Blount Partnership News & Events

It's time for coffee club, a monthly networking event put on by the Chamber. So join us this Thursday, Aug. 27 at the Boys and Girls Club of Blount County at 7:45 a.m. 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.
Don't forget about the Blount Tourism Ambassador Program mixer. If you graduated from the program or what to see what BTAP is about, come out Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 4 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott in Alcoa. We'd love to see you there.
Additionally, the Blount Young Leadership Development social is set for Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 5:30 p.m. at The Casual Pint in Maryville.
"The Dialogue," which is a brief Q&A with a new Blount County Chamber member, features Elizabeth Ross, vice president at ECS Central, PLLC. Check out the feature at the bottom of this email.
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. You can also experience a NEW beverage area for $10.
Twenty-one 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, Miss Lily's Cafe, Rocky's Jamaica Sunrise, Roland's Bistro, Ruby Tuesday, 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 online at
It's Your Career! That's the focus of eight free soft skills sessions offered in partnership by the Blount County Public Library, the Adult Education Foundation of Blount County and the Blount County Chamber of Commerce that are scheduled over the next nine months.
With more and more millennials entering the workforce, employers have noticed many workers in a variety of professions are lacking in several areas, including problem solving, conflict resolution and critical observation. But, even though they possess the hard skills to get an interview, it's the important soft skills that will land the job and help them keep it.
All classes are conducted at the library located at 508 N. Cusick in Maryville and limited to 30 participants. Those interested must register online. A complete class description is located on the registration site. All classes run from 8-10 a.m. with networking beginning at 7:30 a.m.
Registrations are currently being accepted for the first three classes with the inaugural class entitled "Time Management Techniques to Improve Your Productivity at Work" set for Sept. 18. This class aims to help people gain techniques and tools to help them manage their time effectively and increase their overall productivity.
The other classes with open registration are "Can You Have It All? Achieving Work-Life Balance for Business and Personal Success" and "Working Smarter: Keys to Career Success," are set for Oct. 16 and Nov. 20, respectively.
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
An argument for buying local is that it enhances the "velocity" of money, or circulation speed, in the area. The idea is that if currency circulates more quickly, the money passes through more hands--and more people have had the benefit of the money and what it has purchased for them.
Why Buy Locally Owned?
It's simple. When you buy local more money stays in the community.
Find what you're looking for in the Chamber Directory.
Did you know the Chamber has two meeting spaces located in its building? The board room has a capacity for at least 60 people, while a conference room that can accommodate 15 is also available. Check out the meeting room facility form for more information.
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
Location Date Seminar Topic Time
Chamber Sept. 24 Starting a Business 9 a.m.-Noon Register Here
Library Sept. 29 Email Marketing 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Register Here
Chamber Oct. 8 Google + 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Register Here
Library Oct. 22 Growth Wheel - Ownership & Management 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Register Here
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.
This week in 1985, "The Power of Love," by Huey Lewis and the News and written for and featured in the 1985 blockbuster film Back to the Future gave the band their first number-one hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
The Power of Love - Huey Lewis and the News
The Power of Love - Huey Lewis and the News

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August 26 -- BTAP Class
August 26 -- BTAP Mixer
August 27 -- Coffee Club at Boys & Girls Club

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, a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member, will appear every week. So here we go with our third installment with Elizabeth Ross, vice president at ECS Central, PLLC. They are located at 4708 Middle Creek Lane in Knoxville.
Describe what the ECS does. ECS is one of the nation's leading geotechnical engineering, environmental consulting, construction materials testing and facilities engineering firms. We have offices throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and Southeast. We are an employee-owned geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, environmental consulting, and facilities services firm, ECS provides innovative solutions and responds to client needs with value and high-quality service in a variety of market sectors. Our goals are to help our clients realize success with their projects, and to provide professional and personal development for our employees. Our expertise, solution-oriented focus, client responsiveness, and commitment to employee and job safety have built our reputation in the industry as the firm to call when exceptional service matters most.
How did you get the background and skills necessary to run this type of business? I am the branch manager for the Knoxville Branch of ECS Central, PLLC (ECS). I have over 15 years of experience in the engineering and environmental consulting field, including technical applications in a variety of project types for environmental assessments, water quality monitoring, and indoor air quality assessments. I am also a former OSHA Health Compliance Officer. I serve on the Board of Directors for the Carolinas Chapter of the Environmental Information Association. I am responsible for client contact to identify project requirements; preparation of proposals; establishing project scopes of work; managing Phase I Environmental Site Assessments for potential real estate transactions; managing and conducting indoor air quality assessments and various other industrial hygiene assessments.
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