The Future of Business Virtual Series

Take part in The Future of Business Virtual Series with the US Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) – U.S. Department of Commerce on October 16 @2:00pm EDT.

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) invites you to participate in The Future of Business Virtual Series with the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA).

Topics that will be discussed:
COVID-19 response initiatives
Entrepreneurial network expansion

Keynote Remarks by the National Director of MBDA, Mr. David Byrd
– Dana Hauanio, Director of Honolulu MBDA Business Center
– Maye Saephanh, Director of MBDA Export Center
– Tony Tang, Program Director of San Jose MBDA Business Center
– Donna Ennis, Project Director of Georgia Tech Innovation Hub
– Dr. Christine Galib, Senior Program Director of Rice University Innovation Hub

Special Guest Moderator: Marco Cuesta, Senior Advisor of MBDA

Register today

Atlanta MBDA Centers’ Client EyeMail Success Story

The Atlanta MBDA Centers team is excited to see our clients pivot and reach new heights of success during these extraordinary times. Many small businesses are publicizing the positive changes happening within their company following COVID-19 to strengthen customer loyalty and encourage sales.

Lisa Jones, CEO of Eyemail, was featured in The Atlanta Standard, Atlanta Tech Villages’ newsletter, as the Founder Story of the Month. The collaborative community described Lisa’s story as “an incredible source of encouragement and inspiration.” Read the entire story here. 

Eyemail also premiered a commercial last week in the Stacy Rise Projects: Female Founded Business Finder campaign. The Rise Project supports female-founded businesses and encourages consumers to patron female-founded companies. See more here.

Eyemail is an innovative approach to email marketing designed to “bring emails to life.” The multi-patent pending email communications software enables instant play of full video & audio across all email, webmail, and mobile platforms in less than 15K in size with no download required. 

The Eyemail team delivers a higher return of investment for their clients by improving existing standard open rates on average by 60% and click-through rates on average by 38%, while establishing the foundation for a more connected consumer/employee relationship.

Visit to learn more about EyeMail.

NEXTTECH 2020: Air Force Research Laboratory

We partnered with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to search for Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) with market-ready tech that can address the needs below:

  • Enable smartphones to function in subzero conditions for hours and days.
  • Sensors to detect small molecules in real-time at varying altitudes.
  • A flexible and rugged device with the ability to remove salt ions and provide real-time analysis of sweat.

This was our third NEXTTECH event, and the second one with a federal agency. The participating MBES were from all over the U.S. including California and Puerto Rico. Following an explanation of the challenges by Dr. David Stargel, Deputy Chief Scientist of AFRL, the companies asked technical questions and questions about how an MBE manufacturer can work with AFRL.

To learn more about the Air Force Research Laboratory initiative, view the video below.