Blount Partnership News & Events

It's hard to believe we are about to close out January and head into February. We've got a coffee club next week, but it's February's events you won't want to miss. First is a special seminar by Bill Graham on Feb. 12 (see below) and the Annual Meeting on Feb. 28 (the largest networking event in the county). Also, the Winter Heritage Festival takes place in Townsend, Feb. 6-9.
The Blount Partnership is proud to present an outstanding seminar by Bill Graham of Graham Corporate Communications on Feb. 12 from 8:30-11:30 a.m., at the Clayton Center for the Arts Lambert Recital Hall. Registration is $50 for Chambers members and can be made by Email or calling 865.983.2241.
We've had the opportunity to experience this great seminar and it's fabulous. You walk away with communication tools for leaders, managers and sales team members.
During this workshop, you will learn...Simple steps to improve your likeability while crafting your ideas into messages and stories that resonate with your members, build professional relationships through personal connections and learn customer service tools to be more trusting and helpful.
Bill challenges leaders in every industry to be their most likeable and memorable. His programs help people make connections, improve relationships and say the right thing.
The Blount Partnership's annual meeting sponsored by Asbury Place is coming up on Friday, Feb. 28 at the Airport Hilton. Let me tell you, this ain't your granddaddy's annual meeting. No! This is the premier networking event for Blount County. There's no guest speaker. No rubber chicken dinner. It's just a giant dance party with GLOW, a live performance / show / dance band and heavy hors d'oeuvres.
This is the perfect event to entertain clients and show them the hospitality of Blount County. There will be videos, music, great food, cash bar and an atmosphere to meet and greet the movers and shakers that make this area such a great place to do business and live.
Tickets are $100 and tables are available by calling 865.273.1206. The Hilton is even offering a discounted room rate of $79 so you can stay and have a real good time.
The Chamber is once again producing a map of Blount County and has engaged Target Marketing in Kentucky to handle the product and ad sales. You should have received a letter with information about getting your ad on the map. Email Jeff Muir if you have any questions. These are given to anyone looking for a physical map of the area.
The Chamber is offering a FREE network training class with Raeus Jae Cannon, Feb. 26 from 3-4:30 p.m. RSVP to Amy.
Cannon is a collaborative networking and relationship authority who is highly energetic can show you how to easily never make a cold call again, yet build stronger relationships that drive higher profitability.
Promote your Business......Participate in "Operation Thank You"
Participate in the Chamber's 16th annual "Operation Thank You" set for Feb. 18-20 and meet other business people on a one-on-one basis. During this three-day event, Chamber members, the Chamber staff and Board of Directors will personally deliver Chamber member information packets for 2014. 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 Lawson at [email protected] or call 865.983.2241.
Promote your business during "Operation Thank You" by sending 1300 gift certificates, brochures or business promotional pieces to us and we will distribute them during "Operation Thank - You". Your Chamber constantly looks for ways to help you promote your business and the ABC theory - Always Buy Chamber. We do ask that your enclosure piece be a 4"x 9" brochure or a size not to exceed 8 " x 11" and be no more than 1 page or sheet. These inserts should be delivered to the Chamber no later than 5:00 p.m. Thursday, February 6. Please contact Amy Lawson at [email protected] or call 865.983.2241. There is a charge of $175 for insert enclosure.
Governor Bill Haslam will speak at the TCCE Winter Conference luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at the Sheraton in downtown Nashville. The program begins at 11:30 a.m. and concludes with a legislative reception from 5-7 p.m. Register at
This week I go back to 1962 for song that defined a generation and is still popular today. It's Chubby Checker's "The Twist." The song, originally released in early 1959 by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, and the dance was popularized in 1960 when the song was covered by Checker. His single became a hit, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 19, 1960 (one week) and then setting a record by being the only single to reach No. 1 in two different chart runs when it resurfaced and topped the chart again on January 13, 1962 (two weeks).
Chubby Checker - The Twist
Chubby Checker - The Twist

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