Check out the latest edition of The Dialogue in this email. This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So, here we go with our 128th installment visiting with Marc Cuffaro, founder/CEO of
Operator Transition Assistance Corporation (OPTACorp)
AFTERNOON MIXER AT VIENNA COFFEE HOUSE
The January 10
originally scheduled to be at Sleep Outfitters has been moved to Vienna Coffee House (212 College Ave. Maryville). The event runs from 3:45-5 p.m.
Mixers 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 and open to anyone associated with a Chamber member business. Participation is not reserved to the representative(s) listed on the Chamber membership.
HR FOCUS GROUP SET FOR JANUARY
Can you believe the first HR Focus Group is set for January 9, 2019? Sign up today for Ryan Allen, Senior Loss Control Specialist for Accident Fund as he presents an enlightening seminar on Making Safety Successful. Topics to be covered include Common Safety Pitfalls, Safety Management Leadership, Basic Safety Program Elements, Building for Continued Success and Tools to Elevate Safety.
MLK BUSINESS LUNCHEON
MLK business luncheon
will be held at the Clayton Center for the Arts on January 18 at noon. The cost is $35 per person or $350 per table of 10. Reservations are required to attend this event and can be made by calling the Blount County Chamber of Commerce at 865-983-2241. The keynote speaker is Mr. Cassius Cash, Superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Other MLK Celebration Weekend events include:
MLK Kids and Families Fair
Saturday, January 19, 2019
1 p.m. at the Blount County Library
Community Worship Service
Sunday, January 20, 2019
4 p.m. at St. John Baptist Church, Alcoa
MLK Day March/Program
Monday, January 21, 2019
12:45 p.m. Assemble at MLK Center
1 p.m. March from MLK Center to Maryville College
2 p.m. Program at Nutt Theatre in Clayton Center
OPERATION THANK YOU
Promote your business during "Operation Thank You" by sending 1400 gift certificates, brochures or business promotional pieces to us and we will distribute them during Operation Thank You.
Your Chamber constantly looks for ways to help you promote your business through the ABC theory - Always Buy Chamber. We do ask that your enclosure piece not to exceed 8 ½" x 11". These inserts should be delivered to the Chamber no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, February 7.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Amy Lawson at
or call 865.983.2241. There is a fee of $250 for insert enclosure.
Participate in the Chamber's 21st annual "Operation Thank You" set for February 19-21, 2019 and 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 at
or call 865.983.2241.
DISCOVER LEADERSHIP BLOUNT
Did you RESOLVE to get more INVOLVED in 2019? Join Leadership Blount for the Spring 2019 session of Discover Blount! This fun, social, engaging introduction to Blount County will help you Discover all the great things about Blount County and identify ways to get involved. Discover Blount meets on six Tuesday afternoons this Spring and will highlight government, history, industry, tourism, education, health, and community service. Grab some friends and jump on the bus! For more information and to register go to
LYNDA AT THE LIBRARY
Businesses need to take advantage of the Blount County Library's subscription to Lynda.com. Using your library card, get access to Lynda.com, a LinkedIn Company, with thousands of courses in software, creative and business skills to develop your staff skills and meet learning needs at your own convenience.
YOU CAN POST YOUR OWN MEMBER-TO-MEMBER DEALS
REMEMBER TO SHOP LOCAL
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
Independent local businesses go into their local community to buy the supporting services they need.
GOT AN EVENT OR NEWS? WE'D LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT
Is your organization hosting an event in the community? Submit it
on our community calendar. If it's a tourism event or any good news about your business, please
send it to us
. We'd love to share it with the community.
Topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week in 1974 was "Time in a Bottle" by Jim Croce. ABC originally did not intend to release the song as a single; but when Croce was killed in a plane crash in September 1973, the song's lyrics, dealing with mortality and the wish to have more time, had additional resonance.