• 27 Dec 2018 2:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    December 2018

    Mark On Your Calendar!

    Mon, Dec 31
    New Year's Eve
    Office Closed

    Tues, Jan 1
    New Year's Day
    Office Closed

    Tues, Jan 8
    Marion County Childcare Needs Strategic Planning

    Tues, Jan 22
    Marion County Childcare Needs Strategic Planning

    Thurs, Jan 24
    Lunch & Learn - Marketing Planning

    Tues, Jan 29
    Marion County Childcare Needs Strategic Planning


    Furniture Boutique 

    Take Advantage of your Chamber Resources

    Greater Des Moines Partnership

    Community Event Calendar

    Chamber Event Schedule

    Ribbon Cutting Criteria

    Chamber Social Media Posting Guidelines

    Chamber News 

    Happy New Year!

    The start of a new year can go one of two ways, it can be refreshing or it can be stressful. Let's choose the better of the two, shall we? Here at the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, we are starting 2019 on great footing with a Business Plan in place. Feel free to take a look at what we'll be adding to our already existing programming in 2019. Please note that our Business Plan is a living document meaning we'll use it to guide our actions but if it needs tweaked, we will do so.  

    All of this will be presented at the Annual Gathering as well. The event will take place in late February. Look for details soon. 

    Lunch & Learn - Marketing Planning 

    Our first Lunch & Learn of 2019 is going to be one you will not want to miss; to make sure you start the new year organized in your business. Join us on Thursday, January 24 from noon-1:30 at the Knoxville Community School District Administration Building located at 309 W Main Street.

    Local marketing professionals, Mike Benson of Peace Tree Brewing Company, Dena Gray-Fisher of Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, and Dave Hoke of Iowa State Savings Bank will be on our panel answering questions and giving tips on the importance of focused and strategically planned marketing. The session will touch on 5 of the biggest struggles for small business marketing:
    • Lack of time
    • Lack of understanding of target customer
    • Lack of resources/money
    • Lack of focus
    • Lack of differentiating 

    You will leave this session with a calendar resource of local events to help you with your promotions for the year. You will also have a chance at the end to bring your questions and struggles that can be answered in a small group setting with one of the speakers. 

    Lunch WILL be provided by Iowa State Savings Bank
    There is no cost for members and $10 for non-members.
    Reserve your spot.

    Partnership Perk

    Members of the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce are now automatically Members of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. We collaborate with The Partnership to provide tools and resources to help make your business more efficient.

    One of those tools is the online Career Center, which offers access to employment information and enhanced tools to help employers and job seekers find each other more quickly. Businesses may post as many job openings as they wish and review a database of resumes. Job seekers, including students who are seeking internships, can upload their resume and browse open positions. The Career Center also pulls job postings from within a 60-mile radius of Greater Des Moines (DSM).

    Now is a great time to search the site for candidates as the fall semester campus recruitment season has come to a close and there are many new candidates for full-time and internship positions. There continues to be growing interest in careers in DSM from students all across the Midwest. Access the Career Center on The Partnership website today.

    The Career Center is another way that our Chamber Members can tap into The Partnership’s regional network. To learn more about the opportunities our regional membership model offers and how to connect with fellow Partnership Regional Business Members, go

    Order #IChooseKnoxville Shirts for your Staff

    If you are a business wanting to purchase #IChooseKnoxville t-shirts for your staff you can order them online now. All shirts must be ordered by 11:59 pm on Monday, December 31

    Cathy Struecker of Cairn Yoga & Wellness Studio started her own movement on social media. We think it's a great idea and everyone is welcome to join! "

    I'm starting my own personal  t-shirt Fridays... tag a local business or friend & join me if you'd like!" - Cathy

    If you'd like to join, snap a photo of you or your staff wearing #IChooseKnoxville shirts, post on social media why you choose your community, or just go out and do something good. If you're willing to share, make sure you tag us at the Knoxville Chamber and use #IChooseKnoxville.

    City Launches VA District Redevelopment Website
    With the help of Knoxville Hospital & Clinics and the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, the City of Knoxville has launched awebsite to help better inform residents about the progress of the Veterans Affairs Campus. 

