Blount Partnership News & Events

Check out the 16th ediion of The Dialogue featuring Clint Woodfin, Managing Member of  Spicer Rudstrom, PLLC, at the bottom of this email. This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member.
Be sure to take advantage of two upcoming free seminars about email marketing and getting more from your employees.
What is the first impression you give when they see you in their email inbox? And when they see you there, what do they do?

This free powerful seminar takes you step-by-step through the keys to effective email marketing

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 at the Blount Partnership on Wednesday, March 23 from 9-11 a.m. Register Here.
Join us for a free seminar on Tuesday, March 29 from 8-9:30 a.m. at Jim Rose from EQ Consulting Services will help managers effectively utilize the human potential in their organization. This session will focus on how to empower individuals and work groups throughout the organization along with a means for holding them accountable. The goal is to ensure that all resources in the organizations are focused on how they can improve their performance and collectively when accomplished will improve the effectiveness of the entire organization. RVSP to Jim Rose.

The Blount Chamber is hosting a job fair on April 29 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Second Harvest Food Bank in Alcoa. To make this a success, we need your participation as either an employer with a booth or as a sponsor of the event. View participating employers.
Participants receive an eight-foot table, two chairs and linens if needed for $150. Premier event sponsorship is $2500 and receives top billing on all promotional materials and signage at the event.
So sign up by April 1: Participation Form 
Glenn Shepard's seminar "Hire With Confidence, Fire Without Fear, Tame Toxic Employees and Put Your Team on the Fast Track to Record-Shattering Success" is coming to the Blount Chamber on Thursday, April 14.

In the seminar, Shepard shows you how to motivate your people, not just manage them. How to get them to follow you because they believe in your goals, your skills as a leader, and they are committed.

He'll also explain why The Millennials require such a different supervisory style than Gen X or Baby Boomers, and how to apply Dr. Ken Blanchard's (author of The One Minute Manager) principles of situational leadership to get all the different generations to work together as a team.

If you were fortunate enough to attend Glenn's seminar last year, this seminar will be the PEREFCT continuation to take you to the next level of excellence in management expertise, leadership development, and building a culture of teamwork that encourages cooperation that leads to success for your entire team.

If you missed last year's seminar, the April 14 seminar will offer you the opportunity to sharpen your supervisory skills and become a more effective manager and stronger leader than you've ever been. After completing this seminar, which has been certified for additional HRCI credit by SHRM, you'll have the tools for leading your team to achieving goals much faster than ever before.

The seminar runs from 8:30 a.m.-Noon (arrive by 8:00 a.m.). Print the flyer to register.
This is the final week to get your promotion in to the Blount County Chamber of Commerce as part of its new Member-to-Member Promotional Program which 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
It's Your Career! That's the focus of the final free soft skills sessions offered in partnership by the Blount County Public Library, the Adult Education Foundation of Blount County and the Blount County Chamber of Commerce that are scheduled over the next five months.
With more and more millennials entering the workforce, employers have noticed many workers in a variety of professions are lacking in several areas, including problem solving, conflict resolution and critical observation. But, even though they possess the hard skills to get an interview, it's the important soft skills that will land the job and help them keep it.
All classes are conducted at the library located at 508 N. Cusick in Maryville and limited to 30 participants. Those interested must register online at 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.
Registrations are currently being accepted for:
May 20 - Mentoring
Digital marketing is a challenge for every small business. It's our job to level the digital playing field. Through the Chamber, you receive access to $LN, a FREE member marketing platform built to maximize your online exposure, and increase sales through Content Creation + Publishing, Email marketing, Social Sharing and Search Engine Optimization.

The $LN platform allows you to enhance your digital footprint, create content, and share that content where it really matters: online, on social, and through email marketing.

SLN provides everything your business needs:
Easy-to-use platform
Mobile optimized web presence
Digital marketing training
Social media consulting
Bi-weekly Marketing Tips
Content Creation + Inspiration
Customer Support
Here's Two Reasons Why You Should Be Using Email Marketing:
Customers Want Email Marketing
Even in today's fast paced world, email is still the preferred communication channel for consumers. With the hundreds of thousands of emails sent out every day, what will make yours different? Be creative, engaging, and honest. If they care about your brand (your product, your service, your staff) then they will open your email. Make sure they continue to.
Email Marketing and ROI
Email marketing delivers revenue. This revenue stems from sharing a message with your following and encouraging them to take action. Blindly sending emails to your distribution list won't get you anywhere. Know your customers, watch their patterns, educate and reward them. Remember: you are a customer, as well. What email marketing messages stand out to you? Don't be afraid to integrate what's working for others into your marketing agenda.
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. She is here to help you in the year ahead and will keep you on track as you fulfill your resolutions in 2016.
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
Local business anchors the neighborhood infrastructure and supports the city and county tax base. Because they don't outsource, dollars are recycled back into the community. This adds value to the neighborhood by increasing its income.
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, please email Ashlee so she can post it on
Also, please send us any news releases or good news about your business. We'd love to share it with the community.
"These Dreams" by Heart became the group's first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 this week in 1986.



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You can access the entire calendar here to see other community events and submit your own.

The Dialogue

This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So here we go with our 16th installment visiting with Clint Woodfin, Managing Member of Spicer Rudstrom, PLLC, which brings more than 50 years of experience representing local, national and international companies with business, legal and litigation matters.
Describe what you do at Spicer Rudstrom.I am the managing member of Spicer Rudstrom's Knoxville office and the Chair of the firm's Trucking and Transportation practice. I graduated from James Madison University and received my J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1993
What areas do you specialize in? I focus on alternative dispute resolution, automobile liability, business and commercial litigation, employment practices litigation, insurance coverage, insurance defense, insurance subrogation, premises liability, products liability, real estate and construction litigation and workers' compensation. I'm really passionate about leadership and advocating for those who need a voice.
What do you enjoy outside of your law practice? My family and I enjoy many activities, including boating, skiing, hiking and traveling. I am a 2010 graduate of Leadership Blount and serve on the board and volunteer for many local non-profits, including the Appalachian Ballet Company, Habitat for Humanity, Community Food Connection and Parish Pastoral Council for Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Parish.
Previous Profiles:
Rebecca Kiger, Home Instead Senior Care
Ben Hazel, Pree's Tree Specialists
Larry Parker, Auto Collision Experts
Jamie Weiss Photography
Jeff Jones, LC Fence
Steve White, White Enterprise Holding
Aundrea Scholem and Jennifer Madaj, Foothills Adult Care Enrichment Services
Wade McLemore, Paychex
Alan Baker, Crown Point Consultants
Shelby Avery, Avery Wealth Management
Kate Schriver, Schriver's
Elizabeth Ross, ECS Central, PLLC
Tony Saddy, Get Fit Maryville
Renee Taylor, CBI
Christy Simmers, Christy's Creative Cafe
Premier and Presidential Partners