The Atlanta Business League (ABL) is a thriving extension of the National Negro Business League (NNBL) which was founded in 1900. Dr. Booker T. Washington originally established the NNBL to enhance and expand economic prosperity within the African American community. Today, the Atlanta Business League serves as a pillar of economic growth for minority and female owned or operated businesses in metro Atlanta. The ABL is a strategic partner of the Atlanta MBDA Centers. The group uses its collective influence to help small businesses navigate through the complexities of doing business within specific government and business communities.
Leona Barr-Davenport serves as the President and CEO of the Atlanta Business League. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Economics from Benedict College, an HBCU, and started her career working for companies such as Gencom, Inc. and Broniec Associates. Ms. Barr-Davenport also received her M.B.A. from Clark Atlanta University through a program created by the Dean’s Community Improvement Scholarship.
Ms. Barr Davenport has more than 25 years of experience in program development, organizational management, and fundraising. She serves on several advisory boards and committees and has been honored by many organizations with several awards for her commitment and dedication to developing opportunities for black-owned and operated businesses through the Atlanta Business League.
The Atlanta Business League offers programs, services and educational opportunities for companies that are designed to help individuals and companies grow their businesses, connect with other African American and corporate business leaders, and become profitable. If you would like to learn more about the Atlanta Business League visit the organization’s website. To learn more about becoming an ABL member also visit the group on Facebook and Twitter.