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Shop in the Smokies

Our thoughts and prayers have been with everyone affected by the wildfires in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, especially our member businesses. As the City of Gatlinburg reopens to the public this Friday, Dec. 9, at 7:00 a.m., we encourage you to visit not only our member businesses listed below, but any business in the area. Also, be sure to check the business's website in advance to make sure they are open. Don't forget to shop in the Smokies this holiday season!

Judge Blocks Overtime Regulation

A Texas judge – at the behest of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others – has granted a preliminary injunction blocking the Department of Labor’s new overtime regulation nationwide.

“We are very pleased that the court agreed with our arguments that the Obama administration’s new overtime rule was unlawful and stopped the rule from taking effect on December 1,” said Randy Johnson, senior vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in a statement.

Overtime rule takes effect Dec. 1

The U.S. Chamber and other business groups continue to fight the Labor Department’s new overtime rule, but experts advise employers to be ready Dec. 1 to implement the regulation.

The rule more than doubles the salary threshold – to $47,476 – under which employees qualify for overtime pay, no matter the duties of their job.

The U.S. Chamber, leading a broad coalition or pro-business groups, filed a legal challenge to the rule in September. Oral arguments on the lawsuit are scheduled for Nov. 16 in Plano, Texas.

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Places to Build Your Network in Knoxville

Last month this blog recommended some tips for networking in Knoxville (and beyond). If you are new to the area or new to networking, you might need some recommendations for places to turn your networking plan into action. While the associations, groups, and locations below are not intended to be exhaustive or all-inclusive, they will get you off to a great start!

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The Digital Age and the Internet of Things has drastically increased the opportunities for expanding your network. Social tools like LinkedIn and apps like CircleBack help you reach new contacts and maintain the relationships. However, there is still nothing as effective as good old-fashioned face-to-face networking. This is even more important in smaller markets like Knoxville where the idea of six degrees of separation really seems more like three degrees of separation. The Kevin Bacon factor is most certainly alive and well here in the 865.


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