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Larson joins realty firm in Braselton

Dave Larson has joined the Keller Williams Realty Lanier Partners Market Center in Braselton.

Larson is a member of the National and Georgia Associations of Realtors, and the I-85 North Board of Realtors.

The Lanier Partners Market Center, located at 2085 Ga. 211 in Braselton, was established in 2005 and has 78 associates.

Chamber rewards two businesses for beautification

Village at Deaton Creek and First National Bank of Hall County have been named recipients of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Fall Business Beautification awards.

Village at Deaton Creek is a Del Webb development on Thompson Mill Road in Hoschton and First National is located on Green Street in Gainesville.

The Chamber initiated the beautification program 13 years ago and various businesses have received the award.

"The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize businesses and organizations that beautify their properties," said Kit Dunlap, president and chief executive of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.

"The awards send a message to all saying ... ‘We care about our community and our quality of life.'"

Business helps sell items on eBay

EZ Online Auction Services has opened in the Washington Street Commons Shopping Center, 250 John Morrow Parkway.

The firm provides assistance to business and individuals who want to sell items on eBay. The company will complete the entire process of listing, selling and collecting for items sold on the Internet auction site.

Owner Thomas Maxey handles all the work involved in placing items on eBay, creating listings, managing the bids received, and shipping and collecting payment. Payment is then made to the original owner of the items sold, less a commission fee.

The company joins a growing number of independent marketers who provide such services, but are not directly affiliated with eBay.