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Darcie McNamara with Priority1 POS, Bob Farris with Commodore Corporate and Cecil Powell with The Firm Answer

Cecil Powell, Darcie McNamara, Bob Farris

Darcie McNamara/Priority1 POS

Priority1 POS started over 6 years ago and is located in Downtown Buford in a 4,000 square foot facility where all set-up, training and implementation is done locally with “feet on the street”. They not only specialize in Point of Sale solutions but also merchant processing so you are calling one person for all your cash management solutions.


Bob Farris/Commodore Corporate

Commodore Corporate specializes in identifying a client’s particular needs to provide funding for business transactions and growth. They locate and secure the necessary sources to meet funding needs so their clients can pursue long term growth objectives. They are a low overhead operation with access to contacts in various financial markets, equity, debt, hybrid vehicles, mezzanine, leasing, sale/lease back, asset based loans and more. They match their client’s need to the right type of funding. Commodore Corporate partners with you to provide financial and strategic relationship services to promote long term growth whether you need short or long term funding for commercial transactions.

Cecil Powell/The Firm Answer

The Firm Answer is a finder of funds for people who have need of funds for a business reason. They are a low overhead operation with contacts in various money markets, equity, debt, hybrid vehicles, mezzanine, leasing, sale/lease back, ABL, more…. They match the need to the type of funding.


Steve Wilkes with Signarama Buford

Steve Wilkes and Mike Sammond

Steve Wilkes/Signarama Buford

Custom solutions for increasing your company’s visibility, improve your branding and make your marketing more effective. What makes Signarama Buford unique is their approach to help getting you and your business found by both current and potential customers. They can provide you a 50 ft high monument sign, a message on your store window, graphics on your vehicle, branded wearables for you and your employees or a pen to hand out at a trade show. Signarama works with customers to make visibility an integral part of their overall marketing program. Their 8,000 foot facility has the latest equipment, experienced people and an overwhelming desire to always provide the “wow” factor to your business’s visibility factor.


Cedric Willis with Veterans Brothers Painting and Calvin Foster with Minuteman Press of Duluth

Steven Julian, Calvin Foster, Cedric Willis, Mike Sammond

Cedric Willis/Veterans Brothers Painting

Veterans Brothers Painting is committed to providing their customers the best in quality, professional full service painting services – interior, exterior and commercial. They respect their customers time by being on time to their appointments and their service commitments. Although painting is their primary business, they are also capable of providing other professional services. In addition to their business, equally important to them is being committed to community involvement and improving the communities they work with.

Calvin Foster/Minuteman Press of Duluth

When it comes to business communications services, Minuteman Press of Duluth can do it all. With a complete range of products and services at your disposal, they can help you get your message out to customers, employees and vendors alike.

Using the latest printing and document management technology, they handle your projects from start to finish. Their energetic and experienced staff is dedicated to delivering what you need, when you need it.

Minuteman Press of Duluth. They design, print and promote… You. They’re the one stop shop for your business.

Guy Selinka with Streamline Financial Services, Larry Butler with LyfeWell and Fred C. Dawkins, Esq., P.C.

Steven Julian, Fred Dawkins, Larry Butler, Guy Selinka, Mike Sammond

Guy Selinka/Streamline Financial Services

Streamline Financial Services is a nationally recognized commercial equipment lender. They focus on financing for the construction and transportation industry, which includes all trades and related specialties. They finance all titled equipment from light duty to heavy duty (trailers and trucks) and all non-titled equipment (lifts, chippers, skid steers, earth moving equipment and yellow iron). Streamline also have divisions for fitness, medical, restaurants and software. They even offer working capital loans.

Larry Butler/LyfeWell

The words “Good Health” convey many different ideas, but two things are irrefutable. The need of oxygen and adequate blood flow are essential to a better life, and if either of them becomes restricted in any way whatsoever, the human body will suffer. LyfeWell’s unique blending of two historically proven therapies (E-HBOT) is changing the way people look at their personal health care – for both the short and the long term. Learn more about how LyfeWell can help with stress treatment, especially PTSD treatment.

Fred Dawkins, Esq., P.C.

Fred Dawkins has 25 years’ experience helping employers manage personnel-related legal issues. Mr. Dawkins provides day-to-day counselling on workplace matters; handles discrimination, harassment, and unpaid overtime claims; advises on performance management and disciplinary matters; conducts training for supervisors; and performs workplace investigations. Mr. Dawkins also provides diversity and inclusion training, and counselling on workplace leave obligation requirements.  Mr. Dawkins has tried cases in state and federal court as lead counsel. He has been selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers for Employment & Labor, selected by practicing attorneys as one of the Best Lawyers in America in Labor and Employment Law, and named one of Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite in Labor and Employment. Mr. Dawkins received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University, and his law degree from the University of Michigan.

