Check out the latest edition of The Dialogue in this email. This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So, here we go with our 133rd installment visiting with Jake Wynn, owner of
RIBBON CUTTING SET FOR WEDNESDAY
Come celebrate with Tech Nav for its
grand opening and ribbon cutting
ceremony at its first storefront location at 1895 Louisville Rd. in Alcoa on February 13 at 3 p.m. Bring a friend for food, drinks and networking.
POWER CONNECT LUNCH
Join us for a mid-day networking lunch on February 12 at 11:30 a.m., at Smoky Mountain Brewery in Maryvlle. Meet, mingle, lunch, connect, nibble, engage and network with other influential professionals.
While you (and the other guests) will have an opportunity to introduce your business, current areas of focus and/or anything you could use help with, all I ask is that everyone shows up with a focus on how they may be able to add value for the other attendees.
Open to ALL Blount County Chamber members, but you must
. This is a Dutch Treat lunch.
BRANDING YOUR BUSINESS
Join us February 21 from 9-11 a.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) for a free seminar from the Tenenssee Small Business Development Center entitled "Branding Your Business" Successful branding is the ability to increase awareness about your products and/or services. Why is it important? Think of the various advertisements you see on television, Mention a product and an image or phrase immediately comes to mind or vice versa. Think of the images on your smart phone. There are no lengthy descriptions or discussion. You see the image. You make the association. Learn key strategies about building brand awareness which can increase your visibility, sales, and customer base.
Presenter Betsy Cunningham is hosting a free seminar entitled "Networking - It's Not Just for Sales People," on February 26 from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Blount Parntership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville). Networking 101 focuses on how to connect, create and cultivate relationships whether in a group or one-on-one setting. Partcipants will learn how to introduce themselves in a meaningful way, be goal focused and other strategies to make meeting people more beneficial. So, take that step and see how much good networking skills can improve your personal and professional life.
FACEBOOK GOT YOU RUNNING IN CIRCLES?
Join us February 27 from 9-11 a.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) for a DIY workshop presented by Epic Nine. Rethink your Social Media for 2019. Imagine feeling confident about your business's social media strategy for 2019. If you feel like you are spinning your wheels across the social media landscape and not seeing much return on all the time and money you've invested in it, you're not alone. Join us as we tackle some of the frustrations that small businesses have on social media and answer these questions: What sort of ROI should I expect on social?; Are ads necessary for success?; How do I get engagement on my posts?
BLOUNT COUNTY JOB FAIR SEEKS PARTICIPANTS AND SPONSORS
The Blount County Chamber of Commerce presented by Blackberry Farm, Pellissippi State, Staffing Solutions and Resource MFG and working off its mission statement to promote economic growth, is hosting a job fair on March 28 from 2-6 p.m. at Foothills Mall in Maryville.
If you are interested in sponsoring, please review the form here.
Any business or company interested in participating can reserve booth space which includes one eight-foot table, two chairs and table linens if needed. The fee is $160 for Blount Chamber members and $210 for non-members. Please email
CHAMBER NIGHT WITH THE ICE BEARS
Join fellow Blount County Chamber members as we watch the Ice Bears in action March 9 at 7:35 p.m. at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. Bring the family and enjoy a fun and relaxing evening. Everyone receives a free Ice Bears cap.
Get your tickets today
SIGN UP FOR THE LATEST SOFT SKILLS CLASS
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
for a class entitled Personal Professional Development Planning on February 22. 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.
PACKET DELIVERERS NEEDED FOR OPERATION THANK YOU
Participate in the Chamber's 21st annual "Operation Thank You" set for February 19-21, 2019 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.
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.
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.
YOU CAN POST YOUR OWN MEMBER-TO-MEMBER DEALS
REMEMBER TO SHOP LOCAL
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
Creativity and entrepreneurship are what the American economy is founded upon. Nurturing local business ensures a strong community.
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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