To honor the contributions of working women and the employers who support working women and their families, Business and Professional Women’s Foundation celebrates National Business Women’s Week® (NBWW) during the third week of October.

We’re joining in that celebration and recognizing some of the outstanding woman-owned businesses in our region that greatly contribute to our local economy and community.

The most recent data collected from the Economic Census and Survey of Business Owners by the U.S. Census (2012), indicates that women-owned businesses make a large impact on our region. In the Knoxville MSA, there were 23,445 female-owned businesses, totaling nearly $4 billion in sales, receipts or value of shipments. These businesses also paid out nearly $773 million in combined annual payroll.

Each year, the Knoxville Chamber honors a woman-owned business with a Pinnacle Business Award. This award is presented to an outstanding East Tennessee woman-owned business, not part of a regional, national or global franchise, that is independently-owned and operated/controlled by a female or females.

These past winners include:

2010 – Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center

The Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center offers the most innovative breast health care delivery system in the Knoxville area, and they work to ensure safety, comfort and good health in a caring environment.

2011 – The Tomato Head

What began as the Flying Tomato and five day a week lunch spot serving on paper plates with plastic forks has evolved into a tradition of freshly preparing breads, dressings and desserts each morning as well as serving as a supporter of Knoxville’s culture, neighborhoods and people.

2012 – The Trust Company

For 30 years, The Trust Company has specialized in helping individuals, businesses and foundations reach their financial goals.

2013 – Management Solutions, LLC

Management Solutions, LLC  (MSLLC) is a national award-winning management consulting firm that specializes in project execution, strategic consulting and change management. MSLLC has three primary divisions: government operations, construction management and healthcare strategies.

2014 – KaTom Restaurant Supply, Inc.

KaTom strives to be a top performing leader in the foodservice equipment and supplies industry, providing excellent customer service by utilizing superior technology and efficient operations, through continuous improvement, while empowering its diverse workforce.

2015 – Cannon & Cannon

Cannon & Cannon, Inc. is a woman-owned small business, providing consulting engineering and field surveying services.

2016 – Microbial Insights, Inc.

Microbial Insights is a woman-owned small business specializing in the development and application of cutting-edge molecular biological tools (MBTs) to describe and quantify microbial communities.

2017- Innovative Design, Inc.

Innovative Design, Incorporated (IDI) is an engineering design consulting firm specializing in mechanical, structural, electrical, environmental, and process related projects.

We greatly appreciate the impact these incredible women in business continue to have on our community.

Know an outstanding East Tennessee woman-owned business? Nominate them for the 2018 Pinnacle Business Award, presented by Regions Bank! Click here to learn more.