Blount Partnership News & Events

Come out to the Women in Business meeting today at noon at the Airport Hilton (Bar Area). The topic will be "Time Management - Meaning And Its Importance" by Sharon Hannum. This will be a Dutch Treat Lunch from Cooper's Restaurant.
Later this week on Thursday, July 21 from 3-4:30 p.m., at the Blount Partnership, there is a free networking training class with Raeus Jae Cannon. Taking this class will improve your ability to get out and meet people. Register here.
Also on Thursday, July 21 at 8 a.m., there's a free seminar at the Blount Partnership that will go over what the new overtime requirements mean to businesses. Presented by Ed Trent of Wimberly Lawson Wright Daves and Jones. RSVP to Claire.
Additionally, on Friday, July 22, Jacqueline Merritt from the Small Business Association will be conducting two free sessions at the Blount Partnership. The first is a one-hour session on financing your business the SBA way from 9-10 a.m. The second is session about understanding the affordable care act from 11 a.m.-noon. Register for one or both sessions by emailing Jacqueline.
Read our 31st installment of The Dialogue at the bottom of this email where we visit with Roy Shields, Owner of Smoky Mountain Self-Defense. Its mission is to offer an effective skillset and mindset to kids, teens, and adults that will provide the ability to identify, avoid and survive VIOLENCE.
The fifth annual Pigs & Politics Legislative Day returns to Alumni Gym on the Maryville College campus Tuesday, July 26 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
This is a great opportunity for the public to visit with candidates and elected officials as they mingle in a summer pig roast setting with the community. There are no speeches; just a lot of Calhoun's BBQ, beer provided by Smoky Mountain Brewery. Elected officials will once again be serving BBQ while collecting "tips" for their respective non-profit organizations.
Tickets are on sale now for $25 for the public, $20 for Blount County Chamber members and $10 for children under 18. They available by calling 865.983.2241 and online.
Send in your member-to-member promotion for August this week as the email will be sent July 25. New offers are being posted weekly, 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
Cirrus IT Solutions and Regions Bank is hosting a free seminar Wednesday, July 27 from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Blount Partnership on "7 Critical IT Security Protections EVERY Business Must Have In Place NOW To Avoid Cyber Attacks, Data Breach Lawsuits, Bank Fraud and Compliance Penalties"
This is a great opportunity to discover risks of cloud computing and ways to protect your business. You can also find ways to better protect your valuable data and information. If you handle credit card, financial information or medical records, this is a must-attend seminar. Register here.
Did you know that over 95 percent of U.S. consumers are using some form of social media and digital marketing? We partnered with Save Local Now to make sure you're connecting with that 95 percent! Save Local Now's product offering includes live business listings, deal and event publishing, email marketing, iPhone and Android apps, social media sharing, SEO, and real-time analytics. Sign up today for a digital marketing training webinar with one of Save Local Now's Digital Marketing Consultants!

Learn more about marketing your small business in a digital world, ask questions about social media, and take the time to discuss future campaign ideas. What are you waiting for? It's free with your chamber membership. Schedule your FREE session today.
If you have any questions regarding your free digital marketing member benefit ( Save Local Now), your digital platform, or online marketing in general please reach out the Blount Chamber's Rachel Coffman. She is here to help you in the year ahead and will keep you on track as you fulfill your resolutions in 2016.
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Also, please send us any news releases or good news about your business. We'd love to share it with the community.
Cheap Trick's "The Flame" topped the Billboard Music Chart this week in 1988, capping a two-week run at the top. The success of "The Flame" brought the group out of a years-long commercial slump and back into music industry prominence. Reportedly, the band disliked the song at first. Lead guitarist Rick Nielsen disliked the song so much on first hearing that he yanked it from the tape player and ground the cassette beneath his boot heel.



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The Dialogue

This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So here we go with our 31st installment visiting with Roy Shields, Owner of Smoky Mountain Self-Defense. Its mission is to offer an effective skillset and mindset to kids, teens, and adults that will provide the ability to identify, avoid and survive VIOLENCE.
What differentiates Smoky Mountain Self-Defense from other programs? Our goal is to offer kids, teens, and adults the most effective skillset and mindset we can, to make our "No More Victims" attitude a standard in our local community.
How did you get started in this business? Through a lunch time conversation with Gary Christian, a man I a proud to call my friend. As a way to provide a skillset to prevent the terrible tragedy of his daughter and boyfriend from happening to anyone ever again.
What is your background? Through previous work experience through military and federal service as well as, training in traditional martial arts to find what is most effective and teach it without the dogma.
Who is your mentor? My late father who throughout my life supported me unconditionally; instilled in me a set of values based on honor, pride, respect and integrity; as well as being my first and last teacher.
How do outside influences impact your business? Every day provides new challenges, often which are brought to and covered in our classes due to the realistic nature of our self-defense programs.
What do you enjoy about teaching self defense? The freedom that I get to do what I love and it allows me to be a more effective and present father, all the while being obedient to my calling.
Previous Profiles:
Michael & Lori Bishop, Mountain Top Retirement Planning Cynthia Warner, Cynthia's Natural Market Holly Sparks, Realty Trust Group Amy McCarty and Tosha Wilhelmsen, The Artistic Bean Maryville
Dr. Drew Osborn, Foothills Pediatric Dentistry
Ray Clowers, Champion Physical Therapy Jeffrey Jeter, OneSouth Financial Group
Josh Fincher, Thermocopy
Cory Blanton, Aerotek Scientific
David Anderson, Shelter Insurance
Nancy McBee, Tennessee Trane Energy Services
Joel Honeycutt, J&S Janitorial Solutions
Suzie Cutshaw, JB&B Capital
Tom Klein, InfoSystems
Clint Woodfin, Spicer Rudstrom, PLLC
Rebecca Kiger, Home Instead Senior Care
Ben Hazel, Pree's Tree Specialists
Larry Parker, Auto Collision Experts
Jamie Weiss Photography
Jeff Jones, LC Fence
Steve White, White Enterprise Holding
Aundrea Scholem and Jennifer Madaj, Foothills Adult Care Enrichment Services
Wade McLemore, Paychex
Alan Baker, Crown Point Consultants
Shelby Avery, Avery Wealth Management
Kate Schriver, Schriver's
Elizabeth Ross, ECS Central, PLLC
Tony Saddy, Get Fit Maryville
Renee Taylor, CBI
Christy Simmers, Christy's Creative Cafe
Premier and Presidential Partners