December 2017
Did You Know?
"GA ranks #1 (5th year running) in the US for best state for business
(Site Selection, 11/17 )
Walnut Ave Kmart to Close in March 
"We have calls every month from people who are interested in that spot and have kind of been watching that Kmart to see what's going to happen," he said. "We certainly didn't want to see it close. But now that we know that news is here, we'll work hard to get something good in it."

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Dalton Ranked Among the Safest Cities in Georgia
Dalton, GA is listed in the top 25 safest cities in Georgia!  Click here to see what we're ranked.

Save the Date!
Community input is requested for a Community Pride focus group meeting to share creativity and ideas. This one hour session will include 3 breakout sessions how do we best tell our story to target audiences. Join us on January 23 at either 12:00 or 5:00 at the First Baptist Church.

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Take Advantage of these FREE Opportunities...
Provided by SCORE
Wednesday, December 27th at 2:00 PM EST

This one-on-one learning experience offers hands on QuickBooks instruction. You will make entries directly on your laptop computer. Instead of just telling you how to do it, we encourage and guide you to navigate through the system. After registering the instructor will contact you to set up your actual appointment time.

Free of Charge For more information or to register click HERE.
Mini Business Plan
Friday, January 19
th at 9:00 A

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.
Classes in Your Area...
Sponsored by the Small Business Development Center through UGA.
The SBDC will be holding multiple classes in our area:

January 11:  Starting a Business  (Atlanta,GA)
January 15:  Strategic Planning  (Atlanta, GA)
January 17:  Reinventing Performance Reviews (Kennesaw,  GA)
January 25: Writing Your Business Plan (Atlanta, GA)

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A Business Owner's Most Important Skill
By: Georgia SBDC
SBDC Corner
Most people start a business because they are good at something. They are good cooks, they are good at making or repairing things, or they simply have a specialized skill set in an area of value to customers. They often think that their advanced knowledge or ability in their chosen profession will propel them to success as a business owner. However, after a few years of toiling away at their craft, they are often frustrated to find themselves with perhaps a steady flow of work but no real business.

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