Providing Information, Resources, and Opportunity

The Office of Procurement Services provides outreach to small and diverse businesses through its supplier diversity program.  We seek to provide relevant information and resources to assist diverse suppliers in their pursuit of business opportunities with the university.


2020 Diversity Business Expo

Please join us for the second annual Diversity Business Expo!  This is an opportunity for small and diversity owned businesses to interact with local government employees who make small dollar purchases for their agencies.   Also on hand will be prime contractors seeking to meet subcontractors.   The event is free.

Thursday, March 5, 2020
8:00 a.m. – noon
Overcoming Believers Church
120 S. Bell Street, Knoxville, 37915 


University Information and Resources for Suppliers


Upcoming Diversity Business Events 

Click here to receive notification of upcoming diversity business trade shows & events.


State of Tennessee Diversity Certification 

We encourage eligible suppliers to certify as a diversity business with the State of Tennessee Governor’s Office of Diversity Business Enterprise (GoDBE).  The state lists certified vendors in its diversity business directory, allowing the university and other government agencies to identify diverse suppliers easily.

For more information, visit The State of Tennessee Diversity Business Enterprise Program.



Resources for University Employees

Search for Diversity Businesses

University departments seeking to utilize diverse suppliers may search the Tennessee Diversity Business Directory, maintained by the Tennessee Governor’s Office of Diversity Business Enterprise (GoDBE).  The directory is updated daily and offers multiple search options.   Employees may also search IRIS vendor records to view active university vendors with Tennessee diversity certification.


Employee Workshop – How UT Employees Can Support Small Business

Employees in the Knoxville area are invited to participate in this one-hour, interactive workshop that discusses how we can support local, small business while following UT procurement policy.


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