawnee EMC Vice President of Member Services Blake House.

January 18, 2012 | By Patrick Stoker DCN regional staff | BUSINESS


Badcock names new manager

A furniture designer is the new general manager at Badcock Home Furniture and More in Dawsonville.

Fritz Verbarg, 50, of Dawsonville, accepted the position late last year after working for the company nearly 13 months.

January 11, 2012 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Moviegoers take a walk on the wild side

Moviegoers took a walk on the wild side last week at the cinema in Dawsonville.

Chestatee Wildlife Preserve, a nonprofit zoo and rescue in Dahlonega, brought several exotic animals to the theater Dec. 23 to celebrate the opening of "We Bought a Zoo," starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson.

December 28, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Local zoo comes to the movies

To celebrate the opening of acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe's movie "We Bought a Zoo," Chestatee Wildlife Preserve will be at the Dawsonville 400 Stadium Cinemas 10 from 2 to 7 p.m. on Friday.

Molly Potts, cinema general manager, said having zoo animals at the movies on opening day seemed like a perfect fit.

December 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


High-speed Internet coming to mountains

North Georgia is one step closer to the high-speed Internet that Vice President Joe Biden promised would come with federal recovery funds.

Parts of eight counties whose access to high-speed service has previously been blocked by the mountains will have it in early 2012, said Bruce Abraham, the president and Chief Executive Officer of North Georgia Network.

December 21, 2011 | By Aaron Hale DCN regional staff | BUSINESS


Longtime banker retiring

A prominent fixture in local banking is retiring next week after nearly 43 years on the job.

Senior Vice President Jimmy Bruce's last day at United Community Bank in downtown Dawsonville is Dec. 31.

December 21, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Start to season

The Black Friday madness in Dawsonville started early as bargain hunters descended on North Georgia Premium Outlets for the center's annual Midnight Madness after Thanksgiving shopping event.

Many stores chose to open by 9 p.m. Thursday to accommodate the most dedicated bargain hunters.

November 30, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Shoppers experience ‘madness’ at outlet mall

The madness in Dawsonville started early Thursday as bargain hunters began arriving at North Georgia Premium Outlets for the center's annual Midnight Madness after Thanksgiving shopping event.

Jakia Hopgood drove in from Decatur hoping to find a deal on designer handbags.

November 25, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


UCB welcomes junior board of directors

United Community Bank recently introduced the 2011-12 Junior Board of Directors for Dawsonville.

The junior board consists of 15 high school seniors from Dawson County High School. The educational program is designed to introduce students to banking, leadership and community service. Applicants were chosen by representatives of both the high school and the bank based on academic excellence, extracurricular involvement and overall leadership abilities.

November 23, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | BUSINESS


Sales on Sunday strong

Russ Marcotte was still a little apprehensive Sunday afternoon as he prepared to open City Liquor.

But within the first twenty minutes, he had tallied 25 sales.

November 23, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Big crowds of shoppers expected Friday

With the official start of the holiday shopping season just hours away, thrifty shoppers and bargain hunters have begun looking for those special deals.

Black Friday, as the day after Thanksgiving shopping tradition is known, draws its name from an accounting term that indicates retailers have made a profit, or are "in the black."

November 23, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Auvermann to chair board of directors

An agency tasked at promoting industry in the tri-county area has selected Charlie Auvermann to chair its board of directors.

Auvermann, executive director of the Development Authority of Dawson County, was elected last week to chair the joint development authority for Dawson, Lumpkin and White counties.

November 16, 2011 | From staff reports editor@dawsonnews.com | 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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