Blount Partnership News & Events

It's coffee club week. So join us, Thursday, March 31 at 7:45 a.m. at the Airport Hilton. 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. It is open to anyone associated with a Chamber member business.
Be sure to save the date for April 15 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. as Blount Memorial's Blount County Community Health Initiative action team kicks off its Healthier Tennessee campaign at the Blount Partnership. Come enjoy healthy cooking demonstrations, exercise tips, giveaways and a kickoff walk on the greenbelt.
You'll want to take a look at our Chamber member-to-member promotions. You might find the deal you've been looking for.
Check out our 17th installment of The Dialogue at the bottom of this email where we visit with Tom Klein, Business Development Executive of InfoSystems.
Join us for a free seminar on Tuesday, March 29 from 8-9:30 a.m. at Jim Rose from EQ Consulting Services will help managers effectively utilize the human potential in their organization. This session will focus on how to empower individuals and work groups throughout the organization along with a means for holding them accountable. The goal is to ensure that all resources in the organizations are focused on how they can improve their performance and collectively when accomplished will improve the effectiveness of the entire organization. RVSP to Jim Rose.
The Blount Chamber is proud to present a free seminar on Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Wednesday, April 6 from 8-9 a.m. at the Blount Partnership board room. RSVP to Amy.
Consultant Susanne Dupes will provide you tools to begin eliminating the dysfunctions at your workplace. With as many as 7 out of 10 employees disengaged at work, it's costing you money. To change that in your company, you have to eliminate dysfunctions within the leadership team that are killing engagement.
The deadline to sign up for the Blount County Job Fair is April 1. The Blount Chamber, along with DENSO, Newell Rubbermaid, Staffing Solutions, the Blount County Library, Tennessee Career Center and The Daily Times are hosting a job fair on April 29 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Second Harvest Food Bank in Alcoa. To make this a success, we need your participation as either an employer with a booth. Participants receive an eight-foot table, two chairs and linens if needed for $150. Click here for a list of participating businesses or sign-up form.
Glenn Shepard's seminar "Hire With Confidence, Fire Without Fear, Tame Toxic Employees and Put Your Team on the Fast Track to Record-Shattering Success" is coming to the Blount Chamber on Thursday, April 14.

In the seminar, Shepard shows 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.

He'll also explain why The Millennials require such a different supervisory style than Gen X or Baby Boomers, and how to apply Dr. Ken Blanchard's (author of The One Minute Manager) principles of situational leadership to get all the different generations to work together as a team.

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, the April 14 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.

The seminar runs from 8:30 a.m.-Noon (arrive by 8:00 a.m.). Print the flyer to register.
It's Your Career! That's the focus of the two 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 five months.
With more and more millennials entering the workforce, employers have noticed many workers in a variety of professions are lacking in several areas, including problem solving, conflict resolution and critical observation. But, even though they possess the hard skills to get an interview, it's the important soft skills that will land the job and help them keep it.
All classes are conducted at the library located at 508 N. Cusick in Maryville and limited to 30 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.
Registrations are currently being accepted for:
April 15 - Conflict Management; May 20 - Mentoring
Digital marketing is a challenge for every small business. It's our job to level the digital playing field. Through the Chamber, you receive access to $LN, a FREE member marketing platform built to maximize your online exposure, and increase sales through Content Creation + Publishing, Email marketing, Social Sharing and Search Engine Optimization.

The $LN platform allows you to enhance your digital footprint, create content, and share that content where it really matters: online, on social, and through email marketing.

SLN provides everything your business needs:
Easy-to-use platform
Mobile optimized web presence
Digital marketing training
Social media consulting
Bi-weekly Marketing Tips
Content Creation + Inspiration
Customer Support
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. She is here to help you in the year ahead and will keep you on track as you fulfill your resolutions in 2016.
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
Local entrepreneurship fosters economic innovation and prosperity.
Find what you're looking for in the Chamber Directory.
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.
"Billie Jean," the second single from Michael Jackson's album, Thriller, was in the middle of a seven-run atop the Billboard Music Chart this week in 1983. The song won two Grammy Awards and corresponding music video helped propel Thriller to the status of best-selling album of all time.



