Blount Partnership News and Events

Check out the 103rd edition of the The Dialogue at the bottom of this email where we visit Melony Colquitt of SendOutCards.
Join Jeff Francis from the state of Tennessee's Bureau of Workers' Compensation on March 28 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Blount Parternship (201 S. Washington St., Maryville). Contact Amy for registration information which is $15 and includes lunch.
Attendees at this presentation should expect to learn: * How large the drug epidemic is in the US * How prevalent drug use in the workplace * The financial and non-financial impact that drugs in the workplace cause. * Ways to create a safer worksite * The difference between a drug free workplace and Tennessee's Drug Free Workplace Program * The benefits and requirements for employers that participate in the Drug Free Workplace Program * Recent revisions to the Program's rules
Sponsored by BNI, take part in the one of today's hottest business events - Speed Networking!

What is speed networking? It is like speed dating, except it is for building business relationships.

Only 30 individuals can participate in each Quick Connection event and every individual is GUARANTEED to meet 15 people and spend 5 minutes with each of them.

A facilitator will spend the first 30 minutes of the event teaching you how to maximize your Quick Connection networking opportunity.

You will then spend the next 1.5 hours rotating around the room and meeting 15 other participants at five minute intervals.

The afternoon will be capped off with a 30 minute reception during which you can follow-up with participants you met or introduce yourself to those you didn't get to meet.

Quick Connections is offered free of charge.
March 29, 2018 at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville)
Event Hours: 2-5 p.m.

RSVP to Kasey at
Please include your Name, Company Name, Phone Number & Email

Facilitator: Susan Moser, GAMA Network Solutions, Director Consultant, Business Network International (BNI)

ONE person per company per session.

Only TWO people per industry (i.e. Health Insurance, financial planning etc.)

Individuals can only attend TWO Quick Connections sessions per calendar Year.
Enjoy the aroma of BBQ and live music while visiting with federal, state and Blount County elected officials and mid-term candidates in a relaxed atmosphere at the Blount Partnership's Pigs & Politics Legislative Day sponsored by Vulcan Materials, Spectrum Enterprise, Full Service BBQ, Design Innovation,The Casual Pint, Maryville College, Campbell Party Rentals, Michael Brady, Inc., and K12, Inc., on Tuesday, April 24, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Alumni Gym on the Maryville College campus.

Tickets are on sale for $35 for the public, $25 for Blount County Chamber members, $10 for students with ID and ages five and under are free. They are available by calling 865.983.2241, with more information at

With the county primary and Rockford City election slated for May 1 and early voting beginning April 11, the event provides an enormous opportunity for the public to visit with candidates and elected officials personally as they mingle in a casual setting. No speeches or agenda is set.
Joint the HR Focus Group on April 4 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) as Stacy Myers of Advanced Management presents The Five Behaviors of a Successful Team. There is no cost for this seminar. If you are interested in attending, please email Amy at Continuing Education Units are available
Mid-Day Networking Lunch on April 3, 11:30 a.m. Enjoy the burger bar at Apple Valley Restaurant in Townsend. Mix, mingle and make your own burger at this first time networking lunch. Open to ALL members, but you must reserve your spot, by contacting Amy Lawson at, Event co-chairs Tony Saddy of Get Fit Maryville and Kellie Moths of Rodan+Fields will lead the event.
The "All Things Google" Lunch and Learn Technology Series is a professional development workshop series for adults who seek to learn about the Google platform, applications available through Google and how to access and use these applications (Google Sheets, Google Docs, Google Calendar, Google Drive, etc.) This technology series is offered by the Blount County Public Library with funding provided by the Tennessee State Library Archives Library Technology Training Grant.

This Lunch and Learn series meets in the new Learning Lab at the Blount County Public Library on Fridays each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The $10 registration fee includes a box lunch and participants will have the opportunity to network. Each of the topics offered will be divided into 3-4 weekly sessions that can stand alone or be taken consecutively. A total of 50 classes will be offered with a new schedule released each month.

To register for classes in the Lunch and Learn Series please visit the Blount County Public Library website
Recognized management guru and author Glen Shepard returns to the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) on April 12 from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. to present a more advanced seminar for managers ready to move from management to leadership. In the seminar, he'll show you how to motivate your people, not just manage them. How to get them to follow you because they believe in your goals, your skills as a leader, and they are committed.

If you were fortunate enough to attend Glenn's seminar last year, this seminar will be the PEREFCT continuation to take you to the next level of excellence in management expertise, leadership development, and building a culture of teamwork that encourages cooperation that leads to success for your entire team.

