2020 DBE Awards Ceremony

Purchasing Agent

Penny Owens
powens@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-2070

400 Main St., Room 667
Knoxville, TN 37902

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The City of Knoxville’s Purchasing Department honored small, women- and minority-owned businesses who conduct business with the City of Knoxville at a COVID-19 altered fifth annual Diversity Business Enterprise (DBE) Awards ceremony on September 16, 2020.

The awards also recognized City departments and individuals for their commitment to reaching out to DBEs with procurement opportunities and contracts.

Every year, $50 million to $70 million is awarded in City contracts, and roughly 1 in 3 City dollars spent in competitively bid contracts went to small businesses in the last fiscal year.


VIDEO OF THE CEREMONY





AWARD WINNERS


RISING STAR AWARD

Marvin L. Thomas

Marvin Thomas

ABOVE AND BEYOND AWARD

AVCO Technologies, Inc.

AVCO

MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

Scientific Sales, Inc.

Scientific Sales

WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

Saf-T Enterprises

Saf-T

SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

A & W Supply, Inc.

A&W

IMPACT AWARD

Patriot Lawn Maintenance

Patriot

IMPACT AWARD

Shelton General Contractors

Shelton

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR AWARD

Media Manipulation Studios

Media Manipulation Studios


CITY DEPARTMENT AWARDS


HIGHEST SPEND WITH M/WOB’S (EXCEEDING $1M) AWARD

Engineering Department

Engineering

HIGHEST SPEND WITH M/WOB’S (UNDER $1M) AWARD

Fleet Services Department

Fleet

HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF SPEND WITH M/WOB’S (EXCEEDING $1M) AWARD

Public Building Authority

PBA

HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF SPEND (UNDER $1M) AWARD

Inspections & Code Enforcement Department

Inspections, Codes Enforcement

EMPLOYEE ADVOCATE AWARD

William Hinton

Bill Hinton of Public Service