SMALL BUSINESS BANNER:                                       April 2016
Did You Know?

Around 77.7% of Georgia's businesses employ fewer than 10 employees? 
(GDOL, Q2 2015)

Discover resources offered by the State of Georgia:
Don't forget to Vote!

Early voting begins May 2.
Primary Election Date is May 24.

Early voting is held at the Whitfield County Court House in the Board of Elections Office.  Sample election ballots can be found on the following website:

Business Expo 2016 hosted by the Greater Dalton Chamber
Booths are now on sale for the  2016 Business Expo.
Regular spaces are $225. 
Premium spaces are $450.
Contact Beth Morrison for more information:
Camp DEM Deadline Extended!

Reservations are still being accepted for the Design, Engineering and Manufacturing Camp, 
Camp DEM will be held at the Northwest Georgia College and career Academy, 2300 Maddox Chapel Road, Dalton, GA. 
The dates are June 6-10, 2016. New campers will come June 6-9 and returning campers June 7-10. The camp day begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 4:00 pm. There is no charge for the camp and all supplies, food and snacks are included. 

This 5 class series is taught by: 

Take Advantage of these FREE Opportunities...
Provided by SCORE
 Run Your Business Like A Bike Shop
Tuesday, April 28th at 1:00 PM EST

There's some great stuff happening at bicycle shops all around the world. Tap into it during this webinar sponsored by Verisign andGoDaddy. Learn the importance of personal relationships in growing your business in a digital world..

Free of Charge:  For more information or to register click  HERE.
 Protect Your Business' Copyright From Copycats!
Tuesday, May 10th at 2:00 PM EST

SCORE is pleased to present "Protect Your Business's Copyright from Copycats!" the second webinar in the two-part series presented by intellectual property expert and attorney Laurie Marshall.
Produced in partnership with  Staples QuickWins,, this webinar is for small business owners who want to learn how to establish a strong brand and creative presence while ensuring they protect their brands, logos, digital media and other valuable assets.

Free of Charge:  For more information or to register click  HERE .
Classes in Your Area...
Sponsored by the Small Business Development Center through UGA.
The SBDC will be holding multiple classes in our area: 

April 29: Franchise Ownership Summit Lunch & Learn (Athens, GA)
May   05: 8(a) Certification Step by Step  Part 1 & 2(Atlanta, GA)
May   06: Develop an Import/Export Business (Atlanta, GA)
May   10: Starting a Business (Atlanta, GA)

  Click HERE  to learn more!
Making Something Out Of Nothing-- Money Is No Excuse
By: Georgia SBDC

Assisting entrepreneurs to estimate their funding needs, whether launching a new business or expanding an existing one, is a service we provide at the UGA SBDC. Identifying sources of capital and gaining access is another area of support. That said, tracking how businesses are funded is an important and interesting part of our job. Over the years, I have found it particularly interesting to hear about entrepreneurs who launched their businesses with little or no capital - out of necessity or by design.
While reading a recent Inc. Magazine article, "How to Launch for Less than $10K," it brought to mind entrepreneurs I've known who made do with what they had and, quite often, it was not a lot. For entrepreneurs who think lack of funding is what keeps them from entrepreneurial success, the article's message is, "No money is no excuse." The author says great ideas, tons of drive and deep faith in yourself are all you really need.

Click here  to read the entire post. 
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