Check out the 110th edition of The Dialogue at the bottom of this email where we visit with a new Blount Chamber member. This week we visit with Christine Maentz, owner of
Little Peeps Fun Place
We've added six new member-to-member promotions this week. Be sure to check those out below.
GET TICKETS FOR HOPS IN THE HILLS
After a successful, sold-out third year, the Hops in the Hills festival returns with a who's-who of local and regional brewing icons on June 22-23 in downtown Maryville. This fourth annual festival showcasing the area's finest artisan brews is a not-to-miss event for beer enthusiasts-drawing attendees from across the region.
Hops in the Hills brew week, June 18-21, leads up to the main event over the weekend with a week-long "Celebration of Fermentation." Each day, a different brewery will feature prizes, games and music for visitors to prepare them for the weekend's events.
On Friday, June 22, the Hops in the Hills Craft Brew Crawl & Poker Run will be held provided by Knox Brew Tours. The event is a unique way to experience the town's bars and restaurants and try local and regional beers.
The event is part of the Summer on Broadway celebration, a series of events to celebrate the summer season.
A complete list of participating breweries, updated schedule and link to purchase tickets is available at
WOMEN OWNED SMALL BUSINESS CONTRACTING
Join us June 22 from 9-11 a.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) for
women owned small business contracting seminar
conducted by Jacqueline Merritt from the Small Business Administration.
If you are a woman owned small business and fall in one of the designated industries, you can position your company to bid on federal government set asides for WOSBs and economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSBs). We invite you to attend the Where's the Money Workshop to learn about the eligibility criteria, view a listing of the designated industries, and engage the www.fbogov web site to find WOSB/EDWOSB opportunities.
SPEED NETWORKING RETURNS JUNE 25
Make plans for June 25 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville), for a
speed networking event
that's like speed dating for building business relationships presented by BNI. Register by emailing
and include your name, business name and phone number.
Evey individual is guaranteed to meet 15 people and spend five minutes with each of them. A facilitator will teach you how to maximize your quick connection networking oppotunity. The rest of the time will be spent rotating around the room and meeting other individuals at five minute intervals. This session is limited to one person per company and two people per industry. This is a free networking event and Blount Chamber membership is not required.
SOFT SKILLS SESSION FOR JULY
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.
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
JUNE MEMBER-TO-MEMBER PROMOTIONS
Member-to-member promotions are here for June. Submit to the email below.
Check out the offer from Rainscapes, ID Shield, 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!
For every $100 spent at a locally-owned business, $73 remains in the local economy, and $27 leaves.
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.
Topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week in 1978 was "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac. Off their 11th studio album
, "Dreams" remains the group's only number-one single.