Blount Partnership News & Events

Check out our 25th installment of The Dialogue at the bottom of this email where we visit with Ray Clowers, Physical Therapist and Clinic Director for Alcoa Location at Champion Physical Therapy, which provides physical therapy services to residents and workers in Blount County.

Be sure to mark your calendar for Friday, June 3 at 8 a.m. at the Blount Partnership for a local legislative briefing with representatives from Townsend, Louisville, Friendsville and Rockford. Our guests include, City of Louisville Mayor Tom Bickers, City of Friendsville Mayor Andy Lawhorn, City of Townsend Mayor Michael Talley and the City of Rockford Mayor Carl Koella
This is the final call to get your June promotion in to the Blount County Chamber of Commerce as part of its Member-to-Member Promotional Program which 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
Be sure you join us next Wednesday, June 1 from 9-11 a.m. for the free Build Your Marketing Toolkit: Simple Marketing Strategies for Small Business or nonprofts seminar at the Blount Partnership, 201 S. Washington St., Maryville. Mike Coleman of Constant Contact will be presenting. Register Now.
Many small businesses and organizations find themselves seeking the right strategies to make their marketing efforts as effective as possible. But with so many different marketing activities that they could focus on, they often miss some of the more important marketing concepts. This seminar will help you understand why marketing is the most important function of your business. It is designed to give you tips and strategies you can start using today to build and grow your business or nonprofit.
Attendees of this presentation will learn:
  • What marketing really is (and isn't);
  • How marketing has changed in ways that benefit small businesses or nonprofit;
  • The importance of engagement and nurturing relationships;
  • Marketing best practices and strategies;
  • The importance of setting goals and objectives for their marketing efforts;
  • The right campaigns - email, social media, mobile, direct mail - to grow your business;
  • How to start branding your business or nonprofit;
  • 3 simple steps to get started
  • How to make better decisions concerning your marketing;
  • The 4 Pillars or Marketing Success - how different marketing activities all fit together;
Join us and start to build a foundation of marketing knowledge, from which you can build more and more effective campaigns to help your business or nonprofit grow. You will leave this event with more confidence in your ability to market your small business or nonprofit.
Craft beer lovers, renowned breweries and local bands will unite for the second annual Hops in the Hills festival June 24 and 25 in downtown Maryville, Tennessee. This year's festival includes a who's-who list of local and regional brewing icons, charming music from local groups and a brew crawl for craft beer enthusiasts.
The festivities begin Friday, June 24 with a craft brew crawl from 6 to 11 p.m. provided by Knox Brew Tours. Saturday's events include a 2:30 p.m. beer seminar at Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria led by local brewers and professors, followed by the brew festival from 4 to 8 p.m. Passes to the brew crawl cost $10. General admission tickets for Saturday are $40.
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. It will take place at 121 West Broadway Avenue in downtown Maryville.
Interested parties can view a complete list of participating breweries and buy tickets at
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How can you get your @SaveLocalNow business profile to the first page of Google? Sign up for a free training to find out!
How often should you post and share on @SaveLocalNow? The experts will answer your questions over a quick 30 min training!
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 Rachel Coffman. She is here to help you in the year ahead and will keep you on track as you fulfill your resolutions in 2016.
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Communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character are more likely to attract entrepreneurs and new investment. Home-grown businesses are an attraction to visitors and improve our standing when attracting families and other business.
Find what you're looking for in the Chamber Directory.
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Also, please send us any news releases or good news about your business. We'd love to share it with the community.
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May 23-29


The Dialogue

This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So here we go with our 25th installment visiting with Ray Clowers, Physical Therapist and Clinic Director for Alcoa Location at Champion Physical Therapy, which provides physical therapy services to residents and workers in Blount County.
What is your background? I served in the United States Army from 1991-1999 as an AH-64 Apache helicopter armament and electrical systems repairer where I excelled as a noncommissioned officer, squad leader and section leader earning numerous awards and decorations.
When did you get started? I earned a Bachelor of Exercise Science from Middle Tennessee State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2000. I then earned a Master of Physical Therapy and a Bachelor of Health Science from SUNY Upstate Medical University in 2006. I also earned a McKenzie Certification in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in 2009.
What do you enjoy about physical therapy? It's rewarding when you help someone achieve their goal of returning to work or play...but also when you help someone walk independently so they are able to walk their daughter down the aisle to get married. Knowing I had a small part in that is truly special.
Previous Profiles:
Jeffrey Jeter, OneSouth Financial Group
Josh Fincher, Thermocopy
Cory Blanton, Aerotek Scientific
David Anderson, Shelter Insurance
Nancy McBee, Tennessee Trane Energy Services
Joel Honeycutt, J&S Janitorial Solutions
Suzie Cutshaw, JB&B Capital
Tom Klein, InfoSystems
Clint Woodfin, Spicer Rudstrom, PLLC
Rebecca Kiger, Home Instead Senior Care
Ben Hazel, Pree's Tree Specialists
Larry Parker, Auto Collision Experts
Jamie Weiss Photography
Jeff Jones, LC Fence
Steve White, White Enterprise Holding
Aundrea Scholem and Jennifer Madaj, Foothills Adult Care Enrichment Services
Wade McLemore, Paychex
Alan Baker, Crown Point Consultants
Shelby Avery, Avery Wealth Management
Kate Schriver, Schriver's
Elizabeth Ross, ECS Central, PLLC
Tony Saddy, Get Fit Maryville
Renee Taylor, CBI
Christy Simmers, Christy's Creative Cafe
Premier and Presidential Partners