Mayor Madeline Rogero and Knoxville's Purchasing Department recognized several businesses for their commitments to diversity.

Thursday was the fourth annual Diversity Business Enterprise (DBE) Awards ceremony. The event awards women- and minority-owned businesses who do business with the city. It also recognizes city departments that regularly work with diverse businesses.

The city said in a statement that many of its contracts go to small businesses. Knoxville awards $50 million to $70 million in contracts every year. In the last fiscal year, roughly 1 in 3 of those city dollars went to small businesses.

The following businesses won awards:

  • Borderland Tees, Rising Star Award
  • Service One, Above and Beyond Award
  • Pioneer Builders, Inc., Minority-owned Business of the Year Award
  • A-Z Office Resources, Inc., Woman-owned Business of the Year Award
  • Washing Equipment of Tennessee, Small Business of the Year Award
  • Knoxville Spring Service, Impact Award
  • Siemens Mobility, Andrews Electric, and Edwards Supply Co., Partnership Award

The following Knoxville departments and employees won awards:

  • Sustainability, Plans Review & Inspections / Codes Enforcement, and the 311 Center for Service Innovation received Advocate Awards for their outreach efforts to women- and minority-owned businesses.
  • Ben Buckner, Public Service’s Logistics and Supply Manager, received an Employee Advocate of the Year Award.
  •  Linda Blackburn, Senior Buyer in Finance, also received an Employee Advocate of the Year Award.

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