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National MBE Manufacturers Summit 2018.



NMMS 2017 Highlights


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 28 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 one-on-one matchmaking sessions 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
6:00pm- 9:00pm 

Opening Reception- The Commerce Club

191 Peachtree St, NE, 49th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303

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

Georgia Tech Global Learning Center

Time Event




Registration, Networking Breakfast 
Poster Walk  Featuring MBE Manufacturers

Opening Remarks
Donna Ennis, Project Director
Atlanta MBDA Advanced Manufacturing Center
Networking with a Purpose
Break the ice and network with like-minded thinkers in your industry, your next partnership is just a conversation away!

9:45am Break
Poster Walk  Featuring MBE Manufacturers
10:00am Welcome
Chris Downing, Vice President
Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute
Opening Keynote
John Evans, Vice President, Global Procurement
Ingersoll Rand
Sourcing the Future: Manufacturing with a Purpose

Financing for Growth: Five Tips in Five Minutes
Join industry experts to learn key finance tips through this “firehose style” tip session!

  • One-Stop-Shop for Manufacturing Finance –Kevin Sledge, Synovus
  •  How Investors Can Scale Your Manufacturing Operation– Sandra Moore, Advantage Capital
  • Going Global with Export Financing Blake Kennedy, Bibby Financial Services
  • New Market Tax Credits Can Finance Growth – Richard Montgomery, Enhanced Capital
  • Update on Tax Reform – Kerry Defler, Aprio
  • Choose Wisely: Success in Site Selection – T. Dallas Smith, T. Dallas Smith & Company
  • Using Other People’s Money: Financing from an MBE Perspective – Mark Wilson, Chime Solutions
11:45am Break
Poster Walk  Featuring MBE Manufacturers
12:00pm Networking Lunch
Jim Warfield, Global Segment Manager
Caterpillar, Inc
Awards Ceremony & Poster Walk Awards
1:30pm Networking with a Purpose 
“Intentional Networking” is the name of the game!
Vet out potential clients and set appointments with future partners, the first person to secure an opportunity wins!

Fast Pitch One-on-One Meetings

Innovation Pods  Featuring the Latest Trends in Innovation and Technology

5:00pm Adjourn

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

 Time Event

Georgia Tech Manufacturing Technology Tour 

Explore the latest trends and innovations launching from Georgia Tech’s campus on this guided tour.  (Lunch included)


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