Benefits

Member Benefits

As part of your membership, you are afforded a vast number of benefits to assist with all facets of business operations. Please take time to review the list. 

  • Membership fee is 85% tax deductible
  • Listed on the Chamber’s website
  • Pushed out via social media networks announcing your membership
  • Listed on “My Chamber App” (free download on any smart phone)
  • Listed in Basically Blount, the Chamber’s yearly lifestyle magazine
  • Listed in The Daily Times ChamberTimes tab
  • Get promoted through The Dialogue, a new member question-answer piece published in the newsletter

In addition, you can use the website to post your events and news while offering deals and coupons to customers. You can have brochures and/or business cards posted in the Chamber lobby and your business will be on top of the referral list.

You do not have to be a member of a specific tier to enjoy the Chamber benefits. If your tier doesn't offer a specific benefit you like, you may add it on. Listed below are costs of individual items. To obtain any of these, please contact Jessica Hahn at 865-983-2241. 

Connections

Chamber App

Use the free Blount Partnership app to access news and navigate the Blount Chamber economic development information, member business directory and upcoming area events for Blount County with the calendar. The app also links you to the Blount Partnership websites and social media pages.
Type in Blount Partnership on your mobile device’s app store to begin your download.

Coffee Club

Networking at the monthly Coffee Club is a great way to start your day. It is held at a Chamber member’s place of business the fourth Thursday each month. Check the calendar in the back for dates and locations.

Afternoon Mixers

Another networking opportunity is the afternoon mixers which are held quarterly. These events are a great way to wind down at a Chamber member’s place of business. Check the calendar in the back for dates and locations.

Primetime

This is your best opportunity to meet many Chamber members from all sectors of the community in one location. Come network and meet new people in the business community! Join over 300 business representatives at the largest networking event in Blount County. There will be food, drinks, music, games and prizes.

Networking Training Classes

Have you been nervous about how to network and meet new people? The Chamber offers regularly scheduled networking training classes with Raeus Jae Cannon to help you build relationships by learning common sense tips and techniques to use.

Marketing

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The Blount County Chamber of Commerce presents a Member-to-Member Promotional Program which 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 jmuir@blountpartnership.com. 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. Promotions will be posted on www.blountchamber.com/membership/member-to-member-promotional-program/

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New members receive one 3”x5” (3 columns wide by 5 inches deep, 15” total) full-color ad to run on new member’s choice of Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Value is $375 at regular price. Contact Evelyn Sandlin at evelyn.sandlin@thedailytimes.com or 865.981.1152

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Use the Blount County Chamber of Commerce as an extension to your PR/Marketing strategy. Let us share with the community via social media, news and email leading up to Small Business Saturday on Nov. 25.

Resources

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Members enjoy discounts and special pricing on all office supplies and facility products. Services include online ordering loaded with your discount pricing; price guarantees in specific product areas; no minimum order requirement; next day free delivery; a dedicated account manager; and a rewards program. Contact Jill England at 865.250.3934 or register online at chamber.azorinc.com.

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Offer your employees the opportunity to receive discounts on prescription drugs and other health care services, regardless of any health insurance program you offer. The card is free and there is no enrollment. Simply create and print your Prescription Drug Card and receive savings of up to 75% (discounts average roughly 30%) at more than 56,000 national and regional pharmacies. This card can be used as your primary plan and/or it can be used on prescriptions not covered by your insurance plan. Print Cards Here.

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Confidential business assistance from professionals is available through the Tennessee Small Business Development Center. Find help for growing your business, developing business or marketing plans, creating a budget, or getting an analysis of your operation. Take advantage of seminars discussing the forms of business organization, tax requirements, business licenses, business planning and financing options with additional discussion about SBA loan qualifications.

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Take your digital presence to new heights with Slamdot. Your new membership gives you access to a free digital marketing strategy audit and 20% off Slamdot’s digital marketing services. Your digital presence is more than just your website. To grow your business through the internet, you need a comprehensive digital marketing strategy incorporating social media and search engine marketing, along with optimizations to your website. Get started today by emailing sales@slamdot.com or call 865.238.5600

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Begin using Constant Contact and earn savings up to 25% to enhance marketing efforts. This effective tool keeps up with business trends and best practices when it comes to email marketing, surveys and event promotion. Also take advantage of free Constant Contact seminars.

