New businesses opening in Barrow

WINDER - Two new businesses will open in Barrow County within the next two weeks.

The Barrow County Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. Monday at Touch of Elegance and Carrington House, 171 N. Broad St. in Winder.

Another ribbon cutting will be held at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at Internal Medicine Consultants, 206 E. Broad St., Winder.

Officials to speak at 27th annual Georgia Employers' conference

SAVANNAH - Employers across the state can hear viewpoints from elected officials and business leaders at the 27th annual Georgia Employers' Association Spring Conference from March 9 to 11. The conference is co-sponsored by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and will be held at the Westin Harbor Golf and Spa Resort in Savannah.

Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Marietta, will discuss challenges and changes facing business from the federal viewpoint.

Georgia Supreme Court Justice P. Harris Hines will lead the discussion "Conservative Courts in a Time of Change."

Janet Campbell, district director, U.S. Department of Labor, will present "How to Tame the Overtime Trap."

Brett Virgin, of Peachtree Benefit Group, and Corey Rieck, with LTC Compass, will discuss long-term care insurance.

Attendees will also hear presentations on immigration policy and on-site, workplace chaplains.

Register online at or call 479-474-5508.

Brandt named business development manager of Chamber economic team

DULUTH - Melanie Brandt joins the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce's Economic Development team as the information technology and advanced communications business development manager. Brandt will focus on the retention and expansion of existing information technology and advanced communication companies as well as identifying and targeting new business as outlined in the Partnership Gwinnett initiative.

Brandt, of Norcross, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in molecular biology from the University of Colorado and is currently earning her MBA with the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.

Norcross security company acquired by Nashville company

NORCROSS - Norcross-based SecurNet Protective Services Inc. was acquired recently by ADS Security L.P. of Nashville. Although ADS has offices in Augusta and Savannah, the acquisition marks its first foray into the Atlanta market.

The move will add about 4,500 accounts to ADS' total account base of more than 65,000 customers.

Terms of the acquisition were not announced.

SecurNet Protective Services was established in 1998. It provides design, installation, maintenance and service for electronic security, access control, fire detection and closed circuit TV systems.

ADS was founded in 1989. It is ranked as the 23rd largest security company in the nation, according to rankings compiled by the publication, "Security Distributing and Marketing."