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Department Head: Deb Porter


The mission of the Supplier Diversity Program is to increase the opportunity for diversity in the companies doing business with Knox County by encouraging participation through site visits, providing education and support regarding policies and procedures, actively recruiting all interested suppliers, and ensuring equal opportunity in all procurement related activities.

Mentor Protégé Mission

The Mentor-Protégé Program was designed to increase minority participation for sub-contractors seeking to be a part of a County project, and to see relationships and networks being built among all of the participants. It is great to see large companies helping smaller companies become successful.

A mentor can provide a wide range of assistance including, but not limited to, technical and management assistance, financial assistance in account procedures and tax reporting, offerings of subcontracts, and assistance in the performance of prime contracts with the County government in the form of joint venture arrangements. The mentor and protégé together decide on the length of their relationship, and either party can terminate the arrangement with 30 days notice.

To qualify, mentors and protégés must meet a short list of qualifications, including having a Knox County business license and to be current on federal, state, county and city taxes.

Click here to print application or go to:

Knox County Purchasing Division, Supplier Diversity
1000 North Central Street,
Suite 100,
Knoxville, Tennessee 37917
Coordinator, Deb Porter
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Supplier Diversity

Knox Central Building
1000 North Central Street
Suite 100
Knoxville, TN 37917

Phone: 865-215-5754
Fax: 865-215-5778

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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