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Free networking workshop for small business

April 07, 2017

Small-business consultant Sharon Macaluso is guest speaker at Biscuits & Business – 9 Strategies for Authentic Networking on April 12 at Georgia Piedmont Technical College at Wesley Chapel.

The 8-to-10 a.m. event is free and open to the public. To register, visit

Macaluso is area director of the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center in metro Atlanta. She has been with the UGA SBDC since 1995 and has consulted with more than 2,000 small to medium-sized business owners. In 2016 under her leadership, the DeKalb office of the UGA SBDC won DeKalb Chamber’s Apex Award for Business Advocacy.

The interactive workshop will provide participants with specific approaches and tips to get a higher ROI from their networking time and dollars. There will be time to practice tips and ideas gleaned from the session, and participants should come prepared with business cards to get connected.

It is presented by the DeKalb Chamber Small Business Advisory Council and the UGA SBDC.

GPTC is at 2460 Wesley Chapel Road in Decatur. For more information, visit or call Rick Young at 404-378-8000.

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About Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Established in 1961, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is one of the top technical colleges in Georgia. As a student-centered institution, GPTC prepares individuals with the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing, global economy. In August 2016, Georgia Piedmont was ranked among the top ten technical colleges in terms of enrollment by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. GPTC’s graduation rate is more than 74.3 percent, and its graduates secure employment at a level resulting in a 98.7 percent placement rate. With nearly 4,000 students, Georgia Piedmont’s adult education program is among the largest in the state. The college has 12 learning centers in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties. As set forth in its student catalog, Georgia Piedmont Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, veteran status, or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). Contact Lisa Peters, the ADA Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1154, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-170; or Dr. Debra Gordon, the Title IX Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1176, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-103 for assistance. For more information about our graduation rates and other important program information, please visit our website at

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