November 2017
Did You Know?
"GA ranks #2 in the top states for business in the US and has the best economy in the nation"
(CNBC, 7/17 )
November 16th a Memorable Day for Whitfield County 
Dedicated to the memory of Anna Sue Shaw, the institute will be a regional center for the care of children who are experiencing the challenges of autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or developmental delays.

Hamilton has engaged pediatricians, specialists and highly-regarded national experts to consider the need for a designated facility to provide comprehensive care and support to children with unique developmental needs.

Read the entire article here.

"We are excited about this major milestone of growth at Dalton State," said Dalton State President Margaret Venable. "The physical expansion of our business school facilities is long overdue, and the extraordinary gift that Lamar and Ann Wright made to enable this project was the catalyst for this wonderful event."

Both groundbreaking ceremonies took place on November 16, a memorable day for our community!

Read the entire article here.
Congratulations, Greater Dalton Chamber!
The Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that the US Chamber of Commerce has awarded the Chamber with 5-Star Accreditation for its sound poli cies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community. This is the third time the Greater Dalton Chamber has received the 5-Star status. Congratulations to the staff, the Executive Board and the organization on this prestigious recognition!

Shop Small on Saturday Nov. 25th!

Unemployment in Dalton Falls to Decade Low
"Dalton's jobless rate in September fell by two-tenths of a percent to 5.0 percent - the lowest rate since September 2007"

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Pacesetter Community
The Early Education Empowerment Zone partnerships have given Dalton Public Schools the opportunity to expand several early education initiatives that support our youngest learners and provide a solid literacy foundation.

Dalton/Whitfield County was one of 48 communities across the nation to be recognized as a Pacesetter Honoree by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. The community received the award as recognition for its excellence in innovative community literacy and early childhood language strategies through its Get Georgia Reading Campaign.

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Take Advantage of these FREE Opportunities...
Provided by SCORE
Business Startup Basics
Tuesday, November 28th at 5:30 PM EST

The decision to start a business is thrilling, but don't get caught up in the dream. This workshop shows you the fundamentals to consider before starting a business. The goal is to get out of the clouds and get on to the fun stuff - creating a solid business. You can do it!

Free of Charge For more information or to register click HERE.
How to Build a Business Plan
Thursday, December 
7th at 6:00 P

SCORE Northeast Georgia will present the workshop, "How to Build a Business Plan" on December 7, 2017, at Jackson EMC in Gainesville. Mrs. Sheila Sanchez, SCORE Mentor will be the presenter. Workshop to start at 6:00pm (EST) and end by 8:30pm (EST). Register now!
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:

November 30:  LeadSMART Finance  (Columbus,GA)
December 01:  Women's Business Expo  (Atlanta, GA)
December 06:  Bid and Proposal Preparation (Columbus,  GA)
December 13: Getting Lender Ready (Columbus, GA)

Click HERE to learn more!
Small Business Owner's Checklist for Year-End
By: Georgia SBDC
SBDC Corner
As a Business Consultant with the UGA Small Business Development Center, I spend a lot of time with business owners looking ahead and planning how to implement improvements.  So, with two months left in 2017, here are some thoughts for year-end planning and positioning yourself for 2018.

Year-end taxes
Year-end inventory
Holidays 2017
Planning marketing for next year

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