Blount Partnership News and Events

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Check out our 84th installment of The Dialogue at the bottom of this email where we visit with a new chamber member, Joe Ray, CEO of Hyperion Networks.
Join COMPASSion Counseling on Wednesday, June 28 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) as they offer some helpful ways to deal with workplace stress as a business leaders and help your workplace become a healthy environment where employees thrive. Learn what is work place stress, learn leading causes of stress, learn symptons of stress, learn why stress is costing employers $300 billion a year and how employers can prevent burnout. RSVP to Amy.
McAlister's Deli is thanking guests on Thursday, June 29 with its 9th Annual Free Tea Day. McAlister's locations across the country are treating guests to a FREE 32-ounce glass of McAlister's Famous Tea. Guests can choose between iced sweet or unsweet black or green tea. McAlister's tea is a labor of love, steeped with Rainforest Alliance Certified premium tea leaves and served with its famous red straw.
Adding to the day's festivities, the first 20 adults and 20 kids in line at the restaurant on June 29 will not only receive a free glass of tea, but will also receive a limited edition Free Tea Day t-shirt. And McAlister's is offering a chance to win up to $5,000. Just show how your TEAm is preparing for #FreeTeaDay2017 with a fun tea themed workout. Learn more and see Official Rules.
To continue National Iced Tea Month celebrations, McAlister's is selling collectible, reusable tea tumblers. For the first time, tumblers will be 32 ounces to match in-restaurant tea glasses-perfectly sized to quench any tea craving. Tumblers are available at participating McAlister's restaurants for $9.99, with 99-cent refills for the life of the cup.
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.
Please send in you Member-to-member promotions for July. The updated email blast will be sent on Monday, July 3. Check out the special deals from Pipe Wrench Plumbing and Melaleuca. 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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Learn more about marketing your small business in a digital world, ask questions about social media, and take the time to discuss future campaign ideas. What are you waiting for? It's free with your chamber membership. Schedule your FREE session today.
If you have any questions regarding your free digital marketing member benefit ( Save Local Now), your digital platform, or online marketing in general please reach out the Blount Chamber's Rachel Coffman.
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"Mr. Tambourine Man," by The Byrds topped the Billboard Hot 100 this week in 1965. The Byrds' recording of the song was influential in popularizing the musical subgenres of folk rock and jangle pop, leading many contemporary bands to mimic its fusion of jangly guitars and intellectual lyrics in the wake of the single's success.



June 26-July 2


The Dialogue

This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So here we go with our 84th installment visiting with Joe Ray, CEO of Hyperion Networks.
Describe what Hyperion Networks does. Hyperion Networks is an Managed IT Service provider. We help our clients managed their computer networks.
How did you get started? After years of working for a variety of IT companies, I saw a niche for highly technical staff working with smaller businesses.
What is your background? I have been in the IT field for almost 20 years, and have a bachelor's degree in Information Technology. I have done everything from help desk and technical sales, to Data Center design and security compliance.
Describe your customers. Our typical clients are 15-50 user networks. We do work with smaller and larger clients though.
What do you enjoy most about IT? I personally love technology, so running an IT company that helps it clients solve their IT problems is a passion of mine.
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