Chamber Member Networking Breakfast:
As an active member of the Cocke County Partnership/Chamber of Commerce one of the benefits includes hosting a “Chamber Member Networking Breakfast.” The networking breakfast is held every month. This member networking event is beneficial to your business by allowing other chamber members and the public to get to know what your company does in our community and how they can benefit from your goods or services. The Chamber handles the marketing and invitations for this event; the cost to sponsor this event is to provide breakfast for the attendees. The Director of the Chamber will introduce the business and their representatives. The business representative then has the stage to welcome everyone and give an approximately 20-30 minute overview of their business, history, production, etc. We encourage the business to provide business cards or other marketing materials for the guests to take with them so that your business will stay at the forefront of the attendees’ minds.
We believe that local networking is an instrumental tool in building better business contacts and is one of our key focus areas at the Chamber of Commerce. We hope that you will consider taking advantage of this opportunity to help build your business in Newport/Cocke County.
Chamber Lunch & Learn :
The Lunch & Learn Series is another way to promote your business! Chamber members have the opportunity to sponsor this event for $100. Topics covered during each Lunch & Learn can be specific to the sponsoring businesses’ expertise or the sponsoring business can choose from a list of specific topics provided by the chamber staff. We will then source out a speaker for those topics. A boxed lunch is provided for each attendee. The cost to attend a Lunch & Learn is $10 for chamber members and $15 for future members. These are great ways to learn more about topics specific to business in today’s world as well as general information that could relate to you as an individual such as healthcare related topics.
Chamber Connection Lunch:
Join us on the 4th Wednesday of the month for the Cocke County Partnership/Chamber Connection Lunch. This is a great opportunity to develop and nuture business relationships and support the restaurants that invest in the Cocke County Partnership. This meeting is a casual networking event. You’ll enjoy lunch as you dine at tables of 4-6 people. There are no assigned seats. Spend your lunch hour making connections and experiencing great food!
Job Shadowing Program:
The Chamber of Commerce instituted this program in April of 2011 by working in partnership with the Cocke County Education Foundation to get this wonderful program off the ground. The program is open to seniors at Cocke County and Cosby High Schools. The Cocke County Partnership reviews the applications submitted by interested students and 30 students are chosen to participate. Chamber staff pairs the student with a local business (Chamber Members) on the career path the students have chosen. Students get firsthand experience and can make a more informed decision about the career they wish to pursue in the future. The program takes place during school hours and lasts the entire day. Students are also allowed to use the day for their volunteer hours for the Tennessee Promise program. Although COVID-19 has placed this program on hold, we are committed to working with our local school system to pair students with potential employers and higher education facilities.
Annual Legislative Breakfast:
We are proud to host our ever-growing annual breakfast so that citizens may get the latest legislative federal, state and local updates. This is an opportunity for you to interact with our elected leaders and receive direct information on questions you have on state and community business challenges. The breakfast is traditionally held on the first Friday in March at 8:00 AM.
A New twist on an Old favorite! A spin from Business After Hours is our Member Mingle event that provides an excellent opportunity for you to enjoy the host business and network the night away! With food, drinks, entertainment and open arms, we invite our members to relax and mingle with other members.
Shop Local/ Shop Cocke County Campaign:
Black Friday Ads for Chamber Members only! This is a colorful insert in the Wednesday edition of the Newport Plain Talk promoting Shop Local. Chamber members can place your Black Friday deals, weekend specials or just thank your customers by wishing them a Merry Christmas. It’s also a way to can also advertise those specials you give every day to future costumers. The circulation for the Newport Plain Talk is more than 6,000 recipients. This insert is a professionally created 11×17 edition with the front and back in full color. We will be bringing this to you again for an unbelievably low price of $25 per block. Block sizes are approximately 3″x3″.