2021 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 sixth annual Diversity Business Enterprise (DBE) Awards ceremony on September 23, 2021 at the Marble Hall Chapel in Lakeshore Park.

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



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AWARD WINNERS


2021 Winner
ABOVE AND BEYOND AWARD
National Building Service, Inc.

2021 Winner
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
Edison Electric, LLC

2021 Winner
IMPACT AWARD
Cox Power & Supply

2021 Winner
MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD
WJBE Radio

2021 Winner
PARTNERSHIP AWARD
Progression Electric, LLC
Southern Constructors, Inc.

2021 Winner
RISING STAR AWARD
Jefferson Farmers Cooperative

2021 Winner
SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD
Camel Custom Canvas

2021 Winner
WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD
Allen Sign Company

2021 Winner
YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR AWARD
Integrated Response Systems, LLC


CITY DEPARTMENT AWARDS


HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF M/WOB EXPENDITURES
(Large Spend)
Engineering Department

HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF M/WOB EXPENDITURES
(Medium Spend)
Knoxville Public Building Authority

HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF M/WOB EXPENDITURES
(Small Spend)
311 Department

HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF M/WOB EXPENDITURES
(Micro Spend)
City Court Department

EMPLOYEE ADVOCATE AWARD
Angie Davidson
Nicholas Spine