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Minority Business Opportunity Week in Georgia kick off

GMSDC to Kick off Minority Business Opportunity Week in Georgia
State and local governments proclaim minority business excellence

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 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

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

“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.”

Governor 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 Savannah
Clayton County
Cobb County
DeKalb County
Fulton County
Georgia Legislative Black Caucus
Georgia State Senate
Gwinnett County
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

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