David Kohlasch with Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta and David Raderstorf with Kudzu Art Zone

David Raderstorf, Steven Julian, David Kohlasch

David Kohlasch/Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta

Sonesta is a growing, global hospitality brand with more than 60 properties in seven countries, centered on a corporate dedication to delivering a guest experience that provides more than just a place to stay. With a portfolio of diverse and distinctive properties as individual as its guests, there is no typical Sonesta. With a full range of exceptional experiences found in many of the most memorable destinations in the world, Sonesta proudly exceeds guest’s expectations time and time again.

Discover Royal Sonesta and Sonesta Hotels & Resorts in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Hilton Head Island, Houston, Miami, New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Jose, St. Maarten (3), Chile (2), Colombia (5), Ecuador, Peru (5), and Egypt (6 + 3 cruise ships). Sonesta ES Suites is an extended stay hotel brand managed by Sonesta found in 27 locations near Atlanta, Boston, Baltimore, Burlington, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Columbus, Detroit, Flagstaff, Houston, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Orlando, Parsippany, Princeton, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Tucson. For more about Sonesta, visit or call +1.617.315.9200 or 800.Sonesta (800.766.3782) in the U.S. and Canada.

David Raderstorf/Kudzu Art Zone

Kudzu Art Zone became a 501(c)(3) corporation in June 2006 when a group of artists shared a vision of a thriving artist community. In late 2006, the city of Norcross donated a 3,200 square foot building at 116 Carlyle Street, Kudzu Art Zone’s current home. The building has a gallery, 8 artist’s studios, and ample space for meetings, workshops, and artist development opportunities. The Kudzu Art Zone has become a place of fellowship where over 100 artist members have access to a community of support, space, and professional development opportunities.

Kudzu Art Zone is a cultural leader. As such, it serves the artist community and promotes the importance of the visual arts to individual growth, cultural heritage, and economic growth. Kudzu Art Zone organizes and presents exhibitions and programs by local, regional, national and international artists. It demonstrates proactive local leadership by educating artists of all ages; cultivating and growing audiences; and initiating and encouraging collaboration among diverse artists, institutions, communities and supporters.






















Stephanie Phillips with Jack Nadel International, Julie Smith and Lisa Martin with Custom Human Resource Solutions, and Clint Casteel with HatchWorks

Steven Julian, Lisa Martin, Julie Smith, Stephanie Phillips, Clint Casteel, John Ray

Stephanie Phillips/Jack Nadel International

Jack Nadel International (JNI) is a premier provider of targeted advertising and marketing solutions and has been in the branded merchandise industry for over 60 years. Their work is about extending your brand through promotional products, printing, direct mail, creative solutions, online-marketing, event support, campaigns and so much more. JNI has all the experience and resources you need. Their core beliefs are 1. Clients come first, 2. Treat everyone they work with like partners, 3. They believe in delivering quality with integrity, 4. They believe in themselves and that they can do anything for their customers and 5. They believe where there is respect, there is trust. JNI has offices located all over the US with 4 international locations (London, Sydney, Athens and Hong Kong) which allows them to manage client projects no matter where it takes them.

Lisa Martin & Julie Smith/Custom Human Resource Solutions

Founded by Julie Weith Smith, SPHR, Custom Human Resource Solutions’ (CHRS) philosophy is to provide personal and customized service to its clients in the development of human resource management that is creative and innovative. CHRS is an outsource human resources services provider that focuses on addressing human resources needs as they arise as well as taking a proactive approach to developing and maintaining HR practices and programs to ensure legal compliance, strong employee morale and positive workplace culture. CHRS works with partners in the industry to provide everything small businesses need to develop and maintain a healthy and efficient HR department. Because CHRS is not a professional employment organization, their clients are able to carve-out the services that are most beneficial to them.

Clint Casteel/HatchWorks

HatchWorks provides digital technology strategy, talent, and solutions to help companies continue to grow by adopting mobile, cloud, and data products in an AGILE delivery model. They offer everything from individual talent to support your current engagements to full end-to-end solutions for IT roadmap delivery, from concept to launch. They utilize a curated talent model and results-based pricing to generate a maximum return on their clients’ IT investment.

Terry Gatewood with Physique Refinements

Steven Julian, Terry Gatewood, Mike Sammond

Terry Gatewood/Physique Refinements

Physique Refinements is located 2 minutes walking distance from Suwanee Towne Center, in the beautiful office building “The Shoppes at Olde Towne”. Their training studio is 1800 sq.ft. and is always super clean and has a complete private shower.  They have complete state of the art weight training and cardiovascular equipment. Physique Refinements training programs are exclusive. They are a private personal training studio, Committed to Excellence. They strive for perfection by customizing individual training programs. Physique Refinements mission: Educate one person at a time to perform mechanical sustainable movements.

Belvin Baldwin with Group Travel by Belvin, Greg Allen with Centsible Accounting Services, and James Casto with Home By Dark

Steven Julian, Belvin Baldwin, James Casto, Greg Allen, Mike Sammond

Belvin Baldwin/Group Travel by Belvin

Belvin Baldwin is an award winning travel consultant and owner of Showtime Travel. After spending years helping busy professionals design value packed group vacations to celebrate life events; Belvin started The goal of is to provide the resources and assistance for busy professionals who want to start planning a group getaway. Belvin has helped many busy professionals with group travel to celebrate birthdays, reunions, anniversaries, destination weddings, company achievements and more. His hard works has been recognized by various travel suppliers and clients who love to refer him to their network. Busy professionals have a lot on their plate and Belvin understands their needs when planning a group getaway. His goal is to help you plan the perfect group getaway so all you have to do is just show up and enjoy.

