PHOTOS CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
Photos from the Blount Partnership Christmas Open House are available for
. Thank you
Jamie Weiss Photography
for sitting with an umbrella over her head for the duration. That's dedication to your work.
MARYVILLE WELLNESS CENTER RIBBON CUTTING
VOLUNTEERS NEEDS FOR GIFT WRAPPING
MAXIMIZE YOUR MEMBERSHIP
If you're new to the Chamber or just want to
know more about your membership
, then join us January 9 from 2-3 p.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) as Tammi Ford will explain your benefits and the many opportunities that go along with membership.
Then, join us for the first Afternoon Mixer of 2020 at First Horizon (1820 W. Broadway, Maryville) from 3:45-5 p.m. to gain exposure for your business or organization.
SMART TRIPS WANTS TO HELP YOUR BUSINESS BECOME A BEST WORKPLACE
Best Workplaces for Commuters (BWC) is an innovative membership program that provides qualified employers with national recognition and an elite designation for offering outstanding commuter benefits. Employers and developments that meet the National Standard of Excellence in commuter benefits can get on the list of Best Workplaces for Commuters. The application deadline for the 2020 BWC list is December 30, 2019.
Smart Trips has partnered with Best Workplaces for Commuters to encourage employers to apply for this national recognition opportunity. Our program would love to cover the application fee ($230 value) for our Chamber's members. If you know of any members interested, please let them know this is available until the application deadline.
For more information about the application process, please
visit our website
THE ISSUE: THE LACK OF SOFT SKILLS
The Solution: Greg Coker's Soft Skills Boot Camp
This seminar, held January 24, 2020 at the UT Conference Center, 600 Henley St. 4th Floor in Knoxville from 8:30 a.m.-noon, provides a powerful message about the necessary skills that will lead to increased employee effectiveness while boosting a company's productivity, retention and customer satisfaction. Seminar topics will include: image, importance of strategies, creativity, communications, project management, problem-solving skills, customer service, teamwork, conflict resolution, exceeding expectations and leadership
This powerful workshop is designed to accomplish THREE THINGS:
1. Define the gap in employees Soft Skills
2. Build the training for improving Soft Skills
3. Provide easy-to-understand tools to help
Topics covered: Leading/Following; Managing; Employee Engagement; Emotional Intelligence; Customer Satisfaction; Coaching; Change; Teamwork; Culture; Problem-Solving; Organizational Dynamics
, Click on Events and the date of workshop. Fees are $125 for TN Chamber members and $175 for Non-members.
CREATIVE AND AFFORDABLE WAYS TO FIND AND KEEP TALENT
Finding and keeping talent continues to be the top challenge of many organizations. Learn the basics of total rewards, the psychology behind the concept, and explore and uncover alternative methods for recognizing and rewarding employees without breaking the bank. Make plans to attend our next Success in 90 Seminar on Wednesday, January 8th from 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at the Blount Partnership. The topic will be "Total Rewards: Creative and Affordable Ways to Find and Keep Talent" by Kurt Greene of Vistage.
for this January 8, 2020 seminar held at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) from 8:30-10 a.m.
This Program, ID No. 506042, has been approved for 2.00 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, aPHRi, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).
GLENN SHEPARD SEMINAR RETURNS FEBRUARY 6
This is a world class professional development course designed specifically for supervisors on the front line, who directly manage two or more employees. It's for managers who are "in the trenches", like the restaurant manager who can't open tonight because three of his servers didn't show up for work, the dentist who spends as much time dealing with her employees as treating patients, etc.
In this full day seminar, these top 9 modules will be covered:
Module 1: How to Find Good People when the Labor Market is Tight
Module 2: How to Manage, Motivate, and Communicate with Millennials
Module 3: Behavioral Psychology for Managers
Module 4: How to Do Performance Evaluations
Module 5: How to Reduce Tardiness and Absenteeism
Module 6: How to Motivate People
Module 7: Advanced Supervisory Skills for Managers
Module 8: How to Use Affirmative Discipline to Correct People When They Get Off Track - without Demoralizing Them
Module 9: How to Fire Without Fear
Your Chamber has worked out a great deal for you on the tuition. Managers have paid as much as $1,295 to hear Glenn Shepard speak. You, as a member of the Chamber, may attend this event for only $197, and your fourth company registration is FREE! Non-chamber members tuition is $247. This seminar is approved for 5.50 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute and SHRM.
SIGN UP FOR THE JANUARY SOFT SKILLS CLASS
It's Your Career! That's the focus of a free soft skills session offered in partnership by the Blount County Public Library, the Adult Education Foundation of Blount County and the Blount County Chamber of Commerce.
Registrations are currently being accepted online at
for a class entitled Building Success by Developing Leadership on January 24. Learn the difference between management and leadership. Explore the characteristics, qualities and attributes of proven leaders, and see how you can develop these traits within yourself and others.
All participants will earn .5 CEUs per session for participating. They will also receive an email survey two months after workshop participation to assess application of new ideas.
All classes are conducted in the Blount County Library's learning lab located at 508 N. Cusick in Maryville and limited to 50 participants. 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.
PROTECT YOUR IDENTITY
Take advantage of your Blount Chamber discount and protect you, your family and employees by enrolling in IDShield. IDShield monitors identity from every angle and alerts you to status changes immediately. It can also help restore your identity if it has been compromised.
YOU CAN POST YOUR OWN MEMBER-TO-MEMBER DEALS
REMEMBER TO SHOP LOCAL
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
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 or any good news about your business, please
send it to us
. We'd love to share it with the community.
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