Blount Partnership News & Events

It's Coffee Club week! Join us this Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7:45 a.m. for the Coffee Club sponsored by Blount Memorial held at The Center for Dermatology and Plastic Surgery at Springbrook (220 Associates Blvd., Alcoa, TN 37701).
Coffees are designed to offer our members the opportunity to build business relationships with other members and to gain exposure for their business or organization in an "open house" setting. They are open to anyone associated with a Chamber member business. Participation is not reserved to the representative(s) listed on the Chamber membership.
Join us Friday, Feb. 24 at 8 a.m. for a state legislative briefing with Sen. Doug Overbey and Reps. Art Swann and Bob Ramsey. Sponsored by Twin City Dealerships and First Tennessee Bank, it will be held at the Blount Partnership, 201 S. Washington St., Maryville, Tenn. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.
If you or someone you know is looking for a job, please check out Additionally, if you need employees, please utilize the job board to advertise your open positions. Click here to get started.
Be sure to check out our 71st installment of The Dialogue at the bottom of this email where we visit with Barbara Jimenez, wellness coach at Compass Nutrition and Fitness.
Twin City Dealerships and First Tennessee Bank presents a visit from Tennessee Speaker of the House of Representatives Beth Harwell on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St.) for a legislative update. RSVP to Claire if you wish to attend. Harwell last visited the Partnership in January 2012 at its annual meeting celebration.
Join us for a free workshop on Friday, March 10 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. as the RSK Group presents tips and hints that can help you keep your audience more engaged and your presentations more focused to avoid " Death by Powerpoint." Remember, the message you are attempting to convey determines the content, graphics, flow and presentation style used. Please RSVP to Amy if you wish to attend.
This session on Tuesday, March 14 from 9-11 a.m. at the Blount Partnership will help make sense of the noise and help you organize your marketing. In this seminar, you will learn how to make the most of the combination of email, social media, video, and other tools for your business. When the session is done you'll have a greater understanding of marketing basics like:

Setting goals and objectives; What a "campaign" is and what to write about and offer in that campaign; The social media platforms where you need to put most of your focus; How to use email and social media together to get better results; Creating the right content to get (and keep) your audience's attention; How to get your messages opened, read, and shared to become more socially visible; Using time-saving tools to engage with your existing customers and supporters, expand your reach to new prospects more effectively

Throughout the session you'll be given opportunities to capture your own ideas and build out the framework of your own "next great campaign." So join us and start to build a plan that will help you grow your business by eliciting the responses you want from your customers or supporters. Register here.
The Blount County Job Fair is coming to the Second Harvest Food Bank on Friday, May 19, 2017, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sponsorship levels include the Presenting Sponsor for $1000, Silver Sponsor for $500 and Media Sponsor is In-Kind. The deadline for sponsorship is April 13. If interested, please review and complete this form.
The Tennessee Small Business Development Center is holding its next free session on Thursday, March 16 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville). Register here.
Discover Business Planning with GrowthWheel! Small Business planning is much more dynamic and moment by moment rather than a dull chore with fabricated forecasting. Lots of decisions are made over a cup of coffee or while driving not predetermined months in advance. Business owners are much more reactionary to the market and have limited planning budgets. GrowthWheel is a new innovative tool that lets the business owner plan the most pressing needs for the business. It also is a visual tool to provide structure and direction allowing the business owner to set goals and take action. NO MORE writing 40 pages of useless information that always ends buried in your desk. Gone are charts and graphs replaced by 30 day plans and action steps. GrowthWheel is not just for new businesses but also works for all businesses in all stages and for all industries. Come try this totally innovative approach to business planning.
Other classes coming to the Chamber from the TSBDC include:
Startup with Growth Wheel on April 20.
It's not too late to sign up to participate in the Chamber's 19th annual "Operation Thank You" set for February 21-23, 2017. This is your opportunity 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 or call 865.983.2241.
Registrations are currently being accepted for a free soft skills session set for Feb. 24 entitled, "Hiring Good Employees." Finding the best candidate for the job isn't always easy. Bad hiring choices can cost you time, money, and bottom-line results. Join us to learn effective strategies for finding, hiring, and onboarding quality staff.

All classes are conducted in the Blount County Library's learning lab located at 508 N. Cusick in Maryville and limited to 50 participants. Those interested must register online at 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.

