Blount Partnership News and Events
COFFEE CLUB THIS THURSDAY AT UNITED COMMUNITY BANK
Join us for Coffee Club January 30 from 7:45-9 a.m. at United Community Bank (1067 Hunter's Crossing, Alcoa). 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.
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.

General Admission 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. 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.

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.
CHECK OUT THE DIALOGUE
Check out the 154th edition of The Dialogue at the bottom of this email where we visit with a new chamber member. This week, we sit down with Nina Akins of Stockton Mortgage Corporation.
MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND THE REGIONAL LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST
Make plans to attend Regional Legislative Agenda Breakfast held January 31 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the New Hope Center (602 Scarboro Rd., Oak Ridge). This annual event is a partnership of the Oak Ridge, Knoxville and Blount County chambers of commerce. The three chambers identify issues of importance in our state and those issues will be introduced during the breakfast. Legislators who represent the region will be in attendance to comment.

Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased online .

Following the breakfast, there will be a tour of Y-12. Pre-registration is required for the tour and space is limited. To be placed on the list, please email Shelby Fowler .
TOOLS TO HELP EMPLOYERS NAVIGATE THE OPIOID CRISIS
Tennessee has been hit hard by the opioid crisis-harming individuals, families, communities, and employers. Each year, Tennessee's economy loses billions in lost workforce productivity. The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry is working to provide real solutions to employers to better manage this the opioid crisis.

Join us for a breakfast discussion, connect with recovery resources, and learn how to create programs to support employees struggling with opioid dependence. This event presented by the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and co-hosted by the Blount Partnership is set for February 20 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Airport Hilton (2001 Alcoa Hwy., Alcoa).

Each event will highlight local resources and organizations employers can work with to prevent opioid misuse in the workplace, create programs to reduce stigma, and help direct opioid dependent employees to recovery services. We'll convene employers with first responders, law enforcement, recovery organizations, and community leaders to foster meaningful dialog on working together to solve this community and economic crisis.

There is no fee to attend, but registration is required here .
GLENN SHEPARD SEMINAR RETURNS FEB. 6
This is a world class professional development course designed specifically for supervisors on the front line, who directly manage two or more employees. It's for managers who are "in the trenches", like the restaurant manager who can't open tonight because three of his servers didn't show up for work, the dentist who spends as much time dealing with her employees as treating patients, etc.

Your Chamber has worked out a great deal for you on the tuition. Managers have paid as much as $1,295 to hear Glenn Shepard speak. You, as a member of the Chamber, may attend this event for only $197, and your fourth company registration is FREE! Non-chamber members tuition is $247. This seminar is approved for 5.50 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute and SHRM. REGISTER HERE .
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 .
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 1968 was "Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)" by the Louisiana-based John Fred & His Playboy Band. Its title is a play on, and a mondegreen of, the Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." 
The Dialogue
This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So, here we go with our 154th installment visiting with Nina Akins, Mortgage Banker with Stockton Mortgage Corporation which creates pathways to home ownership with the values of honesty, respect, and integrity.

Describe what Stockton Mortgage Corporation does. Stockton Mortgage is here to open doors. We're here to make your mortgage process as easy, efficient and professional as possible and get you the home you've been dreaming about.

How did you get started? I started in 2002 answering phones for a mortgage company through a temporary employment agency.

What is your background? Everything was on the job training. I learned the business by starting at the beginning of the file as Set-up person, promoted to Loan Processor, which lead to Loan Officer Assistant and finally Loan Officer aka Mortgage Banker.
      
Describe your customers. Our customers come from all points in their life. New College Graduates that have their dream job and newlyweds buying their first dream home. Then you have the buyers purchasing a second home for vacations or investment. The retired buyer looking to downsize because the children are now adults and living their own lives.

What impacts the business environment you work in? While the financial health of borrowers affects how good an interest rate they can get, larger economic factors and government financial policy affect the whole mortgage rate universe. Below the financial credentials of a buoyant economy are a wealth of social and demographic factors which are also providing significant support for house prices. Such as Millennial's purchasing in suburbs rather in the middle of cities.

What do you enjoy about working at Stockton Mortgage Corporation? Helping people achieve their home buying goals, whatever they may be.

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