Blount Partnership News & Events

SUDDEN VIOLENCE: Surviving an Active Shooter
The threat of violence is as real in the workplace and it is in the local school or grocery store. Join us in this final Employer Outreach of 2015 as the TN Department of Safety & Homeland Security provides vital information on improving your odds should you ever find yourself in the path of an active shooter. Intended for businesses, schools, and other private entities - will provide vital information about mitigating the threat posed by individuals who carry out acts of violence, along with information that addresses intervention, clarifies the role of those involved, and how to effectively respond to the problem. Join us Wednesday, October 14 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Blount Partnership office in Maryville. Register here.
Comedian, actor and impressionist Frank Caliendo will perform at the Best of Blount Awards sponsored by Blount Excavating, C2RL Engineers, DENSO, First Tennessee Foundation, Massey Group, The Daily Times, WATE-TV, WNOX-FM, on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Maryville College's Clayton Center for the Arts. Chamber members can get their discounted tickets for $25 until Oct. 26 by calling the Chamber at 865.983.2241 or clicking here. General public tickets are also available at the Clayton Center for $30.
Caliendo is best known for his work on the Fox Network television series MADtv, and as the in-house prognosticator for Fox NFL Sunday. In 2007 and 2008, he performed his impersonations on his own show, Frank TV, which aired on TBS. He is known for his impressions of Charles Barkley, NFL color commentator John Madden, sportscaster Jim Rome, comedian Robin Williams, actors Morgan Freeman and William Shatner, and United States Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
The Best of Blount, which focuses on the Blount County community as a whole rather than only on the business sector, celebrates those individuals and businesses that give their time and resources to make this area an outstanding place to live and work. Awards will be given for Philanthropist of the Year, Community Impact Award, Bright Future Award, Business of the Year and the Tourism Award.
It's a Spooktakular Party at Primetime presented by US Cellular.
Primetime will be here on Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 4-6 p.m. at Maryville College's Alumni Gym. Admission is $15. Don't forget to bring a door prize.

This Halloween-themed event is your best opportunity to meet many Chamber members from all sectors of the community in one location. Use this event to network and meet new people in the business community!

To get your tickets or sign up to give away door prizes please call the Blount Partnership at 865.983.2241 or email

Come network at the largest networking event in Blount County.
Basically Blount 2016 lifestyle magazine and membership directory is entering production once again. This annual, full-color lifestyle magazine and chamber membership directory is initially distributed to all Chamber members starting Feb. 2016, along with distribution four times throughout the year via area professional offices, newcomers, visitors, and new businesses all looking to relocate to Blount County.
In addition to intriguing stories and area photography that highlight the best of Blount County, Basically Blount also includes a finger-indexed, color-coded directory and buyer's guide of all Chamber members. Chamber members consistently tell us that they keep Basically Blount on hand throughout the year in order to find business products and services when they need them. In addition to 5,000 lifestyle magazines, we will have a complete online version on both the chamber and economic development websites.
We are pleased to offer a variety of advertising opportunities at cost effective rates. We have contracted with Marcon Marketing Consultants, a local Chamber member, to handle production and ad sales. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of Basically Blount, the importance of supporting the Chamber, and how to get your business involved contact Rick Ford of Marcon Marketing at (865) 705-8580. Download the media kit here.
Digital marketing has dominated small business budgets for years. It's our job to level the digital playing field. Contact Blount Chamber's membership representative Rachel Coffman for complete access to SLN. It's a FREE digital marketing member benefit made exclusively for Chamber members.
For each and every member: An easy-to-use digital platform built to maximize online exposure.
Included in your SLN platform:
Content creation + publishing
Email marketing
Social sharing
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
SLN empowers members to create content and share that content where it really matters: online, on social, and through email marketing. Take a few minutes to watch this member intro video and learn more about what SLN can do for your business.
It's Your Career! That's the focus of 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 nine months.
Registrations are currently being accepted for "Can You Have It All? Achieving Work-Life Balance for Business and Personal Success" and "Working Smarter: Keys to Career Success," on Oct. 16 and Nov. 20, respectively.
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. 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.
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
Investing in our local businesses makes those businesses able to nurture our community through donations to community causes and organizations.
Find what you're looking for in the Chamber Directory.
72dpi Save 10¢ per gallon during the first six months and then 6¢ after that. Click here to find out more. This is more than just a fuel card. It's a fleet management solution that can help you better manage your vehicles, lower your fuel costs, and monitor driver usage. Choose between the ExxonMobil Business Fleet card, with great fuel rebates, and the ExxonMobil Fleet National card, with acceptance at more than 90% of U.S. retail fueling locations. Both cards offer the convenience of online account management and flexible security controls that are customizable to meet your business needs. Please contact Barry Nelson at 404-545-5304
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
Library Sept. 29 Email Marketing 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Register Here
Chamber Oct. 8 Leverage the Power of LinkedIn to Grow Your Business 11:30 a.m.-2:00 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.
From what I recall, people either loved or hated this song which topped the Billboard Music charts this week in 1988. Bobby McFerrin released the firt acappella song to reach No. 1 with "Don't Worry, Be Happy." The "instruments" in the acappella song are entirely overdubbed voice parts and other sounds made by McFerrin, using no instruments at all. At the 1989 Grammy Awards, it won the awards for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy
Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy

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