The Office of Business Enterprise, otherwise known and referred to as the Business Enterprise Resource Office (BERO), was created in the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) by Chapter 135 of the Public Acts of 1977, codified as Section §4-26-101 et seq.
BERO serves as a voice for and advocate of economic inclusion for Tennessee’s disadvantaged businesses (DBE). The office is tasked to analyze, disseminate and promote best practices and access to capital for DBEs to service providers. It also reports on the status of DBEs across the state. For the purposes of BERO, DBE refers to businesses owned by women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities; as well as businesses operating in areas of low income and high unemployment in the state.
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