Chamber News - Week of September 21-27, 2020

Updated: 3 days ago

Loudon County Chamber of Commerce

Calendar of Events for September 2020

Last update September 21, 2020

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A Word from the President

The Chamber Board of Directors met last Thursday and one of the decisions made was to implement a program to assist the membership with training for employees. The Membership Education Fund will begin this month. The program will make funds available to members that will help with the costs associated with education and training that will benefit their business. If you or an employee has a need for work related training, this program is for you. The complete program details will be available this week. This is another way The Chamber is working for the membership.

~ Chamber Events ~

Chamber DIY Workshops Continue - Join us for these FREE virtual classes to help your business grow!

Tuesday, September 22nd - Creating Your Own WordPress Website: 8:30 a.m. - Noon, presented by John McCulley, Web Developer at Moxley Carmichael, Knoxville, TN. Join us for a free virtual workshop that will enable you to design your first website or give you the knowledge to update the one you already have. John McCulley will be sharing with us his secrets for a professional website. This workshop would cost you several hundred dollars if given by a for-profit business. Register here:

Tuesday, October 13th - City & County Business Taxes - Everything You Need to Know!: 8:30 a.m. - Noon. Participants will learn about business owner registration and filing requirements, deadlines, and deductions for all City & County business taxes along with a full instructional on how to navigate TNTAP! More information and link to sign up coming soon!

Wednesday, September 30 - Takeout Mob at The Burgers: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., 'join' us as we put a twist on our Lunch Mob with a Takeout Mob at The Burgers, 540 N. Hwy. 321, Lenoir City. All you need to do is order lunch and enjoy!

Chamber Business after Hours and Annual Membership Meeting - Tuesday, October 13th, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.: Hosted by Calhoun's at the Marina at the Tiki Hut, 4550 City Park Drive, Lenoir City. We will be voting on our slate of incoming board members and we need 10% of our membership present in order to have a quorum. Put this event on your calendar and join us to network and cast your vote for the new members of the board. Bring your business card and enjoy great food and great networking!

Thursday, October 22 - Chamber Gala & Chamber Choice Awards: Make plans to join us for a night of fun in downtown Loudon. We will be celebrating the 2020 Chamber Choice Awardees in an Oktoberfest atmosphere. The event will take place outside on Wharf Street in front of the Chamber office beginning at 5:30 p.m. Break out your lederhosen and get ready for a fun night! Sponsorships and tickets are available. Call 865-458-2067 or email for more information.

~ Community Events ~

Roane State Foundation receives $75,000 grant to help small businesses and students impacted by COVID-19

The Roane State Foundation recently received a $75,000 Tennessee Community CARES grant to assist Roane State students impacted by COVID-19 and provide training for local small businesses, entrepreneurs and contractors to help them build their businesses and be more responsive during the pandemic.

Scholarships are available on a first come, first served basis for the following programs:

· Environmental Infection Protection (Cleaning) – This course prepares individuals to know how to clean and prepare facilities for use following CDC guidelines. The course is available online, requiring eight hours over a two-week period to complete. Register at

· Remote Work Boot Camp – This course prepares individuals to work from home as a result of COVID-19 in their current job and/or to look for employment where they can work from home due to unemployment or other pandemic impacts.

Register at

· In Business…It’s All About the Money – Many businesses fail. Understanding business finances can help you beat the odds. Topics covered include personal finances, how businesses make money, cash flow statements, profit and loss statements, the difference between cash and profit and balance sheet basics. Register at

· Financial Management for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses (Your Business, Your Money) – The purpose of the training is to help current small businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as future ones, to gain the skills needed to prepare and implement a business plan, operate a business from a financial perspective and engage with their peers in solving business problems, particularly those related to COVID-19. This course includes Personal Finance, Cash Flow, Legal Structures and Accounting, and Taxes and Starting Your Business. Register at

· Roane State “Maker Space Package” – The Maker Space package will allow participants completing four of the Financial Management courses above, or other similarly targeted Roane State curriculum, to have access to Roane State’s Maker’s Space at the Cumberland County Campus. The Maker Space provides small businesses and entrepreneurs with access to tools, software, space and mentors to make virtually anything. Tools include a woodworking shop with a 3D CNC wood router, 3D printers, laser cutter/engraver, vinyl cutter and heat press, and computer design workstations. The tools can be used to produce products and/or “logo” items to market/promote a business. Contact Bonnie Moedano at 931-456-4910 for more information.

This project is funded under a grant contract with the Tennessee Department of Human Services through the TN Community CARES Program. For more information about the above training, please visit Questions can also be directed to Sonya Parker, Roane State’s Workforce Training Manager, by emailing or by calling (865) 481-2031.

Roane State is a two-year college providing transfer programs, career-preparation programs and continuing education. Founded in 1971, the college has locations in Roane, Campbell, Cumberland, Fentress, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, and Scott counties as well as a branch campus in Oak Ridge. For more information, visit or call (865) 882-4554.

Remember, eligible adults can now attend Roane State tuition-free with the new Reconnect grant. Learn more at

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The Roane State Foundation is a separate 501(c)(3) corporation governed by an independent board of directors and established to provide financial support for Roane State students and programs. The Foundation seeks to enhance community awareness of the college, to secure private contributions and bequests, and to manage monies or properties given to the Foundation. For more information, visit, email or call (865) 882-4507.

~ Chamber Member Events ~

Saturday, October 10 - Lenoir City Craft and Car Show: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Join us in beautiful Downtown Lenoir City on October 10th. Free admission. Shop many of our regular vendors and a few new ones. This will be in conjunction with the annual car show. Enjoy live music and food vendors as well!

~ Upcoming Events ~

~ From Our Members ~

Janet's Pet Sitting LLC is now booking for the fall and holidays! Let your pet stay home and cared for while you are away. Call Janet at 865-719-8851 to take care of your pet!

The University of Tennessee System, Tennessee Chamber and Alliance for Better Nonprofits of East Tennessee are working together to create a free series of 60- to 90-minute live webinars available to Tennessee businesses, organizations and UT alumni worldwide. These webinars will feature UT experts, alumni and business leaders discussing issues that will be customized for various industries. These webinars will be designed to share insights, ideas and opportunities and structured to foster ongoing discussions. We need your input to create webinars that are effective in helping navigate the impacts of COVID-19.

Please take a few minutes to complete the following survey, sharing your opinions on topics and presentation formats that would be the most impactful.

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Questions about this project can be directed to Scott Senseman, Interim Dean of UT Extension, by emailing

Thank you for your help!