Blount Partnership News and Events

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Join us this July 18 for the Well+Key Urgent Care ribbon cutting (108 Keller Lane, Maryville) from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Refreshments will be provided.

Also check them out in our 87th installment of The Dialogue at the bottom of this email where we visit with Karen Rothwell, COO/Director of Communications & Compliance for Well+Key Urgent Care.
The Blount County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for three positions (Construction, building trades and suppliers; Financial and professional; and Individual/non-profits) for its 2018 Board of Directors until August 15. Please complete the online form to nominate an individual you think would make a good board member.
ChamberRitaville, the Blount Chamber's largest networking event, is set for August 22 from 4-6 p.m. at the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee (136 Harvest Lane, Maryville). Tickets are $10 and don't forget to bring a door prize.

This summer casual-themed event is your best opportunity to meet many Chamber members from all sectors of the community in one location. Use this event to network and meet new people in the business community!

Event sponsors are Epic Nine, Pinnacle Financial Partners, American Foundation & Basement Repair, PCS, AMR/Rural Metro and Dunlap RV

To get your tickets or sign up to give away door prizes please call the Blount Partnership at 865.983.2241 or email Amy.

business_group_women.jpg Don't forget about our next Women in Business meeting at noon today, July 17, at the Airport Hilton. This session is led by Sharon Hannum.
This is a Dutch Treat lunch from Cooper's Restaurant. You can either do 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.
Make plans to attend our next HR Focus Group on Tuesday, July 25 at 8:00 a.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville). The topic will be "Effective Feedback: Breakfast of Champions?" by Kurt Greene of Vistage. RSVP to Amy if you wish to attend.

Nine of out 10 conversations between managers and employees miss the mark, according to leadership author Judith Glaser. Yet these days, it's hard to know what you can even say and how to say it-leading many managers to feel like they have to walk on egg shells when it comes to feedback. This interactive and slightly irreverent session will provide some simple approaches, techniques, and tips that will drastically improve your feedback conversations, both positive and otherwise.
The 12th Annual Business Matching Event will be on July 20, 2017, at the Rothchild's Catering and Conference Center in Knoxville. Event attendance is free but on-line registration is required. To register simply go to
The East Tennessee Purchasing Association (ETPA) is the trade association for governmental procurement officers in east Tennessee. Our membership consists of cities, counties, universities, public housing authorities, public building authorities, utility districts and other types of governments. Each year ETPA hosts a "Business Matching Event" to bring small, woman, minority, veteran owned and all other types of businesses together with governmental procurement agents and larger vendors. The overall purpose is to foster relationships between local businesses and local governments so that together we can strengthen the regional economy while helping local businesses grow.
July's Member-to-member promotions are in. Check out the new special deals from Swagtown, First Light Home Care and All Pro Supply. 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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July 17-23


The Dialogue

This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So here we go with our 87th installment visiting with Karen Rothwell, COO/Director of Communications & Compliance for Well+Key Urgent Care which provides excellent medical care by physicians and staff in a convenient, efficient manner that highlights our commitment to outstanding health care and customer service.
Describe what Well+Key Urgent Care does. As a certified Level I urgent care center and a certified occupational health facility, Well+Key provides acute medical care seven days a week, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. to provide efficient services to patients and employers. We value our patients' time and make a commitment to ensure visit times average less than 60 minutes, door-to-door. By providing on site lab services and digital x-ray services, we can help most patients avoid high costs associated with the emergency room.
How did the physicians get started? The physician partners (Drs. Robin A. Huskey & J. Michael Rothwell - RothWELL & HusKEY) wanted to provide patients with quality healthcare and access directly to providers in a more customer service oriented environment.
What is the physicians background? The physician partners studied urgent care medicine and became members of the Urgent Care Association of America and filed for certification as a Level I facility. They also began the process to become certified as an occupational health facility with the National Association of Occupational Health Professionals. Through these efforts they ensure that all providers and staff receive the appropriate training to provide exceptional care and customer service as an urgent care facility and occupational health provider.
Describe your customers. Well+Key accepts most insurances and offers self-pay patients a discount on services.
How do outside environments impact you? Healthcare is changing significantly in our country. Many people no longer have a relationship with a primary care physician and therefore no direct access for care outside of emergencies. Well+Key is able to offer patients direct access to providers for minor injuries and illnesses to ensure that concerns patients may not have a resource to address don't become major health problems.
What do you enjoy about this business? The ability to help people and the impact good healthcare can cause in an individual's life when it is affordable.
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