Join us for a local
in the Blount Chamber Board Room this Wednesday at 8 a.m. with Jeff Welch, TPO; Bill Dunlap, Highway Superintendent, Greg McClain, Maryville City Manager and Mark Johnson, Alcoa City Manager.
Also, a new feature to the newsletter is
which is a brief Q&A with a new Blount County Chamber member. This week, I'd like to introduce you to Christy Simmers, owner of
Christy's Creative Cafe
. Check out the feature at the bottom of this email.
WOMEN IN BUSINESS
Make plans to attend our next
Women in Business
meeting on Monday, August 17 at noon at Hilton Knoxville Airport Cooper's Restaurant. This will be a Dutch Treat lunch. The topic will be "Personal and Professional Communication Strategies" by Sharon Hannum.
GET YOUR TICKETS FOR PIGS AND POLITICS LEGISLATIVE DAY
The fourth annual
Pigs & Politics Legislative Day
returns to the Clayton Center for the Arts courtyard on the Maryville College campus Thursday, August 13 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
This is a great opportunity for the public to visit with candidates and elected officials as they mingle in a summer pig roast setting with the community. There are no speeches; just a lot of Calhoun's BBQ, beer provided by Smoky Mountain Brewery and a live performance by the Jeff Jopling Band.
Elected officials will once again be serving BBQ while collecting "tips" for their respective non-profit organizations.
Tickets, which are $25 (public), $20 (Chamber) and $10 (kids), are available by calling 865.983.2241 or
BRING YOUR FORKS AND NAPKINS 'CAUSE TASTE OF BLOUNT IS HERE
A tasty way to sample flavorful cuisine is back for the 14th consecutive year as
Taste of Blount
, hosted by the Blount Partnership and the city of Maryville and sponsored by MK Russell & Abbott, Citizens Bank of Blount County, Clayton Homes and Partners Development, is being held at the Theater in the Park in Maryville (across from the Blount County Courthouse) Thursday, Sept. 3 from 6-8 p.m.
Nineteen restaurants, caterers and gourmet grocers are participating this year's event. They include: Apple Valley Country Store & Cafe, Buffalo Wild Wings, Calhoun's, Chadwick's Churn, Chick-fil-A Hunter's Crossing, Dead End BBQ, Dominos, Hilton Knoxville Airport, Honey Baked Ham, Full Service BBQ, Jet's Pizza, Kroger of Maryville, Lambert's Southern Pies & Bake Shop, Lemon Grass of Maryville, McAlister's Deli, Rocky's Jamaica Sunrise, Roland's Bistro, Smokin' Joe's Bar-B-Que and Vienna Coffee House.
Advance tickets, which are $25 for chamber members, $30 for the public and $15 for students 17 and under, are available at the Chamber office (201 S. Washington St., Maryville, Tenn.), by phone 865.983.2241 or
REMEMBER TO SHOP LOCAL
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
Meet Your Neighbors. Shop Locally.
Why Buy Locally Owned?
Get Better Service: Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers.
CHAMBER BENEFIT OF THE WEEK
Have you heard about
? PlanetHS is an online and mobile communication hub used daily by the local schools to communicate with students and parents. It is provided free to schools and offers digital advertising space on each school's website. Chamber Members are entitled to purchase the Premium Sponsorship Package which includes the following: Logo on school news-feed, custom landing page, email notification, calendar, and mobile app advertisement for the low cost of $500 per year per school. This is an amazing amount of exposure for this price and in addition, each school receives a portion of advertising funds.
BTAP CLASS & MIXER SCHEDULED
Be sure to register you or your staff members for the next
Blount Tourism Ambassador Program class
which is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 26 from 1-4 p.m. followed by a BTAP mixer from 4-6 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott in Alcoa. Later that afternoon from 4-6 p.m.
The class is FREE and teaches front-line employees and volunteers best practices and ensures that they understand their role in increasing tourism. Contact
at 865.983.2241 to register.
The Blount Tourism Ambassador Program is a multi-faceted program that serves to increase tourism by inspiring front-line employees and volunteers. When visitors have a positive experience they are more likely to return in the future and also share their experience with others. Everyone benefits - the visitor, the industry, the local economy, and most importantly, the front-line worker. BTAP helps your front-line increase their knowledge of the region; provides answers to the variety of questions received from visitors; and gives your front-line a chance to meet one another, learn from each other's experiences and celebrate together!
Food will be provided at the mixer and attendees will have an opportunity to tour the property. So, take this opportunity to meet the new ambassador's and earn points at the same time.
We encourage everyone to take advantage of our networking opportunities. These events are held in order to help bring our CTAs together to strengthen our knowledge of different places around our area with a first-hand experience. These educational experiences are free to you and a great way to gather first-hand knowledge to pass along to visitors.
BE SURE YOUR BUSINESS IS PARTICIPATING IN SAVE LOCAL NOW
Take advantage of our newest member benefit, Save Local Now. Learn more about their digital marketing platform, and stay up-to-date on modern marketing practices with the
By being a member of our chamber you have exclusive access to
, a FREE member marketing platform built to maximize your online exposure (and increase sales!). The SLN platform allows you to enhance your digital footprint, create content, and share that content where it really matters: online, on social, and through email marketing.
If you haven't
signed into your SLN
account to enhance your listing, we encourage you to do so. SLN is constantly boosting SEO efforts for every member profile.
FREE BUSINESS OPERATION WORKSHOPS
The Blount County Chamber of Commerce and the Blount County Library have partnered with the Tennessee Small Business Development Center to present free business operation workshops on Google, social media, business marketing and planning, starting a business and government contracting for small business owners and entrepreneurs.
Workshops are held at the Blount County Chamber, 201 S. Washington St., Maryville, TN, and at the Blount County Library, 508 North Cusick Street, Maryville, TN. Participants are free to bring their own lunch.
For more information or to attend any of the following workshops, participants are asked to register by clicking on the Training tab at
||Google-ize Your Business
||11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Register Here
||Starting a Business
||9 a.m.-Noon Register Here
||11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Register Here
||11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
||Growth Wheel - Ownership & Management
||11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
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.
Olivia Newton-John's "Magic" was the No. 1 song on the Billboard Singles Chart this week in 1980. From the soundtrack to the film Xanadu, the song held on to the No. 1 spot for four weeks. It was also her biggest pop hit until "Physical" ruled the Hot 100 for 10 weeks beginning in November 1981.
|Olivia Newton-John - "Magic"