Category Archives: Chamber of Commerce

Christmas and New Years in the Mountains

There’s truly nothing better than spending Christmas and New Years in the gorgeous mountains of Blairsville-Union County! Whether you’re looking for a romantic couples getaway or a mountain escape for the whole family, you won’t find a merrier place to celebrate this time of year. Aside from the incredible mountain views, we have amazing options for lodging and accommodations, fun family activities, unforgettable outdoor adventures, some of the best food in Georgia, and much more!

Looking for an outdoor excursion? Here are a few ideas to keep you active during our winter months:

  1. Winter Hiking – There’s no better place to take in the beautiful mountain sky than from Georgia’s highest peak – Brasstown Bald.
  2. Winter Camping – Build a bonfire, roast some marshmallows, and enjoy a hot cup of cocoa.
  3. Winter Picnic by Helton Creek Falls – Take blankets, sandwiches, and hot soup in a thermos.
  4. Photo Expedition – Snow, ice, and the crispness that comes with freezing temperatures can add a new dimension to your photos.

Are outside activities not really your speed? No worries. Blairsville-Union County offers several options during the winter season for fun and entertainment.

  1. Made from scratch donuts and pastries, farm to table menu selections, and the best coffee bar in the mountains.
  2. Book a couples’ massage at one of our many luxurious spas.
  3. Visit the tasting room at our local moonshine distillery or one of our two local farm wineries.
  4. Discover quaint shops on the 22-mile Artisan Corridor full of arts and craft shops, galleries, and boutiques.

For some classic Christmas fun, there are always some incredible Christmas Lights displays around that make for a lovely holiday drive and numerous Christmas concerts, services, and events happening in our community. What are you waiting for? Plan your trip today! Here are some helpful links for learning more about…

Experience Winter Wonderland at the Tour of Trees!

This truly is the most wonderful time of the year, and we’re having an absolute blast hosting the annual Tour of Trees here at the Union County Community Center! This very merry event features dozens of lavishly decorated trees and wreaths from businesses and organizations in our area and is a great Christmas photo op for families and friends alike. Here’s a little taste of the tour this year…

Come out and join the fun! The Tour of Trees takes place from now until December 31st, and is open 9am – 5pm at the Union County Community Center. Learn more about this event and all other holiday happenings at the Chamber website.

Christmas Family Fun This Weekend!

The most wonderful time of the year is now in full swing! In need of some fun and festive things to do with the family this weekend? Look no further than Blairsville-Union County! This Saturday, December 8, two of the biggest Christmas events in our area are bookending the day. Holly Jolly Christmas Breakfast with Santa takes place at the Union County Community Center from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm and will feature pictures with Santa, the Mayor’s Christmas Train, the Gingerbread Village, family photo opportunities, games, crafts, storytelling, refreshments, and much more! Admission is free, and you can learn more about Holly Jolly Christmas.

Later that afternoon, be sure to head over to Georgia’s Favorite State Park for the Christmas Tree Lighting at Vogel State Park from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. This awesome event features hay rides, caroling, a visit from Santa himself, and more, but the highlight of the evening will be the lighting of a 35-foot Blue Spruce at 6:00 pm. Parking is $5 and all are encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift for a child up to age 12 benefiting the Union County Sheriff’s Department’s GIVE-A-GIFT toy drive (no toy knives, guns, or dangerous items). Learn more about the Tree Lighting at Vogel State Park.

For more information about all things Christmas in Blairsville-Union County, check out the Chamber website.

Tour of Trees Preview

One of our favorite events of the year is the annual Tour of Trees right here at the Union County Community Center! Starting this Saturday, December 1st, you can see Christmas trees and wreaths beautifully decorated by businesses and organizations in our community. It’s a great place for family photos and getting inspiration for your own decorating for the season. Here’s a quick look at some of the trees in years passed to give you an idea of what to expect.

The Tour of Trees takes place December 1st – 31st, open 9am – 5pm at the Union County Community Center. Learn more about this event and all other holiday happenings at the Chamber website.

Participate in the 2018 Tour of Trees & Gingerbread Competition

Love to Deck the Halls and get in the Christmas spirit? We’ve got two fantastic opportunities for Chamber members to participate in some truly fun Christmas events here in Blairsville-Union County! The Tour of Trees and Gingerbread Competition are great ways to engage with the community, spread the word about your business, and celebrate the season.

