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Important Change to Business Tax Collection

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The City will be sending the following letter to Roswell businesses in the coming week. We will continue to inform and assist local businesses during the transition. 


The City of Roswell is changing how it taxes businesses in our community.  Previously, the City has collected business occupation tax based on number of employees. For 2018, businesses will be taxed using a method based on gross receipts. The majority of local governments in our area use a similar gross receipts method of business taxation.

Gross receipts are the total amount a business received from all sources during its annual accounting period, without subtracting any costs or expenses.  Business types are categorized by NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) codes.  This code is assigned a profitability index which corresponds with a specific tax rate.  The tax rate applied to gross receipts will determine the tax assessment.

The new fee structure for the 2018 tax year is as follows:

Commercial Business
The tax due will equal gross receipts, with a $50,000 exemption, multiplied by the tax rate.  A $100 application fee and a $50 regulatory fee will also apply.

Professional License Classification
The tax due will be either $400 per practitioner or the gross receipts assessment with a $50,000 exemption.  The practitioner/ business may choose their preferred method of calculation.

Professional practitioners include but are not limited to: lawyers, physicians, osteopaths, chiropractors, podiatrists, dentists, optometrists, psychologists, veterinarians, landscape architects, land surveyors, practitioners of physiotherapy, public accountants, embalmers, funeral directors, engineers, architects, marriage and family therapists, social workers, counselors, dealers of motor vehicles, etc.

Home-Based Business
The tax due will equal gross receipts, with a $50,000 exemption, multiplied by the tax rate. For home-based businesses, there is a cap of $100 on the total tax due.

This change will be implemented during the 2018 business occupation tax renewal process.  You will be receiving notification explaining how to determine your business occupation tax amount required for 2018.  All Occupation Certificate Taxes are due by December 31, 2017 for the 2018 calendar year.

For more information, please visit www.roswellgov.com/businessregistration. City staff is also available to assist you with any questions you may have regarding this change.  Please feel free to contact the city’s Business Registration Division at 770-594-6235 or businessregistration@roswellgov.com.


Drought and Your Business

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A special message from the City of Roswell’s Environmental/Public Works Department:


Did you know that on November 17, 2016, Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division (GA EPD) declared a Level 2 drought? Although we have experienced a number of rainy days in recent weeks, exceptional drought conditions still persist in our region. We encourage your support in conserving our precious resource as much as possible.

Here are a few examples how you can help conserve water:

  1. Do you serve water to your customers as soon as they sit down? To help conserve water, we recommend you only serve water when the customer requests it.
  2. Under a Level 2 Drought, there are watering restrictions in place for outdoor watering. Even addresses and sites with no numbered addresses may water Wednesdays and Saturdays before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m., while those at odd-numbered addresses may water on Thursdays and Sundays before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.
  3. If you have a well that is used for irrigation, please place a sign out on the lawn or on the door to state “Well Water.” This will help the Environmental Compliance Officers and Code Enforcement Officers know that the water is from a well.
  4. Using water for ornamental purposes—such as fountains, reflecting pools and waterfalls—is not permitted during a Level 2 Drought.
  5. Using a pre-rinse spray valve that uses less water when washing your dishes will also help to conserve water.

For more information, visit the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District website or contact the City of Roswell Water Utility Division at 770-641-3707.

Thank you very much for your conservation effort. It is much appreciated!

Welcome to Roswell Wednesday

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Choice One Dental Care Ribbon-Cutting

Last Week, we celebrated the ribbon-cutting of Choice One Dental Care. Already a dentist office, this location has transitioned to a new dentist as well as a new owner!

Choice One Dental- ribbon cutting & office

Choice One Dental Care located at 910 Woodstock Rd #110, Roswell, GA 30075

Choice One Dental and Dr. Hasan Syed took over the practice a few months ago and several great changes followed. Many of the ribbon-cutting attendees, who had been to the office under the prior owner, noticed and applauded the many changes Choice One Dental has made! The office now has a bright and colorful atmosphere, and new flat screen TVs on the walls and ceilings. Yes, you can rest comfortably and which a movie during your visit! They also offer an innovative membership program called Access Dental Now. The program is offered exclusively at Choice One Dental locations. This program provides great dental coverage for those who do not have insurance or need better coverage.

Choice One Dental Staff

Dr. Hasan Syed and Staff at Choice One Dental Care

Many of the dental assistants who already worked at the location were able to keep their jobs and all of them expressed how happy they are with the transition. We welcome Choice One Dental and Dr. Hasan Syed to Roswell and wish them and their staff the best!