March 28-April 3



April 4-10


April 5 -- Supervisor Development: Effective Teams @ Pellissippi State
April 5 -- Hands Off: Healthy Boundaries in Blount County @ Vienna Coffeehouse
April 5 -- Our Appalachia: Family, Faith & Freedom - Scots-Irish in the Southern Mountains
April 6 -- BNI Open House Meeting
April 6 -- Supervisor Development: Every Day Negotiation @ Pellissippi State
April 6 -- Eliminate Team Dysfunction to Create Engaged Employees
April 6 -- Supervisor Development: Thinking Faster @ Pellissippi State
April 6 -- Kingdom Design Ministries Fundraiser at Panera Bread
April 7 -- Afternoon Mixer @ First Tennessee Bank with former UT Women's Athletics Director Joan Cronan
April 7 -- Blount County Children's Advocacy hosts Stewards of Children Training
April 8-9 -- Kidz Consignment Sale @ First Baptist Church Maryville
April 9 -- Spring Sprint 5K
April 9 -- Best Foot Forward Shoe Giveaway @ RIO Revolution Church
April 9 -- Accent on Home in the Knoxville Symphony Show House
April 9 -- Accent on Home in the Knoxville Symphony Show House


Save the Date


You can access the entire calendar here to see other community events and submit your own.

The Dialogue

This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So here we go with our 17th installment visiting with Tom Klein, Business Development Executive of InfoSystems, which helps businesses with internet technology solutions.
What does InfoSystems do? At InfoSystems, we approach technology from a business-first perspective to ensure we meet the true needs of our customers. For us, business is about relationships, both with our clients and internally. Our boutique size, coupled with enterprise capabilities and the ability to give focused attention to each customers' challenges, make us the perfect partner for companies who are looking for an extension of their technology leadership and team.

As an IBM Business Partner and an IT business, we work with the most sophisticated IBM computer systems and software on the planet. We take a hands-on, consultative approach layered with IT expertise to provide the ultimate technology solution to fit business requirements. We're not selling boxes, but collaborative solutions designed to work with our customers' business objectives.
Since InfoSystems is new to Maryville, what is its history? InfoSystems, Inc. began in 1994 as a small, Chattanooga-based company, selling office products like electric typewriters, copiers, and networking services. As newer technology replaced the old, Founder and President Clay Hales had an idea for the company to be as dynamic and changing as the market. A giant transformative step came in 2000; InfoSystems plunged, head first, into the unpredictable, fast-paced world of the growing and changing technology industry. The transition wasn't easy, but the timing was impeccable. The company flourished through the economic slowdown of 2002, following the devastation of 9/11. Later, they weathered the recession of 2009 and beyond. From 2001 to 2010, IBM lost over one-third of their less successful business partners, while InfoSystems somehow found room to grow. Against all odds, InfoSystems doubled their revenue from 2009 to 2013 and expanded their market to include Knoxville, Nashville, as well as surrounding states.
What do you enjoy about working at Infosystems? I enjoy providing value added products and services to our customers to help them meet business objectives.
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Larry Parker, Auto Collision Experts
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Jeff Jones, LC Fence
Steve White, White Enterprise Holding
Aundrea Scholem and Jennifer Madaj, Foothills Adult Care Enrichment Services
Wade McLemore, Paychex
Alan Baker, Crown Point Consultants
Shelby Avery, Avery Wealth Management
Kate Schriver, Schriver's
Elizabeth Ross, ECS Central, PLLC
Tony Saddy, Get Fit Maryville
Renee Taylor, CBI
Christy Simmers, Christy's Creative Cafe
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