Blount Partnership News and Events

Join us Nov. 16 at 7:45 a.m. for coffee club at AAA of East Tennessee (715 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Maryville, Tenn.). Coffees are designed to offer our members the opportunity to build business relationships with other members and to gain exposure for their business or organization in an "open house" setting. Coffees are open to anyone associated with a chamber member business. Participation is not reserved to the representative(s) listed on the chamber membership.

Also take advantage of the Networking Luncheon for Blount County professionals concerning the Equifax data breah and how you can protect your business and employees from identity theft. The free seminar is Nov. 17 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Barley's (128 W. Broadway Ave., Maryville). Please RSVP here.

Additionally, PCS is hosting a free seminar on cyber security on Nov. 15 from noon-1 p.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville). Join PCS for this Lunch & Learn event to learn about the threat landscape, and how small businesses are being increasingly targeted by hackers and thieves. RSVP here.

Check out the 95th installment of The Dialogue at the bottom of this email where we visit with Dr. Carolyn Filla, Prenatal and Pediatric Chiropractor, at Bright Futures Chiropractic.

You're invited to a sneak peek of Fantasy of Trees at Santa's Skybox on Wednesday, Nov. 22 from 8-9 a.m. at the Knoxville Convention Center with networking, coffee and treats. At 8:30 a.m. you will receive one ticket (per chamber member) to shop for holiday decor at Fantasy of Trees before anyone else. Please RSVP to by noon Friday, Nov. 17 with your name, business and chamber names.

This Nov 25, we want to celebrate Small Business Saturday with you! It's a special holiday created so communities can show love for small local businesses. And it wouldn't be a celebration without businesses like you joining us!

If your small business is interested in participating, please email Amy. We are trying to get the word out about shopping locally at the beginning of the holiday season and will help you share your deals through social media, emails and a Daily Times ad.
Local manufacturer DENSO presents a free viewing of the movie Lone Survivor, which tells the story of Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell and his team's attempted capture of Taliban leader Ahmad Shah in June 2005, on Monday, Nov. 13 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall on the Maryville College campus (502 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, TN).

Free general admission tickets limited to two per person can be ordered through the Clayton Center for the Arts ticket office at 865.981.8590 or online. The movie is rated R and may not be suitable for children under 18.

Donations will be accepted at the viewing for the Lone Survivor Foundation which aids America's wounded service members and their families as they adjust to the effects of their experiences and help them transition into their new normal.

business_group_women.jpg Make plans to attend our next Women in Business meeting on Monday, November 20 at noon at Airport Hilton (Bar Area) led by Sharon Hannum.

This will be a Dutch Treat lunch from Cooper's Restaurant. You can either do soup or salad bar for $8.95 + tax, this includes drink, and dessert or the whole buffet for $12 (Including tax) and includes drink, buffet and dessert.

Please RSVP to Amy by Friday, November 17 if you plan to attend.
An invitation is extended to all Blount County citizens to a County-wide Community Recovery Education Forum being held Monday, November 13, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Maryville at 202 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., directly across from the Blount County Courthouse parking lot. From the Tennessee State Department of Substance Abuse, Dr. Monty Burks, Director of Faith-Based Initiatives and Special Projects, along with Dr. Stephen Lloyd, Assistant Commissioner, will be coming to talk about the overwhelming issues in communities across the State, but in particular, Blount County with substance abuse and addiction.

In dealing with our jail avercrowding issues, our initial research reveals an overwhelming majority of the inmates incarcerated in our jail are in some way drug or substance abuse related. As a government, we have to address our jail overcrowding issues, but we have to look outside the normal reaction of building a bigger jail. Society has a problem that we can all hopefully work together to help resolve.

For more information contact the Blount County Mayor's Office at (865) 273-5700 or RSVP here.
The 2018 Basically Blount 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. 2018, 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.

We are pleased to offer a variety of advertising opportunities at cost effective rates through our media kit. 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.
The Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) is serving as a drop off location for the Two Men and a Truck Movers for Mutts collection drive until November 20, to provide necessary pet items to animal shelters and stray pets this fall.

