Diversity Business Expo

Purchasing Agent

Penny Owens
(865) 215-2070

400 Main St., Room 667
Knoxville, TN 37902

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The City of Knoxville and fellow members of the East Tennessee Purchasing Association will host the third annual Diversity Business Expo on Thursday, March 4, 2021 from 8:30 - 11 a.m. online via Lunchpool.  

Admission is free, and participants must register by March 1, 2021 at https://2021dbexpo.questionpro.com.

If you have questions, contact Assistant Purchasing Agent Pamela Cotham, who heads the City’s Small Business and Diversity Outreach Office, at 865-215-2293 or via email at DiversityBusiness@knoxvilletn.gov

The Expo will provide the opportunity for minority-owned, women-owned, service-disabled veterans-owned and small businesses – collectively known as Diversity Business Enterprises (DBEs) – to meet directly with decision makers from area agencies that purchase goods and services ranging from $100 to $25,000.

Requisitioners, p-card holders and warehouse clerks from the following agencies will be in attendance: 

• Knoxville Police Department
• Knoxville Fire Department
• City of Knoxville Information Technology
• City of Knoxville Fleet Services
• City of Knoxville Engineering
• City of Knoxville Public Works
• City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation
• Knox County Government
• Blount County Government 
• University of Tennessee
• Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority
• Knoxville Utilities Board
• Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC)
• Knoxville/Knox County Public Building Authority
• State of Tennessee GoDBE
• Tennessee Board of Regents

Also attending will be representatives from the following small business resource agencies: Knoxville Area Urban League; Tennessee Small Business Development Center; SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) Greater Knoxville Chapter; Knoxville Chamber, Knoxville Entrepreneur Center.

“My goal is to increase the amount of business the City does with DBEs,” Mayor Indya Kincannon said. “Our Small Business and Diversity Outreach Office works with all City departments to increase the percentage of DBEs that respond to bids, and it’s exciting to collaborate with several area agencies that share our mission to be more inclusive in our purchasing process.” 

Anyone needing a disability accommodation to attend the expo should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Stephanie Cook, at scook@knoxvilletn.gov or 865-215-2034. For an English interpreter, contact Title VI Coordinator Tatia M. Harris at 865-215-2831.