Something for Everyone at Weeklong DIVERSIFY Celebration

Apr. 13, 2017

By Amanda Ellis

It’s new, improved — and you don’t want to miss our summer celebration of all things local and cultural, diverse and inclusive.

From shopping to business networking to local music and food, DIVERSIFY week June 19 – 23 offers themed daily pop-up markets and concludes with the Chamber’s annual DIVERSIFY Luncheon.

We’re building a business community that includes everyone.

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Chattanooga’s most culturally diverse marketplace, our DIVERSIFY pop-up markets celebrate what makes our region special, showcasing small and large, rural and urban, multigenerational and multicultural, innovative, sustainable and creative businesses, as well as the nonprofits that support our communities.

It’s the perfect place for vendors to sell merchandise and market to thousands of area residents and visitors.

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The DIVERSIFY marketplace is also the perfect place to shop for unique gifts, discover new businesses and services, and strike up a conversation with business and government employees, innovators, startups and entrepreneurs.

What: DIVERSIFY Pop-up Markets with daily themes

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day

Monday, June 19: Vendors with a retail focus
Tuesday, June 20: Made in Chattanooga products
Wednesday, June 21: Restaurants and food vendors
Thursday, June 22: Services and nonprofits

Where: Miller Plaza’s Waterhouse Pavilion downtown 

Our annual DIVERSIFY luncheon & Business Fair concludes the week, highlighting diversity and inclusion strategies for local businesses. This year's luncheon will feature a keynote by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson. Wilkerson is the author of The New York Times bestseller "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration," which explores the impact of decades of migration on reshaping American culture and politics. The first African-American female journalist to win a Pulitzer prize, Wilkerson worked as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times. 

A book-signing session with Wilkerson will follow the DIVERSIFY luncheon.

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When: Friday, June 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Networking and tradeshow booths (closed during the luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.): promoting supplier diversity, human resources and other business connections

Where: Chattanooga Convention Center

Booths available for $250 (optional electricity is $50); includes 2 luncheon tickets.

To reserve a booth or for more information, contact Maria Noel at or 423.763.4338.

Did you know? The first date of this year’s marketplace, June 19, coincides with Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the end of slavery in the western United States. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas with news of the end of the Civil War and that those enslaved were now free.