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Gwinnett Medical Center’s parent company is Gwinnett Health System (GHS), which also includes Gwinnett Medical Group and Sequent Health Physician Partners.  GMC employs approximately 5,000 associates and has 800 affiliated physicians serving more than 600,000 patients annually.  Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) is a nationally-recognized, not-for-profit healthcare network with acute-care hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth. Additional facilities include: the Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion, the Gwinnett Extended Care Center, Glancy Rehabilitation Center, outpatient health centers and surgical centers, imaging centers and outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy facilities.

The Gwinnett Stripers baseball team, the Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, returns for its 10th season in 2018 and will play under a new, yet-to-be announced identity. Gwinnett opens the season on the road, playing at Norfolk on Friday, April 6. The 2018 home opener at Coolray Field is set for Thursday, April 12 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Rochester. The full 2018 schedule is available now at GwinnettBraves.com. For information on 2018 Season Tickets, call 678-277-0340 or visit GwinnettBraves.com/2018.  Follow the G-Braves all off-season long at com/GwinnettBraves and facebook/com/GwinnettBraves1.

Precision Planning, Inc., is a multi-disciplined design firm based in Lawrenceville, Georgia with a 35-year history of successful projects. In-house capabilities include Architecture; LEED® Project Management; Civil, Transportation and Structural Engineering; Water Resources Engineering; Landscape Architecture; Interior Design; Land and City Planning; Land Surveying; and Grant Administration. PPI has worked diligently to improve the quality of life for Georgia communities through creative, innovative planned developments, through the design of essential infrastructure and public buildings, and through promoting good planning and development principles.  Employees and principals are involved in numerous civic, charitable and community based efforts in and around Gwinnett County.

The Piedmont Bankwhich opened its doors on June 30, 2009, is a full-service bank. It recently closed a merger with Mountain Valley Community Bank in Cleveland. It now has offices in 10 locations, with its home offices at 5100 Peachtree Parkway in Norcross; and other locations at 185 Gwinnett Drive in Lawrenceville; east of Interstate 85 near Suwanee at Old Peachtree and Brown Roads; and in Dunwoody at 1725 Mount Vernon Road, in Cumming at 2450 Atlanta Hwy. Suite 1801 and in Cleveland, Gainesville and Jefferson. It has a capitalization of $80 million, and more than $800 million in assets now. The bank is making substantial business and personal loans. Its directors include Lamar Black, Ray Black, Paul Donaldson, Robert D. Cheeley, Marc Greene, John J. Howard, J. Paul Maggard, Monty G. Watson (who is chairman) and T. Michael Tennant. Deposits in The Piedmont Bank are insured by the FDIC.

Walton EMC provides electric service to 70,000 Gwinnett homes and businesses in the Lilburn, Snellville, Grayson, Loganville and Dacula areas. Because its customers own the company, service — not profit — is Walton EMC’s primary focus.

The Barn BBQ and Seafood, located at 5364 Lawrenceville Highway (south of Rockbridge Road), is the result of combining two of Lilburn’s most popular eating and entertainment establishments. Recently we put the Oyster Barn and Spiced Right BBQ under one roof. We take pride in having the largest smokehouse in Gwinnett County and love to smoke anything, including seafood.  We believe that the smoking process is not only a healthier way to enjoy your favorite food, but tastier, too.  One can get fried of grilled fish, meat and poultry anywhere, but at the Barn one can enjoy smoked chicken wings, different types of fish, oysters and marinated chicken in our special Chiavettas sauce. Then there are the favorites: pulled pork, ribs and brisket.  We also offer beer, wine and music.  We serve beer from the Slow Pour brewery – Gwinnett’s first and only brewery. Have a truly Southern date night dining underneath our 150 year old oak tree. Catering is also offered for large or small events. Enjoy the casual and relaxed environment so come on in and leave your worries at the door.

Hayes Family Automotive Group sells Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, and GM automobiles and trucks. Mike, Tim and Ted Hayes of Lawrenceville and Gainesville with Terry Hayes of Baldwin invite you into their showrooms to look over their line-up of automobiles and trucks. Hayes has been in the automotive business for over 40 years, and is North Georgia’s oldest family-owned dealerships. The family is the winner of the 2002 Georgia Family Business of the Year Award. We know that you have high expectations, and as a car dealer we enjoy the challenge of meeting and exceeding those standards each and every time. Allow us to demonstrate our commitment to excellence!

Howard Brothers has retail stores in Alpharetta, Doraville, Duluth, Oakwood and Athens. John and Doug Howard are the “brothers” in Howard Brothers. This family-owned business was started by their dad, and continues to specialize in hardware, outdoor power equipment and parts and service.  Howard Brothers are authorized dealers of STIHL, Exmark, Honda, Echo outdoor power equipment and Benjamin Moore paint.  Howard Brothers is also an authorized Big Green Egg, Traeger Grill and YETI Cooler dealer.

logo_usasset_150U.S. Asset Management is owned by David Cross is the owner of. His firm provides portfolio management services and financial planning suited to the complex lives of business owners and individuals who value philanthropy.  The firm helps their clients make better decisions with their money.  With your permission, the firm will coordinate their efforts with your tax adviser, attorney, banker and other professionals.  U.S. Asset Management routinely handles clients with multi-million dollar relationships but, unlike many firms, they do not have an account minimum because, as David frequently says “nearly every one of our largest relationships started out at or below $100,000 because people want to kick the tires sometimes.”

