December 2016
Did You Know?
Atlanta gets an "A" for small business friendliness in these categories: overall friendliness, ease in starting a business, regulations, health & safety, employment, labor & training, tax code, licensing, environmental, zoning.
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Dalton Gets $1 Million Donation For The Arts
Dalton officials want to make the site of the Lee Printing building a hub for the arts, culture and entertainment.   Those plans got a big boost thanks to a $1 million donation from a city resident. 

The donation will provide $300,000 for physical improvements at the site, including the construction of a "first class" performing stage and associated facilities. In addition, it provides for a $500,000 endowment that will distribute some $25,000 a year to support events and performances at the facility. The remaining $200,000 will be held for additional support.

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Hamilton Medical Center Named 2016 Top Hospital
Congratulations to Hamilton Medical Center for being named a "2016 Top Hospital" for the large market (250+ beds)! We are blessed to have such a facility in our community. Thanks for all the hard word you do!

See the listing in Georgia Trend Publisher's December magazine:
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Credit Clean Up ... A Critical Concern For Entrepreneurs
By: Georgia SBDC
SBDC Corner
As entrepreneurs plan to fulfill their dreams of launching a business, they should be very attentive to all the steps required to ensure success. Those steps typically include developing a comprehensive business plan that can be submitted to lenders to secure funding for their new business. Imagine planning for a significant event and overlooking a critical step that will inevitably delay the project. As surprising as it may seem, many business start-ups make that specific mistake by failing to assess their personal credit condition prior to contacting lenders to request funding.

Potential business owners should realize that lenders normally utilize the 5 Cs of Credit (Character, Cash Flow, Capital, Collateral, and Conditions) as the key factors to evaluate a loan proposal. From the lender's perspective, one of the best ways to assess the borrower's ability to repay the loan is based on their past credit history which reflects character. Entrepreneurs should definitely address all of the above factors in order to successfully obtain funding for a business start-up.

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