Small Business Resolutions for the New Year
January is known as the time for personal New Year's resolutions, but there is no reason a small business shouldn't also resolve to make improvements. Here are three resolutions we recommend you add to your list for 2017:

Resolve to attend at least one major industry event - Successful people never stop learning from others. Make sure you are intentional with your choice and have a clear purpose for attending the event!

Resolve to hire slowly and wisely - Bad hires are incredibly hard on small businesses. Lengthy training periods and labor-intensive onboarding can set a small business back. Consider using assessments before hiring to provide clear actionable information that can be used to match candidates with the appropriate job function. Taking the time to vet potential employees and understand their personality, talent and motivation will save precious time and money. 

Resolve to create or update your Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) - No matter the size of your business, it's important to have a plan for emergencies. Write up your DRP with specifics on who, what, when and where your business can continue operating should a disaster occur. Are you ready for a snowstorm or a flash flood? Plan to attend ACE's free Small Business Risk Management Workshop (SBRE) in partnership with Travelers' Insurance in May to learn how to mitigate your risks and prepare the right DRP for your business. More details on registration for this workshop will be available next month.

By making healthy business resolutions, you're giving yourself goals to achieve. As long as you continue to strive toward your goals throughout the year, you can consider your New Year's resolutions a success. 
Celebrating MLK Day of Service
Monday, January 16 is the day we observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a federal holiday, celebrating the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to the country. In 1994, Congress passed an act designating the third Monday of January as a national day of service. In the words of Dr. King, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"

Visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service website for more information and to find opportunities to volunteer, get promotional materials or share your service plans. Many events taking place throughout the Atlanta area commemorate Dr. King's legacy leading up to the National Holiday on Monday. Make January 16 a day on, not a day off! 
Spotlight on a New ACE Employee
We are excited to introduce one of our newest employees, Bonita Doster. Bonita will represent ACE as a Small Business Loan Officer in the Atlanta market.

A native Georgian, Bonita earned a B.A. in Marketing/Business Administration from Clark Atlanta University. Recently retired from SunTrust Bank after 36 years of service, Bonita's skills served her well in the banking industry. At the same time, she finds great satisfaction in helping people, so joining ACE offers her a natural transition where she'll be able to put her business acumen to good use while assisting others. Bonita loves to travel with her family, especially taking cruises, and has visited almost every island in the Caribbean. She is the choir director and chairperson of the finance committee at her church and enjoys dancing as well as singing. Bonita is a dedicated Atlanta sports fan, too, and supports the Falcons, the Hawks and the Braves!

"I believe working at ACE is another opportunity for me to live my dreams," Bonita explains. "I've learned a lot working in business banking for many years. This experience will allow me to fit perfectly in the ACE family."

If you or someone you know is interested in exploring a small business loan of under $50,000, Bonita is the person to contact! You can reach her at 678-335-5600. To read more about ACE's loan programs, click HERE
Upcoming Workshops and Events 
Cómo Empezar y Financiar su Negocio 
Jueves, Enero 19 de 10:00 a 11:30 AM
Esta sesión le informará de los servicios que ofrecemos en el WBC. Esta clase se repetirá cada mes.
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Start and Finance Your Own Business
Thursday, January 19 from 10:00 to 11:30 AM

Learn about the resources available to you and your business as well as basic loan requirements.
Register here!

ACE is a US Treasury-certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) which provides loans and business consulting services to help its borrowers create and grow stable, sustainable businesses. Since 2000, ACE has made more than $37 million in loans to more than 689 small businesses, helping create or retain approximately 5,660 jobs for Georgians. 
Our locations: 
3173 Hwy 129 North, Cleveland, GA 30528
84 Peachtree St, NE, Suite 8D, Atlanta, GA 30303
ACE Women's Business Center - 10 College St, NW, Norcross, GA 30071

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