Check out our question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member in this email. So, here we go with our 123rd installment visiting with Joe Gleason of Jiffy Lube Multicare.
DAD JOKE: Want to hear a joke about paper? Nevermind it's tearable.
AND THE AWARD GOES TO. . .
Congratulations to our Best of Blount Award winners.
Tourism Impact Award goes to Dancing Bear Lodge.
Bright Future Award goes to Express Strategic Services.
Large Business of the Year is Accenture.
Small Business of the Year goes to ICC International.
Community Impact Award goes to Kingdom Design Ministries.
First Responder Award goes to Blount County Sheriff's Office James Berrong.
Philanthropist of the Year Award goes to Jason Brooks of LDA Engineering.
TENNESSEE MEMORIALS RIBBON CUTTING
NETWORKING TRAINING CLASS
If you've ever been nervous about
or want to learn how to do it better, then you need to attend this fabulous free seminar by Raeus Jae Cannon on November 6 from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville). It will be the best 90 minutes of your week.
You will learn how to stop making cold calls and steer more prospects toward you.
BITCOIN AND CRYPTOCURRENCIES
Join us at the Blount Partnership December 6 from 9:30 a.m.-noon as John Cannon, president of Symply Data Centers, presents a seminar entitled "Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies: Exploring the NEW Currency."
Cannon explains cryptocurrency foundation technology, Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin and other cryptocurrencies. How do you use it? What are the tax implications?
DAD JOKE: Dad, can you put my shoes on? No, I don't think they'll fit me.
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY IS NOVEMBER 24
This Nov 24, the Blount Partnership wants to celebrate
Small Business Saturday
with you! It's a special holiday created so communities can show love for small local businesses. And it wouldn't be a celebration without businesses like you joining us!
The day was setup to help businesses with their most pressing need -- getting more customers. The day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before.
If your small business is interested in participating, please email
. We will help get the word out about shopping locally at the beginning of the holiday season.
ELECTION DAY IS NOVEMBER 6
If you didn't vote during the early voting period, election day is Nov. 6. Click here for
Blount County precinct locations
. The polls are open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. You must vote at your
PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR VALID PHOTO ID TO VOTE
GET PLACEMENT IN 2019 BASICALLY BLOUNT
The 2019 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. 2019, along with distribution four times throughout the year via area professional offices, newcomers, visitors, and new businesses all looking to relocate to Blount County.
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of Basically Blount or view the
, contact: Rick Ford of Marcon Marketing at (865) 705-8580
DAD JOKE: What did the ocean say to the shore? Nothing, it just waved.
SOFT SKILLS SESSION FOR NOVEMBER
It's Your Career! That's the focus of 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 two months.
Registrations are currently being accepted online at
for a class entitled Making Your Social Media Look Good on Nov. 30. This course qualifies for .2 CEU's awarded by Pellissippi State.
The final class is Creating Infographics for Promoting Your Business on Dec. 21.
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.
FREE TECHNOLOGY CLASSES AT LIBRARY
The Blount County Public Library is offering free computer classes in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint (2016) and Gmail. Receive an opportunity to gain a nationally recognized certificate from Northstar Digital Literacy. Course descriptions and schedules are listed below. The free classes meet in the Blount County Public Library's new Learning Lab (outside the library in the former First Tennessee Bank branch building) unless otherwise *noted. Spaces are limited and registration is required. To register, please visit the library's Information Services Desk or call (865) 982-0981, ext. 1450, or (865) 273-1428. Sign up no earlier than one month prior to a class.
Microsoft Excel 2016 Essentials: 2-session class. Bring a USB drive.
M/F - Nov. 5 @ 9-12:30 PM, Nov. 9 @ 8-10:30 AM
M/F - Dec. 10, 12 @ 2-4 PM.
Microsoft Word 2016 Essentials: 3-session class. Bring a USB drive.
M/W/F - Dec. 3, 5, 7 @ 2-4 PM
Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 Essentials: 3-session class. Bring a USB drive.
M/W/F- Nov. 26, 28, 30 @ 2-4 PM
Gmail How-To's: 1 session class. Bring a USB drive.
M - Nov. 19 @ 9-11 AM
Additionally, businesses need to take advantage of the library's subscription to Lynda.com. Using your library card, get access to Lynda.com, a LinkedIn Company, with thousands of courses in software, creative and business skills to develop your staff skills and meet learning needs at your own convenience.
NOVEMBER MEMBER-TO-MEMBER PROMOTIONS
Member-to-member promotions are here. Submit to the email below. Check out the latest offer from Proven Protection with a great deal on security cameras. See other promotions at
. 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
DAD JOKE: How much does a hipster weigh? An instagram.
REMEMBER TO SHOP LOCAL
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
Buying local foods has numerous health benefits to your family.
GOT AN EVENT OR NEWS? WE'D LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT
Is your organization hosting an event in the community? Submit it
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.
Topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week in 1966 was "Last Train to Clarksville" by The Monkees. The song was featured in seven episodes of the band's television series, the most for any Monkees song.