Blount Partnership News & Events


The fourth annual Pigs & Politics Legislative Day returns to the Clayton Center for the Arts courtyard on the Maryville College campus Thursday, August 13 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 and a live performance by the Jeff Jopling Band.


Elected officials will once again be serving BBQ while collecting "tips" for their respective non-profit organizations.


Tickets, which are $25 (public), $20 (Chamber) and $10 (kids), are available by calling 865.983.2241 or ONLINE.


Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!


Small businesses are the backbone of the community. Providing actual superior customer experiences is the key. If you don't, nobody cares if you're local.


Why Buy Locally Owned?
Encourage Local Prosperity: Entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.


Did you know the Chamber offers its members two ways to save on office supplies and other business-related items? Check out the offerings from A-Z Office Supplies and the Staples Advantage.


With A-Z, you can enjoy discounts and special pricing on all office supplies and facility products. Services include online ordering loaded with your discount pricing; price guarantees in specific product areas; no minimum order requirement; next day free delivery; a dedicated account manager; and a rewards program. Contact Jill England at (865) 250-3934 or register online at


The Staples Advantage savings program gives you discounted pricing on thousands of workday essentials accompanied with free next day shipping, local account management and in-store discounts. Staples has a local retail copy & print center. Office Product Contact: Chris Williams at (865) 386-6332 / Copy & Print Contact: Daren Patterson at (865) 591-8613.


Be sure to register you or your staff members for the next Blount Tourism Ambassador Program which is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 26 from 1-4 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott in Alcoa. Immediately following is a BTAP mixer.


The class is FREE and teaches front-line employees and volunteers best practices and ensures that they understand their role in increasing tourism. Contact Deborah Nye at 865.983.2241 to register.


The Blount Tourism Ambassador Program is a multi-faceted program that serves to increase tourism by inspiring front-line employees and volunteers. When visitors have a positive experience they are more likely to return in the future and also share their experience with others. Everyone benefits - the visitor, the industry, the local economy, and most importantly, the front-line worker. BTAP helps your front-line increase their knowledge of the region; provides answers to the variety of questions received from visitors; and gives your front-line a chance to meet one another, learn from each other's experiences and celebrate together!


Food will be provided at the mixer and attendees will have an opportunity to tour the property. So, take this opportunity to meet the new ambassador's and earn points at the same time.


We encourage everyone to take advantage of our networking opportunities. These events are held in order to help bring our CTAs together to strengthen our knowledge of different places around our area with a first-hand experience. These educational experiences are free to you and a great way to gather first-hand knowledge to pass along to visitors.


Following a successful run last year, the Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon presented by Vacation Races returns to the Townsend area Sept. 12 at 7:30 a.m. Register online.


The course is a beautiful run through the woods just outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The course begins near Heritage High School in the Hubbard Community outside Maryville and ends in Townsend, just under a mile from the National Park boundary. The finish line is at the lot next to the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend with beautiful views of the mountains.


Take advantage of our newest member benefit, Save Local Now. Learn more about their digital marketing platform, and stay up-to-date on modern marketing practices with the SLN blog.


By being a member of our chamber you have exclusive access to SLN, a FREE member marketing platform built to maximize your online exposure (and increase sales!). The SLN platform allows you to enhance your digital footprint, create content, and share that content where it really matters: online, on social, and through email marketing.


If you haven't signed into your SLN account to enhance your listing, we encourage you to do so. SLN is constantly boosting SEO efforts for every member profile.


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
Library Aug. 6 Growth Wheel - Business Processes 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Register Here
Chamber Aug. 20 Google-ize Your Business 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Register Here
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 Register Here
Library Sept. 29 Email Marketing 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Register Here
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.


This week in 1975, "One of These Nights," a song written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey and recorded by the Eagles topped the Billboard Music Charts. The title track from their One of These Nights album, the song became their second No. 1 single after "Best of My Love" from the same album.
The Eagles - One of These Nights
The Eagles - One of These Nights

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Save the Date


August 12 -- Transportation Briefing
August 13 -- Pigs and Politics Legislative Day
August 17 -- Women in Business
August 18 -- New Member Social
August 21 -- Alcoa City Briefing
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.

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