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Did You Know?

Georgia Ranks #1 in the US (2nd year in a row) for fastest growth in the number of women-owned firms (American Express OPEN 2014). 

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The Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Dalton-Whitfield County Joint Development Authority, recognized T.J. Kaikobad as the 2014 Small Business Person of the Year during the Chamber Annual Banquet. Kaikobad is the owner of the Dalton Depot & Trackside Tavern


"The Chamber was proud to honor T.J. Kaikobad this year. His leadership, support of other local businesses and philanthropic efforts make him a worthy recipient of the 2014 Small Business Person of the Year Award," said Robert Smalley, Chairman of the Chamber Board of Directors.

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Classes in Your Area...
Sponsored by the Small Business Development Center through UGA.
Business Accounting/Budget
QuickBooks: Step-By-Step
December 9, 2014
8:30 AM
Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce

 This course is designed to provide small business owners with an introduction to QuickBooks.

Topics will include a review of all the important functional areas in 

  1. Introduction to the various QuickBooks software versions available and supported by Intuit
  2. QuickBooks related services including: 
    merchant credit card services 
    Point of Sale (POS)
  3. And other applications that integrate with QuickBooks

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Starting a Business (Class will be in Spanish)
January 27, 2015
6:00 PM
Dalton Community Center


Issues to discuss: 

  •          Features  for successful entrepreneurs
  •          Research  the Market
  •          Legal Business Structures
  •          Projections and budgets
  •          Options for funding
  •          The most common causes of failure
  •          Planning 

Because lack of good planning is one of the common causes of failure, it is a good idea to take this class before opening your business. A book called "How to Start Your Business" and other forms of instruction are included.


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Take Advantage of these FREE Opportunities... 
Provided by SCORE 
How to Really Start Your Own Business

Tuesday, December 9th 
12:00 PM Eastern Time

Everyone has a dream and it's time to follow yours. In this webinar, experts from SCORE and The Company Corporation will share startup success secrets, including ways to focus your business idea and where to look for small business financing.

Join presenter Steven Bloom, SCORE Business Mentor, as he discusses everything you need to start your own business.


Click  HERE to register today!

Bit by Bit: Creating Content for Your Website in Stress- Free Chunks
Thursday, December 11th
1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

In this webinar, GoDaddy's Shawn Pfunder will show you how to quickly create amazing content for your small business website without raising your blood pressure at the same time. You'll learn tips and tricks for writing compelling calls to actions, headlines, descriptions and more in manageable chunks of time. You don't want to miss this one!  


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Betz: Be'Cause' it Matters
By: Ballard Betz

With a new year just around the corner, it's time for businesses to solidify their 2015 marketing plans.  All tactics used this year, as well as those being considered for next year, must be evaluated for their impact.  As you lead your management team through this important analysis, don't neglect to discuss your company's "cause marketing."

"Cause marketing" is a relatively new business term for a timeless human concept.  It's philanthropy, altruism, doing good things for others.  In a formal business sense, it means supporting another organization or community effort with your money, time, or both. 


Did you know that 91% of Americans wish more of the products, services, and retailers they use would support causes?[1]  And when choosing between two companies that sell the same product or service of similar price and quality, but who support two different causes, the majority of American consumers will purchase from the company that makes a long-term commitment to a cause that is relevant to them personally and that allows them to impact the donation by tying it to a purchase.


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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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