Annual Events

We provide mentorship assistance and host special events, training sessions and marketplace activities aimed at strengthening business connections, encouraging partnerships, improving revenues, and boosting the growth of diverse businesses.

Diversity Series

The series of seminars, workshops and pitch events strengthen connections, encourage partnerships, improve revenues, and boost the growth of small and diverse businesses. Topics include:  marketing, financial management, estimating and bidding, understanding legal contracts, and the culture of diversity. Diverse firms also pitch their products and services to purchasing officials at major private firms, national chains and governmental agencies.

DIVERSIFY Marketplace and Luncheon

Considered Chattanooga’s most culturally diverse marketplace, DIVERSIFY celebrates what makes our region special by showcasing small and large, rural and urban, multigenerational and multicultural, innovative, sustainable and creative businesses, as well as the non-profits that support our communities. It’s the perfect place to sell merchandise, market products and services, and promote events to thousands of area residents and visitors. An annual luncheon highlights diversity and inclusion strategies for local businesses and features keynotes from diverse business and community leaders.

Chattanooga Business Opportunity Conference

This annual conference connects small, minority, women, veteran and other diverse firms from multiple states to construction, supplier and service opportunities with regional firms and local, state and federal agencies. The event features:  information about acquisition processes and upcoming bid opportunities, meetings with purchasing officials and construction project managers, best practices to win contracts, connections to business opportunities outside of Hamilton County, and networking with diverse firms seeking to locate here. This event is part of MED Week.

Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED Week)

MED Week, established in 1983 and celebrated nationwide, recognizes the contributions and accomplishments of minority owned businesses. The week highlights seminars, panel discussions and a luncheon keynoted by a diverse business or community leader.

2017 Calendar of Diversity & Inclusion Events

Diversity Series Seminar

Tuesday, March 14

INCubator – Business Development Center

12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Residential & Small Commercial Building Construction

Free Admission
 

Diversity Series Seminar

Tuesday, May 16

INCubator – Business Development Center

12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Profitable Pricing: Understanding Overhead, Markup & Profit

Free Admission
 

DIVERSIFY 2017 Marketplace

Monday – Thursday, June 19-22

Miller Plaza Pavilion

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Free Admission
 

DIVERSIFY 2017 Luncheon

Friday, June 23

Chattanooga Convention Center

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Diversity Series Seminar

Tuesday, July 11

INCubator – Business Development Center

12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Your Guide to Strategic Business Growth: Piecing It All Together

Free Admission
 

Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED Week)

Monday, Oct. 16

Chattanooga Business Opportunity Conference

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 17

MED Week Reception

5 – 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 18

MED Week Seminar

Bessie Smith Cultural Center

5-7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 19

MED Week Luncheon

Bessie Smith Cultural Center

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 20

MED Week Small Business Seminar

9 a.m. - noon