Blount Partnership News and Events

The Federal & State Primary, County General, Friendsville & Townsend city clections are being held Thursday, August 2. The polls open at 8 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Voting precincts can be found here. A sample ballot can be viewed here.

Federal & State Primary - Governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representative, TN Senate, TN House of Representatives (District 8 & 20) & State Executive Committeeman & Committeewoman for Republican & Democratic Party
County General - County School Board (District 1, 3, 5, & 7)
Friendsville City Election - Friendsville City Commissioner (3 seats)
Townsend City Election - Townsend City Commissioner (3 seats)
Join us August 1 at 8:30 a.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) as we present founder and chief experience officer of Red Carpet Learning Systems and author Donna Cutting.

Cutting will help us tap into the THRILL of Red Carpet Customer Service.

She's the author of two books including the bestselling, 501 Ways to Roll Out the Red Carpet for Your Customers: Easy-to-Implement Ideas to Inspire Loyalty, Get New Customers, and Leave a Lasting Impression. Named in Forbes online as one of the best business books of 2015, published by Career Press in December 2015.

Cutting leads a team of customer service experts that train organizational leaders turn prospects into delighted customers; and delighted customers into raving fans. Also an in demand keynote speaker Donna has presented, consulted and developed training programs for a variety of customers in the senior living and healthcare; hospitality and entertainment; financial; and other fields.
Designed by Leadership Blount and in collaboration with community partners, Discover Blount is an introduction to Blount County showcasing tourism, health, education, industry, history, and non-profit organizations. The program introduces participants to resources in our county and identifies opportunities to become more involved.

Forty participants will be accepted on a first come-first serve basis. While anyone is welcome to participate, the program is aimed at emerging leaders, those new to Blount County, and anyone who wants to be more involved in our community.

The Discover Blount program will consist of six, 5 hour class days with one social and one service opportunity.

Class Days will be held on the following dates from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. on September 11, 25, October 16, 30 and November 13, 27.

All classes will begin and end on the Maryville College campus unless otherwise noted. A tour bus will provide transportation during the Class Day. The cost for the program is $325. Registration can be done online at for the Fall 2018 class.
Networking got you nervous? Come to this free networking training class, August 7 from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Blount Partnerhsip (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) and learn from an expert on the way to make better connections and quit making cold calls.

Raeus Jae Cannon uses everyday traffic signs to fuel-up audiences. Turn on the lights as Raeus shows you how to quit making cold calls and drive more prospects into your funnel.

Raeus' vision is to clear the highway of the "dreaded cold call." She has not made a cold call since 1998 and she can show you how to easily never make one again, yet build stronger relationships that drive higher profitability.

Raeus is highly energetic and enthusiastic as she asks you to "read the signs" on the networking highway. Enjoy learning common sense driving tips and techniques you can use before you leave and continue to use for years to come.
The Blount County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for Director of Manufacturing, Wholesalers & Agriculture, Director of Hotel/Accommodations, Restaurants and Recreation and a limited number of One Year Directors for its 2019 Board of Directors until August 17. Please complete the online form to nominate an individual you think would make a good board member. Self nominations are also accepted.
soft skills It's Your Career! That's the focus of four 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.

Registrations are currently being accepted online at for a class entitled Improving Your Presentation Style - Speaking set for September 28. This course qualifies for .2 CEU's awarded by Pellissippi State.

The other classes offered include Improving Your Presentation Style - Strategies for Engaging Presentations, Making Your Social Media Look Good and Creating Infographics for Promoting Your Business.

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.
The "All Things Google" Lunch and Learn Technology Series is a professional development workshop series for adults who seek to learn about the Google platform, applications available through Google and how to access and use these applications (Google Sheets, Google Docs, Google Calendar, Google Drive, etc.) This technology series is offered by the Blount County Public Library with funding provided by the Tennessee State Library Archives Library Technology Training Grant.

This Lunch and Learn series meets in the new Learning Lab at the Blount County Public Library on Fridays each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The $10 registration fee includes a box lunch and participants will have the opportunity to network. Each of the topics offered will be divided into 3-4 weekly sessions that can stand alone or be taken consecutively. A total of 50 classes will be offered with a new schedule released each month.

To register for classes in the Lunch and Learn Series please visit the Blount County Public Library website
Member-to-member promotions are here for August. Submit to the email below. Check out the offers from Gold Crown Vacation Club and United Community Bank. See these and other promotions at member-to-member promotions. 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
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Topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week in 1999 was "Genie in a Bottle" by Christina Aguilera from her self-titled debut album. Globally the single sold over 10 million copies and is listed as one of the best-selling singles of all time.

Christina Aguilera - Genie In A Bottle
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The Dialogue

This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So, here we go with our 114th installment visiting with Jacklyn Steele, a sales representative with Unifirst, which provides workwear and facility service solutions.
Tell me more about Unifirst. Unifirst has been in business since 1936, We actually started out of a horse barn with only a handfull of employees. We now have grown to over 250 facilities in North America and Europe. At UniFirst we offer a very diverse range of products, but we are best known for our superior uniform program.
How did you get started? I have always held a sales position, but with this particular business I was very persistent, I did my homework, and knew who I would potentially be working for.
What is your background? Sales experience was a huge factor, along with product knowledge, Prospecting skills, Being good at rapport building, being able to be an active listener and have excellent communication skills.
Describe your customers. We have a very diverse range of customers from small businesses to large corporation. Basically if you have a business we can service you.
Name three things you wish you knew when you started. You must be prepared to give (a lot) before you get... Its all about helping the customer not selling the customer. You are going to have to play a marketing role as well as a sales role... You will not get anywhere if you are not marketing. You have to be comfortable with asking uncomfortable questions... Prospects do not buy on logic, they buy on emotions and use logic to justify the decisions.
What do you enjoy about your position? I enjoy making other people happy, and when you give them quality products at a good price, it makes them happy!
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