The first official day of Summer is upon us and now the dog days as Summer begin, we hope you are getting to enjoy the weather with family and friends.
In case you've missed it -- and with more than 10,000 views of the poster on Facebook
-- I don't think you have. But just in case, FreedomFest 2013 is set for this Saturday, June 29 from 6-11 p.m. at the Alcoa Duck Pond with food, music and fireworks.
The Springbrook pool is open from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. with swimming contests. Food vendors open at 6 along with military displays. Live entertainment also begins at 6 with Nuthin' Fancy followed by The Band of the Smoky Mountains. Fireworks are slated to go off at 9:40 p.m.
Have you checked out the Hot Deals
offered by Chamber members? There's some sizzling deals just for you. Be sure to add your deals too.
LOCAL LEGISLATIVE BRIEFINGS
Local Government leaders will discuss priorities, budget challenges and their vision for the future for your community. The briefings provide an excellent opportunity to strengthen and build new partnerships between members of the business community and local government officials.
RSVP to attend the briefing of your choice to this email or [email protected]. There is no cost to attend for chamber members.
Friday, June 28 - Blount County Government - Mayor Ed Mitchell
Friday, July 19 - City of Maryville - City Manager, Greg McClain
Friday, August 30 - City of Alcoa - City Manager, Mark Johnson
All briefings will be held at the Blount County Chamber, 201 S. Washington Street, Maryville, at 8:00 a.m.
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS UNITE
Are you a young professional looking to connect with your peers? Well, you need to check out the BYLD (Blount Young Leadership and Development) group which is holding its monthly meeting on June 27 at the Smoky Mountain Brewery beginning at 5:30 p.m. (743 Watkins Rd, Maryville).
So come mix and mingle with each other and continue to lead and develop our community as we want it. Please RSVP by email to Claire at [email protected]
or call 865.983.2241
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 SERIESS
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 protected] or 983-2241.
Other Lunch Box Series topics are:
Aug. 30 - "Connect. Engage. Expand - Integrating Social Engagement Into Your Communications Strategy" presented by Heather Ripley - Ripley 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 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.
GIVE US YOUR NEWS
Got good news about your business you'd like to share? Landed a big contract? Hired new manager?
If so, the Blount Partnership would like to know about it and share it through our social media channels and web site.
Not only is it good PR for your company, but it shows an active business community.
So share your news by emailing a press release or a complete description of your news to our communications director Jeff Muir