Join us at the Blount Partnership, this Thursday, Aug. 18 from 4-5 p.m., as the
Transportation Coalition of Tennessee
will present to the citizens and community leaders in Blount County a discussion on the transportation infrastructure funding dilemma in Tennessee.
On Friday, Aug. 19 from 8-9 a.m., the Blount Partnership, Twin City Dealership, First Tennessee Bank and CSX will host a
local legislative briefing with Mark Johnson
, City Manager for the City of Alcoa. This event takes place at the Blount Partnership, 201 S. Washington St., Maryville.
CHAMBER BOARD NOMINATIONS OPEN
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.
BEST OF BLOUNT AWARD NOMINATIONS OPEN
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.
TASTE OF BLOUNT TICKETS ON SALE
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
. 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.
BOOTH SPACE AVAILABLE FOR PRIMETIME AUGUST 23
Grab a booth space and network at the largest networking event in Blount County with
presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners on Tuesday, Aug. 23 from 4-6 p.m. at Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee. Booths and tickets are $15 and available by calling the Blount Partnership at 865.983.2241 or
. Also, think about bringing a door prize.
This summer casual-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!
A BLUEPRINT FOR USING FACEBOOK IN YOUR BUSINESS
If you're in business, you need to attend this free seminar on Monday, Aug. 22 from 9-11 a.m. at the Blount Partnership.
. This seminar will give you practical tips and insights on how to use Facebook. This seminar will help you discover the ins and outs of using Facebook to grow your business or nonprofit.
If you have been thinking about using Facebook and any of the other social media platforms (or if you are already using them in your business), then you will benefit from this seminar.
If you are currently using Facebook or if you want to get started using any of the social media platforms, then you do not want to miss this event. It is filled with valuable content, strategies, and insights on how to get the most out of the time you spend on social media. Beginners and seasoned users will walk away with something they can start using immediately to build their business.
ATTEND THE FREE COST & ESTIMATING WORKSHOP
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 AUGUST MEMBER-TO-MEMBER PROMOTIONS
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
THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER
The summer has flown by as quickly as ever, and we are now in the midst of August: a month when we all feel a bit slow and unmotivated after a summer full of hard work. The Romans called the hottest, most uncomfortably humid days "Dog Days". Often times these days cause us to feel like doing the opposite of work! Unfortunately, for most of us, that is not an option. However, as a business owner, there is hope. Read these quick tips to learn some no-brainer marketing tips for these lazy days.
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
. She is here to help you in the year ahead and will keep you on track as you fulfill your resolutions in 2016.
REMEMBER TO SHOP LOCAL
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
Our local business scene is something that's unique to our city for travelers, and provides quality and convenience for residents.
GOT AN EVENT OR NEWS? WE'D LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT
Is your organization hosting an event in the community? Submit it
on our community calendar. If it's a tourism event, please email
so she can post it on
any news releases or good news about your business. We'd love to share it with the community.
"Ghostbusters," recorded by Ray Parker Jr., served as the theme to the film of the same name and was in the midst of a three-week run atop the Billboard Music Charts this week in 1984. It was nominated at the 57th Academy Awards for Best Original Song.