Build Long Lasting Business Partnerships Through One-on-One Meetings at the 4th Annual National MBE Manufacturers Summit 2019


By Asha Morton

Whether you are a small business or industry giant, networking at the right event is the way to success. Attending trade shows is a great way to increase brand visibility and boost a company’s reputation, which will, in turn, lead to more opportunities for your team. Business networking expands your knowledge, teaches success from others and helps to attain new clients and tell others about your business.

Networking is also an excellent way to gain knowledge from experts, get advice from influencers and build friendships that last a lifetime. Usually, like-minded business owners gather at popular industry events with an interest in learning and sharing ways to expand and gain more business.

The National MBE Manufacturers Summit 2019 is a great opportunity to get acquainted with  over 600 attendees from 28 states, Puerto Rico, Washington, DC, and Canada have taken advantage of the one-on-one meetings with corporations and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), education and training, networking, Poster Walk competition, innovation pods, and manufacturing technology tour that the Summit has offered. Many of the contacts you make during the Summit are vetted through networking and can potentially become clients. Motivated groups of business owners always pose an opportunity for partnerships, new ventures and long-lasting business.


Companies like BMW, Trane and Bluebird participate in 15-minute “Fast Pitch” sessions that allow them to connect with various MBE’s to discover their capabilities and share their organization’s business needs. This is an opportunity for each company to build relationships that may lead to mutually beneficial business deals in the future.


The Poster Walk is a great chance for businesses to gain exposure and highlight past projects each participating company completed that is relevant to the current theme. Each poster displays a three-stage process of either innovation, productivity or sustainability, and details the methods the company followed to achieve the end goal.

Global Paint for Charity, First Place Poster Walk winner 2018

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain visibility for your company and network with industry leaders! Grab your tickets now!

GOODr Celebrates a Year of Fighting Food Insecurity in Atlanta

Social entrepreneur Jasmine Crowe combines innovation with compassion to create GOODR, a sustainable waste management app that leverages technology to combat hunger. GOODR paired with Atlanta restaurants, businesses, event centers and grocery stores to redirect surplus food to those in need. After traveling to Haiti, Jasmine Crowe felt inspired to make a difference in the Atlanta community, where the food security idea began. The “DO GOODR” established Sunday Soul, a campaign that provided a pop-up restaurant experience to food-insecure members in the community. After having an ideation session on gentrification with Joey Womack at Goodie Nation, a resourceful program that works with larger businesses to serve underprivileged communities and encourage change through education, Crowe was selected to participate in the program that led to the kickstart of GOODR.

In addition to contributing to the fight against hunger, Goodr helps businesses earn valuable tax deductions by donating their food waste instead of throwing it away. The blockchain enabled apps provides clients insight into their food waste patterns, real-time donation/tax deduction info, and community impact reports.
GOODR is a client with the MBDA Business Center of Atlanta and we are proud to have contributed to the growth and development of this business. The staff of the MBDA Business Center-Atlanta is a team of innovators in the field of helping minority-owned businesses gain access to private and federal leading-edge resources, as well as, becoming a part of a rich network of entrepreneurs. If you would like to know more visit our website