Blount Partnership News and Events

Take a gander at the latest edition of The Dialogue in this email where we visit with Jordan Adams, owner of Single Barrel Events - Professional Bartending Service. Consider using them for your next event.
Join us for the Blount Partnership Christmas Open House (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) on December 5 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. The staff will once again prepared hot dishes and Santa Claus is scheduled to stop by. There will be food in the board room and in a tent in the courtyard.
Looking for information on fulfilling government contracts? Check out this Small Business Administration seminar on December 3 from 1-3 p.m. at the Burlington Branch of the Knox County Public Library (4614 Asheville Highway, Knoxville, TN 37914)

Let SBA show how you can qualify for government contracts. Come Learn About Contracting Certifications for: 8(a) Business Development-Minority Owned Firms, Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone)-Firms Located in these zones, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), Women Owned Small Business (WOSB).

Come hear from the following partners on the contracting opportunities and available resources that can assist you in getting certified and qualifying for contracts: City of Knoxville, Governor's Office of Diversity Business Enterprise, Knox County, Knoxville Community Development Corporation, SCORE, Tennessee Small Business Development Center, and University of Tennessee Procurement Technical Assistance Center.

For more information register here.
Join us at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville) on December 6 from 9:30 a.m.-noon as John Cannon, president of Symply Data Centers, presents a seminar entitled " Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies: Exploring the NEW Currency."

Cannon explains cryptocurrency foundation technology, Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin and other cryptocurrencies. How do you use it? What are the tax implications? REGISTER ONLINE.
The Blount County Habitat for Humanity Holiday Gift Wrapping fundraiser is held annually at Foothills Mall, and we want you to join us!

Blount County Habitat for Humanity is a local non-profit with a mission to put God's love into action by bringing people together to build homes, community, and hope.

Volunteering at the BCHFH gift wrapping booth is both FUN and rewarding. All materials are provided and volunteers wrap gifts at our booth in Foothills Mall throughout the month of December with donations going directly to BCHFH!

Two ways to sign up as a volunteer:

1. Register online

2. Download the mobile app "Golden Volunteer Opportunities" on your mobile device. The app allows you to check in and out and track your volunteer hours. Signup is quick and easy through the app.

Learn more about this opportunity.
Make plans to join us for the final coffee club of 2018 at Treasures Jewelers (177 Foothills Mall, Maryville) on Thursday, December 13 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. Participation is not reserved to the representative(s) listed on the Chamber membership.
The 2019 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. 2019, along with distribution four times throughout the year via area professional offices, newcomers, visitors, and new businesses all looking to relocate to Blount County.

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of Basically Blount or view the media kit, contact: Rick Ford of Marcon Marketing at (865) 705-8580

soft skills 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 Creating Infographics for Promoting Your Business on Dec. 21. This course qualifies for .2 CEU's awarded by Pellissippi State.

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.
The Blount County Public Library is offering free computer classes in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint (2016) and Gmail. Receive an opportunity to gain a nationally recognized certificate from Northstar Digital Literacy. Course descriptions and schedules are listed below. The free classes meet in the Blount County Public Library's new Learning Lab (outside the library in the former First Tennessee Bank branch building) unless otherwise *noted. Spaces are limited and registration is required. To register, please visit the library's Information Services Desk or call (865) 982-0981, ext. 1450, or (865) 273-1428. Sign up no earlier than one month prior to a class.

Microsoft Excel 2016 Essentials: 2-session class. Bring a USB drive.
M/F - Dec. 10, 12 @ 2-4 PM.

Microsoft Word 2016 Essentials: 3-session class. Bring a USB drive.
M/W/F - Dec. 3, 5, 7 @ 2-4 PM

Additionally, businesses need to take advantage of the library's subscription to Using your library card, get access to, a LinkedIn Company, with thousands of courses in software, creative and business skills to develop your staff skills and meet learning needs at your own convenience. Learn More
Member-to-member promotions are here. Submit to the email below. Check out the latest offer from RCN Technologies. See 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
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
By shopping at a business in the neighborhood, you'll most likely stop by other independent retailers in the vicinity.
Find what you're looking for in the Chamber Directory.
Is your organization hosting an event in the community? Submit it here 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 1965 was "Turn! Turn! Turn!" by The Byrds. The song was written by Pete Seeger in the late 1950s. The lyrics, except for the title, which is repeated throughout the song, and the final two lines, are adapted word-for-word from the English version of the first eight verses of the third chapter of the biblical Book of Ecclesiastes.

The Dialogue

This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So, here we go with our 125th installment visiting with Jordan Adams, owner of Single Barrel Events - Professional Bartending Service.
What does Single Barrel Events do? After moving to East Tennessee from Las Vegas, my husband Jake and I decided to continue our love of bartending. We were unable to find a good fit in the Blount County area so the idea of a mobile bartending service came to mind. At Single Barrel Events we provide professional, experienced, and friendly bartenders. Our goal is to provide superior service that allows the host to sit back and enjoy the event and leave your guests talking about what a great time they had.
How did you get started? Soon after our license and insurance were obtained, we were able to secure our first event. We received this event just a week after our launch. Social media and word of mouth were a huge part of our successful start.
What is your background? With 22 years combined experience we have tended bar at a range of events including casinos, concerts, festivals, weddings, conventions, corporate events as well as in-home parties. Jake is a certified Tequila expert with The Tequila Regulatory Council in Mexico and is also an accredited mixologist graduating from the Academy of Spirits offered by Southern Wine and Spirits, and is trained in both working and exhibition style flair.
Who is your mentor? The wedding community has welcomed us with open arms. Our first year in business we received great advice from more vendors than I can count. Chef Tony with First Fruits Catering and Farrah Deck with Colonial Estate stand out as two of the most helpful and kind vendors. They have answered endless questions and have given valuable advice.
Describe your customers. With the majority of our business being weddings, we are blessed with the best and happiest clients. Brides, grooms, wedding planners and party planners for corporate events make up our client base.
Name three things you wish you knew when you started. How quickly our business would grow! I wish I had know earlier about networking events within the wedding community. I wish I had known to joined Blount Chamber sooner!
What do you enjoy about the business? We truly enjoy the relationships we have made with our clients. We have had the pleasure to be a part of weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, retirements and corporate gatherings.


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