As a sponsor, you will be a part of a longstanding tradition honoring the nation’s fastest-growing minority business enterprises (MBEs), entrepreneurs, and advocates. Whether you are in the market for products and services that MBEs provide, or you are seeking to expand your supply chain with diverse suppliers, your brand and sponsorship will get exposure during the months prior to and throughout the 3-day conference.
Being a Center-Level Sponsor will increase your promotional outreach and market presence in the MBE manufacturing and business communities. Sponsorship funds will be designated to signature and industry-specific events hosted by the Georgia MBDA Business Center. As a Center Sponsor, you will receive logo placement on the Center website, event promotions and signage, recognition in all marketing campaigns, opportunities to refer speakers for events, and access to all MBEs associated with the Center.
The National MBE Manufacturers Summit launched in 2016 as the first of its kind and is now an annual event. Until now, a manufacturing industry-specific event exclusively for national MBE manufacturers, supply chain decision makers, and stakeholders with a focus on innovation, technology, and business-to-business matchmaking did not exist. Not only is the Center-Level Sponsorship the most crucial to Summit success, but also the most beneficial level for your company. This sponsorship level will augment your corporate supplier diversity efforts, provide you access to vetted MBEs, and extend your manufacturing and business outreach.
The Center-Level Sponsorship includes membership on the Advisory Council. This team of industry leaders, corporate executives, and MBE executives provides high-level input into the Center’s overall direction. The group also assists with content development and promotions for the National MBE Manufacturers Summit.
Over 900 manufacturers, corporations, and organizations from 28 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Washington, D.C. have attended!
Due to Georgia Tech’s major initiatives and partnerships with federal and private manufacturing programs, we encourage corporations to be a major partner by supporting this groundbreaking summit.
To bring MBE manufacturers together for partnerships, sourcing, and joint venturing with corporations and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for new solutions, relationships, growth, and success.
To provide MBE manufacturers with manufacturing best practices, innovation trends, technology, and new relationships for business opportunities.
Since its foundation, the Georgia Institute of Technology has been a leader in manufacturing. Georgia Tech, fourth-ranked U.S. engineering school according to U.S. News and World Report, continues this tradition of excellence through world-class teaching and cutting-edge research that includes real-world applications.
In 2013, the Advanced Manufacturing Center launched a national manufacturing initiative through supplemental funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). This initiative identified MBE manufacturers as an underserved community.
In 2016, the Center launched the first-ever National MBE Manufacturers Summit. Now in its sixth year, the National MBE Manufacturers Summit has attracted over 900 manufacturers, corporations, and organizations from 28 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Washington, D.C.
The MBE National Manufacturers Summit with support from the Georgia MBDA Business Center focus on advancing a national ecosystem of MBE manufacturers, partners, and stakeholders. It creates expansion opportunities for MBE manufacturers by facilitating growth through innovation and technology, training and education, and advocating for inclusiveness with corporate suppliers.
The Sixth National MBE Manufacturers Summit 2023 will support MBEs through:
The Georgia MBDA Business Center is funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency. It is operated by the Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2), the nation’s largest and most comprehensive university- based program of business and industry assistance, technology commercialization, and economic development.
The Georgia MBDA Business Center is part of a national network of over 40 business, capital, advanced manufacturing, procurement, and export centers and special projects across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. They help MBEs have a long-term economic impact and experience significant growth and sustainability through jobs and revenue creation.
The Georgia MBDA Business Center helps MBE manufacturers identify and pursue business opportunities, develop global exporting, expand into corporate supply chains, and increase competitiveness through innovation and technology. The Center has a national ecosystem of MBE manufacturers, supply chain providers, MBDA and its Business Centers, strategic partners, industry experts, university researchers, and corporate executives.
MBE manufacturers interested in growing their businesses through technology transfer, engaging in future manufacturing trends, connecting with large manufacturing companies, expanding supply chain networks, and developing short- and long-term partnerships.
MBE manufacturers, suppliers, OEMs, corporations, key stakeholders, and partners who participate in the Georgia MBDA Business Center ecosystem or are interested in engagement with this ecosystem.
We execute the following activities to meet program goals:
Below is a selected list of organizations involved with the Center.