Well, summer is here. But that doesn't mean the Chamber is on vacation. There are plenty of activities and networking opportunites available. Check them out below.
BIG BBQ BASH
The seventh annual Big BBQ Bash benefiting the Helen Ross McNabb Center is set for June 21-22 on the Greenbelt parking lot in Maryville, Tenn.
BBQ teams are now being accepted for this event with prize money totaling $7000. Register online at www.blountbbqbash.com
Amateur BBQ teams are also invited to "smoke up or shut up" by cooking their best plates of barbecue. Categories include: Pulled Pork, Ribs, Brisket, Chicken and "Anything BUTT." Awards will go to the top three teams in each category.
Friday night's live entertainment, sponsored by the Smokey Mountain Blues Society, is Detroit Daddy's with Jenna Jefferson and North Shore.
NEED YOUR FEEDBACK
As you know, the Blount Partnership has been working hard for its Chamber members. Now, we'd like some feedback on how we are doing. So please take a few minutes to answer seven questions
regarding the Chamber.
EAST TENNESSEE WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
One of the best events this early summer is the East Tennessee Women's Leadership Summit
being held this Friday, June 14 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Airport Hilton. We are little late in this notice, but you can still register. There are some great speakers and you can really learn a lot. In addition, Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Sharon Lee will receive the Lizzie Crozier French Women's Leadership Award.
BLOUNT COUNTY UNITED WAY GAS DAY
Is your company interested in supporting United Way Gas Day but can't volunteer at a station? Gas Day volunteers now have the opportunity to double tips collected at this year's event, and they need your help! Money raised assists more than 50,000 Blount County residents every year. For more information on being a tip match sponsor, please visit www.liveunitedblount.org
or call 865-982-2251 ext. 14. This year's Gas Day will be held on Friday, July 19.
LUNCH BOX SERIES: HEALTH REFORM UPDATE FOR EMPLOYERS
The Blount Partnership Lunch Box Series of discussions for business people has an upcoming discussion on June 28 about "Mitigating Risks in Your Business and Tort Reform Update" presented by John Elder & Taylor Williams of Paine, Tarwater, & Bickers, LLP. You don't want to miss this.
Cost for Chamber members will be $15. Non-members $25. The cost includes lunch.
Contact Vicky Jones at email@example.com or 983-2241.
Other Lunch Box Series topics are:
Aug. 30 - "Connect. Engage. Expand - Intergrating Social Engagement Into Your Communications Strategy" presented by Heather Ripley - Fletcher PR
Oct. 17 - Human Resources Supervisor's Training Seminar
Nov. 22 - "What Are They Changing Now? A Tax Update" presented by Nick Meals - Coulter & Justus, P.C.
SMOKY MOUNTAIN CLASSIC
The 45th Smoky Mountain Softball Classic is coming July 12-14. You won't want to miss it.
The Smoky Mountain Classic
combines the elements of the finest quality competition with the support of large enthusiastic crowds. It is played in a friendly, hospitable, down-home country fair atmosphere at the doorstep of the beautiful Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The nation's top teams are showcased at their best as they play for some of the most prestigious awards in the game.
The 2013 Smoky Mountain Classic is proud to be a part of the USSSA NIT series. Not only will a berth and points be awarded to teams participating in the series, but the highest finishing B & C teams will receive berths to their respective USSSA World tournaments.
SMTDA UNVEILS TWO MOBILE APPS
The Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority has brought Blount County and the Smoky Mountains to traveler with it's travel app and Circle the Smokies driving app available on the Apple iTunes store. Be sure to get these free apps for maps, lodging, food and attractions.