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Farragut Food & Wine Festival Applications Being Accepted

8th Annual
Farragut Food & Wine Festival
Friday, October 21, 2016
6:30 – 9:30 pm
Renaissance | Farragut
 
Here’s your opportunity to get exposure for your restaurant or food & beverage products at Farragut’s largest, classiest party! Think you can bring home the coveted “Best of Taste” trophy this year?
   
The Farragut Business Alliance is currently organizing the Farragut Food & Wine Festival, our 8th annual “fun food event.” Over 35 food & beverage vendors and in excess of 1,200 attendees are expected again this year. The popular “Very Important Bite” (VIB) Tent is back, as are numerous wine & beer distributors to complement your dishes. 

As always, our goal is to highlight Farragut’s restaurants, so we are currently accepting applications from Farragut restaurants and food & beverage providers. There is NO FEE to participate and tentatively, each participant should plan to prepare and serve “best-food-forward-samples” to approximately 500-600 people (subject to change, depending upon advance ticket sales). Detailed instructions will be made available closer to the event date.
 
THERE IS A PRIORITY SUBMISSION DATE OF SEPTEMBER 23RD IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED AS A “PREFERRED” PARTICIPANT AND ENSURE INCLUSION IN ADVERTISING, PRINTING, ETC. FOR PLANNING PURPOSES, THE SOONER YOU TURN IN YOUR APPLICATION, THE BETTER! (Late submissions are considered only if space is available.)
 
Contact the Farragut Business Alliance at 307-2486 or info@farragutbusiness.com for additional information. In the meantime, be sure to “like” our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/farragutfoodfest

Business Relocates to Farragut and Shares Positive Development Experience

HIS Security is new to Farragut, but not new to the business of home technology. In business for six years with a staff of eight, HIS Security is the leader in smart home technology for residential and commercial applications in the Knoxville market.
 
HIS SecurityCo-owned by Scott Brockamp and Doug Fraker, the business offers alarm and camera systems, home theater systems, audio and video wiring, and more. According to Brockamp, “Smart home technology is going to be a driving force in residences and businesses for the foreseeable future, as the population continues to be app-driven.” He added, “Thermostats, lights, locks, etc. will all work together instead of independently.” HIS Security utilizes the Alarm.com platform.
 
Previously located in the Bearden area, HIS Security had outgrown their facility and had a goal of opening a showroom for customers to visit where they could see and touch the products, as well as host educational workshops for customers and other industry professionals. Since they had a large customer base in West Knoxville -- and after seeing the business support provided by the Town of Farragut, the Farragut Business Alliance and other organizations -- they decided upon Farragut as the ideal place for their new location.
 
“Being a community-driven company, we wanted to locate in an area that offered opportunities for us to get involved and give back,” said Brockamp. “Farragut fit the bill.”
 
Since both Brockamp and Fraker have backgrounds in building for different projects, they served as their own contractors. “We decided if we wanted it done to our standards on a limited budget, we should do it ourselves,” explained Brockamp. Their budget was under $25,000, so they weren’t required to have a licensed general contractor oversee the job site; however, they also realized that it would be important to maintain constant communication with the Town of Farragut throughout the build-out.
 
Brockamp’s testimonial about HIS Security’s experience establishing a business in the Town of Farragut follows:
 
Once we made agreements on lease terms, etc. we talked with one of the inspectors and inquired as to the requirements to do the build-out. Town staff was very receptive to us asking questions about rules, requirements and procedures to complete the project. By doing so, we were able to have open communications and pass drawings of what we were trying to achieve and get their suggestions and recommendations on the front end, without paying for an architecturally engineered drawing. 
 
We had to follow the typical inspection processes: A framing inspection; hiring a licensed electrician to do the electrical with an inspection; and of course, final inspections, including a walk-through with the fire marshall to obtain a certificate of occupancy. Any time we had questions, we simply went to Town Hall and were always well received. If they couldn’t give us the answer at that moment, they always got back to us in a timely fashion with the answer. 
 

Everyone talks about sign ordinance issues in Farragut, but we met with community development staff with our proposed drawings and were able to discuss with them what was acceptable so that we knew how to proceed with the sign company in the right way. Everything went great with the folks at Town Hall. Everyone was very receptive and more than helpful.
 
Once they announced HIS Security was relocating to Farragut, the Farragut/West Knox Chamber of Commerce (of which they were already members) was very helpful with promoting the business relocation. The owners also site the FBA a being great to work with, especially in getting the word out and helping promote them as a local small business. “We’ve been very impressed with the reception we’ve received from the Town of Farragut staff and officials, the FBA and the Chamber. We feel very welcomed,” said Brockamp. Anxious to get involved, they jumped right in and participated in the Farragut Fourth of July Parade.
 
The staff of HIS Security invites the public to stop by and see the “latest and greatest in smart home and security technology.” They are open Mondays through Fridays from 9am-7pm and Saturdays from 9am-1pm, and are located at 11426 Kingston Pike. They can be reached at 865-474-9495 or info@hissecurity.net.  

