Blount Partnership News and Events

This Nov 25, we want to celebrate Small Business Saturday with you! It's a special holiday created so communities can show love for small local businesses. And it wouldn't be a celebration without businesses like you joining us!

If your small business is interested in participating, please email Amy. We are trying to get the word out about shopping locally at the beginning of the holiday season and will help you share your deals through social media, emails and a Daily Times ad.
Local manufacturer DENSO presents a free viewing of the movie Lone Survivor, which tells the story of Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell and his team's attempted capture of Taliban leader Ahmad Shah in June 2005, on Monday, Nov. 13 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall on the Maryville College campus (502 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, TN).

Free general admission tickets limited to two per person can be ordered through the Clayton Center for the Arts ticket office at 865.981.8590 or online. The movie is rated R and may not be suitable for children under 18.

Donations will be accepted at the viewing for the Lone Survivor Foundation which aids America's wounded service members and their families as they adjust to the effects of their experiences and help them transition into their new normal.

Join us Nov. 7 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for a workers' compensation seminar at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville). Cost is $15 and includes lunch. RSVP to Amy if you wish to attend.

Attendees at this presentation should expect to learn 1) Ways to turn a workers' compensation claim into a workers' recovery plan. 2) Ways that employers may be negatively influencing their workplace culture regarding workplace injuries. 3) The impact that a workplace culture has on the cost and length of recovery in workplace injuries. 4) Ways to improve the workplace culture, reduce or eliminate workplace injuries and save money. 5) The major statutory requirements of the current Tennessee workers' compensation laws that are important for all stakeholders to know.
business_group_women.jpg Make plans to attend our next Women in Business Meeting on Monday, November 20 at Noon at Airport Hilton (Bar Area) led by Sharon Hannum.

This will be a Dutch Treat Lunch from Cooper's Restaurant. You can either do soup or salad bar for $8.95 + tax, this includes drink, and dessert or the whole buffet for $12 (Including tax) and includes drink, buffet and dessert.

Please RSVP to Amy Lawson by Friday, November 17 if you plan to attend.
An invitation is extended to all Blount County citizens to a County-wide Community Recovery Education Forum being held Monday, November 13, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Maryville at 202 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., directly across from the Blount County Courthouse parking lot. From the Tennessee State Department of Substance Abuse, Dr. Monty Burks, Director of Faith-Based Initiatives and Special Projects, along with Dr. Stephen Lloyd, Assistant Commissioner, will be coming to talk about the overwhelming issues in communities across the State, but in particular, Blount County with substance abuse and addiction.

In dealing with our jail avercrowding issues, our initial research reveals an overwhelming majority of the inmates incarcerated in our jail are in some way drug or substance abuse related. As a government, we have to address our jail overcrowding issues, but we have to look outside the normal reaction of building a bigger jail. Society has a problem that we can all hopefully work together to help resolve.

For more information contact the Blount County Mayor's Office at (865) 273-5700 or RSVP here.
The 2018 Basically Blount lifestyle magazine and membership directory is entering production once again. This annual, full-color lifestyle magazine and chamber membership directory is initially distributed to all Chamber members starting Feb. 2018, along with distribution four times throughout the year via area professional offices, newcomers, visitors, and new businesses all looking to relocate to Blount County.

In addition to intriguing stories and area photography that highlight the best of Blount County, Basically Blount also includes a finger-indexed, color-coded directory and buyer's guide of all Chamber members. Chamber members consistently tell us that they keep Basically Blount on hand throughout the year in order to find business products and services when they need them.

We are pleased to offer a variety of advertising opportunities at cost effective rates through our media kit. We have contracted with Marcon Marketing Consultants, a local Chamber member, to handle production and ad sales.

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of Basically Blount, the importance of supporting the Chamber, and how to get your business involved, contact: Rick Ford of Marcon Marketing at (865) 705-8580.
The Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) is serving as a drop off location for the Two Men and a Truck Movers for Mutts collection drive until November 20, to provide necessary pet items to animal shelters and stray pets this fall.

Two Men and a Truck is partnering with shelters, schools, and businesses from areas surrounding Knox and Blount Counties. These locations will serve as drop off points for essential pet items.
Member-to-member promotions are needed for November. Check out the new offers from AAA, Ruby Tuesday, Regions Bank and Melalucia. See these and other promotions at member-to-member promotions. New offers are being posted almost daily, so check out the Blount County Chamber of Commerce Member-to-Member promotions online. This Member-to-Member Promotional Program offers you and your company the opportunity to market your products and services to the membership.
Here's how it works:
1. Submit a PDF of a service, product or discount you'd like to offer to the Chamber membership to Be sure to include an expiration date.
2. An email with all the promotions will be sent out on the final Monday of every month to our member database.
3. All promotions will be posted on
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
More than half of the U.S.'s jobs since 1995 were created by small businesses.
Find what you're looking for in the Chamber Directory.
Is your organization hosting an event in the community? Submit it here on our community calendar. If it's a tourism event or any good news about your business, please send it to us. We'd love to share it with the community.
Topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week in 1967 was "To Sir With Love," the theme from James Clavell's 1967 film To Sir, with Love. It remained No. 1 for five weeks and has the distinction of being the only record by a British artist to reach No. 1 on the US charts while not charting in the UK.



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