January 2017
Did You Know?
GA ranks #9 in US as the most entrepreneurial state with #1 biggest average of SBA loans and #5 highest growth in number of SBA loans
(NerdWallet 10 /15)
Chairman Mike Babb Retired 
Babb retired as chairman at the end of 2016 after more than 15 years at the helm of the county government. Babb served as chairman of the Board of Commissioners from 1997 to 2004 and again since 2009, working with 13 different commissioners, four Dalton mayors and four county administrators.   Babb served as chairman during all of Bethel's six years in the state Senate.

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Mohawk Industries' Success Story
Congratulations to Mohawk Industries. The most recent IVC US expansion project made the State of Georgia's "Year In Review" magazine as a 2016 Success Story

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Thursday, January 26th at 1:00 PM EST

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When the Business Check Engine Light Comes On ...
By: Georgia SBDC
SBDC Corner
Most new start-up business owners generally face difficult challenges during their first five years in business. Research indicates that a majority of these business owners start their business without a well-defined business plan, inadequate working capital, and also a lack of managerial experience. Today, most small business owners are finding out the hard way that the old basic premise that all you need is an idea and a little cash is just a myth.

In terms of minimizing or avoiding a potential bail out situation depends on how bad things really are. The following factors must be considered before any major decision is made regarding staying on course or getting off at the next exit.

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