Blount Partnership News & Events

The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program is an opportunity to spread joy and cheer to the less fortunate during the holidays. Whether you are an individual, family, organization, church, business or club, you can help make a difference by accepting any number of Angel Tree "tags" from The Salvation Army.

Each tag represents the wishes and desires of a child. Through the Angel Tree program, children have their specific needs and wants met for a warm and joyous holiday experience. This year they are looking for fill Angel's for 255 needy children in Blount County.

Contact Captain Jon-Phil Winter at 865-773-5438
Be sure to check out the latest edition of The Dialogue at the bottom of this email. This week we visit with Wade McLemore of Paychex. The Dialogue is a short feature to introduce new members of the Blount County Chamber.
The Blount Chamber is streamlining its online and Basically Blount directory listings by categorizing its members by the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) and North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes. As a result, we ask that you review your online listing at to make sure all your contact information is correct. If you need to make updates to your listing, email Amy.
After a one-year hiatus due to construction, the Blount Partnership Christmas Open House is back for the 15th time this Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. The Partnership staff will be cooking and wearing their best ugly Christmas sweaters.
So please make plans to drop by and enjoy some outstanding food. Here's a brief sampling to whet your appetite: cheese and sausage casserole, French toast casserole, pecan praline french toast, sausage balls, sausage/egg/cheese casserole, cheesy ham and hash brown casserole and bacon/egg/hash brown casserole. I have to stop writing because I'm getting hungry.
The deadline to get your ad in the 2016 edition of Basically Blount is this Friday, Dec. 11. This annual, full-color lifestyle magazine and chamber membership directory is initially distributed to all Chamber members starting Feb. 2016, along with distribution four times throughout the year via area professional offices, newcomers, visitors, and new businesses all looking to relocate to Blount County.
In addition to intriguing stories and area photography that highlight the best of Blount County, Basically Blount also includes a finger-indexed, color-coded directory and buyer's guide of all Chamber members. Chamber members consistently tell us that they keep Basically Blount on hand throughout the year in order to find business products and services when they need them. In addition to 5,000 lifestyle magazines, we will have a complete online version on both the chamber and economic development websites.
We are pleased to offer a variety of advertising opportunities at cost effective rates. We have contracted with Marcon Marketing Consultants, a local Chamber member, to handle production and ad sales. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of Basically Blount, the importance of supporting the Chamber, and how to get your business involved contact Rick Ford of Marcon Marketing at (865) 705-8580. Download the media kit here.
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
Where we shop, where we eat and have fun -- all of it makes our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place. Our tourism businesses also benefit.
Find what you're looking for in the Chamber Directory.
It's officially holiday crunch time! With 50% of holiday shoppers browsing and shopping online this year, there's no better time to pump up your online marketing on Save Local Now!
Make sure your business is found:
Claim Your Business: Sign in and update your business profile. Boost your localized Search Engine Optimization by adding a detailed business description and keywords. Hint: a keyword is anything a consumer would search for to find that specific business.
Create a post: It's important to remember that a post can be anything! A deal, a discount, a promotion, or a simple "Happy Holidays!" post is a great way to show your personality and commitment to the local community.
Share the post: Make it easy for customers to find what they're looking for by sending targeted promotions to their inbox and sharing your promotions on social media. FACT: 70% of holiday shoppers are searching on social media to find the perfect gift.
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.
"Broken Wings" by Mr. Mister topped the Billboard Singles chart this week in 1985 for a two-week run. It was released in September just as the band was about to embark on a U.S. tour opening for Tina Turner.

December 7-13


Dec. 7 -- City of Maryville Tree Lighting
Dec. 7 -- Santa at the Blount County Public Library
Dec. 8 -- Platinum Financial Funding Christmas Open House
Dec. 8 -- Candlelight Tribute @ Grandview Cemetery
Dec. 8-13 -- (Donate) Coats for Our Community @ Blount County Public Library
Dec. 9 -- Blount Partnership 15th Annual Christmas Open House
Dec. 9 -- Computer 'Rookies' Class: Intro to Internet Searching at Blount County Library
Dec. 9 -- William Blount High School Singers @ Blount County Public Library
Dec. 10 -- Play Chess at the Blount County Public Library
Dec. 10 -- Computer 'Beyond the Basics' Class: Search Better: Google at Blount Count Library
Dec. 10 -- William Blount High School Concert Choir @ Blount County Public Library
Dec. 10-12 -- James & Barbara Dull @ the Townsend Visitors Center
Dec. 11 -- Heritage Middle School Singers @ Blount County Public Library
Dec. 11 -- Eagleton Elementary Choir @ Blount County Library
Dec. 11 -- William Blount High School Beginning Choir @ Blount County Public Library
Dec. 12 -- Affordable Care Act Healthcare Insurance Enrollment (one-on-one assistance)
Dec. 13 -- Chilhowee Inn's 10th Annual Christmas Open House
Dec. 13 -- Alzheimer's Tennessee Benefit with Louise Mandrell


December 14-20



Save the Date


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.

The Dialogue

This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So here we go with our eighth installment visiting with Wade McLemore, Sales Consultant at Paychex, which is here to provide payroll, human resource, and benefits solutions.
Describe what Paychex does. Paychex, Inc. is a leading provider of integrated human capital management solutions for payroll, HR, retirement, and insurance services. By combining its innovative software-as-a-service technology and mobility platform with dedicated, personal service, Paychex empowers small- and medium-sized business owners to focus on the growth and management of their business. Backed by more than 40 years of industry expertise, Paychex serves approximately 590,000 payroll clients across 100 locations and pays one out of every 15 American private sector employees.
How did Paychex get started? The company was founded in 1971 by B. Thomas Golisano with just $3,000 and a good idea - to make payroll outsourcing easy and affordable for small businesses. From those early days with just one employee, Paychex now has more than 12,000 employees serving more than half a million small- to medium-sized businesses nationwide.
How did you get the skills to work in this operation? I went through 200 hours of training before I could interact with a potential client. After my first round of job-dependent training, I embarked upon two additional tiers of intensive training to prepare me in becoming a consultant to the clients I serve.
What sets Paychex apart? A a number of government task forces and agencies are in place to make sure business owners are compliant with various regulations when it comes to the employee/employer relationship. Our role is to help lighten, or eliminate, the burden so that they can focus on running their businesses.
What do you enjoy about running or working at the business? My favorite aspect of working for Paychex is the people I get to connect with on a daily basis. I hope to not only grow my business, but also the businesses of Blount County.
Previous Profiles:
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