Blount Partnership News and Events

Check out The Dialogue at the bottom of this email where we feature a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So here we go with our 98th installment visiting with Lonnie Hostin, senior manager of DWC Construction,
The first state legislative briefing presented by First Tennessee Bank and Twin City Dealerships is set for Friday, February 23 from 8-9 a.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville). Join Sen. Art Swann and Reps. Jerome Moon and Bob Ramsey as they discuss the happenings in Nashville during the current legislative session.

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center is presenting a workshop on digital marketing trends for 2018 given by Chad Rogers of Old Number Eleven, February 15 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Blount Partnership, 201 S. Washington St., Maryville.

Learn how you can adjust your marketing strategy for a more successful 2018. Topics include: SEO (Search Engine Optimization), SMM (Social Media Marketing), PPC (Pay Per Click) and Content Marketing. Register here.
The Tennessee Small Business Development Center is presenting a workshop that will help you draft your own marketing Plan for 2018 and beyond on February 22 from 9:30 a.m.-noon at the Blount County Public Library, 508 N. Cusick St., Maryville. Victory Harbin of Tech Nav and Chad Rogers of Old Number Eleven will lead the discussion.

Conversation will include: 1. Keyword Strategy, 2. Search Engine Optimization Strategy, 3. Paid Online Advertising Strategy, 4. Social Media Strategy. Leave the workshop with your first draft marketing plan. Register here.
Join Jacqueline Merritt from the Small Business Administration for a free workshop on how to finance your business the SBA Way on March 2 from 9-10 a.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville).

Whether you are an existing entrepreneur or have given thought to starting a business, this seminar will put you ahead of the game in government guaranteed lending. This workshop covers SBA loan options and other offerings. RSVP to Jacqueline by email or phone at 615-736-7465.
Sponsorships and participation are available for the annual Blount County job fair slated for Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 2-6 p.m. at the Second Harvest Food Bank facility. Click here for the sponsorship form.

If you are interested in participating, please click here for more information
Participate in the Chamber's 20th annual "Operation Thank You" set for February 20-22, 2018 and meet other business people on a one-on-one basis.

During this three-day event, Chamber members, the Chamber staff and Board of Directors will personally deliver Chamber member information packets. We invite you to join us in this three-day effort. You can agree to call on as many or as few members as your schedule permits.

If you, someone (or several people) from your business, organization or group is interested in participating, please contact Amy Lawson at or call 865.983.2241.
It's Your Career! That's the focus of eight 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 11 months.

Registrations are currently being accepted online at for the second class entitled Building a Team set for Feb. 23. This course qualifies for .2 CEU's awarded by Pellissippi State.

The other classes offered include Managing People and Personalities, Free Resources for Professional Development, How to Run an Effective Meeting, Improving Your Presentation Style - Speaking, Improving Your Presentation Style - Strategies for Engaging Presentations, Making Your Social Media Look Good and Creating Infographics for Promoting Your Business.

All classes are conducted in the Blount County Library's learning lab located at 508 N. Cusick in Maryville and limited to 50 participants. 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.
Member-to-member promotions are needed for February. Check out the new offer from Pellissippi State, Realty Executives RELOCATION, AAA, Knoxville Zoo, Swagtown and Cell Phone Repair (FYI, they do more than phones). See this and other promotions at member-to-member promotions. 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
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Topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week in 1983 was "Down Under," by Australian rock band Men at Work. "Down Under" is perceived as a patriotic song in Australia; it remains popular and is often played at sporting events.



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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 98th installment visiting with Lonnie Hostin, senior manager of DWC Construction, which is a go-to general contracting firm for creating commercial interior spaces.
Describe what the DWC Construction does. Whether you're looking for a state-of-the-art facility to fit your team's modern urban lifestyle, or a tasteful overhaul that gives fresh flavor to a vintage shell, DWC will get you there. Since 1947, we have partnered with some of the city's top employers to build great places to work. Our combination of expertise, value, and dogged customer service keeps our customers coming back time and again. We put our customers' goals (and budget) at the center of everything we do, which allows us to create an award-winning experience that is uniquely DWC. Our clients will quickly tell you that DWC creates an unmatched experience for every project we take on. From our high-level expertise to our emphasis on customer service, we're fully committed to walking by your side to bring your vision to life.
How did you get started? We are a 70 year old company that started out in the drywall business, since then we have focused on interior systems in the commercial space. "We build great work places"
What is your background? I have over 30 years of construction experience, from labor, project manager, owner and director of operations. I joined DWC here in Knoxville area to help them develop this office.
Who is your mentor? I would say my father at a very young age took me a taught me how to work in the construction industry. He taught me a trade that could be used through out my life, even if I didn't go into the construction field. I take pride in my projects and ensure my clients are informed of the progress of the project along the way.
Describe your customers. We are focused on the commercial architects, developers, property managers, real estate brokers with clients that need retail, doctor, legal, and general office spaces that are expanding, remodeling, building from a blank space. We also work in restaurants, hospitals.
What impacts your business environment? We can help in both an expanding market or a shrinking markets because we provide a service that can reduce space, expand spaces or revitalize space to keep up with trends.
What do you enjoy about the construction business? I enjoy working with the various clients that we come in contact with. I enjoy getting to know each of them and hearing about their vision of the project and then working with them to accomplish these goals and visions.
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