Join us this Friday, April 22 from 8-9 a.m. as we hold a
with officials from the cities of Alcoa and Maryville, Tennessee Department of Transportation and Knoxville TPO.
The Chamber Times tab will be published by The Daily Times on May 18. Inside, will be the Chamber member directory. Please
check your online listing
by April 22 to make sure all the information is correct.
Check out our 20th installment of The Dialogue where we visit with Nancy McBee of
Tennessee Trane Energy Services
, which assesses buildings for energy upgrades.
BUILDING A BETTER COMMUNITY WITH SOCIAL MEDIA
The Blount Chamber invites you to
explore the ins and outs of the online community in Blount County
with a seminar this Wednesday, April 20 from 3-4:30 p.m. Discover ways to better connect our local businesses with each other and ways to drive potential customers to your doorstep. We're also going to look at some tips, do's and don'ts, and ways to build your brand. The presenter is Nick Voyles of CSC Interactive.
RSVP to Amy
BUSINESS-BUILDING WORKSHOP PRESENTED BY DEX MEDIA
Hear from local experts on how to succeed in your local business. Attend this
FREE business event
presented by Dex Media on Tuesday, April 26 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Blount Partnership. Free lunch begins at 11:15 a.m. You'll learn business-building strategies, tips and techniques from your community leaders, all geared toward increasing your productivity and business success.
RSVP to Debbie Laugherty
UNDERSTANDING THE AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE ACT
Certain parts of the Affordable Care Cat (ACA) are in effect. As a business owner, you will want to know how this healthcare policy impacts your business. If you are confused about the changes, costs, or your role, you should attend this workshop directed at explaining the business provisions of Health Care Reform and the Affordable Care Act.
Join us for this free seminar
presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Thursday, April 28 from 11 a.m.-noon at the Blount Partnership.
FINANCING YOUR BUSINESS THE SBA WAY
The Blount Partnership is hosting a
Financing Your Business the SBA Way
seminar on Thursday, April 28 from 9-10 a.m. This presentation is designed to show potential borrowers the eligibliity criteria and benefits of SBA guaranteed loans. Whether you are an existing entrepreneur or have given thought to starting a business, this seminar will put you ahead of the game in government guaranteed lending.
MEMBER-TO-MEMBER PROMOTIONAL PROGRAM
This is the final week to get your promotion in to the Blount County Chamber of Commerce as part of its Member-to-Member Promotional Program which 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
. 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
BLOUNT COUNTY JOB FAIR SET FOR APRIL 29
Please help us get the word out about the Blount County Job Fair by
printing and displaying this flyer
at your business.
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
for a list of participating businesses.
FINAL SOFT SKILLS CLASS OFFERED IN MAY
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
AMPLIFY YOUR BUSINESS WITH SAVE LOCAL NOW
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
. She is here to help you in the year ahead and will keep you on track as you fulfill your resolutions in 2016.
REMEMBER TO SHOP LOCAL
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
Spending at local independent businesses also generates more jobs and wealth in the local economy compared to spending at absentee-owned businesses.
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, please email
so she can post it on
any news releases or good news about your business. We'd love to share it with the community.
"Bennie and the Jets," by Elton John spent a week atop the Billboard Music Chart this week in 1974. Elton John was set against releasing it as a single, believing it would fail.