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WHAT'S NEXT FOR PPP RECIPIENTS
PYA, in conjunction with the Blount Chamber, is presenting a webinar entitled, "What’s Next for PPP Recipients—Navigating the Forgiveness Process and (Finally) Planning for the Close of 2020 for Income Tax Purposes," on December 2 from 3-4 p.m.

PYA Principals Debbie Ernsberger and Mark Brumbelow will discuss the PPP and related year-end tax strategies as we wind down 2020. Key takeaways include the following:
  • Appropriate use of PPP loan proceeds, and documents to retain for record-keeping
  • Forgiveness application forms required for completion
  • Key components of the PPP loan forgiveness application
  • Impact of forgiveness determination on expense deductibility
  • Tax planning strategies for minimizing the tax impact of forgiveness
  • Needs for legislative and guidance clarity

Register in advance for this meeting: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
HOTEL RIBBON CUTTING
Join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of Alcoa's newest hotel, Tru by Hilton (125 Furrow Way, Alcoa), on December 2 at 11 a.m.

Appetizers and beverages will be served as well as a tour of the facility.

CONNECT ONE MORE TIME BEFORE CHRISTMAS
The Blount Chamber is hosting AM Connect on December 11 at 8:15 a.m., sponsored by Rocky Top Restoration, LLC.

This is the final virtual networking event of 2020. So join us and other chamber members for this holiday extravaganza.

We bring connections to you with our virtual networking option. Held the second Friday of every month, these online meetings are a companion to our in-person coffee clubs. Here you have the opportunity to meet new people in breakout rooms.

Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
LETTERS FOR LAMAR
Maryville's native son, Lamar Alexander, is retiring from the U.S. Senate in December. In recognition of his service to Blount County and all Tennesseans throughout his career, the Blount Partnership is gathering letters and emails to present to him during his last days on The Hill. Deadline is December 4.

We will gather and bind these articles in a professional manner so Sen. Alexander can look back with fond memories.

If you wish to send Sen. Alexander a message, please send an email or attach a PDF note on company letterhead to jmuir@blountpartnership.com
CYBERSECURITY BASICS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Marcus Blair, director of Poribar Digital Consulting, is hosting a webinar on Cybersecurity Basics, December 15 at 10:30 a.m. REGISTER HERE.

From Tron to Matrix to Mr. Robot, hackers have fascinated us for as long as there have been computer networks. 21st century hackers have an enormous arsenal at their disposal, but, like all predators, they want the easiest targets. A few practical steps can help keep you, your family, your identity, and your data safe.

This webinar will review some practical steps to boost your home and business cybersecurity.
THINKING AHEAD
Operation Thank You, a special opportunity for your business information to be distributed to 1400 businesses and individuals in Blount County is being moved from its traditional end of February eventto the last week of March.

“Operation Thank You” is a special event that is part of Blount Chamber’s “ABC theory” – Always Buy Chamber. It is a form of targeted marketing that lets you put your services directly in front of potential clients eager to see what you have available. This is a rare opportunity for any sort of business, and you will want to design your offer on a B2B basis (business to business). 

As you budget for 2021, be sure to include a little for swag merchandise, business promotional items or even gift certificates for your business.
GET PLACEMENT IN BASICALLY BLOUNT
The 2021  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. 2021, along with distribution four times throughout the year via area professional offices, newcomers, visitors, and new businesses all looking to relocate to Blount County. DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 4.

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

Vicki Hawkins of Marcon Marketing at 865-310-2963

We are pleased to offer a variety of advertising opportunities at cost effective rates through our media kit.


As we begin to publish, please make sure we have your latest information (i.e. contact name, address, phone, email, web address). To see what is listed, please go here
STEP UP YOUR NETWORKING GAME
The December 11 edition of soft skills classes offered by the Blount County Public Library is quickly approaching.

This Zoom Webinar session is entitled "Networking Strategically." 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.

WEBINAR CALENDAR
The Tennessee Small Business Development Center is hosting a myriad of online training webinars to assist you in all facets of your businesses. Take advantage of training opportunities with the SBDC at no cost.

Get the Facts on PPP and EIDL
Hear from SBA every Monday and Friday at noon ET until December 21. Find out what is a myth and what is a truth on SBA loans for small businesses. REGISTER HERE 

December 2 from 6-7:30 pm.

December 8 from noon-1 p.m.
WHAT'S HAPPENING?
BE SURE YOU'RE FOLLOWING US
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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Members can post Coupons and Discounts to this page at no charge. Click Here
REMEMBER WHEN . . .
Topping the Billboard Hot 100 this week in 1986 was "You Give Love a Bad Name" by Bon Jovi. Written about a woman who has jilted her lover, the song became the band's first number one hit.
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