Running a Business


The Georgia Department of Labor has a training program that can save employers up to 90% of trainee’s wages. The On the Job Training program reimburses employers for costs associated with training new employees. Funds are available to help employers hire and train a screened applicant through the Georgia Department of Labor. Contact Kevin Hodge at or 706-272-2301.

Georgia law requires employers to provide workers’ compensation benefits if you employ three or more persons. Visit State Board of Workers Compensation for more information.

Companies can receive a discount on workers’ compensation premiums by being certified as a drug-free workplace. Employer must submit a copy of their certificate each year to their carrier in order to receive the discount. Take advantage of the discount be participating in the Greater Dalton Chamber’s Drugs Don’t Work Program. Call 706-278-7373 or visit Drug’s Don’t Work for more information.

Employers need to have a withholding and unemployment tax account in the name of each employee you hire. Visit Georgia Department of Revenue for more information.

Even if your company isn’t planning dramatic expansion, thinking in terms of expansion can be very helpful to daily operations and being successful in changing economic conditions. Review the Expanding section of this site.

Business Education and Assistance

The SBDC provides one-on-one consulting and technical assistance for local businesses. Please contact Richard Montanaro at 706-622-2006 to set up an appointment.

SmallBizU provides online courses in a variety of business topics for a small fee. Designed specifically for small businesses, this online university seeks to instill formal business intelligence-the capacity to solve problems, meet challenges, and create valued products. SmallBizU tells you how it’s actually done in a small business not in a textbook. The creators of the courses have all honed their skills in the trenches of real small businesses. View the course catalog here. To register for a course, please visit SmallBizU.

The Joint Development Authority provides detailed market intelligence on the Greater Dalton area. Reports can include lifestyle, product, and psychographic likelihood indices of consumers.

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) provides counseling for entrepreneur education and formation, growth and success of small businesses. SCORE is a partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The Georgia Small Business Administration provides counseling, financial assistance, business development and other small business services to small businesses in Georgia.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development operates a Supplier Match Program that Pairs Georgia suppliers with other Georgia companies. For more information, visit

Tax Resources

Small business owners, especially new sole proprietors, can find a wealth of information covering their federal tax responsibilities on
The SB/SE Tax Center is the “go to” page for everything small business.

For more information on tax resources available, please download the IRS Resource Guide.