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.
 
It's coffee club week, so join us July 27 at 7:45 a.m. for the Blount Chamber Coffee Club at PCS (1720 Topside Rd., Louisville, TN). Coffees are designed to offer you the opportunity to build business relationships with other members and to gain exposure for your business or organization in an "open house" setting.

Coffees are open to anyone associated with a Chamber member business. Participation is not reserved to the representative(s) listed on the Chamber membership.
 

You also won't want to miss Mayor Ed Mitchell as he gives an update on Blount County at our Local Legislative Briefing presented by Twin City Dealerships and First Tennessee Bank. This meeting is scheduled for July 28 from 8-9 a.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville).
 
Check out our 88th installment of The Dialogue at the bottom of this email where we visit with Tim Satterfield, Territory Sales Representative for All Pro Supply.
 
REMINDER: The Pigs and Politics Legislative Day that was scheduled for August 2, has been canceled. The event will resume in the spring of 2018 as we head into a big election year in Blount County. Thank you for your support.
 
CHAMBER BOARD NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN
The Blount County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for three positions (Construction, building trades and suppliers; financial and professional; and individual/non-profits) for its 2018 Board of Directors until August 15. Please complete the online form of an individual you think would make a good board member.
 
CHAMBERRITAVILLE
ChamberRitaville, the Blount Chamber's largest networking event, is set for August 22 from 4-6 p.m. at the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee (136 Harvest Lane, Maryville). Tickets are $10 and don't forget to bring a door prize.

This summer casual-themed event is your best opportunity to meet many Chamber members from all sectors of the community in one location. Use this event to network and meet new people in the business community!

Event sponsors are Epic Nine, Pinnacle Financial Partners, American Foundation & Basement Repair, PCS, AMR/Rural Metro and Dunlap RV

To get your tickets or sign up to give away door prizes please call the Blount Partnership at 865.983.2241 or email Amy.


 
SCHOOL SUPPLIES SOUGHT
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Knoxville is hosting a Christmas in July School Supplies Drive here in Blount County. Many parents are unable to provide the basic school supplies their children need to be effective.
You can drop off supplies at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville), until Friday, July 28 at 5 p.m.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is collecting school supplies for underprivileged kids here in our Blount community. A school supply drive is an easy way to have a profound impact on students and their learning experience. Make school a better place for both students and teachers by the simple act of providing school supplies.

Here is a list of suggested supplies.
* Paper: lined paper, copy paper, construction paper, spiral notebooks, composition books, index cards
* Pencils & Pens: blue or black pens, #2 pencils, colored pencils, erasers, pencil sharpener, pencil case, colored markers, crayons, highlighters, dry-erase markers
* General Supplies: dry-erase boards, paper clips, 3-ring 2" binders, pocket folders, report covers
* Classroom staples: stapler, staples, rulers, protractors, glue sticks, scissors, tape, calculator
* Things you can never have too much of: tissues, sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer
 
HR FOCUS GROUP: EFFECTIVE FEEDBACK
Make plans to attend our next HR Focus Group on Tuesday, July 25 at 8:00 a.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville). The topic will be " Effective Feedback: Breakfast of Champions?" by Kurt Greene of Vistage. RSVP to Amy if you wish to attend.

Nine of out 10 conversations between managers and employees miss the mark, according to leadership author Judith Glaser. Yet these days, it's hard to know what you can even say and how to say it-leading many managers to feel like they have to walk on egg shells when it comes to feedback. This interactive and slightly irreverent session will provide some simple approaches, techniques, and tips that will drastically improve your feedback conversations, both positive and otherwise.
 
CYBER SECURITY WORKSHOP
secure-checkout-computer.jpg Join us August 8 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Cate-Russell Insurance presents a cyber security workshop at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville). Janet Smith of Bailey's Special Risk will deliver a brief presentation on the alarming growth and trends of cyber attacks and what you should do to better protect your business. So, come learn more about the growing dangers of cyber crime and the liability it places on your business. RSVP to lcate@caterussell.com
 
AUGUST MEMBER-TO-MEMBER PROMOTIONS NEEDED
Turn in your August Member-to-member promotions this week for the big email that goes out August 1. In the meantime, check out the new special deals from The Soup Kitchen and All Pro Supply. See these and other promotions at 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
 
BACK TO SCHOOL PROMOTION IDEAS
July is here and students everywhere dread the feeling, but businesses are preparing for a boost in sales! The National Retail Federation conducted a survey and found that the average family will spend about $670 each year on school apparel and supplies (grades k-12). This survey also mentioned that over 17% are planning to seek out small retailers for their back to school shopping! So here are some ideas on how you could promote your business for this back to school season: 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!
 
