Though “big business” is extremely important to any community or region as it creates jobs, requires support businesses, and helps build a region’s financial stability, small businesses are just as relevant. Without them, scores of community needs go unmet and diversification cannot happen. This limits the financial strength and stability of a region and can make prosperity a distant vision instead of a current reality. This is why Blount County is so small-business-friendly and why the Chamber of Commerce makes sure that there are many resources available to them.
With Membership Comes Support, Advice and Resources
Members of the Blount County Chamber of Commerce get an instant injection of support that can alert all other Chamber members about their arrival or promotional efforts, but also the community in general, too. Just consider this list of benefits that are yours to enjoy when you join:
U.S. Chamber Federation resources, information and advocacy – From Business Toolkits and free publications to major savings at such helpful vendors as FedEx and Sam’s Club, this alone could be a great reason to join.
Marketing support – Joining entitles you to access to a free ad in The Daily Times, full use of the Member to Member Discounts Program that really spreads the word about you and what you offer, the Save Local Now program that ensures you are on top of your digital marketing and helps you begin building your local audience, the Small Business Saturday events, and more. With strong presences on social media, you can also use this resource to spread the word about your arrival or beginning operations.
Resources – Whether it is discounted office supplies through A-Z Office Resource, discount prescription services, free counseling and startup seminars from the SBDC Tennessee, discount business cards, labels and email services, email marketing, website design, premium payment processing options, and even HR and legal counseling services, you’ll find many solutions available to Chamber members.
Networking – Listed in the Directory, your business is easily found by anyone seeking it through the Chamber’s website or its remarkable app (Blount Partnership app). However, you can also build connections through the Chamber’s Coffee Club events each month, its Afternoon Mixers, and its Networking Training Classes. There is also the annual Primetime event with more than 300 participants.
You will also find that such important business activities as grand openings get support from the Chamber, and you can always utilize the Chamber’s job listings, the annual Job Fair, and affordably priced meeting space solutions open only to members.
County and City Resources for Small Business
Keep in mind that there are also resources based on specific locations, such as business tools and resources for those in Alcoa, Maryville, and the county in general. Again, the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) is another amazing resource and features consultants, satellite offices and a dozen centers where you can get the help and assistance needed.
You are not alone when you decide to open a small business in Blount County, and the Blount Partnership as well as the Chamber of Commerce want to offer you the support you need to succeed.