Inner City Capital Connections Training Program Comes to Atlanta

The Atlanta MBDA Centers are proud to announce that 19 MBDA Centers’ clients were selected to participate in the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) training program. The Centers partnered with the ICCC Atlanta as an opportunity to strengthen the small business ecosystem in Atlanta and surrounding communities in this climate.
The ICCC training program will take place on Tuesday, November 10th, and Thursday, November 12th, and will be virtual this year.

Kaiser Permanente partnered with Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) to help small business owners build capacity, navigate uncertainty, and survive the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis. In addition to the Atlanta ICCC program, the ICCC training program is available in communities like Oakland, Sacramento, Portland, and Baltimore as well.

Learn more about Inner City Capital Connections here.

The Atlanta MBDA Centers to Appear on Seven Incomes Podcast

Donna M. Ennis, C.P.F.  and the Atlanta MBDA Advanced Manufacturing Center and Business Center Director, will appear on the Seven Incomes podcast to advocate for Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and discuss ways to launch a scalable, minority-owned small business and how to create jobs in underserved communities. 

The goal of the Seven Incomes podcast, launched by Gavin Ireland, CEO of Georgia Green Energy Services, is to interview prime contractors, business owners, organizational leaders, contractor officers, and executives to discuss the importance of expertise and niche, small businesses, diversity, innovation and the current and future state of the American economy.  

This podcast takes you on a behind-the-scenes look at wealth creation with the CEOs, thought leaders, and the movers and shakers in the MBE community. Gavin Ireland takes you on an in-depth and candid discussion about the successes and failures in business.

Donna Ennis will appear on the Seven Incomes podcast on October 30, 2020, to discuss opportunities available to small business owners in this day and age, and ways to optimize your pivot strategy while avoiding too much disruption.

“This is our opportunity to speak to a new audience. Many small businesses are searching for ways to enhance the retail shopping experience while competing with larger companies like eBay and Amazon during this day and age, said Donna Ennis. The Atlanta MBDA Centers are positioned to be a foundational resource for businesses searching to scale and compete with large businesses, Ennis added.”

Gavin Ireland, CEO of Georgia Green Energy Services, launched the Seven Incomes Podcast to highlight thriving small to large businesses and to create an inspirational and thought-provoking conversation that brings awareness to the MBE community.

The Georgia Green Energy Services are one of the MBE small businesses in the Atlanta MBDA Centers client network. The Atlanta MBDA Centers has provided this organization with the technical assistance and a vetted client network of MBE businesses that contribute to the impact and jobs created in the Atlanta community and surrounding areas.

To learn more about Georgia Green Energy Services and to follow the Seven Income Podcast Series, visit  .

About the Atlanta MBDA Centers
As part of a national network of 30 centers, the Atlanta MBDA Business and Advanced Manufacturing Centers help Minority Business Enterprises access capital, increase profitability, and scale their businesses. Funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce MBDA, the Atlanta MBDA Centers are part of Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive university-based program of business and industry assistance, technology commercialization, and economic development. To learn more, please visit

Striving to Support 500 Businesses by 2021

The Atlanta MBDA Centers are excited to assist the Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) in the community with ending the year strong!

Our programming has evolved to help MBEs strive and advance in the present climate. In addition to the technical assistance, business consulting, and financial resources we provide, as a response to COVID-19, we launched a CARES Act Assistance Program, providing the solutions and education necessary to further the success of the MBE community during this time.

The Atlanta MBDA Business Center CARES Act Assistance Program provides unique assistance and programming for CARES Act funding while leveraging the expertise of the business programs in the Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute. This program educates MBEs on ways to manage the workforce for safety, health, and cybersecurity, ways to identify COVID-19 recovery and resilience funding, and provides MBEs access to strategy sessions.

Our goal is to support 500 businesses in rural and distressed areas by the Spring of 2021. We will ensure the companies in these areas have access to the resources necessary to sustain and thrive as a business.

We encourage you to share the link below with the businesses in your audience that could use technical assistance, funding, and education to further their success in this climate.

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