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June 1, 2021
This Memorial Day, we express our gratitude and honor our nation’s heroes. Let us remember those who courageously gave their lives in defending our freedom. 

Georgia Tech Director of Diversity Engagement and Program Development Keynotes the NBGHF 35th Anniversary
Calls for PGA Inclusion, More Black Suppliers

Donna M. Ennis, C.P.F., of the Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute, was the keynote speaker at this month's National Black Golf Hall of Fame’s (NBGHF) 35th Celebration and Induction Ceremony. The NBGHF is a client of the Atlanta Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center, which Ennis directs. In her remarks, Ennis congratulated NBGHF for its impact on the world of golf and on the lives of young people, while highlighting the importance of Black suppliers and players’ inclusion and participation in golf, speaking on the use of Black businesses in the golf industry’s supply chain, and issuing a challenge to the PGA and the golfing industry as a whole to “be intentional about their approach to identifying and using Black suppliers.”
The NBGHF is dedicated to strengthening Black legacy in the game of golf, and their annual Celebration and Induction Ceremony commemorates those who have made significant contributions to this legacy. This year, the NBGHF welcomed Representative James E. Clyburn, the Cobbs Creek Golf Course, Stephen “Steve” Mona, and Vernice and Madelyn “Moochie” Turner to its ranks. Other notable recognitions included highlights by 15-year-old Haven Ward, the number one African American female junior golfer in America, and Solomon Dobbs, a Morehouse College engineering student and golf team member, who was captain of the first all Black players and coaches Georgia state championship team in 2019. Both individuals praised the influence of Jeff Dunovant, NBGHF Chairman and President, on their game and their lives. Read more

2021 Atlanta Metro Export Challenge Now Open

Applications are now open for the 2021 Atlanta MEC, a year-long program that assists metro Atlanta companies in their global business development efforts. Selected companies receive a grant of $5,000, as well as tailored mentorship to assist in global development. Learn more and apply

IP Summer Series

Take advantage of Georgia Tech Library’s Patent and Trademark Center six-week intellectual property series. Led by OSPTO experts, these 10 workshops are online, free, and open to the public.
Learn more.

GTMI Resource Series

For the next few weeks, we will be covering opportunities provided by and ways to engage with the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute (GTMI). GTMI hosts events, offers partnerships, provides philanthropic support, and so much more to MBE manufacturers like you. Learn more.

Top 40 Growth Company Beats All Odds

Tracy Grace
Ibex Experts

Just like any other young professional, Tracey Grace was committed to her career and performing with her eye on excellence, as she emerged from the prestigious University of Pittsburgh with an MBA. She has successfully knocked down many barriers as the founder and CEO of IBEX IT Business Experts (IBEX), a training, technology, and professional services firm. Read more.

Fund for Small Business Owners of Color

American Express and Accion Opportunity Fund - a leading nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) small business lender - announced a new program to provide loans and other resources to underfunded small business owners in the U.S.
Read more.


SOAR Fund for Small Businesses

The Southern Opportunity and Resilience (SOAR) Fund will provide affordable capital to the smallest of small businesses and nonprofits and those that have been historically underbanked, including women, people of color, immigrants, and those in rural communities across the South. Nonprofits and small business owners with fewer than 50 full-time employees can apply now for very low interest loans of up to $100,000 and free business support.
Learn more.


SBA Grants & Funding

SBA PPP Extended to May 31
The PPP Extension Act of 2021 allows for an additional two months of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) until May 31, 2021, and then provides an additional 30-day period for the SBA to process applications that are still pending. 

Shuttered Venue Grant Application Opens April 8
The SBA launched a splash page for the application portal where small business owners of eligible venues may apply for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) starting April 8. Eligible entities that applied for a Paycheck Protection Program loan after Dec. 27, 2020 can also apply for the SVOG, with the eligible entity's SVOG reduced by the PPP loan amount.

EIDL Lending Limits Increased
Starting the week of April 6, 2021, the SBA is raising the loan limit for the COVID-19 EIDL program from 6-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $150,000 to up to 24-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $500,000.

EIDL Extends Deferments Until 2022
The SBA announced extended deferment periods for all disaster loans, including the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, until 2022. Read more.

Does Your Small Business Qualify for the EIDL? 
The SBA is reaching out to small businesses that qualify for the COVID-19 targeted Emergency Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). Funds of up to $10,000 may be available to applicants. Click here to learn more.

Review Changes to the Paycheck Protection Program

The SBA has made key changes to the Paycheck Protection Program. Review these recent recordings to learn about these changes and what they mean for your business.
View Important Recordings - SBA PPP Webinars

What First & Second PPP Draws Mean for You
The Paycheck Protection Program from the SBA is designed to provide direct incentive for small businesses to keep employees on the payroll. Please contact Sky Capital Ventures at (404) 232-9295 for more information. Click here to read more. Click here to listen to the recent SBA PPP Webinar.

Upcoming Events

JUNE 7 – The Path to a Patent, Part I: IP Basics

JUNE 9 – The Path to a Patent, Part II: Patent Searching

  JUNE 14 – The Path to a Patent, Part III: Draft a Patent Application

Women Veteran "GOVCON" Boot Camp Accelerator

Applications are open for the PenFed Foundation’s Veteran Entrepreneur Investment Program (VEIP) that will engage established entrepreneurs with businesses in government contracting through free, business-focused education sessions, coaching, networking and more.
Learn more.


Small Business Tax Credits for Vaccination PTO

Offer paid time off to your employees for COVID-related purposes like vaccinations and you may be eligible for tax credits. The American Rescue Plan is providing a new paid leave tax credit that will offset the cost for employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide full pay for any time their employees need to get a COVID-19 vaccination or recover from that vaccination.
Learn more.
Georgia Tech Resources Available for You
Get to know the greater Georgia Tech community and the multitude of benefits available to you that can only be accessed by partnering with a leading research and engineering institution. Read more.

Looking for Our Event Recordings?
If you’ve missed an event or are looking to listen to an event you’ve attended, Atlanta MBDA Centers Recorded Webinars and Podcasts are available here.

Grow Your Business with Export Opportunities in Africa
Learn how export opportunities in Africa can help you grow your small business with EXIM’s webinar. Learn more.

How to Use Resources to Grow Your Business Internationally
Learn what resources are available to grow your business internationally with EXIM’s webinar. Learn more.
This newsletter is part of the Atlanta MBDA Business Center CARES Act program
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