TOWN HALL MEETING
Join Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell on July 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church (804 Montvale Station Rd., Maryville) for a town hall public meeting of the CARES Committee. The meeting's purpose is to gather public comment and input on the Mayor's report as presented on July 18 that addressed jail overcrowding and a transition facility.
CELEBRATE AT COFFEE CLUB
Join us for
on July 25 at 7:45 a.m. at the Y-12 Federal Credit Union branch in Eagleton (2901 Old Knoxville Hwy., Maryville).
Coffees are designed to offer our members the opportunity to build business relationships with other members and to gain exposure for their business or organization in an "open house" setting.
Coffees are open to anyone associated with a Chamber member business. Participation is not reserved to the representative(s) listed on the Chamber membership.
RIBBON CUTTING AT DUNKIN'
get up early to make the donuts
and events begin at 5 a.m. on July 23 at the Dunkin' (618 S. Washington St., Maryville).
* FREE Coffee & Donut for a month cards for the FIRST 100 guests
* Hourly raffles from 5-9 a.m.
* Boys and Girls Club of Blount County ($2000 donation)
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 9 a.m.
* Dunkin' Mascots Cuppy & Sprinkles
BACON AT THE BEAR
Make plans for Saturday, August 3 for the highly acclaimed 'Bacon at the Bear', featuring 13 of the best regional chefs cooking their own personal dishes to benefit New Hope Children's Advocacy Center. Presented by New Hope: Blount County Children's Advocacy Center, each Chef will incorporate Benton's Bacon and a common theme steeped in the roots of Appalachia. Each ticket includes a bourbon or wine tasting session, presented by Knoxville Beverage; Annual silent auction to benefit New Hope; Artisan and farmer's exhibits on The Lawn; Live music by Humle Bob & the Engineers.
The event is part of the Dancing Bear Lodge and Appalachian Bistro
Vittles & Fiddles Weekend
, a three day celebration of Appalachian cuisine, culture, and community. The new weekend-long gathering is an extension of that same culinary vibrance, with additional opportunities for guests to enjoy the sounds, sights, and culture of Appalachia.
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NEW MEMBER PROFILED IN THE DIALOGUE
Here we go with our 140th installment of The Dialogue at the bottom of this email. This week we visit with Roben Richmond, owner of
Tickled Orange Photo Booth
, which is the perfect entertainment addition to any event.
COMMISSIONER MCCORD VISIT
Dr. Jeff McCord, Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, will present a briefing about the workforce efforts from the state on July 31 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville).
Before joining the Department, Commissioner McCord spent seven years at Northeast State Community College in Kingsport where he was Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development.
ROLL OUT THE RED CARPET
When you roll out the red carpet for your customers, they run out and tell everyone they know. In today's marketplace, customers have more choices and louder voices than ever before. That's why focusing on excellent customer service is the new marketing! Your customers can be your best source of advertising - if you engage your team to up their game in terms of the experience they create!
During this 1/2 day, interactive workshop we will discuss what it takes to build a culture of service where your team members are excited and ready to roll out the red carpet for your customers. Walk away with actionable ideas for:
- Taking your customer experience up to the next great level.
- Improving the 3 areas of the customer experience, including the WOW Factor
- Enhance customer and team member interactions
- Use 5 steps to building a culture of service excellence
So, join presenter Donna Cutting of Red Carpet Learning Systems on August 7 from 8 a.m.-noon at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville). The fee is $40 for Chamber members (book included) and $50 for non-members (book included).
SIGN UP FOR THE LATEST SOFT SKILLS CLASS
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 Communicating and Listening Effectively on August 30. 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.
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REMEMBER TO SHOP LOCAL
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
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. We'd love to share it with the community.
Topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week in 1990 was "She Ain't Worth It" by Glenn Medeiros with a rap verse from singer Bobby Brown. It hit number one for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 on July 21, 1990, becoming Medeiros' only number one hit in America and Brown's second and last number one hit after "My Prerogative".