Maker Opportunities


First Friday Artwalk | Downtown Knoxville

A variety of businesses, arts organizations, and galleries host events each month for the Downtown Knoxville First Friday ArtWalk. If you are interested in exhibiting your work in a downtown venue with a First Friday opening, review the list of venues that are actively looking to connect with artists on the Downtown Knoxville website.


Knoxville Museum of Art | MUSEum shop

Susan Creswell, manager of the KMA Museum Shop, invites makers to consider showing and selling their items in the KMA gift shop. The shop operates on a consignment basis with a 50-50 split. Makers interested in submitting work for consideration should email photos or a link to your website to


Knoxville Asian Festival | Poster design contest

Knox Asian Festival 2019 is calling all local creators to help us in designing the official Asian Festival poster design. The first place winner will receive $250, second place $100, and third will receive $50. All artists who paticipate get the official free t-shirts. Submit your design here.

Deadline: April 15, 2019


Small business Grants | Fedex

FedX sponsors grants to small businesses that offer a product or service and have been in business for six or more months. The company awards a number of prizes, the biggest one being $50K to put toward your enterprise. Click here to learn more.

Deadline: March 25, 2019 at 11:59pm


Living East Tennessee | WATE

Are you looking for unique ways to showcase your business? Living East Tennessee is a local lifestyle program airing on WATE. Launched in September 2018, Living East Tennesseeis hosted by Erin Barnett and Kelli Parker, both veteran television personalities in East Tennessee. Kelli and Erin bring the stories of East Tennessee to life through engaging and entertaining content, and connect the community with local businesses, events and causes that impact life in our area. Living East Tennessee offers several ways for you, our friends and neighbors, to get involved with the show. If you would like your product or service showcased on Living East Tennessee, please contact Lifestyle Producer Justin Young at


Commercial rental | Petty Welding

Approximately 800 sq. ft. inside, with 2800 sq. ft. of fenced parking area and 600 sq. ft. of covered storage area available for $1000/month. Wifi, dumpster, water, and security cameras onsite. They would love to see the shop space used by someone who really needs it and are willing to rent to more than one person to cut costs. For more information, email

Located at 2112 E. Magnolia Ave

RFP | City of Knoxville

The City of Knoxville has issued a second Request for Proposals for the redevelopment of the two-story office building it owns at 1200 McCalla Ave. The first RFP on the property was issued in July of 2018. The original goal was to provide support for the maker community by requiring the redeveloped use to be small-scale manufacturing. Read our blog post for more information and view the RFP here.

Deadline: April 15, 2019 at 11am

For markets and vendor opportunities, visit the Markets page.

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