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Check out our 83rd installment of The Dialogue at the bottom of this email where we visit with a new chamber member, Bob Kastens of Louisville Christian Church.
WELCOME NEW BUSINESSES
HOPS IN THE HILLS/SUMMER ON BROADWAY
The third annual
Hops in the Hills festival
is set to ramp up June 23 and 24 in downtown Maryville, Tennessee. This yearly craft beer festival will celebrate the science and agriculture of the region, showcasing the area's finest artisan brews. Beer, food and music enthusiasts alike will gather to enjoy the celebration.
Hops in the Hills brew week, June 19 to 22, leads up to the main event over the weekend with a week-long "Celebration of Fermentation." Each day, a different brewery will feature prizes, games and music for visitors to prepare them for the weekend's events.
The larger festivities begin Friday, June 23 with a new craft brew crawl and poker run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. provided by Knox Brew Tours. Participants pick a card at each crawl stop to build their hand to win prizes. Saturday's main event is a brew festival from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a full schedule of events to be posted soon. Passes to the brew crawl cost $15. General admission tickets for Saturday are $50 per person or $60 the day of the event and include a t-shirt and commemorative glass as well as all of the food and brew visitors can sample.
Hops in the Hills is also an opportunity for guests to enjoy historic Maryville, Tennessee, which serves as the gateway to the Smoky Mountains. The event is part of the
Summer on Broadway
celebration, a series of events to celebrate the summer season.
The 39th annual
City of Alcoa FreedomFest
is a free public event held the last Saturday in June. The event is held at the City of Alcoa Duck Pond on Springbrook Road. Held this year on Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m., attendees can enjoy a variety of food vendors, children's activities, military exhibits , and live entertainment. The highlight of the evening is a 20-minute musically choreographed fireworks display produced by the world renowned and awarding winning Pyro Shows - a provider of fireworks entertainment throughout the world for almost half a century. Pyro has had pyrotechnic displays from Stockholm, Sweden, to San Sebastian, Spain, and from Abu Dhabi in the UAE, to Taipei, Taiwan. This is an annual event anticipated by not only the immediate community, but also by attendees from surrounding East Tennessee counties. A portion of the event proceeds goes to the Alcoa City Schools Foundation.
DEALING WITH WORKPLACE STRESS
Wednesday, June 28 from 8:30-9:30 a.m.
at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) as they offer some helpful ways to deal with workplace stress as a business leader and help your workplace become a healthy environment where employees thrive. Learn what is work place stress, learn leading causes of stress, learn symptons of stress, learn why stress is costing employers $300 billion a year and how employers can prevent burnout.
RSVP to Amy
ETPA's ANNUAL BUSINESS MATCHING & TRADESHOW
The East Tennessee Purchasing Association (ETPA) is the trade association for governmental procurement officers in east Tennessee. Our membership consists of cities, counties, universities, public housing authorities, public building authorities, utility districts and other types of governments. Each year ETPA hosts a "Business Matching Event" to bring small, woman, minority, veteran owned and all other types of businesses together with governmental procurement agents and larger vendors. The overall purpose is to foster relationships between local businesses and local governments so that together we can strengthen the regional economy while helping local businesses grow.
JUNE MEMBER-TO-MEMBER PROMOTIONS
Member-to-member promotions for June are here. Check out the special deals from Pipe Wrench Plumbing and Melaleuca. See these and other promotions at
. 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
FIVE EVENTS TO HAVE IN JULY
July is a great month to plan some fun and fresh campaigns for your business. With Independence Day nearing, there's still time to get your customers to celebrate with you!
Learn more about marketing your small business in a digital world, ask questions about social media, and take the time to discuss future campaign ideas. What are you waiting for? It's free with your chamber membership.
Schedule your FREE session today
If you have any questions regarding your free digital marketing member benefit (
Save Local Now
), your digital platform, or online marketing in general please reach out the Blount Chamber's
REMEMBER TO SHOP LOCAL
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
A wide variety of independent businesses, each serving their customers' tastes, creates greater overall choice for all of us.
GOT AN EVENT OR NEWS? WE'D LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT
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any news releases or good news about your business. We'd love to share it with the community.
"Paint It Black," by The Rolling Stones topped the Billboard Hot 100 this week in 1963. The song became The Rolling Stones' third number one hit single in the U.S. Since its initial release, the song has remained influential as the first number one hit featuring a sitar.