A Valuable Resource to Combat Current Business Barriers

The Future of Business

In October, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) hosted The Future of Business Virtual Events Series. On October 16, WHIAAPI partnered with the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) to discuss topics surrounding COVID-19 response initiatives, entrepreneurial network expansion, and digitalization and e-commerce. Donna Ennis, The Atlanta MBDA Business Centers’ Project Director, served as a panelist for this event primarily discussing the new Southeast MBDA Inner City Innovation Hub (ICIH).

In this discussion, Donna presented how the ICIH is a two-year, collaborative project amongst the Georgia Tech Enterprise Institute, Morehouse Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, and Preneruology Global. Focusing on innovation, connectivity, and technology, the ICIH prototypic design blends innovation, entrepreneurship, and educational programs to help entrepreneurs at all levels holistically develop their businesses. In her conversation, Donna speaks about the accessible features the new hub will offer towards minority business entrepreneurs and how this will serve as a valuable resource to combat current business barriers.

Click here to hear more information about the ICIH or listen to other MBDA speakers.

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.