About the Summit

Held at Georgia Tech’s Global Learning Center, this two-day event has grown into a hub for leading Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) manufacturers to convene. More than 200 attendees from the manufacturing community from 19 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C. attended last year’s summit and that number is expected to increase at this year’s event.

See last year's Summit video below


The MBDA Atlanta Advanced Manufacturing Center is proud to WELCOME you to the 2nd Annual National MBE Manufacturers Summit 2017. We have curated exciting activities just for you.

DAY 1: Social & Networking Reception - August 15, 2017

Be a part of the industry’s most powerful gathering of MBE manufacturers, innovators, leaders, and entrepreneurs shaping and transforming manufacturing through technology today. Share stories, recognize and celebrate your peers – form valuable connections that will last a lifetime. Come join your colleagues for cocktails, networking and thought leadership.

  • The Gathering Spot: 384 Northyards Boulevard, NW; Building 100, Atlanta, GA 30313
  • Reception Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Day 2: National MBE Manufacturers Summit 2017, August 16, 2017

Georgia Tech Global Learning Center

8:00 a.m. Registration, Breakfast, Networking
Poster Walk featuring MBE Manufacturers
9.00 a.m. Opening Remarks
Donna Ennis, Project Director
Atlanta MBDA Advanced Manufacturing Center
Chris Downing, Vice President
Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute

Chris Garcia
Acting National Director
Minority Business Development Agency
U.S. Department of Commerce
  Opening Keynote
Theresa Carrington, CEO
The Blessings Basket Project ®
10:00 a.m. Building a Smart Factory – Industry 4.0
John Mack Director of Business Development and Government Affairs, FORCAM, Inc.
Building an Industry 4.0 Smart Factory: How Digital Transformation Disrupts American Manufacturing

As Industry 4.0, the next industrial revolution, is currently in its infancy, some industries have embraced the 4.0 concepts while most industries are still getting started. Hear from one of the undisputed pioneers of the German Industry 4.0 movement about how the Internet of Things (IoT) is shaping the future of manufacturing and what you need to do to participate in the next global manufacturing revolution.

10:45 a.m. Break
Poster Walk Featuring MBE Manufacturers
11:00 a.m. Secure Your Data, Secure Your Company
Spencer Cobb, Director of Strategic Sales, Cytellix

Cyber Security in Manufacturing: Is your company Prepared for the Zombie Robot Hack-megeddon?”

Statistics show that small manufacturing companies are the top targets in a growing number of today’s cyber attacks. Hear a cyber security expert from Cytellix share what small and large manufacturers should do to minimize their risks when they are breached. Learn how to use a standards-based approach to reducing your company’s exposure to malware, ransomware and successful hacking attacks.

11:45 a.m. Break
Poster Walk featuring MBE Manufacturers
Noon Networking Lunch
Keynote – Steve Voorhees, CEO, WestRock
Awards Ceremony & Poster Walk Awards
1:30 p.m. Networking at The Gathering Spot
2:00 p.m. Fast Pitch One-on-One Meetings
Innovation Pods featuring the Latest Trends in Innovation and Technology
5:00 p.m. Adjourn

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NaTional MBE Manufacturers Summit 2016 videos

Contact Info

Donna M. Ennis
Phone: (404) 385-6466

Ieasha M. Jones
Special Events and Logistics Coordinator
Office: (404) 385-6215, Mobile: (404) 483-2926