Blount Partnership News & Events

Be sure to join us this Thursday, May 5, as Tennessee Commissioner of Transportation John Schroer will deliver an overview of the state and East Tennessee region transportation issues and projects at the Blount Partnership at 3 p.m.
Also check out the Louisville Mercantile Grand Opening week, today through May 7. Located at 2940 Topside Road, it is Louisville's newest vintage, home decor, jewelry, accessories and more store where you find the unexpected every day. There will be special sales and refreshments throughout the week plus opportunity to enter drawing for special giveaways.
Don't forget about our Chamber Social sponsored by Blount County Library Foundation & Maryville Rotary Club which is next Tuesday, May 10 at 3:45 p.m. The event takes place at the Blount County Public Library, 508 N. Cusick St., Maryville.
Check out our 21st installment of The Dialogue at the bottom of this email, where we visit with Cory Blanton, account manager of Aerotek Scientific, which does full cycle recruiting and employment for contract or contract to hire employees.
The foothills of the Smoky Mountains will come to life with bluegrass music, arts and crafts, time honored traditions and Appalachian cooking at the 25th annual Townsend in the Smokies Spring Festival and Old Timers Day sponsored by Dogwood Cabins, The Daily Times, WATE-TV, Alcoa Inc., Big Meadow Campground & RV, Pioneer Cabins & Guest Farm and the Great Smoky Mountains Association.

Scheduled for May 6-7, 2016, at the Smoky Mountain Visitors Center at Townsend, the Townsend in the Smokies Spring Festival and Old Timers Day will provide an atmosphere where family and friends of all ages can partake in time-honored Appalachian traditions at the free community event. Parking is $8 per day with proceeds benefiting the Townsend Volunteer Fire Department. Two-day parking passes are available online at for $10 or for $12 on site Friday.

For everyone's convenience, a free shuttle service will provide transportation to and from the different Townsend sites participating in the weekend's festivities from 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. both days.
Check out the specials of the Member-to-Member promotional program which offers you and your company the opportunity to market your products and services to the membership.
It's Your Career! That's the focus of the final 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 five 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 at 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:
May 20 - Mentoring

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!
Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally, and in our community, provide the most jobs to residents.
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.
"Jump" is the hit debut single by American hip hop duo Kris Kross, which was in the middle of an eight-week run atop the Billboard Music Chart this week in 1992. It achieved international success, topping charts in Switzerland, Australia, and the United States. Additionally, it was the third best-selling song in the US in 1992 with sales of 2,079,000 physical copies that year.



May 2-8


May 2-4 -- Resume Help Sessions @ Blount County Library
May 4 -- Toastmasters of Maryville Speechcraft
May 4 -- Rookies Class - Intro to Email @ Blount County Library
May 5 -- Email: Beyond the Basics Computer Class @ Blount County Library
May 5 -- Visit a Park Day
May 5 -- State Commissioner of Transportation Briefing
May 5 -- Community Food Connection Fundraising Dinner
May 6-7 -- Townsend Spring Festival and Old Timers Day
May 6 -- The Golden Age of Comics - Ribbon Cutting Grand Opening
May 6 -- 10th Anniversary Hops for Hope benefiting New Hope Blount Co Children's Advocacy Center
May 6 -- Recovery Revolution at RIO Revolution
May 7 -- Mudder's Day Madness 5K
May 7 -- Little River Railroad Days
May 7-8 -- Nawger Nob Arts and Crafts Festival
May 7 -- 6th Annual Kingdom Design Ministries Golf Classic


May 9-15



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You can access the entire calendar here to see other community events and submit your own.

The Dialogue

This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So here we go with our 22nd installment visiting with Cory Blanton, account manager of Aerotek Scientific, which does full cycle recruiting and employment for contract or contract to hire employees.
Describe what Aerotek does. Aerotek provides full cycle recruiting and employment for contract or contract to hire employees. We also have the ability to provide candidates as direct hires. We have a rigorous sourcing and screening process that typically provides the best candidate on the first submittal to the client. We then service the contractor and the client throughout the duration of the contractor's employment with us.
How did you get the background for this industry? Experience. There is no other way to succeed in the business of people other than to be experienced. I gained some valuable sales and marketing experience at a previous job to use as a foundation, but nothing compares to learning how to succeed in this industry like being in the industry.
Who are Aerotek's customers? Medical Centers, laboratories, research institutions, chemical companies, pharmaceutical companies, food and beverage manufacturers.
What are some of the major elements that impact your business? There are many influences that affect our business in one way or another. A better way to ask the question is how each of these impacts our client's business since we are simply an extension of them. for example, the Affordable Care Act has caused a surge in the need for healthcare talent and we expect this to continue for the foreseeable future. Environmental regulations have required more companies to report the potentially hazardous materials and substances found in their products or as a result of their manufacturing process. This causes an increased need of regulatory, quality control, and analytical chemistry positions.
Name three things you wish you knew when you started. 1) Attention to detail is far more important than anyone will ever know. 2) Only allow the things I can control affect my business/operating rhythm. 3) Networking is everything.
What do you enjoy about working at Aerotek? We are lucky enough to impact people's lives, both personally and professionally, in our industry. Helping hard working people better their professional situations is extremely rewarding. Receiving positive feedback or letter of recommendation from a client is a priceless reward. lastly, I am an extremely extroverted person, so I love having the opportunity to meet and build relationships with new people everyday.
Previous Profiles:
David Anderson, Shelter Insurance
Nancy McBee, Tennessee Trane Energy Services
Joel Honeycutt, J&S Janitorial Solutions
Suzie Cutshaw, JB&B Capital
Tom Klein, InfoSystems
Chris Woodfin, Spicer Rudstrom, PLLC
Rebecca Kiger, Home Instead Senior Care
Ben Hazel, Pree's Tree Specialists
Larry Parker, Auto Collision Experts
Jamie Weiss Photography
Jeff Jones, LC Fence
Steve White, White Enterprise Holding
Aundrea Scholem and Jennifer Madaj, Foothills Adult Care Enrichment Services
Wade McLemore, Paychex
Alan Baker, Crown Point Consultants
Shelby Avery, Avery Wealth Management
Kate Schriver, Schriver's
Elizabeth Ross, ECS Central, PLLC
Tony Saddy, Get Fit Maryville
Renee Taylor, CBI
Christy Simmers, Christy's Creative Cafe
Premier and Presidential Partners