May 2018
Did You Know?
"Georgia ranks #5 in US for greatest number of women-owned firms."
(American Express OPEN, 11/17 )
Congratulations Pitch DIA Winner!
Congratulations to the first winner of the Pitch DIA (Dalton Innovation Accelerator) Le-Glue by Tripp Phillips! Tripp is a sixth grader at Dalton Middle School! 

PitchDIA is a new competition for startup entrepreneurs in the Dalton area with prizes valued at over $30,000. 

The primary goal of the PitchDIA competition is to further entrepreneurial growth in the north Georgia area. Not only will the winners of the competition enjoy significant startup funding, free office space, and other  prizes , participants will also benefit from significant exposure to seasoned businesspersons and professionals with deep connections in our community.

Learn more about PitchDIA here
Dalton Utilities Receives Top State Honors
"Dalton Utilities was recently recognized with seven awards at the Georgia Association of Water Professionals' (GAWP) Spring Conference."

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Join Us For The Grand Opening Of Burr Park
Join us to celebrate the Grand Opening of Burr Park tomorrow, May 19, 3:30 for JeanneFest 2.0. Burr Park is located at 101 S. Hamilton St. in Downtown Dalton.

Live Music, Food, Games, and Craft Beer! You don't want to miss it. 

Click here for more information.
New Mountain Bike Trail Will Anchor Whitfield County Green Space
An intermediate mountain bike trail that will anchor nearly 1,000 acres of green space on Rocky Face Ridge in the outskirts of Dalton, Ga., has received state funding in recent weeks.

The 8-mile trail is planned to eventually offer walking trails, access to Civil War sites, open space for public use and a pond for fishing.

Click here to read the entire article. 
Take Advantage of these FREE Opportunities...
Provided by SCORE
21 Ways to Fund Your Nonprofit
Friday, May 25th  
at 9:00 A

During this workshop participants will receive a comprehensive collection of available nonprofit funding sources and step-by-step guidance on how to access them.
Free of Charge For more information or to register click HERE.
Develop an Import/Export Business
Friday, June 5th 
at 9:30 A

Small businesses looking to increase sales and profit, reduce dependence on the domestic market and stabilize seasonal fluctuations should consider importing and exporting. With nearly 96 percent of consumers living outside the U.S. and two-thirds of the world's purchasing power in foreign countries, opportunities await U.S. small business.
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:

June  05:  Ready, Aim, Fire! Social Media Class (Cartersville, GA)
June  13: Creating A Culture of Outstanding Customer Service (Kennesaw, GA)

Click HERE to learn more!
ExportGA Expands Woodstock Business' Global Reach
By: Georgia SBDC
SBDC Corner
Georgia's 2016 SBA Exporter of the Year for 2016, Carl Hazenberg, enjoys telling potential customers that his Woodstock Company, Everlast Synthetic Products, has done business on
six of the seven continents. When someone asks where they haven't sold their seawall product, the joke is on. "We haven't been able to find a client in Antarctica," he says, grinning.

Click  here  to read the entire post.