Blount Partnership News and Events

A huge thank you to all the volunteers who helped deliver membership packets to fellow chamber members. Over 1250 packets were delivered, saving a ton in postage. If you have not received packet, please contact Amy. Once again, we appreciate all of you and your willingness to step up and help out.
Check out the 100th edition of the The Dialogue at the bottom of this email where we visit with Lynn C. Peterson, President of Blount County Youth Court.

Join us at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St.) on Wednesday, April 18, at 10 a.m. as Regions Bank is hosting an informational business succession planning meeting to assist these successful entrepreneurs in evaluating their options.

Key speakers include Andy Stockett, Managing Director of Four Bridges Capital located in Chattanooga and Dennis Tygart, Regional Wealth Strategist for Regions Private Wealth Management.

Key discussion points will be:
* Determining the value of your company
* Enhancing the value of your company
* Identifying the optimal time to transition the company while maximizing value
* Properly evaluating multiple business succession options
* Growing your business through acquisition or merger
* Evaluating the best strategy for protecting wealth once a company is sold
* Wealth management strategies for enhanced success
* Estate planning strategies for business owners

We encourage everyone to come and hear this presentation if you are interested in the key topics discussed above. There will be limited sitting for this presentation, so reserve your spot no later than April 12. To RSVP please contact Owen Ray at 865-268-1801 or email
The Maryville College Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) hosts its third annual Nonprofit Fair on Thursday, March 8 in the Alumni Gym. The fair is open to members of the community from noon until 3 p.m. to learn about nonprofit missions, service or volunteer opportunities, and internships or employment opportunities. There is no charge to attend the fair.

Approximately 50 East Tennessee nonprofit organizations are expected to be in attendance, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, the Blount County Public Library, Covenant Health, the Emerald Youth Foundation, Maryville Parks and Recreation, the Pregnancy Resource Center, Trinity Dental and YOKE Youth Ministry.

Nonprofit organizations can register for a table by visiting
The Tennessee Small Business Development Center is presenting a start up assistance workshop on March 22 from 9-11 a.m. at the Blount Partnership, 201 S. Washington St., Maryville. Explore your idea viability utilizing GrowthWheel. Learn about forms of business organization, tax requirements, business licenses, business planning and financing options with additional discussion about SBA loan qualification and opportunities. Register here.
Join us for the annual Blount County job fair presented by Blackberry Farm, M Force Staffing, Pellissippi State and Staffing Solutions, on Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 2-6 p.m. at the Second Harvest Food Bank facility in Maryville. If you are interested in participating, please click here for more information.

Some employers already participating include: Ruby Tuesday, Premier Solutions International, AMR Blount County, First Tennessee Bank, Harrison Construction Co., Gear Recruiting, LLC, Allcor Staffing, Asbury Place, ESS/Source4Teachers, EZ Stop FoodMarts, Denso Manufacturing, Summit Medical Group, Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, AAA-Auto Club Group, AtWork Personnel, K12, Life Care of Blount Co, Express Employment Professionals, Gibson Hotels, Source4Teachers, Pellissippi State, M Force Staffing, Staffing Solutions, Blackberry Farm, Y-12 Federal Credit Union, TCAT-Knoxville and Blount Memorial Hospital.
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 10 months.

Registrations are currently being accepted online at for the second class entitled Managing People and Personalities set for March 23. This course qualifies for .2 CEU's awarded by Pellissippi State.

The other classes offered include Free Resources for Professional Development, How to Run an Effective Meeting, Improving Your Presentation Style - Speaking, Improving Your Presentation Style - Strategies for Engaging Presentations, Making Your Social Media Look Good and Creating Infographics for Promoting Your Business.

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.

Nominations are now being accepted for the Leadership Blount Class of 2019. After a year-long strategic planning process, Leadership Blount revamped its core program to introduce a more dynamic, issue-driven curriculum to address head on issues affecting Blount County. Nominations can be made online at through March 15th. Any community member can make a nomination. However, self-nominations or those made by immediate family members will not be accepted.

Applicants must show potential for or demonstrated leadership abilities, community involvement, and the desire for expanded leadership responsibility. Selection is based upon the quality and depth of the answers provided in the application.

Leadership Blount strengthens our community by educating and inspiring current and emerging leaders to engage in active, lifelong service.

For more information, please contact Leadership Blount, 865-984-9368, or by email,
Member-to-member promotions are needed for March. Check out the new offers from Computer Catering and Pellissippi State. See this 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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Topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week in 1992 was "To Be with You," a soft rock ballad by American hard rock band Mr. Big. "To Be With You" is about a man who has his eye on a woman who recently experienced a broken heart from a previous relationship. When the song's composer Eric Martin was a sophomore in high school, he was friends with his older sister's friend (who was a senior). She would give him rides to school and tell him about all the boy problems she had. Martin had a huge crush on her, but didn't tell her since he knew a senior would never go out with a sophomore. Martin wrote this song about her.



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The Dialogue

This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So here we go with our 100th installment visiting with Lynn C. Peterson, President of Blount County Youth Court, which is dedicated to turning mistakes made by first time non-violent juvenile offenders into opportunities, and helping young people make better decisions.
Describe what Blount County Youth Court does. Cases of non-violent juvenile offenders are referred to the Blount County Youth Court by the Juvenile Court to be heard by a jury of their peers (high school students) who determine the disposition utilizing the principles of restorative justice (accountability, competency development, and community safety). If the youth completes the disposition the charges will be expunged from their record.
How did it get started? The Blount County Youth Court is the legacy project of the Leadership Blount Class of 2013.
What is your background? I have been a practicing litigation attorney for over 30 years. I am a shareholder at Lewis Thomason in Knoxville, Tennessee. Before getting my law degree I was social worker in Memphis, Tennessee.
Who is your mentor? Denise Bentley works as the Tennessee Youth Court coordinator. She helps to establish local youth court programs across the state, and helps with the organization of programs and training of the jurors. Judge Foster has been an advocate of the program from its inception, and Judge Kelly Thomas has helped train our jurors each year.
Describe what Youth Court hears. The Blount County Youth Court hears cases of non-violent, first time juvenile offenders. By statute the Youth Court can hear cases involving many kinds of offenses including drug charges, tobacco, alcohol, truancy, theft, vandalism, and bullying. The young people who participate as jurors are trained and given an opportunity to have a voice in the juvenile justice system.
What impacts the environment you work in? The legislative authority for the establishment of youth Courts in Tennessee was passed in 2000. However the Juvenile Court Judge in each County has to approve the formation of a youth court in their jurisdiction. While the benefits of youth courts in terms of greatly reduced recidivism rates has been proven, the support of the Juvenile Court Judge is critical to the success of the program. Judge Foster has been an advocate of our program from the beginning.
What do you enjoy about Youth Court? I enjoy training and working with the young people who volunteer to be jurors on the youth court. I can see their knowledge of the justice system expand and their self confidence grow as they hear more cases. These juror have on opportunity to help change someone's life in a positive way, and break down the negative stereotype of disconnected teens. I also enjoy seeing that this court has made a real difference in the lives of the young offenders and their families who have their cases heard by the youth court.
Additional comments: The Blount County Youth Court offers a scholarship to a senior juror - this year that scholarship is $2,000. We could not do this work without the dedication of a group of volunteers and the teens who volunteer their time to hear cases. We will be accepting applications for new jurors for the 2018-2019 school year. The application can be found at the Blount County Youth Court Facebook page or by calling me directly (865-207-2820).
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