SMALL BUSINESS BANNER:                                      September 2015
Did You Know?

Georgia ranks #1 (up from #8) in US for Top State for Business and remains #1 in Workforce 
(CNBC 7/14)

Discover resources offered by the State of Georgia:
Presented by: Georgia Trend

Dalton and Whitfield County earned the title "Carpet Capital of the World" decades ago by nurturing an industry that eventually covered the globe. Its success provided jobs and security for thousands of workers...

Have you read the latest issue of Georgia Trend? The September issues features a community profile on Dalton-Whitfield! 

Click here to read the entire article.  
Whitfield County Offers Free Emergency Response Training
Presented by: The Chattonoogan

Local governments prepare every day for emergencies. During a disaster, however, the number and scope of incidents can overwhelm conventional emergency services, which is why Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is important. 
Click  here to see a full location listing. 
Burger King Franchises Give to GNTC Athletics Foundation
Presented by: Northwest Georgia News

The Burger King restaurants in Dalton, Georgia are making Georgia Northwestern Technical College a priority. For the second straight year, franchisees Middleton & Middleton, Incorporated have donated $1,000 to GNTC Athletics and the GNTC Foundation.

"Sponsorships like this really help us get the things our student-athletes need," said Georgia Northwestern Technical College's Athletic Director David Stephenson.                     
Click  here to view the entire article.
Take Advantage of these FREE Opportunities...
Provided by SCORE
It's Alive!  How Print Can Bring Your Business to Life

In this webinar, you will learn how printed materials can help grow your small business.
This webinar will show you how to engage with new clients or customers by creating a visual translation on paper that builds credibility and a reputation that will help your business become more successful.  We will also discuss the effectiveness of print in social media and how that can translate to more dollars in your pocket, as well as statistical analysis of why print needs to be in your budget.  

SCORE mentor Simon Mahler will include creative marketing methods and ideas to implement immediately in your business using quality print concepts that will get you moving, motivated, and excited to get your business to the next level.

When: Thursday, September 17 at 1:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 Hour
Free of Charge 
For more information or to register click HERE
Are You Chip-Ready?

According to many surveys small business owners are not prepared to accept the new credit cards embedded with chips. As the October 1 deadline fast approaches, we'll discuss how EMV cards reduce fraud and help protect your small business. Migrating to EMV technology is not difficult or expensive, but ignoring the change can cost you.
Join this webinar to learn why EMV technology is crucial for your small business and steps you can take to make the switch.

When: Thursday, September 24 at 1:00 pm EDT
Duration: 1 Hour
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: 

September 16: Medical Practice Profit Drivers
October 13: Redevelopment Entrepreneur 5-part Series
October 15: Digital Marketing Boot Camp 

 Click HERE to learn more!

3 Ways For An Entrepreneur to Stay Sane, Healthy, and Successful
By: Marla Tabaka

Running business can be stressful enough to drive just about anyone crazy. Here's how to keep your sanity and be successful.
Here's how you can help yourself and your fellow entrepreneurs:
1. Admit it: Running a Startup is Scary 
2. Create a culture of openness in your office
3. Reach Out When You Need Help, and When Others Need Help
An organization can only be as strong as its leader-so for the sake of your company's success, take care of yourself!

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