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McDonald’s owner to kick off annual Business Expo
Bob Swoszowski 2018
Bob Swoszowski

Bob Swoszowski, known for dotting the area’s landscape with McDonald’s restaurants, will share his thoughts on success to kick off next week’s Business Expo 2018, set for Thursday, Feb. 15 — and they don’t just relate to making money.

One of the keys is philanthropy, he said in an interview Wednesday.

“It’s not just giving away money, but it’s also about your time and skills,” Swoszowski said. “It helps you be more successful in your heart, not just your wallet.”

He also talked about looking toward the future.

“If you’ve got the right goals, work is fun,” Swoszowski said. “And it should be fun.”

The owner/operator of 13 McDonald’s in Northeast Georgia is set to speak during a reservations-only luncheon before the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Expo, taking place 1-6 p.m. at the Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St.

Business Expo 2018

What: Annual trade show sponsored by the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

When: 1-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15; an 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. luncheon is by reservation only

Where: Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St.

Admission: Free; luncheon tickets are $15, chamber members, and $25, non-members

More info: 770-532-6206 or

The expo, billed by the chamber as the largest trade show in Northeast Georgia, “highlights the many great products and services available in Greater Hall County,” an event flyer states.

The event will feature some 60-plus businesses setting up tables in the civic center, door prizes, drawings and giveaways. Also, a shuttle service will be available, taking people from the parking lot to the center.

A Business After Hours, “Taste of Gainesville,” is set for 4-6 p.m. featuring several area restaurants serving menu items, according to the chamber. There is no admission fee.

The event “is great to particularly spotlight small businesses, and what a variety they have,” said Kit Dunlap, chamber president and CEO. “We’re thrilled.”

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