Blount Partnership News & Events

Happy New Year! It's time for the Blount Chamber's first afternoon mixer of the year. Join us this Thursday, Jan. 7 from 3:45-5 p.m. at Camellia Trace Apartments located at 1201 Camellia Trace Dr., Maryville. It's a great opportunity to get out of the office and unwind. So bring your office mates and enjoy a great afternoon of catching up after the holidays.
Tickets for the 96th Blount Chamber Anniversary Celebration with a James Bond Casino Royale theme are on sale now. So get dressed up and join the celebration on Friday, January 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Airport Hilton. It will be an evening of live music with Jessie's Girls, a national party band, food and networking with Blount County business professionals. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased online or calling 865.983.2241.
Participate in the Chamber's 18th annual "Operation Thank You" set for February 16-18 and meet other business people on a one-on-one basis. During this three-day event, Chamber members, the Chamber staff and Board of Directors will personally deliver Chamber member information packets for 2016. We invite you to join us in this three-day effort. You can agree to call on as many or as few members as your schedule permits. If you, someone (or several people) from your business, organization or group is interested in participating, please contact   Amy Lawson or call 865.983.2241.
Promote your business during "Operation Thank You" by sending 1250 gift certificates, brochures or business promotional pieces to us and we will distribute them during "Operation Thank You." Your Chamber constantly looks for ways to help you promote your business and the ABC theory - Always Buy Chamber. We do ask that your enclosure piece be a 4"x9" brochure or a size not to exceed 8 ½"x11" and be no more than 1 page or sheet. These inserts should be delivered to the Chamber no later than 5:00 p.m. Thursday, February 4. Please contact Amy Lawson or call 865.983.2241. There is a small charge of $175 for insert enclosure.
It's Your Career! That's the focus of five free soft skills sessions offered in partnership by the Blount County Public Library, the Adult Education Foundation of Blount County and the Blount County Chamber of Commerce that are scheduled over the next five months.
With more and more millennials entering the workforce, employers have noticed many workers in a variety of professions are lacking in several areas, including problem solving, conflict resolution and critical observation. But, even though they possess the hard skills to get an interview, it's the important soft skills that will land the job and help them keep it.
All classes are conducted at the library located at 508 N. Cusick in Maryville and limited to 30 participants. Those interested must register online at 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.
Registrations are currently being accepted for:
Jan. 15 - Effective Communication
Feb. 9 - Information Management
March 18 - Team Building
April 15 - Conflict Management
May 20 - Mentoring
The annual MLK Luncheon that kicks off a full weekend of activities leading up the MLK Day is set for Friday, Jan. 15 from noon-1 p.m. at the Clayton Center for the Arts. Tickets are $35 each or $275 for a table of eight. Call the Chamber at 865.983.2241 to reserve your spot.
Additional events on MLK weekend include a viewing of the movie "Selma" on Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Clayton Center. On Sunday, Jan. 17 a community worship service will be held at the First Baptist Church Alcoa at 4 p.m. with guest minister, Rev. Dr. Cordell Simpson. He is Pastor of the Eighth Street Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville. The MLK Parade is Monday, Jan. 18 at 12:30 beginning at the MLK Center with a walk to Maryville College. Following the parade, Dr. Barbara Hampton, Professor of Music at Hunter College of the City University of New York, will be the keynote speaker at the Clayton Center at 2 p.m. All events are free and open to all.
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
When you shop small, the bulk of the money you spend and most of your taxes stay local - helping schools, paving streets, keeping you safe. According to the research firm Civic Economics, for every $100 you spend in a local small business, $68 stays in your community.
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"Brand New Key," a pop song written and sung by folk music singer Melanie, became a novelty success during this week in 1972 as it topped the Billboard Music Charts. It was known also as "The Rollerskate Song" due to its chorus.

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