Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsoring the Seventh National MBE Manufacturers Summit will provide your company or organization exposure to thousands of minority-owned businesses within the Georgia MBDA Business Center audience.

You're invited to sponsor!​

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.

Why Become a Center-Level Sponsor?

Increase Outreach & Market Presence

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.

Become a Part of History

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.


$ 10,000
  • Premier sponsor of the Georgia MBDA Business Center for one calendar year
  • 5 Summit passes
  • Logo on sponsor banner
  • 30-second company promo
  • Logo in Summit program
  • Opportunity to place full-page ad in Summit program
  • Emails
  • Center marketing and advertising
  • Summit promotions
  • Event Signage
  • Presenting Center sponsor


$ 5,000
  • 3 Summit passes
  • Logo on sponsor banner
  • Logo in Summit program
  • Opportunity to place ½-page ad in Summit program
  • Emails
  • Summit promotions
  • Event signage


$ 2,500
  • 2 Summit passes
  • Logo on sponsor banner
  • Logo in Summit program
  • Opportunity to place ¼-page ad in Summit program
  • Emails
  • Summit promotions
  • Event Signage

Summit Highlights

Over 900 manufacturers, corporations, and organizations from 28 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Washington, D.C. have attended!

Summit Eve

Location TBD
Opening Reception, MBE Awards Ceremony, 20th anniversary celebration of Georgia MBDA Business Center

Day 1

Georgia Tech Global Learning Center
Keynote, Breakout Sessions, Fast Pitch, Poster Walk and more!

Day 2

Location TBD
Continue Fast Pitch One-on-One Meetings with Corporations and OEMs continues.

Increase Your Outreach & Market Presence!

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.

Sponsorship Highlights

  • Exposure to thousands of minority-owned businesses through the Georgia MBDA Business Center network
  • Connect to a growing list of prestigious partners
  • Free Summit Passes for you and your team
  • Inclusion in Pre-Summit promotions
  • On-site logo, advertisement, event signage

Our Vision

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.

Our Mission

To provide MBE manufacturers with manufacturing best practices, innovation trends, technology, and new relationships for business opportunities.

Our History

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 2016, the Georgia MBDA Business 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/underrepresented community.

In 2016, the Center launched the first-ever National MBE Manufacturers Summit. Now in its seventh 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, focuses 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 Seventh National MBE Manufacturers Summit 2024 will support MBEs through:

  • Exposure to the latest trends and innovation in manufacturing and supply chains;
  • Connections with large manufacturing enterprises;
  • Contacts with supply chain networks;
  • Development of short- and long-term partnerships; and
  • Access to Georgia Tech research and manufacturing initiatives.

Strengthening the Growth of MBE Manufacturers

Our Operation

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.

Our Network

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.

Our Impact

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.

Our Ecosystem: Participants, Programming, and Partnerships Participants

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:

  • Develop a manufacturing ecosystem for MBE manufacturers
  • Build relationships with corporations committed to assisting MBE manufacturers obtain the necessary capital to support innovation and growth
  • Advocate for matchmaking between MBE manufacturers and corporate suppliers
  • Provide exposure to innovation, education, and research
  • Create an online national community of MBE manufacturers
  • Secure domestic and global opportunities
  • Provide MBE manufacturers with access to advance manufacturing resources and expertise
  • Share knowledge of manufacturing industry growth trends
  • Increase MBEs’ business sustainability
  • Assist MBE manufacturers with productivity improvements and strategic growth


Below is a selected list of organizations involved with the Center.

  • International Trade Administration
  • Manufacturing Extension Partnership
  • Procurement Technical Assistance Centers
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance Centers
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • BMW
  • Ebco
  • Comcast
  • Grady Medical Health System
  • Siemens
  • The Home Depot
  • Trane Technologies
  • WestRock
  • Atlanta Business League
  • Diverse Manufacturing Supply Chain Alliance
  • Georgia Association of Manufacturers
  • Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection
  • Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute
  • Healthcare Supplier Diversity Alliance
  • MBDA Advanced Manufacturing Centers (Baltimore, Detroit, San Antonio)
  • Technology Association of Georgia