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 www.BlountChamber.com
  • Listed in Basically Blount, the Chamber’s lifestyle magazine published annually
  • Listed in The Daily Times ChamberTimes tab
  • Pushed out via social media announcing your membership
  • Promoted through The Dialogue, a new member question-answer piece published in the newsletter
  • A 90-day, 100% money back guarantee if you attend three Chamber networking and/or educational events
  • A digital version of the Blount Partnership logo for use on your website or publications
  • In addition, 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.

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.

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.

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. Check the calendar in the back for dates.

Power Connect Lunch

Join us for a mid-day networking lunch at Smoky Mountain Brewery. While you (and the other guests) will have an opportunity to introduce your business, current areas of focus and/or anything you could use help with, please show up with a focus on how they may be able to add value for the other attendees. Check the calendar in the back for dates.

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 of the year. There will be food, drinks, music, games and prizes.

Marketing

Member-to-Member

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. Go to the membership directory
2. Click on Coupons and Discounts
3. Enter your Username and Password to complete the form, click submit and it’s live.
4. Promotions will also be posted on Facebook

Of course, we will be happy to add your coupon. Just email information about the product or discount you’d like to offer to the chamber membership to jmuir@blountpartnership.com. Be sure to include an expiration date.


The Daily Times Ad

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


Small Business Saturday

Understanding the important contributions small businesses make to their communities, the Blount Chamber is pleased to organize Small Business Saturday. On November 30, everyone is encouraged to take part in Small Business Saturday by stopping by to support local businesses and receive Shop Small® giveaways like tote bags, buttons and balloons.

Founded by in American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday® is a day to celebrate the small businesses that help support your neighborhood and is held every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Small Business Saturday has been embraced as part of the holiday shopping tradition as each year shoppers, businesses and public officials come together to Shop Small® and show their neighborhood pride.

Contact alawson@blountpartnership.com to participate.

Resources

A-Z Office Resource, Inc.

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.


Job Board

Your membership allows you to post job openings at www.BlountChamber.com at no charge. It serves as a great way to match job seekers with your open positions. Click on the link and follow the directions for “I Am An Employer.”

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 Counseling & Business Startup Seminar

Confidential business assistance from professionals is available. 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. Check calendar on back of brochure for seminar schedule and registration information.


Business Labels & Email Campaign

Target your marketing efforts with custom Chamber mailing labels or an email blast sent from the Chamber on your behalf. For $200, take advantage of reaching membership with direct email.


CardConnect

The Blount County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with CardConnect to offer best-in-class payments technology to ensure accepting debit and credit card payments is always simple, secure and affordable. Streamline the way you manage payments, while significantly reducing your monthly fees with member-only rates. You can receive a free complimentary savings analysis.


Chamber Lobby Display

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


Constant Contact Email Marketing

Begin using Constant Contact and you are eligible to receive discounts on your account. You can save 20% if you prepay for 6 months and 25% if you prepay for 12 months. Both existing customers and users new to Constant Contact are eligible for the discount. Sign up for your 60-day trial account at www.constantcontact.com/chambermembers


Digital Services by Slamdot.com

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


Free Business Cards from 42nd Street Design

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


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 cake. Cost is $175 for Business Level members and included in all other levels of membership.


Human Resources and Business Law Counseling

The Chamber has partnered with local attorney’s to offer one no-cost 30 minute HR counseling and/or business law session. This for new clients only. Paine Bickers LLP, Kramer Rayson LLP, Wimberly, Lawson, Wright, Daves & Jones PLLC along with Kizer and Black Attorneys have agreed to offer their expertise to any small business entrepreneur who need answers or advice on human resources or regulations governing small businesses for a half-hour session. Common types of business disputes include breach of contract, property and lease disputes, debt collections and negotiating and drafting effective contracts. Human resources (HR) issues commonly experienced by employers include benefits distribution, resolving conflicts, worker safety, establishing productivity, recruiting employees, arranging and carrying out training and preventing discrimination. Email alawson@blountpartnership.com to schedule an appointment.


IDShield

Take advantage of your Blount Chamber discount and protect you, your family and employees by enrolling in IDShield. IDShield monitors identity from every angle and alerts you to status changes immediately. It can also help restore your identity if it has been compromised.


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.


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, please check www.BlountChamber.com


Notary Public

Legalize your documents with the Chamber’s complimentary notary service. It is available at all levels.


Targeting Newcomers

For a $200 annual fee, receive bimonthly 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.


Tennessee Small Business Developmeny Center

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.

Workers Comp Insurance

Chamber members who have their workers comp insurance written though AccidentFund get access to an online worksafe toolkit as well as the potential to each up to an additional 5% on the back end in a dividend based on your individual policy performance. Dividends are paid out 15 months after the program period.

Member Agency -- Phone -- Website
Cate - Russell Insurance -- (865) 982-4111 -- www.caterussell.com
Geny Insurance Group, LLC dba Blackwood Insurance -- (865) 983-3872 -- www.southpointriskadvisors.com
Geny Insurance Group, LLC dba Mowery Insurance -- (865) 584-1115 -- www.southpointriskadvisors.com


U.S. Chamber Federation

Through our partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, your small business can enjoy resources, information, advocacy, and savings. Your small business benefits from:
Product and service discounts to affinity partners such as FedEx
Thousands of pages of toolkits with how-to information on topics ranging from healthcare to taxes
Subscriptions to U.S. Chamber online properties FreeEnterprise.com and Above the Fold
A voice in Washington representing their business interests
Legislative alerts for notifying small businesses of pressing policy initiatives based on issues they select.
Become a Federation Partner today by logging on at: www.uschamber.com/members/chambers/federation-partnership

Education

Seminars and Briefings

Set aside time on your schedule for the many seminars and local legislative 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.


Soft Skills Workshops

Take your career to the next level with these soft skill sessions. Soft skills are strengthened and developed over time, and are necessary if you desire to climb the career ladder. All participants will earn .5 CEUs per session for participating. They will also receive an email survey two months after workshop participation to assess application of new ideas. Complete the registration form.


Glenn Shepard Seminar - April 16

This course is designed to provide front-line supervisors with the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful manager. The topic is “How to Supervise People and Lead a Team.”


Supervisor’s Training Seminar

Running a business is more than dollars and cents; there’s a legal element that many human resource professionals, supervisors and managers deal with daily. To that end, the Blount Partnership, along with the law firms of Wimberly Lawson and Lewis Thomason, is hosting a two-part supervisors training – human resource/legal seminar.


HR Focus Groups

Monthly workshops take you deeper inside topics relevant to human resource issues in the workplace. Our comprehensive HR workshops provide practical and actionable knowledge and skills for talent acquisition, positive and effective performance management, and talent retention. You’ll be equipped to play a greater role in building a competitive, high-performance organization, and delivering tangible business results.

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