Blount Partnership News and Events

Today's workforce is primarily composed of three generations with Millennials being the largest. In this interactive session, attendees will address commonly held generational perceptions, generational workforce assets, communication preferences, best practices in leading a multi-generational team and retention strategies for millennials. Make plans to attend our next seminar on Wednesday, October 2 at 8:30 a.m., as Chuck Carringer, Executive Coaching LLC presents this topic at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville). RSVP here.
The Blount Chamber is celebrating 100 years in 2020 and now's your chance to be part of history by placing your ad in a book chronicling its beginnings to today's fast-paced business world. A half page ad is $275 and full page ad is $485. Get your ad in today and be recognized as a Chamber supporter. Contact The Daily Times at 865-981-1152 or email
Former U.S. Army pilot and author Mike Durant, whose saga was chronicled in the 2002 Oscar Award winning movie Black Hawk Down, is the guest speaker for the Blount Partnership's Best of Blount Awards held at 6 p.m. on Nov. 14 at the Clayton Center for the Arts.

Sponsored by Charter Spectrum, C2RL, Cherokee Millwright, DENSO, Blount Excavating and Massey Electric, tickets, which go on sale Sept. 9 at 10 a.m., are $35 (plus taxes and fees) and can be purchased from the Clayton Center ticket office at 865-981-8590 or online at

The Best of Blount Awards celebrates those individuals and businesses that give their time and resources to make this area an outstanding place to live and work.

Awards are given for Philanthropist of the Year, Community Impact Award, Bright Future Award, Large and Small Business of the Year, First Responder Award and the Tourism Award. Nominations are open for the awards, so please submit the name of someone you think is deserving by logging on at until Sept. 20.
Check out The Dialogue in this email where we visit with Don Lovelace, Business Development Director for In/Out Pizza
Maryville College hosts "Fireside Chats" in collaboration with RT Lodge so community members can better to get to know the Maryville College faculty and check out RT Lodge.

The chat takes place on October 14 at 5 p.m. around the fire pit at RT Lodge. Only 25 spots are available for the chat. The theme of the chat is "Brewing" at Maryville College. Dr. Nathan Duncan, a chemistry professor, has a brewing class every year and the chat provides a chance for guests to taste the brewed beer and purchase Dr. Duncan's "picks" off the RT Lodge beer list. RSVP here.
If you're new to the Chamber or just want to know more about your membership, then join us October 15 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) as Tammi Ford will explain your benefits and the many opportunities that go along with membership.

Your membership is a corporate membership, so encourage co-workers to get involved, educated and promote your company. REGISTER HERE.
If introducing yourself at gatherings has you being a wallflower, join Raeus Jae Cannon for her FREE networking training class at the Blount Partnership on October 22 from 3-4:30 p.m. A regular workshop at the Blount Chamber, this free seminar will get you on the road to improving your life and business relationships. You'll no longer be making those dreaded cold calls and begin using new relationships to drive business to you. REGISTER HERE.
The East Tennessee Military Affairs Council 37th Annual Veterans Appreciation and Awards Luncheon is slated for Friday, November 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at Hotel Knoxville located at 501 Hill Ave SE, Knoxville, TN 37915. Individual tickets are $30 and tables of 10 are $300. All seats must be prepaid by November 3. Order tickets online.
The 2020 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. 2020, along with distribution four times throughout the year via area professional offices, newcomers, visitors, and new businesses all looking to relocate to Blount County.

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 or Vicki Hawkins of Marcon Marketing at 865-310-2963
soft skills It's Your Career! That's the focus of a free soft skills session offered in partnership by the Blount County Public Library, the Adult Education Foundation of Blount County and the Blount County Chamber of Commerce.

Registrations are currently being accepted online at for a class entitled Managing Conflict on October 25. Gain insights into your conflict management style and the styles of your team. Discover your own emotional triggers, explore ways to deal with conflict, and leave with best practices you can apply in professional and personal settings.

All participants will earn .5 CEUs per session for participating. They will also receive an email survey two months after workshop participation to assess application of new ideas.

All classes are conducted in the Blount County Library's learning lab located at 508 N. Cusick in Maryville and limited to 50 participants. A complete class description is located on the registration site. All classes run from 8-10 a.m. with networking beginning at 7:30 a.m.
Blount Chamber members can now post their own Member-to-Member deals on this page at no charge. Simply login to your account, Click on the "New Coupon" button, fill out the form and click save. It's that easy.

Click here if you need access to your login information.

Of course, we will be happy to add your coupon. Just email information about the product or discount you'd like to offer to the Chamber membership to Be sure to include an expiration date.

View the latest deals.
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
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 1980 was "Upside Down" by Diana Ross. The single earned Ross her ninth career Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, losing to "Never Knew Love Like This Before" by Stephanie Mills at the 1981 Grammy Awards. "Upside Down" is listed at number 77 on Billboard's "Greatest Songs of All Time."

The Dialogue

This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So, here we go with our 147th installment visiting with Don Lovelace, Business Development Director for In/Out Pizza which strives to offer the freshest, best tasting pizza buffet and salad bar at a reasonable price. We want to be the leader in our area for quality friendly service.
Describe In/Out Pizza. We are a sit down buffet style restaurant. Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. We offer carry out specials as well. We will partner with GrubHub and Bitesquad to handle delivery of our food.
Where did In/Out Pizza begin? We opened In/Out Pizza in Morristown in January 2018.
What is your background? Our owner has a construction company that has built commercial restaurants for years. We hired Don Lovelace away from Lakeway Publishers to handle the marketing.
Who is your mentor? R. Jack Fishman He is a firm believer in the power of a Chamber of Commerce as he has been involved in it since the 50's. He appointed me to the Retail Committee and that was my first experience with the Chamber.
Describe your customers. From all walks of life, young, old you name it. Everyone loves our pizza.
Name three things you wish you knew when you started. How much fun it can be. How good it is to work in this industry.
What do you enjoy about the business? Meeting the people. Everyone we have met since arriving in Maryville have been pleasant and helpful. We are exciting to be here.


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