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Chamber plans educational lunch

Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce is hoping to reach out to Hardin Valley business owners with the next event in its Brown Bag Educational Luncheon series, to be held at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 15.

“The brown bag lunches are typically an educational series where people come in with different areas of expertise,” Mike Such, Chamber Board of Directors chair, said.

“We get different people come in to talk about different things,” he added. Topics have included Web advertising, starting up a small business, advertising for a small business and evaluating your business.

“The lunch runs an hour-and-a-half with the first half hour being everyone eating a ‘brown bag’ lunch. The Chamber provides the beverages,” Chamber media coordinator Judy Briody said.

“The last hour is for the speaker. The purpose of this event is for everyone to take away three ideas that they can implement in their own personal or business lives,” she added.

The July 15 luncheon will feature speakers Such and Chamber president and CEO Bettye Sisco, who will introduce Hardin Valley business owners to the various services the Chamber provides.

“We’re letting them know there’s a Chamber there for them that can bring them into a community, and the assets of being part of a Chamber,” Such said, adding his business, Junk Bee Gone, has been a Chamber member since “day one.”

“We’re really reaching out to the businesses up there to say, ‘Hey, we’re here; we’re here to help. Come join us … see how we operate,’” Such said.

An additional speaker will be a representative from Knox County Health Department.

“I think the whole idea for someone from the Health Department coming out is that those are all new businesses up there, so just to educate them on what they look for, what they need to look for,” Such said.

Brown Bag Luncheons are held about once a quarter and are free to Chamber members. The next event, planned for September, will feature a heart surgeon who will speak to health and well-being.

While event is free, reservations are required. For more information, call 865-675-7057 or visit


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