Georgia MBDA Business Center hosts Navigating and Adjusting to the New Normal Virtual Road Show to Assist Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) Across Georgia

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ATLANTA — The Georgia Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center at Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute will host the Navigating and Adjusting to the New Normal (NANN) Road Show statewide June 22, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The NANN Road Show is focused on assisting minority business enterprises (MBEs) that survived the COVID-19 pandemic. It will promote programs to help businesses recover, scale, and support economic stabilization and job growth beyond the pandemic. (REGISTER HERE)

The virtual program will be broadcast live and virtually from Atlanta and virtually across six additional Georgia cities, including Albany, Augusta, Columbus, Macon, Savannah, and Valdosta. Rachel Shanklin, the Small Business Majority’s Georgia director, will be keynote speaker.

“The NANN Road Show concludes one year of technical assistance to MBEs that focused on assisting companies through their transition from the pandemic into business growth,” said Donna M. Ennis, C.P.F., director of the Enterprise Innovation Institute’s diversity engagement and program development initiative and the Georgia MBDA Business Center.

“Funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce MBDA Coronavirus Response and Relief award, the NANN Road Show will highlight federal state and local resources and provide key training for small businesses.”

Multiple government and academic studies show MBEs suffered serious hardship and loss during the pandemic. While financial losses remain under study, preliminary research suggests losses are likely to be in the billions of dollars. The NANN Road Show will help MBEs identify key sources of funding and opportunities to help their businesses thrive.

The NANN Road Show is supported by the Minority Business Development Agency Business Agency as presenting sponsor, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as supporting sponsor, and Georgia MBDA Business Center program sponsors Comcast, Ebco, and Trane Technologies.

About the Georgia MBDA Business Center
As part of a national network of 42 centers funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), the Georgia MBDA Business Center helps minority business enterprises (MBEs) obtain capital, increase profitability, scale operations, and access domestic and global markets. The Center has helped MBEs create more than 7,000 jobs, and achieve nearly $6.4 billion in contracts and finance, while remaining competitive economic engines in their respective markets. To learn more, please visit georgiambdabusinesscenter.org.

About the Enterprise Innovation Institute
The Enterprise Innovation Institute, the Georgia Institute of Technology’s economic development unit, serves all of Georgia through a variety of services and programs that build and scale startups, grow business enterprises, and energize ecosystem builders. As the nation’s largest and most comprehensive university-based economic development organization, the Institute’s expertise and reach are global; its innovation, entrepreneurship, and ecosystem development programs serve governments, universities, nonprofits, and other organizations worldwide. In 2020, EI2 served more than 8,900 businesses, communities, and entrepreneurs. Those clients reported startup investment capital exceeding $731 million and creating or saving more than 25,800 jobs. The Institute’s total 2020 financial impact exceeded $3.6 billion. Learn more at innovate.gatech.edu.