Small Business Person of the Year

Each year at the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet, a local business member is honored as the Small Business Person of the Year. This award is made in recognition of the outstanding contributions by an entrepreneur in our community.

The Small Business Person of the Year Award recognizes a business leader who owns and operates a for-profit company that employs 50 or fewer full-time employees, bears principal responsibility for operations, who has experienced recent business growth, and who is involved in the development and growth of the Greater Dalton community. The application for the Small Business Person of the Year Award will be available in the fall of 2021.

2020 Winner: Lynette Laughter

Laughter & Jones Financial Management

Chairman's Award

This award is presented by the Chairman of the Executive Board to a volunteer who demonstrated commitment to the Chamber during their year of service and this award is presented at the annual banquet.

2020 Winner: Dr. Pablo Perez (St. Joseph Medical Clinic) for this work with the Chamber’s Hispanic Advisory Council and in educating the community about COVID.

Diplomat of the Year

The Chamber Diplomat of the Year is awarded annually to the Diplomat who has exhibited exceptional attendance and embodies the traits of a public relations ambassador. Diplomat of the Year is based on number of points acquired during the Chamber year and is awarded at our annual banquet. To participate in our Diplomat program, contact Beth Morrison at for more information. 

"I am proud to be named Diplomat of the Year for 2020! As Chamber diplomats, we gladly volunteer our time for this community we call home. It's fun to be able to get to know each other and to meet countless new business owners throughout the year. My main focus is to drive sales and customer service for InventureIT, the only full-service IT firm in downtown Dalton. While I love telling people about InventureIT, it's the customer relationship that really matters. InventureIT can handle everything from software development, to new computer hardware, to networking, to app creation. Reach out anytime at" Todd Looper, 2020 Diplomat of the Year

Dalton Community Magazine

Welcome to Greater Dalton! Nestled along the I-75 corridor in the mountains of Northwest Georgia, this area is ideal for those who seek both metropolitan sophistication and small-town charm. We're the Floorcovering Capital of the World, and that means we're home to some big businesses. As you read this magazine, you'll also discover that our community offers a great deal more than that. All of these things come together to make Greater Dalton a unique place to live, work, play, and do business. Thanks for checking us out, and we hope you'll join us for a visit or a lifetime! 

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