    The project itself is called The Va District Redevelopment Project and entails the City of Knoxville and Marion County working collectively to gain local control of the land and building formerly known as the Veterans Affairs Campus. 

    We encourage you to take a look at the website to learn the latest progress of the project and have all of your questions answered.

    Follow Us on Social Media

    If you don't already, follow us on FacebookTwitter & Instagram to get more timely updates and Knoxville Chamber happenings.  

  • 19 Nov 2018 4:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018


    Knoxville Chamber becomes the 24th Affiliate Chamber of The Partnership

    GREATER DES MOINES, IOWA (Nov. 20, 2018) – The Knoxville Chamber of Commerce has joined the Greater Des Moines Partnership as an Affiliate Chamber. The Knoxville Chamber has 140 Business Members, all of which automatically become Regional Business Members of The Partnership. The Knoxville Chamber joins 23 fellow Affiliate Chamber Members from throughout Greater Des Moines (DSM) and extends the regional business community of The Partnership to more than 6,400 Businesses Members.

    “We are excited to be joining the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s network of Affiliate Chambers,” said Hannah Vander Veer, Executive Director of the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce. “We are dedicated to growing a vibrant business community and our connections to fellow Affiliate Chambers and access to The Partnership’s resources will help our businesses continue to grow and prosper.”

    Under The Partnership’s regional member model, business members of The Partnership have access to a wide range of tools to help their business and workforce grow. Some Member advantages include:

    The Affiliate Chambers' programming elevates the voice of small business and creates connections for regional members to access other local businesses and the community at large.

    “What an exciting day to welcome the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce to the Greater Des Moines Partnership,” said Jonathan Koester, President of Koester | Development and the 2018 Chair of The Partnership’s Affiliate Presidents’ Council. “We are stronger when we work together, and Knoxville’s addition to the network helps continue to ensure the region grows and prospers for current and future generations.”

    About the Greater Des Moines Partnership

    The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 24 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,400 Regional Business Members and more than 340 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at

    About the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce

    The Knoxville Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering a vibrant business community through effective communication and stakeholder engagement. We promote business, encourage others to shop local, and shop local ourselves. The Chamber is located at 217 S. 2nd Street in the historic Dixie Gebhardt house. Learn more at


  • 6 Nov 2018 11:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The most wonderful time of the year also comes with the hardest task of the year. What in the world do you get friends and family as gifts? Thankfully, we’ve put together a list for all of the different people you have in your life! And the best part? Everything is LOCAL to the Knoxville area provided by Knoxville Chamber of Commerce members.

    For those with a love of local libations
    The Knoxville area has no shortage of places to grab a good drink. How about gifting something someone can sit down and enjoy over good conversation that was made right in the area?

    Peace Tree Brewing Company – Grab a growler to go or a mix & match 6-pack.
    Nearwood Winery Buy a bottle or two of favorites like Speedway Sweet or Raceway Red.
    Tassel Ridge Winery Treat the hosts to some award winning La Crescent, Candleglow Red or White,  or Red White & Blue.
    Bertrand Monument – A drink is only as good as the glass it’s served in. Custom etched beer or wine glasses are sure to be a hit.

    For those who have a green thumb
    We know them, we love them, we want to be them. For the friends or family who have no trouble keeping things alive, celebrate them and their talent with gifts that will amplify those green thumbs.

    Metal Pushers- Gift them with colorful yard and garden art perfect for accessorizing their already beautiful spaces.
    Candi’s Flowers How about houseplants, home gifts, or take the work out of it with one arrangement a month for a year?

    For those who have great taste in gear
    A closet is never too full, especially when it’s filled with pieces that a person loves.

    Ramaekers Screen Printing – Choose from an array of Knoxville Panther gear. Or get creative and make something custom.
    National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Take your pick from tanks, tees, sweatshirts, jackets… you could basically buy an entirely new wardrobe for any sprint car lover in your life.
    Elite Dance By Nicole - For any dancer, new attire is always appreciated. Find dance wear along with handmade gifts like signs and jewelry. 
    Furniture Boutique - Not only do they have gorgeous, re-purposed furniture, Furniture Boutique offers an assortment of women's clothing and shoes. 

