Maryville has been selected by Blue Ridge Outdoors to be a contender in its 8th annual Top Adventure Towns contest made possible by the support of Pilot Cove Forest Lodging!
It should be no secret that the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic boasts dozens of desirable areas with vibrant outdoor scenes, an active lifestyle, and access to amazing adventures. Now we are asking readers to select their favorites.
Who will be crowned the South's top outdoor towns in 2018? Maryville is in a field of 54 contenders spanning small towns to large cities. They are mountain biking meccas, paddling paradises, hiking havens and much more. Some are long established while others are quickly growing on the radars of our readers and outdoor enthusiasts everywhere.
Vote every 24 hours for Maryville on multiple devices! The contest runs for six weeks until August 6, and the three winners (small, medium, and large destinations) will be highlighted both online and in the October print issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors.
- VOTE HERE
- The contest ends on Monday, August 6.
- You can vote once every 24 hours per town size category from any device!
- We ask that you share on your website, social media outlets, e-newsletters, businesses and local organizations.
Please join us July 18 at 8:30 a.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) as Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell and Community Justice Initiative Project Manager Charles Sterling present the county's plans for a Transitional Facility they are proposing to build to assist with the area's workforce crunch.
Ed Mitchell, Blount County Mayor will be giving an
update on Blount County
on Friday, July 27 from 8-9 a.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) boardroom. He will discuss priorities, budget challenges and the vision for the future for our community. The briefing provides an excellent opportunity to strengthen and build new partnerships between members of the business community and local government officials./div>
501 WAYS TO TREAT YOUR CUSTOMERS
Join us August 1 at 8:30 a.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) as we present founder and chief experience officer of Red Carpet Learning Systems and author Donna Cutting.
Cutting will help us tap into the THRILL of Red Carpet Customer Service.
She's the author of two books including the bestselling, 501 Ways to Roll Out the Red Carpet for Your Customers: Easy-to-Implement Ideas to Inspire Loyalty, Get New Customers, and Leave a Lasting Impression. Named in Forbes online as one of the best business books of 2015, published by Career Press in December 2015.
Cutting leads a team of customer service experts that train organizational leaders turn prospects into delighted customers; and delighted customers into raving fans. Also an in demand keynote speaker Donna has presented, consulted and developed training programs for a variety of customers in the senior living and healthcare; hospitality and entertainment; financial; and other fields.
EARLY VOTING HAS BEGUN
CHAMBER BOARD NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN
The Blount County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for Director of Manufacturing, Wholesalers & Agriculture,
Director of Hotel/Accommodations, Restaurants and Recreation
and a limited number of One Year Directors for its 2019 Board of Directors until August 17. Please
complete the online form
to nominate an individual you think would make a good board member. Self nominations are also accepted.
WOMEN IN BUSINESS SET FOR JULY 16
Make plans to attend our next Women in Business meeting on Monday, July 16 at noon at the Airport Hilton (Bar Area) led by Sharon Hannum.
In order for us to have enough time for the meeting if you are planning on eating please arrive at 11:45 a.m. and go ahead and get your lunch and bring to the bar area.
This is a Dutch Treat lunch from Cooper's Restaurant. The menu is soup or salad bar for $8.95 + tax, this includes drink, and dessert or the whole buffet for $12 (including tax) and includes drink, buffet and dessert.
TSBDC BUSINESS STARTUP
Learn about forms of business organization, tax requirements, business licenses, business planning and financing options with additional discussion about SBA loan qualification and opportunities. This session is July 19 from 9-11 a.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville).
SOFT SKILLS SESSION FOR SEPTEMBER
It's Your Career! That's the focus of four 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.
Registrations are currently being accepted online at
for a class entitled Improving Your Presentation Style - Speaking set for September 28. This course qualifies for .2 CEU's awarded by Pellissippi State.
The other classes offered include Improving Your Presentation Style - Strategies for Engaging Presentations, Making Your Social Media Look Good and Creating Infographics for Promoting Your Business.
All classes are conducted in the Blount County Library's learning lab located at 508 N. Cusick in Maryville and limited to 50 participants. 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.
ALL THINGS GOOGLE
The "All Things Google" Lunch and Learn Technology Series is a professional development workshop series for adults who seek to learn about the Google platform, applications available through Google and how to access and use these applications (Google Sheets, Google Docs, Google Calendar, Google Drive, etc.) This technology series is offered by the Blount County Public Library with funding provided by the Tennessee State Library Archives Library Technology Training Grant.
This Lunch and Learn series meets in the new Learning Lab at the Blount County Public Library on Fridays each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The $10 registration fee includes a box lunch and participants will have the opportunity to network. Each of the topics offered will be divided into 3-4 weekly sessions that can stand alone or be taken consecutively. A total of 50 classes will be offered with a new schedule released each month.
To register for classes in the Lunch and Learn Series please visit the Blount County Public Library website
JULY MEMBER-TO-MEMBER PROMOTIONS
Member-to-member promotions are here for July. Submit to the email below. Check out the offers from Pellissippi State, Express Strategic Services, King University, Airport Hilton, Cornerstone of Recovery, Puleo's Grille and AAA. See these and other promotions at
. New offers are being posted almost daily, so check out the Blount County Chamber of Commerce Member-to-Member promotions online. This Member-to-Member Promotional Program offers you and your company the opportunity to market your products and services to the membership.
Here's how it works:
1. Submit a PDF of a service, product or discount you'd like to offer to the Chamber membership to
. Be sure to include an expiration date.
2. An email with all the promotions will be sent out on the final Monday of every month to our member database.
3. All promotions will be posted on
REMEMBER TO SHOP LOCAL
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
One-of-a-kind shops and restaurants are part of what makes our city a great place to live.
GOT AN EVENT OR NEWS? WE'D LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT
Is your organization hosting an event in the community? Submit it
on our community calendar. If it's a tourism event or any good news about your business, please
send it to us
. We'd love to share it with the community.
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