The Aurora Theatre is home of the best entertainment in northeast Georgia. With over 750 events annually, Aurora Theatre, set to open their 22nd season, has live entertainment to suit everyone’s taste. Aurora Theatre’s Peach State Federal Credit Union Signature Series is comprised of Broadway’s best plays and musicals alongside exciting works of contemporary theatre. Additionally, Aurora produces concerts, comedy club events, children’s programs, and metro Atlanta’s top haunted attraction, Lawrenceville Ghost Tours. Aurora Theatre is a world-class theatrical facility with two performances venues. It is nestled on the square in historic downtown Lawrenceville, with free attached covered parking and is surrounded by myriad of restaurants and shops.  Now showing: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the Victor Hugo classic-turned-Disney musical, through August 27.

MTI Baths Inc. of Sugar Hill is a manufacture of high-quality acrylic and engineered solid surface bath products, including whirlpools, air and soaking baths; lavatories; shower bases; and kitchen sinks. MTI’s patented Fill-Flush® and Simple Touch® whirlpool cleaning systems are the best on the market. MTI now offers engineered solid surface–counter tops and sinks. Every product is custom-made to order and shipped within seven business days. We are now operating in an additional manufacturing plant of 38,000 square foot. CEO of the firm is Kathy Adams, while Russell Adams is president.

Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) offers professional healthcare programs leading to doctoral degrees in Pharmacy (PharmD) and Osteopathic Medicine (DO) at its campus in Suwanee, Ga. A graduate degree at the master’s level can be earned in Biomedical Sciences and Physician Assistant Studies. In addition, a physical therapy education program is under development. GA–PCOM is a private, not-for-profit branch campus of the fully accredited Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, a multi-program institution founded in 1899 with a tradition of educational excellence.

Lail Family Dentistry is a family practice in Duluth, Georgia. We would like to take the opportunity to welcome you to our hometown. Many residents refer to Duluth as “the biggest small town.” This is mainly because of the strong sense of community that is shared by many who reside here today Lail Family Dentistry has been a big part of that sense of community for almost 50 years when Dr. Wallace Lail started our practice in 1968. Since that time, we have added three additional family members to our team of dentists. Dr. Slade Lail, Dr. Lisa Moss, and Dr. Devan Callaway are proud to continue the tradition of treating patients along with Dr. Wallace Lail. We utilize the latest techniques and procedures that are available today. As a patient, you can enjoy the fact that we are available for you Monday through Friday during regular office hours as well as after hours, if necessary You will also be seen on time. If your appointment is at l0 am, you will be seen at l0 am. If you are looking for a traditional, family dental practice where you will be treated honestly, fairly, and like a member of our own family, we would love to have you here.

Peach State Federal Credit Union is a $359 million credit union that serves more than 49,000 members in Barrow, Clarke, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Jackson, Oconee, Richmond and Walton counties in Georgia, and Aiken County in South Carolina. Operating as a not-for-profit financial cooperative, Peach State’s mission is to provide quality financial services that meet the needs and exceed the expectations of its member-owners.

United Community Bank  with 30 offices within Metro Atlanta is headquartered in Blairsville, Ga. It is the third-largest traditional bank holding company in the state with more than 134 locations throughout Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and South Carolina. Since 1950, United Community Bank has been dedicated to providing platinum-level service to its customers as the foundation of every relationship. Known as The Bank That SERVICE Built℠, it is committed to improving the lives of residents in the communities it serves through this philosophy of delivering exceptional banking service. In Gwinnett, the bank has offices in Lawrenceville, Snellville and Buford.

Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) is a four-year, accredited liberal arts college that provides access to associate and baccalaureate level degrees that meet the economic development needs of the growing and diverse population of Gwinnett County and the northeast Atlanta metropolitan region. Georgia Gwinnett produces future leaders for Georgia and the nation. Its graduates are inspired to contribute to their local, state, national and international communities and are prepared to understand and to engage in an ever-changing global environment. GGC currently serves nearly 12,000 students pursuing degrees in 16 majors and more than 40 concentrations. Visit Georgia Gwinnett College¹s web site at www.ggc.edu.

The award winning Gwinnett County Public Library (GCPL) system was formed in 1996 after the dissolution of the Gwinnett-Forsyth Regional Library. For more than 20 years, GCPL has provided resources and services that enrich and inspire our community. The Library has 15 branches that offer free access to computers and Wi-Fi, classes, materials, and programming for people of all ages. In 2016, more than five million items were checked out at GCPL, more than any other library system in Georgia. In 2017, GCPL was recognized as a Top Workplace by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

Mingledorff’s is an air conditioning distributor of the Carrier Air Conditioning Company. Mingledorff’s corporate office is located at 6675 Jones Mill Court in Norcross Ga. and is proud to be a sponsor of the Gwinnett Forum. With 34 locations in Georgia, Alabama, , Florida, Mississippi and South Carolina, Mingledorff’s is the convenient local source with a complete line for the quality heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration parts and supplies you need to service and install HVAC/R equipment. Product lines include Carrier, Bryant, Payne, Totaline and Mitsubishi.

