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GROW WITH GOOGLE
Get Your Business on Google Search and Maps
Sept. 30 from 10-11 a.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
POWER POSITIVE LEADER
Power of a Positive Leader
October 7 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. | REGISTER HERE

Join Kevin Waters, CEO of Clear Leader Group for a workshop entitled the “Power of a Positive Leader.”

Discover how self-awareness can help you become a better leader, learn about humble confidence, and uncover what feedback is and what it is not and how to effectively give feedback.
EXPERIENCE VIRTUAL NETWORKING
The Blount Chamber is hosting AM Connect on Friday, October 9 at 8:15 a.m., sponsored by Family Promise of Blount County.

For those who have never participated in an online meeting, here's some useful tips.
  • Please include your name and company name
  • Use the option to meet others in a small group setting by participating in our breakout rooms
  • Limited to 100 guests

Housekeeping Items:
  • Keep microphone muted when you aren’t speaking
  • Raise your hand (virtually) for a turn
  • Chat is available for questions
  • Look into the camera instead of looking at yourself talking on the screen 

Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
FOOD AND FRIENDS
Join us for a Power Connect Lunch on October 14 at 11:30 a.m., at The Shed .

Meet, Mingle, Lunch, Connect, Nibble, Engage and Network with other influential professionals.

Open to ALL Blount County Chamber members, but you must RSVP online . This is a Dutch Treat lunch.

Event chair Tony Saddy of Get Fit Maryville will lead the event.
MAXIMIZE WITH US
Learn more about the Blount Chamber and the many opportunities that go along with being a member. Learn how to make the most of the benefits afforded to you by joining our webinar on October 13, 2020, at 2 p.m.

Register in advance for this meeting

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

R E M E M B E R !
Your membership is a corporate membership. Please encourage co-workers to get involved, educated, network and promote your company via Blount Chamber events and opportunities.
SUPERVISOR TRAINING IS COMING
Running a business is more than dollars and cents; there's a legal element that many human resource professionals, supervisors and managers deal with daily. To that end, the Blount Partnership, along with Wimberly, Lawson, Wright, Daves & Jones, is hosting a supervisor training - human resource/legal seminar October 26, 2020, from 10 a.m.-noon
 
Register in advance for this meeting:
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

ADDRESSING RACE RELATIONS
Given recent events, including the George Floyd scenario, it is imperative that employers thoughtfully and directly address workplace related racial issues. This session will identify the most relevant issues HR professionals should consider when attempting to discuss and address such racial issues. This session will also explore strategies and best practices to be employed when dealing with race-related workplace issues.
Presented by Fred Bissinger

OSHA, leave laws, work from home and Fair Labor Standards Act
The pandemic has resulted in myriad employment law concerns for employers keeping their business running. Learn about several such legal considerations including OSHA, leave laws new and old, work from home issues, and how the Fair Labor Standards Act is implicated in multiple scenarios. 
Presented by Howard Jackson
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.
Do You Need Help Rethinking Business Strategy?

The TSBDC is here to provide business counseling and training assistance at no charge.

Small businesses, like yours, are the backbone of Tennessee’s economy, and we know many of you are hurting right now due to the many challenges brought on by COVID-19.

We can help you explore your options and the issues you’re facing.

Get free one-on-one consultations from experts in Accounting, HR and Marketing.

We're here to help small businesses in East Tennessee grow and succeed.

Visit our website to Request Free Advising 
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.

CREATE A HEALTHY WORKPLACE
The October 30 edition of soft skills classes offered by the Blount County Public Library is quickly approaching.

This Zoom Webinar session is entitled "Building a Trauma-Informed Workplace." How can you use the guiding principles of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) to create a psychologically healthy workplace that prioritizes employee wellness? Learn practical approaches to creating an environment that champions care, safety, and respect.

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
Creating Cultures that Engage and Retain Millennials and Generation Z
October 6 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.mREGISTER HERE (COST $19)
Join us for this interactive workshop as we present our research and practical applications for engaging your younger employees.
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 

October 6 at 9 a.m.

October 15 from 9:30-11 a.m.

October 20 from 9-10:30 a.m.
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
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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
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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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Here's a great way to offer Member-to-Member deals using your chamber member account. Check the deals.

Members can post Coupons and Discounts to this page at no charge. Click Here
REMEMBER WHEN
History was made in 1989 as the Berlin Wall was no longer a divide in Germany.
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