Blount Partnership News and Events

Check out the latest edition of The Dialogue in this email. This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So, here we go with our 132nd installment visiting with Amber Pfohl, national sales representative for TriMark Strategic.

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.
Join us February 21 from 9-11 a.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) for a free seminar from the Tenenssee Small Business Development Center entitled "Branding Your Business" Successful branding is the ability to increase awareness about your products and/or services. Why is it important? Think of the various advertisements you see on television, Mention a product and an image or phrase immediately comes to mind or vice versa. Think of the images on your smart phone. There are no lengthy descriptions or discussion. You see the image. You make the association. Learn key strategies about building brand awareness which can increase your visibility, sales, and customer base. REGISTER HERE.

When life gives you melons, you might be dyslexic.
Presenter Betsy Cunningham is hosting a free seminar entitled "Networking - It's Not Just for Sales People," on February 26 from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Blount Parntership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville). Networking 101 focuses on how to connect, create and cultivate relationships whether in a group or one-on-one setting. Partcipants will learn how to introduce themselves in a meaningful way, be goal focused and other strategies to make meeting people more beneficial. So, take that step and see how much good networking skills can improve your personal and professional life. REGISTER HERE.

I think it's wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly.
The Blount County Chamber of Commerce, working off its mission statement to promote economic growth, is hosting a job fair on March 28 from 2-6 p.m. at Foothills Mall in Maryville.

If you are interested in sponsoring, please review the form here.

Any business or company interested in participating can reserve booth space which includes one eight-foot table, two chairs and table linens if needed. The fee is $160 for Blount Chamber members and $210 for non-members. Please email to register.

Where there's a will, there's a relative.
soft skills It's Your Career! That's the focus of a free soft skills session offered in partnership by the Blount County Public Library, the Adult Education Foundation of Blount County and the Blount County Chamber of Commerce.

Registrations are currently being accepted online at for a class entitled Personal Professional Development Planning on February 22. All participants will earn .5 CEUs per session for participating. They will also receive an email survey two months after workshop participation to assess application of new ideas.

All classes are conducted in the Blount County Library's learning lab located at 508 N. Cusick in Maryville and limited to 50 participants. A complete class description is located on the registration site. All classes run from 8-10 a.m. with networking beginning at 7:30 a.m.

When I was a boy, I laid in my twin sized bed and wondered where my brother was.
Promote your business during "Operation Thank You" by sending 1400 gift certificates, brochures or business promotional pieces to us and we will distribute them during Operation Thank You.

Your Chamber constantly looks for ways to help you promote your business through the ABC theory - Always Buy Chamber. We do ask that your enclosure piece not to exceed 8 ½" x 11". These inserts should be delivered to the Chamber no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, February 7.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Amy Lawson at or call 865.983.2241. There is a fee of $250 for insert enclosure.

Participate in the Chamber's 21st annual "Operation Thank You" set for February 19-21, 2019 and meet other business people on a one-on-one basis.

During this three-day event, Chamber members, the Chamber staff and Board of Directors will personally deliver Chamber member information packets. We invite you to join us in this three-day effort. You can agree to call on as many or as few members as your schedule permits.

If you, someone (or several people) from your business, organization or group is interested in participating, please contact Amy Lawson at or call 865.983.2241.

I read recipes the same way I read science fiction. I get to the end and I think, 'Well, that's not going to happen.'
Take advantage of your Blount Chamber discount and protect you, your family and employees by enrolling in IDShield. IDShield monitors identity from every angle and alerts you to status changes immediately. It can also help restore your identity if it has been compromised. LEARN MORE

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
Businesses need to take advantage of the Blount County Library's subscription to Using your library card, get access to, a LinkedIn Company, with thousands of courses in software, creative and business skills to develop your staff skills and meet learning needs at your own convenience. Learn More.

The worst time to have a heart attack is during a game of charades.
Blount Chamber members can now post their own Member-to-Member deals on this page at no charge. Simply login to your account, Click on the "New Coupon" button, fill out the form and click save. It's that easy.

Click here if you need access to your login information.

Of course, we will be happy to add your coupon. Just email information about the product or discount you'd like to offer to the Chamber membership to Be sure to include an expiration date.

View the latest deals.
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
A marketplace of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.
Find what you're looking for in the Chamber Directory.
Is your organization hosting an event in the community? Submit it here on our community calendar. If it's a tourism event or any good news about your business, please send it to us. We'd love to share it with the community.
Topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week in 1962 was "Peppermint Twist" by Joey Dee and the Starliters. The original recording of the song was considered too long for release on a 45 rpm single, so it was split into two parts.

The Dialogue

This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So, here we go with our 132nd installment visiting with Amber Pfohl, national sales representative for TriMark Strategic.
What is TriMark Strategic? We specialize in providing commercial kitchens with design, equipment, smallwares, chemicals & disposables all over the nation.
What is your background? I have worked in the restaurant business for 18 years. My network is primarily restaurant owners, investors and employees. It is very easy to me to understand their needs, since I have been in those shoes for over half of my career.
Who is your mentor? I have several that I watch, go to lunch with and admire from afar. To name a few, Randy Burleson, Amy Morton, Becca Boyd, John Maxwell, John Wooden, Mel Robbins and I'm sure there are more.
Describe your customers. My clients are in the foodservice industry. Mostly restaurant managers, executive chefs, operators, owners, contractors, architects. I have a wide range of decision makers for one industry.
What do you enjoy about working with TriMark Strategic? I thoroughly enjoyed learning so much more about an industry that I thought I already knew everything. It is refreshing to continue to learn in an industry that I fell in love with long ago.


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