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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 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


Fire Marshal Paul Piccirilli Retires

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We know that many of you worked with recently retired Roswell Fire Marshal Paul Piccirilli for your annual inspections. Piccirilli has asked us to share this letter with the business community:

After 31 years of serving the citizens of Roswell in various capacities within the Fire Department, I send this letter out with pride, honor and humility. It has been a journey of many different experiences that has led to the development of relationships, friendships and hopefully long term connections that can transform into a mutual benefit for each of us.

My time serving Roswell as the Fire Marshal will come to an end on June 2, 2017. My current plan is to take some time to reflect and decompress from the rigors of the field of Public Safety. It is difficult for people who have not experienced firsthand the things we have seen on the hundreds of emergency scenes, fatal fires and other emergency situations that we have experienced over the years.

I am proud to announce that Captain Charlie Vacca, the current Deputy Fire Marshal will take over the responsibilities of Fire Marshal. You can reach him at or 770-641-3730. Charlie has been with the City of Roswell for over 25 years and has served as Deputy Fire Marshal for over 10 years and will do a great job continuing the tradition of quality customer service and fairness in enforcing the Fire and Life Safety Codes.

Roswell and the surrounding area is full of opportunity and I will make myself available to anyone in need of consulting as it relates to occupying buildings, tenant spaces or starting a new business. I will provide the necessary information you will need when you are exploring your opportunities. I will visit sites to determine what Code requirements you may need to address before you sign a lease. My knowledge of the Codes and historical memory of the buildings in Roswell is invaluable and I feel sure I can help you.

I can be reached after June 2, 2017: or 770-617-8932

Paul Piccirilli

Roswell Business Owners Invited to Take Annual Business Survey

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Roswell Inc has launched its annual business survey and invites all business owners with a business in the City of Roswell to participate. The 38-question online survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and will be open from May 1 through May 31.

The survey covers a variety of areas, including business size, industry, workforce availability, employee recruitment practices, anticipated changes to operations and staffing, and satisfaction with programs and services offered by Roswell Inc. Data collected assists Roswell Inc in better supporting the business community and the city’s overall economic development initiatives.

Click here to take the Annual Business Survey.

Roswell Inc Releases 2016 Report Card

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Roswell Inc released its 2016 report card today, which provides a snapshot of the city’s key economic indicators from the past year.

Select 2016 report card highlights include:

  • 739 new business licenses issued, generating 1,066 new jobs
  • 1,110 construction permits issued, valued at $254.9 million
  • Impact fees of $1.3 million, which is up from $522,000+ in 2015 because of the City’s new impact fee structure
  • 720 jobs created in the opportunity zone, bringing the total number of jobs created in the opportunity zone since its inception to 5,125
  • Unemployment rate of 3.8%
  • 2,410 attendees at Roswell Inc events and programs

“In terms of economic and business success, 2016 was a great year for Roswell,” said Steve Stroud, executive director of Roswell Inc. “These numbers tell the story of a community with a growing business environment and strong entrepreneurial spirit, and we are anxious to continue building those areas in the years ahead.”

Additional 2016 milestones for the organization include launching an Economic Development Alliance, hosting its biannual Roswell Leadership Focus trip, and hosting the annual North Fulton Opportunity Outlook in partnership with the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and other North Fulton cities.

The report card was released today at the organization’s annual Real Estate & Development Outlook event, where Roswell Inc provides insight into the local market to brokers, developers and property managers.

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!

Roswell Restaurant Week Kicks Off on January 23

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RRW Logo 2017Roswell Restaurant Week returns to celebrate the city’s finest culinary experiences from January 23 to February 1, 2017. This year’s event includes 26 participating restaurants, all of which will present special chef-driven prix fixe menus, showcasing signature favorites as well as out-of-the-box specialties.

“Roswell Restaurant Week is one of our favorite times of the year,” said Steve Stroud, executive director of Roswell Inc. “Roswell has an incredibly strong and growing restaurant scene, and this event is a fun and exciting way to invite people from all across the region to experience the unique culinary treasures and dining experiences we have in our city.”

Participating restaurants include: 1920 Tavern, Adele’s On Canton, Amalfi Ristorante, BistroVG, Brick House, The Big Ketch, Crabapple Tavern, El Porton, Foundation Social Eatery, HOLA! Taqueria & Bar, Houck’s Grille, Metro Diner, The Mill Kitchen & Bar, Moe’s Original BBQ, Monterrey Roswell, Osteria Mattone, Oak Street Café, Pastis, Peach & the Porkchop, Pizzeria Lucca, PURE Taqueria, Roux On Canton, Salt Factory Pub, Table & Main, Vin25, and Your Pie.

