Knoxville’s Annual Breakfast Links Businesses with City Purchases

Knoxville invites local businesses to a breakfast event to explore procurement opportunities.

Local business owners seeking to understand the City of Knoxville’s purchasing plans for the next 12 to 18 months are invited to attend the 15th annual Business Opportunities Breakfast. This event is scheduled for Wednesday, June 26, 2024, from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. The breakfast aims to foster direct connections between local businesses and city purchasing officials, providing insights into upcoming procurement activities.

Attendance is complimentary, and participants will enjoy a full Southern breakfast. Those interested in attending can register at Each year, the City of Knoxville allocates up to $130 million for various products and services ranging from office supplies and liquid soap to mowing, paving, cleaning, and repair services.

This event offers a platform for local businesses, including new, small, and those owned by women, minorities, people with disabilities, and military veterans, to engage directly with city department heads and purchasing staff. It’s an opportunity for businesses to learn about the city’s purchasing policies, upcoming projects, and how they can align their offerings with the city’s needs.

Representatives from several City departments and partner agencies, such as Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation, the Public Building Authority, Knoxville Area Transit, Knoxville Utilities Board, ASM Global, and the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority, will be present to discuss their future projects and procurement needs.

The City of Knoxville follows a competitive procurement process for all purchases exceeding $12,500. For purchases below this threshold, the process does not require bidding and is conducted at the purchaser’s discretion. The city is committed to ensuring equal access to its programs, services, and activities in compliance with Civil Rights Title VI and ADA Title II laws, offering necessary modifications, accommodations, and auxiliary services upon request.

For language translation services, attendees can contact the City’s Human Resources Department. Those requiring disability accommodations can reach out to City ADA Coordinator Stephanie Brewer Cook.

Further information about the City’s Purchasing Department, as well as bidding, contracting opportunities, and outreach initiatives, can be found at This annual breakfast event represents a valuable opportunity for local businesses to network with city officials and learn about potential business opportunities within the City of Knoxville.

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