Mel Evans of InsureFit RM and Tanika Harper of Harper’s Naturals

“My race needs no special defense, for the past history of them in this country proves them to be the equal of any people anywhere. All they need is an equal chance in the battle of life.” – Robert Smalls

The Propel Mentor Protégé Program launched in 2009 and will be celebrating its 10th year which includes a graduation ceremony this upcoming July.

Since that time, there have been over 100 participants in the program. The program has produced over 726 jobs and $62 million in economic impact in the Greater Knoxville region.

In honor of Black History Month, the Knoxville Chamber is proud to showcase two of our graduates as well as two of our current participants in Propel. Featured are graduates Mel Evans, owner of InsureFit RM, Delnise Moore, owner of Always Moore Janitorial and current participants Tanika Harper, owner of Harper’s Naturals and Jasen Bradley, owner of Alpha Body Construction. Over the coming days, stay tuned for a complete profile on each of these local business owners.

It is fitting during this month to look back and hear the voices of black firms that graduated the program, as well as current participants.

Delnise Moore of Always Moore Janitorial and Jasen Bradley of Alpha Body Construction

About the Propel Mentor/Protégé Program:

The Knoxville Chamber’s Propel Mentor/Protégé Program pairs small businesses owned by women, veterans, and minorities with an established, community business leader for one-on-one assistance tailored to their specific goals and challenges. For more information email dminter@knoxvillechamber.com or visit the website HERE.