Blount Partnership News & Events

Make plans to join us for the afternoon mixer this Thursday, July 7 at 3:45 p.m. at BARBERMcMURRY architects in Knoxville. They are located at 505 Market Street, Suite 300.
Also, you are welcome to take part in the Women in Business program which is scheduled for Monday, July 18 at noon at the Airport Hilton. The topic will be "Time Management: Discover Your Top Priorities" by Sharon Hannum.
Read our 29th installment of The Dialogue at the bottom of this email where we visit with Cynthia Warner, owner of Cynthia's Natural Market, located at 532 E Broadway Ave. in Maryville. Its aim is to raise awareness of the impact that our choices make on ourselves, others and the planet.
Here's some July events you'll want to mark on your calendar. The first is a free networking training class with Raeus Jae Cannon on Wednesday, July 21 from 3-4:30 p.m., at the Blount Partnership. Taking this class will improve your ability to get out and meet people. Register here.
Jacqueline Merritt from the Small Business Association will be conducting two free sessions at the Blount Partnership on Friday, July 22. The first is a one-hour session on financing your business the SBA way from 9-10 a.m. The second is session about understanding the affordable care act from 11 a.m.-noon. Register for one or both sessions by emailing Jacqueline.
Don't forget to go out and support the Great Smoky Mountain Classic softball tournament July 8-10 with 34 teams from 17 states. The action gets started this Friday at 10 a.m. and continues at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $6 Friday-Saturday and $5 Sunday. Children age 6 & under are free. The games take place at Sandy Springs Park, Everett Park, Springbrook Park and Denso Manufacturing Field.
Six new deals have been added to the July Blount County Chamber of Commerce Member-to-Member promotions which are now available 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
The Blount County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a "Membership Event" at Second Harvest Food Bank that is like no other. For two and a half days, over 100 volunteers will work against the clock and each other to sign up new Chamber members and create a greater community awareness of the important role of the Chamber of Commerce. The event is organized by Jimmy Cusano and a group called Your Chamber Connection. Their speciality is high energy membership campaigns that allow volunteers to conduct 'out of the box' membership fun while building the membership base.
The Blount County Chamber Membership Event kicks off on July 12 and concludes July 14 recap party. For more information on how you can become involved in the Chamber as we highlight the business community, call 865.983.2241.
The fifth annual Pigs & Politics Legislative Day presented by Paine Bickers, LLP, returns to Alumni Gym on the Maryville College campus Tuesday, July 26 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. Elected officials will once again be serving BBQ while collecting "tips" for their respective non-profit organizations.
Tickets are on sale now for $25 for the public, $20 for Blount County Chamber members and $10 for children under 18. They available by calling 865.983.2241 and online.
Event sponsors are: Paine Bickers, LLP, Maryville College, Calhouns, Smoky Mountain Brewery, ATMOS Energy, Matlock Tire Service, Quality Financial Concepts, Michael Brady, Inc., Cherokee Millwright & Mechanical, City of Alcoa, GEAR, LLC, Massey Electric Company & TEAM Health.
CHECK OUT THE INSTRUCTION VIDEOS AT BLOUNTAREAJOBS.COM is now live for those needing to post job openings. With the new site, you will need to re-register and provide an updated password. The cost is $10 for a 30-day listing and $15 for a 60-day listing. Job listings will be posted to the following: Indeed, Jobster, JuJu, Oodle,, SimplyHired, Vast, BackPage, Glassdoor, Monster Controlled,, Twitter JobWatch, US Jobs, Trovit and Jooble.

I wanted to let you know that the videos were posted last week, and so when a chamber member clicks on the get started link, there is a video they can watch to explain the changes as well as the form.

Once you sign up you will receive login details along with the following three training videos.

How to Purchase an Inventory Credit (2 Minutes Long)
How to Post A Job (10 Minutes Long)
How to Review Applicants (15 minutes long)
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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!
Shopping local generates more tax revenue per sales dollar. The bottom line: a greater percentage of local businesses keeps your taxes lower.
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.
"Step by Step," the biggest-selling hit single from New Kids on the Block, was in the middle of a three-run atop the Billboard Music Charts this week in 1990. It sold over 10 million copies worldwide, making it one of the biggest selling singles of the year.



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The Dialogue

This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So here we go with our 29th installment visiting with Cynthia Warner, owner of Cynthia's Natural Market, located at 532 E Broadway Ave. in Maryville. Its aim is to raise awareness of the impact that our choices make on ourselves, others and the planet.
What does Cynthia's Natural Market specialize in? We offer vitamins, herbs, supplements, healthy foods, essential oils and natural household and person care products. I also offer individual consultations and biofeedback.
How did you get started in this business? Like so many in this industry, personal health issues as well as the health of my family and friends. As a child of 12 I had watched my mother suffer for two years with conventional cancer treatments before succumbing to it. It was a very slow and painful death. So when issues arose in my own life and conventional therapies failed, I began looking for answers. It stood to reason that if you found the cause of a health challenge and addressed that, then improved health would naturally follow. It was the desire to know what was at the root of our problems and take action that led me to where I am today.
How did you get started? I have worked in the industry for 34 years at various locations. I am an avid reader, so I read and study constantly. I became a naturopath through the Clayton School of Natural Health and a certified health educator through Hippocrates Health Institute.
Describe your customers. My customers are awesome. They are people from all walks of life. Generally they are seeking answers to some type of health challenge or they are looking for a healthy alternative to something they are currently using. They are curious and open, they're just wonderful.
What do you wish you knew when you started in the business? I believe you have to experience something before it becomes your truth. So if I knew those things when I started I would have missed out on the experience of learning them. I love the aha moments when you figure something out. I never want to know everything.
What do you enjoy about your business? I love the different challenges that you face day to day, the mental stimulation that comes from dealing with them. I love all the different hats you have to wear at any given moment. Food and health are some of my passions, so being in an environment where I have to research and talk about them all day really works for me.
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