Blount Partnership News and Events

 
ATTEND THIS BEFORE YOUR NEXT VACATION
The Vacation Clearing House & Exchange is holding a FREE vacation benefit symposium at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) on April 4 from 9:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m. You don't want to miss this networking opportunity with prizes and snacks. This video gives full details, so take a peek. Remember to like the event on Facebook and register here.
 
FREE CONCERT AT PELLISSIPPI STATE
Rising country music star Courtney Cole will perform a FREE concert April 10 on Pellissippi State's Blount County Campus, as part of Country Music Television's Empowering Education tour.

Those interested in careers in manufacturing have a chance to learn more about local job opportunities and catch a free concert at Pellissippi State Community College.

Pellissippi State is one of four Tennessee community colleges on Country Music Television's Empowering Education tour featuring rising star Courtney Cole, a Belmont University graduate who has been named one of CMT's Next Women of Country.

A manufacturing showcase will start at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the lobby of Pellissippi State's Blount County Campus, followed by the free concert at 6 p.m. in the campus' West Chevrolet Auditorium.

Pellissippi State's Blount County Campus is located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Friendsville. While the concert is free, tickets are required, as seating is limited.
 
LEADERSHIP THAT WORKS
Make plans to attend our next HR Focus Group on April 3 at 8:30 a.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville). The topic will be "Leadership That Works: Creating a Leadership Culture and Developing a High Performing Team" by Kevin Kragenbrink of 3 to 99. This FREE workshop is designed for HR professionals, leadership trainers, and senior leadership looking to develop an effective leadership culture in their organization. MORE INFORMATION.
 
ONE MORE NETWORKING CLASS
If introducing yourself at gathering has you being a wallflower, join Raeus Jae Cannon for her FREE networking training class at the Blount Partnership on April 9 from 3-4:30 p.m. A regular workshop at the Blount Chamber, this free seminar will get you on the road to improving your life and business relationships. You'll no longer be making those dreaded cold calls and begin using new relationships to drive business to you. REGISTER HERE.
 
GLENN SHEPARD RETURNS
Because the response was so overwhelming, we're bringing Glenn Shepard back on April 16 to present a more advanced seminar for managers ready to move from management to leadership. As Glenn puts it, "Managers can only get compliance from their employees. It takes a leader to get commitment."

In the seminar, he'll show you how to motivate your people, not just manage them. How to get them to follow you because they believe in your goals, your skills as a leader, and they are committed.

This program has been approved for 5.5 (General ) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

The fee is $197 for Chamber members. (Not FREE) When three or more from one business enroll, the fourth attends for free. REGISTER HERE.
 
PUBLIC SPEAKING GOT YOU FEARFUL?
Presenter Betsy Cunningham is hosting a FREE seminar entitled "Powerful Public Speaking," on April 24 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville). Join us as she shares her keys and tips to being a better public speaker while learning the importance of nonverbal communication techniques. Also become effective at challenging others to take action. REGISTER HERE.
 
SIGN UP FOR THE LATEST SOFT SKILLS CLASS
soft skills
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 Project Management on April 29. 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
 
LYNDA AT THE LIBRARY
Businesses need to take advantage of the Blount County 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. Learn More.
 
YOU CAN POST YOUR OWN 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.

View the latest deals.
 
REMEMBER TO SHOP LOCAL
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
 
Buying from a locally owned business conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation and less packaging.
 
Find what you're looking for in the Chamber Directory.
 
GOT AN EVENT OR NEWS? WE'D LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT
Is your organization hosting an event in the community? Submit it here 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.
 
REMEMBER WHEN
Topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week in 1987 was "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by Starship. It is a duet featuring Starship vocalists Grace Slick and Mickey Thomas. Featured as the theme to the romantic comedy film Mannequin.
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