My Salon Suite Ribbon-Cutting

This week we celebrated the ribbon-cutting of My Salon Suite, located on Holcomb Bridge. This is a business unlike most, where we welcomed not only the owners of My Salon Suite but also many other new Roswell Business owners!

My Salon Suite Ribbon Cutting

My Salon Suites located at 1570 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell, GA 30076. Owners : Vic & Lori Tenuto

Vic & Lori Tenuto left the corporate life three years ago to open their first My Salon Suite franchise location and in April they opened their second location here in Roswell! My Salon Suite provides the opportunity for entrepreneurs to own there own salon or spa and to be their own boss. The salon suites are reminiscent of art studios. Each suite is customized and decorated with the owners personal style!

Vic & Lori have seen great success from My Salon Suite – at their Sandy Springs location they have 36 suites, 100 % leased and the Roswell location has a total of 25 suites with only 10 left. After 4 months, they are already 60% leased and the current tenants say that new suites are being leased almost daily!

Eye Love Brow Bar & Lash Wax and Glow

(Left & Middle) Eye Love Brow Bar & Waxing Studio Located at My Salon Suite. Owner: Heidi Kasiske. (Right) Lash Wax and Glow located at My Salon Suite. Owner : Tina Body.

Roswell entrepreneurs are experiencing small business ownership and freedom without the typical risk and cost that most stylists and esthetician’s experience. We spoke with Heidi Kasiske, owner of Eye Love Brow Bar & Waxing Studio who said that the location is one of the best parts! She looked at several locations in North Metro Atlanta and being located near her Roswell clients sealed the deal! Heidi has been a licensed esthetician for over 10 years and she is just one of two estheticians at My Salon Suite. Vic & Lori have curated a wonderful collection of unique and highly skilled stylists and estheticians – no two businesses are alike. Eye Love offers waxing, threading and sugaring, while Lash Wax and Glow offers lash extensions, waxing, and Oncology Aethetics. Owner Tina Body is most proud of her Oncology Aethetics Certification and when she is not working as a successful esthetician at My Salon Suite, she volunteers with the American Cancer Society program, Look Good Feel Better!

Paradox Salon

Paradox Salon located at My Salon Suite with Owners : Michelle DeAngelis & Alex Furlong

We also spoke with Michelle DeAngelis and Alex Furlong of Paradox Salon who told us why My Salon Suite has been so amazing for their business. Michelle said she has enjoyed the independence and location and Alex, a long time both renter; said that it’s about being her own boss and having great owners Vic and Lori by their side! Alex said Vic and Lori maintain a beautiful location and are very efficient with any maintenance needs. As one of the first tenants, Alex and Michelle looked at their suite with blue prints in hand! Lori said they came in at the perfect time during construction and were able to join two suites to create an even larger salon for Paradox.

Monday was an exciting ribbon-cutting for not only My Salon Suite owners Vic & Lori Tenuto but also for all of their tenants. We enjoyed meeting and connecting with everyone and we wish My Salon Suite great success!

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veranda_grovewayVeranda at Groveway Groundbreaking

Last week we had the honor of celebrating the groundbreaking of Veranda at Groveway!

Veranda at Groveway will give low income seniors in our community the opportunity to stay living in and enjoying the Roswell community.

Veranda at Groveway will offer 101 brand new units, 82 units will be reserved for low income housing and 19 units will be market rate.File_008

The community is located conveniently near down town Roswell and tenants will enjoy gorgeous views of the national park! When residents are not enjoying beautiful views, they can visit the fitness center, computer center, game room, sun room, theater, beauty salon, courtyard, or rooftop terrace.

We look forward to seeing this project develop in the coming year.  It will be a great addition to the community, highlighting the importance of affordable senior housing that is safe, beautiful and dignified.


Roswell Inc Issues Business Report Card and SEDP Findings

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Economic figures unveiled by Roswell Inc
highlight city’s business friendliness and momentum

ROSWELL, Ga. (April 25, 2016) – Roswell Inc today released its 2015 business report card before City of Roswell Mayor Jere Wood and council. The report shines a spotlight on the city’s key economic indicators, including jobs numbers, office vacancy rates, and employment rate, among other data.

The 2015 Roswell business report card data indicate high marks for the city in the areas of office vacancy – coming in at 9.2 percent – down from 14.9 percent two years earlier.

