February 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!
Member Mixer at Hanwha Q Cells Thursday, Feb. 21 at 5 PM
Join us at the next Member Mixer hosted by Hanwha QCELLS and check out the newest manufacturing facility in town! You don't want to miss this opportunity!

Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 5 PM
Dalton's Year-End Cost of Living Report
Check out how Dalton compares to other cities in the US! Our year-end review of three quarters in 2018 has been released.

View our results here.
Small Business Mixer at Sol De May
Join us to celebrate GA Small Business Week! Come network with other Chamber members and have some delicious tacos too!

Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 5 PM – 6 PM

Awesome door prizes will be sponsored by the Dalton-Whitfield County Joint Development Authority . The UGA Small Business Development Center in Rome will be there as a resource for any small business questions you may have.
First Robotics Competition Dalton District Qualifiers
High school robotics teams from across Georgia will be competing in this fast-paced and challenging robotics competition during March 8-9 at the Dalton Convention Center. Robots that weigh up to 125 pounds will be competing to accomplish this year's challenge which is space themed in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. The event is free and family-friendly.

Visit their facebook page to learn more.
Take Advantage of these FREE Opportunities...
Provided by SCORE
February 21 : Marketing 101: How to Market Your Products and Services

An interactive and informative seminar on marketing that will include discussions on how to identify your customer, how to identify products and services for your business, marketing strategies, how to identify your position within the marketplace, the relationship between marketing and pricing and marketing and promotional tools.

February 25: Marketing 101: How to Write a Winning Business Plan

Know the Importance of a Business Plan --- Gets You Organized, Basis to Attract Necessary Capital Know the Key Business Plan Components and How They Fit Together You'll be Able to Write a Winning Business Plan to Successfully Launch and Operate Your Company (NO ONE WAY TO DO IT!!!)

Classes in Your Area...
Sponsored by the Small Business Development Center through UGA.
Small Businesses Fail For Consistent Reasons
The statistics on small business failure vary widely depending on the report and the source. Some say nine out of 10 while others put the first year failure rate as low as 20 percent. As a small business owner, you may not care what the actual number is as long as you are not one of them. However, it is a real threat and there are commonalities in why it happens. Here are my top five.
1. They run out of cash. 
2. The market for the product or service is not what they expected. 
3. They do not know how to market. 
4. They do not have the right team. 
5. They try to grow too quickly. 

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