Each year, Music City Center hosts several events to support diverse businesses in the local community as part of its Diversity Business Enterprise program. All events are open to the public by reservation unless otherwise noted.
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Diversity Business Enterprise Events
Small & Diverse Business Forum
This forum connects small and diverse-owned businesses to major employers. Held in partnership with Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and First Horizon Bank, the annual event is designed to engage, educate, and empower DBE businesses through lectures and open discussions.
The Small & Diverse Business Forum was held for Thursday, February 8, 2024, at Music City Center. The event focused on statewide developments, including the anticipated $2 billion Tennessee Titans stadium build, and featured interactive panel discussions with industry leaders.
Purchasing/DBE Appreciation Breakfast*
This breakfast is a reception for DBE partners currently doing business with Music City Center. It is an opportunity to reflect on the past year and preview the new year. The annual event also includes the announcement of the Music City Center Vendor of Excellence. In 2023, the award was presented to Green Resources Interior Landscaping, a local, full-service interior landscaping company, offering both commercial and residential floral design, as well as convention and event plant services.
The Purchasing/DBE Appreciation Breakfast was held on Friday, December 15, 2023, at Music City Center.
Construction Opportunities Conference
This workshop is for small and diverse businesses and engineering firms that want to do business with large prime contractors and government agencies. Held in partnership with Nashville Business Incubation Center and Tennessee APEX Accelerator (formerly Tennessee Procurement Technical Assistance Center), this event includes open discussions and workshops with industry experts.
The Construction Opportunities Conference was held on Thursday, October 26, 2023, at Music City Center. In preparation for the conference, a series of masterclasses was offered for conference registrants.
Proposal 101 Workshop
This workshop is designed to bring clarity to the often-challenging requirements of the government procurement process by providing tips and resources from local and federal entities. In 2023, the workshop was one of a series of masterclasses offered in preparation for the Construction Opportunities Conference.
The Proposal 101 Workshop was held on Thursday, September 21, 2023, at Music City Center.
DBE Certification Workshop
This workshop is for small and diverse businesses that need assistance with DBE certification. Held in partnership with the Governor's Office of Diversity Business Enterprise, this event will assist with the certification process and increase knowledge of procurement processes and procedures for the State of Tennessee and Music City Center.
The DBE Certification Workshop was held on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Participants could attend in-person at Music City Center or virtually. Registration was free to all participants.
- Food & Beverage Seminar: This seminar offers in-depth information on what it takes to do business wit the Music City Center food and beverage department.
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