Blount Partnership News and Events

 
COFFEE CLUB AT UNITED WAY OF BLOUNT COUNTY
Join us September 26 at 7:45 a.m. for coffee club hosted by the United Way of Blount County (1615 E. Broadway Ave., 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.
 
TWO RIBBON CUTTING SET FOR THE WEEK
The first two two ribbon cuttings takes place September 26 at 4 p.m. at Century 21 Legacy (205 Foothills Mall Rd., Maryville). It's the grand opening for this real estate agency.

Join us again September 27 at 9 a.m. for the grand re-opening and ribbon cutting for Smokey Mountain Feed and Pet Supply (317 Gill St., Alcoa). Coffee and pastries provided. They carry dog, cat, horse, chicken, bird and other small animal feed and supplies. They'll also take care of your special orders.
 
CHAMBER ANNIVERSARY BOOK
The Blount Chamber is celebrating 100 years in 2020 and now's your chance to be part of history by placing your ad in a book chronicling its beginnings to today's fast-paced business world. A half page ad is $275 and full page ad is $485. Get your ad in today and be recognized as a Chamber supporter. Contact The Daily Times at 865-981-1152 or email advertising@thedailytimes.com.
 
BEST OF BLOUNT AWARD TICKETS ON SALE
Former U.S. Army pilot and author Mike Durant, whose saga was chronicled in the 2002 Oscar Award winning movie Black Hawk Down, is the guest speaker for the Blount Partnership's Best of Blount Awards held at 6 p.m. on Nov. 14 at the Clayton Center for the Arts.

Sponsored by Charter Spectrum, C2RL, Cherokee Millwright, DENSO, Blount Excavating and Massey Electric, tickets, which go on sale Sept. 9 at 10 a.m., are $35 (plus taxes and fees) and can be purchased from the Clayton Center ticket office at 865-981-8590 or online at www.claytonartscenter.com.

The Best of Blount Awards celebrates those individuals and businesses that give their time and resources to make this area an outstanding place to live and work.

Awards are given for Philanthropist of the Year, Community Impact Award, Bright Future Award, Large and Small Business of the Year, First Responder Award and the Tourism Award. Nominations are open for the awards, so please submit the name of someone you think is deserving by logging on at www.blountchamber.com until Sept. 20.
 
VISIT THE DIALOGUE
Check out The Dialogue in this email where we visit with Jill Flickinger Coyle, a travel advisor with Adventure Travel.
 
LEADING & WORKING IN A MULTIGENERATIONAL WORKFORCE
Today's workforce is primarily composed of three generations with Millennials being the largest. In this interactive session, attendees will address commonly held generational perceptions, generational workforce assets, communication preferences, best practices in leading a multi-generational team and retention strategies for millennials. Make plans to attend our next seminar on Wednesday, October 2 at 8:30 a.m., as Chuck Carringer, Executive Coaching LLC presents this topic at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville). RSVP here.
 
MAXIMIZE YOUR MEMBERSHIP
If you're new to the Chamber or just want to know more about your membership, then join us October 15 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) as Tammi Ford will explain your benefits and the many opportunities that go along with membership.

Your membership is a corporate membership, so encourage co-workers to get involved, educated and promote your company. REGISTER HERE.
 
NETWORKING TRAINING CLASS
If introducing yourself at gathering has you being a wallflower, join Raeus Jae Cannon for her FREE networking training class at the Blount Partnership on October 22 from 3-4:30 p.m. A regular workshop at the Blount Chamber, this free seminar will get you on the road to improving your life and business relationships. You'll no longer be making those dreaded cold calls and begin using new relationships to drive business to you. REGISTER HERE.
 
ETMAC LUNCHEON
The East Tennessee Military Affairs Council 37th Annual Veterans Appreciation and Awards Luncheon is slated for Friday, November 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at Hotel Knoxville located at 501 Hill Ave SE, Knoxville, TN 37915. Individual tickets are $30 and tables of 10 are $300. All seats must be prepaid by November 3. Order tickets online.
 
GET PLACEMENT IN 2020 BASICALLY BLOUNT
The 2020 Basically Blount lifestyle magazine and membership directory is entering production once again. This annual, full-color lifestyle magazine and chamber membership directory is initially distributed to all Chamber members starting Feb. 2020, along with distribution four times throughout the year via area professional offices, newcomers, visitors, and new businesses all looking to relocate to Blount County.

We are pleased to offer a variety of advertising opportunities at cost effective rates through our media kit. We have contracted with Marcon Marketing Consultants, a local Chamber member, to handle production and ad sales.

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of Basically Blount, the importance of supporting the Chamber, and how to get your business involved, contact: Rick Ford of Marcon Marketing at 865-705-8580 or Vicki Hawkins of Marcon Marketing at 865-310-2963
 
SIGN UP FOR THE LATEST SOFT SKILLS CLASS
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 www.blountchamber.com for a class entitled Empowering and Motivating Employees on September 27. Empower employees and enable better performance. Learn strategies to help employees be the best they can be.

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.
 
YOU CAN POST YOUR OWN MEMBER-TO-MEMBER DEALS
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 jmuir@blountpartnership.com. Be sure to include an expiration date.

View the latest deals.
 
REMEMBER TO SHOP LOCAL
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
 
Find what you're looking for in the Chamber Directory.
 
GOT AN EVENT OR NEWS? WE'D LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT
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.
 
REMEMBER WHEN
Topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week in 1956 was "Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. It was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2004, it was listed #197 in Rolling Stone's list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.


The Dialogue

This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So, here we go with our 146th installment visiting with Jill Flickinger Coyle, a travel advisor with Adventure Travel which helps plan dream vacations and assists with corporate travel. Give her a call at (256) 651-5360.
 
Describe what you do and how you got started. I sell Luxury Leisure Travel and am a Corporate Booking Specialist. I worked for the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce and was in charge of planning their annual incentive trips. After working with an agency in Knoxville, I was offered a full-time position in travel and never looked back.
 
What is your background? Mostly on the job training...but over the years I have completed numerous cruise, tour and hotel certifications as well as long term domestic and international training. I am a Signature Travel Network specialist and a Sandals Specialist, Tauck and Viking Certified Agent among many others.
 
Describe your customers. The Best!! I have had many of them for 30 years.
 
What environments impact your business? The economy has a lot to do with how individuals plan their vacations. Over the years I have seen and gone through many changes in the travel industry..a lot due to outside factors such as social, political and technological issues. But, people still like to travel!
 
What do you enjoy about the business? I love the fact that every day is something different and I enjoy making dream vacations a reality!
 
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