Blount Partnership News & Events

Be sure to mark your calendar next week for a pair of legislative briefings. The first is Tuesday, June 21 when Tennessee State Treasurer David Lillard will visit the Chamber from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Then on Friday, June 24, the City of Maryville will hold its briefing from 8-9 a.m. at the Chamber.
Read our 27th installment of The Dialogue at the bottom of this email where we visit with Amy McCarty and Tosha Wilhelmsen, owners/operators of The Artistic Bean Maryville, which is a coffee House serving organic, fair trade and locally roasted beans.
This is the first call to get your July promotion in to the Blount County Chamber of Commerce as part of its Member-to-Member Promotional Program which 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
There's an app for that! And there really is. On Wednesday, June 22 from noon-1:30 p.m., the Tennessee Small Business Development Center will present a free seminar about the ways mobile applications provide efficient ways to do business at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville). This is a one-time only class and will not be offered again by the TSBDC.
Network with like-minded entrepreneurs and learn how mobile applications can help your business be more efficient. You can also learn how to get $10,000 to grow your business. Lunch will be provided. Register here.
BLOUNTAREAJOBS.COM NOW LIVE 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.
Craft beer lovers, renowned breweries and local bands will unite for the second annual Hops in the Hills festival June 24 and 25 in downtown Maryville, Tennessee. This year's festival includes a who's-who list of local and regional brewing icons, charming music from local groups and a brew crawl for craft beer enthusiasts.
The festivities begin Friday, June 24 with a craft brew crawl from 6 to 11 p.m. provided by Knox Brew Tours. Saturday's events include a 2:30 p.m. beer seminar at Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria led by local brewers and professors, followed by the brew festival from 4 to 8 p.m. Passes to the brew crawl cost $10. General admission tickets for Saturday are $40.
Hops in the Hills is also an opportunity for guests to enjoy historic Maryville, Tennessee, which serves as the gateway to the Smoky Mountains. The event is part of the Summer on Broadway celebration. It will take place at 121 West Broadway Avenue in downtown Maryville.
Interested parties can view a complete list of participating breweries and buy tickets at
The fifth annual Pigs & Politics Legislative Day returns to the Clayton Center for the Arts courtyard 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.
School is out, the summer months are upon us and that means the community will be out in force. This is a great time to take advantage of our digital marketing platform and member benefit, Save Local Now. If you have not already, contact the Chamber to claim your business on SLN. Once you claim your account, start down the road to digital marketing success by following three simple steps:

1. Create summer time posts on SLN.
2. Share your posts on social media using SLN's 1-click social sharing.
3. Send your posts and reminders with SLN email marketing.
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!
When you shop with local merchants, more of your money stays close to home; supporting the parks, recreation centers, libraries and other things that make this community a great place to live.
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.
"Everybody Wants to Rule the World," by the English band Tears for Fears topped the Billboard Music Charts this week in 1985. In 2015, 30 years after its release, the song was honored at the annual BMI Awards in London for achieving 6 million radio airplays. 



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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 27th installment visiting with Amy McCarty and Tosha Wilhelmsen, Owners/Operators of The Artistic Bean Maryville, which is a coffee House serving organic, fair trade and locally roasted beans.
What makes The Artistic Bean special? Our passion is coffee and you'll know it the moment you step in our doors. Our journey of quality service begins with small batch roasting of our Fair-Trade Organic Specialty grade coffee beans. That journey continues into the coffee house and passes into the hands of skilled Baristas for you to experience coffee and espresso at its highest quality.
Who is your biggest supporter? Jeremy Doss, founder of The Artistic Bean, has been such a gracious teacher throughout this process. Getting to know Jeremy and The Artistic Bean family has been such a blessing.
Describe your customers. One of the best parts of coffee is the people it brings together. We have such a wonderful variety of customers. It has been our pleasure getting to know each and every one.
What do you enjoy about you practice? Surprise hugs.
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Josh Fincher, Thermocopy
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Suzie Cutshaw, JB&B Capital
Tom Klein, InfoSystems
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