Greg Allen/Centsible Accounting Services

Centsible Accounting Services is a Full service Tax & Accounting Business. They focus on Taxes for individual & businesses. Full Accounting services for small to medium businesses including bookkeeping, payroll, and management reporting. Centsible applies the real world knowledge they have gained working in the business arena and use that to help your company grow.

Greg Allen completed his education at Merrimack College, the number two school for accounting education in New England during the mid 80’s. Greg began his career as an accounts payable clerk advancing with each new position to Controller/CFO. He has worked for various companies in different industries such as banking, government, manufacturing, distribution, computer information technology and software firms. In 2001, Greg started A&C Consulting Group.

James Casto/Home By Dark

Since 2007, HOME BY DARK has captivated audiences with one of the most powerful concert events in America. Inviting the best songwriters and musicians in the world to its stage. HOME BY DARK is a Nashville meets New York meets L.A. meets Atlanta, storytelling, romantic, pierce your heart, laugh til it hurts, reminds me of momma, dance in the aisle, that’s my favorite song, evening you’ll never forget. Some of their past guest performers have written songs for Garth Brooks, Chicago, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Sara Evans, Stevie Nicks, Kenny Chesney, Sister Hazel, Ray Charles, Miranda Lambert, Trisha Yearwood, and more. Their guest instrumentalists have performed with Jon Bon Jovi, Lee Ann Womack, Martina McBride, Willie Nelson, on the David Lettermen Show, at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Disney, and around the world. They’ve welcomed special appearances by Patty Loveless, Christopher Cross, former Celtic Woman Lisa Kelly, and others. HOME BY DARK proves every night – A Song Can Change Your Life.

Douglas Erdman with The Flying Locksmiths and Louise Dillard with The Dillard House

Steven Julian, Louise Dillard, Douglas Erdman


The Flying Locksmiths is an all-inclusive security provider. They are the first and only nationwide commercial locksmithing company. Their services range from antique locks and keys, all the way to card access systems, video surveillance, full door replacements, panic devices, door closers, and fully integrated master key systems. They pride themselves in their ability to provide incredibly fast service, while maintaining a friendly family-like atmosphere. They consider their company to be a blend of old school ideals, and new age technology, resulting in a mix that offers the latest and best tech with a friendly neighborly smile. If it’s on your door, they will service it. They are family owned and operated since 1946. The founder, William McMenimon, was both a pilot and a locksmith, so his friends started calling him The Flying Locksmith. Hence, their name. Over the years, they have stayed true to the values that have kept them in business all this time. Choose The Flying Locksmiths for your security needs and you will not be disappointed!


Nestled on a plateau in the picturesque Little Tennessee River Valley of North Georgia, The Dillard House boasts a breathtaking view of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. Known as the oldest mountains in North America, Blue Ridge gets its name from the enchanting blue-gray fog that wisps through the hills, sometimes obscuring the sun. Guests of The Dillard House can enjoy this natural spectacle from the front porch and, depending on the season and available light, will witness colors of blue, gray, purple or silver. No matter the time of year, it truly is a memorable vision. Beauty abounds at The Dillard House. Their newly renovated guestrooms, charming suites and cottages, and secluded mountainside chalets are surrounded with nature’s splendor and fragrance throughout the year. No matter the season, nature provides a backdrop of brilliant color.


Nadira Shadeed & Joe Rouw with Pediatric Vision Development Center and Sarah Weikert with Hemophilia of Georgia

Steven Julian, Sarah Weikert, Nadira Shadeed, Joe Rouw, Mike Sammond

Nadira Shadeed and Joe Rouw/Pediatric Vision Development Center

The Pediatric Vision Development Center specializes in providing vision therapy and vision rehabilitation services to patients of all ages.  Their vision therapy services improve visual skills for kids struggling in school and gives them the visual tools needed to help them improve academically.  Their vision rehabilitation services help people with vision problems following a brain injury (including concussions) to regain visual abilities and improve visual comfort so they can better function when returning to work or school.

Sarah Weikert/Hemophilia of Georgia

Since 1973, Hemophilia of Georgia (HoG) has operated as a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing services and support for Georgians who have hemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders.  Their mission is to enable people affected by bleeding disorders to live productive lives.  The only agency of its kind in the state, Hemophilia of Georgia works to enhance client’s care and quality of life.

Led by a volunteer board of directors, Hemophilia of Georgia is dedicated to its mission.  Hemophilia of Georgia’s nonprofit pharmacy provides convenient home delivery of clotting factor and other medication at competitive prices.  In addition to our accredited pharmacies, Hemophilia of Georgia provides home infusion training, education, and outreach services.  They know it takes more than medicine to support the bleeding disorder community.