June 2017
Did You Know?
GA ranks #1 (4th year running) in US for best state for business
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Camp DEM
Northwest Georgia middle school students spent a week on the campuses of GNTC, DSC, and the NWGA College and Career Academy to attend the 7th Annual Design, Engineering, and Manufacturing Camp.

Counting first-timers and return campers, the DEM camp hosted 135 middle school technology enthusiasts June 5-9. With the help of college instructors and former campers from area high schools, these young men and women were exposed to areas of expertise such as: Rapid Prototyping, Electronic Circuit Boards, Laser Design with 3-D Imagery, Programming Industrial Robots, and Flooring Design.

For more information or to view pictures from Camp DEM visit the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page.
Career Academy Graduates Serve As Flooring Apprentices
The Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy recently awarded flooring industry credentials to eight graduating seniors who have satisfied the requirements of the Advanced manufacturing and Business Academy program. 

Collectively the students have worked in a manufacturing company totaling almost 7,500 work hours. They have demonstrated strong technical skills, the ability to follow instructions and learn from mentors, and strong communication and teamwork skills. Many of these students are currently enrolled in college or are planning to attend college - demonstrating they can juggle college and career.

To learn more click here .                                                                      
Take Advantage of these FREE Opportunities...
Provided by SCORE

Learn how to maximize the bottom line of your business and build on your sweat equity.
Free of Charge For more information or to register click HERE.
Employee Life Cycle: Interviewing, Hiring & What Comes Next
Wednesday, June 28th at 10:00 AM EST

Learn about some of the most important employee management issues for small businesses- and how you can take action today.  Join national HR leader Paychex and SCORE at our upcoming seminar and learn how to avoid some of the most common employee management mistakes for small businesses.

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:

June 14: Connect with Local Customers Using Google Search  (Athens, GA)
June 15:  Government Proposals/Grant Writing Techniques for your Small Business  (Athens, GA)
June 28:   Writing a Business Plan  (Gainesville, GA)
June 29: 8(a) Certification Step by Step (Athens,GA)

Click HERE to learn more!
Take the Time to GrowSmart
By: Georgia SBDC
SBDC Corner
It is not uncommon for small business owners to get so wrapped up in the day to day operations of the business that they forget to take the time to really evaluate the direction of the company.  Is the business on track to meet it's financial goals?  Is the mission statement still relevant or has the company as a whole taken a turn?  These are some of the very important questions small business owners should take the time to reflect on periodically.  Whether in business two years or twenty years, many small business owners find that they become so busy working IN the business that they neglect to work ON the business.

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