Diversity Business Advisory Committee

A New Committee in Town

The City of Knoxville started 2017 on a promising note with the newly appointed Diversity Business Advisory Committee (DBAC). This new group of professionals from various companies will assist in the development of initiatives to increase the amount of business the City of Knoxville does with diverse business enterprises. This includes companies owned by minorities, women and service disabled veterans.

The Purchasing Department will find and create opportunities to partner with diverse businesses and build meaningful relationships. These efforts will help to identify barriers that prevent small businesses from competing for bids. This will ensure that companies have any needed information to be competitive for business in the City of Knoxville. Many small business owners often feel like they cannot compete against large companies for multi-million dollar bids. The DBAC will become an advocate and work on a one-on-one basis with small businesses that want to bid on contracts.

Cannon & Cannon’s Involvement

This inspiring committee is made of up 12 professionals that were appointed by Mayor Madeline Rogero. Our very own CEO, Angie Cannon, is proudly serving on this committee and is thrilled for the future of small businesses in Knoxville and excited to build relationships with other business owners.

How You Can Be Involved

There are many available resources such as brochures, newsletters and websites to provide information on how to conduct business with the City and to help connect businesses with potential projects. There are also multiple events throughout the year to form these relationships, so business owners can meet City personnel in person.

These outreach events include:

  • Annual Business Breakfast in June for interested businesses to learn more about doing business with the City of Knoxville (Click here for more info)
  • A Disadvantaged business enterprise awards ceremony to recognize women and minority-owned businesses for outstanding performance (Click here for more info)
  • Quarterly Newsletter on upcoming opportunities and events (Current newsletter)

 Knoxville is full of growth and development! You have the opportunity to be involved by supporting small business owners.

2017 Committee

Members include:

  • Horace Andrews, Andrews Electric
  • Nick Bradshaw, City of Knoxville Public Service Department
  • Angie Cannon, Cannon & Cannon
  • Terrence Carter, Director of Economic Business Development – Knoxville Area Urban League
  • Lisa Copeland, Y-12/CNS
  • Alyson Dyer, City of Knoxville Law Department
  • Bruce Hayes, Executive Director – Tennessee Small Business Development Center
  • Alan Jones, Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority
  • Roberto Martinez, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Terry McKee, Knoxville’s Community Development Corp
  • Jonathan Williams, Tennessee Veterans Business Association
  • Gwen Winfrey, City of Knoxville Community Development Department