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Burning Plan Burning Plan Returns January 22, 2015 

Join us as we meet Kenita Pierce-Lewis, CEO of H.O.P.E Inc. The mission of H.O.P.E is stated in its name: Helping Other People be Empowered. The goal of the program is to serve low-income single parents working to obtain a college degree by providing subsidized housing, childcare assistance, social services, and life-skills training.
H.O.P.E currently offers services to students of local colleges; which in turn helps the colleges increase retention and enrollment rates, providing a path out of poverty for the student and their family.  

Zaxby's Hatches New Location in Norcross!

Zaxby's Grand OpeningZaxby's brings its chicken-centered menu to Norcross beginning with a VIP dinner earlier this week. Owner Dan McClure is excited to be opening the new location at the corner of Jimmy Carter Blvd and PIB this Saturday, December 13 with the festivities beginning at 10:30 a.m. There will be a special visit from Santa Claus from 2-5 p.m. The Zaxby's menu features cook-to-order chicken items, Zappatizers, sandwiches, Zalads and delicious milkshakes.  The City of Norcross and the Southwest Gwinnett Chamber welcomes our newest business at 6895 Jimmy Carter Blvd, Norcross 30071. (More info)
Photo Courtesy Susan Warner 

Norcross Art Festival

Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12

The Norcross Art Fest 2014, celebrates its eleventh season October 11-12, 2013. Whimsical and wildly colorful artisans from across the country exhibit their imaginative artwork amidst the enchanting shops, eateries and boutiques in the City of Norcross. Named “The Festival with Personality” by visitors, Norcross Art Fest continues to wow shoppers with the wide variety of fun art and fine crafts—the perfect beginning of the festive fall season.


School Bus

The annual "Help Us Stuff the Bus" school supplies drive is underway. Bring your school supplies and join sponsors Communities in Schools, the Norcross Cluster Partnership, and Lions Lighthouse at Farmhouse 17 in Norcross on August 2 from noon to 3 p.m. for a Partnering for Success BBQ.

Now through July 28 The Norcross Cluster Schools Partnership is collecting school supplies for area elementary and middle schools. Items needed include No. 2 pencils, colored pencils, glue sticks, graph paper, highlighters, copy paper and wide-ruled notebook paper. Click here for a complete list of supplies and drop off locations.

Look for drop off boxes at local businesses in Norcross and Peachtree Corners.

Click here for more information and tickets to the event.

GACS soccer team ranked#2 in the nation

soccer ball

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America has ranked the Greater Atlanta Christian School Spartans boys soccer team as #2 in the nation. The team just finsihed an undefeated and untied season going 23,0,0. For a picture and more details, please see the article in the Gwinnett Forum.

Ribbon Cutting Opens Up
Access to Law Foundation

 Grand Opening for Access to Law
Pictured (L-R) Agustin Ochoa, Rebeca E Salmon, Sonal Shah, State Rep. Pedro Marin, Bemal Shah.

Executive Director Rebeca Salmon and Senior Attorney Sonal Shah cut the ribbon at the official opening of the Access To Law Foundation ( a Non-Profit Organization committed to providing legal services to people who would otherwise be unable to afford legal representation or consultation fees. The Norcross firm provides services in criminal law, family law, immigration law, contract law and juvenile law.


Tiny Towne Opens with
Giant Ribbon Cutting Event

Ribbon Cutting at Tiny Towne 2014.05.30
Tiny Towne, a new concpt in learning about road safety opened in Norcross last week. 

Tiny Towne is a family-oriented high-tech edutainment center with the vision of inspiring a generation of safer drivers. Tiny Towne encourages driving schools and does not consider the park to be a substitute for driver education. Tiny Towne USA is located in Norcross, Georgia. A similar concept park is open in Beirut, Lebanon. Tiny Towne International LLC is a U. S. based corporation.

Southwest Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Welcomes
Comcast Business Services as its 100th Member

The Southwest Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce recently added its 100th member when Comcast Business Services joined the organization. Established in October 2012, the Chamber represents businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals in Berkeley Lake, Norcross and Peachtree Corners.
“Joining the Southwest Gwinnett Chamber gives us the opportunity to work directly with business leaders in this part of Gwinnett County,” said Bob Deckard, VP of Comcast Business Services. “We look forward to a long and successful partnership, and to contributing to the economic growth of this region.”  

“The Chamber is pleased to welcome its newest corporate member,” said Chuck Paul, Chairman of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. “Comcast Business is a terrific partner in Gwinnett County, and will be a key, strategic addition to our organization.” 

Courtyard Peachtee Corners Grand Re-Opening
Courtyard Ribbon Cutting

The Courtyard by Marriott in Peachtree Corners re-opened in peachy fashion with a ribbon cutting by the hotel manager and corporate partners. The hotel has undergone a complete renovation and features a modern new lobby, dining area with a new menu, guest rooms and state of the art business center. 