    For those who highly value health
    The holidays amplify reasons to exercise and be healthy, and the New Year is a perfect time for a person to start a new routine.

    KNX Fitness Maximize their health with a membership to Knoxville’s most comprehensive and inclusive, health, wellness, and fitness center specializing in Crossfit.
    Cairn Yoga & Wellness Studio Send your aspiring yogi to a yoga immersion workshop to learn the basics of Adamantine Yoga, and the importance of health, harmony, and happiness.
    Knoxville Rec Center For the ones who like all types of exercise, a pass at the Knoxville Rec Center will give them access to the pool, gym, workout room, and a number of classes.
    Anytime Fitness Purchase a membership for those with an a-typical schedule who can just go workout anytime day or night.

    For those who appreciate appearance
    A ‘treat yourself’ or ‘self care’ mentality is never a bad thing. Treat your gift receivers with some self care.

    Teeth whitening treatment:
    Dental Designs
    Knoxville Dental Center

    A good hair day:
    Exsalonce Image Design 
    Grand Headlines
    Salon 114

    For those whose heart is located in their stomach
    Just like there is no shortage of places to grab a good drink, there is no shortage of places to grab some good eats.

    Give the gift of a delicious night out with a gift card to:
    One Eleven Public House - Let them peruse a neighborhood public house serving craft cocktails, regional craft beer, bold wines & sexy comfort food!
    Elk Rock Grille - Feast at a family-owned steakhouse located north of Knoxville and home of the best steak on the lake!
    Atlantic & Pacific Pub - An upscale drinking establishment with appetizers and delicious days like Taco Tuesday; Blood Mary, Mimosa & Breakfast Burrito Bar the first Sunday of the month; and happy hour with soup on Thursday. 

    For lunch lovers:
    Coffee Connection - Enjoy fresh coffee, breakfast, lunch, and dinner six days a week.
    Subway - Select from endless options of subs, soups, and salads.
    Pizza Hut - Purchase pizza for carry out or stay in for their lunch buffet.
    McDonalds - Who doesn’t love an American stable for a quick lunch?

    For those who like to cook themselves:
    Hy-Vee - Grab items from the grocery, bakery, and meat counter.
    Fareway - Find a selection of items from the grocery and meat counter.

    For those who cherish memories

    Book an appointment for a photography session from:

    Treasured Portraits
    MW Images
    Advertising by Jackson
    Adalily Photography

    Give them a night they won't soon forget:
    Grand Theater - Any movie lover would appreciate a gift certificate so they can watch that movie they have been dying to see. Complete with that nostalgic movie theater feel and delicious buttered popcorn, it's a small town movie theater experience anyone will love.

    For those who appreciate adventure
    Experiences make life’s best memories. Give them a weekend or day they won’t soon to forget.

    Horn’s Ferry Hideaway – Enjoy a relaxing getaway in a cabin by the Des Moines River. Take some fishing poles, hiking shoes, and bicycles.
    Knoxville Raceway – season tickets, Nationals tickets, or just a single day; Whatever you choose, between the dirt in your beer, the smell of ethanol in the air, and the thrill of being at the best sprint car track in the world, it’s sure to be a rush.
    Slideways Karting Center Treat someone you love to a party all for themselves or just a night out in the go-kart version of a sprint car.

    For those with a bit of tricky taste
    Sometimes giving gifts isn’t so easy. For those hard to please, we’ve picked out a few good - maybe a little bit over-the-top ideas.

    US Cellular – It’s not so over-the-top, but perfect for electronics lover in your life. How about a smart phone, tablet, or accessories?
    MotorInn – Who wouldn’t think that a new car would be the best Christmas gift ever?!
    New House – Or you could check in with Devore Homes,  Summit Realty, Iowa Realty or Sundance Realty to see what houses are currently on the market.

    (I mean, we did give you a warning some of the ideas were a bit over the top.) ;)  

  • 29 Oct 2018 4:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    October 2018

    Mark On Your Calendar!

    Tues, Oct 30
    Lunch & Learn

    Wed, Oct 31
    Halloween Open House

    Mon, Nov 5:
    HCI Care Services (now known as Every Step) ribbon cutting & open house

    Thurs, Nov 15:
    Living Windows

    Thurs, Nov 22:
    Thanksgiving - Office Closed

    Fri, Nov 23:
    Black Friday - Office Closed

    Sat, Nov 24:
    Small Business Saturday - Submit your information to us!