Make sure to follow Roswell Restaurant Week on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @RoswellRW and share dining experiences using #2017RoswellRestaurantWeek and #RoswellRW. Learn more at

This is the second year Roswell Restaurant Week has been presented by Roswell Inc. Roswell Restaurant Week is sponsored by Gas South.


Registration Open for 2017 Roswell Business Academy

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business_academy_logo_4_eventbriteRegistration is open for the 2017 Roswell Business Academy, which kicks off on Thursday, January 19. Presented annually by Roswell Inc, this professional development program for leaders of Roswell-based businesses is designed to challenge, inspire, and help business leaders achieve their goals.

This year’s program covers tackling business growth barriers, leadership development, de-cluttering a workspace, crafting the perfect bio, and social media marketing.

Sessions are $10 each. Participants can register for each class individually or purchase a series pass to secure their seat at all five sessions. Limited spots are available, and early registration is encouraged. All participants must work for a business located in Roswell.

For more information about each class and speaker, or to register, visit:

Sessions for 2017 include:

• January 19 – Get Unstuck: Overcome Business Growth Barriers
Every leader and every business hits a wall. Whether your issues are tied to leadership development, employee engagement, limited cash flow, market penetration or other common growth barriers, business leader and Fortune 100 consultant Anthony Flynn will share practical tools to break through your wall and take your business to the next level.

• February 16 – Rise-up: Become a Leader Worth Following
In this session, you will learn how to strengthen the core of your leadership ability and create a culture of empowerment for your company. Essy Lucas will share practical visual tools developed by GiANT Worldwide, a global company dedicated to leadership transformation, that will help you become a more effective and influential leader – one everyone wants to follow.

• March 23 – De-clutter: Create a Space for Success
Discover the joy of a beautiful and organized workspace. Sara Fisher, owner of A Simple Space, will discuss how simplifying, organizing, and personalizing your office can increase productivity, foster greater creativity, and enhance critical thinking and problem solving.

• April 27 – Define: Enhance Your Business Presence with a Great Bio
A compelling bio is one of your most important marketing tools. In this session, professional writing coach Beth Hermes will teach you how turn an interested audience into a loyal patron or client by creating a clear, engaging bio that highlights your accomplishments, business philosophy, and life experiences – all while telling your unique story.

• May 23 – Engage: Build Your Brand on Social Media
In this session, Mallie Hart, owner of Go Creative Go!, will focus on best practices for creating, building and maintaining a Facebook presence, while also spending some time on other platforms, such as Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. The class will cover organic reach versus advertising, as well as tips and tricks to ensure marketing messages get seen by the right eyes – those with an intent to buy.

The 2017 Roswell Business Academy is sponsored by: Fidelity Bank, Ringer Consulting, Art & Beyond, Signs of Significance, and TG Visuals. Coffee is sponsored by Scooter’s.

Bring Small Business Back Tour Comes to Roswell

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Bring Small Business Back Tour: Roswell, GA

The Job Creators Network’s “Bring Small Businesses Back Bust Tour” stopped into Roswell, Georgia on October 6th. Our team was joined by Congressman Tom Price, as well as Home Depot Co-Founder Bernie Marcus. Together, we discussed the problems facing American small businesses today. We also championed the strides Georgia and Job Creators Network are taking to fix those problems.

You can learn more about JCN’s mission to Bring Small Businesses Back here and read the original article here.

Save The Dates – 2017 Roswell Inc Event Dates Announced!

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Mark Your Calendars

Announcing the 2017 Roswell Inc event dates – Roswell Business Academy, Roswell Coffee Connect, Roswell Connect


7:30 to 9:00 AM
Thursday, January 19
Thursday, February 16
Thursday, March 23
Thursday, April 27
Tuesday, May 23

The Roswell Business Academy brings participants together by providing opportunities to learn, grow, discuss ideas and gain insight on local business trends. These courses consist of everything from enhancing your online presence to starting and financing a business from scratch.

coffee_connect_for_emma7:30 to 9:00 AM
Friday, February 10
Friday, April 14
Friday, July 14
Friday, August 11
Friday, October 27

Roswell Coffee Connect provides a morning opportunity for Roswell business owners and leaders to network and connect over a hot cup of coffee. This program furthers Roswell Inc’s  mission to foster strong relationships within and among the Roswell business community.


5:30 to 7:30 PM
Tuesday, March 7
Tuesday, June 27
Tuesday, September 19
Wednesday, December 6

Founded and operated by Roswell Inc, Roswell Connect is a bi-monthly evening networking event exclusively offered to Roswell registered businesses. Roswell Connect is highly attended by industry-leading business professionals and community leaders. Enjoy complimentary beverages and light snacks provided by Roswell Restaurant Partners.

