A huge thank you to all the volunteers who helped deliver membership packets to fellow chamber members. Over 1250 packets were delivered, saving a ton in postage. If you have not received packet, please
. Once again, we appreciate all of you and your willingness to step up and help out.
Check out the 100th edition of the The Dialogue at the bottom of this email where we visit with Lynn C. Peterson, President of Blount County Youth Court.
B2B MARKETING STRATEGIES WORKSHOP
BUSINESS SUCCESSION PLANNING MEETING
Join us at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St.) on Wednesday, April 18, at 10 a.m. as Regions Bank is hosting an informational business succession planning meeting to assist these successful entrepreneurs in evaluating their options.
Key speakers include Andy Stockett, Managing Director of Four Bridges Capital located in Chattanooga and Dennis Tygart, Regional Wealth Strategist for Regions Private Wealth Management.
Key discussion points will be:
* Determining the value of your company
* Enhancing the value of your company
* Identifying the optimal time to transition the company while maximizing value
* Properly evaluating multiple business succession options
* Growing your business through acquisition or merger
* Evaluating the best strategy for protecting wealth once a company is sold
* Wealth management strategies for enhanced success
* Estate planning strategies for business owners
We encourage everyone to come and hear this presentation if you are interested in the key topics discussed above. There will be limited sitting for this presentation, so reserve your spot no later than April 12. To RSVP please contact Owen Ray at 865-268-1801 or email
MARYVILLE COLLEGE TO HOST NONPROFIT FAIR MARCH 8
The Maryville College Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) hosts its third annual Nonprofit Fair on Thursday, March 8 in the Alumni Gym. The fair is open to members of the community from noon until 3 p.m. to learn about nonprofit missions, service or volunteer opportunities, and internships or employment opportunities. There is no charge to attend the fair.
Approximately 50 East Tennessee nonprofit organizations are expected to be in attendance, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, the Blount County Public Library, Covenant Health, the Emerald Youth Foundation, Maryville Parks and Recreation, the Pregnancy Resource Center, Trinity Dental and YOKE Youth Ministry.
Nonprofit organizations can register for a table by visiting
START UP WITH GROWTH WHEEL
The Tennessee Small Business Development Center is presenting a start up assistance workshop on March 22 from 9-11 a.m. at the Blount Partnership, 201 S. Washington St., Maryville. Explore your idea viability utilizing GrowthWheel. Learn about forms of business organization, tax requirements, business licenses, business planning and financing options with additional discussion about SBA loan qualification and opportunities.
PARTICIPATE IN BLOUNT COUNTY JOB FAIR
Join us for the annual Blount County job fair presented by Blackberry Farm, M Force Staffing, Pellissippi State and Staffing Solutions, on Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 2-6 p.m. at the Second Harvest Food Bank facility in Maryville. If you are interested in participating,
please click here for more information
Some employers already participating include: Ruby Tuesday, Premier Solutions International, AMR Blount County, First Tennessee Bank, Harrison Construction Co., Gear Recruiting, LLC, Allcor Staffing, Asbury Place, ESS/Source4Teachers, EZ Stop FoodMarts, Denso Manufacturing, Summit Medical Group, Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, AAA-Auto Club Group, AtWork Personnel, K12, Life Care of Blount Co, Express Employment Professionals, Gibson Hotels, Source4Teachers, Pellissippi State, M Force Staffing, Staffing Solutions, Blackberry Farm, Y-12 Federal Credit Union, TCAT-Knoxville and Blount Memorial Hospital.
SOFT SKILLS SESSION FOR MARCH
It's Your Career! That's the focus of eight 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 10 months.
Registrations are currently being accepted online at
for the second class entitled Managing People and Personalities set for March 23. This course qualifies for .2 CEU's awarded by Pellissippi State.
The other classes offered include Free Resources for Professional Development, How to Run an Effective Meeting, Improving Your Presentation Style - Speaking, 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.
LEADERSHIP BLOUNT ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR CLASS OF 2019
Nominations are now being accepted for the
Class of 2019. After a year-long strategic planning process, Leadership Blount revamped its core program to introduce a more dynamic, issue-driven curriculum to address head on issues affecting Blount County. Nominations can be made online at www.leadershipblount.com through March 15th. Any community member can make a nomination. However, self-nominations or those made by immediate family members will not be accepted.
Applicants must show potential for or demonstrated leadership abilities, community involvement, and the desire for expanded leadership responsibility. Selection is based upon the quality and depth of the answers provided in the application.
Leadership Blount strengthens our community by educating and inspiring current and emerging leaders to engage in active, lifelong service.
For more information, please contact Leadership Blount, 865-984-9368, or by email,
MARCH MEMBER-TO-MEMBER PROMOTIONS
Member-to-member promotions are needed for March. Check out the new offers from Computer Catering and Pellissippi State. See this 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
REMEMBER TO SHOP LOCAL
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
Buying local is buying something from a business in your area that is owned by a member of the community who has decision making control over the business and business operations.
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.
Topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week in 1992 was "To Be with You," a soft rock ballad by American hard rock band Mr. Big. "To Be With You" is about a man who has his eye on a woman who recently experienced a broken heart from a previous relationship. When the song's composer Eric Martin was a sophomore in high school, he was friends with his older sister's friend (who was a senior). She would give him rides to school and tell him about all the boy problems she had. Martin had a huge crush on her, but didn't tell her since he knew a senior would never go out with a sophomore. Martin wrote this song about her.