Blount Partnership News & Events

It's Taste of Blount week, so get your tickets and join us Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Theater in the Park as 21 local vendors bring you samples of their delicious food, drinks and desserts.
Managers are also invited to attend Supervisor Training this Friday from 8:30-11 a.m. More information is listed below.
Mark your calendar for the Chamber Social hosted by Life Care Center of Blount County, Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 3:45 p.m. Earlier that day, there is a seminar on how to get the most from your chamber membership from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Blount Partnership.
Job listings for DENSO have been added to, so check it out if you're looking for a career move.
Read our 39th and 40th installments of The Dialogue at the bottom of this email where we visit with Kurt Greene, chair for Vistage Worldwide, Inc. and John Watson, president of Common Grounds Landscape Management, Inc.
Savor some of the best food in Blount County at the 15th annual Taste of Blount set for Thursday, September 8, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at the Theater in the Park in Maryville next to the Blount County Court House. View vendors and menu.
Tickets, which are $25 for Blount County Chamber members, $30 for the public and $15 for students 17 and under or those with a college or student ID, are available at the Chamber office (201 S. Washington St., Maryville, Tenn.), by phone 865.983.2241 or online. Tickets are available at the door the night of the event on a cash-only basis.
For an additional $10, patrons 21-years or older are invited to sample locally crafted spirits and beers. Tickets are available at the event only.
Ticket holders can try savory favorites from local restaurants, caterers and gourmet grocers in addition to voting for their favorite appetizer, main course, sandwich, dessert, beverage, presentation and overall winner.
Running a business is more than dollars and cents; there's a legal element that many human resource professionals, supervisors and managers deal with on a daily basis. To that end, the Blount Partnership, along with the law firms of Wimberly Lawson and Lewis Thomason, is hosting a three-part supervisor training - human resource/legal seminar on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 from 8:30-11 a.m. at the Blount Chamber office located at 201 S. Washington St., Maryville, Tenn.
Topics to be covered include the top seven mistakes employers make that lead to legal trouble presented by Janet Hayes of Lewis Thomason, conflict management presented by Stacy Myers of Advanced Management, Inc., and what supervisors need to know about harassment, retaliation and discrimination given by Howard Jackson of Wimberly Lawson, Wright, Daves & Jones PLLC.
The cost is $50 per person for non-Chamber members and $25 per person for Chamber members. Register by phone at 865.983.2241. Register Here.
The Blount County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for two positions (Member At-Large 3-year term, One-Year Director) for its 2017 Board of Directors until Sept. 12, 2016. Please complete the online form of an individual you think would make a good board member.
Check out the updated member-to-member promtions for September. New offers are being posted weekly, 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
If you have already created an Instagram account for your business but are looking for a few ways to use it to your business' benefit, SLN is here to help! Here are 3 quick tips to get your followers to interact with your content. Read more here.

Learn more about marketing your small business in a digital world, ask questions about social media, and take the time to discuss future campaign ideas. What are you waiting for? It's free with your chamber membership. Schedule your FREE session today.
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!
You'll strengthen your community. Local businesses are owned by people who live in your town, go to your church or synagogue, donate to local animal shelters, coach Little League teams. When you spend money in their stores and cafes, you support your neighbors.
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.
"People Got to Be Free," by The Rascals was in the middle of a five-week run atop the Billboard Music Charts this week in 1968. Tt is a musically upbeat but impassioned plea for tolerance and freedom.



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September 12-18


September 13 -- How to Maximize Your Membership
September 13 -- Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center hosts Tuesdays @ 2
September 13 -- Chamber Social hosted by Life Care Center of Blount County
September 13 -- Stewards of Children training by New Hope Blount County Children's Advocacy Center
September 14 -- GAINS Computer Class-Microsoft Excel (Registration Required) @ Blount County Public Library
September 16 -- Serves that Save Tennis Tournament to benefit A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee
September 16 -- Recovery Revolution at RIO Revolution
September 16 -- Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center Fall Sunset Concert Series
September 17 -- Marine Mud Run 5K Obstacle Course & Kid's 200m Event
September 17 -- Hometown Downtown Festival - City of Friendsville
September 17 -- Porch Pickin with Seane Crews @ Wood & Strings Dulcimer Shop
September 18 -- Tiny Tot Triathlon


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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 39th installment visiting with Kurt Greene, chair for Vistage Worldwide, Inc. which is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and enhancing the lives of chief executives and business leaders worldwide.
Describe what you do with Vistage Worldwide. I bring together CEOs, executives, and business owners into private peer advisory groups. Each group is purpose-built to help members help each other to improve the performance and the outcomes of their businesses.
What led you to Vistage Worldwide? I have been studying leadership my whole life. I grew up as an Army brat, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, served our country as an Army officer, and worked in leadership, operations, and HR roles at companies like GE, Pfizer, and Procter & Gamble. A few years ago I decided that I wanted to build better workplace cultures for as many people as possible. I do this by working with leaders of small- and medium-sized businesses.
What type of people join Vistage Worldwide? Vistage customers are successful CEOs, executives, and business owners who looking for better ways to manage growth, navigate change, operate their businesses more efficiently and effectively.

The Dialogue

This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So here we go with our 40th installment visiting with John Watson, president of Common Grounds Landscape Management, Inc., whose runs a service company with a servant's heart. They provide unparalleled customer service at a fair price in the management of landscapes.
What does Common Grounds Landscape Management do? We provide regularly scheduled professional landscape management service that includes turf management, landscape bed management, irrigation management, and seasonal color installation and management.
How did you get started? After completing my studies at the University of Tennessee while working for Jim McClain Nursery my wife and I purchased the maintenance division and became Common Grounds Landscape Management, Inc. in 1989.
Who is your mentor? Jim McClain was the first person to encourage me to attend the university to study landscape design and management. He guided and supported me at that time and later as the company began to grow encouraged me to focus on the things we do well.
Describe your customers. Our customers are mostly commercial properties requiring an upscale professional image with reliable scheduled service.
As a "green" company, what do you do to help the environment? As we are the original "Green Industry" we have taken ownership of the responsibility we have for the environment. We use alternative fuels to power our mowing equipment (propane), we perform integrated pest management (IPM) to limit the amount of chemicals in out pest and disease management.
What do you enjoy the most about your profession? Solving our customers problems and making their properties look better to their clients and owners.
Previous Profiles:
Sherri Deutsch Anthony, Broker Properties Realtors
Bob and Pam Gray, Massage Envy - Hamilton Crossing
Regina Cotton, Integrity HR Services
Kellie Moths, Rodan+Fields
Dianna Glandon, Above the Rest Balloon & Event Designs
Eric Mowell, Peak60 Innovative Solutions
Dr. Jackie Hone, Trinity Direct Primary Care of Maryville
Randi Smith, Damsel in Defense
Roy Shields, Smoky Mountain Self Defense
Michael & Lori Bishop, Mountain Top Retirement Planning
Cynthia Warner, Cynthia's Natural Market
Holly Sparks, Realty Trust Group
Amy McCarty and Tosha Wilhelmsen, The Artistic Bean Maryville
Dr. Drew Osborn, Foothills Pediatric Dentistry
Ray Clowers, Champion Physical Therapy
Jeffrey Jeter, OneSouth Financial Group
Josh Fincher, Thermocopy
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
Clint 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