Virtual Stops

1 day • 7 cities

The NANN Road Show will be hosted in seven cities across Georgia.

About the Road Show

If COVID has taught business owners anything, it’s that there is a new normal. Business owners have had to reassess priorities, reconfigure business models, and reallocate resources. In spite of the challenges, business owners have remained resilient.

The NANN program is committed to helping resilient minority business enterprises in Georgia recover and scale. This June, we’re hosting a one-day virtual road show where we’ll share critical resources and information that will help minority business enterprises connect with opportunities, partnerships, programs, and access to capital.

You Could Win! All attendees of the Road Show will be entered for a chance to win a FREE iPad!

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Featuring

Miguel Estién • Acting National Director
U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) 

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Miguel Estién is leading the federal government efforts to strengthen and grow minority business enterprises (MBEs). He is implementing a congressionally mandated expansion of the MBDA, including a bolder presence into rural America and new programs seeking to better meet the needs of the nine million MBEs the MBDA serves.

Keynote Speaker

Rachel Shanklin • Georgia Director
Small Business Majority

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Small Business and the New Normal

With the new normal comes a need for change - change that will ultimately benefit small businesses like yours. As the economic impact of COVID-19 continues to unfold, there is a critical need for policies that promote a more equitable business landscape to bolster the recovery and long-term prosperity of minority business enterprises (MBEs).

Join us to hear from Rachel Shanklin, director of the Small Business Majority’s outreach, education, and policy efforts, as she shares valuable insight on how you can champion your business and build back stronger than ever.

Rachel Shanklin is an experienced advocate for small businesses. Through her work as the director of Small Business Majority’s outreach, education, and policy efforts in the state of Georgia, as well as her management of Small Business Majority’s national outreach to women entrepreneurs and women’s business organizations, Rachel has a wealth of experience in creating change for minority business enterprises (MBEs). Rachel is passionate about advancing policy to enable small business owners to create quality jobs in Georgia and increasing access to financial services and equity for entrepreneurs.

Spotlight

Barbara Jones-Brown • Founder & CEO
Lillii RNB Inc.

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Building Connections and Capacity to Sustain and Grow Your Business 

Our Road Show spotlight is Georgia MBDA Business Center client Barbara Jones-Brown and her retail technology company Lillii RNB, which recently received $3 million in venture funding led by Serena Ventures. 

From her beginnings at the ATDC Hackathon, Barbara has continuously leveraged the resources available through the Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute to propel her company. We’re excited and eager for you to discover how you can also leverage local and statewide resources to build connections and expand the capacity of your business. 

In 2013, Barbara founded Lillii RNB, an IT company specializing in retail consulting and integrations, with a mission to dramatically reduce the over $400B annual loss experienced by retailers due to returns, fraud, hackers, and bad actors. In the past three years, Lillii has consistently generated close to $1M in revenue. Barbara values teaming and collaboration and dares to chase opportunities and take risks that will allow her to thrive. 

Our Supporters

NANN Partners and Sponsors

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Presenting Sponsor

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Supporting Sponsor

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Georgia MBDA Business Center Sponsors

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The NANN programming is presented by the Georgia MBDA Business Center located at the Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute. This program is funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce MBDA through a Coronavirus Response and Relief award.