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Resources for Managing Your Business During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Business Webinars

Updated September 25, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.
Below is a listing of business-related webinars that may be helpful.

Tennessee Small Business Development Center Resource Webinars

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center is hosting a myriad of online training webinars to assist you in all facets of your businesses.

Take advantage of training opportunities with the SBDC at no cost. Most workshops are currently being offered virtually.

View a full list of upcoming workshops and trainings with the SBDC or request a free advising session.

Get the Facts on PPP and EIDL
Hear from SBA every Monday and Friday at noon ET until December 21. Find out what is a myth and what is a truth on SBA loans for small businesses.


October 6 at 9 a.m.
PPP: Loan Forgiveness Basics

October 15 from 9:30-11 a.m.
Write a Marketing Plan that Works

October 20 from 9-10:30 a.m.
Business Start-Up: The Essentials

November 18 from 9 a.m.-noon
Government Contracting 101

November 19 from 9-11 a.m.
Government Contracting 201

Dale Carnegie Workshops

Virtual Selling: How to Build Relationships Online
September 25 from noon-1:30 p.m. | REGISTER HERE
Are you looking for ways to make virtual connections, book more meetings, and increase your sales numbers?

Creating Cultures that Engage and Retain Millennials and Generation Z
October 6 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | REGISTER HERE (COST $19)
Join us for this interactive workshop as we present our research and practical applications for engaging your younger employees.


Success in 90 Seminars

The Power of a Positive Leader
Oct. 7 at 8:30 a.m. | REGISTER HERE
Join Kevin Waters, CEO of Clear Leader Group, for a webinar entitled, “Power of a Positive Leader.”
Discover how self-awareness can help you become a better leader, learn about humble confidence, and uncover what feedback is and what it is not and how to effectively give feedback.

Solving the Post-Pandemic People Puzzle - Kurt Greene
Oct. 16 at 9 a.m. | REGISTER HERE
In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about effective approaches to leading teams, finding and keeping talent, engaging customers, and getting the right things done right, not just to survive.

Professional Development Opportunities

Supervisor Training Seminar
October 26 at 10 a.m. | REGISTER HERE
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. 

AM Connect Virtual Networking

We bring connections to you with our virtual networking option. Held the second Friday of every month, these online meetings are a companion to our in-person coffee clubs. Here you have the opportunity to meet new people in breakout rooms.

October 9 at 8:15 a.m. sponsored by Family Promise of Blount County

November 13 at 8:15 a.m. sponsored by S.D. Professionals

December 11 at 8:15 a.m. sponsored by Rocky Top Restoration

Maximize Your Membership

Learn more about the Blount Chamber and the many opportunities that go along with being a member. Learn how to make the most of the benefits afforded to you. Please click the link below to register.

October 13 at 2 p.m.

November 20 at 2 p.m.

COVID-19 Community Conversation Series

Blount Partnership President/CEO Bryan Daniels embarks on journey to visit with community leaders across all areas of Blount County to find out how they've been responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Along the way, we hope to find out what they've learned and how they see themselves and their organizations in the future. So, join us and bring your questions.
May 20 -- Visit with Dr. Mike Winstead, Maryville City Schools
May 21 -- Visit with Greg McClain, City of Maryville
May 27 -- Visit with Rebecca Stone, Alcoa City Schools
May 28 -- Visit with Teri Brahams, Pellissippi State Community College
June 1 -- Visit with Rob Britt, Blount County Schools
June 2 -- Visit with Don Heinemann, Blount Memorial Hospital


April 2 -- "Making Sense of the Morass: The Impact of Workplace Laws New and Old During The Pandemic" presented by Howard Jackson and Ed Trent of Wimberly Lawson Wright Daves & Jones, PLLC.

April 3 -- "Understanding the SBA Loan Process and the Major Business and Tax Provisions of the CARES Act" presented by Chris Trump of Egerton, McAfee Armistead & Davis, P.C.

April 3 -- National Small Business Town Hall presented by U.S. Chamber and Inc.

April 6 -- "PPP Loan: Applying, Spending, Record-keeping, and not Being Bitten," presented by Tab Burkhalter of the The Burkhalter Group.

April 7 -- "Workers' Compensation and COVID-19" presented by TN Chamber and Michael Haynie of Mainer & Herod law firm.

April 13 -- "Big Picture: Road Map to Recovery" presented by U.S. Chamber Foundation Path Forward program. 

April 14 -- "Tennessee Business Response Conference" presented by TN Chamber.

April 16 -- "Deep Dive: Testing" presented by U.S. Chamber Foundation Path Forward program

April 20 -- "Childcare Barriers to Returning to Work" presented by U.S. Chamber Foundation Path Forward program

April 23 -- "Maximize Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness" presented by Chris Trump of Egerton, McAfee Armistead & Davis, P.C.

April 23 -- "Masks, Temperature Scanners and More" presented by U.S. Chamber Foundation Path Forward program

April 27 -- "Transportation: Overcoming Barriers for Returning to Work" presented by U.S. Chamber Foundation Path Forward program

April 30 -- "Integrating Employees Back Into Your Business" presented by Keeli Boyce of Express Strategic Services

April 30 -- "How is the Pandemic Influencing Consumers?" presented by U.S. Chamber Foundation Path Forward program

May 6 -- "LinkedIn Best Practices" presented by Epic Nine

May 7 -- "Lessons from Companies in Other Countries" presented by U.S. Chamber Foundation Path Forward program

May 14 -- "Sports, Entertainment & Restaurants: How restrictions to mass gatherings will impact key industries" presented by U.S. Chamber Foundation Path Forward program

May 15 -- "Respectful Workplace: It Still Matters" presented by Howard Jackson and Ed Trent of Wimberly Lawson Wright Daves & Jones, PLLC.

June 3 -- "Workplace Violence Prevention" presented by Kathryn Scourby, KNS Consulting

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