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Do you receive your 2017 Blount Chamber membership packet? If not, please
and we'll get one to you ASAP. Otherwise, please open it and enjoy the many special offers from other chamber members as well as make use of all the benefits that come with being a Blount County Chamber of Commerce member. Thank you for your support.
Please check and see if you may have picked up a set of keys from the Blount Chamber coffee club on Thursday, Feb. 23 at Blount Memorial Hospital's Center for Dermatology and Plastic Surgery. If you have them, please contact
Christy Blanco Redmond
Be sure to check out our 73rd installment of The Dialogue at the bottom of this email where we visit with Kacey Brooks, owner/director of
Sunrise Child Care Center
SPONSOR THE BLOUNT COUNTY JOB FAIR
The Blount County Job Fair is coming to the Second Harvest Food Bank on Friday, May 19, 2017, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sponsorship levels include the Presenting Sponsor for $1000, Silver Sponsor for $500 and Media Sponsor is In-Kind. The deadline for sponsorship is April 13. If interested,
please review and complete this form
Join us for our first installment of the
series on Tuesday, March 7 at 9 a.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville). Our focus will be on using social media to help grow your business. You will find out how to reach people and win them over to be customers who are loyal to your brand. You will walk away with practical advic and tools to help your business grow. A light breakfast will be served. RSVP at
DIGITAL MARKETING SEMINAR
You're invited to learn more about how to win, keep and grow your customer base at a
digital marketing seminar presented by Dex Media
on Wednesday, March 8. There are two sessions available. The first runs from 9-10:30 and the second from noon-1:30 p.m. You will learn how to engage with your customers through social media, text and email marketing.
AVOID DEATH BY POWERPOINT
Join us for a
free workshop on Friday, March 10 from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
as the RSK Group presents tips and hints that can help you keep your audience more engaged and your presentations more focused to avoid "Death by Powerpoint." The message you are attempting to convey determines the content, graphics, flow and presentation style used. Please
RSVP to Amy
if you wish to attend.
GROW YOUR BUSINESS USING EMAIL AND SOCIAL MEDIA
session on Tuesday, March 14 from 9-11 a.m.
at the Blount Partnership will help make sense of the noise and help you organize your marketing. In this seminar, you will learn how to make the most of the combination of email, social media, video, and other tools for your business. When the session is done you'll have a greater understanding of marketing basics like:
Setting goals and objectives; What a "campaign" is and what to write about and offer in that campaign; The social media platforms where you need to put most of your focus; How to use email and social media together to get better results; Creating the right content to get (and keep) your audience's attention; How to get your messages opened, read, and shared to become more socially visible; Using time-saving tools to engage with your existing customers and supporters, expand your reach to new prospects more effectively
Throughout the session you'll be given opportunities to capture your own ideas and build out the framework of your own "next great campaign." So join us and start to build a plan that will help you grow your business by eliciting the responses you want from your customers or supporters.
BUSINESS PLANNING WITH GROWTH WHEEL
The Tennessee Small Business Development Center is holding its next free session on Thursday, March 16 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville).
Discover Business Planning with GrowthWheel! Small Business planning is much more dynamic and moment by moment rather than a dull chore with fabricated forecasting. Lots of decisions are made over a cup of coffee or while driving not predetermined months in advance. Business owners are much more reactionary to the market and have limited planning budgets. GrowthWheel is a new innovative tool that lets the business owner plan the most pressing needs for the business. It also is a visual tool to provide structure and direction allowing the business owner to set goals and take action. NO MORE writing 40 pages of useless information that always ends buried in your desk. Gone are charts and graphs replaced by 30 day plans and action steps. GrowthWheel is not just for new businesses but also works for all businesses in all stages and for all industries. Come try this totally innovative approach to business planning.
NETWORKING TRAINING CLASS
Stop selling and learn to profit from relationships that drive business to you. Join us for a free
networking training class on Tuesday, March 21
from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Blount Partnership, 201 S. Washington St., Maryville. Presented by Raeus Jae Cannon, this is one class that everyone can benefit.
SIGN UP FOR NEXT SOFT SKILLS CLASS
Registrations are currently being accepted for a free soft skills session set for March 24 entitled, "Motivation and Burnout." Do you see telltale signs of burnout at work? It is not uncommon, even for millennials under thirty, to experience burnout. Join us for tips and tricks to stay motivated, and to keep others motivated, while performing at your best.
All classes are conducted in the Blount County Library's learning lab located at 508 N. Cusick in Maryville and limited to 50 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.
The other classes offered include Managing People & Personalities, Tips for Public Speaking, Hiring Good Employees, Motivation and Burnout, Time Management and Managing Change in the Workplace.
BLOUNT TOURISM AMBASSADOR CLASS SET
The next Blount Tourism Ambassador Program (BTAP) class is set for Wednesday, April 5 from 1-4 p.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville). BTAP is based on a nationwide certification program geared toward those working in the tourism industry. The Blount County program is the first of its kind in Tennessee and the Southeast.
The three-hour course gives front-line personnel information about the county and region. They are provided up-to-date information about events, happenings and the "inside story" in order to better serve their customers. There are continuous learning opportunities throughout the year to help satisfy annual certification renewal requirements.
More than 200 people have been certified since the program's inception in 2012.
if you or your employees are interested in attending.
GET YOUR SMALL BUSINESS MOVING
SCORE is a non-profit association dedicated to helping new and existing small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.
Greater Knoxville SCORE's 40-plus volunteers have a wide range of business experience and education and provide One on One mentoring for free and workshops for small business and non-profits for no charge or at very low cost.
SCORE is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA),
To request assistance, or to meet with a SCORE representative in Blount County visit us at
or phone 865-692-0716.
MARCH MEMBER-TO-MEMBER PROMOTIONS ARE IN
Take a look at the March Member-to-Member promotions. With over 50 merchants participating, there's something for you. Check out the
. 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
. 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
HOW TO MARKET TO MILLENNIALS LIKE A PRO
It's no secret that Millennials are different from their predecessors. We are known for our lazy, entitled attitudes (but also for our passion, risk-taking, and open-mindedness!). With over 80 million Millennials in the U.S., we are the largest generation in Western History, according to a study conducted by Initiative in the United Kingdom. Regardless of your opinion on our unique generation, it's ever important as a business owner to understand Millennials, and even more essential to understand how to market to them. Here are four marketing strategies that will attract Millennials to your business in no time:
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
REMEMBER TO SHOP LOCAL
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
Small businesses create jobs and are often better work-places than large chains.
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.
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