IT'S MORE THAN A RIBBON CUTTING
Join us Thursday, May 4 at 4 p.m. for the
Brookdale Sandy Springs - Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening
We've been making some big changes, and we just had to celebrate in an even bigger way! You are invited to be among the first to see Brookdale Sandy Springs newly added Alzheimer's and Dementia Care services and community addition. During our event, you will be given a "passport." As you enjoy casino games, DJ, photo props, chair massages, food & drink and other entertainment through the tour of our new community, make sure you have your passport stamped for an entry into a drawing for a $1,000 gift certificate from Carnival Cruise Lines.
TOWNSEND SPRING FESTIVAL
Celebrate the natural beauty of the Smokies in springtime at the
Townsend in the Smokies Spring Festival and Old Timers Day, May 5-6
, which was created to celebrate the heritage of the Smoky Mountains, and to keep Appalachian culture alive while giving visitors a hands-on look into the area's unique traditions. Just a few of the activities taking place at the festival include bluegrass performances and jam sessions, woodcarving, Appalachian demonstrations, clogging, arts and crafts and storytelling.
Complete schedule of events
HOW TO MAXIMIZE YOUR CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP
Join us Tuesday, May 9 from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) for an opportunity to
learn more about the Chamber and the many opportunities that go along with being a member
. Learn how to make the most of the benefits afforded to you. RSVP to
Remember, your membership is a corporate membership. Please encourage co-workers to get involved, educated, network and promote your company via Blount Chamber events and opportunities.
JOIN THE BLOUNT COUNTY JOB FAIR
The Blount County Job Fair sponsored by Cirrus Aircraft and Pellissippi State Community College is coming to the Second Harvest Food Bank on Friday, May 19, 2017, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. If your business is interested in participating to hire new employees,
email Claire for more details
WOMEN IN BUSINESS
Make plans to attend our next
Women in Business meeting
on Monday, May 15, noon at the Airport Hilton led by Sharon Hannum.
This is a Dutch Treat lunch from Cooper's Restaurant. You can either do soup or salad bar for $8.95 + tax, this includes drink, and dessert or the whole buffet for $12 (including tax) and includes drink, buffet and dessert. RSVP to
by Friday, May 12 if you plan to attend.
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
PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES: VALUED MEMBERS OF THE 21ST CENTURY WORKFORCE
Come to the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) on Wednesday, May 3, from 3-4 p.m. as Robert B. Nicholas, Ph.D. of Tennesseeworks will present on the increasing number of the nation's leading employers have recognized the value of people with disabilities in meeting their workforce needs and have established disability recruitment initiatives.
This presentation will provide information on:
Why hiring people with disabilities makes good business sense;
Examples of companies who have benefited from disability hiring initiatives;
Resources here in Tennessee that are available to assist employers with recruitment, training, and retention of jobseekers with disabilities.
USE CHAMBER DISCOUNT TO ATTEND EAST TN WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
As a Blount County Chamber member, you can attend the
2017 East Tennessee Women's Leadership Summit "Leading Beyond Limits,"
on Friday, June 9 at the Airport Hilton for $99.
Use code BCC2017
The East Tennessee Women's Leadership Summit is an annual event, hosted by the Women's Leadership Council, a group of women volunteers who share a common interest in improving the lives of women in East Tennessee. The Summit's speakers and activities are targeted to help women in East Tennessee Live. Learn. Lead. in all aspects of their lives.
Sign up here
get the 411
ANOTHER CHAMBER MEMBER DISCOUNT
Can you believe your luck? Another Chamber member discount from Express Employment Professionals. Receive $150 off an HR or Marketing service through Express Strategic Services, a division of Express Employment Professionals.
Click on the flyer
to learn more and schedule a free consultation.
PSCC SUMMER CAMPS
STEAM camps provide fun and exciting ways to introduce students to careers in science & technology on a college campus. $320 fee includes daily lunch and a t-shirt. All camp times are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Ages 10+. Register at
Use math and technology to dive deeper into the game as you engage in modding techniques, understand what makes the game work and learn creative game design!
Mix creative artistry with technical skills for an action-packed experience as you record and edit film to create and produce your own powerful videos for a film festival finale!
Explore the vast field of science and engineering through robotics as you conduct physics experiments and use your imagination to build a bot you'll take to a team competition!
Week 1&2: June 12-16/19-23, Blount County campus
Week 3&4: June 26-30/July 10-14, Hardin Valley campus
SIGN UP FOR FINAL SOFT SKILLS CLASS
Registrations are currently being accepted for the final free soft skills session set for Friday, May 19 entitled "Managing Change in the Workplace." While change can seem scary for some people, managing change well is what helps people grow in their work and stay relevant. Join us to explore effective strategies for selling and managing change at work.
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.
MAY MEMBER-TO-MEMBER PROMOTIONS ARE IN
The May member-to-member promotions are in.
Check out Pellissippi State's summer camps, Express Employment Professionals' HR discount and Patriot Threads' promotion to benefit Kingdom Design Ministries.
See these and other promotions at
. 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
SNAPCHAT: A NEW, FRESH WAY TO STRENGTHEN YOUR BUSINESS' IMAGE
Facebook, Twitter, Google+...these are probably the top social media outlets to promote a business. It is expected that any business post on these sites is a promotional post. I've been noticing more companies introducing themselves to Snapchat.
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
REMEMBER TO SHOP LOCAL
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
Buying locally grown produce and other food products is one of the easiest ways to shop small in your community.
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, please email
so she can post it on
any news releases or good news about your business. We'd love to share it with the community.
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