The other classes offered include Managing People & Personalities, Tips for Public Speaking, Hiring Good Employees, Motivation and Burnout, Time Management and Managing Change in the Workplace.
SCORE is a non-profit association dedicated to helping new and existing small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.

Greater Knoxville SCORE's 40-plus volunteers have a wide range of business experience and education and provide One on One mentoring for free and workshops for small business and non-profits for no charge or at very low cost.

SCORE is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA),

To request assistance, or to meet with a SCORE representative in Blount County visit us at or phone 865-692-0716.
Get your March member-to-member promotions in this week as the updated email will be sent Monday, Feb. 27. Take a look at the February Member-to-Member promotions. With nearly 50 merchants participating, there's something for you. Check out the 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
Did you know that 76% of consumers say they view customer service as the truest test of how much a business values them (2015 Aspect Consumer Experience Survey)? Chances are, your business already employs a few methods to increase customer service. Good customer service requires a positive attitude, teamwork, and creativity. All of these attributes lead to higher sales. Once in a while, your business should consider treating your customers to a special event or party to drive sales, and also remind your customers how much you appreciate them. Here's a few pointers: Read more

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.
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
Currently, there are 28 million American small businesses, which account for 54% of all U.S. sales.
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Is your organization hosting an event in the community? Submit it here on our community calendar. If it's a tourism event, please email Ashlee so she can post it on
Also, please send us any news releases or good news about your business. We'd love to share it with the community.
"Everyday People," by Sly and the Family Stone was in the middle of a four-week run atop the Billboard Top 100 this week in 1969. It was the first single by the band to go to number one on the Soul singles chart and the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. It is remembered as a popular song of the 1960s and ranked as the No. 5 song of 1969.



Feb. 20-26


February 20-26 -- WonderWorks Local Appreciation Days
February 21 -- Celebrate Recovery at RIO Revolution
February 22 -- Elder Care Legal Issues @ Blount County Public Library
February 22 -- Intro to Facebook at Blount County Public Library
February 22-23 -- Digitization of WWI Artifacts and Documents at Blount County Public Library
February 23 -- Coffee Club sponsored by Blount Memorial held at The Center for Dermatology and Plastic Surgery at Springbrook
February 24 -- Soft Skills Training - Hiring Good Employees
February 24 -- State Legislative Briefing
February 24 -- United Way of Blount County Board Development Workshop
February 24-26 -- Kingdom Design Ministries Room Makeover
February 24 -- Magic Mike Male Revue dancers at Royal Oaks Event Center
February 25 -- Porter Elementary 2nd Annual Blue and Gold Affair

The Dialogue

This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So here we go with our 71st installment visiting with Barbara Jimenez, wellness coach at Compass Nutrition and Fitness whose purpose is to guide you towards a healthy lifestyle through nutrition and fitness.
Describe what Compass Nutrition and Fitness does. We provide wellness profiles, fitness and nutrition classes along with a complete line of nutritional products to help you be successful on your journey. We encourage healthier living by empowering and inspiring people of all ages to wellness through indivualized coaching in a fun and healthy environment.
How did you get started? I began unusing the Herbalife products 10 years ago and lost 50 pounds. I have kept the weight off and enjoy using and sharing the products with others. I starting attending fitness classes at an Herbalife Nutrition Club in Florida. I became an independent distributor three years ago. I opened my own Nutrition Club in December.
What is your background? I have completed Herbalife's Nutrition Club, Fit Camp and Leadership trainings. I taught Health and Wellness classes at a high school in Florida. I am a certified PiYo Live instructor. I have a degree in therapeutic recreation and education.
Who is your mentor? Karen and Bill, from All-star Nutrition, have mentored me through my opening. My husband has bee my biggest supporter in encouraging me to follow my dreams!
Describe your customers. My clients are people who want to learn about good nutrition and fitness and implement it into their lives.
What impacts your business environment? Unfortunately, over 1/3 of Americans are now considered to be obese. This has serious health implications. Imam passionate about getting the community to take steps in taking control of their wellness through nutrition and fitness. I want to teach children how important it is to staying active and make good food choices.
Name three things you wish you knew when you started. One, I wish I had know to double my start-up budget. Secondly, I wish I would have started networking earlier. Thirdly, I wish I had done further research on web developers in the area.
What do you enjoy about your business? I enjoy seeing my clients change for the better. They not only lose weight but transform their whole lives. When they look and feel good, they begin stepping out of their comfort zone and start doing things they have never tried before!
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