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Business Resources

Welcome to the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce, your gateway to a world of business resources in Douglas County. Our goal is to help keep you informed as a savvy and knowledgeable business owner.

We provide valuable tools for current and future business owners who are looking to be the best and we keep you informed about what you need to help your business run smoothly. We offer a Small Business Start Up Kit as well as free counseling and services.

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Small Business Start-Up Kit

Is starting and running your own business your dream? Do you find the task so daunting that you’re not sure where to start? Well, you’re in luck: The Small Business Start-Up Kit is now available as an online document on the Chamber’s web site. An invaluable resource for all aspiring entrepreneurs, The Small Business Start-Up Kit includes all the information you’ll need to get your venture up and running and guide it safely through its inception.

  • Choose the best legal structure for your business
  • Write an effective business plan with solid financial projections
  • Understand federal, state and local start-up requirements
  • Learn about business taxes—and get the most out of available deductions
  • Develop a bookkeeping system
  • Hire employees
  • Price, bid and bill your projects
  • Draft and use contracts and other agreements

Download the Douglas County Start Up Kit

Also, available for download are the Occuptional Tax Registration forms from The City of Douglasville for In-Home Businesses and Actual Business Locations.

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Small Business Development Center

The Chamber has partnered with The University of West Georgia Small Business Development Center (UWG SBDC) which is part of the Richards College of Business. The SBDC has an office at the Chamber and is one of 18 centers in the Georgia SBDC Network. The professional business consultants at the UWG SBDC offer free, confidential services to companies seeking management, marketing, and financial advice. The Georgia SBDC Network’s business consultants are rightfully recognized by many as “Georgia’s Experts in Entrepreneurship.”

Professional business consultants at the SBDC offer free, confidential services to companies seeking management, marketing, and financial advice in the following areas:

  • Access to sources of capital
  • Budgeting
  • Business assessments: financial and marketing
  • Business plans
  • Certifications: WBE, DBE, and SBA’s 8(a)
  • Financial projections
  • Government procurement
  • International trade
  • Loan packaging and investment proposals
  • Marketing plans and research
  • Operational policies, procedures, and reviews
  • Succession planning

Call the UWG SBDC office at 678-839-5082 to make an appointment with one of our business consultants. For pre-venture clients, several steps must first be completed before being able to meet with a consultant.

Online Business Resources

An additional resource for your business needs is www.business.usa.gov. Responding to feedback from its business community users, Business.usa.gov has developed a tool that helps businesses determine their license and permit requirements. Business.usa.gov also has expanded the content and context of the information contained in its Compliance Guides and developed relationships with other government and non-governmental organizations to provide more in-depth compliance resources. Business.usa.gov has also added Feature Topics that focus on common business concerns and that will be continually updated on a timely basis.

Below you will also find a list of other helpful business links:

SCORE

SCORE Atlanta is a non-profit resource partner of the Small Business Administration. We’re small business experts and have been helping people fulfill their dreams for over 44 years. Our chapter is part of an organization of over 11,500 volunteers and 389 chapters nationwide.

FREE COUNSELING

SCORE Atlanta volunteers are retired (and working) business owners and corporate executives who are giving back by providing advice on topics such as various aspects of marketing, selling, management, franchising, business planning, operations, strategic planning, human resources, and more. Counseling is available in person, by phone, via email, and soon on the Web.

AFFORDABLE TRAINING

SCORE Atlanta enlists experts to conduct seminars and workshops on a range of topics. We’re constantly adding new topics so check this site often. The latest additions include franchising, marketing, and human resources. In addition to the small, intimate seminars we’re known for, we also conduct at least two major conferences a year. The topics focus on marketing, sales, and technology.

Score Atlanta
www.scoreatlanta.org
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 331-0121



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About the Chamber

The mission of the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce is to promote, support and attract business for the advancement of our community. We do this in many ways.

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6658 Church Street
Douglasville, GA 30134
770.942.5022 phone
770.942.5876 fax

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