coffee club week
. Sponsored by AMR/Rural Metro, this week's coffee club will be held at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) on May 24 at 7:45 a.m. 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.
Be sure to check out the 108th installment of the The Dialogue, a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member, at the bottom of this email. This week, we visit with Brittany Conner, Director of Business Development for
Blount County is honored to be the site of the National Harley Owners' Group Rally on May 29-June 2, 2018. There will be up to 5,000 attendees that will be arriving as early as Sunday, May 27. They will be staying and eating in Blount County. Join us in recognizing our attendees by welcome signs in your restaurants and accommodations. Thank you for your support in all our community events. Here is the
schedule of events for the Rally
WOMEN IN BUSINESS
Make plans to attend our next
Women in Business meeting
on May 21 at noon at the Airport Hilton (Bar Area) led by Sharon Hannum.
In order for us to have enough time for the meeting, please arrive at 11:45 a.m. 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 a drink and dessert.
HOPS IN THE HILLS RETURNS IN JUNE
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
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.
TREMONT SMOKY MOUNTAIN FAMILY CAMP
Spend your family vacation in the middle of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Surround your family with the magic of the mountains as you hike ridges, study wildlife, explore secret places, and take afternoon dips in the Middle Prong. This week-long adventure is designed for families that are ready to leave their cares behind in exchange for a week of unending family fun. Each day brings new activities in which to choose; hike in the high country, explore Cades Cove, search for salamanders, and enjoy fantastic evening entertainment.
More info and registration
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
MAY MEMBER-TO-MEMBER PROMOTIONS
Member-to-member promotions are here for May. Submit to the email below. Check out the offer from Pellissippi State and Roost. 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!
Buying local foods has numerous health benefits to your family.
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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