Blount Partnership News & Events

It's time for a special afternoon mixer this Thursday, April 7 at First Tennessee Bank, 1820 W. Broadway, Maryville, as University of Tennessee Women's Athletics Director Joan Cronan will be on to autograph her book, "Sport Is Life with the Volume Turned Up: Lessons Learned That Apply to Business and Life." The mixer runs from 3:45-5 p.m. and Cronan will be there from 4-6.
Prior to the afternoon mixer on April 7 from 2-3:30 p.m., you can find out how to maximize your Blount Chamber benefits. Learn about what the Chamber can do for you by joining us for an information session at the Blount Partnership board room.

Attend and be entered into a drawing to win a Chamber email marketing blast to the membership, a company spotlight in The Dialogue and two Taste of Blount tickets. RSVP to Amy.
If you ever wanted to take a trip to Cuba, you'll want to join us at the Blount Partnership board room for an information session on the November trip, April 13 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Check out our 18th installment of The Dialogue at the bottom of the email where we visit with Suzie Cutshaw, Equipment Finance Consultant of JB&B Capital, LLC.
The Lawhorn CPA Group presents a free seminar entitled, "Build Your Brand - Marketing 101," this Tuesday, April 5 from 8:30-11 a.m. at the Blount Partnership board room. Attendees are asked to register here.
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.
Anyone looking for summer jobs, part or full-time employment needs to be at the Blount County Job Fair presented by the Blount County Chamber of Commerce, DENSO, Newell Rubbermaid, Staffing Solutions, the Blount County Library, Tennessee Career Center and The Daily Times on Friday, April 29 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee building located at 136 Harvest Lane in Maryville. Click here for a list of participating businesses.
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 final 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:
May 20 - Mentoring
Did you know 46% of online users turn to social media when making a purchasing decision? As the new "word-of-mouth" marketing, consumers visit sites like Facebook and Twitter and expect to find real, relevant (and newly posted) content.
Here's some benefits to being active on social media:
1. Posting on a regular basis with links to your website will increase traffic flow.
2. Search engines like Google reward activity on social media sites, giving you more visibility online
3. The opportunity to connect with followers allows you to build lasting relationships without actually having to meet them
4. Promoting your brand through social media allows you to share your story.
Instead of wasting time posting separately to a variety of social media accounts, Save Local Now lets you do it all in one place. Publish a business promotion on your SLN digital platform and one-click share to Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
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!
If every family in the U.S. spent an extra $10 a month at a locally owned business, over $9.3 billion would be directly returned to the economy.
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.
"Johnny Angel," first became a popular hit single when Shelley Fabares took it to number one this week in 1962 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. The single premiered on an episode, "Donna's Prima Donna" of Fabares' sitcom, The Donna Reed Show.



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April 5 -- Supervisor Development: Effective Teams @ Pellissippi State
April 5 -- Build Your Brand, Marketing 101 Seminar
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 UT Women's Athletics Director Emeritus Joan Cronan
April 7 -- Blount County Children's Advocacy hosts Stewards of Children Training
April 8 -- Foothills Adult Enrichment Services - Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening
April 8-9 -- Kidz Consignment Sale @ First Baptist Church Maryville
April 9 -- Spring Sprint 5K
April 9 -- Town of Louisville Community Cleanup
April 9 -- Best Foot Forward Shoe Giveaway @ RIO Revolution Church
April 9 -- Accent on Home in the Knoxville Symphony Show House


April 11-17


April 12-16 -- Bronco Truck Show @ Tally Ho Inn
April 12 -- Our Appalachia: Family, Faith & Freedom - Scots-Irish in the Southern Mountains
April 12 -- Hands Off: Healthy Boundaries in Blount County @ Vienna Coffeehouse
April 12 -- Blount County Children's Advocacy hosts Stewards of Children Training
April 13 -- GAINS Computer Class-Microsoft Excel (Registration Required)
April 13 -- Cuba Travel Information Session
April 13 -- Beyond Basic Digital Photography @ Pellissippi State Community College
April 14 -- Glenn Shepard Seminar "Hire With Confidence, Fire Without Fear, Tame Toxic Employees and Put Your Team on the Fast Track to Record-Shattering Success"
April 15-17 -- Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival
April 15 -- Healthier Tennessee Kickoff
April 16-17 -- Smoky Mountain Air Show
April 16 -- Pregnancy Resource Center Superhero 5k and Family Fun Walk
April 16 -- Kite Festival @ Pearson Springs Park


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

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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 18th installment visiting with Suzie Cutshaw, Equipment Finance Consultant of JB&B Capital, LLC, which helps businesses help businesses grow by providing the capital for necessary new and used equipment through all types of leases and loans.
How did you get started with JB&B Capital? As a part-time summer position when I was a high school English teacher. I fell in love with the businesses in East TN and decided I wanted to do what I could to help them grow.
With that type of background, who has helped you along the way? Bryan Grantham with Regions Equipment Finance. He has always been a go-to mentor for me and assisted whenever I find a customer need that I have not run across before. Great guy and truly a giver.
How does JB&B do what it does? Eighty percent of all businesses finance some of their equipment or furniture and fixtures. So, almost any business except the single-practitioner working from home is a potential client. I have a specialty in transportation financing as well as in manufacturing and warehousing. However, any business that needs to acquire new or used equipment for expansion, renovation, relocation, upgrade, etc., is a great customer. Also, we can provide capital to a business through the purchase of their existing equipment for a loan or lease.
What do you enjoy about working at JB&B Capital? Helping businesses acquire the equipment or capital they need to grow and expand. I love to see a business grow to the point that years after beginning to work with me, I can say, "I knew them when..."

It is an honor to work with JB&B Capital. After being in this same business for 35 years, it is exciting to work with a company that truly cares about the customer from the top down. Helping businesses grow is our mission and our passion.
Previous Profiles:
Tom Klein, InfoSystems
Chris Woodfin, Spicer Rudstrom, PLLC
Rebecca Kiger, Home Instead Senior Care
Ben Hazel, Pree's Tree Specialists
Larry Parker, Auto Collision Experts
Jamie Weiss Photography
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