Happy New Year!
The start of a new year can go one of two ways, it can be refreshing or it can be stressful. Let's choose the better of the two, shall we? Here at the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, we are starting 2019 on great footing with a Business Plan in place. Feel free to take a look at what we'll be adding to our already existing programming in 2019. Please note that our Business Plan is a living document meaning we'll use it to guide our actions but if it needs tweaked, we will do so.
All of this will be presented at the Annual Gathering as well. The event will take place in late February. Look for details soon.
Lunch & Learn - Marketing Planning
Our first Lunch & Learn of 2019 is going to be one you will not want to miss; to make sure you start the new year organized in your business. Join us on Thursday, January 24 from noon-1:30 at the Knoxville Community School District Administration Building located at 309 W Main Street.
Local marketing professionals, Mike Benson of Peace Tree Brewing Company, Dena Gray-Fisher of Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, and Dave Hoke of Iowa State Savings Bank will be on our panel answering questions and giving tips on the importance of focused and strategically planned marketing. The session will touch on 5 of the biggest struggles for small business marketing:
• Lack of time
• Lack of understanding of target customer
• Lack of resources/money
• Lack of focus
• Lack of differentiating
You will leave this session with a calendar resource of local events to help you with your promotions for the year. You will also have a chance at the end to bring your questions and struggles that can be answered in a small group setting with one of the speakers.
Lunch WILL be provided by Iowa State Savings Bank. There is no cost for members and $10 for non-members.
Reserve your spot.
Members of the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce are now automatically Members of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. We collaborate with The Partnership to provide tools and resources to help make your business more efficient.
One of those tools is the online Career Center, which offers access to employment information and enhanced tools to help employers and job seekers find each other more quickly. Businesses may post as many job openings as they wish and review a database of resumes. Job seekers, including students who are seeking internships, can upload their resume and browse open positions. The Career Center also pulls Indeed.com job postings from within a 60-mile radius of Greater Des Moines (DSM).
Now is a great time to search the site for candidates as the fall semester campus recruitment season has come to a close and there are many new candidates for full-time and internship positions. There continues to be growing interest in careers in DSM from students all across the Midwest. Access the Career Center on The Partnership website today.
The Career Center is another way that our Chamber Members can tap into The Partnership’s regional network. To learn more about the opportunities our regional membership model offers and how to connect with fellow Partnership Regional Business Members, go toDSMpartnership.com.
Order #IChooseKnoxville Shirts for your Staff
If you are a business wanting to purchase #IChooseKnoxville t-shirts for your staff you can order them online now. All shirts must be ordered by 11:59 pm on Monday, December 31
Cathy Struecker of Cairn Yoga & Wellness Studio started her own movement on social media. We think it's a great idea and everyone is welcome to join! "
I'm starting my own personal t-shirt Fridays... tag a local business or friend & join me if you'd like!" - Cathy
If you'd like to join, snap a photo of you or your staff wearing #IChooseKnoxville shirts, post on social media why you choose your community, or just go out and do something good. If you're willing to share, make sure you tag us at the Knoxville Chamber and use #IChooseKnoxville.
City Launches VA District Redevelopment Website
With the help of Knoxville Hospital & Clinics and the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, the City of Knoxville has launched awebsite to help better inform residents about the progress of the Veterans Affairs Campus.
The project itself is called The Va District Redevelopment Project and entails the City of Knoxville and Marion County working collectively to gain local control of the land and building formerly known as the Veterans Affairs Campus.
We encourage you to take a look at the website to learn the latest progress of the project and have all of your questions answered.
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