Summerour Student Wins Trip to Istanbul, Turkey! Needs your Help.

Miriam OrtizMiriam Ortiz, an 8th grade student from Summerour Middle School in Norcross won the trip of a lifetime from the Atlantic Institute Art and Essay Contest. First, second, and third place winners win a trip to Instanbul, Turkey. The theme was "How Does Social Media Change the Future of our World?" She won second place! It will be a most amazing experience, bridging the cultural gap at only 14 years of age. All expenses in Istanbul are paid by the Atlantic Institute, however, she and her chaperone are responsible for their round-trip airfare and administration fees, with $1500 still needed before the trip.

Objet D'Art is holding a fundraiser on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 6 pm with all proceeds going to help pay for the expenses of the trip. Click here for Fundraiser at Objet D'Art detail or for more information about donating to cover her expenses.


New RaceTrac Opens with Ribbon Cutting

Racetrac at 6875 Jimmy Carter Blv, Norcross opened with a ribbon Cuttin on April 29, 2014. The location is one of RaceTrac's new concept stores that features fuel for your vehicle as well as a wide selection of fuel and convenience items for the occupants. Inside, the store offers frozen Swirl World yougurt, fountain drinks, a large selection of beer and wine, snacks, hot dogs and salads. Seating inside and out and free WIFI are also available. For more information and additional pictures, see the Norcross Business Development site.

Grand Opening of Buccaneer Cove at Malibu


Buccaneer Cove, the water park at Malibu Grand Prix was officially opened on Saturday, April 5, 2014 with a ribbon cutting by Malibu Grand Prix Manager, Trey Young. Assisting in the celebration was (l-r in picture) Councilman Charlie Riehm; Police Chief Warren Summers; State Representative Pedro Marin; Mayor Bucky Johnson; Mr. Young; Norcross Economic Development, Rusty Warner; SWGC Board Member, Steve Dorough; and Malibu Mascot Maliroo. Malibu Grand Prix is part of the Palace Enertainment family which operates 40 family entertainment centers nationwide. Bucanneer Cove will be open on weekends through the end of the school year and then daily beginning May 23, 2014 for the summer. For more information:

SWGC Announces Annual Awards for
Business Leaders of the Year

SWGC Business of the Year AwardSWGC Non Profit Business of the YearSWGC Chamber Leader of the Year Award

The Southwest Gwinnett Chamber held its first Annual Meeting on March 19th at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast. Highlighting the first Annual Meeting was the presentation of awards by Chamber Chair Chuck Paul to the outstanding chamber members for the first year Chamber operation.

The first annual SWGC Business of the Year Award was presented to Hilton Atlanta Northeast and was accepted by Bruce Johnson, Director of Sales for the Hilton. Bruce recognized Dave Gleim former Director of Sales for getting the Hilton involved with the Chamber during the formation of the SWGC.

The first annual SWGC Non Profit Business of the Year Award was presented to Norcross Cooperative Ministry and was accepted by Shirley Cabe, John Byerly, and Kyra Slack. The NCM was recognized for its efforts in getting the SWGC and our members more involved in providing food, financial aid and counseling to people and families in crisis.

The first annual SWGC Chamber Leader of the Year Award was presented to Bill Brown of Second Sun Marketing. Bill was recognized for his volunteer efforts in getting the Chamber up and running with the website and member communications programs.

Dorothy Parker Jarrett and Steve Dorough introduced the SWGC 2014 Program of Work with its four pillars: Support for Existing Business, Economic Redevelopment, Business Marketing and Arts and Education and encouraged the members to get involved in at least one of the areas. Each pillar has several opportunities with specific focuses for members to get involved. Simply contact the Chair of the program of interest to get involved.


Photography by NBCaldwell


Keep IT Local

Talented Norcross students are interested in learning more about the business world and anxious to work for YOU.

Career Builder's senior director of intelligence, Daniel Cosey, has hosted 7 Norcross High School students for the past few summers giving them valuable work experience as paid interns at Career Builder. The program is now looking to expand and is seeking host companies in the Norcross and Peachtree Corners areas. "You each have an opportunity to inspire and cultivate a new relationship and impact a student that may have difficulty in connecting the dots between school and career. In addition to gaining clarity on a career path, you may actually teach them about company norms, professional ethics, or even something as simple as how to run a meeting or build an impactful presentation."

If your company is interested in this great opportunity, please contact Ashley Morris at 770-447-2637 or via email at

Law and Order - Gwinnett Style

Judge Blum

Chief Magistrate Kristina Hammer Blum educated and entertained the Chamber with statistics and stories from the Gwinnett County Magistrate Court. This court has two locations with multiple courtrooms and it is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year to serve the population of Gwinnett County. The court handled over 70K cases last year!


Chief Magistrate Kristina Hammer Blum
greeted Peachtree Corners neighbors at
the First Friday Breakfast


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