yearofjubileecoverGov. Phil Bredesen brought out a new policy on enhancing minority business, an example of the kind of executive leadership which improves the rankings of states in the Black Business Affinity Scale.  For more details, visit the National Black Business Month official web site or consult Year of Jubilee: State of Black Business tenth edition.
Tennessee experienced a 70.7 percent rise in the number of black-owned firms during the five years ending in 2007, rising to 45,762 from 26,811 in 2002. Receipts grew to $3 billion in 2007 from $1.75 billion in 2002.

Our latest study, Silicon Ceiling 13, reports:


Two percent of black workers in Tennessee worked in computer, engineering and science fields.

Tennessee had 66,371 black college and graduate students in 2006 of whom fewer than 600 were

graduate students in science and engineering.

These are black-owned or managed hotel properties in the state, according to NABHOOD:

Best Western Benchmark 164 Union Ave Memphis, Tennessee 38103

Fairfield Inn and Suites 6010 Macon Cove Memphis, Tennessee 38134

Homewood Suites by Hilton 5107 Peter Taylor Park Brentwood, Tennessee 37027

Hotel Indigo Memphis 161 Jefferson Memphis, Tennessee