November 2019
Small Business Newsletter
Dear Subscriber,

Thank you for viewing the latest edition of the Dalton-Whitfield Small Business Newsletter. We hope this helps you locate the resources you need to develop and strengthen your small business. Please do not hesitate reaching out to us should you need anything!
Peeples Cancer Institute Now Open in Dalton, GA
Congratulations to William Jarrett for being Thanks to a legacy gift from Shelby and Willena Peeples, our community celebrated the opening of the Peeples Cancer Institute at Hamilton Medical Center. This 64,000 square foot facility has transformed Hamilton’s growing medical campus and will transform cancer care throughout our region. We are grateful for the investment Hamilton Health Care System continues to make in our community, and especially grateful for the generosity of the Peeples family.

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Cost of Living Index Year-End Review
Visit our website to learn about Dalton's 2019 Year-End Review as it compares to other communities in the U.S.
FIRST Robotics Competition on March 6th & 7th
High school robotics teams from across Georgia will be competing in this fast-paced and challenging robotics competition. Robots that weigh up to 125 pounds will be competing to accomplish this year's challenge that was developed by Lucas Films and inspired by Star Wars. The event is free and family-friendly.

The competition begins on March at 9AM and lasts until March 7 at 6PM at the Dalton Convention Center.
Novalis Innovative Flooring Announces First US Production Facility
Novalis Innovative Flooring  will build its first U.S. production facility in Whitfield County. Novalis is investing $30 million dollars in the project and expects to create at least 120 new jobs.

In the words of their CEO, “this new location enables us to better service our customers while also helping to grow and support a community rich in the history of flooring manufacturing. It will support our commitment as a company to attract the best and brightest talent in the industry.”

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Site Selection Just Announced Georgia Has Earned the Top Regional Spot for Workforce Development
Site Selection  announced Georgia has earned the top regional spot for workforce development.

As I've said in communities throughout the Peach State, the hardworking Georgians who make up our workforce are the foundation of our competitive edge in attracting business - both in the Southeast and across the country,” said Governor Kemp. “I’m excited that Site Selection Magazine has recognized yet another reason why Georgia is the best state in which to live, work, and raise a family.

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February 20: Developing Your Overall Marketing Strategy

Every business is different, and what works for one may not work for another. That goes for your marketing plan too. To be successful, your marketing must be true to your vision and your business — and true to your customers.

This webinar, presented by Senior Marketing Program Specialist Deb Staiger, will give you the tools you need to quickly, easily and effectively create your ideal marketing strategy.

March 10: Why Diversity and Inclusion Need to Be Small Business Priorities

Diversity and Inclusion have been hot topics for many large organizations in recent years, and rightfully so. The more research and studies we do, the clearer it becomes that there are many benefits to an inclusive diverse workforce: better retention rates, stronger workforce performance, and higher engagement rates.

Classes in Your Area...
Sponsored by the Small Business Development Center through UGA.
February 21: SBDC Startsmart | Atlanta
February 25: Writing A Business Plan | Atlanta
February 26: How to Build A Powerful Sales Funne l | Kennesaw
March 10: Starting A Business | Atlanta
March 11: 8A Step-By-Step Application | Atlanta
March 13: Using LinkedIn To Build Influence | Atlanta

A UGA-Assisted Doggy Day Care and Dog Treat Bakery in Savannah is Thriving
On the evening of Tuesday, October 10th, Hurricane Michael entered the state of Georgia as a Category 3 hurricane. According to the National Weather Service, “Hurricane Michael was the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall along the Florida panhandle as well as the first major hurricane (Category 3+) to directly impact Georgia since the 1890s.”  The system retained wind gusts of 70 mph in central Georgia through the evening and exited the state on the morning of October 11th as a tropical storm, leaving in its wake a wide path of devastation across most of southwest Georgia and parts of central Georgia. Due to the severity of the damage, following on the heels of Hurricane Florence a month earlier, which left the North and South Carolina coastal regions devastated by flooding, the SBA Disaster Assistance resources were taxed.

Even with the myriad of demands emerging from these two storm systems, the SBA responded to southwest Georgia counties within a few days. As a small business owner, consider the three lessons learned below to better prepare, both mentally and financially, for the next disaster. We know that it is not a question as to whether it will happen again or not, but one of when.

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