Blount Partnership News and Events

The Dialogue has returned with its 135th installment in this email. So scroll down as you'll get a deeper insight in Your CBD Store of Maryville with Michael Wright.
Compassion Counseling (200 E. Broadway Ave, Suite 515, Maryville) is holding its ribbon cutting and open house today from 4-7 p.m. Appetizers and refreshments will be serve. Come out and show your appreciation as a community member.
Come join us on May 14 as the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (Airport Authority's 510 Center, 2950 Airfield Service Drive, Alcoa) is hosting the Chamber Social from 3:45-5 p.m. We'll welcome our newest Members! All members are invited to network with new and existing members, meet the Chamber Board of Directors and learn how the Chamber can help promote business. We'll see you there.
Running a business is more than dollars and cents; there's a legal element that many human resource professionals, supervisors and managers deal with daily. To that end, the Blount Partnership, along Wimberly Lawson and the Tennessee Bureau of Workers' Compensation, are hosting a three-part supervisors training - human resource/legal seminar sponsored by Cate-Russell Insurance on Friday, May 17 from 8:30-11 a.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville, Tenn.).

Topics to be covered include Avoiding Wrongful Termination Claims presented by Howard Jackson of Wimberly, Lawson, Wright, Daves & Jones, Worker's Comp 101 and Drug Free Workplace Program presented by Jeff Francis of the Tennessee Bureau of Workers' Compensation.

The cost is $30 per person for Chamber members and $50 per person for non-Chamber members. REGISTER HERE.
Learn more about the Blount Chamber and the many opportunities that go along with being a member. Learn how to make the most of the benefits afforded to you. Come to the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) on Tuesday, May 14, from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Remember, your membership is a corporate membership. Please encourage co-workers to get involved, educated, network and promote your company via Blount Chamber events and opportunities. REGISTER HERE.
soft skills It's Your Career! That's the focus of a free soft skills session offered in partnership by the Blount County Public Library, the Adult Education Foundation of Blount County and the Blount County Chamber of Commerce.

Registrations are currently being accepted online at for a class entitled Building A Team on May 31. All participants will earn .5 CEUs per session for participating. They will also receive an email survey two months after workshop participation to assess application of new ideas.

All classes are conducted in the Blount County Library's learning lab located at 508 N. Cusick in Maryville and limited to 50 participants. 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.
Take advantage of your Blount Chamber discount and protect you, your family and employees by enrolling in IDShield. IDShield monitors identity from every angle and alerts you to status changes immediately. It can also help restore your identity if it has been compromised. LEARN MORE
Businesses need to take advantage of the Blount County Library's subscription to Using your library card, get access to, a LinkedIn Company, with thousands of courses in software, creative and business skills to develop your staff skills and meet learning needs at your own convenience. Learn More.
Blount Chamber members can now post their own Member-to-Member deals on this page at no charge. Simply login to your account, Click on the "New Coupon" button, fill out the form and click save. It's that easy.

Click here if you need access to your login information.

Of course, we will be happy to add your coupon. Just email information about the product or discount you'd like to offer to the Chamber membership to Be sure to include an expiration date.

View the latest deals.
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Is your organization hosting an event in the community? Submit it here on our community calendar. If it's a tourism event or any good news about your business, please send it to us. We'd love to share it with the community.
Topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week in 1976 was "Boogie Fever" by The Sylvers. It was their third of nine Top 20 R&B hits and first top 40 pop single. "Boogie Fever" is one of two gold records by the Sylvers, the other being "Hot Line."

The Dialogue

This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So, here we go with our 135th installment visiting with Michael Wright, owner of Your CBD Store of Maryville, provide a natural holistic approach to medicine.
Describe Your CBD Store. We provide a natural holistic approach to medicine. There are many different medications that are prescribed everyday that have many side-effects and long-term issues that are associated. At Your CBD Store, we believe in bringing the highest quality CBD products to market. We formulate our products with our customers' needs in mind, using other cannabinoids and terpenes, creating unique synergies that increase efficacy, target specific ailments, and increase the binding of CBD. We believe you the customer should see our product from soil to oil and should be seeing the best product on the market along that journey. By setting the standards in the CBD industry, Your CBD Store is moving plant medicine to the 21st century.
Tell me more about CBD? The reason that we are in business is because we have always had a passion towards bringing more to the community. For many years my wife and I were surrounded by very successful business owners and entrepreneurs. While working in retail, hospitality, and even healthcare, I hit a point where I wanted to be able to do more. We lived in Colorado for a few years and during that time we learned about the beneficial effects of the hemp plant. I read and learned a lot about what this can help and have seen many testimonials from minor ailments to more severe ailments. This alone made us want to be someone that these people can turn to. We both love to help and live to help other people. Your CBD Store of Maryville truly allows us to provide an alternate option for those searching for natural solutions.
How did you get started? It all started as an idea that I came up with years ago. While on a phone call one day with my mother, the owner of another CBD store was listening in. We got to talking, one thing led to another and within a month my wife and I decided it's time to get out there. Now, we are here and planning to grow more and more each year.
What is your background? Audible is an incredible resource! I have always enjoyed reading and learning. I have read many books regarding business however, the majority of my skills comes from hands on experience. I've worked with people since I was young and have done both the management side, as well as the front of house customer service. Over the years, combining the knowledge obtained by both together helped to teach me how to both run, and work within the business. Living in Colorado provided me a chance to learn about all of the many possible benefits of CBD.
Who is your mentor? My mentor and biggest supporter in life has been my mother, Shari. I've watched her struggle, succeed, struggle, and succeed again. The biggest thing that she has taught me is, always follow your dreams and never give up. She has always seen the motivation that I have and knew that one day something would come from that. For many years I couldn't understand why it would seem that she was hurting herself to help others. As I grew older, realization hit me. She wasn't hurting herself because, helping those people provided her with happiness and peace of mind. Shari taught me that if you love helping people, don't stop just because they tell you to. There is many obstacles in life however, if you never break out of that comfort zone and just do what you feel is right, you will never know if it was or not.
Describe your customers. Our customers' come from any and every walk of life. Whether they deal with daily pain, anxiety, or any other ailment, they come to us for a more natural holistic solution. The customers' are what drive this business and that will always be the case as will their needs coming first.
What environments impact your business? We live in a world where many people are unsure. Uncertainty and fear has been a large part of culture for many years. With the advancement of technology, new studies and tests can be performed to show advancement of natural healing. There has always been a stigma behind Marijuana and because of this, Hemp is directly tied to THC which is the psychoactive component that is associated with a "High". Legally, this has been an uphill battle for many years however, it does seem that this is changing. Our products provide healing without the "High". To be at the ground floor of a movement as large as CBD, is an incredible opportunity and learning experience. Things change so rapidly, you are constantly learning and running into issues as with any business.
Name three things you wish you knew when you started. There isn't many things that I wish we had known however, it has all been a very big learning experience! Marketing, networking, and flooring are 3 things that I could definitely have benefited from knowing more about. I put the flooring in at our location and it was something else! The general concept of marketing your business is one thing, learning to market yourself is completely different. Talking with people is very easy for me, making those interactions more meaningful is always worth learning more about.
What do you enjoy about running CBD? I enjoy hearing success stories where people have not been able to move a joint, or be able to live to their fullest and after use of our CBD products they have gained what they had once lost or never had. I really enjoy getting to know each and every customer that we have. Honestly, I wouldn't know what to do with myself if I was not working. The best part about running and working within the business is, we are doing what we love. Helping or providing options for those in need that couldn't find it elsewhere. I also enjoy the ability to educate our customers on what they are purchasing.


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