Expand Your Sales and Marketing Opportunities… and Join the FUN!!!

Sponsor the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce Membership Event

August 20-22,2013

Headline Sponsorship: NovaCopy
Campaign Sponsors: $500 (2 available)
Associate Sponsorships: $250 (unlimited)


Spotlight On Business

Eric Ward is an agent of American National Insurance Company and American National Property & Casualty. He started in the insurance business in 2003 as a life insurance agent, then in 2007 joined the 6th largest insurance broker in the country. While working for this large broker, Eric realized he appreciated the small, family feel of some of the older insurance companies. Old fashioned companies that don’t believe in advertising, but rather believe that taking care of clients is the secret to success. That’s why Eric chose Texas based, American National and has been growing his agency for more than three years. Eric’s client’s report they enjoy the laid back, yet professional atmosphere of his office. Eric believes he’s an educator…not a sales person. So, you’ll never hear anyone complain of feeling pressured!

Eric’s lived in Dalton since 1997, but likes to say he grew up in Ellijay and Dalton. A product of divorce, Eric spent every other weekend in Dalton, with this father. Therefore, Dalton feels as much like home as Ellijay! Eric has two children, 19 and 22. He’s an avid motorcyclist and musician. When he’s not working, you’ll likely see him out on the road or maybe even on stage somewhere playing the blues. But don’t let his laid back attitude dilute the obvious passion and sincerity he has for his clients and their families. Doing business with the Eric Ward Agency is simply a pleasure. He and his staff will insure you understand your coverage and get the most “bang” for your insurance dollar!
Eric specializes in life insurance, annuities, and wealth building strategies. And Luzmila, his assistant, is an expert when it comes to your home, auto, boats, and RV’s etc.
Located downtown, at 710 South Thornton, it’s easy to stop by and say hi.
Eric at work

Green Story

Lamar Advertising has made “GREEN” a focus. Lamar Advertising understands that utilizing recyclable materials is only worthwhile if a recycling plan is in place and followed. The company has implemented a complete closed-loop recycling program that recovers all used PE or PVC flex advertising materials and moves them to a recycling facility where they are either made into new products or made into pellets which are then re-melted into new products. Lamar now recycles approximately 7.2 million pounds of PE and PVC per year.

Lamar has converted virtually 100% of all 30 sheets posters to utilizing single sheet polyethylene posters (PE). These efforts will keep an estimated 1,400 tons (2,800,000 pounds) per year of non-recyclable poster paper from reaching our landfills. Our vendors have been mandated that PE is the only acceptable substrate to use for production of our posters.

In 2008, Lamar spent over $2 million to upgrade the printing machines at Lamar Graphics to new machines using UV-curable inks. This move away from solvent based inks has resulted in the elimination of over 15 tons of VOC’s annually.

Lamar Advertising started in 2010 working to utilize renewable energy. Since 2010, over 7,200 solar panels have been installed onto over 2,000 billboards just in Florida and Louisiana. The solar capacity will return over 2.5 million kilowatts of energy per year back to the electric grid as we consume our power off peak hours and produce during peak hours. This represents the largest network of distributed solar energy anywhere in the world. Lamar is considering a more widespread application of this technology.

Lamar Advertising started in 2012 utilizing the latest LED technology and replacing the 460watt metal halide lamps with 76 watt LED’s. This is an 83% reduction in energy consumption. The LED lights will last well over 15 years with no maintenance which will save man power and fuel.
Claude Corbin
Lamar Advertising

Join us!
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On the 2nd annual Literacy Celebration will be taking place on Thursday, July 18th at the Dalton Community Center from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Joel at Maryville
Downtown Dalton is the heart and soul of Dalton and Whitfield County. An eclectic and impressive array of shops, restaurants, attractions from the Civil War era, and the region’s leading professional businesses and financial institutions offer the perfect setting to play, learn, work and live. Our historic and picturesque downtown district is home to over 300 businesses, has been a national Main Street City since 1985 and is managed by the Downtown Dalton Development Authority (DDDA).
Businesses that choose to locate in the DDDA district enjoy many incentives that simply cannot be found in other locations. In addition to charming surroundings and competitive lease rates, businesses in downtown Dalton are eligible for marketing assistance complimentary from the DDDA. Each year funds are allocated to marketing efforts, special events and business recruitment. The DDDA management program includes several tools to support efforts to attract and retain businesses and visitors, including:
• Special events- downtown businesses are encouraged to stay open during events and have free booth space at events like the Liberty Tree BBQ & Music Festival, Saturday Market, Party Downtown, and more
• Consistent advertising programs- radio, television (free infomercials), interstate billboards, newspapers
• Community awareness- press releases and media mentions
• Business Directory- online and in brochure form
• Social media assistance- Facebook, Twitter, Linked In and more
There are several financial incentives for locating a business in downtown Dalton as well. The DDDA sponsors a façade grant program that allocates funds to individual exterior projects within the district on a first come first serve basis. Facade grants will pay for half the cost of a project up to $5000! This is one of the largest facade grants offered in the state. The reimbursement goes to those that do the work, not just the building owner. As a Main Street City, downtown Dalton businesses are eligible for low interest loans to acquire property through a partnership with the DDDA, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, the Georgia Cities Foundation and the Appalachian Regional Commission. Next, downtown Dalton’s census tract allows for a $3500.00 tax credit per employee in new businesses or businesses that are expanding into the district and adding jobs. In addition, there are state and federal tax credits for historic preservation projects in our Nationally Registered Historic District.
Downtown Dalton’s revitalization continues with the addition of new businesses, infrastructure and streetscape improvements, and an increasing night life. As of June 2013, downtown Dalton has added nine new businesses with three in progress. If you are interested in locating your business in downtown Dalton contact the DDDA at 706-278-3332 or visit http://www.downtowndalton.com.
Summer Shops at Blush

Diplomat of The Month


Hello, I am Tim Rowe of Dalton Funeral Home. Shelly Faucett, our office manager, and I were happy to be chosen as Diplomats of The Month. The Chamber has been more than welcoming to us, which is something that we are grateful for during the early stages of our business. Thanks for the hospitality and fellowship!
Dalton Funeral Home is the area’s newest funeral service provider, however, I began working in the funeral business in Dalton over 20 years ago. In 2011 I decided to venture out on my own, with the help of my two friends, Ben King and Robert Chambers. We believe our funeral home is unique because we have the ability to provide families of the Northwest GA area with superior funeral care at the most reasonable costs in the industry today. We provide professional care with services such as traditional burial, cremation, pre-arranged funeral services and monument selection, just to name a few. At Dalton Funeral Home, we strive to create a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere for families that are facing some of the most difficult times in life. We do not take our duty lightly, and we will always consider it an honor and a privilege to be trusted with the care your loved one.
Shelly and I look forward to serving with our fellow diplomats and we hope to make many more acquaintances and friendships while doing so. We are always available to answer any questions pertaining to funeral care, so please do not hesitate to contact us.
Dalton Funeral Home, 620 S. Glenwood Avenue, Dalton. 706.529.5371. http://www.dalton-funeral-home.com