Tour of Trees
The 2018 Tour of Trees is open to the public from December 1 – 31. Sponsoring a tree or wreath is a wonderful opportunity to create a festive atmosphere at the Union County Community Center throughout the Christmas season and showcase your business to hundreds of visitors and residents. Decorating starts on Monday, November 19, so fill out a registration form and get it back to us ASAP!

Gingerbread Competition
The Gingerbread Competition is a festive and creative way to have a little friendly competition at the Holly Jolly Breakfast with Santa on December 8. Have some fun designing your entry! It doesn’t have to be a house, but it does have to be 75% gingerbread and must be on a sturdy, movable base. Entries must be completed and dropped off at the Chamber of Commerce during business hours on or before December 6. Attendees of the Holly Jolly Breakfast with Santa will vote on their favorites at the event on December 8 and winners will be notified the week of December 10.

Don’t miss out on these great opportunities to celebrate the Christmas season in our community! For applications and more information, contact Chris Coleman at marketing@blairsvillechamber.com or by phone at (706) 745-5789.

Check out the new Downtown Blairsville App!

Downtown Blairsville now has a great new app that lets you stay connected to everything happening in Blairsville-Union County! Update your calendar with upcoming events, explore all of the restaurants, shopping, and other businesses in the area, learn about some of the local history, and much more! The FREE Downtown Blairsville app is available for download on both Apple and Google. Check it out and let us know what you think!

Cabin Coffee Co. Loves Calling Blairsville Home

Blairsville has been the perfect location for Cabin Coffee Co. and its owners, Wayne & Judy Jolley. Check out their story below.

Learn more about starting or moving a business to Blairsville-Union County at www.visitblairsvillega.com/business.

And the 2017 Business of the Year is…

Congratulations to Corrugated Replacements, Business of the Year for 2017! We appreciate everything that this business brings to our community. Here’s a quote from Corrugated Replacements on running a business in Blairsville-Union County:

“Manufacturing is great for Union County because it provides an industry where people can live and work in an area that is beautiful and rural, yet thrive in a professional business that is main stream in the global economy.”

Thanks to everyone who came out to An Evening With The Stars last week and to all of our Chamber members, you truly make our area an amazing place to live and work! We look forward to everything that 2018 has in store.

An Evening With The Stars

Tomorrow night, we will be honoring Union County’s STAR student and teacher as well as the Business of the Year! The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program honors Georgia’s highest achieving high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development.  The STAR student and teacher for Union County High School are:

UCHS STAR Student: McKenzie Hooper
UCHS STAR Teacher: April Krieger​

In addition, we will announce the Business of the Year for 2017 at the event. The Business of the Year is awarded to a chamber member who is actively involved in chamber and community functions throughout the year, and is of the highest moral and ethical character and demonstrates a genuine concern for community affairs through participation in civic groups, volunteer programs or non-profit organizations.

It is important to acknowledge excellence and achievement in our community, and this evening of food, entertainment, and recognition of these awards is an amazing opportunity to do just that. Reservations for this event closed on February 15, but we look forward to seeing those with reservations tomorrow!

How To Set Good Quarterly Goals

If you are a business owner, or a decision maker at any level of a business, you understand the need to set attainable goals for the year. In fact, you probably already set your 2018 goals before the end of last year. A great way to make lasting headway toward meeting your yearly goals is to make quarterly goals. Here are some tips for making measurable and realistic quarterly goals:

Take A Good Look Back
A great place to start is in the recent past, the last quarter. Examine both the highs and the lows your business experienced, since both success and failure can be great teachers, as a way of figuring out what to keep doing or do differently in the next quarter. Great questions to ask are “What made this go so well (or go so poorly)?”, “What can we do differently to prevent this outcome (or maintain this success) in the future?”, “How can our experiences this past quarter push us toward our annual goals?”

Get Your Priorities Straight
Figure out what goals are most important to achieving your larger-scale mission. Make a list of everything you would like for your business to achieve in the coming quarter. Then, go through the list and mark each item as a first, second, or third priority. After that, assign each of these priorities to a specific person (or people) on your team.

Keep Everyone Accountable
Establishing accountability for yourself and your team members is crucial to meeting your quarterly (and larger scale) mission(s). Make a weekly breakdown of who is supposed to achieve what and how. Hold meetings to measure the progress and create a visual (like a chart or graph) illustrating how much of each objective has been completed. This way, you and your team can see the progress being made and identify trouble spots while there’s still time to make corrections.