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The Business of Your Dreams

Three years ago a young mother of four, while homeschooling her children on botany, assigned them to distribute a significant amount of wildflower seed on the empty lot next door. The experiment that began as a learning experience has developed into a lucrative business. The wild flowers bloomed prolifically that spring and early summer. That Mom saw an article in the local paper encouraging those with abundant cut flowers to come out to the Farmer’s Market to sell them. She and her family now raise acres of cut flowers, selling not only at the Market, but to local and regional florists.

A young man needing to earn his own spending money for college the next fall was looking to do anything that wasn’t related to the food industry. He had a special place in his heart for older folks and wanted to serve them and make money, too. He started “Grandson for Rent”. On his own computer he made cards with his picture, contact information and noted in print that he was honest and reliable. His services included handling those jobs around the house that were simple but not designed for those challenged by the aging process. He was willing to clean gutters, wash windows, rake leaves and weed gardens. He went to a neighborhood where he knew many retirees resided and handed his card out door to door. He left for college that following September with more than enough spending money. He also made many new “old” friends who had jobs lined up for him when he returned home on his holiday break.

We often get asked what kind of business the community will support. What business will be the most successful? Our best answer is the business you have the most passion about and are willing to devote your time, energy and capital. Our population is diverse in age and in interests. The influx of tourism throughout our region adds another dimension to potential business opportunities. Because we are located 100 miles from an urban metropolis, there are many opportunities to supply goods and services on a small business scale.

Here are just a few ideas that won’t take a great deal of startup capital yet have the potential to grow into a booming enterprise.

“Know It All”.  Start a home based business, teaching what you know best. Writing, painting and drawing, foreign languages, quilting, yoga, the basics of fine wine or vocal coaching can be taught individually or if space allows, in a group. Want to teach others about the great outdoors? Groups will flock to your birding tours. Waterfall tour guides are always in demand. Collaborate with one of our caterers to pack your tour the perfect picnic lunch. Full service is one important key to success.

“Shuttle Up”. It isn’t just our elderly population who need access to transportation to shopping and medical appointments. Our tourism industry could be tapped as well. Mom wants to shop one day, but Dad wants to take the kids fishing. They only arrived with one vehicle. A shuttle helps solve the dilemma. When not shuttling people, you can also shuttle goods; firewood, groceries, restaurant takeout or laundry.

“Bottle It”. Our region is rich with opportunities to sell your secret formulas. Retail establishments look to stock local products. Craft shows and festivals throughout the region have turned a passion for BBQ into a national bestselling sauce. If you make it, package it and have complied with the local, county and state regulations, you will find a market for it.

“Party Animal”. If all your friends tell you that you throw the best party, chances are others will think so, too. A creative mind can conjure up the ideal fun time for kids of all ages. Boomers are waiting for someone to create a 60th birthday party with a disco theme. Destination gatherings aren’t just for weddings. Our mountains seem to be where people like to reunite. A good weekend coordinator can serve family, sorority, fraternity, armed service and employee reunions.

“Glamping”. Visitors to our area are continually looking for a unique opportunity to experience the magic of the mountains and the great outdoors. Yet, not everyone wants to pitch a tent and eat beans out of a can. Adding the right combination of glamour and camping could find your unique accommodations destination garnering attention on the international travel blogs. Did someone mention Creekside yurts?

Whether your idea for a business is traditional or unconventional, our Chamber of Commerce will be an essential key to your success. Call us at 877-745-5789 for an appointment to brainstorm your idea with our staff.

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Guest Blog: Jesica Clemmons of Sunrise Grocery

I grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta, but it always seemed as if my heart was born in the mountains. My mom and dad used to bring me to the mountains of North Georgia every chance they got; sometimes it was to hike & other times it was just to have a break from the chaos that always surrounded us. I found a comfort in that peace that we received when traveling for a weekend getaway. I loved it so much that when I turned sixteen and got my license, I would often come up to Blairsville for a hike and to see all the beautiful scenery rather than hang out in the city.

