Blount Partnership News & Events

We hope you will be able to join us for Thursday's (March 26) coffee club (more information below) and Friday's (March 27) State Legislative Briefing with Senator Doug Overbey and Representatives Art Swann and Bob Ramsey at the Blount Chamber's board room at 8 a.m.
Just a reminder that the Blount Chamber has meeting space available with a renovated board room and conference room. The board room has a capacity of 60, while the conference room can hold up to 15. There is wireless internet throughout the building and full complement of audio/video equipment to make your presentation come off without a hitch. Book your meeting space today by downloading the rental agreement form.
Be sure to register for any of the FREE Tennessee Small Business Development Center's business operation workshops that are upcoming. The final one this month is March 25 on Pin and Tweet. View the complete list with registration links below in this email.
With the Tennessee legislative session underway, check out the Blount Partnership's advocacy site to see what bills we are following and stay informed with up-to-date news, legislation, and issues important to Blount County.
Blount County-based Mary Beth West Communications, LLC, celebrates 12 years in business this month and will mark the occasion at the Blount Partnership's Thursday, March 26 Chamber Coffee Club, which the firm is co-hosting with Tennessee Strategies from 7:30-9:45 a.m. at the MBWC offices at the Mountain View Office Building, 3401 Russ Circle, in Alcoa, behind West Chevrolet.
Mary Beth West, a Maryville resident, originally launched this 100-percent woman-owned business in 2003 as an independent practice, with a prior 10-year career that included posts in the banking industry as well as corporate and agency sectors. She ultimately developed a client portfolio with annual billings at nearly three times the national industry average for solo public relations consultancies in the U.S. prior to opening offices and hiring a full staff in 2007.
With the past three years marked by lows and highs - a September 2012 office fire wiped out the company's physical operations at the former Law Building in Downtown Maryville, followed by a recovery and growth surge for the business from 2013-14 by some 300 percent - the firm has emerged as one of the largest in the Knoxville area and is the only public relations firm in East Tennessee with in-house digital media development capabilities for websites, mobile applications and other custom marketing tools.
West and her staff of 15 manage a diverse client base in multiple industries, including the manufacturing, construction, architectural, energy, financial services, retail, travel/tourism and education sectors.
The company's award-winning work has included creation and implementation of national media relations campaigns, employee communications programs, consumer and business-to-business marketing initiatives, e-commerce and social media campaigns, and crisis preparedness systems.
Join the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development and the Blount Partnership for an update on Worker's Compensation. This meeting is for employers in Blount, Loudon & Monroe counties. It will be held at the newly renovated Blount Partnership building (201 S. Washington St.) in Maryville on April 1 from 8:00-9:30 a.m.
There is no cost to attend. For more details on the program and to register, click here.
The Blount Partnership is proud to present a seminar that is a must for entrepreneurs, sales leaders and independent agents who want to create a high performance team. Dr. Darcy Hoffman presents "Success Habits That Work" on Wednesday, April 8 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Bloung Partnership boardroom. The cost is $20 and includes lunch and Hoffman's book. Register here.
Workshop Topics:
1. How to achieve personal and business success from the inside out.
2. Seven principles to forming habits that work.
3. How to create a millionaire mindset.
4. How to develop a "new normal" that will change your finances, family and your future!
The Blount County Chamber of Commerce and the Blount County Library have partnered with the Tennessee Small Business Development Center to present 14 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
Location Date Seminar Topic Time
Chamber March 25 Pin & Tweet Your Business to Success 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Register here
Library April 9 Google-ize My Business 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Register here
Library April 21 Google My Business 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Register here
Library June 11 Growth Wheel - Business Legal Issues 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Chamber June 25 Business Planning 9 a.m.-Noon
Library Aug. 6 Growth Wheel - Business Processes 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Chamber Aug. 20 Social Media 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Library Sept. 10 Growth Wheel - Choosing Employees 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Chamber Sept. 24 Starting a Business 9 a.m.-Noon
Chamber Oct. 8 Social Media 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Library Oct. 22 Growth Wheel - Ownership & Management 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Chamber Nov. 12 Business Planning 9 a.m.-Noon
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.
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