Blount Partnership News and Events

If you or someone you know is looking for a job, please check out Additionally, if you need employees, please utilize the job board to advertise your open positions. Click here to get started.
Be sure to check out our 75th installment of The Dialogue at the bottom of this email where we visit with Paul Fain, president of Asset Planning Corporation.
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. RSVP to Amy.
Join us for a free seminar on Wednesday, March 22 from 8:30-10:30 a.m., at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) on how to harness data to improve your business.

Bring your laptop or tablet and tap into the premier research and reference tool for business and residential data. Reference USA provides quality information and helps users of all kinds search for jobs, identify competitors, create marketing and small business plans, research neighborhoods and more. This resource is available to all Blount County businesses and Blount County Public Library cardholders. RSVP to Amy if you wish to attend.
Join us Wednesday, March 29 from 2-5 p.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) for speed networking. The event is limited to the first 30 individuals to register. Make some new connections by RSVPing to Amy.
From this class you will get an overall understanding of what Google wants in order for you to be found in organic (non-paid) searches. If you manage your own website, you will be given insider tips webmasters use to be successful on Google. And if you have a webmaster, you will leave with a list of things to pass along that will give your online presence a boost.

Marketing today is much more than just having a website. You will learn what signals Google looks for on your website, and how to optimize for Google as well as humans.

Next step is creating great content that will attract those customers to you - customers you have identified as ideal for what you have to offer.

Once you have the content, you need to promote it with social media. But which channel? We can help you there.

We discuss capturing those leads once they find you online. Because having 1,000 visitors means nothing unless you communicate with them and grow your list.

Finally, we discuss the importance of mobile marketing and what makes a web site mobile friendly.

So, join us Thursday, March 30 from 1-4 p.m. at the Blount Partnership, 201 South Washington Street, Maryville, Tenn. Fee of $59 must be paid to Inbound with registration
The Glenn Shepard Seminar, "How to Manage Problem Employees," returns to the Blount Partnership on Wednesday, April 19 from 8 a.m.-noon. In the seminar, he'll show you how to motivate your people, not just manage them. How to get them to follow you because they believe in your goals, your skills as a leader, and they are committed.

He'll also explain why The Millennials require such a different supervisory style than Gen X or Baby Boomers, and how to apply Dr. Ken Blanchard's (author of The One Minute Manager) principles of situational leadership to get all the different generations to work together as a team.

The cost is $129 for Blount Chamber members (When three from a company register, the fourth is FREE). The non-member fee is $149. Register here.
Congratulations to Blount Broadcasting Corporation which just put a new FM radio station on air in Maryville on WKVL 101.3 FM. Now there's more expanded coverage over the airways in Blount County. Be sure to check them out for your advertising needs. Contact O.K. Walters at 865.724.1100.
Please note that the email address for Nancy Terrier at Hwy 411S Antiques Mall listed in the Basicall Blount lifestyle magazine is incorrect. It should be
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.
Join us Friday, March 31 at 8 a.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) as we hear from College Presidents; Dr. Tom Bogart, Maryville College and Dr. Anthony Wise, Pellissippi State; give an update on what is happening at the post secondary level.
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. Email Deborah if you or your employees are interested in attending.
The Blount County Job Fair is coming to the Second Harvest Food Bank on Friday, May 19, 2017, from 10 a.m.-2 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.
Please send in your April Member-to-Member promotions this week as the next email to the membership will be sent on Monday, March 27. With over 50 merchants participating, there's something for you. Check out the 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
Do you know what percent of consumers won't return if your website isn't mobile optimized? The correct answer is 61% of consumers. That means almost two thirds of all the consumers that search for your company are choosing not to patronize your business because your website isn't mobile friendly. Read more

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 Rachel Coffman.
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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
Also, please send us any news releases or good news about your business. We'd love to share it with the community.
"Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)," by Pink Floyd, began its four-week run atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week in 1980. "Another Brick in the Wall" is the title of three songs set to variations of the same basic theme, on Pink Floyd's 1979 rock opera, The Wall. Part 2 is a protest song against rigid schooling in general and boarding schools in the UK in particular. It was also the band's only number-one hit in the United States.



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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 75th installment visiting with Paul Fain, president of Asset Planning Corporation which helps individuals, couples, and families make wise decisions with their money.
Describe what you do. We provide an integrated wealth management platform for financial success and security: Comprehensive financial planning + portfolio management.
How did you get started? Our firm was founded in 1975 by a financial planning pioneer, the late P. Kemp Fain, Jr. I joined the firm as his apprentice in 1988.
What is your background? In 1990, I met the qualifications of education and examination to become a Certified Financial Planner(tm) practitioner.
Who is your mentor? I am still greatly influenced by my late father's career and works. On a day-to-day basis, I participate in an amazing study group comprised of eight of the country's top financial planners.
Describe your customers. Our clients are a wonderfully diverse group of delegators: pre- and post-retirees, 2nd generation family, physicians and educators and executives and engineers.
What impacts your work environment? The only constant is change so a small business needs to be flexible and prepared for the expected and the unexpected.
Name three things you wish you knew when you started. 1) Self-care is vitally important to being the best financial planner I can be; 2) Trusting and relying on others is a key to long-term success; 3) Resilience is a muscle that is strengthened through adversity.
What do you enjoy most about your work? Working with an amazing team of talented and caring people. Seeing clients fulfill their life goals and enjoying the fruits of their financial plans.
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