Blount Partnership News & Events

 
CHAMBER RELEASES ITS LEGISLATIVE AGENDAS AND ADVOCACY SITE
The Blount Partnership released its local, state, federal and regional legislative agendas for 2015 as well as a new advocacy website (click this link or the banner above) that allows members to track bills that are important to the business community.
 
The site allows you to contact your elected officials on issues important to your business interests and access a variety of voter resources including zip code identification of your local, state and federal elected officials. It's also a great news source with links to articles about issues affecting the state legislature.
 
CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP PACKETS AVAILABLE FOR PICK UP ON TUESDAY
Operation Thank You begins Tuesday, February 17 and continues through Thursday, February 19. Chamber members, the Chamber staff and Board of Directors will personally deliver Chamber member information packets for 2015. We invite you to join us in this three-day effort. You can agree to call on as many or as few members as your schedule permits. If you, someone (or several people) from your business, organization or group is interested in participating, please contact Amy or call 865.983.2241.
 
FREE BUSINESS OPERATION WORKSHOPS
The Blount County Chamber of Commerce and the Blount County Library have partnered with the Tennessee Small Business Development Center to present 14 free business operation workshops on Google, social media, business marketing and planning, starting a business and government contracting for small business owners and entrepreneurs.
 
Workshops are held at the Blount County Chamber, 201 S. Washington St., Maryville, TN, and at the Blount County Library, 508 North Cusick Street, Maryville, TN. Participants are free to bring their own lunch.
 
For more information or to attend any of the following workshops, participants are asked to register by clicking on the Training tab at www.tsbdc.org.
 
LocationDateSeminar TopicTime
ChamberFeb. 26Pin and Tweet Your Business to Success11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Register here
ChamberMarch 12Starting a Business9 a.m.-Noon Register here
ChamberMarch 19Government Contracting11:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Register here
LibraryApril 9Google-ize My Business11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
LibraryApril 21Google My Business11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
LibraryJune 11Growth Wheel - Business Legal Issues11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
ChamberJune 25Business Planning9 a.m.-Noon
LibraryAug. 6Growth Wheel - Business Processes11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
ChamberAug. 20Social Media11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
LibrarySept. 10Growth Wheel - Choosing Employees11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
ChamberSept. 24Starting a Business9 a.m.-Noon
ChamberOct. 8Social Media11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
LibraryOct. 22Growth Wheel - Ownership & Management11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
ChamberNov. 12Business Planning9 a.m.-Noon
 
REGISTER FOR FREE CONSTANT CONTACT SOCIAL MEDIA SEMINAR
The Blount Partnership is hosting a free social media seminar presented by Constant Contact entitled, "You're Social, Now What? Making Social Media Work for You," on Wednesday, March 11 from 1-3 p.m. Register here.
 
This seminar will give you a closer look at the popular social media networks -- Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google +.
 
You will learn the benefits of using each network, three things you must do to make everything work, how to create content that is interesting and relevant to your audience, how other organizations are using social media, some do's and don'ts of each channel - best practices; how to connect with others (the "right" way), how to tell if your social activity is working, and discussion of productivity tools that will save time.
 
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
Linda Ronstadt topped the Billboard Singles Chart this week in 1975 with "You're No Good." It was part of her double platinum career-defining Heart Like A Wheel album.
Linda Ronstadt - You're No Good
Linda Ronstadt - You're No Good

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