My love for these mountains and the town of Blairsville ended up building the path for me meeting my future husband. So, not only did I snag the perfect guy for me, but I also ended up living in what is for me, Heaven on earth. Not a bad deal, huh? These mountains and the town of Blairsville gave me the love of my life, an amazing job working at the oldest business in the county, and many great friends in my new hometown. Not to mention, I don’t have to drive up anymore for a weekend getaway. My weekends are now much more laid back and fun-filled.

Photo courtesy of Jason Clemmons

Photo courtesy of Jason Clemmons

Jason and I feel so lucky to live here. We live in a spot where most people come for vacation, and they come with good reason. We try to use every free moment we have to explore. Most evenings after we close Sunrise, we take a drive around our mountain town to take in the views. Rather than sit in traffic, we take in the fresh mountain air. We both always say it is better than sitting at home watching T.V.  We usually either drive up to Brasstown Bald and look for all the bears along the way or we drive up Richard Russell to watch the sky change into an array of colors from the setting sun.

Courtesy of Jason Clemmons

Courtesy of Jason Clemmons

Of course, the weekends are our favorite and are never dull. On Saturdays we are at the historic Sunrise Grocery all day. Luckily, Sunrise isn’t just a job for us, we absolutely love being there. We sell Jason’s photography, my mother in law’s knitting, my homemade soap, and lots of local goodies like jams, jellies, honey and t-shirts. So, it’s all fun things and fun people. We get to catch up with a lot of locals who come in to see us, and we also get to meet many new people from all over who are here visiting.  We strike up the fire for our boiled peanuts pretty early and from there it is usually pretty nonstop dipping up peanuts and chatting with our customers all day. It’s never a bad day at the office.

On Sundays we are able to take some time off and usually take full advantage of all this beautiful place has to offer. Sometimes we set out pretty early, as in four o’clock in the morning. Jason is a photographer and I am a nature lover so we will occasionally go somewhere to catch the sunrise. One of our favorite places is Brasstown Bald, which is the highest spot in Georgia. We’ll get up, make a BIG pot of coffee to throw in a thermos, and head out the door to hike up to the tower. A time or two we have been above the clouds and it is unbelievable! What beauty! We watch the clouds below us turn a golden orange before the sun peaks over them. One thing is for sure, we have never regretted getting up early to see a sunrise. As a matter of fact, it is a pretty amazing way to start the day.

Photo Courtesy of Jason Clemmons

Photo Courtesy of Jason Clemmons

We’re not always so ambitious when it comes to getting up early, but we definitely are both eager to get out of the house to go find some fun. Whether it is going to grab coffee at Cabin Coffee, popping into Sunrise to say hello, or head up to Mountain Crossings to check out their outdoor gear or walk a little of the Appalachian Trail, we make our rounds and then find something to do outside. A lot of times we’ll head to Helton Creek waterfall, especially if we have just had a good rain or if it snows. Other times we may go to Vogel State Park for a picnic or to walk around the lake. Vogel is both mine and Jason’s favorite state park in Georgia. You just can’t beat the view there with the lake and mountains as its backdrop. I got to say, it is a great place for a date. We went on one of our first dates there and we have the photo Jason took of the waterfall that day hanging in our room.

In the evening, we sometimes head to town to go out to eat at one of the restaurants. We have a lot of great places to eat in Blairsville so we usually just take turns going to different places. Other times we’ll go hike up to Wildcat to watch the sun go down. It is by far the absolute best place to catch a sunset that I’ve ever been to. It’s a pretty small hike, maybe about a mile, and the view is more than worth every step. It’s a great place to take a picnic or bottle of wine, sit out on the rock and toast to a stunning sunset.

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The State of Tourism in Blairsville-Union County: Part 2

In 2016, the Tourism Division of the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce began the implementation of the Community Rebranding project. A well-rounded and detailed plan was designed and ready for execution. There are many parts and pieces that go into re-branding a community. Internally, all of our literature and collateral needed to be updated. Some of these include name tags, business cards, signature tags and promotional pieces like t-shirts, hats, and pens. We also updated the Visitor’s Guide and postcards that are sent out to all of the Welcome Centers around the state, other Chambers, and to leads that we receive from advertising.

