According to the U.S. Census Bureau Annual Business Survey, minority-owned businesses make up more than 25% of the economic landscape in the United States. In Georgia, Minority businesses play an integral role in creating jobs, strengthening communities of color and stimulating our economy. Widely recognized as a positive climate for minority business, Georgia is known nationally for its business-friendly climate, significant technological advancement and strong economic development policies that have spurred unprecedented numbers of entrepreneurial ventures and minority business startups.
During September 20 – 24, 2021, the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council, in partnership with the state of Georgia and area cities and counties, will commemorate the observance of Minority Business Opportunity Week (MBOW). MBOW is a weeklong recognition of the rich history, achievements and contributions of the minority business community to the state’s economy.
The weeklong celebration includes the GMSDC’s Business Opportunity Exchange, the premier supplier diversity and small business development conference in Georgia each year. The current business climate mandates a focus on the recovery, success and sustainability of the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) firms across the state, many of whom have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent economic downturn. The conference is a full week of speakers, networking, presentations and matchmaking, to be delivered virtually over technology platforms.