    Accura HealthCare

    McKay Group

    Morning KIWANIS & City of Knoxville

    Chamber News 

    "We have a strategic plan, it's called doing things."

    But in all reality, thanks to each of you who took a couple of minutes to answer our 2018 Chamber Satisfaction Survey. The results helped the board determine the direction of the next few years. Out of the planning session, the board commonly agreed on three, ten year visions: 

    1. The Knoxville Chamber of Commerce will be considered the most important resource for existing and potential businesses in the Knoxville, Iowa area. 
    2. The Knoxville Chamber of Commerce will contribute to Knoxville residents' quality of life through a vibrant business community.
    3. Businesses in the Knoxville, Iowa area will understand the importance and have the routine of actively engaging with the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce regularly.
    How will be reach these visions, you ask? It's easy (sort of)! The board is in the processes of breaking these down to easily measurable and attainable 3-year, 1-year, and quarterly goals. 

    Once we have our business plan finished and tidy, you will be the first to know. Until then, if you have feedback or questions, don't hesitate to reach out.

    Chamber Board Election

    The electronic ballot closed on Wednesday, October 24 and the paper ballots will close on Friday, October 26. If you have not received either and are a current chamber member, please reach out ASAP.

    The board is filling three outgoing board spots for Maggie Hamilton-Beyer, Sara McKay, and Martin Duffy. New board members will be reported out once they are finalized. 

    Lunch & Learn - Marion County Economic Development

    October's Lunch & Learn Series will feature Carla Eysink from Marion County Economic Development. Carla will focus on:

    • Business Resources that exist at the local, regional, and statelevel for workforce training, business planning, marketing, and other opportunities 
    • An overview of challenges facing prime employers
    • Information on county economic development initiatives 

    This session does not include lunch but all are welcome to bring their lunch along with them to enjoy during the hour of learning. Please note that this session is free for all Chamber members and employees and $10 for all non-members. It will be located in the Learning Center at Knoxville Hospital and Clinics from noon-1:00 pm on Tuesday, October 30. Please register here

    Halloween Open House

    It's no trick, let us treat you!

    You all work hard and we are here to appreciate you. Allow yourself a bit of a break during a busy holiday work day to enjoy some complimentary apple cider and Midwest Dinky Donuts while supplies last.

    Chamber members, employees, and whoever else needs encouragement are welcome.

    Living Windows is Quickly Approaching

    THRIVE Knoxville is hard at work coordinating Living Windows this year which will take place on Thursday, November 15 from 5:30-7:30 pm. If you are located around the square, you should have received a letter with details about the event. If you haven't please, reach out and I will make sure you get one. 

    For all other businesses interested in getting involved, you can contact Larissa Van Donselaar at

    To stay up-to-date on all Living Windows happenings, give them a 'like' on Facebook.

    Marion County Child Care Study
    To better understand current needs, Marion County Development Commission along with several community partners are working with First Children’s Finance to study the supply and demand for child care in Marion County.  A component of the research was to gain input from parents that live or work in Marion County, that have children age 12 or younger which has been completed. 

    Thank you to all who took the Marion County Child Care Assessment from a parent standpoint. The link for the employer surveys will be open until November 15. If a representative from your place of work (no matter the size or category) hasn't taken the survey yet, please do:

    If you have an interest in diving deeper into this relevant issue and helping to create strategy around it, you are invited to attendstrategic planning sessions. Please note that each session takes place at two different times and at two different locations. You only need to attend one.

    Small Business Saturday
    Are you planning a sale or promotion during Small Business Saturday? Let us help you promote it! Submit your information to ouronline event calendar. It will also be included in our bi-monthly Event E-Newsletter.

    Follow Us on Social Media

    If you don't already, follow us on FacebookTwitter & Instagram to get more timely updates and Knoxville Chamber happenings.  

  • 12 Oct 2018 11:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There are plenty of reasons to wear your costumes this year. Knoxville is celebrating Halloween with events for all ages.

