Blount Partnership News and Events
COFFEE CLUB AT EAST TENNESSEE MEDICAL GROUP
Wake up to new business contacts at Coffee Club February 27 from 7:45-9 a.m. at East Tennessee Medical Group (266 Joule St., Alcoa) sponsored by Blount Memorial Hospital.

Coffees are designed to offer members the opportunity to build business relationships with other members and 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.
VISIT WITH OUR LOCAL STATE LEGISLATORS
Join us February 28 at 8 a.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) for a State Legislative Briefing with Senator Art Swann and Representatives Jerome Moon and Bob Ramsey. 

Attendees are asked to RSVP .
THE SECURE ACT: ESTATE TAX IN DISGUISE
Did you know that inherited IRAs and 401(k) plans may be taxed sooner and at higher rates than they were prior to January 1, 2020? The past three years of tax changes have created a greater need for financial planning. You and your family can't afford to be behind on these updates. 

Join Propel Financial Advisors February 27 from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) for a snack and a casual conversation about how these legal changes impact you and what you can do about it. This seminar is free and more information can be found here .
SUCCESS IN 90: READING THE CRYSTAL BALL - PREDICTIONS FOR EMPLOYEE BENEFITS IN 2020 AND BEYOND
On March 4 at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville), Dr. Kevin Kragenbrink, principal broker and managing member at CPS Leadership and  3to99  will examine how changes in coverage options, political uncertainty, regulatory and compliance concerns, economic expansion, and most important a rapidly changing workforce all add to the complexity of employee benefits planning. He will also address key trends in the industry and marketplace that will help HR and benefits professionals build and maintain the kind of programs that will be attractive to and successful for the workforce of today and tomorrow.

If you are interested in attending, please register online .
Get your tickets now and book your room at the special $99 rate NOW (expires March 1)
TICKETS ON SALE FOR 100TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
To celebrate 10 decades…one century…of outstanding economic progress in the Blount County community, the Blount Partnership is "pulling out all the stops" by bringing in America's No. 1 corporate and private party band, Party on the Moon, to the new event venue at the Airport Hilton, on Saturday, March 7.

The Anniversary Celebration kicks off from 6-7 p.m. with a lively cocktail hour of music and interactive displays, moving seamlessly into an outstanding buffet and three-hour non-stop performance by Party on the Moon. The 13-member band features talented singers, high-energy choreography and Grammy Award-winning horn players, complete with a state-of-the-art sound and light show.

Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased by calling 865.983.2241 or online . The Hilton is offering a discounted hotel room rate of $99 for members wishing to stay overnight. Call (865) 970-4300 and mention the Chamber's anniversary celebration for the discount. Attire is black tie optional and valet parking service is available for guests. Group rates are $500 for 6 admission tickets and $1000 table rate for 10 tickets.

Parking is available in Hilton Hotel parking lot adjacent to the convention center entrance. Once the Hilton Hotel parking lot is full, parking is available in the airport Economy Lots A or B behind the hotel at a $10.00 fee.  See diagram .

The fun-filled night is sponsored by SCCY Industries, Spectrum Business, DENSO, Blount Excavating, Massey Electric, Cherokee Millwright, Citadel Construction, The Cherokee Group, C2RL Engineering, First Horizon, Joseph Construction, LDA Engineering, Hickory Construction, United Services, Merit Construction, Hedstrom Landscape Architecture and Life Care Center of Blount County.
JOIN THE JOB FAIR
The Blount County Chamber of Commerce, working off its mission statement to promote economic growth, is hosting a job fair presented by Blackberry Farm, Pellissippi State Community College, Clayton Homes, the City of Maryville and Cirrus Aircraft on Tuesday, March 24 from 1-5 p.m. at Foothills Mall in Maryville. 
 
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, which includes lunch, is $150 for Blount Chamber members and $200 for non-members. Please complete the form .
 
Sponsorship for the event is also available .

Anyone looking for a job or wanting career development opportunities is invited to attend. The event is open to the public and there is no charge to attend. In addition to full and part-time positions, this job fair is designed for internships and service opportunities as well.
EARLY VOTING RUNS UNTIL FEBRUARY 25
Early voting for the March 3 Presidential Primary, County Primary and Rockford City Election runs until February 25.

Click here for complete election information including voting precincts and sample ballot.
COFFEE AND CALENDARS
On February 28 from 8:15-9:15 a.m., join Express Strategic Services (111 A West Broadway,
Maryville) for its February training, Coffee and Calendars! This training will focus on social media strategies and is designed to be a more simplistic approach to planning out your social media content.
 
You will receive:
- A free printable calendar
- Digital content calendar template
- One hour of social media advice, tips and tricks! 
 
Tickets are $25 and seating is limited. Click  here to reserve your spot today .
TOSHA RECORD KEEPING & MAINTENANCE RELATED TOSHA COMPLIANCE
Many people are not sure how to complete the OSHA 300 forms correctly. At this seminar, the student will get the information needed to record cases correctly, and will learn when cases should not be recorded. The seminar will also define the requirements for electronically reporting injury and illness data. Employers can now begin to electronically report their Form 300A data to OSHA. All covered establishments must submit the information by March 2, annually.  SEMINAR DATES.

ARE YOU IN COMPLIANCE?
Who Should Attend? This workshop is designed specifically for maintenance personnel responsible for correcting non-compliance areas and for maintaining machines and equipment in a manner that will guarantee continuous compliance. This workshop will help maintenance people achieve the results that are necessary to insure continuous compliance. Of course, anyone who has any TOSHA compliance responsibility can benefit from this workshop. SEMINAR DATES .
CITY OF ALCOA SEEKS RFP FOR VOSE SCHOOL REDEVELOPMENT
The City of Alcoa is accepting proposals for redevelopment/reuse of the former Vose School property located at 1304 Locust Street, Alcoa, TN 37701. Proposals will be received until 2:00 p.m., April 14, 2020 at the offices of the Alcoa Purchasing Agent, 223 Associates Blvd., Alcoa, TN 37701.

The Property is located within the Vose Neighborhood, considered to be part of the larger Springbrook community, and adjoins a small business district with restaurants, a convenience store and a car repair shop. The building and property offer unique opportunities for a quality redevelopment (residential, retail, office / studio or a mixture of uses) that can be integrated into the Springbrook community and become a neighborhood asset.
CELEBRATE THE CHAMBER'S 100 YEARS WITH COMMEMORATIVE BOOK
Get your piece of the Blount Partnership's 100-year history with this commemorative book that chronicles as many events, happenings, people and projects that we could fit into 112 pages.

The book retails for $30 and can be purchased by calling the Partnership at 865-983-2241.
SIGN UP FOR COMMUNICATION SOFT SKILLS CLASS
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 Improving Communication at Work on March 27. Effective communication is an essential component of professional success. Learn practical communication strategies that will help make you a better leader, improve productivity, and combat communication breakdowns.

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.
PROTECT YOUR IDENTITY
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 .
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.

REMEMBER WHEN
Topping the Billboard Hot 100 Chart this week in 1983 was "Baby, Come to Me" by Patti Austin and James Ingram. The song rose to prominence when  soap opera   General Hospital  began to feature the song heavily as the love theme for character  Luke Spencer
Events Calendar
February 24-March 1

February 28 -- Coffee and Calendars
February 29 -- Starlight Gala

March 2-8


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March 16 -- Women in Business


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