Blount Partnership News & Events

Just a reminder that the Blount Partnership offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26-27 for Thanksgiving. So we invite you to view " A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving."

Be sure to check out the latest edition of The Dialogue at the bottom of this email. This week we visit with Shelby Avery of Avery Wealth Management. The Dialogue is a short feature to introduce new members of the Blount County Chamber. 
The Blount County Chamber of Commerce announced that 22 Blount County small businesses elected to participate in the sixth annual Small Business Saturday on November 28 to support independent businesses. Please make an effort to shop local this holiday season. That means filling up your vehicle before heading out, eating at our many restaurants and shopping at our variety of retailers.
Participants include Anderson Lumber Company, Apple Valley Country Store and Café, The Boutique on Broadway, Boyd Thomas Clothing, Cades Cove Cellars, Christy's Creative Café, Clear's Tai Chi, Cycology Bicycles, Dandy Lions, Hartman's Flowers, Hwy. 411S Antiques Mall, The Shoppes at Homespun, Jeepism, The Juice Box, Little River Trading Co., Mother Earth Meats, Neighborhood Barre Maryville, Pokey's Sports, Roost Home, This N That Vendors Mart, Vienna Coffee Co., and The Village Tinker.
Some of the Small Business Saturday deals include:
Anderson Lumber Co. - Christmas trees available. $10 gift card with purchase of any tree over 6 foot.
Cades Cove Cellars - 15% off a 3 Pack, 20% off a 6 pack, and 25% off a case (Does not combine with any other offers)
Christy's Creative Cafe - Open House from 5-8 p.m.
Clear's Silat, Street Kung Fu & Tai Chi - 6 weeks for $69 for new Street Kung Fu & Tai Chi students
Hartman's Flowers - 10% off
Jeepism - 15% discount on all Jeepism brand apparel and novelties
The Juice Box - 15% off Cold-Pressed Juices and buy one smoothie and get second one half off
Little River Trading Co. - On sale Chaco Sandals, Darn Tough Socks, The North Face Mens Carto Triclimate Jacket, Ice Mule Coolers, Marmot Minimilist Goretex Jacket, EXOFFICIO Give-N-Go Underwear, Plus other in-store specials!
Mother Earth Meats - 10% off on Saturday, Nov. 28
Neighborhood barre Maryville - 15% off ALL packages
Pokey's - 20% off everything in stock
Roost Home - 10% on all merchandise. Extras savings on: All in-stock chandeliers, All in-stock rugs
This N That Vendors Mart - $5 off purchase of $25 or more
Village Tinker - Free gift with every purchase and sales throughout the store
Visit other stores for great holiday shopping deals.
In addition, the Chamber reminds shoppers to shop local on Black Friday, Nov. 27. To combat the web shoppers on Cyber-Monday, Nov. 30, some retailers are holding a, "Cyder-Monday," as they are offering free hot apple cider to their patrons who visit in-store.
Leading the way on "Cyder Monday" is Little River Trading Co. which is offering a free handmade mug courtesy of Maryville's Studio 212 with a $150 purchase. There will be "hot apple cyder," along with 20% off Columbia, Prana and The North Face Footwear.
Founded by in American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday is a day to celebrate the small businesses that help support your neighborhood and is held every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Now in its sixth year, Small Business Saturday has been embraced as part of the holiday shopping tradition as each year shoppers, businesses and public officials come together to Shop Small and show their neighborhood pride. Last year an estimated $14.3 Billion was spent at a small businesses on Small Business Saturday. Visit for more details.
Additionally, the Blount Chamber also offers the Save Local Now mobile app which lists daily local deals and current events on a variety of essential business services offered on health, beauty, food, drinks, travel and shopping. Find out more at
Understanding the important contributions small businesses make to their communities, the Blount Chamber is pleased to organize Small Business Saturday. On November 28, everyone is encouraged to take part in Small Business Saturday by stopping by to support local businesses and receive Shop Small giveaways like tote bags, buttons and balloons.
After a one-year hiatus due to construction, the Blount Partnership Christmas Open House is back for the 15th time on Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. The Partnership staff will be cooking and wearing their best ugly Christmas sweaters.
So please make plans to drop by and enjoy some outstanding food. Here's a brief sampling to whet your appetite: cheese and sausage casserole, French toast casserole, pecan praline french toast, sausage balls, sausage/egg/cheese casserole, cheesy ham and hash brown casserole and bacon/egg/hash brown casserole. I have to stop writing because I'm getting hungry.
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
Local ownership of business means residents with roots in the community are involved in key development decisions that shape our lives and local environment.
Find what you're looking for in the Chamber Directory.
As a gateway to the Smoky Mountains, Blount County is home to some of America's most spectacular views and breathtaking scenery, ranking high among Tennessee's 95 counties in tourism activity. If you are looking to locate or expand your business, you have found the ideal solution. The Blount Partnership--as a cooperative effort between three of the county's key development organizations: Blount County Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Board and the Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority-promotes economic growth and stability, fosters community development and enhances the overall quality of life.
Use this free app to access news and to navigate the Blount Chamber economic development information, member business and upcoming area events for Blount County. The app also links you to the Blount Partnership websites and social pages.
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.
"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by the English duo Wham! topped the Billboard Music Chart this week in 1984. It became their first American number-one hit.

