CBBC BANK RIBBON CUTTING AT ALCOA HIGH SCHOOL
Join us September 12 at 4 p.m. for a
ribbon cutting for the CBBC Bank/The Official Bank of Alcoa High School
(1205 Lodge St., Alcoa). The AHS CBBC Bank is located within Alcoa High School and operated by students for students under the instruction of CBBC Bank. The bank offers checking and savings accounts to help students lean the importance of saving and financial responsibility.
BEST OF BLOUNT AWARD TICKETS ON SALE
Former U.S. Army pilot and author Mike Durant, whose saga was chronicled in the 2002 Oscar Award winning movie Black Hawk Down, is the guest speaker for the Blount Partnership's Best of Blount Awards held at 6 p.m. on Nov. 14 at the Clayton Center for the Arts.
Sponsored by Charter Spectrum, Cherokee Millwright, DENSO, Blount Excavating and Massey Electric, tickets, which go on sale Sept. 9 at 10 a.m., are $35 (plus taxes and fees) and can be purchased from the Clayton Center ticket office at 865-981-8590 or online at
The Best of Blount Awards celebrates those individuals and businesses that give their time and resources to make this area an outstanding place to live and work.
Awards are given for Philanthropist of the Year, Community Impact Award, Bright Future Award, Large and Small Business of the Year, First Responder Award and the Tourism Award. Nominations are open for the awards, so please submit the name of someone you think is deserving by logging on at
until Sept. 20.
TAKE THE CHAMBER MEMBERSBHIP SURVEY
The Blount Chamber wants feedback on how it's doing while gathering your thoughts on what the things we need to be working on to help the business community. Please take a few minutes to let us know your thoughts.
Take the survey.
VISIT THE DIALOGUE
Check out The Dialogue in this email where we visit with Holly Roe, owner of
, a gourmet cinnamon roll bakery.
PCS LUNCH & LEARN
Join PCS as it presents a Lunch & Learn workshop on September 13 from noon-1 p.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville). Networking and lunch begins at 11:30 a.m.
The topic is "Prepare Now for Microsoft Changes That Will Impact Your Business's IT Security." Dan Spear of PCS, Inc., will discuss the serious security implications for your business if you continue to use Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 after January 14, 2020. There's a lot to consider before you upgrade, so it's crucial you start planning now. Let them show you what to consider and how to protect your business.
RSVP TODAY to Crystal at
POWER CONNECT LUNCH
Join us for a midday networking lunch on September 17 at 11:30 a.m., at Smoky Mountain Brewery. Meet, Mingle, Lunch, Connect, Nibble, Engage and Network with other influential professionals.
While you (and the other guests) will have an opportunity to introduce your business, current areas of focus and/or anything you could use help with, all I ask is that everyone shows up with a focus on how they may be able to add value for the other attendees.
Open to ALL Blount County Chamber members, but you
must RSVP online
. This is a Dutch Treat lunch.
Event chair Tony Saddy of Get Fit Maryville will lead the event.
SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS MEETING
Join us as we hear from Superintendents Brian Bell, Alcoa City Schools, Rob Britt, Blount County Schools and Mike Winstead, Maryville City Schools as they give us an update on what is happening in our local public education systems on September 20, 2019 from 8-9 a.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St.).
PARENT OPEN HOUSE AT DENSO
Career Exploration Showcase: Help Your Student Soar. Seats are limited, please register to get free tickets. Parents of high school juniors and seniors (age 16+) - join us to explore DENSO career pathways for your student! Topics to be covered include: - Advances in high tech manufacturing - Safety - Training - Non-college and college bound career opportunities - Benefits - & more! Students (age 16+) are welcome to attend, but not required. Long pants and closed toe shoes must be worn. Attendees will also have a chance to win a $50 restaurant gift card. Call Karen Armstrong at 865-982-7000 Ext. 2566
GET PLACEMENT IN 2020 BASICALLY BLOUNT
The 2020 Basically Blount lifestyle magazine and membership directory is entering production once again. This annual, full-color lifestyle magazine and chamber membership directory is initially distributed to all Chamber members starting Feb. 2020, along with distribution four times throughout the year via area professional offices, newcomers, visitors, and new businesses all looking to relocate to Blount County.
We are pleased to offer a variety of advertising opportunities at cost effective rates through our
. We have contracted with Marcon Marketing Consultants, a local Chamber member, to handle production and ad sales.
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of Basically Blount, the importance of supporting the Chamber, and how to get your business involved, contact:
of Marcon Marketing at 865-705-8580 or
of Marcon Marketing at 865-310-2963
SIGN UP FOR THE LATEST SOFT SKILLS CLASS
It's Your Career! That's the focus of a free soft skills session offered in partnership by the Blount County Public Library, the Adult Education Foundation of Blount County and the Blount County Chamber of Commerce.
Registrations are currently being accepted online at
for a class entitled Empowering and Motivating Employees on September 27. Empower employees and enable better performance. Learn strategies to help employees be the best they can be.
All participants will earn .5 CEUs per session for participating. They will also receive an email survey two months after workshop participation to assess application of new ideas.
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.
YOU CAN POST YOUR OWN MEMBER-TO-MEMBER DEALS
REMEMBER TO SHOP LOCAL
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
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 1998 was "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith. The song was written for the 1998 natural disaster film
which lead singer Steven Tyler's daughter Liv Tyler starred in. The song stayed at number one for four weeks.