Blount Partnership News & Events

 
Now that the kids are back in school and on their routine, it's time to jump back into the Chamber's programs with Pigs and Politics this Thursday, a Chamber Social presented by the Daily Times at Barley's next Tuesday (Aug. 13) and Coffee Club hosted by Smithview Pavilion on Aug. 29.
 
LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR THURSDAY'S PIGS AND POLITICS
There are limited number of tickets remaining for the second annual Pigs and Politics thank you to the elected officials set for Thursday, Aug. 8 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Maryville College's Alumni Gym. Sponsored by Calhoun's, this afternoon of fun, BBQ, beer and networking offers our elected leaders a chance to be more casual. There will be two dunking booths to double the fun of seeing your favorite community leader get wet while collecting "tips" for their favorite non-profit organization.
 
Tickets are $15 for Chamber members and available by calling 865.983.2241 or online.
 
Serving for tips are Sen. Doug Overbey (Secret Safe Place), Register of Deeds Phyllis Crisp (Shop with a Cop), Mayor Ed Mitchell (Boys & Girls Club), Mayor Tom Taylor (BC Library Foundation), Rep. Art Swann (Haven House)

Getting dunked are Blount County Commissioner Gary Farmer (BC Education Foundation, BC Community Action), Blount County Commissioner Tab Burkhalter (New Hope CAC, Family Promise), Blount County Commissioner Richard Carver (Cystic Fibrosis), Rep. Bob Ramsey (BC Community Action)

Pie toss participants include Blount County Commissioner Tab Burkhalter (New Hope CAC, Family Promise), Mayor Ed Mitchell (Boys & Girls Club)
 
GETTING READY TO GO TO THE BANK
A FREE business planning workshop is scheduled for Aug. 22 from 9 a.m.-noon covering the essential elements of a business plan including organization, market research, costs, cash flow, financing and projections. Learn where to find the information and how to incorporate it into your business plan. The class includes a workbook and is a non-PowerPoint class. Register here.
 
HEATHER RIPLEY TO PRESENT AT "LUNCH BOX SERIES"
Heather Ripley of Ripley PR, LLC, is scheduled to be the guest presenter at the Aug. 30 Lunch Box Series hosted at the Chamber from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Her topic is "Connect. Engage. Expand - Integrating Social Engagement Into Your Communications Strategy," We'll discuss how to develop an interactive and engaged fan base and gain a competitive advantage with a global marketing reach.
 
The cost is $15 and includes a box lunch. Sign up online or contact Vicky to register.
 
BLOUNT COUNTY PR ROUNDTABLE AUG. 21 TO SHARE EDUCATION-FOCUSED OUTREACH STRATEGIES
School is getting back in session across East Tennessee, and the recently launched Blount County Public Relations Quarterly Roundtable will focus its second panel discussion Aug. 21 on the topic, "Leveraging Educational Support as a PR Strategy for Community Outreach, Media Relations and Social Media."
 
Roundtable leaders will include Sharon Anglim, director of communications for Maryville City Schools; Melissa Ogden, director of public affairs for Knox County Schools; Graham Thomas, director of college access for tnAchieves; and Barbara Jenkins, executive director of the Maryville City Schools Foundation.
 
The roundtable will take place Wed., Aug. 21, at Compass House at the rear of the building of the former Ft. Craig School (now the Boys & Girls Club), 520 S. Washington St., Maryville, Tenn., from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. A light lunch will be served; $5 Dutch treat.
 
The roundtable is open to the public, particularly public relations and marketing communications professionals from Blount County and beyond who want to engage with their colleagues in idea-exchanges and best practices for successful communications strategies.
 
This session will focus on how to integrate corporate, non-profit or governmental agency support for education with effective brand, reputation and relationship-building. Participants are invited to share their ideas and past experiences with support for education as part of a larger public relations strategy.
 
RSVPs are requested in advance by Mon., Aug. 12, by contacting Cureton Gannon, 982-6626 or Cureton@marybethwest.com
 
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF BLOUNT COUNTY NEEDS YOUR HELP FOR KaBOOM!
We need excited and eager volunteers to help prepare the playground site and/or participate in the playground Build Day. We need volunteers for various levels of work, ranging from working the registration booth to installing the playground itself.
 
We will need the most volunteers on Build Day, Sept. 21. But, we also need volunteers on a Site Prep Day, Sept. 19, and some standby volunteers for Sept. 20, if a second Site Prep Day is needed.
 
More info on KaBoom!
 
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