September 2018
Did You Know?
"Georgia ranks #1 (5th year running) in the US for the best state for business"
(Site Selection, 11/17 )
Inland Port Is Now Open For Business !
"The Appalachian Regional Port is a powerful new gateway to the Port of Savannah that extends the efficiencies of Georgia's superior port operations to new markets," Deal said. "It will also serve as an economic development magnet, drawing business and industry to the Southeast U.S."

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Dalton State College Adds New Degree
A bachelor's degree in environmental and sustainability studies was approved. This makes Dalton State's 25th degree.

Sustainability is a broad field that  requires students to have knowledge in a variety of areas, including biology, chemistry, and business. The interdisciplinary aspect of the degree is what separates this program from other environmental studies programs.

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Progress Is Being Made At Hanwha Q CELLS
Progress is underway on the  Hanwha Q CELLS manufacturing facility in Carbondale Business Park. Hanwha Q Cells has chosen Dalton for the location of their first US solar panel manufacturing facility, proving that Dalton is renewable energy friendly.

Interested in employment? Check out their job postings here.
Dalton Ranks #19!
According to this article, Dalton, Ga is one of the top cities where incomes are growing the fastest. 

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Take Advantage of these FREE Opportunities...
Provided by SCORE
How to Fill Your Pipeline with Qualified Prospects 
Friday, September 21st
at 10:00 AM EST

This interactive training session will equip participants with the tools and a plan to fill the opportunity pipeline with qualified prospects.
Free of Charge For more information or to register click HERE.
Accounting for Non-Accountants 
Tuesday, September 25th
at 10:00 AM EST

The success of your business may well depend upon how well you understand the numbers. In this workshop, owners, managers, and prospective managers will gain the financial skills they need to prepare budgets, complete reports, support funding proposals, and identify potential problems.
Free of Charge For more information or to register click HERE.
How to Create a Winning Business Plan
Wednesday, September 26th
at 10:00 AM EST

Know Importance of a Business Plan ---Gets You Organized, Basis to Attract Necessary Capital; Know the Key Business Plan Components and How They Fit Together You'll be Able to Write a Winning Business Plan to Successfully Launch and Operate Your Company (NO ONE WAY TO DO IT!!!)
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 28:  Starting A Business (Cartersville, GA)
October     02: Alternative Financing Forum (Athens, GA)
October     03: Buy Sell Hold (Rome, GA)
October     04: Alternative Financing Forum (Kennesaw, GA)
October     16: Succession Planning: Prepping A Business For Endgame Success                               (Kennesaw, GA)
October     24: Hiring To Win (Calhoun, GA)

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Finance and Marketing Assistance Put Tour Operator on the Path to Rapid Growth  
By: Georgia SBDC
SBDC Corner
"The SBDC has given me great insight on creating this business, how to prepare for a major loan and how to grow," says Christina. "They played an important role assisting me in focusing more on what I needed to do and how to figure out what would be most profitable."  

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