AFTERNOON MIXER THURSDAY
Get out of the office after work and unwind with the
hosted by Quality Financial Concepts (115 W. Broadway Ave., Maryville) on July 11 at 3:45 p.m.
Mixers 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 and open to anyone associated with a Chamber member business. Participation is not reserved to the representative(s) listed on the Chamber membership.
AHOY MATEYS IT'S A RIBBON CUTTING
The Anchor Restaurant (2932 Louisville Boatdock Rd., Louisville, TN) is holding its
grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony
July 9 at 1 p.m. Make plans to join us at this lakeside bistro. Can't make it? Check them out on your own, Tuesday-Thursday (11 a.m.-10 p.m.) or Friday-Saturday (11 a.m.-11 p.m.).
PERUSE THE DIALOGUE IN THIS EMAIL
So, here we go with our 138th installment The Dialogue at the bottom of this email. We visit with new Blount County Chamber member Chad Rogers & Victory Harbin, co-owners of
The Social Brand
which helps businesses market themselves online and in-person.
Make plans to attend Avoiding Harassment Claims in a #MeTooWorld on July 10 at 8:30 a.m at the Blount Partnership (201 S. Washington St., Maryville). Chad Hatmaker, a member of Woolf, McClane, Bright, Allen & Carpenter, PLLC, will be presenting. Now more than ever employers need to be up to date on the laws governing sexual harassment. This presentation focuses on how to avoid and, alternatively, limit your potential exposure to harassment claims in a #MeTooWorld.
This seminar has been approved for 1 continuing education unit.
SMOKY MOUNTAIN CLASSICC
A Blount County tradition returns for the 51st time as the
Smoky Mountain Classic Softball Tournament
runs July 12-14 at Sandy Springs Park. Games begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, and 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $6 Friday and Saturday at $5 Sunday. Children ages 6 & under free. No coolers allowed in gate!
To kick off the tournament, join us for the Home Run Derby on July 11 at Sandy Springs Park beginning at 5:30 p.m. to watch local participants compete and 7 p.m. for the main event. The event is free.
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, call 865-448-6886 Mon-Fri between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
VIEWING OF CLOSE ENCOUNTERS SET
To celebrate this year's Summer Reading theme of "A Universe of Stories," the Blount County Public Library (508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville) will be
screening Close Encounters of the Third Kind
on Monday, July 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Sharon Lawson Room. The film is rated PG with a run time of 135 minutes. The event is free and open to the public.
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!
GOT AN EVENT OR NEWS? WE'D LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT
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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.
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