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.

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.

2018 Calendar of Diversity & Inclusion Events

 

Propel Contractors Bootcamp Day 1

Thursday, March 1

12 noon – 7 p.m.

INCubator - Business Development Center

Free Admission

 

Propel Contractors Bootcamp Day 2

Friday, March 2

12 noon – 4 p.m.

INCubator - Business Development Center

Free Admission

 

Diversity Series Seminar

Wednesday, Mar. 14

8:30 a.m. – 12 noon

INCubator - Business Development Center

Job Costing: How to Improve Your Company Profits

Free Admission

 

Diversity Series Seminar

Wednesday, April 18

8:30 a.m. – 12 noon

INCubator - Business Development Center

The One Day Strategic Plan

Free Admission

 

Diversity Series Seminar

Wednesday, May 16

8:30 a.m. – 12 noon

INCubator - Business Development Center

Communicating Company Policies to Difficult Employees

Free Admission

 

Diversity Series Seminar

Wednesday, June 20

8:30 a.m. – 12 noon

INCubator - Business Development Center

Leadership: Cultivate Your Company Culture

Free Admission

 

DIVERSIFY 2018 Marketplace

Friday, June 29

First Tennessee Pavilion

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Free Admission
 

DIVERSIFY 2018 Luncheon

Wednesday, June 27

Chattanooga Convention Center

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Purchase tickets here