    Freakin’ Friday: Halloween Edition
    Friday, October 26 from 2-11 pm – Peace Tree Brewing Company
    Get your costumes ready and head Peace Tree’s way for beer, pizza specials, pumpkin paining, and live music with The Surf Zombies!

    • 2PM-7PM: Pumpkin Painting - Bring the kids! Receive a pumpkin to paint with the purchase of Peace Tree Root Beer or beer.
    • 2PM-11PM: $1 Off Special - Beer TBA
    • 5PM-9PM: $10 Fast Freddy's Pizza Special - Order and enjoy in the taproom
    • 8PM-10PM: Live Music with The Surf Zombies- Wear your costumes and dancing shoes. The Surf Zombies are back and ready to groove!
    No tickets or cover charge required. More details.

    Treats in the Trunk
    Saturday, October 27 from 1-3 pm – Knoxville City’s Parking Lot on South 3rd Street
    Knoxville Optimist Club in conjunction with many other organizations in town will gather beside the Knoxville Fire Department for an afternoon of activities and treats. Bring your little ghosts and goblins in costume to celebrate.

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show
    Saturday, October 27 from 10-11:40 pm – The Grand Theater
    This audience participation, cult classic plays at the Grand Theater this fall for one show only! Dress up, practice your "Time Warp" steps, get your props together (or purchase a $3 bag of props at the theater). Specifics on what props allowed are posted at 

    $5 tickets sold only at the door on day of show beginning at 9:00 pm. More details.

    Begger’s Night
    Tuesday, October 30 from 6-8 pm - Knoxville
    The town will be buzzing with kiddos in costume going door to door. Be sure to have your porch lights on if you welcome treat-or-treaters. Drive with extra caution and keep an out for pedestrians crossing streets.

    Trunk or Treat
    Wednesday, October 31 from  6-9 pm – New Journey Church
    Another excuse to get your kids in costume and celebrate on Halloween with giant inflatables, loads of candy, hot dogs, hot chocolate, and tons of games! And the best part? This event and everything it entails are free and open to the public! More details.

    One Eleven's Halloween Party
    Wednesday, October 31 from  5-10 pm – One Eleven Public House Kitchen + Drink
    111 is hosting their first ever All Hallows Eve Party and there is loads of fun to be had. Costumes encourage (there will be prizes), Nintendo play off (more prizes), bobbing (yep, prizes for that too!) and of course – drinking, eating, shenanigans, and music. There may even be a special guest behind the bar. Seats are limited, so they recommend coming early. More details.

    Details are subject to change. We always suggest that you check with the business or organization for questions on final details.

  • 19 Sep 2018 3:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Need to increase business? Looking for new ideas? Don’t want to reinvent the wheel? Interested in being in the same room as people who may be experiencing the same things as you?  One of the best ways to build a successful business, or grow a current one, is to network and attend local networking sessions. An hour of time could be the ROI you are looking for.


    1) Connect ​with other business owners in the community. Would you normally meet these people in your daily routine? Probably not. Connecting can lead to new business leads. Some contacts can refer you to other contacts. It also gives you the chance to be in the same room as others in similar industries that might be experiencing the same difficulties as you. It is good to be reminded that you are not alone.

    2) Word-of-Mouth Recommendations. ​This is an essential reason for networking! The more people you know what you do, the more recommendations you will get. Successful businesses are built on referrals and good public relations. 

    3) Gain new ideas. ​Obtain excellent advice from people. Your dialog may inspire your new contact to come up with a solution that you haven’t thought of. Best of all it didn’t cost you a thing! Win-win right? 

    4) Promote your business. ​ Not only can you learn from others, but your attendance in networking events such as Business After Hours is a great way to get your business in front of others. Again, all it costs you is your time at the meeting. And you may end up gaining additional business in the process!

    5) Make great business relationships. ​ Sharing ideas with each other and your enthusiasm with others like you creates strong business relationships. They, in turn, are very powerful forces in building your network! If you could learn one new strategy, gain a new business client, just by attending Business After Hours, is there any reason you wouldn’t attend? Of course networking is one piece of the business pie, but not networking sells yourself short and possibly not gain new insight, or new customers/clients. It's too valuable of a business strategy to not do so.