Additional report card highlights include:

  • 649 new business licenses issued last year, generating 2,049 new jobs,
  • Construction permits up with 996 issued at a value of $149.3 million,
  • Overall unemployment rate of 3.7 percent in 2015, well below the state’s rate of 5.5 percent.

“Roswell’s economic indicators point to our dedicated commitment to attracting and growing business,” said Steve Stroud, executive director of Rowell Inc. “Ongoing efforts from City of Roswell and Roswell Inc, including the three-time expansion of our Opportunity Zone, are paying dividends and boosting business. We fully expect to see continued business momentum in Roswell in the years to come.”


Roswell Inc Annual Report Card 2015 from Roswell Inc on Vimeo.

You can also download a copy of the Roswell Inc Annual Report Card Handout here!


In addition, RKG Associates and Roswell Inc recently presented SEDP 2.0 Comprehensive analysis to Mayor and City Council. To view this presentation, please see below.




Roswell Inc promotes economic development and a strong business community through a public-private partnership with the City of Roswell, Georgia. To learn more about Roswell Inc, visit www.RoswellInc.org.

Welcome to Roswell Wednesday!

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This week Roswell Inc is happy to welcome a newly renovated extended stay and a very exciting new attraction!

Studio 6 Extended Stay

studio 6 extended stay ribbon cutting

Just in time to get on our blog today, we have Studio 6 Extended Stay. Studio 6 has seen several changes that were well worth celebrating today.

They recently completed quite an extensive remodel, which included new wood flooring (goodbye carpet!), new paint, appliances and flat screen tvs! Studio 6 is also welcoming and celebrating the addition of their new General Manager!

We are happy to have Studio 6 in Roswell and wish them great success and support in this community.

 Gate City Brewing Co.

gate city ribbon cutting collage Last Friday, we celebrated the ribbon cutting for Gate City Brewing Co. surrounded by family and friends. It was the perfect evening to roll the bay door up, pull the picnic tables out and sample some quality local beer!

Gate City is the first brewery to open in Roswell, with three more to follow this year we hope that the tourists and locals alike will visit this exciting new attraction.

We wish Gate City the best!







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This week we would like to welcome Tapestry House Assisted Living and Ringer Consulting Group, both of which had great ribbon cuttings last week!


tapestry house ribbon cutting

Tapestry House; an Insignia Senior Living Community, held a wonderful Ribbon Cutting ceremony on the most beautiful day we have seen this year. Located on Holcomb Bridge, they offer a beautiful spacious facility filled with top of the line amenities. We celebrated in welcoming Tapestry House to the City of Roswell with a full house and look forward to seeing their company and community grow.


ringer consulting group ribbon cutting

Let us also welcome Ringer Consulting Group, also located on Holcomb Bridge. This company is full of fun and creativity. When you walk into Ringer you will notice a guitar, pool table and great art work. Though this company may look like all play and no work, they have quite the impressive list of clients and we are happy to welcome their talent to the City of Roswell.

Business Booming in Roswell

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City at highest retail and office occupancy rate in four years

Relocations and new openings fuel job growth in the City of Roswell

ROSWELL, Ga. (Feb. 17, 2016) – Roswell is starting 2016 with news that the North Fulton city achieved the highest commercial occupancy rate in four years, coming in at 90 percent in 2015. This welcome news, along with other positive economic indicators, were announced by Mayor Jere Wood and Roswell Inc Executive Director Steve Stroud earlier this month at the city’s annual Mayor of Roswell State of the City address and luncheon.

“Employers across various sectors – from technology to hospitality – are increasingly choosing Roswell,” said Stroud. “Our city offers the convenience and quality of life that is attractive to job creators and employees alike, which makes us a natural fit for many companies. All of the relocations and new openings that have taken place during the past five years in Roswell are paying dividends and boosting business.”

Roswell Attracts Corporate Relocations

Some of the new corporate citizens taking up residence in the city of Roswell that were recognized at the luncheon include:

  • Courion Corporation (relocated from Boston – 80 jobs)
  • Crum & Forster (relocated from Perimeter Center – 70 jobs)
  • GM (expansion of Technology Innovation Center – 1,400 jobs)
  • Hunter’s Specialties (relocated from Cedar Rapids, Iowa – 33 jobs)
  • John Deere Headquarters (relocated to combine regional operations – 124 jobs)
  • Talent Served (relocated from Marietta, Ga. – 12 jobs)

Lowest Unemployment Rate in Five Years

In addition to corporate relocations and expansions, the City of Roswell is seeing an increase in new business openings – the city celebrated 76 ribbon cuttings, with 518 new business licenses issued in 2015. Job numbers for 2015 in the City of Roswell were strong, with 1,945 total new jobs generated last year. Of jobs created, 547 are in Roswell’s Opportunity Zone – the largest zone of its kind in the state, running from Atlanta Street through the Holcomb Bridge Corridor, with 202 participating companies taking advantage of tax credits and incentives for new hires. Roswell’s overall unemployment rate came in at 3.9 percent in 2015, well below the state’s rate of 5.5 percent.