Externally, there was a mandatory refresh of our website. From color scheme to layout and verbiage, an overhaul was completed in early May. Filming began for seven videos highlighting three of our local entrepreneur success stories: Sunrise Grocery, Paradise Hills, and Lamin-X, three highlighting our community’s assets: Mountains, Lakes, Families, and one commercial. We increased our presence in printed publications with messages geared towards enjoying our natural resources like Helton Creek Falls, Vogel State Park, the Appalachian Trail, Lake Nottely, etc. We proudly shared information about our many festivals and the fine dining, shopping and lodging establishments located within Union County.

We had a few “firsts” in 2016. Blairsville-Union County ventured into outdoor marketing with our first ever billboards. We also debuted our first TV commercial through Comcast in the Roswell and Cherokee markets which was aired more than 4,400 times over 22 networks including Fox news, Bravo, ESPN, HGTV, CNBC, CNN and more. Also new was the opportunity to host the Cabella’s crew at they spent three weeks here doing a photo shoot for the 2016 fall catalogue. Not only did they contribute to our economy by renting cabins, buying gas and groceries, eating at our restaurants and shopping in our stores, they also used local children and dogs as models as well as local residents’ bass boats, drift boats and canoes.

Some other notable successes include our community being designated as “Four for the Future” for Georgia Trend. We hosted renowned travel writer Bill Vanderford who experienced our community and wrote a great article in Lakeside on our behalf. Additionally, we had a media request picked up for Roadside Attractions which featured the World’s Largest Amish Chair at Owl Town Market and four films/tv shows filmed in our area; The Hunted, Moonshine Still, Beacon Point, and Logan Lucky.

Our statistical numbers have soared as well this year. Phone calls to the Chamber increased more than 22%, visitors to the Chamber increased more than 39%, and our website hits increased by more than 50%! Additionally, the quantity of leads we send out to prospective visitors increased by 89% and our social media presence saw a whopping 180% increase!

In Part 3 we will discuss why it is important to advertise our community. For more information about the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce, call 706-745-5789 or go to VisitBlairsvilleGA.com.

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The State of Tourism in Blairsville-Union County: Part 1

If you remember, in 2015, Union County along with the City of Blairsville, Union County Economic Development, Downtown Development Authority, and the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce procured the professional services of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government to develop a new Branding position for our community. Through an in-depth process including a full market analysis and public input, it was determined that there are two target markets we are wanting to invite into our area. The first key market segment is Fast Track Families.  This is demographic is defined as: Upscale Middle Age with Kids. With their upscale incomes, numerous children, and spacious homes, Fast-Track Families are in their prime acquisition years. These middle-aged parents have the disposable income and educated sensibility to want the best for their children. They buy the latest technology with impunity: new computers, DVD players, home theater systems, and video games. They take advantage of their rustic locales by camping, boating, and fishing. Secondly, the focus is entrepreneurs/small business. Entrepreneurship is defined as someone who exercises initiative by organizing a venture to take benefit of an opportunity and, as the decision maker, decides what, how, and how much of a good or service will be produced. To be concise, the goal is to have a younger family demographic move in and have small businesses creating jobs simultaneously.

The next step was to create an internal mission statement and an external tagline and logo. The Positioning Statements guide our marketing and operating decisions. Our Positioning Statement reads: The growing entrepreneur or small business owner can escape to a thriving community surrounded by natural beauty.  Blairsville-Union County offers everything you need to grow your family and your business–– delivering strong business support, a top five school system, and endless community and recreational amenities.  The growing entrepreneur can escape, discover, and thrive in Blairsville-Union County.  A tagline is a succinct phrase situated under or alongside your logo that communicates a single but powerful brand message designed to resonate strongly with an intended audience. #BelieveIt

Arriving in Blairsville always makes one stop and say “I can’t believe this.” Ice Climbing, the Appalachian Trail, an airport in the valley, near a big casino, new businesses opening every week, unparalleled views, moonshine, wine & grits, high speed fiber optic cable, Farmers Market, trails, a Georgia Top 5 School system, an award-winning hospital, a preserved and growing downtown, golf, farm to table, lakes, streams, headquarters for a large bank, friendly people. This list goes on.  Well, it is not unbelievable. In fact, all you have to do is believe it.  All this can be your story as you grow a business, plant your family, expand your opportunity, and improve your life.  Blairsville – Union County.  Believe It.