    You know what the great news is? Here at the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, we host a Business After Hour once per quarter providing you opportunity for all of these things! Check out details on our upcoming Business After Hours. 

  • 10 Sep 2018 9:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Get your flannels, pumpkin decor, and festive selves ready because fall is (almost) here! Knoxville is always beautiful and full of things to do, especially when the weather turns crisp and leaves change colors.  Here are 9 events you need to put on your calendar this fall in Knoxville!

    1. Late Model Nationals Knoxville Raceway September 13-15
    The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series makes their way to Knoxville for the 15th Annual Late Model Nationals presented by Casey’s General Store.  One of Knoxville Raceway’s biggest events of the year, the Late Model Nationals is one last hurrah to the racing season.

    2. A & P Pub End of Summer Party  September 21, 7:00 pm
    Atlantic & Pacific Pub’s last outdoor event of the season will feature Rocky Raccoon, a Beetle’s Tribute Band. Be sure to try a special fall drink while you’re there. May we suggest a Pumpkin Mule? Must be 21 or older to attend.

    3. Knoxville Community Schools Homecoming Week • September 24-29
    This annual tradition of Knoxville Homecoming to welcome home past Panther graduates is a week full of activity.
    Monday, September 24 – Joel Tonda Tennis Court Dedication, 5pm; Students and staff compete in the always entertaining to watch Dodgeball Tournament, 6pm @ High School
    Tuesday, September 25 – Panther Invitational Cross Country, 4:15 @ Pine  Knolls Golf Club; Volleyball vs Eddyville Blakeburg Fremont, starting with Freshman at 5:30 at the Knoxville High School
    Thursday, September 27 – Jersey Auction, 5:30 pm; Pep Assembly, 7:00 pm; Iron Man, 8:00 pm @ High School; Powder Puff, 9:00 pm @ Randy Wilson Track
    Friday,  September 28 – Alumni Association Lunch, 11:30 am @ Dyer Hudson Hall;  Parade, 3pm in downtown Knoxville; Football Game, starting @ 4:45 with the Freshman game vs. Grinnell
    Saturday, September 29 – Alumni Dance, 7:00 pm @ Dyer Hudson Hall

    4. Nearwood Winery Vineyard Open House • September 29, 12:00-5:30 pm
    Knoxville's first and only winery has expanded and its new location is now open! Join Nearwood Winery for a Stakeholder's Open House which includes live music by Highway 14 Blues Band, appetizers, and wine! Tour the new facility and check out the beautiful views in the new space located just south of Knoxville. 

    5. Farm Crawl • Sunday, October 7, 11am-5pm
    The tradition of Farm Crawl occurs on the first Sunday in October.  Six independent family farms welcome guests from all over Iowa for an afternoon of tours, farm animal visits, demonstrations, samples, and special guest vendors. Make your way through southern Marion and Lucas County and visit Blue Gate Farm, Coyote Run Farm, Crooked Gap Farm, Pierce’s Pumpkin Patch, Schneider Orchard, and Williams Tool Works, for perfect, fall, family fun!

    6. Brews & Muse at Peace Tree Brewing Co.  October 13, 4-11pm
    Brews & Muse is Peace Tree’s biggest outdoor party of the year. It is an evening of live music, local food, and craft beer in the heart of downtown Knoxville. The first 300 attendees receive a free commemorative Brews & Muse glass. Ticket range in price from $8-$15.

    7. HCI Bucket Bash  October 13, 6-8pm 
    Hospice Center of Iowa’s 8th Annual Bucket Bash is a great event and it support a good cause. The evening will be filled with entertainment, appetizers, Peace Tree beer, and great raffle prizes consisting of buckets filled with local eats, gift cards, and experiences for you and your family to enjoy! All proceeds will benefit end-of-life experiences and services for patients.   Tickets are $30/person

    8. Pierce’s Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival • October 13 & 14
    If there is a perfect place in fall in Marion County, it is Pierce’s Pumpkin Patch. Fall Festival includes numerous craft vendors; the Country Store with costumes and fall décor will be open; and countless varieties of pumpkins, square, and gourds. Kids will love the hay bale maze and the photo ops are endless.  Lunch will also be available to purchase both days.

