Blount Partnership News & Events

Join us this Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 8:30 a.m., for the Anderson Party Rentals grand opening and ribbon cutting. Come and see the wide selection of party, reception, and equipment rentals they have available at their office located at 425 Marilyn Lane, Alcoa.
Don't forget to make use of when seeking employees or posting job listings.
Read our 38th and 39th installments of The Dialogue at the bottom of this email where we visit with Bob and Pam Gray, Clinic Managers for Massage Envy - Hamilton Crossing, and Sherri Deutsch Anthony, broker/owner of Broker Properties Realtors, Inc..
Running a business is more than dollars and cents; there's a legal element that many human resource professionals, supervisors and managers deal with on a daily basis. To that end, the Blount Partnership, along with the law firms of Wimberly Lawson and Lewis Thomason, is hosting a three-part supervisor training - human resource/legal seminar on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 from 8:30-11 a.m. at the Blount Chamber office located at 201 S. Washington St., Maryville, Tenn.
Topics to be covered include the top seven mistakes employers make that lead to legal trouble presented by Janet Hayes of Lewis Thomason, conflict management presented by Stacy Myers of Advanced Management, Inc., and what supervisors need to know about harassment, retaliation and discrimination given by Howard Jackson of Wimberly Lawson, Wright, Daves & Jones PLLC.
The cost is $50 per person for non-Chamber members and $25 per person for Chamber members. Register by phone at 865.983.2241. Register here.
The Blount County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for two positions (Member At-Large 3-year term, One-Year Director) for its 2017 Board of Directors until Sept. 12, 2016. Please complete the online form of an individual you think would make a good board member.
The Best of Blount Awards are coming in November to the Clayton Center for the Arts and we need you to nominate businesses and people who have made an impact in the community over the past year. Submit nominations here until Aug. 31.
Savor some of the best food in Blount County at the 15th annual Taste of Blount set for Thursday, September 8, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at the Theater in the Park in Maryville next to the Blount County Court House. View vendors and menu.
Tickets, which are $25 for Blount County Chamber members, $30 for the public and $15 for students 17 and under or those with a college or student ID, are available at the Chamber office (201 S. Washington St., Maryville, Tenn.), by phone 865.983.2241 or online. Tickets are available at the door the night of the event on a cash-only basis.
For an additional $10, patrons 21-years or older are invited to sample locally crafted spirits and beers. Tickets are available at the event only.
Ticket holders can try savory favorites from local restaurants, caterers and gourmet grocers in addition to voting for their favorite appetizer, main course, sandwich, dessert, beverage, presentation and overall winner.
People associated with construction or manufacturing businesses need to attend this free cost and estimating workshop for government contracts, Thursday, Sept. 1 from 9-11 a.m. at the Blount County Chamber of Commerce. Learn federal contractor's qualifications, accounting system requirements, estimating system requirements and how to structure your compliant accounting/estimate infrastructure.
Check out the updated member-to-member promtions for September. New offers are being posted weekly, 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
If you have accounts for your business on Facebook, Twitter, or Google +, it's time to start pushing your SLN content as far as possible! Here is some useful information about sharing on social media: Read more here.

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 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.
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
Local businesses return 80% of each dollar to our community: which creates jobs.
Find what you're looking for in the Chamber Directory.
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.
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The Dialogue

This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So here we go with our 38th installment visiting with Bob and Pam Gray, Clinic Managers for Massage Envy - Hamilton Crossing who help people feel their best!
What is Massage Envy's philosophy? Total body care is an integral part of everyone's well-being journey. Positivity and wellness is what we want everyone to feel when they think of Massage Envy. Our Five Core Values are made up of the following: 1. Gratitude: We show gratitude for the opportunity to help others and for the trust it requires. 2. Optimism: We approach our work with a spirit of positivity. 3. Empathy: We seek to understand the needs of others and accept and celebrate individuality. 4. Consistency: We earn trust by delivering exceptional service at every moment. 5. Excellence: We recognize those who live our values and improve non-stop.
How does massage therapy help? Massage therapy helps you relax, re-align and rejuvenate. There are many positive aspects to receiving massage therapy on an ongoing basis, and with the busy lives we lead, we can all benefit from a little stress-management. We moved from being clients who enjoyed the many benefits of regular therapeutic massage to becoming franchise owners who could introduce those same kind of benefit services to others.
What is your background? I was blessed and honored to serve and work with a 'world class' healthcare organization before coming to Maryville, Tennessee to retire. I am a now retired hospital administrator serving most recently as a Chief Financial Officer with the Memorial Hermann Hospital System in Houston, Texas. Memorial Hermann at the time was the largest Not-For-Profit hospital system in Texas with 14 owned hospitals in its network and several other managed hospitals employing over 22,000 caring healthcare professionals.
What do you enjoy about running Massage Envy? In working at Massage Envy Hamilton Crossing, what I enjoy most is meeting, serving and working with people. I believe that life, as we now know it will come to an end and the only thing that will withstand the test of time and eternity with be the investment we make in the lives of other people. I therefore choose to consider the time spent with other people an investment and never a waste.
We believe that massages and facials aren't a luxury; they are body maintenance, pure and simple. Regular massage and facial care goes a long way toward helping Massage Envy members and guests take care of themselves and manage the side effects of life. We feel it's important for Massage Envy members and guests to know where we stand on the safety and professionalism of our industry. To put it simply, there is nothing more important to us. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of Massage Envy members and guests. We at Massage Envy Hamilton Crossing welcome the opportunity to serve you and your family members!

The Dialogue

This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So here we go with our 39th installment visiting with Sherri Deutsch Anthony, broker/owner of Broker Properties Realtors, Inc., whose goal is assisting people in finding the perfect home while helping sellers with the best procedure to get there home sold in a smooth professional manner.
Tell me more about your business. Broker Properties Realtors, Inc. offers home buyers & sellers a guidance system to purchasing and selling a home. We offer professional assistance, but we also have fun in the process. We treat our clients like we would want to be treated by being honest & reliable. Making Clients for Life is our motto, and we love referrals! We also offer a wide amount of services depending on what our client needs, such as market evaluations, home warranties, and property management on vacant homes. We want to give our clients the best step forward in the buying & selling process.
How did you get started? I started in real estate back in 2002 as a real estate office secretary on Pine Island Florida. I learned as much as I could from a fantastic Broker that helped me launch my career in real estate. I moved to beautiful Tennessee in 2005 and continued as a real estate agent until 2010. I decided then to pursue my career with my own company so I could give the best reliable service to my clients.
Who is your mentor? My mentor has been my first broker, Beverly Rufino who is still in business today at the age of 74. She is my inspiration by showing me to be ethical & reliable. She taught me that I don't need to be a high pressure salesperson with a script, it's all about the relationship I establish, not the dollar! And, with patience focus & persistence it will grow my business and bring joy to my life and others around me.
What impacts the real estate market? All social, economic, environmental, technological, legal and political environments impact my business. I utilize the social as much as I can, meeting people is my job and my passion. Technology is a must, and a thriving economic and local environment helps my business grow. With the legal and political, there is ups & downs, depending on how the housing industry is impacted. Interest rates decisions can affect business tremendously.
What do you enjoy about running your business? Number one- I would have to say is seeing my clients face when they walk into the perfect home for them! Their happiness is my happiness. I also enjoy meeting new people, travel, showing homes, and staging homes.
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