Newsletter headerJanuary 2013                                                  Small Business Banner
Grow Smart Program
Business Incubator Study
Small Biz Awards
Friday 15 Training

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January 22, 2013



Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce


Please call (706) 622-2006 for more info on this event.



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SBDC Grow Smart Program

Whether in business for two years or twenty years, many small business owners are so busy working IN the business, they neglect working ON it. If your business is ready for growth, SBDC GrowSmart gives you the tools and strategies to reach your goals.


GrowSmart was developed by the Georgia SBDC Network to meet the needs of growing businesses. Combining the latest ideas with timeless principles, GrowSmart will propel your business forward!


Georgia SBDC training has helped thousands of business owners build a foundation for growth. GrowSmart is the product of our experience and commitment to Georgia's small businesses.

SBDC GrowSmart This program gets results! In full or half day weekly sessions, learn to analyze and manage your business like a seasoned CEO.

  • 35 hours of class time covering all areas of business operation 
  • Evaluate your business, competition, and target markets 
  • Hands-on, interactive program promotes sharing of best practices
  • Expert speakers add insights to the topic of the day
  • Step-by-step development of your company's strategies for growth

Combined with long term one-on-one consulting with SBDC professionals, learn to apply course principles and build a business for today's challenging times.


Classes begin March 5th at the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce. 


Pricing, additional information, and applications can be found at

Business Incubator Readiness Study Results

Georgia Tech consultants will present their findings on our community's readiness for a business incubator on Thursday, January 10, at the Gaston Community Center (218 North Fredrick Street, Dalton, GA 30721) from 4:00 - 5:00 PM. This presentation will wrap up months of study from Georgia Tech on whether the Dalton-Whitfield community can support a business incubator. Findings include information on educational attainment, patent filings, business sector growth and decline, community leaders' reactions, and other relevant factors.


For more information on the study, the conversations leading up to it, and a preview of the January 10th presentation, please visit:


If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by noon on January 9 to Melissa Lu (

Small Business Innovation Research Awards

The U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking nominations for awards honoring the critical economic role small businesses play in federally funded research and development through SBA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.


Two awards will be given: the "Hall of Fame" award recognizing companies that have an extended period of extraordinary success of research, innovation, and product commercialization; and another, the "Tibbetts Award" with two categories, one for companies that have participated in the SBIR/STTR programs, and another for individuals who advocate on behalf of the programs.


The Tibbetts Awards are named after Roland Tibbetts, who was instrumental in developing SBIR, a highly competitive program to ensure small businesses get a chance to compete for federal research and development funding, along with the opportunities it provides to profit from commercialization of the technologies they develop. 


The SBIR and STTR programs currently account for more than $2.5 billion per year in federal R&D funds and are coordinated by the SBA in cooperation with 11 other federal agencies with large external research and development budgets.


The awards are presented to companies and individuals that are beacons of promise and models of excellence in high technology.  


Selections for Tibbetts Awards are based on several factors, including the economic impact of the technological innovation, overall business achievement and demonstration of effective collaborations.


Nominations for these awards opened December 17, 2012 and will close 5 PM EST on January 31, 2013.  Awards will be presented in Washington, DC, in May 2013. To submit a nomination, please visit (Tibbetts Awards - companies and individuals) and (Hall of Fame Awards). 

Google "Friday 15" Training Series

Get your business online with the Friday 15 Small Business Series! You're invited to Friday 15, a new series from Google to help grow your business.


Friday 15 will provide solutions to help your business succeed online, in 15 minutes or less. Join live via Google+ Hangout for regular discussions with industry experts on a wide range of topics like Tips for Choosing a Domain Name and How to use Google Alerts.


All you need to join us is a computer and an internet connection. For your opportunity to grow your business online, sign up now at


The next Friday 15 Hangout is on January 11, 2013 at 2pm EST. The Hangout will cover how Google Trends can provide useful insights for your business.


Visit the Friday 15 page at for instructions on how to join the Hangout. You can watch previously recorded sessions and sign up for email reminders about upcoming Hangouts.

About Us
The Dalton-Whitfield County Joint Development Authority provides a full range of economic development services to both existing and prospective businesses in Whitfield County. We work closely with local, regional and state officials to promote an environment in which business thrives. If you need business assistance, please visit the Greater Dalton Small Business Network website at or call us at 706.278.7373.