SMALL BUSINESS BANNER:                                      March 2016
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GA ranks #1 (third year running) in US for best state for business

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Discover resources offered by the State of Georgia:

Join us for a special sneak peak!
Thursday, March 17th
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
508 East Morris Street

Free to attend! Click Here
Georgia Small Business Week 
In honor of Georgia's Small Business Week February 15-19, the Dalton-Whitfield Joint Development Authority partnered with the Greater Dalton Chamber to host the Second Annual Small Business Mixer at Salon 41 in Rocky Face!  

In addition to bringing some business resources like the SBDC and the #OnTheMap project experts, there were also some cool door prizes including a Yeti Tumbler and much more! 

It is always a good time celebrating Georgia's small businesses, which make up 98% of the state's businesses.  We appreciate everyone who came out to support Georgia's Small Business Week this year!     

You can read more about this years Small Business Week in this month's edition of Chamberlink magazine. 
Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton Plans Cancer Center

In what it calls "one of the most significant initiatives in its 95-year history," Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton, Ga., announced plans to build a $30 million community cancer institute.

The institute will be built in a three-story, 37,800-square-foot new building on the south side of Memorial Drive across from the main hospital entrance and will offer patients collaborative oncology "in a healing, patient-centered environment," the hospital said in an announcement of the project.

To read more, click here.
Take Advantage of these FREE Opportunities...
Provided by SCORE
Understanding Business Credit
Thursday, March 10th at 1:00 PM EST

Accessing capital to fuel expansion or fund working capital needs is an important part of running a small business. As a result, business owners need to understand how their credit profile works-both their personal credit score and their business credit profile.

Free of Charge: For more information or to register click HERE.
 It's Not What You Say, But How You Say It
Tuesday, March 17th at 1:00 PM EST

Effective communication is important no matter the size of your business. Great leaders know that good communication is the key to success-and everyone in your enterprise should know the difference between constructive and destructive communication methods and how to tell the difference.

Free of Charge: For more information or to register click HERE.
 Save an Hour Per Day and Grow Your Business Through Better Email Habits
Tuesday, March 22nd at 1:00 PM EST

More than 116 billion business-related emails are sent every day, according to market research conducted by Radicati. That equates to an average of almost 120 emails sent/received daily by each business user.
This webinar, presented in partnership with Staples, will help you tackle all those emails by offering resources and tips to manage your inbox in less time so that you can close more deals and expand your business. Featuring two email experts from Boomerang, we'll discuss the latest data and research-backed email productivity tips for small business owners

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: 

March 23: Cracking the Code (Kennesaw, GA)
March 31: SBDC GrowSMART (Atlanta, GA)

 Click HERE to learn more!
It's Not the What, But the Why
By: Georgia SBDC

The age of the infomercial seems to be at a close. Current trends are showing consumers are looking for authenticity and vulnerability from the business with which they shop. This need or desire for authenticity or "realism" is evident with the vast amount of reality television shows.  The competitive landscape continues to grow, the need for your business to have a voice strengthens. So, as small business owners, how do we accomplish this feat of telling our story and having our voices heard? We do this through simply telling our story or the "why" of our business.

Click here to read the entire post. 
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