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You can access the entire calendar here to see other community events and submit your own.
Don't forget to check out the Hot Deals brought to you from other Chamber members. Add your Hot Deal by emailing Amy to get your login info.

The Dialogue

This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So here we go with our sixth installment visiting with Shelby Avery, owner Avery Wealth Management located at 1020 William Blount Drive, Maryville. Let Avery Wealth Management help you pursue your goals by building a relationships based on trust and depth discussions that identify strategies to help you achieve your goals.
Describe what your business does. At our firm, we have the client-and only the client-in mind. Our mission is to get to know and understand your needs, wants, and long-term goals. We want to help you develop, implement, and monitor a strategy that's designed to address your individual situation. We understand the challenges families face today. From managing debt to saving for college to retirement, these personal finance challenges can be overwhelming. Our commitment is to utilize all of our resources to help you pursue your goals. We believe in thinking "out of the box" and we are not afraid to challenge conventional wisdom in our approach to investing and preserving wealth. All of our energy, commitment, and efforts are focused on you, the client, and your satisfaction.
How did you get started in this business? I, personally, started in the business through Northwestern Mutual of Alabama. I began working in Birmingham under an advisor, and it eventually made more sense for me to move back to Maryville to help grow my dad's business. My father, Mitch Avery, began his career in advising with EdwardJones Investments, but eventually went independent in 2009.
How is your background? My father is the President of Avery Wealth Management, he is a fully licensed financial advisor, but began his career as a CPA. As the Marketing & Insurance Specialist, I obtain both TN & AL Life & Health Insurance licenses and will sit for both the Series 7 & 66 exams to become a fully licensed Financial Advisor in early 2016.
Who is your mentor or biggest supporter that has guided you through your career? Mitch Avery, my father has been my biggest influence throughout my career. I have an affection for working with people, and I love being out and about amongst the community. Working for his business has allowed me to incorporate that into both our business, and my individual career.
Describe your customers. We like to work with those who care about their families, and want to have a health financial future. Rust Kafauver, our Operations Manager, works with both my father and I to build comprehensive financial plans, and demonstrate to our clients how everything from health insurance to retirement brokerage accounts will effect their long term financial plan.
What do you enjoy about running your business? I enjoy not being trapped in an office from 8-5 each day, and getting to eat lunch with my father every day.
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Kate Schriver, Schriver's
Elizabeth Ross, ECS Central, PLLC
Tony Saddy, Get Fit Maryville
Renee Taylor, CBI
Christy Simmers, Christy's Creative Cafe
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