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Attend a free 30-minute marketing evaluation with 42nd Street Design and receive 250 free business cards. The evaluation includes website audit, overview of social media strategies, tips about effect Google marketing, advice on top 10 free directories. Call 865.382.7007 or mail@42sd.com

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Group Transportation Services (GTS) is the one stop source for all of your transportation needs over 150 pounds. The modes we manage include less-than-truckload, truckload, air, international, parcel and expedite. Our extensive carrier network gives us the bargaining power to provide custom, cost-efficient transportation solutions. Blount Chamber Members save an average of 10-35% on shipping annually. Call 800.689.6255 x209 or visit www.onestopshipping.com/bp 

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The Blount Partnership is proud to join up with Shell and ExxonMobil in offering fleet fuel cards to its members to help manage fuel costs.
SHELL: Earn up to 10 cents off per gallon on Shell fuel purchases the first year from account open date of your Shell Fleet Plus account. Call John Lowe at 865.982.2192 to enroll.

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The Blount Partnership is proud to join up with Shell and ExxonMobil in offering fleet fuel cards to its members to help manage fuel costs.
EXXONMOBIL: Call Charles Rehm at 404.574.0860 or email Charles.Rehm@wexinc.com to enroll.

Blount Area Job Board

Post your job openings online at www.BlountAreaJobs.com at a low cost to members and serves as a great way to match local employers with job seekers.

Business Advocacy and Governmental Issues

The Chamber acts as your business advocate before local, state and federal governments by helping you stay informed on issues and how they may affect your business.

Business Labels & Email

Target your marketing efforts with custom Chamber mailing labels. Ready-to-use labels sorted by zip code. For $200, take advantage of reaching membership with direct email.

Chamber Lobby Display

Expand your product visibility by displaying it in the Chamber lobby for $300 per month.

Grand Openings & Ribbon Cuttings

The Chamber offers assistance in grand openings/ribbon cuttings by sending out notification to its members about your event, providing ceremonial scissors and ribbon, taking photos and video, posting event on social media and providing a large cake from Walmart. Cost is $175 for Business Level members and $100 for non-profits.

Information Updates

Receive valuable information on issues impacting your business from sources available through the Chamber.

Job Fair

Looking for new employees? Take advantage of our annual job fair which draws employers and job seekers from the surrounding area for one day to fill open positions. Sponsor or participate on April 21. Check the sponsorship section in back of the brochure for more details.

Meeting Space Availability

Members have access to three meeting spaces located at the Chamber building.
Board Room 1: The capacity for the main board room is 60 people. The rental fee for this room is $100 for four hours or less and $200 for all day.
Board Room 2: A secondary board room accommodates 15 people. The rental fee for this room is $75 for four hours or less and $150 for all day.
Covered Courtyard/Garden Spot: Take advantage of the covered outdoor courtyard that can accommodate 100. Please check with the Chamber for rental rate.
For additional businesses that offer meeting spaces, check here.

Notary Public

Legalize your documents with the Chamber’s complimentary notary service.

Targeting Newcomers

For a $180 annual fee, receive bi-monthly lists of those who have requested relocation information. For $350 for six months, let us do the work for you by including your marketing materials in newcomer packets.

Education

Seminars and Briefings

Set aside time on your schedule for the many seminars and local lelgislative briefings offered throughout the year. Topics include social media marketing, supervisor training, HR Focus Group, Glenn Shepard’s managers seminar, email marketing, transportation updates and many more. 
Check calendar for seminar schedule and registration information.

Soft Skills Workshops

Take your career to the next level with soft skill sessions. Soft skills are strengthened and developed over time, and are necessary if you desire to climb the career ladder. For a complete listing of free workshops and registration form, log on here.

U.S. Chamber Info

RESOURCES

INFORMATION

  • Free Enterprise Weekly and Quarterly Publications: The Chamber’s weekly e-publication and quarterly magazine features economic analysis, tips for running your business, legislative updates, small business profiles, and more. www.freeenterprise.com
  • Daily News: A line-up of the day’s most important business headlines delivered to your inbox every morning.
  • U.S. Chamber Blog: The go-to source for news, opinions, and in-depth analyses on the latest regulations and policies and their impact on the business community. www.uschamber.com/blog

ADVOCACY

  • Take Action/Issue Alerts: Get involved in the fight to protect progrowth policies by joining our action network. Receive timely alerts on the biggest national issues impacting the business community. www.friendsoftheuschamber.com
  • Voting Resources: During election cycles, the Chamber provides all of the information you need to be an active participant at the polls. www.voteforjobs.com

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