Blount Partnership News & Events

The Blount Partnership would like to invite you to a transportation briefing with Jeff Welch, TPO; Bill Dunlap, Highway Superintendent; Greg McClain, Maryville City Manager and Mark Johnson, Alcoa City Manager, on Wednesday, April 8 at 8 a.m. at the Chamber office.

Also, make plans to join us for an afternoon mixer at the Courtyard by Marriott across from the airport on Thursday, April 9 from 3:45-5 p.m. There's no better way to put yourself in front of other business professionals.
Just a reminder that the Blount Chamber has meeting space available with a renovated board room and conference room. The board room has a capacity of 60, while the conference room can hold up to 15. There is wireless internet throughout the building and full complement of audio/video equipment to make your presentation come off without a hitch. Book your meeting space today by downloading the rental agreement form.
Be sure to register for any of the FREE Tennessee Small Business Development Center's business operation workshops that are upcoming in April on Google-ize My Business (April 9) and Google My Business (April 21). These classes fill up quickly, so sign up today. View the complete list with registration links below in this email.
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. Reserve by April 27 for $2,899 per person (double occupancy) and save $100.
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.
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, logon to
The Blount Partnership is proud to present a seminar that is a must for entrepreneurs, sales leaders and independent agents who want to create a high performance team. Dr. Darcy Hoffman presents "Success Habits That Work" on Wednesday, April 8 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Bloung Partnership boardroom. The cost is $20 and includes lunch and Hoffman's book. Register here.
Workshop Topics:
1. How to achieve personal and business success from the inside out.
2. Seven principles to forming habits that work.
3. How to create a millionaire mindset.
4. How to develop a "new normal" that will change your finances, family and your future!
As administrators in the Maryville City Schools prepare to deploy 5,000 devices to students in all grades this summer as part of the iREACH initiative, a partnership has developed between the schools and the Chamber to provide a directory of free Wi-Fi throughout Blount County. Blount County, Alcoa and Maryville Directors of Schools are encouraging businesses and other community organizations to sign-up through the Blount Partnership and share Wi-Fi with students who may not have access at home.
While some businesses already have Wi-Fi available to patrons at restaurants, coffee shops, medical offices, or churches during regular business hours, they may not have full access in the parking lot or green spaces. As part of the Free WiFi Zone campaign, businesses are asked to consider expanding Wi-Fi into the parking lot and green spaces for students to use after hours.
The free Wi-Fi partnership is a win for education and the community. The hope is that business owners, pastors, administrators and managers of organizations throughout the county will register their place of business in support of great teaching and learning in Maryville, Alcoa and Blount County. Front door vinyl cling-on's will be available to each organization that registers.
You can sign-up to participate or just view the Free WiFi directory from the Chamber or school district websites or by linking to
The Blount County Chamber of Commerce and the Blount County Library have partnered with the Tennessee Small Business Development Center to present 14 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 April 9 Google-ize My Business 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Register here
Library April 21 Google My Business 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Register here
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.-1:30 p.m.
Chamber Aug. 20 Social Media 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
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.
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April 6 -- Stewards of Children Trainings by New Hope, Blount County Children's Advocacy Center
April 6 -- Research Techniques for the Smart Writer @ Blount County Library
April 7 -- Stewards of Children @ MLK Center
April 8 -- Transportation Briefing
April 8 -- Success Habits That Work!
April 9 -- Google-ize My Business
April 9 -- Knoxville Area Career Fair
April 9 -- Afternoon Mixer at Courtyard by Marriott
April 9 -- Stewards of Children Trainings by New Hope, Blount County Children's Advocacy Center
April 9 -- Grace Notes Flute Ensemble Concert at Blount County Public Library
April 10-11 -- Spring Cleaning Sale at This N That Vendors Mart
April 10-11 -- Foothills Mall Spring Arts, Crafts, & Collectibles Show
April 10 -- Hot Club of San Francisco: Cinema Vivant at Clayton Center for the Arts
April 11 -- Spring Sprint 5K Road Race
April 11 -- Keep Blount Beautiful's Blount County Cleanup Day Event and Volunteer Luncheon


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