    9. Begger’s Night  • October 30, 6-8 pm
    All of the little ghosts and goblins will be out knocking on doors filling their bags with treats. Begger’s Night is a city wide event. Residents are encouraged to keep their front door lights on if they are passing out candy.

    - - - 

    Do you have an event that you want people to know about in Knoxville? Make sure you submit your information to the Chamber's online event calendar. We send out a newsletter to 2000 subscribers every other week! 

  • 30 Aug 2018 2:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Knoxville Chamber of Commerce's Director, Hannah Vander Veer's update of Chamber news. 

    August 2018

    Mark On Your Calendar!

    Mon, Sept 3
    Labor Day - Office Closed

    Wed, Sept 5
    RVTV Cy-Hawk Tailgate, Downtown Knoxville

    Thurs, Sept 13-Sat, Sept 15
    Late Model Nationals, Knoxville Raceway

    Mon, Sept 17
    Nearwood Winery Ribbon Cutting

    Tues, Sept 18
    Lunch & Learn, Cobblestone Hotel & Suites

    Fri, Sept 28

    Tues, Oct 2

    Business After Hours, Bertrand Monument

    Congratulations to the following businesses on their August Ribbon Cuttings:

    Elite Dance by Nicole

    Grand Headlines

    Chamber Office Hours

    8:30 am-12:00 pm 

    Please note that these are only advertised open hours, we usually have someone in the office daily until 5:00 pm. If you would like to visit in the afternoon, we recommend you call ahead of time. 

    Chamber News 

    Fall Is Good & So Is Planning
    The season still reads summer but the weather totally reads fall. For many businesses and non-profits, fall is a busy time of year tiding up everything to get ready for the end of the fiscal year and to start a new one. The Chamber is included in that as well. Our strategic planning process will begin in October with our current board but we would love to have feedback from you as well. We will be sending out a survey in the next couple of weeks. We would be grateful if you could take a couple of minutes to fill it out. Constructive feedback is the only way we can continue to be better for you. More details to come.

    THRIVE Knoxville has been doing a great job preparing for WHO's RVTV arriving on Wednesday, September 5. This is a great event that brings the community together in downtown Knoxville. If you
    are interested in participating or helping out, you can reach out to Heather Ussery and Katrina Nelson

    If you come downtown to enjoy the festivities, representatives from the Chamber will be spreading the good word of Knoxville and having a fun photo booth in the gazebo on the courthouse lawn. 

    2018 Knoxville Nationals

    A HUGE Thank You to everyone who volunteered, decorated store windows, worked extra hours, housed guests, participated in the parade, or did anything to welcome visitors to our community during Nationals. We had a busy but successful week here at the Chamber. If you see any Knoxville Raceway employees, be sure to give them some kind words. Those folks work hard to put on such a great event.

    If you have feedback about any Chamber programming during Nationals, please reach out. We are continuing to make notes for next year so we can continually strive to be better. 

    You should also be aware that the Knoxville Raceway has one last major event happening September 13-15. The 15th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Nationals is the Raceway's second largest event of the year and brings in visitors from all over for a three day racing event. Be sure to welcome them kindly, they will be looking for things to do around town during the day.

    Lunch & Learn
    The Chamber's next Lunch & Learn will be held on 
    Tuesday, September 18 at the Cobblestone Hotel & Suites from 12:00-1:00 pm. A representative from the City of Knoxville will be on hand to answer any constructive questions about the Highway 14 Road Diet project. We will also discuss how the project could impact businesses. Be sure to check your emails for more updates as the event gets closer.

    Business After Hours
    Fall Business After Hours will be hosted by Bertrand Monument on Tuesday, October 2 from 4:30-6:00 pm. The event is open house style and a great way to connect to other Chamber members and learn about what the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce is up to.


    Welcome Lauren Bagby!
    The Chamber is excited to host an intern from Central College this 
    fall. Lauren is a senior at Central majoring in Business Management. She will be focusing on creating an action plan to help improve Chamber and community involvement during the Knoxville Nationals.  

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  • 3 Jul 2018 8:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    America's holiday. Eat, drink, and be merry with 5 Knoxville Chamber Members this 4th of July!

    1. Coffee Connection
    Open 7:00 am - 5:00 pm on Independence Day with discounts and special drinks like an Apple Pie Latte or a George Washington with cherry, almond & vanilla.

