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Summer Sippin’ 2019 Winners Announced

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After two months of sippin’ in Roswell, the wait is finally over, and the 2019 “Best Sip in Roswell” winners are—The Whiskey Project’s “Me So Honey” in the alcoholic category and Scooter’s “Peanut Butter Mocha Caramelicious ” in the non-alcoholic category.

During the event, which ran from June 1 through July 31, 46 participating restaurants each featured a unique summer-inspired specialty drink not already available on their menus. Patrons then rated each sip they tried on or the Summer Sippin’ app, which is available for free on both iPhone and Android, and those ratings were used to determine the “Best Sips in Roswell” for the year.

“Congratulations to this year’s ‘Best Sip in Roswell’ recipients,” said Steve Stroud, Executive Director of Roswell Inc. “Roswell’s food and beverage scene is a leading industry in the city and one that sets it apart—with over 200 family-owned or chef-driven establishments. While we could only crown one first-place winner in each category, we applaud all of this year’s participants for showcasing Roswell as a premier destination for enjoying well-crafted drinks and exceptional food.”

Below are the top drinks in each category:

Top Alcoholic Sips:

  1. “Me So Honey” at The Whiskey Project – Best Alcoholic Sip in Roswell 2019
  2. “Tamarind-Mango Twist Margarita” at Fresco Cantina Grille
  3. “Blackberry Bonnet” at Local on North
  4. “Mai-Tai Gose” at Variant Brewing Company
  5. “Spiked Blueberry Lemonade” at Zest

Top Non-alcoholic Sips:

  1. “Peanut Butter Mocha Caramelicious” at Scooter’s Coffee – Best Non-Alcoholic Sip in Roswell 2019
  2. “Spro Shaker” at Crazy Love Coffee House
  3. “Strawberry Shortcake Shake” at Sugar Shack in the Back

During the competition, thousands of drinks were sold, and more than 1,500 ratings were submitted—which is a 34.3%  increase from last year’s event.

A full list of this year’s participating restaurants can be found on

Both Summer Sippin’ and Roswell Restaurant Week are industry support events by Roswell Inc and sponsored by Gas South.

New Career Expo Series Kicks Off With Hospitality

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In partnership with the Georgia Department of Labor, we will host the first-ever Roswell Hospitality Career Expo sponsored by Gas South at the Holiday Inn (909 Holcomb Bridge Road)  on Wednesday, August 21 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. The first in a series of career expos, this event will focus on bringing together employers and qualified applicants specifically in the hospitality industry.

“This career expo series is unique in that each event strategically focuses on the staffing needs of a key industry,” said Steve Stroud, Executive Director of Roswell Inc. “The hospitality industry is one of Roswell’s leading industries, and with three new hotels and a number of restaurants and attractions set to open within the next year, it continues to grow. We are excited to help support that growth through the Roswell Hospitality Career Expo.”

The event will feature an exhibit hall with more than 35 of Roswell’s restaurants, breweries, hotels and attractions. Employers will have the opportunity to promote available positions and recruit job seekers at their individual company table. Additionally, businesses will have the option to participate in one-on-one interviewing in a separate, more private meeting space. The Georgia Department of Labor along with other local job networking groups are helping to promote this event to their extensive network of job seekers. 

Other career expos that are currently in the early planning stage include automotive and medical career expos.


For more information and registration, click here.

SCORE Partnership Brings Mentorship and Business Development Programs to Roswell

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We’re thrilled to announce that we recently entered into a partnership with the North Metro Atlanta chapter of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), a national non-profit and partner organization of the US Small Business Administration that focuses on providing mentorship and resources to established and aspiring business owners. The North Metro Atlanta chapter covers all of Cobb, Gwinnett, North Fulton, and Forsyth counties and will now be able to service Roswell area business owners and professionals.

“Our partnership with SCORE is a natural fit for the entrepreneurial spirit of Roswell businesses,” said Steve Stroud, Executive Director of Roswell Inc. “We look forward to working with SCORE to mentor, train, and educate new and existing businesses to expand within the City of Roswell.”

“Our North Metro Atlanta Chapter, with its 15 offices and 62 Mentors, is uniquely equipped to help people start or grow their businesses through one-on-one mentoring, workshops and webinars,” said Bill Foust, of SCORE. “We are Roswell based and focused, and we look forward to serving the needs of Roswell’s future and existing businesses”.   

The partnership will allow Roswell-based SCORE mentors to hold weekly one-on-one mentoring sessions at Roswell Inc . The North Metro Atlanta SCORE chapter will also work with Roswell Inc to host business-focused workshops on a quarterly basis. The two organizations are in the beginning stages of planning these workshops that will be open to businesses across Roswell and the North Metro area.

For more information, visit



SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals. Since 1964, SCORE has provided education and mentorship to more than 11 million entrepreneurs. SCORE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and is funded through both a cooperative agreement with the US SBA and individual contributions of over 10,000 volunteers to provide programs for entrepreneurs at minimal to no costs.

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.