State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that a business summit called Employers In The Know will be held in Cartersville on Wednesday, April 26. The summit is one in an annual series of 12 being held throughout the state. This is the fourth year the summits have been offered to employers.

The summits, which help employers learn how to better understand and conquer compliance challenges in the workplace, are sponsored by the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) and local employer committees. This one is cosponsored by the Floyd-Gordon Employer Committee, Whitfield-Murray Employer Committee and Top of Georgia Employer Committee.

The Cartersville summit will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lake Point Sporting Community located at 261 Stars Way.

“We began holding these seminars because employers throughout the state told us they needed better access to information,” Butler said. “At these seminars, the employers get up-to-date information and the opportunity to network with other employers. And, as a state agency, we get value from hearing directly from the employers, so we can improve and better serve them.”

Employers are encouraged to pre-register by Friday, April 14, but may register at the event. To pre-register, visit, look in the Spotlight Section and link to 2017 Regional Business Summits. If pre-registered, the cost to attend is $40 per person, which includes lunch. After April 14, the cost is $50.

Commissioner Butler will discuss current GDOL initiatives and programs designed to encourage job growth and economic development throughout the state. The GDOL provides labor market data necessary for economic developers and businesses to make sound decisions about starting or expanding businesses. The GDOL helps match employers with qualified job seekers, as well as helping job seekers be successful in securing jobs and developing their careers.

Other presenters and their topics include: Nancy Sprattlin, managing member of Castor Sprattlin Law Group, LLC, on Labor Law Updates; Bruce Medders, an analyst with the GDOL’s Policy and Procedures Section, on Unemployment Insurance; and Connie Smith, director of GeorgiaBEST, the GDOL’s initiative that teaches students the importance of workplace ethics.

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