RIBBON CUTTING FRIDAY
The Craig Sutter State Farm Insurance Agency (718 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Marvyille) is holding its
ribbon cutting and grand opening
on July 19 at 11 a.m. Please stop by and welcome Craig and his staff to the community.
CAN I BE BLOUNT?
If you host events, corporate retreats, meetings, company family days, family reunions or whatever, mark your calendar for August 3 from 6-10 p.m. as Simply Greater Design and Events is hosting a launch party for its new business.
You are invited to join Simply Greater as it brings together Blount County-only vendors who are working to provide businesses and individuals with all the resources they need. The Chamber has a limited number of tickets to give out, so please email Jessica Hahn (
) if you are interested in attending.
This event, presented by Becca and Sonya Kagley, includes music, food and door prizes, while featuring a discussion on ways to keep business local. A sample of the vendors include Amici, Artistic Pops, The Casual Pint, Schriver's Boutique, Single Barrel Events, Little Arrow Outdoor Resort, Tickled Orange Photo Booth, Butler Farm & Wedding Event Center and Vienna Coffee House among others.
VINTAGE CAR SHOW
Fans of vintage automobiles can view a special collection of classic cars at the RT 73 Car Collector's Show at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center (123 Cromwell Dr., Townsend) on July 20 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The car show is free with admission to the museum being $5.
Presented by the East Tennessee Region Antique Automobile Club of America and sponsored by West Chevrolet, Twin City Buick/GMC and the Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority, the event features food, door prizes and a viewing of classic car films throughout the day.
More than 50 cars will be featured, including a 1917 Overland Touring Car, a 1966 Corvair Convertible, a 1956 Ford Parklane Station Wagon, a 1948 Buick Super Sedan, a 1959 Rambler Rebel V8, a 1940 Plymouth Sedan, a 1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe (Moonshine Car), a 1954 Buick Skylark and a 1957 Chevy Bel Air Convertible.
NEW MEMBER PROFILED IN THE DIALOGUE
Here we go with our 139th installment of The Dialogue at the bottom of this email. We visit with new Blount County Chamber member Sandra Heim, owner/operator of
Sassy Sisters Boutique
ETPA'S ANNUAL BUSINESS MATCHING & TRADESHOW
The 14th Annual ETPA Business Matching & Tradeshow Event will be held July 18 at Rothchild Catering & Conference Center (8807 Kingston Pike, Knoxville) from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. (followed by a lunch for governmental attendees and tradeshow vendors). This premier event showcases East Tennessee and northeast Georgia area businesses, large and small. It's an opportunity for businesses to meet with governmental agencies, create relationships to build future business opportunities, learn about "doing business" with the entities and to meet with private sector vendors.
Get registered today
CITY OF TOWNSEND OPEN HOUSE
The City of Townsend is excited to announce an open house and dedication ceremony for the new Community Center and City Hall on July 19 from 3-6 p.m. at 123 Tiger Dr., in Townsend. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come by.
The open house starts at 3 p.m. with the dedication ceremony beginning at 4:30 p.m. with words from the Townsend Mayor and other local officials.
For questions, information, or directions, please call 865-448-6886 Mon-Fri between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
COMMISSIONER MCCORD VISIT
Dr. Jeff McCord, Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, will present a briefing about the workforce efforts from the state on July 31 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville).
Before joining the Department, Commissioner McCord spent seven years at Northeast State Community College in Kingsport where he was Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development.
ROLL OUT THE RED CARPET
When you roll out the red carpet for your customers, they run out and tell everyone they know. In today's marketplace, customers have more choices and louder voices than ever before. That's why focusing on excellent customer service is the new marketing! Your customers can be your best source of advertising - if you engage your team to up their game in terms of the experience they create!
During this 1/2 day, interactive workshop we will discuss what it takes to build a culture of service where your team members are excited and ready to roll out the red carpet for your customers. Walk away with actionable ideas for:
- Taking your customer experience up to the next great level.
- Improving the 3 areas of the customer experience, including the WOW Factor
- Enhance customer and team member interactions
- Use 5 steps to building a culture of service excellence
So, join presenter Donna Cutting of Red Carpet Learning Systems on August 7 from 8 a.m.-noon at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville). The fee is $40 for Chamber members (book included) and $50 for non-members (book included).
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 Communicating and Listening Effectively on August 30. 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.
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REMEMBER TO SHOP LOCAL
Think local first + Buy local when you can = Being a local!
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Topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week in 1989 was "If You Don't Know Me by Now" by Simply Red. This version won the Grammy Award for the Best R&B Song of 1989. The song was originally recorded by Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes and peaked at No. 3 in September 1972.
|Simply Red - If You Don't Know Me By Now