May 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!
Check Out This Year's Community Profile
Georgia's Tourism Industry Breaks Economic Impact Record
 Georgia Tourism, a division of The Georgia Department of Economic Development, announced that the state’s tourism industry generated a record-breaking $66.2 billion in business sales impact in 2018, up 4.7 percent, according to the U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Economics.

Georgia’s total tourism demand is 46 percent higher than its pre-recession level in 2008. In 2018, travel and tourism generated more than $3.4 billion in tax revenue in Georgia.

Click here to read more.
Transportation Plan Survey
Whitfield County is currently updating the long range transportation plan. The plan identifies transportation projects needed in the Greater Dalton Area (Whitfield County, Dalton, Varnell, Tunnel Hill, Cohutta, and Murray County) for the next 25 years.

They are in the early stage of development, and are asking for input from those who live and/or work in the area. The participants can express what they think the area needs, and place markers on an interactive map to identify problem areas (i.e. safety concerns, congested areas, pedestrian/bicycle needs, etc.).

Click here to take the short survey.
International Consulate VIP Tour Visits Dalton
Thank you  Georgia Department of Economic Development  for allowing us to host the International Consulate VIP Tour recently in our community.

We appreciate  Hanwha Q-Cells  USA and  IVC US  for accommodating us for industry tours. We could not do this without the support of our community partners and small businesses!
Take Advantage of these FREE Opportunities...
Provided by SCORE
May 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.

May 30: 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.
2018 Georgia Latino Entrepreneurship Study
Carolina Ramón, the director of University of Georgia Small Business Development Center Office of Minority Business Development (OMBD) co-authored the 2018 Georgia Latino Entrepreneurship Study. In collaboration with the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative (SLEI), the study looks into needs and opportunities for Latino entrepreneurs. It also includes recommendations for the financial, government, and nonprofit sectors to help support Latino business owners.

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