August 2017
Did You Know?
"GA ranks #5 in US for greatest number of women-owned firms.  GA ranks #2 in growth of number of women-owned firms and #7 in growth in economic clout of women-owned firms."
(American Express OPEN, 5/16 )
2017 Small Business Person of the Year Nomination
The deadline is quickly approaching!! You have until August 28th to nominate yourself or another deserving small business person!

Nominees must: 
  1. Be a member of the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce
  2. Be associated with a for-profit company that employs 50 or fewer full-time employees
  3. Be an individual who owns and operates or who bears principal responsibility for operating a small business
Book Blast 2017
The importance of fostering a love of reading at an early age was on clear display last Thursday afternoon at the Mack Gaston Community Center for the sixth annual Readers to Leaders Book Blast.

Nurturing a culture of literacy is the point of the Readers to Leaders initiative, which works with both Whitfield and Dalton school systems and community partners throughout the area.

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SBDC's Upcoming Opportunities:
Free Comprehensive Web Analysis

You will receive a comprehensive analysis of your business' website based on an in-depth review by our expert consultants.  The goal of this SEO review is to increase the online presence of your business by making changes to your website which improve its results with search engines, such as Google.
Call (706) 622 - 2006 to make an appointment free of charge.
August 18th - 9AM to Noon - $69

The Starting A Business course covers important tools and resources a business owner needs to establish a solid foundation during its early formative years.  Startup businesses (less than 2 years old) are encouraged to attend.
Phone: (706) 622 - 2006.
Training and Tools To Strengthen Your Business Finances

This training series introduces entrepreneurs to simple yet powerful financial forecasting techniques.  Using forecasting software and other tools, the participants learn how to better understand and use financial information to guide them when making critical business decisions.
$99 for a 5 week course meeting Tuesdays from 11AM - 1PM
Training and Tools To Strengthen Your Business Finances
5 Week Course starting Oct. 17 @ 9AM
  • A step-by-step evaluation of your business and markets.
  • A hands-on, interactive forum that promotes sharing of best practices.
  • Tools to build your business, both now and for the future.
Industrial Leader Helping College Grow
With graduates of Georgia Northwestern Technical College manning the machines at Densmore Machine in Dalton, Georgia on a daily basis, it's easy to see where donations to the region's largest college actually go in the end. Industry and local leaders stopped in at Densmore Machine on July 17 to celebrate a special gift from an industry leader.

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Take Advantage of these FREE Opportunities...
Provided by SCORE
Friday, August 18th at 9:00 

The workshop will teach you to develop a condensed, but concise, business plan.  The session will focus on a clear succinct writing style, a compelling business description, the importance of market research, and the effective development of meaningful financial projections.
Free of Charge For more information or to register click HERE.
Engineering Your Success
Wednesday, September 13th at 9:00 AM EST

Sales and Marketing have always been the FUEL and FIRE of a successful business engine. Attend our latest Engineering Your Success seminar to hear subject matter expert, B. Zachary Bennett, discuss how they work together to make your business run like a well oil machine.

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:

August       23: Alternative Financing Forum  (Atlanta, GA)
August       29:  Writing a Business Plan  (Atlanta, GA)
September 05:  How To Start A Business  (Atlanta, GA)
September 12: Starting a Business (Athens,GA)

Click HERE to learn more!
How Do You Measure Success?
By: Georgia SBDC
SBDC Corner
It's common for businesses to do strategic planning in the Fall and set goals for the common year.  By April, one of two things usually happens:  either the plans and goals are still in place and perhaps even tweaked as circumstances dictate, or the plans and goals are in a drawer somewhere because life happened and everyone got busy putting out fires.  Which of these things is true for your business?

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