Minority business enterprise (MBE) manufacturers joined the Connecting Advanced Manufacturing Program (CAMP) — a program of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center-Atlanta — and high level U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) officials, for an exclusive tour of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the largest DOE science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.
CAMP, a program for MBE manufacturers who generate $1 million in revenue; own their facility/plant; and have five or more employees, assists members with identifying and pursuing business opportunities; developing global exporting capabilities; expanding into corporate supply chains; and increasing competitiveness through the utilization of innovation and technology. Members of CAMP and manufacturing clients of the national network of MBDA Business Centers, were invited on the tour to learn how to grow their business through innovation and how to access technology transfer, commercialization, and partnership opportunities. Attendees experienced a tour of the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, MaxLab, Carbon Fiber Technology Facility, and the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility. Attendees also met privately with Thomas Mason, Laboratory Director of ORNL; the Honorable LaDoris Harris, Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity; and other leadership from CAMP, DOE and ORNL.
Listen here for the recap of the ORNL tour and how ORNL supports DOE’s national mission of scientific discovery clean energy, and security.
For more information about CAMP, contact Yvonne Dragon, Program Manager of the MBDA Business Center-Atlanta, at firstname.lastname@example.org.