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Knoxville Chamber
Business Resources


We know the challenges involved in starting your own business: balancing the books, retaining employees, and getting plugged into the community. When you’re ready to take the leap, we’re here to help you navigate your way through all of those challenges.

Designed for woman-, veteran-, and minority-owned small businesses, the Propel program provides you with one-on-one assistance to help you get your business off the ground. Propel has a track record of success in the community and is available in tandem with the Chamber’s dynamic mentor/protégé program.

Propel is funded as part of Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley, a regional economic development initiative. See the reults of a Propel Impact study by clicking the cover art below. 

Doug Minter, the Chamber’s director of small business development, facilitates the Propel program. With 20-plus years as a small business owner and entrepreneur, Minter can help guide you through the process.


Contact: Doug Minter
Office: (865) 637-4550
Cell: (865) 389-3710




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