Small Business Tool Kit

Get Started

• Dalton/Whitfield County Start a Business Guide
Greater Dalton Small Business Network
The Greater Dalton Small Business Network is the place to start and grow your business. It exists to help Dalton’s businesses succeed, by offering support and resources for new and growing businesses throughout Whitfield County.
• Small Business Banner
The Small Business Banner is a monthly email newsletter sent that announces upcoming small business events, funding sources and other relevant information for small businesses. Sign up here.

How can the Chamber Help?

• Research Data & Demographics
Site-specific demographics, psychographics, and other analysis are available at for the Dalton area. The software can provide insight on where to put a new location or whether to carry a new product. You will find information such as household income, population by age, gender & race.
• Annual Business Expo
This event allows small businesses to come together in one location to showcase to the community their products and services. This is one of the Chamber’s best attended events, typically drawing over 1,000 participants.
• Location Assistance
The Chamber economic development team can help find a suitable location for your business. The Business Rapid Response Team will verify all regulations and ordinances are being followed before opening the business.
• Business Workshops
Seminars for business success are led by business and educational leaders who provide information and best practices for improving one’s business. Participants will leave each seminar with valuable, practical information that can be immediately applied to their businesses.
• Chamber Connections
Attendees of this monthly lunch event will have 45 seconds to speak and provide a “commercial” about the business. This popular event is generally held on the second Friday of each month at Outback Steakhouse. Businesses can also set up a booth for the Business Showcase space.
• Member Mixer
This venue offers a networking opportunity for small business owners and large business representatives in a relaxed, professional atmosphere. Member Mixers are usually held 20 times per year, both in the morning and afternoon.
• Advertising Opportunities
Many opportunities exist throughout the year to provide advertising exposure for businesses. These include sponsorship, hosting, and speaking opportunities for programs and events from Wake Up… Whitfield Breakfast to ChamberLink.
• Member Directory
Use our online directory to find other members that can help you.

Other Community Resources

• University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
o Develop and update business plans
o Identify sources of capital
o Set up record-keeping systems and analyze financial records
o Identify foreign markets for products or services
o Conduct specialized research geared to specific needs of the business-owner
o Create marketing strategies and advertising campaigns
o Analyze statistical and demographic data

901 N. Broad Street Suite 320
Rome, GA 30161
Phone: 706-622-2006
Web: www.romesbdc.org

• Northwest Georgia Certified Development Company (NGCDC)
o Provides financing for start-ups and expansions
o Packages, closes and services small business loans

503 West Waugh Street
Dalton, GA 30720
Phone: 706-226-1110
Web: www.ngcdc.org

• Downtown Dalton Development Authority
o Information about available properties in Downtown
o Rehabilitation design and historic preservation projects
o Facade improvements, including design, the approval process and DDDA facade grant applications
o Financial assistance with low-interest financing through various local, state and federal loan resources
o General information about laws and ordinances in the Central Business District, including sign ordinances, sidewalk displays, renovation guidelines, etc.

305 S. Depot St
Dalton, GA 30720
Phone: 706-278-3332
Web: www.downtowndalton.com

• Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center (GTPAC)
o Trains companies on how to navigate the government procurement process

75 – 5th Street, NW, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30308
Phone: 404-894-0266
Web: www.gtpac.org