Blount Partnership News & Events

Read our 26th installment of The Dialogue at the bottom of this email where we visit with Dr. Drew Osborn, Pediatric Dentist at Foothills Pediatric Dentistry, which helps children and their families have great smiles and healthy mouths!
Items get added every week to the Member-to-Member promotional program, so check it out. This free service offered by the Blount County Chamber of Commerce gives you and your company the opportunity to market your products and services to the membership. There are nearly 20 deals, so take advantage of them.
The Blount County Membership Event chairs have been selected for the July 12-14 event being held at the Second Harvest Food Bank. The Blount County Chamber thanks these fine folks for their support and effort in making this event successful.
The Chairs will recruit five captains who will then compile teams to call on potential Chamber members at the event. The Chairs are Aaron Snukals (Second Harvest Food Bank), Ben Pinnell (Hickory Construction), Bob Booker (DENSO), Brian Tuggle (Personal Care Choices), Chris Soro (C2RL Engineering), Mary Beth West (MBW Communications), Dave Bennett (Cherokee Millwright), David Talley (LeConte Realty), Gaynell Lawson (CBBC), George Quarles (Maryville High School), Greg Wilson (First Tennessee), Joe Tipton (Twin City Dealerships), Joy Bishop (Philanthropist), Steve Garner (Blount Excavating), Tom Bogart (Maryville College), Tommy Hunt (EZ Stop), Tony Thompson (Pinnacle Financial Partners), Virginia Hardwick (Staffing Solutions).
For two and a half days, over 100 volunteers will work against the clock and each other to sign up new Chamber members and create a greater community awareness of the important role of the Chamber of Commerce. The event is organized by Jimmy Cusano and a group called Your Chamber Connection. Their speciality is high energy membership campaigns that allow volunteers to conduct 'out of the box' membership fun while building the membership base.
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.
Digital marketing is a challenge for every small business. It's our job to level the digital playing field. Through the Chamber, you receive access to $LN, a FREE member marketing platform built to maximize your online exposure, and increase sales through

Content Creation + Publishing
Email marketing
Social Sharing
Search Engine Optimization
The $LN 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 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!
The unique character of your local community is defined in large part by the business that reside there, and that plays a big factor in your overall satisfaction with where you live and the value of you home and property.
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.
"Let's Hear It for the Boy," which was the second number-one song for Deniece Williams and appeared on the soundtrack to the feature film Footloose, topped the Billboard Music Charts this week in 1984. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song. 



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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 26th installment visiting with Dr. Drew Osborn, Pediatric Dentist at Foothills Pediatric Dentistry, which helps children and their families have great smiles and healthy mouths!
Describe what a pediatric dentist does. Similar to pediatricians, we provide dental care for children through team members specialized in caring for children and their unique needs and outlook. We provide basic check-ups, routine exams, x-rays and cleanings as well as speciliazed care for children with special health care needs and dentistry under anesthesia when appropriate.
How did you get started in dentistry? In 2003, we opened in Maryville and I've been practicing since 1996. I became interested in pediatric dentistry after working as a dental assistant for Nationwide Children's Hospital. I also served in the U.S. Navy for eight years and then went for an additional two years of specialized training at Denver Children's Hospital.
Who is your mentor? I have had several mentors over the years. From my experiences in the U.S. Navy, an oral surgeon Dr. Riding, faculty like Dr. Thane Crump who is in South Dakota, Dr. Wilson at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, and many other colleagues.
Describe your patients. Most of my customers drive electric cars and ride tricycles. They don't work but play all the time. They smile and run around -- some cry but most leave happy. We hope they don't eat too much sugar and brush their teeth for two minutes twice a day.
What do you enjoy about your practice? Surprise hugs.
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Ray Clowers, Champion Physical Therapy Jeffrey Jeter, OneSouth Financial Group
Josh Fincher, Thermocopy
Cory Blanton, Aerotek Scientific
David Anderson, Shelter Insurance
Nancy McBee, Tennessee Trane Energy Services
Joel Honeycutt, J&S Janitorial Solutions
Suzie Cutshaw, JB&B Capital
Tom Klein, InfoSystems
Clint 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