Recap of Last Year


The National MBE Manufacturers Summit 2018 provides leading Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) manufacturers the opportunity to assemble, build connections and create new business opportunities. Over 400 attendees from 22 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and Washington, D.C. have experienced the significant impact of participating in this national gathering of the manufacturing community. You won’t want to miss this opportunity!


Expand Your Business 

Participate in Fast Pitch matchmaking sessions and One-on-One meetings with corporations and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).

Experience Innovative Technology

Learn about the latest technology through our Innovation Pods and the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Technology Tour.

Expose Your Company to a National Audience

  • Highlight your company through the Annual Poster Walk Competition.
  • Network at the Opening Reception on August 5th.
  • Leverage your knowledge and contacts at the Summit on August 6th.
  • Take the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Technology Tour on August 7th.


DAY 1: Intentional Networking and reception, August 5, 2018

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.

Time Event
6-9 pm Opening Reception

Day 2: National MBE Manufacturers Summit 2018, August 6, 2018

Georgia Tech Global Learning Center

Time Event
Networking with a Purpose
 10-10:15am Break
10:15-11am Opening Remarks – Donna Ennis Welcome – Chris Downing, Vice President, Enterprise Innovation Institute Opening Keynote – TBD
 11am-11:45 am Education: Financing for Growth: Five Tips in Five Minutes Join industry experts to learn key finance tips through this “firehose style” tip session!
  • New Market Tax Credit Financing
  • Traditional Banking (Manufacturing focused)
  • Funding Through State Resources
  • An MBE Perspective of Financing for Growth
  • Site Selection / Expansion
  • How Investors Can Scale Your Manufacturing Operation
  • Update on Tax Reform
12-1:30pm Lunch, keynote speaker, and awards
1:45-5:00pm  Fast Pitch Sessions
1:45-5:00pm Innovation Pods

Day 3: Georgia Tech Manufacturing Technology Tour, August 7, 2018

 Time Event
8am-12pm Georgia Tech Manufacturing Technology Tour


Center Level

Bridge Builder

Summit Level

Contact Us

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

Ieasha M. Jones

Special Events and Logistics Coordinator
Office: (404) 385-6215