Part 2 will recap the implementation of the rebranding project. For more information about the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce, call 706-745-5789 or go to VisitBlairsvilleGA.com.

Entrepreneur Quiz

Entrepreneur Quiz

Interested in owning your own business? Great! We’re here to help. But before you start on business plans and logos, there are some things you should know. Entrepreneurship is more than just a career move, it’s a lifestyle. Being a business owner has several wonderful advantages, but there are very real risks and sacrifices as well.

Want to know if business ownership is right for you? While we can’t tell you the answer to that, we have put together a little self-assessment quiz to help point you in the right direction. Rate yourself on a scale of 1-10 within the guidelines of each questions and, remember, be honest!

Can you handle stress and uncertainty?
10 = The not-knowing serves as extra motivation.
1 = You panic when you’re not sure what your lunch plans are.

Are you a hard worker?
10 = You like to get things done right the first time, no matter how long it takes.
1 = You tend to shoot for the bare minimum in terms of effort.

Are you a leader?
10 = People seem to naturally follow your lead most of the time.
1 = You prefer to take orders and not be out front.

Are you a self-starter?
10 = You don’t need outside motivation to get something done, you just get started.
1 = You always need more than a little push to accomplish something.

Do you work well with others?
10 = You are always looking for opportunities to meet & get to know people.
1 = You avoid meeting new people at all costs.

Are you responsible?
10 = You prefer to be the one responsible for getting results and are OK with taking the blame if things don’t go well.
1 = You’d prefer not to be in the “hot seat” when it comes to responsibility.

Can you persevere through difficulty?
10 = You don’t give up until you’ve met your goals.
1 = You look for a way out when things don’t go so well.

Are you organized?
10 = You are always well-prepared and have things planned out several steps ahead.
1 = You typically are not very prepared and are usually surprised by what happens next.

Total up your scores and see where you land:
70 – 80: Entrepreneurship is definitely for you, you probably started yesterday anyways.
50 – 69: Business ownership is something you should seriously consider. Just a few minor things to work on.
30 – 49: You have some real work to do on your weak areas, but you’re certainly capable of succeeding it if it’s important to you.
Under 30: Owning a business may not be your calling.

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4 Questions with Chris Wadle

Chris Wadle is the Founder and CEO of Lamin-X and Blairsville-Union County’s Chamber Board Chair. We were able to get his insight into running a successful business, maximizing chamber membership, and more!

As a business owner and Chamber Board Chair, you have a unique perspective of how Blairsville-Union County can help business owners achieve their goals. What are some things business owners can do to maximize their membership with the Chamber and relationship with the community?
Achieving goals! That is the key thing for business owners to always have “in their back pocket”. Knowing what they want their business to look like in the most ideal situation and all current goals achieved. Do they want their business to be just one small boutique on the square that provides a small income and a couple part-time employees, a professional service company is only one person that serves this community only, or a manufacturer that wants unlimited potential with dozens of employees? Every business is different with different goals.  Knowing what is wanted from the business can help be a guide into how best utilize the Chambers benefits.  

The Chamber has many events throughout the year that have low-cost sponsorship and advertising opportunities that help with local brand recognition. Which goes a long way here in our tight knit community. These events also allow for excellent networking opportunities with many movers and shakers in the local business community. While it can be a bit awkward and uncomfortable at first, it gets easier the more it’s done and a world of opportunities can begin to open up. One crucial part of running a business is always working on the business, not in it. Which means time has be allocated for learning and development. The Chamber Business Break-out each month is essential to help develop the skills needed to be a successful business owner. A good business person is always learning. These are just a few things that being a Chamber member gives access to that can reap rewards and help to achieve goals.       

What are some things you would like to see happen in the Blairsville-Union County Business Community as well as in the community at-large?
I would love the business community to naturally think of the Chamber as their primary go-to source for business development and problem solving. As mentioned in the previous question, all too often business owners spend all of their time working in their business and not on it. It is lonely sometimes when running a business, so we need all the help we can get. Personally, I feel the Chamber’ role should be to help fill that void and be the main support for Members as they work on their business. By promoting tourism, business development tools, and a resource to help find you the right person to solve business problems, etc… We have to remember that we are all together here in a very small, rural community. We have to lean and support on each other to help us reach personal, business, and community goals.

