Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Awards Ceremony

Purchasing Agent

Boyce Evans
citypurchasing@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-2070

400 Main St., Room 667
Knoxville, TN 37902

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The City of Knoxville’s Purchasing Department held its first Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Awards Ceremony in 2016, to recognize small, women-owned and minority-owned businesses for outstanding performance, as well as City departments committed to reaching out to DBEs with procurement contracts.

In 2017, seven businesses, four city departments and a city employeer were honored as leaders.

Last fiscal year, 35.4 percent of the City’s total competitive expenditures – $28.3 million – went to small businesses. 

“There’s no question that small businesses help drive our local economy,” Mayor Madeline Rogero said. “It’s great to recognize some of the owners and entrepreneurs who are advancing the City’s core goals. These business leaders are creating jobs and serving the community.

“We also wanted to recognize the City departments that are setting the example by partnering with these small local companies.”


2017 HONOREES:

DBE 2017 Awards

• Bentco Office Solutions, Rising Star Award
• Master Battery, Above and Beyond Award
• ExpoQuip, Minority-owned Business of the Year Award
• National Auto Parts, Woman-owned Business of the Year Award
• Southern Pump & Tank Co., Small Business of the Year Award
• Southern Constructors Inc. and Superior Traffic Control, Partnership Award
• City's Engineering Department, Advocate Award for large department category
• City's Office of Special Events, Advocate Award for small department category
• City's Parks and Recreation Department, Highest Percentage of Contracting for large department category
• City's Communications Department, Highest Percentage of Contracting for small department category
• Karen Briggs, Administrative Supervisor in Parks and Recreation, Employee Advocate of the Year Award

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2016 HONOREES:

Winners of DBE Awards

• K & W Cleaning Service, Rising Star Award
• Quantum Environmental & Engineering Services, Above & Beyond Award
• Eight Lane Consultants, Above and Beyond Award
• B & B Lawn Services, Inc., Minority-Owned Business Award
• Scientific Sales, Inc., Woman-Owned Business of the Year Award
• ExpoQuip, Inc., Small Business of the Year Award
• Johnson & Galyon, Inc. & First Place Finish, Partnership Award
• Community Relations Department, DBE Advocate Award
• Fleet Services, DBE Advocate Award
• City Court, DBE Most Improved Advocate Award
• Community Development, DBE Most Improved Advocate Award
• Gwen Winfrey, Community Development Senior Project Specialist, Employee Advocate Award

Click here to view more photos of the 2016 event