Be sure to check out the 90th installment of The Dialogue at the bottom of this email where we visit with a new Blount Chamber member, Anne Taylor, Marketing Manager for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.
BALLOON FESTIVAL/ECLIPSE VIEWING
On August 19, a summertime spectacle will take place in Townsend, Tennessee: the inaugural
Great Smoky Mountain Hot Balloon Festival
The sky will be filled with a spectrum of color against the backdrop of a breathtaking Tennessee sunset as dozens of professional balloonists take flight.
Taking place at the Townsend Visitors Center located at 7906 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., the event features something for everyone. Families can enjoy kid-friendly activities, live entertainment, crafters demonstrating and selling their artwork, delectable food from the food truck court and local craft beer.
For those desiring a unique view of the scenic mountains, balloonists will offer safely tethered hot air balloon rides (weather depending).
The event takes place within days of another highly anticipated Blount County event: the total solar eclipse.
On Monday, August 21, a narrow path in the United States will experience the first total solar eclipse in 26 years. Only certain parts of specific states will experience this cosmic event. The eclipse is caused by the moon blocking the sun, and only the sun's corona is visible. Blount County just happens to be one of the places to see this once-in-a-lifetime event.
CHAMBER BOARD NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN
The Blount County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for three positions (Construction, building trades and suppliers; financial and professional; and individual/non-profits) for its 2018 Board of Directors until August 15.
Please complete the online
form of an individual you think would make a good board member.
ChamberRitaville, the Blount Chamber's largest networking event
, is set for August 22 from 4-6 p.m. at the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee (136 Harvest Lane, Maryville).
Display areas (4x4) are available and tickets are $10. Don't forget to bring a door prize.
By the way, there's awesome food that we'll have. Check out these treats and goodies: ice cream cake by Diary Queen, Chick-fil-A chicken nuggets, chicken tenders, Bananas Foster from Metz, wraps from Ruby Tuesday, sliders by All Occasion. Cash bar with alcohol and non-alcoholic Chamberitta's.
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!
Event sponsors are
Pinnacle Financial Partners
American Foundation & Basement Repair
To get your display area, tickets or sign up to give away door prizes please call the Blount Partnership at 865.983.2241 or
CYBER SECURITY WORKSHOP
Join us August 8 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Cate-Russell Insurance presents a
cyber security workshop
at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville). Janet Smith of Bailey's Special Risk will deliver a brief presentation on the alarming growth and trends of cyber attacks and what you should do to better protect your business. So, come learn more about the growing dangers of cyber crime and the liability it places on your business. RSVP to
AUGUST MEMBER-TO-MEMBER PROMOTIONS ARE HERE
The August Member-to-member promotions are here.
Check out the new special deals from University Eye Specialists, King University, Tai Chi, Kung Fu and Two Men and a Truck
. See these and other promotions at
. New offers are being posted almost daily, 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
REMEMBER TO SHOP LOCAL
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
Small businesses have just as much access to vendors (who also determine pricing, not stores) that big box businesses do. If a small business doesn't have the products you want or need, ask them - they're also usually much more receptive and willing to order them for you.
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.
"I Just Want to Be Your Everything" by Andy Gibb topped the Billboard Hot 100 this week in 1977. It is ranked number 26 on Billboard's 55th anniversary All-Time Top 100 list.