Blount Partnership News and Events

 
If you or someone you know is looking for a job, please check out www.BlountAreaJobs.com. Additionally, if you need employees, please utilize the job board to advertise your open positions. Click here to get started.
 
AFTERNOON MIXER THIS THURSDAY
Get out of the office after work and unwind with us this Thursday, April 13 from 3:45-5 p.m. for an afternoon mixer at Windy City Grille (2641 US-411, Maryville, TN 37801). Participation is not reserved to the representative(s) listed on the Chamber membership.
 
DID YOU TAKE OUR MEMBER SURVEY?
Have you taken our 2017 Blount Chamber membership survey? If so, we thank you and want you to know that your responses will be looked at, analyzed and agonized over to give you more for your investment. If not, now's your chance to complete it. SURVEY. We appreciate you taking the time to let us know your opinions.
 
EFFECTIVE USE OF QUICKBOOKS
Join the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, Wednesday, April 26 from 9 a.m.-noon for a free  program tailored for owners and managers currently operating QuickBooks for their small businesses. Included is an overview of QuickBooks along with training on running relevant reports, budgets, and monthly forecasting. A few QuickBooks tips and shortcut will be discussed allowing for easier use of the software. Both QuickBooks desktop and online users are welcome to attend. The seminar takes place at the Blount Partnership, 201 S. Washington St., Maryville.
 
HR FOCUS GROUP
You don't want to miss our next HR Focus Group which meets next Thursday, April 13 from 8-9 a.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville). The topic will be "Building an Accountability Culture" presented by Susanne Dalton Dupes of Dalton Dupes Agency.
 
To be great, teams and managers need to hold themselves and others accountable. Similarly, great companies need to foster a culture of accountability throughout the organization. During this session, we will explore what an accountability culture looks like. Participants will create a common understanding of accountability and look at the fundamentals of an accountability culture. Please RSVP to Amy if you plan to attend.
 
GLENN SHEPARD SEMINAR RETURNS APRIL 19
The Glenn Shepard Seminar, "How to Manage Problem Employees," returns to the Blount Partnership on Wednesday, April 19 from 8 a.m.-noon. 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.

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.

The cost is $129 for Blount Chamber members (When three from a company register, the fourth is FREE). The non-member fee is $149. Register here.
 
SIGN UP FOR NEXT SOFT SKILLS CLASS
Registrations are currently being accepted for a free soft skills session set for April 28 entitled "Time Management." You're busy, but how productive are you? Join us to learn effective strategies for managing your time and boosting your effectiveness at work.

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 www.blountchamber.com/community/soft-skills. 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.
 
JOIN THE BLOUNT COUNTY JOB FAIR
The Blount County Job Fair sponsored by Cirrus Aircraft and Pellissippi State Community College is coming to the Second Harvest Food Bank on Friday, May 19, 2017, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. If your business is interested in participating to hire new employees, email Claire for more details.
 
MEMBER-TO-MEMBER PROMOTIONS FOR APRIL ARE HERE
April Member-to-Member promotions are in. With over 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 jmuir@blountpartnership.com. 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 www.BlountChamber.com
 
SIDEWALK SALE SUCCESS
In Summer, many chambers host an annual Sidewalk Sale, giving small local businesses an opportunity to gain new customers, and create buzz around their merchandise or deals. Because some customers wait all year to make purchases until this yearly sale, small businesses need to take advantage of the plentiful foot traffic in order to sell as much product as possible. Easier said than done. Does your town participate in a blowout Sidewalk Sale? If yes, keep reading for some foolproof advice on Sidewalk Sale success. 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.
 
REMEMBER TO SHOP LOCAL
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
 
Small businesses can offer unique gifts, especially if they are selling their own handmade products. Think of shopping small as an opportunity to wow your friends and loved ones.
 
Find what you're looking for in the Chamber Directory.
 
GOT AN EVENT OR NEWS? WE'D LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT
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 www.SmokyMountains.org.
 
Also, please send us any news releases or good news about your business. We'd love to share it with the community.
 
REMEMBER WHEN
"Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car," by Trinidadian-born British singer Billy Ocean topped the Billboard Hot 100 this week in 1988. Part of its popularity lay in its cutting-edge (for the time) video, which featured cartoon mixed with live-action sequences. The song was also featured on the soundtrack of the 1988 film License to Drive.

Events

 

April 10-16

 

 

April 17-23

 

April 17-19 -- Larry Burton @ the Townsend Visitors Centery
April 18 -- National Weather Service Severe Weather Spotter Training - Open to Public @ Blount County Library
April 18 -- Blount County Wedding Professionals Networking Event
April 19 -- Glenn Shepard Seminar "How to Manage Problem Employees"
April 19 -- Buffalo Wild Wings Community Day for Boys & Girls Club of Blount County
April 20 -- Blount Bridges Training
April 20 -- Small Business Start-Up Seminar
April 20-22 -- Bronco Super Celebration @ Talley Ho
April 21 -- 18th Community Leadership Award Breakfast
April 21-23 -- Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival
April 21 -- Essentials for Emerging Women Leaders Boot Camp
April 22 -- Alcoa Kiwanis Annual Pancake Breakfast
April 22 -- EarthDay Recycling and Rain Barrel Sale
April 23 -- Kite Festival
April 23 -- The Great Gilly Hopkins @ Clayton Center for the Arts

 

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

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