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EQUAL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM (EBOP)
EBOP Annual Report [PDF]
Minority, Women & Small Business Directory [PDF]
EBOP Certified Business Directory [PDF]
Business Profile Form [PDF]
Certification Program Form [PDF]
EBOP Advisory Committee List
Joshalyn Hundley, Community Relations
E-mail jhundley@cityofknoxville.org
Room 654-C, City County Building
Administration - 865-215-3867

I. Creation of a Minorities, Women, Small Businesses Program

Good Faith Effort Inclusion Plan

The Good Faith Effort Plan requires documentation of prime contractor efforts to include minorities, and women. The plan includes language in contracts, request for proposals and request for qualifications encouraging partnerships and joint ventures.(Contracting Component see page 9) Implementation of the plan includes:

  • Staff
  • A Small Business Resource Center
  • A Business Reference Library
  • Bid Solicitation Review Committee

    II. Certification Process to Identify Minorities, Women and Small Businesses and to Establish Capacity and Capability

    The City of Knoxville will use advertisement resources, focus groups, exhibit opportunities and conference participation to identify minorities, women and small businesses.

    III. Numerical Goals

    The City will set targeted numerical goals for businesses owned by minorities and women. The goals will be to increase M/W/BE participation in the total dollars contracted.

  • 10 percent of total dollars targeted for Construction
  • 10 percent of total dollars targeted for Goods and Services
  • 10 percent of total dollars targeted for Professional Services
  • Once a baseline has been established the City will also institute processes that will help to increase the number of certified M/W/SBEs by 20 percent, as a result, increasing the capacity of M/W/SBEs.

    IV. Technical Assistance

    The City of Knoxville will offer Technical Assistance through:

  • Established Training Programs
  • Mentor-Protégé Program (see mentoring component page 33)
  • Workshops and Seminars
  • Financial Planning
  • Marketing
  • Business Planning
  • Bonding
  • Gap Financing
  • City and KCDC contracting and procurement practices and policies
  • Diversity Training

    V. Pilot Projects

    The City of Knoxville will implement pilot projects to foster the participation of Minorities, Women and Small Businesses, which will also increase M/W/SB capacity.

    VI. Evaluation

    An annual evaluation will be made of the Equal Business Opportunity Program. Recommendations for program modification will be made if needed. The annual report will be made available to the public. In three (3) years the entire Program will be evaluated to assess M/W/SBE progress in construction, goods and services and professional services.
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