The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program is an opportunity to spread joy and cheer to the less fortunate during the holidays. Whether you are an individual, family, organization, church, business or club, you can help make a difference by accepting any number of Angel Tree "tags" from The Salvation Army.
Each tag represents the wishes and desires of a child. Through the Angel Tree program, children have their specific needs and wants met for a warm and joyous holiday experience. This year they are looking for fill Angel's for 255 needy children in Blount County.
Be sure to check out the latest edition of The Dialogue at the bottom of this email. This week we visit with Wade McLemore of Paychex. The Dialogue is a short feature to introduce new members of the Blount County Chamber.
CHECK YOUR ONLINE LISTING
The Blount Chamber is streamlining its online and Basically Blount directory listings by categorizing its members by the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) and North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes. As a result, we ask that you review your online listing at
to make sure all your contact information is correct. If you need to make updates to your listing, email
CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
After a one-year hiatus due to construction, the Blount Partnership Christmas Open House is back for the 15th time this Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. The Partnership staff will be cooking and wearing their best ugly Christmas sweaters.
So please make plans to drop by and enjoy some outstanding food. Here's a brief sampling to whet your appetite: cheese and sausage casserole, French toast casserole, pecan praline french toast, sausage balls, sausage/egg/cheese casserole, cheesy ham and hash brown casserole and bacon/egg/hash brown casserole. I have to stop writing because I'm getting hungry.
BASICALLY BLOUNT DEADLINE IS DEC. 11
The deadline to get your ad in the 2016 edition of Basically Blount is this Friday, Dec. 11.
This annual, full-color lifestyle magazine and chamber membership directory is initially distributed to all Chamber members starting Feb. 2016, along with distribution four times throughout the year via area professional offices, newcomers, visitors, and new businesses all looking to relocate to Blount County.
In addition to intriguing stories and area photography that highlight the best of Blount County, Basically Blount also includes a finger-indexed, color-coded directory and buyer's guide of all Chamber members. Chamber members consistently tell us that they keep Basically Blount on hand throughout the year in order to find business products and services when they need them. In addition to 5,000 lifestyle magazines, we will have a complete online version on both the chamber and economic development websites.
We are pleased to offer a variety of advertising opportunities at cost effective rates. We have contracted with Marcon Marketing Consultants, a local Chamber member, to handle production and ad sales. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of Basically Blount, the importance of supporting the Chamber, and how to get your business involved contact
of Marcon Marketing at (865) 705-8580. Download the
media kit here
REMEMBER TO SHOP LOCAL
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
Where we shop, where we eat and have fun -- all of it makes our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place. Our tourism businesses also benefit.
CHAMBER BENEFIT OF THE WEEK
It's officially holiday crunch time! With 50% of holiday shoppers browsing and shopping online this year, there's no better time to pump up your online marketing on
Save Local Now
Make sure your business is found:
Claim Your Business:
Sign in and update your business profile
. Boost your localized Search Engine Optimization by adding a detailed business description and keywords. Hint: a keyword is anything a consumer would search for to find that specific business.
Create a post: It's important to remember that a post can be anything! A deal, a discount, a promotion, or a simple "Happy Holidays!" post is a great way to show your personality and commitment to the local community.
Share the post: Make it easy for customers to find what they're looking for by sending targeted promotions to their inbox and sharing your promotions on social media. FACT: 70% of holiday shoppers are searching on social media to find the perfect gift.
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.
"Broken Wings" by Mr. Mister topped the Billboard Singles chart this week in 1985 for a two-week run. It was released in September just as the band was about to embark on a U.S. tour opening for Tina Turner.