FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE BRIEFING SET
Join us August 28 at 8:30 a.m. for a virtual Federal Legislative Briefing with Congressman Tim Burchett.

Register in advance for this meeting: 


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
TN APPLIES FOR LOST WAGES
ASSISTANCE GRANT
The state of Tennessee has submitted its application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to receive grant funding to pay an additional weekly unemployment
benefit to claimants who meet the eligibility requirements of the Lost Wages Supplemental Payment Assistance program (LWA).

If approved, the grant will fund a $300 weekly payment. This new LWA payment is in addition to the Tennessee Unemployment Compensation, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, or Extended Benefits payments currently available to unemployed Tennessee workers.

BIZ MUST CLAIM DOLLARS SOON
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On June 2, 2020, Governor Bill Lee announced the use of federal Coronavirus Relief Funds to assist Tennessee small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Governor Lee has directed the Tennessee Department of Revenue to issue business relief payments through the Tennessee Business Relief Program to small businesses for costs incurred as a result of mandatory business closures. 

Please Note: An expansion to the Tennessee Business Relief Program was announced on August 13, 2020. The expanded program includes a number of additional eligible business types. 

The department has proactively identified potentially eligible businesses using information available in our tax system. Notifications to businesses included in the expanded program will be sent beginning the week of August 17. Businesses who have received a notification to certify their business information on the Department of Revenue's TNTAP website. Once a business completes its certification and the department verifies eligibility, the department will issue a relief payment. These payments range from $2,500 to $30,000, depending on the amount of the business’ gross sales. 

If you previously submitted a certification form and received notification that your business was ineligible, there is no need to resubmit your information. If the department is able to confirm your eligibility under the expanded Tennessee Business Relief Program, you will automatically receive a relief payment as well as notice of this determination. 
NETWORKING IN 2020
Join us Wednesday, August 26 from 9-10:30 a.m. for a hybrid webinar/networking event hosted by the Blount Chamber and Fire by Light, a Knoxville based training company specializing in helping people better engage with others in conversations and presentations, in both face-to-face and virtual environments.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Agenda
  • Stop sabotaging yourself. Learn the easily implemented, but frequently overlooked, basics that make a difference when engaging virtually.
  • Get better at asking good questions and giving other people a chance to tell their stories.
  • Gain insights on how to concisely share your own stories in relevant ways.
  • Learn how to follow up without fear of being a nuisance.
NEED ASSISTANCE IN
HR, MARKETING OR ACCOUNTING?
Have you experienced supply chain disruptions, staffing challenges, a decrease in business or a business closure as a result specifically due to COVID-19

Through the CARES Act the TSBDC has received funding to hire industry professionals to provide consulting at no cost for our clients. If you need assistance in the areas of accounting, marketing and human resources contact our center!

Let our consultants help navigate the complexities of business ownership during a Pandemic.  


With barriers brought on by COVID-19, we believe small businesses still need that human connection to help identify pools of opportunity. With the simple press of a button, you can find yourself meeting virtually with a consultant who wants to help you and your business succeed on every level.
SHARE YOUR TESTIMONY
If you've ever wanted to Share your Chamber testimony about how the Blount County Chamber of Commerce has been a benefit to you during the COVID-19 pandemic or has assisted you in general. Please share with us.

We would like to use your quote on social media as a way to thank you for your investment.

IS YOUR BIZ RESILIENT?
Success in 90 Seminars
Creating the Resilient Firm of the Future
Sept. 2 at 8:30 a.m. | REGISTER HERE
In this session we will discuss business continuity and pandemic planning and the steps that your company can take now to protect your employees, make informed business decisions for returning to the workplace, working with clients and ensuring organizational resiliency and profitability. Presented by Kathryn Scourby, CBCP of KNS Consulting.
COMPLETE THE CENSUS
Please complete the 2020 Census and we ask that your family and friends do the same by September 30. Blount County has a response rate of 68.8% which is below the 71.6% response rate in 2010.

The process is simple and can be completed online.

There are 12 easy questions and no citizenship questions.
Why is this important?
The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding every year, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade.
GET A GRIP ON CONFLICT
The September 25 edition of soft skills classes offered by the Blount County Public Library is quickly approaching.

This Zoom Webinar session is entitled "Conflict De-escalation and Resolution." Here, you will gain insights into your conflict management style and the styles of your team. Discover your own emotional triggers, explore ways to deal with conflict, and leave with best practices you can apply in professional and personal settings.

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 

August 24 from 11 a.m.-noon

August 25 from 2-4 p.m.

August 25 from 3-4:30 p.m.

August 27 from 1-2:15 p.m.

August 28 from 10-11:30 a.m.
Virtual Monthly Contracting Training for August
SBA Government Contracting Management and Technical Assistance Online Training: Learn the fundamentals of government contracting. For more information and to register for August trainings, click here.

SBA Virtual Events Navigating the National Crisis Series: Virtual training courses to help you navigate the COVID-19 national crisis and provide you strategies and tactics for managing contract changes, maximizing remote work effectiveness, staying afloat, identifying new opportunities, managing cashflow in a crisis, and growing your businesses in a down market in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic and U.S. National Emergency. For more information and to register, click here.

SBA Virtual Training on 8(a) Business Development and Government Contracting:  Connect to online training for every phase of the 8(a) Business Development Program. For more information and to register for August trainings, click here.

SBA Cybersecurity Online Training: Protect your business and compliance requirements through these webinars. For more information and to register for August trainings, click here.
33rd Annual Tax Conference - Virtual Workshop  
August 24 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
4 hours of CPE and CLE are approved

Grow with Google
Get Your Business on Google Search and Maps
Sept. 15 from 2-3 p.m. | REGISTER HERE

Learn about Google My Business, a free tool for local businesses that want to connect with customers on Google Search and Maps. Get (virtual) hands-on help in creating or updating your business profile or a simple website.

In this live webinar, you will learn how to:
• Create or claim your Business Profile on Google
• Manage your business info across Google Search and Maps
• Use Google My Business to connect with potential customers
• Create a free website using the info from your Business Profile
WHAT'S HAPPENING?
TENNESSEE PLEDGE
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.
 
The full guidance offered by the state can be found here as well as printable guidelines.
COVID-19 CASES IN BLOUNT COUNTY
The City of Maryville publishes a daily web page that breaks down all the COVID-19 cases in Blount County. Bookmark it to make sure you know the facts.
TRACK THE ECONOMY
If you're interested in an economy tracking information chart from the national, state and local levels, view and interact with this website.
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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REMEMBER WHEN
Topping the Billboard Top 100 this week in 1972 was "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" by Looking Glass. Billboard ranked it as the 12th song of 1972.
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