Limited Opportunity for the First Twelve Businesses to Sign Up!
Farragut 13.1 Half Marathon,
5K and Kids Run!

The 3rd annual Tennessee Sports Medicine Farragut 13.1 Half Marathon, 5K and Kids Run is coming in October to highlight our wonderful town. This multi-faceted event is projected to bring 1500 runners and their families into our area the last weekend in October. East Tennessee is a beautiful region any time of year and is especiaFarragut 13.1lly spectacular when the trees are glowing with their fall leaves.

The Knoxville Track Club, in partnership with the Farragut Business Alliance, is offering small businesses in Farragut (that are new sponsors for our race) a unique opportunity. For just $200 you can become a FBA New Sponsor for this year’s race!

In return for your $200 sponsorship to the Knoxville Track Club, you will receive: 
  • Company logo placement on event shirts (in proportion to other event sponsors);
  • Website recognition on the KTC Farragut 13.1 Sponsorship Page at www.ktc.org and on the Farragut Business Alliance website at www.farragutbusiness.com;
  • A coupon on the FBA Shop Farragut app which will be used as a virtual goody bag distributed to all race participants (a great way to get runners in your doors after the race!);
  • An invitation to provide/distribute promotional materials at the pre-race packet pick-up;
  • A banner hung at the event (provided by Sponsor); and
  • Two (2) complimentary entries to the event.
This offer is only available to 12 FBA businesses that are new sponsors to the race and is only available until July 15, 2016. Businesses will be invoiced directly by The Knoxville Track Club and all payments will be due in full by September 1, 2016. 

For more information, contact Karen Tindal at Farragut13.1@gmail.com or 865-661-5897.

 

Have a passion for mentoring?
Then the Farragut Business Alliance needs YOU!

Our Business Mentor program was developed to help businesses navigate the unique waters that make Farragut such a wonderful place to live and to do business. We'll train you to communicate the resources and opportunities available, the proper contacts for various questions or situations, and other key information for new and existing business.

You won't need to be an expert; rather, just willing to reach out and make sure Farragut's businesses have the support they need. Mentoring also provides volunteers with an opportunity to expand their own networks and knowledge of the community.

For more information, call 865-307-2486 or email us today!

Farragut Business License Renewal Ongoing Through Aug. 31

The renewal period for the Town of Farragut business privilege license is ongoing through Aug. 31.

Those businesses that currently have a business license can renew at no cost at  www.townoffarragut.org/formcenter. A printable renewal form is also available for those who wish to mail or bring the form to the Farragut Town Hall (11408 Municipal Center Drive across from the Farragut Branch Post Office).

The business privilege license is a requirement for every person who conducts a business which operates from a physical site located within the Town’s limits. The license applies to all commercial, office and home based businesses. The comprehensive business listing provided by the license program ensures Farragut receives its proper share of sales tax revenue and allows the Town to more effectively communicate with its businesses.

Contact the Town of Farragut Administration Department at 966-7057 with questions regarding the business privilege license and renewal process.

Incorporated in 1980, the Town of Farragut offers premier recreational, residential and retail choices. Farragut embodies Tennessee’s “volunteer” spirit, celebrating achievements from top-performing Knox County schools to a beautiful community design resulting from high development standards. The Town of Farragut goes further to help residents and visitors enjoy more comfort, beauty and convenience while feeling closer to a real sense of community. The Town of Farragut: Live Closer. Go Further.

FREE Online Business Directory and Mobile App
 
Participation in the business directory is a FREE service to your business that helps build Farragut’s web exposure, as well as exposure for each individual business. With the launch of the new FBA website, we are now able to link your business' social media accounts to your listing. ONLINE SIGN-UP IS NOW AVAILABLE!

If you have any upcoming events (open houses, special sales, etc.) or would like to offer a discount or coupon, simply email the information and/or artwork to the FBA and we’ll add it to our website, the Shop Farragut mobile app, and promote it via our social media accounts. We now also have the ability to do “push notifications” through the mobile app, whereby “teasers” will appear on app holders’ phones, whether or not the app is actually opened.

There are currently almost 3,500 self-identified subscribers (people who have chosen to receive information about Farragut businesses) and FBA volunteers are actively working to grow this number. We encourage Farragut residents AND shoppers from outside of Farragut to spend their money with Farragut businesses for their shopping/dining/lodging needs because for many Farragut business, more than 60% of sales tax revenue comes from non-Farragut shoppers!

Save the Date!

Saturday,
November 26th

The Farragut Business Alliance is once again a "Neighborhood Champion" and official Partner Organization with the American Express Small Business Saturday program. In 2015, over 95 million people patronized small businesses on Small Business Saturday.

Want to get involved? Sign up to stay connected and get year-round Shop Small resources, and check back later in the year to find out more about how to prepare for Small Business Saturday. 
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