Diversity Business Directory

Purchasing Agent

Penny Owens
(865) 215-2070

400 Main St., Room 667
Knoxville, TN 37902

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The City of Knoxville actively solicits bids from Diversity Enterprise Businesses (DBE) on every project.  All parties submitting quotes, bids, proposals, or qualifications will be asked to identify the DBE category of their business as well as any subcontractors, if applicable.  The City uses the State of Tennessee’s DBE definition established by T. C. A. 12-3-801 and Executive Order 14, to increase opportunities for DBE businesses, which can be found at the following link, https://tn.diversitysoftware.com/?TN=tn.  

Although the City of Knoxville no longer certifies DBE’s, a vendor must be certified under the authority of an entity recognized by the City or self-certify as part of their registration with the City, in order to be established as a DBE business.  


• Tennessee Governor’s Office of Diversity Business Certification (GoDBE)
• Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)
• National Business Supplier Development Council (MBE Certifications)
• Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WNENC)
• US Department of Veteran’s Affairs Veteran Owned Small Business/Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB/VOSB)
• Small Business Administration (SBA) 


Vendor Registration can be completed online at, https://vrapp.vendorregistry.com/Vendor/Register/Index/knoxville-tn-vendor-registration. Vendors must be registered with the City in order to respond to solicitations. Quotes, bids, qualifications, or proposals submitted by businesses that are not registered with the City may be rejected. While every effort is made to ensure that registered vendors receive email notifications of solicitations when posted to the website, the City cannot guarantee receipt of these notifications. Additionally, vendors will not receive automatic email notification when an addendum is posted. Vendors are responsible for checking the website for posted addenda and must respond to all additions and alterations specified. 


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