What are your recommendations for first steps for someone interested in starting or moving a business to Blairsville-Union County? Are there things that these individuals should have ready to roll on their end?
Commitment and Motivation! If you have a strong desire to start a new business here, or to move your business to one of the best places in the USA then you need to commit and motivate to it. Make a conscientious decision to that idea and dream, then convince yourself 100% that it’s a done deal. “I am doing this!”. Establish the goals and then work on it each and every day. Become a Chamber member to get access to other Members that can help you achieve your goals.  When I decided to move my business here, I became a Chamber member through which I was directed to the Union County Development Authority to help me find the ideal location for my new building. This also opened up the opportunity to find low-interest loans through non-banking institutions. Through the networking opportunities with the Chamber, I was able to meet and find a solid team of people to help me accomplish my business and personal goals. All the while helping them achieve theirs. That is the best part about living here is the positive impact that others have on you and vice versa.

What is your idea of a “perfect weekend in Blairsville”?
Almost every weekend seems to be a perfect weekend when living here in Blairsville! After my end of the day on Friday, I love to enjoy a nice dinner with beautiful wife and daughter here at one of the many great restaurants we have. A Saturday would consist of a nice airplane ride out of our awesome local airport to sight-see our beautiful mountains from the sky. Then walk around downtown to check out how the local shops are doing. Then some play-time at Meeks Park with my daughter. A Sunday would be a great time to take a nice drive on the back roads and do some hiking and waterfall seeing on one of the many trails. Then finish it off with some homemade grilled pizza on Sunday night at home while overlooking the mountains and town lights.

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Entrepreneur Success: Safeguard Lock & Vault

Here in Blairsville-Union County, we take pride in our area’s unique affinity for fostering the perfect work/life balance. We offer all of the tools and amenities necessary for businesses to grow and expand without sacrificing all of the things families need to thrive and flourish. With features including tax incentives, a cutting edge fiber network for optimal internet performance, a wide variety of options for business locations, and much more, entrepreneurs and small business owners alike can set up shop in an area primed for growth. We’re also a tight-knit community that has just as much to offer a growing family as it does a growing business, like a top-rated school system, high-quality healthcare, and plenty of fun parks, festivals, and events for kids and parents alike to enjoy and explore.

Some businesses are built to be passed down from one generation to the next, and there’s no better place for “the family business” than Blairsville! One great example in our area is the Sherman family, the hardworking, but fun loving, family behind Safeguard Lock & Vault. Since the beginning of their business in Blairsville-Union County they have enjoyed serving the small businesses and residents nestled in this friendly community. Mrs. Jenny Sherman says “the business environment in Union County has allowed our business to flourish and it has been rewarding meeting new people and giving back to the community that has welcomed us with open arms.” Mr. Brad Sherman is proud to teach his trade to their son, Nick, and can’t think of a better place to raise his family and grow his business.

If you want to put down roots in a place where your family and your business can thrive, look no further than Blairsville! To learn more about starting or moving a business to Blairsville, contact the Chamber today at 877-745-5789 or visit http://www.visitblairsvillega.com/business/.

 

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Way to go, Hole in the Wall!

We love it when our members get great press, so congratulations to the Hole in the Wall restaurant on a fabulous write-up from Picky Peaches! The blog is a wonderful representation of the experience you get at the Hole in the Wall and there are some great photos as well. We definitely encourage you to check out the whole post, but here are some of our favorite excerpts to get you started…

“This downtown Blairsville landmark, which opened in 1931, is known for its down-home cooking and homemade pies. When we say down-home, we mean down home. Hearty side dish items include black-eyed peas, pinto beans, mashed potatoes, spiced apples, green beans, turnip greens, cornbread dressing and homemade biscuits.”

