March 2021
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!
Dalton Innovation Accelerator (DIA) Offers Services to Small Businesses
DIA is accepting applications now. Up to four small businesses and entrepreneurs will be selected to take part on-site, and up to 25 will be chosen to take part through virtual incubation.
Lauren Holverson, executive director for DIA explained the process: “Incubation is for start-up companies, less than two years old, as well as entrepreneurs who have an idea but haven’t launched it yet,”
“They can incubate up for 18 months. They get access to our strategic partners — lawyers and other professionals who will provide free or heavily discounted services to them. They get access to all of our workshops for free. Basically, what we are here to do is guide them, so that when they leave the program they have a plan in place. If they don’t have a location, we help them find one.” 

For more information click here.
Relief For Rental and Utilities
The State of Georgia Rental Assistance program is here!
With more than $552 million dollars coming from the US Treasury, up to 15 months of rent and utility bills can be paid on behalf of eligible applicants.
Click here to learn about the program and apply.

For more information click here.
Junior Achievement Discovery Center of Greater Dalton
This 15,000 sq. ft. facility is located on the new campus of Hammond Creek Middle School. The JA Discovery Center of Greater Dalton will expand access to our programming to an additional 13 school districts offering 13,500 middle school students in Northwest Georgia the opportunity to experience their futures. The facility will also provide a unique economics lab where high school students will have the opportunity to participate in additional JA experiences.
For opportunities to engage at the JA Discovery Center of Greater Dalton, please contact Anna Adamson at 423.667.7411.
Click here to learn more.
Take Advantage of these FREE Opportunities...
Provided by SCORE
Recorded Webinar: The Latest on PPP and Federal Stimulus Relief Efforts

There are important changes to the PPP, including a 14-day period during which only businesses with fewer than 20 employees can apply for relief through the Program. As well, helping sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals receive more financial support.

Join this timely webinar, presented by Small Business Majority's Brian Pifer, outlining the small business provisions in the current iteration of the stimulus relief package, as well as the latest changes to the Paycheck Protection Program.

Recorded Webinar: Shoestring Solutions to Common Startup Issues

The idea of starting a business can be quite daunting, and especially in today’s times.

In this hands-on startup webinar, USA TODAY senior small business columnist and author of The Small Business Bible, Steve Strauss will help you understand what the most common startup pitfalls are and how to avoid or solve them - without spending a lot of money!

Topics of this session include:
  • Getting a website for free (or almost free!)
  • DIY legal and operations
  • Marketing on a shoestring
  • And more...

Classes in Your Area...
Sponsored by the Small Business Development Center through UGA.
SBDC Response and Recovery
The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has 18 offices across the state, covering every county, with consultants available to assist small business owners as they respond and recover. The links provided below offer quick links to some of the resources and information related to including cash flow, payroll, marketing and the effect on your business operations.

In addition to the list of resources available on this page, our business consultants have put together a guide for small businesses. “Conquering a Business Crisis” is a checklist for businesses navigating through current circumstances.

Please consider us a resource to assist you during these challenging times let us know how we can be of service. You can find and connect with your local UGA SBDC office or send a message to our State Office in Athens. Many of our offices are working remotely, so if you do call and get a voicemail, we will work to return your call as soon as possible.

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