Mayor Berke has first meeting with his minority business owners task force

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke announces that the city will participate in the Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge in this 2016 file photograph.

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Brandon EllisCarolyn JonesDan AndersonDonna ElleErwin OvalleGenia ChurchIrv OvertonIvette RiosJorge PerezMarco PerezMaria NoelMarty LoweShamila TaylorSharon KellySteve TalleyTim JonesTracee SmithTravis LytleVeronica DunsonVincent PhippsWarren Logan

Veronica Dunson and her husband, Napoleon, have been in business for nearly 20 years, but they still aren't aware of some business opportunities until they read about them after they've occurred.

Several minority-owned business task force members said they've had similar experiences.

"It's like someone asking you why didn't you come to the party," Vincent Phipps said. "The answer is, 'I didn't get invited.'"

Phipps, owner of Communication VIP Training and Coaching, and Veronica Dunson, of Dunson Auto Repair, were among 17 minority business owners attending Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's first meeting with his minority business owners task force.