The Knoxville Chamber’s Propel Mentor Protégé program recently honored 6 protégés who represented the fifth graduation class of the program. During graduation, 22 new protégés were inaugurated into the program.
Propel matches small businesses with large successful firms to assist them in business growth.
The graduation and new class presentation featured an overview of the program featuring Hallerin Hilton Hill as the emcee. Vol football legend Inky Johnson gave the keynote address to the entrepreneurs and spoke about the integrity that small business owners should be concerned with as much as sales and revenues.
“The Mentor/Protégé program has helped me grow my business and the Chamber has helped me meet so many individuals who I can help as well,” said Delnise Moore of Always Moore Janitorial Services.
Currently, there are 32 small businesses in the program which is the largest class of mentoring teams since inception in 2009. Propel is funded as part of Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley, a regional economic development initiative.
Propel candidates must have an established business for three years or have ten years expertise in their field and must agree to maintain Knoxville Chamber membership for three years.