The Atlanta Minority Business Development Agency Centers Highlight Food Industry Guru

By Asha Morton

   Welcome to Atlanta where we influence everything‚Ķall things innovative, trendsetting and chart-topping, including food. The Atlanta MBDA Centers advocate for minority business enterprises (MBEs) in industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, technology, IT, professional services, with a rapidly growing clientele in food services.

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In fact, its network includes premier businesses from the Atlanta Foodie scene, including Boogalou Restaurant and Lounge, a glossy space with a fresh take on modern comfort foods and stylish beverages. The progressive restaurant group is eager to refocus its business model by introducing state-of-the-art expansion plans, initiating new partnerships and implementing the National African American Restaurant and Nightclub Association (NAARANA) Expo. The Atlanta MBDA Business Center will provide the resources, financial and technical assistance to assist with these initiatives.

MBDA Business Center client Jacqueline Robbins during Atlanta Black Restaurant Week’s Aroma Culinary Panel Discussion 2018.

The NAARANA was founded by Jacqueline Robbins, a veteran of over 20 years in the restaurant and entertainment industry, who learned through conversations and experiences that there was a need for more information and education for African Americans in the restaurant and entertainment industry. The NAARANA provides an environment for businesses to enhance their relationships, research the market for the leading products and services, and learn about the latest best business practices and products for restaurant and entertainment industry.