Blount Partnership News & Events

The rest of the June has some exciting events Chamber members need to come out to. The first is our Chamber Social hosted by East Tennessee Ag Research & Education Center on Thursday, June 11 beginning at 7:45 a.m. At the social, we welcome our newest members while all members are invited to network and catch up with board members and learn how the Chamber can help promote businesses.
The Little River Animal and Environmental Unit, located at 3229 Ellejoy Road in Walland and part of the East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, is a 530-acre field laboratory operated by University of Tennessee Ag Research to help scientists investigate the interactions between animal agriculture and the environment. The goal is to enhance agricultural practices for the benefit of society while demonstrating excellent stewardship of natural resources.
Next, Sharon Hannum leads a great discussion at the Women in Business dutch treat lunch held on Monday, June 15 at Cooper's Restaurant in the Airport Hilton beginning at noon. The topic for this meeting will be "How to Apply Basic Change Principles for Your Business or Team." These lunch meetings allow women to share best practices and discuss issues relevant to their work. So come out and get involved with the many successful women business leaders in Blount County.
Thirdly, the City of Maryville briefing set for Friday, June 19 from 8-9 a.m. at the Blount Partnership boardroom. Local government leaders will discuss priorities, budget challenges and their vision for the future for our community. The briefings provide an excellent opportunity to strengthen and build new partnerships between members of the business community and local government officials.
Our fourth Cash Mob is set for Tuesday, June 23 from 4-5:30 p.m. at Roost in Downtown Maryville. The first 60 people will be choosing a gift from a table of home accessories!
Finally, mark your calendar for Coffee Club at K12, Inc. on June 25.
There's still a few spots left for a FREE seminar being offered by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center on Thursday, June 11 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Blount County Public Library entitled Growth Wheel-Legal Issues. The discussion will focus on the legal documents a business owner needs to protect their business. The interactive series focuses on building trust through marketing and public relations using the Growth Wheel process to help you Get Focused, Set Agendas, Make Decisions, and Take Action.
The Blount Partnership is thrilled to announce Save Local Now, our newest FREE member benefit! We at the Blount Chamber chose to partner with Save Local Now for many reasons. Here are the top three:
1. Save Local Now brings our community a proven "Buy Local initiative.
2. Save Local Now provides our members with free digital marketing tools.
3. Save Local Now offers our members effective time management solutions.
Chamber members can use Save Local Now to create, manage and analyze their very own digital marketing campaigns. Bundled together on one single platform, Save Local Now includes live business listings, deal and event publishing, email marketing, iPhone and Android apps, social media sharing, SEO, and real-time analytics. After receiving an activation email, members of the Blount Chamber are eligible to create unlimited digital marketing campaigns using the Save Local Now platform.
For consumers, Save Local Now ( is a website and iPhone and Android app that gives people access to exclusive offers from their favorite businesses. Locals and tourists alike can use Save Local Now to access deals, events and savings where they shop, eat and play from any browser on any device. Access local deals, events, and promotions by visiting, or by downloading the free SLN app on your iPhone or Android. Saving money and buying local in Blount County has never been easier.

The inaugural Hops in the Hills is coming to downtown Maryville, June 26-27. It will be a yearly craft beer festival celebrating the science and agriculture of the region.
Many craft brewers will be on hand to offer samplings of their beers. In addition, there will be two seminars on "The Growing of Hops" and "Craft Beer 101." Trent Gillard from Hellbender Hops, will be on hand to educate about the growing of hops. In the later, attendees can learn brewing from some of the best experts and brewers in our area, as well as the art of crafting a fine brew.
For tickets and/or sponsorship opportunities, log on to
The Blount Partnership has joined up with Central Holidays West to offer a nine-day, seven-night vacation trip to Spain and the Costa Del Sol, November 9-15, 2015. The trip departs from Tyson McGee Airport and includes airfare, hotels, meals and day trips. The cost is $2,999 per person (double occupancy).
Enjoy superb cuisine that includes 14 meals consisting of seven buffet breakfasts and seven dinners. Also, enjoy sightseeing tours that include entrance fees to Seville, Ronda and the Rock of Gibraltar.
To see a complete itinerary of this fabulous trip and download the registration form here.
As a gateway to the Smoky Mountains, Blount County is home to some of America's most spectacular views and breathtaking scenery, ranking high among Tennessee's 95 counties in tourism activity. If you are looking to locate or expand your business, you have found the ideal solution. The Blount Partnership-as a cooperative effort between three of the county's key development organizations: Blount County Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Board and the Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority-promotes economic growth and stability, fosters community development and enhances the overall quality of life.
Use this free app to access news and to navigate the Blount Chamber economic development information, member business and upcoming area events for Blount County. The app also links you to the Blount Partnership websites and social pages.
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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 June 11 Growth Wheel - Business Legal Issues 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Register Here
Chamber June 25 Getting Ready to Go to the Bank-Business Planning 9 a.m.-Noon Register Here
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
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.
Sammy Davis Jr.'s only No. 1 hit topped the Billboard Singles Chart this week in 1972, beginning a three-week run atop the charts. Though he admittedly hated the song, Billboard ranked it as the No. 5 song for 1972.
Sammy Davis Jr. - The Candy Man
Sammy Davis Jr. - The Candy Man

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