The Blount Partnership is committed to leading the Blount County business community through this crisis. Be sure to check out our continually updating Managing Your Business during COVID-19 webpage. If you missed a daily update, refer to our listing page .  
Legislation will soon be officially filed to provide crucial liability protections for Tennessee businesses. We are urging Tennessee's business community to contact state lawmakers to support reasonable liability protections which will likely be heard in the House Civil Justice Subcommittee and the Senate Judiciary Committee next week. Please call or email your senator and representative to let them know you support responsible safe harbors for Tennessee businesses.   

As you know, we had to postpone our Blount County Job Fair due to COVID-19. We are looking at how we will move forward and would love to have your input. This is a VERY SHORT survey. Please fill this out by Thursday June, 4
AM Connect Virtual Networking sponsored by SERVPRO of Blount County
June 12 at 8:15 a.m.
The Blount Chamber is hosting AM Connect on Friday, June 12 at 8:15 a.m., sponsored by  SERVPRO of Blount County .
For those who have never participated in an online meeting, here's some useful tips.
·      Please include your name and company name
·      Use the option to meet others in a small group setting by participating in our breakout rooms
·      Limited to 100 guests

Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
If you’ve been wanting to host a coffee and the waiting list was too long, why not get on the list to sponsor one of our virtual coffee clubs? 

Benefits of attending virtual networking:
  • Meet others that you may not have met at an in-person coffee.
  • Extend your reach outside of driving area.
  • Meet members located outside the county.
  • Multiple opportunities to meet others in smaller group breakout rooms.

Dates for future virtual coffee clubs are: July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9, November 13 and December 11.

If you are interested in sponsoring, contact Jessica Hahn at
Do you want to know more about what community and business leaders have been doing during the COVID-19 pandemic and how they see themselves and their organizations dealing with an uncertain future?
Make plans to join Blount Partnership President/CEO Bryan Daniels as he embarks on journey to visit with those leaders to reveal what they've learned. So, join us and bring your questions.
Review the schedule for updates in the coming weeks and catch up on past interviews with Dr. Mike Winstead of Maryville City Schools, Greg McClain of City of Maryville, Dr. Tom Bogart of Maryville College, Rebecca Stone of Alcoa City Schools and Teri Brahams from Pellissippi State.
June 1 at 10 a.m. -- Visit with Rob Britt, Blount County Schools

June 2 at 10:30 a.m. -- Visit with Don Heinemann, Blount Memorial Hospital

June 9 at 2 p.m. -- Visit with Patrick Wilson, Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority
It Would Not Happen at My Firm: Workplace Violence 
June 3 at 8:30 a.m.

Presented by Kathryn Scourby, CBCP,  KNS Consulting, LLC, This interactive session includes important information to assist you in protecting your firm or business, including discussing the types of workplace violence that can occur and the characteristics and warning signs of potential violence. Additionally, steps that all firms and businesses can take to prevent acts of violence from occurring and discussing what to do if an unwanted intruder enters your office or building will round out this session.

How to Win Sales and Influence People
June 5 at 9 a.m.

• Instill foundational elements of Relationship Selling
• Use methods to build more trusting relationships quickly and authentically
• Learn tools to move beyond the current chaos and immediately drive sales

With the tension rising from our current global situation, customers want a confident sales professional with the right skill set to guide them through the buying process: a sales professional that delivers value,
instills confidence and is willing to go the extra mile to quickly drive results. salespeople need to juggle client's emotions and financial limitations with trust, clarity and confidence.

REGISTER HERE (Enter the password "Blount" to register. No quotes.)
Financial Wellness Update
June 10 at 10:15 a.m.

Join The Trust Company for an update on the markets, the impact on your investment accounts and things you should and should not do during this time. There will be an update on how you may be affected by the CARES Act.

