By Péralte C. Paul, Communications & Marketing Manager, Enterprise Innovation Institute
ATLANTA-The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center-Atlanta received an “Outstanding” rating from its federal sponsor, the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA).
The MBDA Business Center-Atlanta also received a score of 136 — out of a possible 150 total — for its work with helping minority-owned businesses secure contracts. Last year the agency scored 120 points.
The MBDA Business Center-Atlanta, created more than 10 years ago, has helped its clients secure more than $1 billion in contracts and finance and create or retain more than 900 jobs.
“The main factors in meeting performance metrics include helping clients secure contracts and finance, create and retain jobs, export, and work in strategic relationships such as joint ventures and teams,” said Donna Ennis, MBDA Business Center-Atlanta’s project director. “We are also evaluated based on how we promote the agency and the Center, work on special initiatives with the agency, collaborate with other centers, and manage the center.”
The high marks and recognition come as more centers — there’s a network of 44 across the United States and Puerto Rico — reach out to Atlanta for guidance on best practices.
“Our Center is considered one of the leaders in the system. We are often called upon for advice and best practice knowledge from other Centers and from our federal sponsor,” Ennis said. “In addition, because of our location here at Georgia Tech, and because of our performance, we were selected to become a specialty center focused on manufacturing and healthcare. We received supplemental funding from MBDA for this and have rolled out programs around these two industries.”
For more information about the MBDA Business Center-Atlanta visit mbdabusinesscenter-atlanta.org.