Atlanta MBDA Centers Celebrate a Future So Bright!

Atlanta MBDA Staff
From left to right: Lauren Roberts, Program Manager; Asha Morton, Marketing and Events Coordinator; Donna Ennis, Project Director, C.P.F.; Ieasha Jones, Event Coordinator

The Atlanta Minority Business Development Agency has served well over 15,000 Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) by helping to create and retain almost 10,000 jobs and securing at least $3.5 billion in capital and financing since 2004. As we approach the New Year, our goal is to continue to align MBEs with opportunities to help them scale and grow.

Atlanta MBDA Clients

Wednesday evening, clients, strategic partners and corporate friends gathered to celebrate the Atlanta MBDA’s 15th anniversary during our quarterly Network of Champions event. Typically, these events are exclusively for clients and provides the group a chance to fellowship, build relationships and discover partnership opportunities. The 15th Anniversary was extended to non-clients as a token of appreciation for all that our network does to contribute to our success.

Donna Ennis, Director and C.P.F. of Atlanta MBDA Centers launched the Business Center in 2004, adding on the Advanced Manufacturing Center in 2016 with a plan to support and advocate for MBEs in the Southeast. With the help of the U.S. Department of Commerce, MBDA, Georgia Tech community, center sponsors and strategic partners the Atlanta MBDA team has provided the guidance and support minority businesses need to thrive and be successful.

Atlanta MBDA Staff
From left to right: Anita Davis, CEO, Business2Banker; Donna Ennis, Project Director and C.P.F., Atlanta MBDA Centers; Jennifer Pasley, Manager, Sky Capital Ventures

When MBEs join the Atlanta MBDA network, they gain access to a nationwide community of experts and individuals engaged in technology, innovation, leading-edge practices, and investing capital, among other resources. Many clients have scaled, acquired new businesses, and most importantly, impacted communities by bringing jobs and opportunities to the economy.

The Atlanta MBDA Business Center is part of a national network of 40 centers and special projects funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency to help grow and strengthen Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs). The Atlanta MBDA centers are operated by the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2), a unit of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Our mission is to help MBEs access the resources needed and connect them with customers to scale and grow.