What Your Small Business Needs To Know About PPP

The Small Business Administration has some key changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) which will be available for a limited amount of time to ensure America’s smallest businesses get exclusive access. If you are a small business owner with fewer than 20 employees or are self-employed; here is new information for you.

Please review these webinars recording, hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Public-Private Strategies Institute, and other stakeholders, to hear about changes and recent policy announcements made by Biden-Harris Administration.


Asian-American + Pacific Islander, Native American + Tribal Small Business Owners; recorded March 4, 2021 Click here to view the recording

Black African-American Small Business Owners, recorded March 5, 2021 Click here to view the recording

Hispanic Small Business Owners, recorded March 5, 2021 Click here to view the recording

ICYMI General Small Business Owner Session Click here to view the recording

Women Small Business Owners Click here to view the recording

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.

Buy MBE Day

Announcing “Buy MBE Day” on September 19, 2020

The national network of MBDA Business and Specialty Centers partner to launch the inaugural awareness campaign to promote minority business enterprises

ATLANTA- 08/31/20 – In honor of the 2020 National Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED Week), the Atlanta Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business and Advanced Manufacturing Centers will launch “Buy MBE Day” on Saturday, September 19th.  The Atlanta MBDA Centers will join the national network of MBDA Business and Specialty Centers across the country in demonstrating support and commitment to the minority business community. 

The inaugural launch is intended to encourage corporations, government buyers, and individuals to shop and purchase goods and services from their local minority-owned business community. Buy MBE Day also offers an important forum for helping generate awareness of the economic and quality of life contributions made by minority firms.

“We are extremely proud of the businesses we serve, working to create greater access to capital, contracts, and markets,” said Donna M. Ennis, C.P.F., Project Director, Atlanta MBDA Centers. “We’re gearing up for Buy MBE Day to do all we can to help promote and commemorate the day throughout our community and inspire others to spend more dollars with our local minority-owned businesses.”

The inaugural awareness campaign launches on the last day of the MED Week, a national observance by presidential proclamation, whose week-long events feature award presentations, industry sessions, and networking opportunities in a dynamic virtual environment.  Joining forces with the national network of MBDA Business Centers and Specialty Centers, the Atlanta Centers will champion and promote support for minority-owned firms and aid in addressing the devastating impacts of business disruptions and economic hardships that have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic.

 “As we continue putting out our “Open for Business” signs, we want to encourage everyone to consciously start supporting and doing more business with minority-owned business enterprises from this national awareness day and beyond. Every citizen’s dedication to supporting minority-owned businesses can make a resounding difference in urban and rural communities.  Supporting these firms is good business and strengthens the overall health of our Nation’s economy,” said Ennis.

To learn more about the “Buy MBE Day 2020” national initiative and how to participate visit www.MBDA.gov/BuyMBEDay.

About Atlanta MBDA Centers:
As part of a national network of 30 centers, the Atlanta MBDA Business & Advanced Manufacturing Centers help MBEs 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 https://mbdabusinesscenter-atlanta.org/.

About Donna Ennis: 
Donna Ennis, C.P.F is the project director for the Atlanta MBDA Advanced Manufacturing Center and the Atlanta MBDA Business Center at Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2). A Certified Professional Facilitator, Donna is responsible for the strategic direction, marketing, outreach, and operations for both Centers and provides assistance to Center clients in strategic, business and market planning; private and public procurement, finance, operations, and business process improvement.

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