Don't forget to check out The Dialogue at the bottom of this email. It's a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So here we go with our fourth installment with Renee Taylor, Director of Business Development at
TASTE OF BLOUNT IS HERE
A tasty way to sample flavorful cuisine is back for the 14th consecutive year as
Taste of Blount
, hosted by the Blount Partnership and the city of Maryville and sponsored by MK Russell & Abbott, Citizens Bank of Blount County, Clayton Homes and Partners Development, is being held at the Theater in the Park in Maryville (across from the Blount County Courthouse) Thursday, Sept. 3 from 6-8 p.m. You can also experience a NEW beverage area for $10.
Twenty-one restaurants, caterers and gourmet grocers are participating this year's event. They include: Apple Valley Country Store & Cafe, Buffalo Wild Wings, Calhoun's, Chadwick's Churn, Chick-fil-A Hunter's Crossing, Dead End BBQ, Dominos, Hilton Knoxville Airport, Honey Baked Ham, Full Service BBQ, Jet's Pizza, Kroger of Maryville, Lambert's Southern Pies & Bake Shop, Lemon Grass of Maryville, McAlister's Deli, Miss Lily's Cafe, Rocky's Jamaica Sunrise, Roland's Bistro, Ruby Tuesday, Smokin' Joe's Bar-B-Que and Vienna Coffee House.
Advance tickets, which are $25 for chamber members, $30 for the public and $15 for students 17 and under, are available at the Chamber office (201 S. Washington St., Maryville, Tenn.), by phone 865.983.2241 or
Ticket prices go up $5 at the gate on the night of the event.
BE SURE TO ATTEND PROCUREMENT DIVISION'S VENDOR DAY
The Procurement Division of the Blount County Government will host an Introduction and Business Information Event on Wednesday, September 23 from 8-10 a.m. at the Blount County Courthouse in room 315.
We are very excited to provide this exceptional opportunity for community businesses to enjoy a coffee and meet & greet with the Purchasing Agent, Katie Branham and the procurement team. In addition, end-users will be on hand such as the Facilities Coordinators for the Schools and County.
The purpose of the event is simply to meet our vendors and to match businesses with our team. We aspire to promote local contract opportunities for products/services and to create relationships to build future business opportunities. In addition, we will have a computer on site to set up and/or update businesses on Vendor Registry. Or business can register by going to
In summary, this event will provide a unique marketing/advertising opportunity to companies by having the opportunity to interact with procurement representatives and to facilitate future relationships. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Purchasing Department at (865) 273-5745 or via
SOFT SKILLS SEMINARS
It's Your Career! That's the focus of eight 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 nine months.
With more and more millennials entering the workforce, employers have noticed many workers in a variety of professions are lacking in several areas, including problem solving, conflict resolution and critical observation. But, even though they possess the hard skills to get an interview, it's the important soft skills that will land the job and help them keep it.
All classes are conducted at the library located at 508 N. Cusick in Maryville and limited to 30 participants. Those interested must register
. 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.
Registrations are currently being accepted for the first three classes with the inaugural class entitled "Time Management Techniques to Improve Your Productivity at Work" set for Sept. 18. This class aims to help people gain techniques and tools to help them manage their time effectively and increase their overall productivity. Sign up deadline is Sept. 1.
The other classes with open registration are "Can You Have It All? Achieving Work-Life Balance for Business and Personal Success" and "Working Smarter: Keys to Career Success," are set for Oct. 16 and Nov. 20, respectively.
REGISTER FOR SUPERVISOR TRAINING
The Blount Partnership, along with law firms Wimberly Lawson and Lewis Thomason, is hosting a three-part
supervisor training - human resource/legal seminar
on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 from 8:30-11 a.m. at the Blount Chamber office located at 201 S. Washington St., Maryville, Tenn.
Topics include Tips for Hiring and Firing Employees without Getting Burned presented by Lynn Peterson of Lewis Thomason, Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team presented by Stacy Myers of Advanced Management, Inc. and Performance Reviews and Other Feedback given by Howard Jackson of Wimberly Lawson, Wright, Daves & Jones PLLC.
REMEMBER TO SHOP LOCAL
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
More money spent at local businesses is reinvested in our community creating diversity and helping the community maintain or create its unique appeal.
Why Buy Locally Owned?
Private and public sector services tend to cluster around shops. As shops disappear so do hairdressers, banks, restaurants, etc.
CHAMBER BENEFIT OF THE WEEK
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FREE BUSINESS OPERATION WORKSHOPS
The Blount County Chamber of Commerce and the Blount County Library have partnered with the Tennessee Small Business Development Center to present free business operation workshops on Google, social media, business marketing and planning, starting a business and government contracting for small business owners and entrepreneurs.
Workshops are held at the Blount County Chamber, 201 S. Washington St., Maryville, TN, and at the Blount County Library, 508 North Cusick Street, Maryville, TN. Participants are free to bring their own lunch.
For more information or to attend any of the following workshops, participants are asked to register by clicking on the Training tab at
||Starting a Business
||9 a.m.-Noon Register Here
||11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Register Here
||11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Register Here
||Growth Wheel - Ownership & Management
||11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Register Here
HATHORN, BURG JOIN MARY BETH WEST COMMUNICATIONS
Mary Beth West Communications, LLC,
welcomed two new team members this month
-- Taylor Hathorn, who will serve as the firm's communications manager, and Alison Burg, who is transitioning from account service intern to communications and administrative assistant.
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any news releases or good news about your business. We'd love to share it with the community.
This week in 1993, UB40's "Can't Help Falling in Love" was in its sixth of seven weeks atop the Billboard Singles chart. A remake of the song originally recorded by Elvis in 1961, this version appeared on the soundtrack of Sliver.
|"Can't Help Falling in Love" - UB40