Frequently Asked Questions

  1. In which category does my business belong?
  2. Is there money available to help my business get started or grow? What about government grants or no-interest loans available for small businesses?
  3. Where can I find more information about loan programs?
  4. Do I need a business plan? How do I write a business plan?
  5. Do I need worker’s compensation?
  6. Where can I find a list of upcoming events?
  7. Is there a start-up guide I can download or print out?
  8. I have a sole proprietorship and need to register my trade name. Who do I contact?
  9. I have read a lot of this and am confused. Where can I get a simple question answered?

Answers to common questions

  1. Considering: You currently do not have a business. This section directs you to resources to help you decide if entrepreneurship is the right choice for you, help you write a business plan, and help you prepare for this decision.
    Starting: You have decided to start, but you need to know the correct steps to proceed. This section is to help with understanding and completing licenses & permits, regulatory issues, etc.
    Running:You represent a business, or have your own. Companies are required to file certain documents periodically, post certain items for employees to be able to see, and pay taxes. This area helps existing businesses do what is needed to keep your business growing and succeeding.
    Expanding:You represent a business, or have your own. Your business is doing well and you are looking for resources to help in that effort. This area is designed to help connect you with the resources you need to make this happen.
    Relocating: You are not located in Greater Dalton. You represent a business, or have your own. This area is here to help you expand to Greater Dalton, relocate to Greater Dalton, or just to start doing business in the Greater Dalton area. Back to Top
  2. Most startup businesses are self-funded (savings, family, friends), and those looking to grow often seek out traditional lending from banks. There are some non-traditional resources available. Please visit www.businessloansfunds.com/Georgia/whitfield.com for assistance. You can also find more information on the State of Georgia’s website: www.georgia.org (under the Business Resources drop down menu, click on “Financial Assistance” in the Small Business Resources section).
    Entrepreneurs often ask about the availability of grants or interest-free loans. While grants exist, they tend to be extremely rate and tied either to a particular geography or industry subsector. You can find more information about federal grants by visiting www.grants.govBack to Top
  3. There are a variety of loan programs available for small businesses in Dalton. Consider asking your banker about the Georgia State Small Business Credit Initiative. Or you can find information on other programs at www.businessloansfunds.com/Georgia/whitfield.com. Back to Top
  4. A business plan is highly recommended. For startups, it’s the best way to create a roadmap for the early days of the enterprise. For small businesses looking to grow, a plan will be a must when seeking loans. You can find information on writing a business plan on the Business Plan page. Back to Top
  5. Georgia law requires employers to provide workers’ compensation benefits if you employ three or more persons. Visit http://sbwc.georgia.gov for more information.
  6. Each page on this website, except for the home page, has a list of upcoming small business events in the Dalton area on the right side. By clicking the blue link, you can see more information about the particular event. In addition, you can visit the Greater Dalton Chamber calendar at www.daltonchamber.orgBack to Top
  7. The Dalton-Whitfield County Joint Development Authority has a created a “How to Start a Business” guide. You can download the free guide hereBack to Top
  8. If you will be operating your sole proprietorship under a name that is different from your own name, then you will need to register the name as a “fictitious” or “assumed” business name. In Georgia, you do this by registering with the Clerk of Superior Court of the county where your business is principally located. The Whitfield County Clerk is located at 205 N. Selvidge Street. The cost to register a trade name is $157. Back to Top
  9. If you are still confused about anything – no problem! Call us at 706.278.7373 and we will be glad to help. Back to Top