GMSDC to Kick off Minority Business Opportunity Week in Georgia

ATLANTA, Sept. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council, in partnership with the state of Georgia and area cities and counties, will commemorate the inaugural observance of Minority Business Opportunity Week (MBOW) on September 14-18, 2020. MBOW is a weeklong recognition of the rich history, achievements and contributions of the minority business community to the state’s economy.

“As Georgia’s leading small business development and supplier diversity organization, the GMSDC is excited to spearhead Minority Business Opportunity Week and pay tribute to minority businesses driving our economy,” said Stacey Key, GMSDC President and CEO. “Our primary goal at GMSDC is to facilitate business opportunities between minority business enterprises and corporations. These successful partnerships are the key to driving innovation, creating jobs and strengthening minority communities.”

Georgia has been widely recognized as a positive climate for minority business, known nationally for a business-friendly climate, significant technological advancement and strong economic development policies that have spurred unprecedented numbers of entrepreneurial ventures and minority business startups.

“On behalf of all Georgians, I’m proud to take part in celebrating the countless hardworking business owners from every race, creed, and walk of life who create opportunity in every corner of the Peach State,” said Governor Kemp. “As the Top State for Business seven years in a row, Georgia’s business community is truly one of the most diverse in the country. Our minority-owned companies are vital to the economic health of our state, and we salute all those who are involved in the inaugural observation of Minority Business Opportunity Week in Georgia.”

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp established the Georgians First Commission in 2019, whose mission is to address critical issues for small business and make it easier to do business in Georgia. The commission includes a Minority Business Task Force led by Cassius Butts, President/CEO of 1st Choice Credit Union and former Region IV Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

In addition to the State of Georgia, the cities and counties across the region will observe the week of September 14th as Minority Business Opportunity Week. They include City of Atlanta, City of Augusta, City of Savannah, Clayton County, Cobb County, DeKalb County, Fulton County, Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, Georgia State Senate, Gwinnett County, and Henry County.

The GMSDC has partnered with the Atlanta Business Chronicle to publish a special focus section on Minority Business Opportunity Week, highlighting the successful partnerships between minority businesses and corporate entities. The special insert will be included in the Chronicle’s September 11th print issue.

During Minority Business Opportunity Week the GMSDC, Georgia’s leading advocacy organization for supplier diversity and minority business development, will host its annual supplier diversity and small business development conference – the Business Opportunity Exchange. The key focus of the BOE is five days of capacity building and engagement activities designed to stimulate opportunities. For more information about the BOE, please visit

The Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (GMSDC) is a not-for-profit organization that facilitates business partnerships between corporations, government entities, and certified minority-owned businesses in the state of Georgia. GMSDC celebrates 45 years of creating opportunities and delivering results. With more than 400 national and local corporate members and more than 700 certified minority business enterprises, GMSDC is Georgia’s leading small business development and supplier diversity organization. Founded in 1975, GMSDC is headquartered in Atlanta and is an affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. For more information, contact us at or [email protected]



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