“If you’re a fan of Country Fried Steak, you don’t want to miss this one. It is absolutely delicious and so tender you can cut it with a fork. Order it with sawmill (white) gravy, which tastes like grandma’s and is obviously not from a powdered mix. It comes with your choice of two side dishes. We chose the mashed potatoes and the delicious turnip greens. The mashed potatoes are perfectly seasoned and made from real potatoes. The turnip greens were cooked perfectly and lightly seasoned with spices. If you’ve only had turnip greens that were boiled to death, using pork as a seasoning, and you didn’t like them, then we definitely encourage you to try these. They were delicious.”

“Since they serve homemade biscuits, we couldn’t resist giving one a try and we were so glad we did! It was fluffy, lightly browned and not doughy inside at all, like so many fluffy biscuits are. It’s a perfect complement to the sawmill gravy. You can order a biscuit on the side or sandwich style with bacon, eggs, cheese, ham, tomato, or sausage. No matter how you get it, we bet you’ll eat every bite.”

Check out the whole post here.

Source: http://pickypeaches.com/take-your-gang-to-hole-in-the-wall/

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Embrace the Cold

Blairsville-Union County, in the heart of North Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, is one of Georgia’s best kept secrets. Only a two- to three-hour drive from cities like Atlanta, Ga., Chattanooga, TN and Greenville, SC., it is worlds apart – an authentic pre-Civil War mountain community located deep in the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest and enveloped in North Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. It is a setting that lends itself, beautifully, to plenty of outdoor adventures.

Almost anywhere you go in Union County, you’ll find a hiking trail. Visitors may choose easy routes through our picturesque Meeks Park or choose a hardcore trail that traverses streams, scales mountains and descends into deep gorges. The most famous trail in the area is the Appalachian trail. Accessible from several locations within Union County, the AT winds 80 miles through the Chattahoochee National Forest.

There is pure seduction to the outdoor pursuits of Blairsville-Union County; this Georgia gem is uncrowded, serene and overwhelmingly picturesque. From its high peaks to its green valleys to its verdant forests to its bubbling creeks and streams, Blairsville acts as a lightning rod for those who want an outdoors escape. Shadowed by Brasstown Bald – Georgia’s highest peak – and the ancient Blue Ridge brimming with Cherokee Indian lore, it’s easy to spend a few days exploring all there is do in this magical mountain town.

There is plenty to do in the mountains. Sometimes it’s challenging to motivate for outdoor fun when it is so chilly outside. However, being active outdoors is a great way to enjoy the mountains in a whole new way. Not only is it less crowded, but there are no bugs to contend with! To make the most of your outdoor fun and not be cold and uncomfortable, layer your clothing so you don’t wimp out and head back for the cabin. 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 distilleray 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.

Blairsville-Union County is a perfect location for destination weddings. There are multiple venues to choose from and the best part is your photos will have a backdrop of the beautiful North Georgia Mountains.

Learn more about all of the winter fun that awaits you in Blairsville, GA here!

 

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What we’re thankful for…

Thanksgiving is the time to pause and reflect on everything we have to be thankful for. Here at the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce, we are so thankful that we couldn’t possibly fit it all in one blog post. 2016 has been a big year for our area, and as we take stock of a year that has seen growth all around, we just wanted to take a minute to say a huge “Thank You” to everyone who made that possible. From record-breaking crowds at events to the many new businesses that opened their doors this year and the continued success of so many existing businesses, none of that would be possible without the good people of Blairsville-Union County.

Business owners, employees, customers and patrons all play a vital role in keeping our community not just up and running, but growing and thriving. All of the festivals and special events that go on in our area wouldn’t amount to much without the people who care enough to put in the time and effort it takes to make those events so special. Whether you’re graciously volunteering your time or just doing your job, people here genuinely care about their town and getting things done the right way, and that’s part of what makes Blairsville so special. We are truly blessed to live in a place where people take the idea of community so seriously.

There’s nowhere quite like Blairsville, and that has as much (if not more) to do with the amazing people who make up this community as it does the beautiful mountains and lakes that surround us. So, as you gather with your family, friends, and loved ones this Thanksgiving, remember to give thanks for the big things, the little things, and everything in-between. We’re certainly counting our blessings this year, and it’s all thanks to YOU!