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Knoxville Chamber
 
About Us
What We Do

WHAT WE DO

Recognized as the 2011 National Chamber of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, the Knoxville Chamber is the leading voice for business in Knoxville and beyond. We represent over 2,000 member businesses, providing them with cutting edge products and services designed to help make Knoxville America's Best Business Address®. Contrary to what many think, our membership is made up of businesses of all sizes. Over 80% of our membership base is small business (75 employees or fewer) and nearly 50% employs 1-10 employees.

Under the direction of the 45 business leaders who make up our Board of Directors, the Chamber's staff is dedicated to the organization's mission of Driving Regional Economic Prosperity. Along with our six regional partners in Innovation Valley, the Chamber offers the following services to our various constituencies (services highlighted in orange are provided through Innovation Valley).


NEW BUSINESS RECRUITMENT

  • Market the region globally
  • Promote the region at trade shows
  • Provide site consultant relations
  • Provide regional information and resources on www.knoxvilleoakridge.com
  • Maintain economic development partnerships with Tennessee Valley Authority, Tennessee Economic & Community Development, and The Development Corporation
  • Advertising the region in trade publications
  • Present public and private property solutions (land and/or buildings)
  • Manage available commercial real estate database and realtor relations
  • Provide assessments of area's workforce
  • Ombudsman for regulations, permitting, infrastructure
  • Present recommended incentives (payment in lieu of taxes, tax increment financing) to Industrial Development Boards, The Development Corporation, and local legislative bodies
  • Provide business referrals (contractors, manpower, etc.)
  • Assist with groundbreaking events
  • Provide research/demographic information
  • Provide community orientation
  • Downtown-centric real estate database (via our partners at the Central Business Improvement District)

SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE

  • Offer Chamber Member MD & Rx (business analysis and follow-up prescription)
  • Provide marketing opportunities
  • Provide business referrals
  • Offer professional development/training seminars
  • Provide small/minority/disadvantaged-business services
  • Offer the Propel Mentor/Protégé Program
  • Provide business consultation
  • Offer networking opportunities
  • Business-to-Business matchmaking
  • Produce nearly 70 events a year
  • Advocacy
  • Government contracting support
  • Provide research/demographic information
  • Recommend the Tennessee Small Business Development Center

START-UP BUSINESS ASSISTANCE

  • Provide business-to-business matchmaking
  • Procurement assistance
  • Assist with venture capital relations
  • Provide research/demographic information
  • Assist with new market intelligence
  • Provide small and minority-business counseling (through the Propel Program)
  • Refer to and support Tennessee Small Business Development Center

EXISTING INDUSTRY PROGRAMS

  • Business retention & expansion assistance
  • Manage workforce development and education programs
  • Create awareness about workforce training grants
  • Provide job training resources
  • Education advocacy
  • Manage technology mining & matching program
  • Maintain a commercial real estate database
  • Create awareness about utility efficiency programs
  • Assist with transportation/infrastructure issues
  • Help provide access to capital & incentives
  • Import/export assistance (certificate of origin)
  • Create awareness about renewable energy initiatives
  • Provide research/demographic information
  • Provide business strengthening programs
  • Assist with employee recruitment and screening programs
  • Provide Downtown-specific business services (through our partners at the Central Business Improvement District)

GENERAL PUBLIC SERVICES

  • Provide residential relocation packets
  • Provide Knox County maps
  • Provide business/service referrals
  • Provide community information
  • Provide government service referrals
  • Walk-in information/resource center
  • Publish a yearly relocation magazine
  • Management and promotion of iKnowKnoxville.com (Knoxville Chamber's interactive online business directory)
  • Organize and support business and community events
  • Create awareness of economic development issues
  • Create community awareness for Federal, state and local business-related programs

GOVERNMENT SERVICES

  • Economic development contracts for service (City of Knoxville, Knox County)
  • Clearinghouse for relocation packet requests
  • Incentive recommendations
  • Host informational forums
  • Host public policy roundtables
  • Provide research/demographic information
  • Assist with management of the Education Management Information System (EMIS)
  • Assist with Knox County Schools strategic plan implementation
  • Participate on theTennessee Teacher Evaluation task force
  • Partner for grant opportunities

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