Blount Partnership News and Events

It's coffee club week and that means it's time to join us June 28 at 7:45 a.m. at Blount Hearing & Speech Service (1617 E. Broadway, Maryville)

Coffees are designed to offer our members the opportunity to build business relationships with other members and to gain exposure for their business or organization in an "open house" setting.

Coffees are open to anyone associated with a Chamber member business. Participation is not reserved to the representative(s) listed on the Chamber membership.
Louisville Mercantile-Maryville is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new location at 746 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy. in Maryville. Join us at 3:30 p.m. on June 27 for the ceremony and enter to win a $50 Louisville Mercantile gift certificate. There will be special sales and door prizes during the public grand opening June 30-July 7.
Also, check out the 111th edition of The Dialogue at the bottom of this email where we visit with a new Blount Chamber member. This week we visit with real estate agents from The Hembree & Moore Team.
Make plans to attend our next HR Focus Group on July 11 at 8:30 a.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville). The topic will be "People Matter" by Kevin Kragenbrink of 3to99.

People are still the most important assets in your business. Unemployment is at historic lows in East Tennessee. Employers both small and large are finding it increasingly difficult to find and keep top performing team members. The competition for talent is getting tougher and the pool of available candidates is growing smaller. How do you plan to compete for people in the coming months and years?

In this workshop, Dr. Kevin Kragenbrink will discuss the changing environment for workers today. He will address the key elements in an employee attraction and retention strategy and offer real world strategies for businesses of any size who want to build and maintain top performing teams.

If you are interested in attending, please register online.
soft skills It's Your Career! That's the focus of six 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 six months.

Registrations are currently being accepted online at for a class entitled How to Run an Effective Meeting set for July 13. This course qualifies for .2 CEU's awarded by Pellissippi State.

The other classes offered include Improving Your Presentation Style - Speaking, 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.
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
Member-to-member promotions are here for June. Submit to the email below. Check out the offers from Rainscapes, ID Shield, Airport Hilton, Cornerstone of Recovery, Puleo's Grille and AAA. See these and other promotions at member-to-member promotions. 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
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Topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week in 1966 was "Paperback Writer" by The Beatles. the song was at No. 1 for two non-consecutive weeks, being interrupted by Frank Sinatra's "Strangers in the Night". McCartney wrote "Paperback Writer" in response to a request from an aunt who asked if he could "write a single that wasn't about love."



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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 111th installment visiting with real estate agents from The Hembree & Moore Team.
What sets you apart from other agents? We have a strong passion for service! Nikki & Mandy have always been in a serving career field in some fashion. Mandy in healthcare & Nikki started in healthcare prior to her 8 year law enforcement career. Now as agents, we are able to serve our clients & help them with all their real estate needs. Also, as Homes for Heroes Affiliate Agents, we are able to provide GREAT benefits for those who serve our communities & country...SERVING THOSE WHO SERVE OTHERS!!!!
Describe your priorities. As Real Estate agents, we guide people through buying & selling properties. For most in our communities, real estate investments are the largest financial decisions of their lives. It is our top priority to make the process as pleasant & stress free as possible for our clients during their real estate transactions.
How did you get started? Mandy & Nikki started investing in real estate in 2004. Since that time, they have enjoyed renovating properties & learning how to grow their income in the real estate world.
What is your background? Not only from their adult life of hands on construction & designing of homes, they grew up surrounded by construction due to contractors in their family. The constant exposure of remodels, new construction, & design, has flourished their love for real estate. Mandy's years of caregiving in our communities in health care coupled with Nikki's years of experience, training, & certification in negotiations as a police officer aid them in being very successful as a team and leaders.
Describe your customers. We love working with people from all walks of life! We love people and love being able to help guide our clients in to their new begginings.
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