REGISTER HERE (Open to anyone with financial questions)
FREE Webinar Series on Organizational Health

Considered an expert in human behavior and organization dynamics, Greg Coker's vision is as a result of reading his books, attending his keynotes/workshops; recipients are moved to achieve higher levels of performance and their organizations better places to work. He is the author of Building Cathedrals: The Power of Purpose and the Soft Skills Field Manual. His third book, Healing the Wounds: Forgiveness & Reconciliation in the Workplace, is due on book shelves later this year.

Each session is a Tuesday, beginning at 11 a.m. ET and will last for 50 minutes.
Series Schedule:

  • Week 3, June 2 11 a.m. ET - Stress Management
  • Characteristics of Stress Resistant People, impact of change on stress levels, tools to best manage stress.
  • Week 4, June 9 11 a.m. ET - Team Effectiveness during Covid-19
  • The Ideal Team Player, Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Four Disciplines of Execution, Leading Teams, other Team Models.

Register in advance for one or both sessions here:
**After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
The Tennessee Small Business Development Center is hosting a myriad of online training webinars to assist you in all facets of your businesses. Take a gander at the upcoming events for June.

June 4 from 11 a.m.-noon

June 9 from 9-11 am..

June 16 from 9-10 a.m.

June 23 from noon-2 p.m.

June 25 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

June 30 from 9-10 a.m.
As part of the Blount Chamber's 100th anniversary, we need your help to create a community cookbook of your favorite family recipes entitled "A Century of Cooking With Character." To contribute is simple and can be done online in just a few minutes.

Click here for submission instructions .

The deadline for entering recipes is Friday, June 12, 2020, in order to have our cookbooks printed which will be delivered in late summer.

Admit it, we all like to do a bit of Emeril Lagassee's "BAM!" in kitchen.
Free soft skills sessions are offered in partnership by the Blount County Public Library, the Adult Education Foundation of Blount County and the Blount County Chamber of Commerce.

All sessions will be conducted via Zoom Meeting.    Click here to download Zoom   . It's FREE!

Registrations are currently being accepted online at for a class entitled  Networking Strategically on June 19.
Build a network that is beneficial and strategic. Learn how to avoid networking traps and break out of the mold in order to advance project and professional goals.

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.
Here's a sample of how to conduct an employee screening process for COVID-19

Don't forget each day before reporting to work, to complete your "Employee Screening Process."

It's a two-step process:

1. Take your temperature. If you do not own a thermometer, please contact your supervisor as soon as possible.

2. Answer the following questions: 
  • Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
  • Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat?
  • Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?
  • Have you had new loss of taste or smell?
  • Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?

If you have a temperature that exceeds 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, answer YES to any of the questions listed above, or experience COVID-19 symptoms, do not report to work and contact your supervisor to make him/her aware of your absence.

It is recommended that you seek medical care and/or COVID-19 testing per the Tennessee Department of Health and CDC guidelines .

Thank you to Blount Chamber Board member Trevis Gardner, Vice President of Operations at MKAA, for providing this information and demonstrating how to take your temperature.
If you have questions about any business related topic about the COVID-19 crisis, please refer to our Managing Your Business During the COVID-19 Outbreak page that is updated daily. There's good information that can point you in the right direction.
Also take advantage of our member-to-member offers . There are a number of resources that you may find beneficial.
As businesses reopen across the state, Tennessee’s Economic Recovery Group released guidance for businesses . The Tennessee Pledge guidelines recommend capacity limits, spacing requirements, and frequent sanitization, among others. Larger venues and activities where social distancing is not feasible remain closed.

The full guidance offered by the state can be  found here as well as printable guidelines .

If you aren't following us on social media, you must. We are constantly updating information as each day progresses. So, give us a like and stay up-to-date as we move through this crisis.
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Topping the Billboard Top 100 this week in 2012 was "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra. The song spent eight weeks atop the chart in the beginning of the summer. In 2013, the song won two  Grammy Awards  for  Best Pop Duo/Group Performance  and  Record of the Year .