Blount Partnership News & Events

Come out to our Chamber Social sponsored by Blount County Library Foundation & Maryville Rotary Club which is Tuesday, May 10 at 3:45 p.m. Visit with Chamber Board Members and other long-time members to find out what being part of the Blount County Chamber means. The event takes place at the Blount County Public Library, 508 N. Cusick St., Maryville.
Be sure to join us this Friday, May 13, for the Pet Supplis Plus (543 N. Foothills Plaza, Maryville) ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. Bring your pet for a free pet wash. Watch this fun video of the wash.
Check out our 23rd installment of The Dialogue at the bottom of this email where we visit with Josh Fincher, an account executive at Thermocopy.
We've added a couple of new specials to the Member-to-Member promotional program. This offers you and your company the opportunity to market your products and services to the membership.
It's Your Career! That's the focus of the final 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 five months.
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 at 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.
Registrations are currently being accepted for:
May 20 - Mentoring
At the most basic level, buying local ensures that more money stays in our community. In fact, for every $100 spent at a locally-owned store, $45 remains in the local economy. The Blount County Chamber of Commerce encourages all residents to shop small and support our locally owned businesses! Shopping locally provides you with the opportunity to discover something different; it's unlikely that you'll find the same thing at a local store as you would the mall. Save Local Now, the Chamber's "Buy Local" program, highlights and promotes Chamber members and the deals and promotions they create. Locals and tourists alike can download the FREE Save Local Now app to access deals, events and accurate business information. Saving money and buying local has never been easier!
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!
Six times as many local jobs are created when spending is directed towards locally owned businesses.
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.
"Chariots of Fire" is an instrumental theme written and recorded by Vangelis for the soundtrack of the 1981 film of the same name. It was No. 1 on the Billboard Music Charts this week in 1982 and is the only piece by a Greek artist to top the U.S. charts.



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You can access the entire calendar here to see other community events and submit your own.

The Dialogue

This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So here we go with our 23rd installment visiting with Josh Fincher, account executive of Thermocopy, which assess the current work flow of the office and find ways to improve upon it.
What is unique about Thermocopy. It is the largest and oldest provider of office equipment and business technology in east Tennessee. We are in the business of helping companies save money and improve work flow.
How did you get involved with Thermocopy? I wanted to pursue a company that has a proven history of good business and helps a lot in the community. Thermocopy has number one in customer service in the area.
Who is your mentor? My grandfather, though passing before my first real job, was a life compass for me in becoming an adult. He gave me his wisdom and helped me understand my strengths and weaknesses to improve upon them and become who I am today.
Who are Thermocopy's customers? We can help any company that uses paper. The problem is most companies do not keep track of how much they are spending on things like ink and toner. I urge everyone to keep track for two or three months and see how much is actually being spent.
Name three things you wish you knew when you started. I am still fairly new to this business but three important things to know are: 1) Every company uses paper of some sort you can not rule anyone out. 2) Document management is a very important thing to a growing company and is vital to there long term success. 3) Lastly respect people's loyalty but understand that good business always keeps their options open.
Previous Profiles:
Cory Blanton, Aerotek Scientific
David Anderson, Shelter Insurance
Nancy McBee, Tennessee Trane Energy Services
Joel Honeycutt, J&S Janitorial Solutions
Suzie Cutshaw, JB&B Capital
Tom Klein, InfoSystems
Chris Woodfin, Spicer Rudstrom, PLLC
Rebecca Kiger, Home Instead Senior Care
Ben Hazel, Pree's Tree Specialists
Larry Parker, Auto Collision Experts
Jamie Weiss Photography
Jeff Jones, LC Fence
Steve White, White Enterprise Holding
Aundrea Scholem and Jennifer Madaj, Foothills Adult Care Enrichment Services
Wade McLemore, Paychex
Alan Baker, Crown Point Consultants
Shelby Avery, Avery Wealth Management
Kate Schriver, Schriver's
Elizabeth Ross, ECS Central, PLLC
Tony Saddy, Get Fit Maryville
Renee Taylor, CBI
Christy Simmers, Christy's Creative Cafe
Premier and Presidential Partners