    2. Nearwood Winery
    Open noon-4:00 pm on July 4 with delicious sangria and Nearwood Wine. Might we suggest you enjoy drinks on the patio?

    3. Peace Tree Brewing Company
    Open 1:00-7:00 pm with a Best Burger Contest organized by THRIVE Knoxville on the patio! Mile Long Lager and burgers? It can't be beat!

    4. A & P Pub
    Open 10:00-2:00 pm for Bloody Marys & Mimosas (and a host of other drinks, of course!) Indulge responsibly and celebrate accordingly.

    5. Hy-Vee
    Hy-Vee will be taking part in THRIVE Knoxville's 4th of July activities with a tent set up downtown for lunch. Not only does food taste better outside, it tastes even better outside on the 4th of July!

    We encourage everyone to take part in THRIVE Knoxville's 4th of July activities happening on the square and we appreciate all those who have put in work to make this event possible. 

    Have a Happy & Safe 4th of July!

  • 2 Jul 2018 2:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    June 2018

    Mark On Your Calendar!

    Wed, July 4
    Independence Day - Office Closed

    Tues, July 10: 
    Business After Hour - Cairn Yoga & Wellness Studio 

    Fri, July 20:
    Nationals Event Submission Deadline

    Sat, July 21: 
    Aussie Agency, Marion County Tribune, Karizma Ribbon Cutting and Open House

    Tues, July 24:
    Hospitality Training - Grand Theater 

    Mon, July 31: 
    Nationals Parade Registration Deadline

    Wed, August 1:
    Elite Dance New Location Ribbon Cutting

    Welcome to Knoxville! 

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    Chamber News 

    Office Renovation  

    We're making progress on our office update. New floor, new paint, new porch roof, and new decor! We have officially transitioned our office space to the north end of the Dixie Gebhart house. Please note that the entrance door has changed. You can now enter our office through the left door when facing the house. 

    Hospitality Training 

    We are happy to present Hospitality Training given by Ginny Krichau who is the Director of Patient Experience at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics

    The session will be held twice on Tuesday, July 24 from 10:00-11:00 am and again from 5:00-6:00 pm at The Grand Theater in downtown Knoxville.

    Attendees will learn about creating personal connections with customers, common courtesy, showing caring compassion, and going the extra mile.

    Who should attend? Anyone and everyone are welcome but we highly recommend this training for:

    • Front-line employees who interact with customers often
    • Business and community leaders
    • Organization volunteers
    • Managers of retail shops, restaurants, attractions, hotels, gas stations, and convenience stores
    Cost to attend is free to Knoxville Chamber members and $10/person for non-members. Payment will be due at the event. 

    There is no limit on how many employees can attend so invite your whole staff but please make sure to pre-register.

    Business After Hours

    Business After Hours is a great opportunity for local business owners and employees to get together on a quarterly basis to network. 

    Summer's Business After Hours will be hosted by Cairn Yoga & Wellness Studio on Tuesday, July 10 from 4:30-6:00 pm. Come and go as you please and enjoy some light snacks and refreshments as well as the company of others in the Knoxville area business community. 


    It's that time of year where we are seeing checkered flags in our dreams. Make sure your business is taking full advantage of the opportunities that the Knoxville Nationals brings to town. 


    The Knoxville Chamber of Commerce and McKay Insurance Agency are happy to host the 2018 Nationals Parade during the58th Annual 5-hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Stores which takes place in downtown Knoxville and is enjoyed by hundred of locals and race fans from around the world. Enter your float by Friday, July 30.

    Community Event Submission
    Sure there is a lot going on at the track but there is also a lot going on around town. Submit your business or group's information by July 20 to be included our website and collaborative marketing efforts during Nationals.

    Give your employees a chance to get in on the Nationals action! The Chamber is looking for friendly, fun people to be smiling faces for fans who will be coming to Knoxville. People are needed to help for 2 to 3 hour increments with parking and the parade. Sign up.

    Window Painting 
    Frosty Harrington is painting business windows for the 2018 Knoxville Nationals starting the beginning of July. Each painting is $50. To schedule yours, call 641-891-7121.

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