Blount Partnership News & Events

 
Be sure to join us this Friday, May 20, for the Nathaniel G. Heinsohn, DDS (357 Lindsay Street, Alcoa) ribbon cutting at 11 a.m.There will be heavy hors d'oeuvres and desserts to follow.
 
Check out our 24th installment of The Dialogue at the bottom of this email where we visit with Jeffrey Jester, Financial Advisor at OneSouth Financial Group, which assists clients in every aspect of their financial lives.
 
GET YOUR PROMOTION IN FOR MEMBER-TO-MEMBER PROMOTIONAL PROGRAM
This is the first call to get your June 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 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
 
BUILD YOUR MARKETING TOOLKIT SEMINAR OFFERED
Join us Wednesday, June 1 from 9-11 a.m. for the free Build Your Marketing Toolkit: Simple Marketing Strategies for Small Business or nonprofts seminar at the Blount Partnership, 201 S. Washington St., Maryville. Mike Coleman of Constant Contact will be presenting. Register Now.
 
Many small businesses and organizations find themselves seeking the right strategies to make their marketing efforts as effective as possible. But with so many different marketing activities that they could focus on, they often miss some of the more important marketing concepts. This seminar will help you understand why marketing is the most important function of your business. It is designed to give you tips and strategies you can start using today to build and grow your business or nonprofit.

Attendees of this presentation will learn:
  • What marketing really is (and isn't);
  • How marketing has changed in ways that benefit small businesses or nonprofit;
  • The importance of engagement and nurturing relationships;
  • Marketing best practices and strategies;
  • The importance of setting goals and objectives for their marketing efforts;
  • The right campaigns - email, social media, mobile, direct mail - to grow your business;
  • How to start branding your business or nonprofit;
  • How to make better decisions concerning your marketing;
  • The 4 Pillars or Marketing Success - how different marketing activities all fit together;
Join us and start to build a foundation of marketing knowledge, from which you can build more and more effective campaigns to help your business or nonprofit grow. You will leave this event with more confidence in your ability to market your small business or nonprofit.
 
BLOUNT TOURISM AMBASSADOR CLASS OFFERED
Join us Wednesday, May 25 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. for the free Blount Tourism Ambassador Program at the Blount Partnership, 201 S. Washington St., Maryville. More than 200 Blount Countians have become tourism ambassadors by participating in the Blount Tourism Ambassador Program. It is a multi-faceted program that serves to increase tourism by inspiring front-line employees and volunteers to turn every visitor encounter into a positive experience. When visitors have a positive experience they are more likely to return in the future and also share their experience with others. Everyone benefits - the visitor, the industry, the local economy, and most importantly, the front-line worker.
 
Contact Deborah Nye at 865.983.2241 to register.
 
FINAL SOFT SKILLS CLASS SCHEDULED FOR MAY 20
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 www.blountchamber.com/community/soft-skills. 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
 
PROMOTES YOUR BUSINESS WITH SAVE LOCAL NOW
Save Local Now, our digital marketing member benefit, has updated its trainings to focus more on digital and social media marketing and how YOU can benefit.

How can you get to the first page of Google? What should you post on social media and how often should you share? These types of questions are common AND important. We encourage you to sign up for a free training to learn more from the experts.

SLN Business Profile: How to Get to the First Page of Google: SIGN UP
Content Marketing: What to Post and Where to Share: SIGN UP
Email Marketing and ROI: SIGN UP
SLN Digital Platform Overview: SIGN UP
 
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. 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!
 
Six times as many local jobs are created when spending is directed towards locally owned businesses.
 
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
"Boogie Fever," a song recorded by Los Angeles-based R&B group The Sylvers, topped the Billboard Music Charts this week in 1976. It was their third of nine Top 20 R&B hits and first top 40 pop single. Billboard ranked it as the No. 20 song for 1976.


Events

 

May 16-22

 

The Dialogue

This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So here we go with our 24th installment visiting with Jeffrey Jester, Financial Advisor at OneSouth Financial Group, which assists clients in every aspect of their financial lives.
 
What sets OneSouth Financial Group apart? Our staff consists of experienced professionals with a "hands on" approach to financial guidance. Not only will you find our team members knowledgeable, but you will also discover that our staff truly cares about making your dreams a reality. As your financial professionals, we will do everything in our power to keep you focused on where you want to go, guide you on how to get there, and continually remind you of the importance of maintaining a disciplined approach to realizing your dreams.
 
When did you get started? I have been in the financial services industry since 2014 and hold FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations as well as Life and Health & Accident Insurance Licenses. We help individuals understand that preparing for retirement is similar to climbing a mountain.
 
I serve clients throughout East Tennessee. Insurance Licensed in: Tennessee Registered representative of and securities offered through OneAmerica Securities, Inc., Member FINRA, SIPC, a Registered Investment Advisor. Insurance Representative of American United Life Insurance Company (AUL) and other insurance companies. OneSouth Financial Group is not an affiliate of OneAmerica Securities or AUL and is not a broker dealer or a Registered Investment Advisor.
 
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? In my spare time, I enjoy teaching youth Sunday School and training for triathlons. I am an active member of NAIFA, BNI, VFW and the American Legion. I live in Maryville with my wife, Jen, and two beautiful girls.
 
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Joel Honeycutt, J&S Janitorial Solutions
Suzie Cutshaw, JB&B Capital
Tom Klein, InfoSystems
Chris Woodfin, Spicer Rudstrom, PLLC
Rebecca Kiger, Home Instead Senior Care
Ben Hazel, Pree's Tree Specialists
Larry Parker, Auto Collision Experts
Jamie Weiss Photography
Jeff Jones, LC Fence
Steve White, White Enterprise Holding
Aundrea Scholem and Jennifer Madaj, Foothills Adult Care Enrichment Services
Wade McLemore, Paychex
Alan Baker, Crown Point Consultants
Shelby Avery, Avery Wealth Management
Kate Schriver, Schriver's
Elizabeth Ross, ECS Central, PLLC
Tony Saddy, Get Fit Maryville
Renee Taylor, CBI
Christy Simmers, Christy's Creative Cafe
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