Blount Partnership News & Events

It's another busy week around the Chamber. First off, take in the Women in Business luncheon meeting with Sharon Hannum at Cooper's Restaurant inside the Airport Hilton, today at noon. The topic is "Personal and Professional Communication Strategies."
On Tuesday, Aug. 18, be sure to come out to the New Member Social at Buffalo Wild Wings in Hamilton Crossing beginning at 3:45 p.m. All Chamber members are invited to meet the new members and network.
Finally, on Friday, Aug. 21, Alcoa City Manager Mark Johnson will deliver the Alcoa City Briefing on priorities, the budget and the vision for the community's future. The meeting is set for 8 a.m. at the Blount Partnership board room.
"The Dialogue," which is a brief Q&A with a new Blount County Chamber member, features Tony Saddy, owner and certified personal trainer at Get Fit Maryville. Check out the feature at the bottom of this email.
A tasty way to sample flavorful cuisine is back for the 14th consecutive year as Taste of Blount, hosted by the Blount Partnership and the city of Maryville and sponsored by MK Russell & Abbott, Citizens Bank of Blount County, Clayton Homes and Partners Development, is being held at the Theater in the Park in Maryville (across from the Blount County Courthouse) Thursday, Sept. 3 from 6-8 p.m.
Nineteen restaurants, caterers and gourmet grocers are participating this year's event. They include: Apple Valley Country Store & Cafe, Buffalo Wild Wings, Calhoun's, Chadwick's Churn, Chick-fil-A Hunter's Crossing, Dead End BBQ, Dominos, Hilton Knoxville Airport, Honey Baked Ham, Full Service BBQ, Jet's Pizza, Kroger of Maryville, Lambert's Southern Pies & Bake Shop, Lemon Grass of Maryville, McAlister's Deli, Rocky's Jamaica Sunrise, Roland's Bistro, Smokin' Joe's Bar-B-Que and Vienna Coffee House.
Advance tickets, which are $25 for chamber members, $30 for the public and $15 for students 17 and under, are available at the Chamber office (201 S. Washington St., Maryville, Tenn.), by phone 865.983.2241 or online. Also gain access to a NEW beverage experience for $10.
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Be sure to register you or your staff members for the next Blount Tourism Ambassador Program class  which is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 26 from 1-4 p.m. followed by a BTAP mixer from 4-6 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott in Alcoa.
The class is FREE and teaches front-line employees and volunteers best practices and ensures that they understand their role in increasing tourism. Contact Deborah Nye at 865.983.2241 to register.
The Blount Tourism Ambassador Program is a multi-faceted program that serves to increase tourism by inspiring front-line employees and volunteers. When visitors have a positive experience they are more likely to return in the future and also share their experience with others. Everyone benefits - the visitor, the industry, the local economy, and most importantly, the front-line worker. BTAP helps your front-line increase their knowledge of the region; provides answers to the variety of questions received from visitors; and gives your front-line a chance to meet one another, learn from each other's experiences and celebrate together!
Food will be provided at the mixer and attendees will have an opportunity to tour the property. So, take this opportunity to meet the new ambassador's and earn points at the same time.
We encourage everyone to take advantage of our networking opportunities. These events are held in order to help bring our CTAs together to strengthen our knowledge of different places around our area with a first-hand experience. These educational experiences are free to you and a great way to gather first-hand knowledge to pass along to visitors.
The Blount County Chamber of Commerce and the Blount County Library have partnered with the Tennessee Small Business Development Center to present free business operation workshops on Google, social media, business marketing and planning, starting a business and government contracting for small business owners and entrepreneurs.
Workshops are held at the Blount County Chamber, 201 S. Washington St., Maryville, TN, and at the Blount County Library, 508 North Cusick Street, Maryville, TN. Participants are free to bring their own lunch.
For more information or to attend any of the following workshops, participants are asked to register by clicking on the Training tab at
Location Date Seminar Topic Time
Chamber Aug. 20 Google-ize Your Business 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Register Here
Chamber Sept. 24 Starting a Business 9 a.m.-Noon Register Here
Library Sept. 29 Email Marketing 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Register Here
Chamber Oct. 8 Google + 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Register Here
Library Oct. 22 Growth Wheel - Ownership & Management 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Register Here
Chamber Nov. 12 Business Planning 9 a.m.-Noon
Is your organization hosting an event in the community? Submit it here on our community calendar. If it's a tourism event, please email Ashlee so she can post it on
Also, please send us any news releases or good news about your business. We'd love to share it with the community.
We are jumping in our way back machine to this week in 1965 when Sonny and Cher topped the Billboard Music Charts for three weeks with their hit, "I Got You Babe." The song was featured as one of the greatest duets of all times by both Billboard and Rolling Stone magazine.
Sonny & Cher -
Sonny & Cher - "I Got You Babe"

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August 24-30


Aug. 25 -- Blount Young Leadership Development (BYLD) Social
Aug. 25 -- Beginner's Tai Chi Classes @ Clear's Silat, Street Kung Fu, & Tai Chi
Aug. 26 -- BTAP Class
Aug. 26 -- BTAP Mixer
Aug. 27 -- Coffee Club at Boys & Girls Club
Aug. 20 -- Googleize Your Business
Aug. 20 -- EnVision Family Eyecare's Premier Frame Trunk Show
Aug. 27 -- Little River Trading hosts Pints for a Purpose benefiting Blount County Habitat For Humanity
Aug. 27 -- Songs By The Brook Concert Series
Aug. 27 -- Hot Summer Nights Concert Series featuring The Outdoor Sisters & Ryan Worden @ Blount County Public Library
Aug. 28-29 -- Mountain Magic: Native American Music and Cultural Festival @ Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
Aug. 29 -- Cades Cove Guided Tour by Cades Cove Heritage Tours
Aug. 30 -- Smoky Mountain Service Dog Benefit Jersey Auction at TN Smokies Baseball


Save the Date


August 21 -- Alcoa City Briefing
August 26 -- BTAP Class
August 26 -- BTAP Mixer
August 27 -- Coffee Club at Boys & Girls Club

You can access the entire calendar here to see other community events and submit your own.
Don't forget to check out the Hot Deals brought to you from other Chamber members. Add your Hot Deal by emailing Amy to get your login info.

The Dialogue

This feature, a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member will appear every week. So here we go with our second installment with Tony Saddy, owner and certified personal trainer at Get Fit Maryville. His workout studio is located at 611 McCammon Ave., Maryville, TN 37801.
Why are you in business?
Get Fit Maryville is a total wellness company serving Blount County. Our goal is to make your lives better through excellent fitness training programs. We want to make Blount County the fittest county in TN!
How did you get started in this business?
I have been in the fitness and wellness industry for almost 16 years. I truly love what I am able to do working with others to improve their lives.
How did you get the background and skills necessary to run this type of business?
Training certification and almost 40 years of Chiropractic training from my father (He's been a Chiropractor since 1965).
Whom do/did you seek advice before/during the operation of your business?
I have a couple of mentors in Chicago that helped shape and guide me as far as what I'd like to accomplish and what was my best course of action.
Describe your customers.
DEDICATED! My clients are dedicated to improving their lives. The clients also support each other in their quest to improve!
What do you enjoy about running your business?
I love seeing people improve and attain their wellness goals. I love Blount County. I could not be happier relocating here and setting up shop.
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