A long-established goal of the Bount Partnership is offering maximum opportunities for businesses to meet and build the relationships that are an important foundation of connecting with new clients/customers, vendors, and other valuable resources.

Additionally, a top priority is the health and safety of our staff that serve you and the members of our community. We know you have questions and we want to personally ensure you that we are monitoring the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) closely. We are consulting health experts and monitoring expert recommendations including guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local health officials.

Even as our calendar continues to stay full, we feel it is our duty to support and encourage the continued flow of business through events such as ribbon cuttings, networking, and others. During an infectious disease outbreak, this means taking every precaution possible to keep others healthy and safe. With this objective in mind, we have implemented several procedures to respond to and reduce the threat of COVID-19.

What we're doing:

  • We are adding rigorous cleaning procedures on top of our regular service in both our Maryville and Townsend welcome centers. This includes a thorough cleaning of our meeting spaces immediately after an event has concluded. It also encompasses deep cleaning of all common areas and employee offices.

  • We discourage any individual from attending our events if they themselves are ill, experiencing cold or flu like symptoms (including allergy symptoms which can mimic these) or not feeling well in any capacity.

  • We encourage and support any individual who chooses not to attend our events out of precaution for their own health and safety.

  • We support any member business who wishes to postpone their scheduled event out of an abundance of caution; we will work to reschedule to the best of our ability and will communicate any calendar changes quickly.

  • When attending business events—ours or anywhere—we ask everyone to adhere to the CDC's current guidelines in order to prevent the illness and its spread: (1) Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and thoroughly clean them with alcohol based hand sanitizer if soap and water aren't readily available. (2) Maintain at least 3 feet (1 meter) of distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing. (3) Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. (4) Practice good respiratory hygiene by covering nose/mouth with your bent elbow if you cough or sneeze, then throw away any tissues and immediately wash your hands.

  • Employees are encouraged to stay home if anyone in their household is sick, if they feel any signs of illness, and follow our "CASCADE" policy:
  • Clean hands often
  • Avoid close contact
  • Stay home if sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth, with unwashed hands
  • Disinfect and clean frequently touched surfaces
  • Ensure our membership and stakeholder needs are addressed

We will continue to closely monitor the situation and remain dedicated to the health and safety of your families and our team.
During the fear of the coronavirus, we call on the Blount County community to come together and support all small and local businesses that are beginning to face economic strain. The uncertainty that the coronavirus brings makes some reluctant to frequent local businesses.
If you prefer not to patronize stores and restaurants in person, please consider ordering online or calling local businesses for delivery. Local stores and restaurants are core contributors to our community.

One way to inject immediate funding is the purchase of gift certificate or gift card from a local business and use it later. Some maybe purchased online as well, so check with the business.
If you must cancel vacation plans, do not let that stop you from having fun in your own backyard. There’s plenty to explore in the Peaceful Side of the Smokies which is filled with wide open spaces to relax and get away. Let your friends know that we are open for business and welcome them with cabins, campgrounds and some crisp mountain air. Plan your next vacation at www.smokymountains.org
You can view the Facebook video from our Managing Your Business During the COVID-19 Outbreak panel discussion as well as information regarding steps your business can take to prepare and react to a crisis.