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Date: 7/31/2020

Blount Partnership Partners with East Tennessee’s First Virtual Conference and Trade Show

The first virtual business conference and trade show for East Tennessee will be held on August 13, 2020, on a computer near you.  The Summit is an opportunity to network with and engage business leaders across the East Tennessee region in a virtual environment and is co-sponsored by multiple local chambers of commerce and business partners, including Blount Partnership. Partners should contact the Partnership to receive their Summit discount for vendor booths.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, most in-person large conferences are projected to be postponed until late 2021. The lack of large-scale networking and educational opportunities has added to the weight many businesses are feeling during this time.  Presented by Epic Nine Marketing, the Summit provides a positive option to help businesses and local professionals continue forward in uncertain times. 

The virtual Summit platform provides the same options enjoyed at in-person conferences, including engaging speakers, practical seminars/workshops, business networking, vendor booths, and swag.  The Summit offers real-life human interaction in a way that feels natural.  Attendees will move between tables, vendor booths, and workshops just like they would at an in-person event with face-to-face, real-time communication even though the attendees may be hundreds of miles apart. 

Attendees will hear from keynote speakers and workshop leaders, including

  • Jessica Stollings-Holder:  Generational Fluency
  • Mark Schaefer:  Inspiring and Practical Business Considerations in a Time of Massive Uncertainty
  • AV Verekar:  ReThink IT
  • Samantha Lane:  Reshaping our Time, Post Pandemic
  • Tonia Latham:  LinkedIn – Connections that Pay Off
  • David Horsewood – Virtual Presentations

Partnerships for the Summit include multiple Chambers of Commerce and business groups, including:

  • Allevia Technology, technical partner
  • Rivers Advertising, promotional partner
  • SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)
  • KOSBE, The Small Business Connection
  • Small Business Development Center
  • Blount County Chamber of Commerce
  • Loudon County Chamber of Commerce
  • Monroe County Chamber of Commerce
  • Greene County Chamber of Commerce
  • Scott County Chamber of Commerce
  • Elizabethton Carter County Chamber of Commerce
  • Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce
  • Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce
  • Johnson City Chamber of Commerce
  • Kingsport Chamber of Commerce
  • Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce
  • Sevierville Chamber of Commerce
  • Knoxville Chamber of Commerce

For more info, ticket purchase, or trade show booth reservations, visit