Whitfield County Business Expo 2013
Networking is one of the most important things businesses can do! Come be a part of the premier networking event in Dalton and Whitfield County: Business Expo. Business Expo will be held on Tuesday, May 7th at the NorthWest Georgia Trade & Convention Center. The Expo is open to the public between 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. “This is the 10th Annual Business Expo and we are proud to be able to continue to offer this opportunity for exposure to our members and community,” said Member Services Vice President Beth Morrison.
The Renz Nest Catering Company and the Oakwood Café in conjunction with the Greater Dalton Chamber, will be hosting ‘Cookout on the Hill’ as part of the Expo again this year. This cookout is in honor of National Small Business Week and takes the place of our traditional Cookout on the Corner. “The combination of Cookout and Expo is a natural fit and continues to be a huge success. Cookout’s mission to recognize small business and the Business Expo’s position as the largest opportunity for small businesses to be showcased in Northwest Georgia is a great marriage,” said Morrison. “We expect crowds of more than 600 attendees during Expo this year. We are excited to be able to work with local and regional business partners to make this event a success.”
City Entertainment is also back as a partner to entertain the crowd. Owner, P.J. Poston helps host the event from a center stage. “The element of excitement that City Entertainment brings to the Expo makes the event more fun and interactive. We are so excited about our 10th Anniversary for this event and being able to help Dalton businesses connect in a variety of ways.” said Morrison.
The Business Expo theme this year is “We’ve Got You Covered”. Come learn about the variety of wonderful offerings in our county or show off your company’s products and services while networking and growing your business!
Although admission to the event is free, there is a charge to be an exhibitor. The cost is $200 for an exhibit space. Only Chamber members may exhibit in Business Expo and space is limited, so sign up now. You may call the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce at (706) 712-0949 to reserve an exhibit space for your business, or email email@example.com.
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ECONOMY-THE DAY AHEAD
WASHINGTON (AP) -- There are two major economic reports on today's schedule, as the Federal Reserve policymakers begin a two-day meeting to set interest rates.
The Conference Board releases the Consumer Confidence Index for April this morning. March saw a rebound in confidence thanks in large part to an improving job market.
Also this morning, Standard & Poor's releases its S&P/Case-Shiller index of home prices for February.
The Fed's latest policy meeting comes after a harsh winter slowed activity in a number of sectors and the rising value of the dollar curtailed exports. Most economists expect the subpar growth and low inflation will keep interest rates at record lows at least until September. But analysts caution against expecting any specific guidance on the Fed's timetable for a rate hike after it wraps up its meeting tomorrow. For 6 1/2 years, the Federal Reserve has held its key interest rate near zero.
On the earnings front, Aetna, Ford, Merck, Pfizer and UPS all report quarterly financial results before the market opens this morning. Twitter reports after the market closes.
ARCTIC OFFSHORE DRILLING-SEC CHALLENGE
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- An ocean advocacy group and a university law clinic are petitioning the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an investigation of Royal Dutch Shell PLC and what the group calls misstatements in regulatory filings regarding Arctic offshore drilling.
The petition was filed Monday by Oceana and the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School.
The petition says Shell has not adequately disclosed risks of a catastrophic oil spill.
The petition also says the company claims litigation by drilling opponents threatens its Arctic drilling prospects but that the threat has not been fully disclosed to investors.
Shell hopes to drill this summer in the Chukchi (chuk-CHEE') Sea off Alaska's northwest coast with two drilling units.
Conservation organizations say Shell can't drill safely in the harsh, remote Arctic.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- A Vermont law that could make the state the first in the country to require labeling of genetically modified food has been allowed to stand for now despite opposition by food industry groups.
U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss in Burlington on Monday ruled against the Grocery Manufacturers' Association and other industry groups in their request for a preliminary order to block the law from going into effect as scheduled on July 1, 2016.
The ruling comes nearly a year after Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin signed the law, under which Vermont is expected to become the first state to require genetically modified organism, or GMO, food labeling. Connecticut and Maine passed laws earlier but required that neighboring states follow suit before they would take effect.
The Grocery Manufacturers Association was joined by the Snack Foods Association, the International Dairy Foods Association and the National Association of Manufacturers as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, seeking to have Vermont's law declared unconstitutional.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's prime minister is ruling out early elections if ongoing bailout talks with the country's international creditors fail.
In an interview with private Star TV, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said early Tuesday that he has no reason to hold a snap vote.
Tsipras was elected just three months ago on a pledge to alleviate economic suffering in the financially struggling country.
But Tsipras did not exclude seeking a referendum on the issue, adding that he is confident the marathon talks will result in an agreement.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House and Senate GOP negotiators are sealing agreement on a budget blueprint that would enable Republicans to more easily target the Affordable Care Act while delivering an almost $40 billion budget boost to the Pentagon.
The emerging plan drops a controversial House proposal to radically overhaul the Medicare program. And, it eliminates the option of using a fast-track budget bill to target food stamps and Pell Grants. But the plan relies on deep cuts to domestic agency budgets and safety net programs for the poor to promise a balanced budget by 2024.
The measure is not yet finalized, but congressional aides familiar with its outlines say it'll likely be made official Monday or Tuesday and be ratified by House and Senate votes this week. The aides spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record while talks are ongoing.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The iPhone is still the engine behind Apple's phenomenal success, even as its new smartwatch has gotten much of the attention in recent weeks.
While skeptics question whether the company's future is tied too much to one product, the iPhone's popularity was the reason Apple turned in another blow-out financial report Monday. Apple sold more than 61 million iPhones in the quarter, accounting for more than two-thirds of its $58 billion in revenue for the three-month period and the lion's share of its $13.6 billion in profit.
As expected, the numbers were down from the previous quarter, when holiday shoppers snapped up a record 74 million of Apple's new iPhone 6, 6 Plus and older models. But it was a 40 percent increase over the number of iPhones sold in the first three months of 2014.
Since it began offering models with bigger screens last fall, Apple has vied with South Korea's Samsung for the No. 1 position in the global smartphone market. By some estimates, Apple outsold Samsung in the quarter that ended in December, and analysts will be watching closely when Samsung reports its latest results this week.
NEW YORK (AP) -- ESPN is suing Verizon in an escalating clash over how the popular sports channel is being sold in a discounted pay-TV package.
The complaint filed Monday in New York's state Supreme Court alleges Verizon is breaching its contract with ESPN, owned by Walt Disney Co., by unbundling the sports channel from the main programming line-up of Verizon's FIOS TV.
Verizon is allowing customers to subscribe to a bare-bones package of 35 channels for $55 per month, with the option of adding other two other tiers of programming such as a sports package that includes ESPN.
ESPN argues that the pay-TV contracts require its channel to be included in the main programming packages sold by cable and satellite carriers.
Verizon says it is honoring its obligations while giving customers more choice.
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