Restaurant, Tourism and Hospitality Business Booming

Restaurant and hospitality sectors saw huge gains in Roswell over the past year, with 33 new restaurants creating 450 new jobs. The restaurant industry in Roswell serves up 3,964 jobs overall, according to data from Applied Geographic Solutions. The city’s continued business and culinary appeal attracted more than $100 million in tourism-related spending last year, 30 percent of which was spent in food and beverage establishments. Just last month, Roswell Restaurant Week, presented by Roswell Inc, attracted a record number of online visitors and was the most geographically expansive Roswell Restaurant Week to date.

“As more and more businesses open their doors in Roswell, our team at Roswell Inc will continue to support, connect and educate business owners,” said Stroud. “Our organization has over 25 events already planned thus far for 2016 – we are more committed than ever to make the City of Roswell the ideal place to do business.”

To learn more about Roswell Inc, visit www.RoswellInc.org.


Roswell Inc promotes economic development and a strong business community through a public-private partnership with the City of Roswell, Georgia.


Roswell Restaurant Week Raises the Bar

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roswell restaurant weekCity’s signature foodie event has the table set with tempting prix fixe menus and social sites

Roswell Restaurant Week , presented by Roswell Inc, begins Monday, Jan. 25 and runs through Sunday, Jan. 31. In its fifth year, Roswell Restaurant Week is raising the bar with more than 25 participating restaurants, each one offering diners special prix fixe menus. In addition, this year’s event is set to be more social than ever with fresh new media pages for the event on Facebook and Instagram – diners are encouraged to share their dining experiences using the hashtag #RoswellRW .

“Roswell’s sense of pride around our culinary scene is more vibrant than ever before. Our locals and visitors alike are dining out and sharing their experiences,” remarked Steve Stroud, executive director of Roswell Inc, the organization behind the event. “Roswell Restaurant Week is a celebration of the exciting sense of community we have here, and we encourage locals and non-locals alike to come dine that week to get a taste of Roswell.”

Roswell is in good spirits having recently toasted to its no. 2 spot on Movoto’s 2015 list of “10 Best Atlanta Suburbs” and making Livability.com’s “Best Small Towns in America” list. On the culinary side, Atlanta’s northern neighbor has enticed both local gourmands and national food critics with eateries receiving praise from Zagat, OpenTable, The Atlanta Journal Constitution and more. The appetite for continued success is strong among Roswell restaurateurs. “We’ve seen an evolution both in culinary diversity and quality here in Roswell over the last five years,” said Ryan Pernice, owner and operator of Osteria Mattone and Table & Main. “Today, Roswell’s restaurant concepts, menus and hospitality are drawing diners from across the region, and this year’s Restaurant Week is an awesome opportunity to come imbibe the Roswell experience.”

To learn more about Roswell Restaurant Week, presented by Roswell Inc, and to make a reservation, visit www.RoswellRW.com  .

Roswell Inc Team Member Featured in Roswell Magazine

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Roswell Inc is proud to recognize our Program & Event Coordinator, Stephanie Robertson, who was highlighted in the latest edition of “Roswell People” in Roswell Magazine. IStephanie Robertson3n the article, Robertson gives us a peak behind the scenes of her life as an Inc team member, a mother, a volunteer and an ice cream connoisseur.

“I have lived in Roswell since 2003,” Robertson said. “The city has grown and changed tremendously in those years. When I’m not working, my favorite thing to do is watch my children play sports at Roswell’s wonderful parks.”

Robertson is a mother to three children, all of whom attend school in Roswell. When she’s not volunteering at the school, she is an active member of the National Charity League, Gardenia Chapter with her daughter.

“What I enjoy most about working for Roswell Inc is the people I get to work with every day! I also hav ethe privilege of meeting and working with Roswell business owners to help them with networking, grand openings and ribbon cuttings. We have some of the best people in Roswell!”

Update 12/2015: This article is no longer available for viewing The Roswell Magazine website.