Blount Partnership News and Events

Who doesn't like donuts? Donut lovers need to join us May 21 at 10 a.m. for the Richy Kreme Do-Nuts (2601 E. Broadway Avenue, Maryville) ribbon cutting as it celebrates new ownership and extensive renovations. Samples will be served.

It's also 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 Numbers House

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.
business_group_women.jpg 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.
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
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.
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.
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 May. Submit to the email below. Check out the offer from Pellissippi State and Roost. 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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The Dialogue

This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So, here we go with our 108th installment visiting with Brittany Conner, Director of Business Development for Numbers House.
What a great buisness name. Describe what Numbers House does. Numbers House serves businesses by doing bookkeeping, payroll, taxes, and/or business entity creation. We aren't your old-school bookkeeping firm, though, we use a bookkeeping software that connects to your phone that stores your monthly reports so that you have your business's numbers at your fingertips.
How did you get started? Numbers House is a sister company to Burkhalter & Burkhalter and Burkhalter & Associate. It was born simply because we wanted to give our clients the option to have their businesses served online with reports and communication through an app on their phone and through email.
What is your background? We have a staff that has years of experience doing bookkeeping, taxes, payroll, and starting companies for our clients. Each staff member serves our customers like they would their own family and because we're always working with numbers, accuracy is a big deal to us.
Describe your customers. Our customers are the best! They are tech-savvy business owners who want to have their business's numbers at their fingertips via their phone and online. Our customers love the convenience of not having to worry about doing their payroll and know that we are here to help when they are ready to incorporate their business.
What do you enjoy about the business? I love helping people and I am a current business owner myself, so I know the specific needs of a business owner. I know how busy things get, and I know that when someone knows the numbers of their business they make better decisions.
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