May 2017
Did You Know?
GA ranks #1 (3rd year running) in US for best state for business
(Area Development, 9 /16)
Revitalizing Walnut Square Mall Area
The city of Dalton is working with Hull Property Group, which purchased Walnut Square Mall last year, on a tax allocation district plan to not only upgrade the mall but "revitalize that entire area," Mayor Dennis Mock says. 

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Starting a Business Course - UGA SBDC 
The  Starting A Business  course covers important tools and resources a business owner needs to establish a solid foundation during its early formative years.

Topics for discussion include:
  • Personal Traits of an Entrepreneur
  • Marketing Analysis
  • Legal and Insurance Considerations
  • Technology for Your Business
  • Bookkeeping and Accounting Basics
  • Financial and Money Management
  • Basics of Business Plan Preparation
Who should attend: Startups (businesses less than 2 years old)
Course materials provided.

Friday, May 19, 2017,  9:00 a.m.
UGA Small Business Development Center of Rome
$69.00  to Participate | Register to Attend

To learn more click here .   
Business Expo 2017
The Greater Dalton Chamber had another successful Business Expo this year!  Thank you to all of the vendors and all who attended.  

You can view more pictures from the Expo on their Facebook page: Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce 

Take Advantage of these FREE Opportunities...
Provided by SCORE
Friday, May 19th 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.
Steps To Business Success
Thursday, June 8th at 6:00 PM EST

T he SCORE Northeast Georgia "Steps to Business Success" series of three business building workshops will cover a broad range of topics including "Planning & Strategy", "Marketing", and Finances & Funding. 

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:

May  25: How to do Business with the Federal Government  (Athens, GA)
May  30:   What you need to know when preparing for a GSA  Business  (Atlanta, GA)
June  08:   SBDC StartSmart  (Atlanta, GA)
June  09: Minority Business Enterprise Premier Development Program (Atlanta,GA)

Click HERE to learn more!
Networking Tips From A Wallflower
By: Georgia SBDC
SBDC Corner
Business I have a confession to make.  I am an introvert.  For people with my particular type of personality, networking can be anywhere from exhausting to downright terrifying.  Unfortunately, networking is an essential party of any organizations marketing plan.  So, what is a girl to do?  The only thing to do is dive in to the networking pool!  In an effort to help my fellow wallflowers, I'm going to share a few tips I've picked up along the way in my networking journey.

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