You'll raise your property values. Lively, vibrant neighborhood shopping streets are considered an advantage when selling a home. They make your property more valuable.
 
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
"Everytime You Go Away" by Paul Young topped the Billboard Hot 100 this week in 1985. The song was originally written and composed by Daryl Hall. It was first recorded in 1980 by Hall & Oates but was not released as a single. It was one of the songs Young played at Live Aid.

Events

 

July 24-30

 

The Dialogue

This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So here we go with our 88th installment visiting with Tim Satterfield, Territory Sales Representative for All Pro Supply which is your single-source for professional janitorial, sanitation, industrial and commercial cleaning and facility maintenance supplies.
 
What is All Pro Supply? Your All Pro Representative is more than "the person you call at your All Pro Supply." In most cases, they are an owner/partner or an expert consultant who knows this business backwards and forwards. They won't just sell you a product. They'll consult with you, recommending the right product in exactly the right quantity, maybe even come out, roll up their sleeves and show you just how it's done. It's pretty clear, they love what they do. The business model at All Pro Supply is simple: assemble all the best products and most knowledgeable people in the jan san industry in one place. Then when the customer needs virtually anything in the realm of professional janitorial and sanitation supplies, a single phone call would put you in touch with experienced, commercial sanitation professionals with over 5,000 top quality jan san products in their arsenal. One call. One order. Everything you need.
 
Describe what All Pro Supply does. All Pro Supply is your single-source for professional janitorial, sanitation, industrial and commercial cleaning and facility maintenance supplies. We are a full-service distributor of Fuller Commercial Cleaning Equipment, Franklin Chemicals and Cleaning Equipment, Diamond Equipment, Simple Hygiene products. All Pro can supply literally thousands of products, including cleaning chemicals; carpet and floor care products and equipment; paper products; brooms, mops and cleaning accessories; tools; bathroom supplies; kitchen maintenance and cleaning and storage supplies; laundry supplies and many more. Our goal is to be your one-stop jan san supplier, offering attentive customer service, advanced technology, flexibility and a quick-to-market operating system. It's what we have to do in a very competitive industry-and we love it!
 
How did you get started? With over 20 years of experience in commercial sales, I know the commercial client and their needs well. Being able to help customers save money is important to me. The product that All Pro Supply offers and the savings that I can pass on to my customers afforded me a great opportunity with a company that is beginning to grow in the area.
 
What is your background? As a partner of Fuller Industries, our managing partners and sales associates have direct access to the manufacturer of many of our products. The decades of experience and expertise are passed on to all associates through webinars and hands on training. Any questions about our product can be answered by direct access to the manufacturer.
 
Who is your mentor? My mentor and spiritual adviser is a local pastor who has been through many life milestones with me. He is always available to discuss personal and professional situations and helps me to work through all available options. He has always been someone that I have admired and trusted.
 
Describe your customers. Any business could potentially be a customer of All Pro Supply. With our wide variety of products including cleaning chemicals and equipment, carpet and floor care products and equipment; paper products and bathroom supplies only to name a few, we cater to everyone. Our customers range from industrial buildings and corporate offices, school systems, restaurants, hospitals, car washes and cleaning companies.
 
What environments impact the business environment you work in? All Pro Supply appreciates the opportunity to help our customers in all types of social and economic environments. In a time when all businesses are looking to save money, All Pro Supply can help. We specialize in helping customers save money on products they use every day.
 
Name three things you wish you knew when you started. 1. More extensive product knowledge 2. How the chemicals are produced and manufactured 3. Competitor product knowledge
 
What do you enjoy about the business? All Pro Supply is a growing company with knowledgeable owners and operators. I enjoy working for a company that puts the customer first, and allows me the flexibility of my schedule and being able to help customers save money.
 
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