Two Men and a Truck is partnering with shelters, schools, and businesses from areas surrounding Knox and Blount Counties. These locations will serve as drop off points for essential pet items.
Member-to-member promotions are needed for November. Check out the new offers from Pipe Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, AAA, Ruby Tuesday, US Bank and Melalucia. See these 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
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
When you shop locally, you help create jobs for teachers, firemen, police officers, and many other essential professions.
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 or any good news about your business, please send it to us. We'd love to share it with the community.
Topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week in 1973 was "Keep on Truckin'" by Eddie Kendricks, formerly of The Temptations. Kendricks included a jab at his former bandmates with the lyric: In old Temptations' rain, I'm duckin'; For your love through sleet or snow, I'm truckin'



Nov. 13-19


November 13 -- Blount County Community Recovery Education Forum
November 15 -- 7 Critical IT Protections EVERY Business Must Have - Solid Profits Power Lunch (Sponsored by LeBlanc & Chandler CPA)
November 15 -- PCS to host 14 Million Small Businesses Were Hacked Last Year, and Most of Them Don't Even Know It
November 16 -- Coffee Club at AAA of East Tennessee
November 16 -- Stewards of Children Prevention Training (Public)
November 17-18 -- James & Barbara Dull @ the Townsend Visitors Center
November 17 -- Equifax Breach Protection for Employees: Networking Luncheon for Blount County Professionals
November 17 -- United Way of Blount County 2017 Victory Celebration
November 18 -- Maryville Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast
November 19 -- Theresa Godfrey @ The Townsend Visitors Center
November 19 -- Big Daddy Weave - Set Free Tour


Nov. 20-26


November 20 -- Women in Business
November 25 -- Small Business Saturday
November 25 -- H.O.M.E. For Christmas


Save the Date


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 95th installment visiting with Dr. Carolyn Filla, Prenatal and Pediatric Chiropractor, at Bright Futures Chiropractic which helps the communities in Blount County realize how amazing their bodies are so that they can experience bright futures without sickness, disease and pain!
Describe what you do. Bright Futures Chiropractic ensures that each person's nervous system is operating without interference. With interference on the nervous system, you cannot prevent sickness, digest food properly, grow nor adapt to our ever-changing environment. I am different from most chiropractors in this area because I have done a lot of extra-curricular studies for the care of children and pregnant women. Having a properly-functioning nervous system from a young age allows children to grow and thrive as God intended them to.
How did you get started? I have known I wanted to be a Chiropractor since the fifth grade. I didn't know that Pediatric Chiropractic was an option until I was doing my undergraduate studies. It was at this time chiropractic care was recommended for my nephew because he had suffered from multiple double ear infections during the short 9 first months of his life. I have always loved children, so it was a no-brainer for me to do extra studies to help children like my nephew!
What is your background? I received my Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin in La Crosse. I then received my Doctorate of Chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minnesota. Much of my pediatric training took place during weekend seminars through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, and I only have to complete a few more classes to earn a Certification by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics.
Who is your mentor? Similar to most people, my parents have been some of my biggest supporters. The person who has pushed me the most to this point (without actually knowing it) has been my nephew. Seeing him so sick at the beginning of his life with ear infections, pneumonia, asthma, and chronic sickness which nobody could help broke my heart. After he was adjusted at 9 months, he was a brand new child! He is now 7-1/2 and has not had another ear infection and is able to recover better in the rare chance he does get sick! That motivates me to go to work everyday to help other children experience a healthier, brighter future as well!
Describe your customers. Most of the people who come to me are families-ranging from babies all the way to grandma and grandpa! People typically come to me because of some complaint (colic, ear infections, constipation, pain, headaches, the list goes on and on!) but once they start feeling and functioning better they are committed to remain that way by continuing with "maintenance" or wellness care!
What do you enjoy most about your career? I absolutely love being a part of people regaining their health back! It is particularly special when an exhausted mom comes in because she has taken her child everywhere and done almost every single thing to help her child to no avail.
Premier and Presidential Partners