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Classes in Your Area...
Sponsored by the Small Business Development Center through UGA.
Managing Business
October 21, 2014
9:00 AM
Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce

 The program is divided into 5 modules delivered in full day sessions:

1.  Planning for Growth
2.  Marketing Research & Planning
3.  Leadership & Management
4.  Financial Analysis & Tools
5.  Operations and Implementation


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Marketing Your Small Business
October 22, 2014
10:00 AM
Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce


Successful, high-impact marketing relies less on money and more on knowing how to use time, energy and imagination. Increase sales and profits with unique and effective marketing strategies designed especially for small businesses. Learn how to maximize your marketing dollars and enhance your profitability by incorporating some simple industry secrets of effective marketing in public advertising and low-cost social media. Attend this seminar and learn what's hot, what gets customers in the door, how to make the sale and how to keep customers coming back - without spending a small fortune!


The SBDC will provide drinks and Lunch, materials/hand-outs, and each attendee will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the program.  


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Social Media Series
November 14, 2014
11:00 AM
Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce


This Introduction to Social Media Program is an overview program targeting managers and decision makers. The program addresses what social media is and how businesses can use it. Unlike other social media courses, we do not try to convince you that you must be using social media. Rather, this social media program gives you the tools and knowledge you need to make that decision for yourself. The class introduces social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest.

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Provided by SCORE 
Campaigns that Drive Action: Newsletters & Announcements

Thursday, October 23
1:00 PM Eastern Time

At the heart of small business marketing are the campaigns that drive action - collections of marketing activities that help a small business or organization to achieve its goals and objectives. Newsletters and announcements have become a core component of those campaign choices. Email is more important than ever - to the communication efforts of businesses and nonprofits everywhere; and to the customer, donor, client or supporter of those organizations. This session will reveal some simple but effective best practices and considerations for the small business or nonprofit seeking to make their email newsletters more effective. 


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Winter Weather Preparedness
 Thursday, November 6th
2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

We have all witnessed the devastating effects Mother Nature can cause throughout the year.  As we look ahead to the Winter Weather Season, now is the time to prepare for the threats posed by colder temperatures and frozen precipitation. Your organization is more than just a place of business to your customers, employees and stakeholders. Your organization is a key aspect of their lives, and one that must be protected. If your organization is affected by adverse weather conditions, how well will you be prepared to serve those who depend on you in their time of need? 


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Back to the Business Future
By: Ballard Betz

In the 1985 sci-fi classic Back to the Future, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) travels 30 years back in time by accidentally taking the wheel of Dr. Emmett Brown's plutonium-powered time machine.   In order to return

 to 1985, McFly needs to replace the plutonium he depleted with an alternative source of energy that can still generate the "1.21 gigawatts" of power required by the machine's "flux capacitor."  Ultimately, Dr. Brown harnesses the power of lightning, and McFly makes it back to the future.


This nearly 30-year-old movie is still relevant today because everyone, especially small business owners, can relate to the novelty and scarcity of time.   "If only there were more hours in the day!"  Is this not the universal battle cry of every Main Street entrepreneur?  While time travel remains elusive, advancements in technology over the last three decades are nothing short of science fiction.  Only instead of harnessing gigawatts, 21st century entrepreneurs are harnessing gigabytes!


Keep reading to learn about the five functions of mobile technology that, if not yet employed in your small business, represent real opportunities for growth and increased profitability.  

Click here to read the entire story.
For Small Business Assistance contact: 
Andrew Carnes                                     Summer Nix
Executive Director                       Project Manager
706-712-0958                                    706-712-0953
100 S. Hamilton Street, Dalton, GA 30720
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