If you missed last year's seminar, this seminar will offer you the opportunity to sharpen your supervisory skills and become a more effective manager and stronger leader than you've ever been. After completing this seminar, which has been certified for additional HRCI credit by SHRM, you'll have the tools for leading your team to achieving goals much faster than ever before.

Contact Amy for registration information. The cost is $197 for Chamber members (When 3 or more enroll, 4th person FREE) and $247 for non-members.
Join us at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St.) on Wednesday, April 18, at 11 a.m. as Regions Bank is hosting an informational business succession planning meeting to assist these successful entrepreneurs in evaluating their options.

Key speakers include Andy Stockett, Managing Director of Four Bridges Capital located in Chattanooga and Dennis Tygart, Regional Wealth Strategist for Regions Private Wealth Management.

Key discussion points will be:
* Determining the value of your company
* Enhancing the value of your company
* Identifying the optimal time to transition the company while maximizing value
* Properly evaluating multiple business succession options
* Growing your business through acquisition or merger
* Evaluating the best strategy for protecting wealth once a company is sold
* Wealth management strategies for enhanced success
* Estate planning strategies for business owners

We encourage everyone to come and hear this presentation if you are interested in the key topics discussed above. There will be limited sitting for this presentation, so reserve your spot no later than April 12. To RSVP please contact Owen Ray at 865-268-1801 or email
Cybersecurity is a vital part of keeping any business healthy. Whether you are a home-based sole proprietor or large corporation, you cannot afford a security breech. Meet with computer experts from Tech Nav to learn how to keep your business, data, and all your devices secure. Readily identify potential breeches and devise a cybersecurity action plan for your business. Tools will be provided to write your cybersecurity plan during the program.

So join us for ths free event April 19 from 9:30 a.m.-noon at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville). Click here to register.
It's Your Career! That's the focus of six 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 eight months.

Registrations are currently being accepted online at for the fourth class entitled Free Resources for Professional Development set for April 27. This course qualifies for .2 CEU's awarded by Pellissippi State.

The other classes offered include 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.
Member-to-member promotions are needed for April. Check out the newest offer from Vienna Coffee catering. See these and other promotions at member-to-member promotions. 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
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Topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week in 1983 was "Billie Jean," by Michael Jackson. It was one of the best-selling singles of 1983, the biggest-selling single for Jackson as a solo artist, and remains one of the best-selling singles worldwide. The song stayed at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks. The song was awarded numerous honors, including two Grammy Awards and an American Music Award.



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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 103rd installment visiting with Melony Colquitt of SendOutCards, which is a Relationship Marketing Company whose primary goal is to help businesses build better relationships with their current customers and prospects and gain more referrals.
Describe how SendOutCards works. My business offers an online system where businesses can send out personalized correspondence to their customers, patients, clients or staff throughout the year. We offer pre-made greeting cards from a catalog or you can create your own with your own handwriting and signature, logo's and pictures. The beauty of it is the company addresses, stamps and mails the card for you. Your customer gets a beautiful card in his mailbox and you can even add a gift. Our phone app makes it super simple to send appreciation in a minute from your phone. Cards can be scheduled to go out automatically throughout the year also.
What is your background? My business is a people business. I've had experience as a buyer, manager and sales. I have a marketing degree from UTK.
Who is your mentor? Kori and Steven Burgess are my mentors. They encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone in order to grow. They impressed upon me how I needed to read books and develop myself as much as learn how to gain more business knowledge. They taught me how important it is to network and give referrals to others.
Describe your customers. My customers are busy people who care about their customers, but don't have time to keep in touch with them in a consistent way. They may have huge data bases or a handful of customers but they need to let them all know that they appreciate doing business with them. My customers like to have an easy way to follow up with prospects also. I work with large businesses, mom and pop stores and individuals who want to send out birthday and holiday cards on time. They can send out 1 card or 100's of cards at a time.
What impacts the business environment you work in? My business really isn't affected by changes in the environment. All businesses need to find a way to appreciate the people who do business with them. Building great relationships with people is the key to success.
Name three things you wish you knew when you started. Presenting skills, public speaking skills and better organization skills.
What do you enjoy about running the business? I love to see my clients get more referrals and watch their business grow because they are sending out kindness to their people who impact their life. Their prospects and customers will call and thank them for the beautiful card and gift they sent them. Everyone feels good about that. My business is always positive because we're making people feel special by appreciating them with something as simple as a greeting card.
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