April 2018
Did You Know?
"Georgia ranks #5 in US for greatest number of women-owned firms."
(American Express OPEN, 11/17 )
Dalton Wants to Hear From You!
What is your vision for Downtown Dalton? Come to a Public Town Hall Meeting on Monday, April 23rd at 6pm at Stage 123 to have your voice heard as we create the  vision for a Downtown Master Plan!

Also--go online and take the quick survey. It's open until May 4th.

Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce Business  Expo 2018
Visit the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce website to apply
or call 706-278-7373.
The Mill at Crown Garden Opening Soon
The Mill at Crown Garden will hold its grand opening in mid-May, and developers promise something that will be unique to the city.

"It's a little more funky and urban than what Dalton is used to, but we want people to know they don't have to go to Chattanooga or to Atlanta for this type of experience," said Harper Carnes, one of the project designers for The Mill.
Click here to read the entire article. 
New Deal Establishes Largest Landscape Turf Business In U.S.
A Dutch company has bought a controlling interest in a longtime Dalton, Ga.-based venture to create what's called the largest landscape turf business in the United States.

TenCate Grass, a global leader in the development, production and marketing of synthetic turf components, acquired the interest in Challenger Industries, according to Chattanooga-based FourBridges Capital Advisors.

Click here  to read the entire article. 
Appalachian Regional Port To Open This Fall 
Local officials say the port should be a big boost for economic development, not only in Murray County but the surrounding region as shippers and logistics companies look to locate near it.

Click here to read the entire article. 
Hamilton Health Care Is Looking At Growth
As president and CEO of Hamilton Health Care System for the past eight years, Jeff Myers has seen a tremendous amount of change in both local health care and the larger health care market. And he is currently spearheading projects such as the Peeples Cancer Institute and the Anna Shaw Children's Institute, which have the promise to make Dalton a national destination for care in those fields.

"There is a reason we are the No. 1 hospital in this region (including Chattanooga) and in the top 10 percent in the nation. It is our people. It is the heart of our people. It is the determination to continuously advance health care. It is the Hamilton difference."

Click here to read more.
Whitfield County Targeting Worn-Out Culverts for SPLOST Projects
The Whitfield County Public Works department says old culverts are starting to impact the condition of the roads.

"30 to 40 years later, those pipes are showing signs of wear, typically through cracked pavement and dips in the road," Whitfield County Public Works Director DeWayne Hunt said.

Click here to read more.
Take Advantage of these FREE Opportunities...
Provided by SCORE
Mini Business Plan
Friday, April 20th  
at 9:00 A

The workshop will teach you to develop a condensed, but concise, business plan. The session will focus on a clear succinct writing style, a compelling business description, the importance of market research, and the effective development of meaningful financial projections.
Free of Charge For more information or to register click HERE.
Inside Scoop on Funding Your Business
Wednesday, April 25th 
at 10:00 A

This workshop will help entrepreneurs learn how to access capital to fuel their business growth, understand all the different options available, and become a more educated and savvy borrower than ever before.
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:

April  23:  Grow Your Business With Email and Social Media (Atlanta, GA)
April  24: QuickBooks (Augusta, GA)
May   11: Business Planning Boot Camp (Atlanta, GA)
May  15: Writing Your Business Plan (Atlanta, GA)

Click HERE to learn more!
Lending and Marketing Assistance Help Put Augusta Meat Market on the Map
By: Georgia SBDC
SBDC Corner
Meat markets and butcher shops nationwide are losing more and more customers to competition from traditional grocery stores, super centers and nontraditional food retailers like Target. But don't tell Wayne Lanier's customers in Augusta. They wouldn't believe it. In fact, they know if you don't get to Lanier's Meat Market early enough, you'll have to wait to get a parking spot.

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