Our 97th installment of The Dialogue is now up and this week we visit with Dewayne Holloway, owner, of
Cell Phone Repair (CPR)
. Read the article at the bottom of this email.
WOMEN IN BUSINESS
Make plans to attend our next
Women in Business
meeting on Monday, January 22 at noon at Airport Hilton (Bar Area) led by Sharon Hannum.
In order for us to have enough time for the meeting if you are planning on eating please arrive at 11:45 and go ahead and get your lunch and bring to the bar area.
This will be a Dutch Treat lunch from Cooper's Restaurant. The menu is soup or salad bar for $8.95 + tax, this includes drink, and dessert or the whole buffet for $12 (Including tax) and includes drink, buffet and dessert.
RSVP to Amy
by Friday, January 19 if you are attending.
Designed by Leadership Blount and in collaboration with community partners, Discover Blount is an introduction to Blount County showcasing all that is great in this place we call home. The program introduces participants to resources in our county and identifies opportunities to be more involved.
The Discover Blount program is held on six Tuesdays from 1-6 p.m. and includes one social and one service opportunity. The Spring 2018 dates are: February 6 and 13, March 6 and 20, and April 3 and 17.
All classes begin and end on the Maryville College campus unless otherwise noted. A tour bus will provide transportation during the class day. The cost for the program is $325. Registration is online at
START-UP WITH GROWTH WHEEL SET FOR JAN. 18
The start-up of a small business does not have to be stressful. Explore your new business idea by applying GrowthWheel and expanding into the big picture. With the help of certified business counselors learn about the necessities of a small business. Topics will include the forms of business organization, tax requirements, business licenses, business planning, and financial options along with loan qualification criteria and opportunities. You do not have to start a business alone because we are here to help.
The session is Thursday, January 18 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Blount Partnership, 201 South Washington Street, Maryville.
Registration is online only
PROMOTE AND PARTICIPATE IN OPERATION THANK YOU
Promote your business during "Operation Thank You" by sending 1400 gift certificates, brochures or business promotional pieces to us and we will distribute them during Operation Thank You.
Your Chamber constantly looks for ways to help you promote your business through the ABC theory - Always Buy Chamber. We do ask that your enclosure piece not to exceed 8.5x11". These inserts should be delivered to the Chamber no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, February 8.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Amy Lawson at
or call 865.983.2241. There is a fee of $200 for insert enclosure.
Participate in the Chamber's 20th annual "Operation Thank You" set for February 20-22, 2018 and meet other business people on a one-on-one basis.
During this three-day event, Chamber members, the Chamber staff and Board of Directors will personally deliver Chamber member information packets. We invite you to join us in this three-day effort. You can agree to call on as many or as few members as your schedule permits.
If you, someone (or several people) from your business, organization or group is interested in participating, please contact Amy Lawson at
or call 865.983.2241.
REGIONAL LEGISLATIVE AGENDA BREAKFAST SET FOR JAN. 26
Join local business leaders and elected officials to hear about pending state legislative issues that could impact the business community as well as the legislative agenda developed by policy leaders at the Knoxville Chamber, Blount Partnership, and Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce. The breakfast is Friday, January 26 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Embassy Suites Knoxville West (9621 Parkside Dr., Knoxville, Tenn.). Tickets are $25 and must be
or through the Knoxville Chamber at 865.637.4550.
SOFT SKILLS SESSION FOR JANUARY
It's Your Career! That's the focus of nine free soft skills sessions offered in partnership by the Blount County Public Library, the Adult Education Foundation of Blount County and the Blount County Chamber of Commerce that are scheduled over the next 12 months.
Registrations are currently being accepted online at
for the first class entitled Time Management set for Jan. 26.
The other classes offered include Building a Team, Managing People and Personalities, Free Resources for Professional Development, How to Run an Effective Meeting, Improving Your Presentation Style - Speaking, Improving Your Presentation Style - Strategies for Engaging Presentations, Making Your Social Media Look Good and Creating Infographics for Promoting Your Business.
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.
JANUARY MEMBER-TO-MEMBER PROMOTIONS
Member-to-member promotions are here for January. Check out the new offer from Quality Financial Concepts, Epic Nine and Swagtown. See this and other promotions at
. New offers are being posted almost daily, 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
REMEMBER TO SHOP LOCAL
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
Each dollar you spend at independent businesses returns 3 times more money to your local economy than one spent at a chain.
GOT AN EVENT OR NEWS? WE'D LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT
Is your organization hosting an event in the community? Submit it
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.
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