GEM Community Development Group enlists Knoxville Area Urban League to ensure diverse participation in all phases of private development surrounding stadium project

Pledging that minority firms and individuals will be integral to all aspects of the private development that will surround the publicly owned multi-use facility being proposed on the eastern edge of downtown Knoxville, GEM Community Development Group has announced that it plans to enter into a partnership with the Knoxville Area Urban League. “The Urban League has a long history … Read More

Knoxville Area Urban League CEO earns prestigious business leadership award

Phyllis Y. Nichols, the president and CEO of Knoxville Area Urban League, will be honored this month with the James A. Haslam, II Chair’s Leadership Award by the Knoxville Chamber. The prestigious award will be presented to Nichols at the Pinnacle Business Awards on Friday, Feb. 19, during a virtual midday event. The annual event, which is now in its … Read More

Local entrepreneurs earn $10,500 in Knoxville Area Urban League business pitch contest

Five winners of the Knoxville Area Urban League’s business pitch contest have received checks totaling $10,500 for enterprises ranging from health care to art classes. Mark Isom, the founder and president of Premiere Building Maintenance Corporation, presented the entrepreneurs with checks during Impact Week, a virtual fundraiser held in late 2020 for the Knoxville Area Urban League’s community initiatives, including … Read More

Knoxville Area Urban League honors ‘The Clinton 12’ at Equal Opportunity Awards Gala

The Knoxville Area Urban League honored “The Clinton 12” with its lifetime achievement award at the Equal Opportunity Awards Gala and recognized the volunteer, minority business and corporate leadership award winners. Jazz and gospel performer Chanté Moore provided the entertainment at the Oct. 24 event held at the Knoxville Convention Center. The annual gala is the Knoxville Area Urban League’s … Read More

Knoxville Area Urban League partners with TVA to train local contractors, community

The Knoxville Area Urban League has partnered with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to set up weatherization work opportunities for local contractors with initial training scheduled for this Friday and Saturday. The eScore Minority Contractor Training Program is a workforce training initiative to expand TVA’s certified contractor base for weatherization with a focus on minority-owned businesses and workforce individuals. The … Read More

Knoxville Area Urban League to host Mobile Unit for driver’s license and ID services

The Knoxville Area Urban League will host a Tennessee Driver’s License Mobile Unit on Tuesday, Aug. 20, to provide licensing and state identification services to the community. The unit will be available from 1-4 p.m. at the Knoxville Area Urban League’s headquarters, located at 1514 E. 5th Ave. Services will include state ID cards, learner’s permits, new driver’s licenses, renewal … Read More

Knoxville Area Urban League supports students with 17th annual ‘Shoes for School’

More than 1,500 children receive new shoes and 4,000 receive school supplies Thousands of local children received new tennis shoes and school supplies Saturday, Aug. 3, during the 17th annual “Shoes for School” event presented by the Knoxville Area Urban League and sponsored by Covenant Health. The event at Caswell Park coincided with the start of school, which is Monday, … Read More

Local entrepreneurs win $15,000 from Knoxville Area Urban League business pitch contests

Today, Randy Boyd, founder and chairman of Radio Systems Corporation, presented checks totaling $15,000 to Audrey Wrushen and Sherene Jacobs, winners of two business pitch contests by the Knoxville Area Urban League. Boyd congratulated Wrushen and Jacobs and presented the entrepreneurs with the checks during a ceremony at the Knoxville Area Urban League’s headquarters. Boyd and his wife, Jenny Boyd, … Read More

Knoxville Area Urban League celebrates reopening of headquarters

Renovation and renewal campaign signals new era of equal opportunity The Knoxville Area Urban League will celebrate the reopening of its headquarters Wednesday, Oct. 17, with Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, Urban League board, staff and community partners. Located at 1514 E. Fifth Ave., the $2.6 million renovation project included new construction and upgrades to the current structure, maximizing the use … Read More