November 2016
Did You Know?
GA ranks #1 (third year running) in US for best state for business.
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Raymond Butler Named Small Business Person of the Year
It is our great privilege and honor to recognize Raymond Butler as the 2016 Small Business Person of the Year.

Mr. Butler is the Master Distiller and face of  Dalton Distillery in Dalton, Georgia. The distillery is currently ranked #4 our of 24 Dalton attractions according to Trip Advisor, and has hosted a myriad of events from concerts & comedians to hypnotists & Micro Championship Wrestling which brought in tourists from as far away as Columbia, SC, Mobile, AL, and Pensacola, FL. The Distillery has had international visitors from Scotland, England, Germany, Japan and Australia, and has had visitors from almost every state in the lower 48.

Mr. Butler is a Vietnam Veteran and proudly runs a family-owned and operated business with his son,  Chuck Butler. Congratulations!
Which Small Cities in GA are Among the Best in America?
If you're looking for some good, small town Southern living, there are a slew of cities in Georgia that may tickle your fancy.

According to a new report from the personal-finance website WalletHub, Georgia has 30 of the country's best small cities.

To read more from article click here.
Dalton Public Sschools Receives Golden Radish Award
Dalton Public Schools is among 53 school districts to receive a Golden Radish Award which celebrate gains made in the farm to school movement.

This award recognizes school districts for all aspects of farm to school, from local food procurement to hosting taste tests to gardening with students, and is awarded at Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honorary levels.  districts were evaluated on their work in 10 activities of farm to school.

To read more from article click here.
Take Advantage of these FREE Opportunities...
Provided by SCORE
Which CRM System is Right for Your Business?
Wednesday, November 30th at 12:00 PM EST

TCustomer relationship management (CRM) systems aren't just for big businesses anymore. Smaller companies are reaping the rewards through better sales, service and marketing management. Dozens of CRM systems are available, so which one is best for your business?

Free of Charge For more information or to register click HERE.

Today's business world has a new look - multicultural, savvy, and often female. Please join  Life Reimagined and Linda Spradley Dunn, founder and CEO of  Odyssey Media, for this informative webinar and get her insights about how to best attract diverse audiences to your own business.

Formerly with IBM, Linda's Odyssey Media is a marketing & communications company, focused on connecting and empowering influential and affluent multicultural women around the world. Learn how Linda has been engaging these audiences for more than 20 years.

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:

December 02: 5th Annual Women's Business Expo  (Athens, GA)
December 06:  Credit Myths and Realities (Atlanta, GA)
December 06:   Starting A Business  (Atlanta, GA)

Click HERE to learn more!
As A Small Business Owner...
By: Georgia SBDC
SBDC Corner
As a small business owner, if asked what keeps you awake nights, would the financial health of your business be at the top of your list?

Chances are when you started your business you did so because you were passionate about the products or services you would sell. You probably didn't go into business because working with numbers excited you. Yet it's often the numbers that cause sleepless nights.

If the finances of your business keep you awake, you aren't alone and there is a cure.

The good news is you don't have to be a CPA or accountant to understand your company's financial health. As the book "Financial Intelligence for Entrepreneurs" points out, finance mostly involves simple math - the use of addition and subtraction.

The authors, Karen Berman and Joe Knight, go on to say that when finance people get really fancy, they multiply and divide. If you can do simple math and have a calculator, you can understand the finances of your small business and acquire financial intelligence - the cure for those sleepless nights.

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