Keep up-to-date with all the latest Roswell business happenings and event announcements – Join Roswell Inc’s email list today!

August in Review – 2016

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Take a look back at Roswell Inc’s highlights for August, 2016   

Quick Stats:

Roswell New Businesses & Job Creation

36 New Businesses
84 New Jobs Created
45,791 Commercial SqFt Occupied



Preliminary July 2016


Preliminary July 2016

Summer Sippin’ Roswell – Winner Announced!

Summer Sippin’ Roswell came to an end on August 15th.  Summer went by fast, but all the creative concoctions of participating restaurants helped keep us chill.

Want to know which finely crafted cocktail claimed the Best Sip of Roswell 2016? Check out the top 5 (really 6 – there was a tie for 2nd) below:

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On August 25, Roswell Inc, Visit Roswell GA and the Conventions and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors celebrated 25 years of partnership with the City of Roswell with over 250 attendees.

Over the past 25 years, RCVB’s Board of Directors has successfully implemented and provided oversight for Roswell’s tourism program, Visit Roswell GA, and more recently the economic development program, Roswell Inc, through a public-private partnership with the City of Roswell.

Thank you to the community, business and civic leaders for a wonderful evening that celebrated 25 successful years of collaboration, partnership and success.

Be sure to view the photos of the event here:

We were proud to recognize regional partnerships as well.  Visit Roswell GA presented the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Tourism division with the Tourism Partner award while Roswell Inc presented the Economic Development Partner Award to the Small Business division.

Ending the evening, Dotty Etris was presented with the History Maker Award – for her 25 years of service to Roswell as the Executive Director of Visit Roswell GA.

We would not have been able to celebrate without the support of all our sponsors:

Silver Signature:

Malon D. Mimms Company
Bank of North Georgia
Carl Black Roswell
Georgia Power
Gas South
Renasant Bank
WellStar North Fulton Hospital

Silver Select:

Ferrari Maserati of Roswell
Verizon Wireless

Silver Reserve:

Aesthetic Specialy Centre
Alpha Office Products
Chipper Gronholm at Coldwell Banker
Comcast Cable
Duke Land Group
Frontdoor Communities
Kaufman & Forman P.C.
LGE Community Credit Union
Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance
Randall-Paulson Architects
Schmit & Associates
Scroggin & Company, PC
Sterling Healthcare
Talk of the Town Catering

Revealing of Roswell P3

The following was announced at
Celebrating 25 Dinner and Awards
on August 25, 2016:Print

For approximately 20 of its 25 years, the CVB’s sole purpose was to address revitalization
of the Historic District and promotetourism in the City of Roswell.

Under the direction and leadership of Executive Director Dotty Etris, Roswell’s tourism program has enjoyed great success. According to an independent study, for every $1 invested in advertising, marketing and promotions of tourism, the City of Roswell reaps $365 in tourism related economic activity.  The success of our program was recognized at the State level when Dotty Etris was recognized by Governor Nathan Deal with the Lifetime Achievement Award in Tourism.

In 2011, the Roswell CVB Board of Directors expanded its partnership with the City of Roswell.  Our partnership would not only include promoting tourism in the City, but it would also include promoting economic development in our City.  This new program was charged with retaining and
expanding current businesses in Roswell as well as building awareness of Roswell as a great place to do business.

Under the direction and leadership of Executive Director Steve Stroud, Roswell’s economic development program has enjoyed great success as well.  The number of Roswell businesses increased to 5,070 in 2015; an increase of 609 businesses or 14% over 2014 levels.  In addition, the number of new business licenses increased to 649 in 2015 creating 2,409 jobs.

We would all agree that the City or Roswell is a great place for our family and friends to visit, to live, and to do business.  As proud as I am of the past 25 years, I am even more excited about the next 25 years as our tourism and economic development initiatives continue to grow and bring success to Roswell.  To celebrate our history and to best position and align our programs for the years to come, I am pleased to announce the renaming of our executive committee and board. The purpose of this realignment is to better define our Board of Directors responsibilities while at the same time more strongly and accurately positioning both programs we govern.  Moving into the future, we will be known as Roswell P3 -Supporting Community Initiatives & Partnerships Since 1991.  Roswell P3 better represents the two distinct programs under the Board’s responsibility and helps bring clarity as we continue as a public, private partnership with the City of Roswell.  Reporting to our community led Board of Directors, Dotty Etris will continue to lead our tourism initiatives with the Visit Roswell GA Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Steve Stroud will continue to lead our economic development initiatives with Roswell Inc. Learn more at