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The City of Knoxville understands the importance of encouraging Small, Minority-, Women-, Service-Disabled, and Veteran-Owned business participation in the procurement process. The Purchasing Department actively seeks out opportunities to cultivate relationships with local small businesses and makes a concerted effort to ensure that such companies have the information necessary to compete for City business.

Resources such as brochures, quarterly newsletters, and the City's procurement website provide an invaluable introduction to the process of doing business with the City and help connect businesses with potential projects of interest. The Purchasing Division also takes part in a number of networking and outreach events throughout the year that enable small business owners to meet face to face with City personnel. In addition, the City's Small Business Specialist can meet with individuals in the Purchasing Office to discuss future opportunities or address any concerns or questions that might arise.

For more information on outreach events or to schedule an appointment, please contact Pamela Cotham at 865-215-4032.

  Diversity Business Expo
March 3, 2022

Annual Business Opportunity Breakfast is Going Virtual!

June 23, 2021
View 2020 Presentation [PDF]

Annual ETPA Business Matching & Tradeshow Event 
Canceled for 2021             

Annual Diversity Business Enterprise Awards Ceremony
September 2021

Each year the Purchasing Department hosts a free annual "Business Breakfast" and invite interested vendors to come learn more about how to do business with the City. Representatives from each of the major departments give an overview of anticipated projects and expenditures for the year. 
Click here to view the Business Opportunities Overview Presentation from 2020 [PDF]
Click here to learn more about the Annual Business Breakfast
Click here to watch a video from the event


Each year the Purchasing Department holds a Diversity Business Enterprise (DBE) Awards Ceremony 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. The event for 2020 happened on Sept. 16, 2020, however, COVID-19 precautions were in place and only award winners were present.
Click here to learn more about the DBE Awards Ceremony
Click here to watch a video from the 2020 event


The Purchasing Department produces a quarterly newsletter that features a schedule of forecasted procurement opportunities, upcoming networking events, and a list of recently awarded contracts.
Click here to view an archive of Newsletters


View the Knoxville Business Support Network flyer [PDF] for additional resources to assist new and existing small businesses.


Learn all about the Purchasing Department at a glance.
Click here to view the Purchasing Department Business Brochure [PDF]