Primerica, Inc., headquartered in Duluth, is a leading distributor of financial products to middle-income families in North America and is Gwinnett’s fourth largest employer, with 1,700 employees. Primerica representatives educate their Main Street clients about how to better prepare for a more secure financial future by assessing their needs and providing appropriate solutions through term life insurance, which it underwrites, and mutual funds, annuities and other financial products, which it distributes primarily on behalf of third parties. In addition, Primerica provides an entrepreneurial full or part-time business opportunity for individuals seeking to earn income by distributing the company’s financial products. It insures approximately 5 million lives and had over 2 million client investment accounts at December 31, 2016. Primerica is a member of the S&P MidCap 400 and the Russell 2000 stock indices and is traded on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PRI.”

Heaven & Associates, P.C., is a certified public accounting firm. They provide solutions for success. They are located at 4720 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Suite 201, Norcross, Georgia. They work with clients to minimize their tax obligations, address the financial and accounting needs of their businesses and address the broader accounting needs of estate planning, business succession planning, and benefit and retirement planning. They can be reached at 770-849-0078.

00_infiniteenergy_150Infinite Energy Center is home to four distinct facilities in Duluth: Infinite Energy Arena, Infinite Energy Theater, Infinite Energy Forum, and The Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center For Art and Learning. Infinite Energy Arena has had 14 years of tremendous success hosting countless concerts, family shows and sporting events, and is home to the ECHL’s Atlanta Gladiators and the NLL’s Georgia Swarm.  Some past concerts include George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Beyoncé, Foo Fighters, Eric Clapton, Katy Perry, Kid Rock, James Taylor and Michael Bublé. Infinite Energy Arena also hosts many family shows including Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey, Cirque du Soleil, Disney On Ice and Harlem Globetrotters.  Infinite Energy Forum offers patrons the opportunity to host or attend a wide variety of events, from corporate meetings to trade shows to social occasions.  Infinite Energy Theater has an intimate capacity of 708-seats and is home to many local events, family shows and even some comedians. The Hudgens Center For Art and Learning showcases a range of artwork throughout the year along with offering a wide range of fine art classes.

BrandBank is Gwinnett County’s oldest locally-owned community bank with total assets of $2.4 Billion.  Chartered as The Brand Banking Company in 1905, BrandBank was recently named #1 in Customer Service among all banks its size in the United States as surveyed by CSP, Inc.  The full-service bank is committed to the communities it serves by combining best-in-class personal service with innovative products and services using state of the art mobile technology.  BrandBank operates branches in Buford, Duluth, Flowery Branch, Grayson, Lawrenceville, Snellville, and Suwanee.  BrandExpress loan production offices are located in Buckhead, Kennesaw, and Winder.   BrandMortgage is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Brand Banking Company and has an extensive menu of innovative lending products in 10 states.

Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce is 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 Gwinnett Chamber strengthens existing businesses, facilitates the growth of quality job opportunities and ensures success continues to live here.

logo_eastside_150Eastside Medical Center has been a healthcare leader for more than 35 years providing quality care to patients in Gwinnett and surrounding counties. Eastside is a 310-bed, multi-campus system of care offering comprehensive medical and surgical programs as well as 24-hour emergency care at both their Main and South Campus locations.  Eastside Medical Group provides primary care for patients of all ages in Snellville, Grayson, and Loganville. Specialty surgical services and gynecology and maternity services are also offered by Eastside Medical Group in Snellville.  Eastside Medical Center now has three Eastside Urgent Care centers located in Lawrenceville, Centerville, and Lilburn. Our exceptional medical staff of 500 board certified physicians, 1,200 employees and 400 volunteers is committed to providing our community a healthcare system of excellence.

The Gateway 85 Gwinnett Community Improvement District was formed in 2006, and is a self taxing revitalization district that includes just over 800 commercial property owners with a property value of over $1 billion dollars. Gateway 85 Gwinnett CID includes the southwestern part of Gwinnett County including properties along Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Buford Highway, Indian Trail, Beaver Ruin, and Singleton Road. Gateway 85 Gwinnett CID is one of four CIDs to be created in Gwinnett County and is the largest of all CIDs in the state. The community is an economic powerhouse that helps fuel the regional economy. More than 3,600 companies (employing roughly 36,000 people) call Gateway 85 Gwinnett  home. The jobs in the district account for almost 12 percent of Gwinnett County’s total employment and support $2 billion in annual payroll. Gateway 85 Gwinnett’s  mission is to improve property values through increased security, a decrease in traffic congestion, and general improvements to the curb appeal of the area. The CID offices are at 1770 Indian Trail-Lilburn Road, Norcross.