Blount Partnership News and Events

Check out our 82nd installment of The Dialogue at the bottom of this email where we visit with Susan Riggs, president/manager of Rocky Top Finance (321 S. Hall Rd., Alcoa, 865.995.6400). Save the date to attend its ribbon cutting on June 13 at 11 a.m.
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Join us this Thursday, May 25 at 7:45 a.m. for the Blount Chamber's monthly coffee club at American Foundation & Basement Repairs (1503 Old Mount Tabor Rd., Maryville).

Coffees are designed to offer our members the opportunity to build business relationships with other members and to gain exposure for their business or organization in an "open house" setting. Coffees are open to anyone associated with a Chamber member business. Participation is not reserved to the representative(s) listed on the Chamber membership.
DIY MARKETING SERIES: SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
Join us on Tuesday, June 13 from 9-10:30 a.m. as Jeremy LaDuke, Chief Storyteller with Epic Nine Marketing, will present the second installment of the DIY Marketing Series focusing on Search Engine Optimization. Jeremy will discuss the basics of how to ensure you're on-line marketing strategy is successful using relevant content and on-going analysis. Our first DIY focused on social media and we had a full house, so make sure to RSVP! Light breakfast foods and drinks will be served. RSVP here..
email_laptop.jpg Join us on Wednsday, June 14 from 9-11:30 a.m. as Constant Contact's Mike Coleman presents " The Power of the Inbox: Tips and strategies for successful email marketing." Register here.

Your list of customers, clients, donors, and prospects is the most important asset you have in your business. So it's important that you spend time and find the right strategy to build your list. Email marketing is the best (and proven) way to build your list. But it is essential to your business that you use the right strategies to make your email marketing work.

This powerful seminar takes you step-by-step through the keys to effective email marketing (and building your list).

From revealing why regular email doesn't work, to insider tips and techniques like automated list building tools and the design elements that work (and those that don't!), this seminar will give you the keys to the most effective marketing you can do: email marketing. Join us!
As a Blount County Chamber member, you can attend the 2017 East Tennessee Women's Leadership Summit "Leading Beyond Limits," on Friday, June 9 at the Airport Hilton for $99.

The East Tennessee Women's Leadership Summit is an annual event, hosted by the Women's Leadership Council, a group of women volunteers who share a common interest in improving the lives of women in East Tennessee. The Summit's speakers and activities are targeted to help women in East Tennessee Live. Learn. Lead. in all aspects of their lives.

Sign up here or get the 411.
Member-to-member promotions are needed for June, so send them in as the next email blast will go out on May 30. Check out the special deal for the Women's Leadership Summit and PCS's free IT network audit. See these and other promotions at member-to-member promotions. New offers are being posted almost daily, so check out the Blount County Chamber of Commerce Member-to-Member promotions online. This Member-to-Member Promotional Program offers you and your company the opportunity to market your products and services to the membership.
Here's how it works:
1. Submit a PDF of a service, product or discount you'd like to offer to the Chamber membership to Be sure to include an expiration date.
2. An email with all the promotions will be sent out on the final Monday of every month to our member database.
3. All promotions will be posted on
Not only do consumers prefer email marketing over snail mail, but email marketing has a number of advantages that snail mail doesn't. Here are our three favorite: Read more

Learn more about marketing your small business in a digital world, ask questions about social media, and take the time to discuss future campaign ideas. What are you waiting for? It's free with your chamber membership. Schedule your FREE session today.
If you have any questions regarding your free digital marketing member benefit ( Save Local Now), your digital platform, or online marketing in general please reach out the Blount Chamber's Rachel Coffman.
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"Silly Love Songs," written by Paul McCartney and performed by Wings topped the Billboard Hot 100 this week in 1976. The song was written as a rebuttal to music critics, as well as former Beatle and friend, John Lennon, accusing Paul McCartney of writing lightweight love songs.



May 22-28


The Dialogue

This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So here we go with our 82nd installment visiting with Susan Riggs, president/manager of Rocky Top Finance (321 S. Hall Rd., Alcoa, 865.995.6400) which does consumer personal loans.
What goes on at Rocky Top Finance? We help the community in their lending needs. I have 23 years experience in the consumer finance business working for a large chain. I have gone out on my own to make a future for my children.
How did you get started? Twenty-three years ago I went to work in a finance office and loved the aspect of meeting the financial needs of the community.
What is your background? I worked with large chain for 23 years at entry level and worked my way up to district manager over Tennessee.
Who are your mentors? Chris Johns, Melvin Stillman, Midge Taylor
Describe your customers. Blue collar, pay check to pay check, and fixed income customers
What impacts your business? CFPB, and the State governs our business. Referrals in the community is the largest impact for us.
Name three things you wish you knew when you started. I wish I would have known, "you can get more with sugar than vinegar." Collections are tough, but it is easier when you keep the above in mind. Solving problems and helping people thru difficult financial times.
What do you enjoy about your business? Meeting the lending needs of the community. Helping people thru financial hardships.
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