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Atlanta Business League

Atlanta Chamber Of Commerce

Better Business Bureau

BICSI - Building Industry Consulting Services International

Dekalb Chamber of Commerce

Georgia’s Mentor Protégé Connection

GMSDC

National Association of Minority Contractors

Technology Association of Georgia


 

Atlanta Business League

The Atlanta Business League was established in 1933 as an affiliate of the National Business League founded by Dr. Booker T. Washington.

In 1900 this economic pioneer conceived and developed a broad-based structure for business enterprise more innovative than this nation had ever seen, predating the creation of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce by twelve years. The National Business League was committed from its inception to a strong comprehensive program of self-help and self-sufficiency. The mission of the National Business League is to enhance and expand the business community at large to encourage civic pride and to reinvent community money within the community.

The Atlanta Business League was formed on the same premise. Serving the role as minority business developer and advocate the Atlanta Business League seeks to provide economic empowerment and business development opportunities for minorities throughout the metropolitan Atlanta area with specific emphasis on the development of African-American businesses.

Since its inception the Atlanta Business League has implemented programs and initiatives and caused the development of relationships which have translated into millions of dollars in revenue generated and hundreds of new business start-ups. Through the Atlanta Business League and the businesses its serves the quality of life or our community is greatly enriched.

The Atlanta Business League is a strong force for positive growth in Atlanta. It serves as one voice for many small business persons using their collective power to influence the course of events politically and socially at all levels, including government business and civic communities. As challenges present themselves to the entrepreneur, the Atlanta Business League continues to meet them head on.

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Atlanta Chamber Of Commerce

The Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce's Economic Development Division is committed to creating a high-quality business environment in the metro area for new and existing businesses. With 15 Fortune 500 and 27 Fortune 1000 companies headquartered here as of April 2006, metro Atlanta is well positioned to attract the industries that will result in high-paying jobs and further support the area's growing economy. The chamber's business recruitment team actively recruits new companies to relocate or expand operations to the region by marketing to and working directly with corporate executives and relocation consultants.

Metro Atlanta's greatest growth will be in what the Metro Atlanta Chamber calls the "Industries of the Mind," companies - those that are heavily dependent on intellectual capital. The chamber is committed to developing new business in targeted industry clusters, including:

  • Corporate headquarters
  • Bio sciences
  • Logistics/Transportation
  • Telecommunications
  • Computer software & Services

The Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce (MACOC) has 4,000 member companies that collectively employ more than 700,000 workers and is a catalyst for a vibrant metro region. The Metro Atlanta Chamber focuses on the issues that matter most to the business community: improving quality of life; promoting economic growth and making Atlanta a brand name that means opportunity.

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Better Business Bureau

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) system in the U.S. extends across the nation, coast-to-coast, and in Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico.

Since the founding of the first BBB in 1912, the BBB system has proven that the minority of marketplace problems can be solved fairly through the use of voluntary self-regulation and consumer education.

The BBB's Core Services include:

Business Reliability Reports

Dispute Resolution

Truth-in-Advertising

Consumer and Business Education

Charity Review



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BICSI - Building Industry Consulting Services International

BICSI (Building Industry Consulting Service International) is a comprehensive non-profit trade association; whose programs and interests cover the broad telecommunications spectrum of the voice, video and data industries.

BICSI was founded in 1974 to serve and support Voice & Data industry consultants responsible for the design and distribution of telecommunications cabling in commercial and campus buildings. BICSI is a non-profit association assisting telecommunications professionals with their careers by providing training, certifications, conferences and publications in the design and installation of voice date and video technologies.

The membership base of 25,000 covers over 100 countries around the globe. BICSI now provides training and education worldwide continually developing and promoting good practices within the industry.

The primary goal of BICSI is to lead the telecommunications industry in the enhancement of quality services and methods. The RCDD is professional designation offered to qualified BICSI members. Attaining this status indicates an exceptional level of knowledge within the area of telecommunications distribution design in commercial, campus and multi-story buildings.

The RCDD program has been recognized internationally and industry wide as the standard for super design expertise.

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Dekalb Chamber of Commerce

Founded in 1938, he DeKalb Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business in DeKalb County. Membership contributions in the form of dues or sponsorships go to support the initiatives set by the membership base and ensure that the Chamber is able to communicate with DeKalb County at large about issues directly affecting the community.

The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce is proud of its community and the strength of the unified membership. DeKalb County has thousands of professionals with unparalleled expertise and collective influence ~ all working hand-in-hand. Judicial Court, Detention Center, Solicitor's Office, Law Department, Public Works, Public Defender's Office, Fire Stations and Motor Transportation, etc.

DeKalb County is the business destination, a 270-square mile gateway to key workforce infrastructure and lifestyle amenities and advantages that have a major impact on the metropolitan Atlanta area.

DeKalb boasts more than 60 million square feet of office and industrial space, several thousand acres of undeveloped land and more interstate miles than any county in Georgia. At the same time a variety of housing options and an aggressive county initiative to build a major nature preserve all contribute to DeKalb's widely sought after quality of life.

The DeKalb Chamber membership has a long history of working with the rich tapestry of businesses people and organizations that give the county its leading economic standing in the metro area. The Chamber often initiates public/private partnerships to develop policies and programs to support its key goal: promoting balanced growth to achieve a high quality of life for the county's residents and workforce.

Thanks to a collaborative effort between the DeKalb Development Authority and the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, the Redevelopment Powers Law was passed with 56% of the voters in favor of the law. The DeKalb Chamber advocated the Redevelopment Powers Law via a campaign of direct mail, e-mail, phone calls and public media.

Under this law, local governments are able to create tax allocation districts to facilitate the financing of infrastructure, development or redevelopment activities in underdeveloped or economically distressed area of our county. The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce believes the tax allocation districts are essential to high quality growth throughout DeKalb County.

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Georgia’s Mentor Protégé Connection

The Mentor Protégé Connection provides unique opportunities to a select group of Georgia’s emerging businesses to improve business practices, develop relationships and promote business growth. For one year, a protégé company is paired with a leading Georgia-based corporation to focus on areas such as:

  • New markets and global expansion
  • Professional development, business training and networking
  • Business operations improvements including HR, systems, sales, financial analysis
  • Cutting-edge business practices and mentoring

The program is hosted by the state of Georgia in partnership with its mentor sponsors: GE Energy, Georgia Power, Hardin Construction, Lockheed Martin, The Coca-Cola Company, The Home Depot, Turner Broadcasting and United Parcel Service (UPS).

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GMSDC

Celebrating 30 Years of Partnering Corporations and Minority Business in the State of Georgia!

The mission of the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (GMSDC) is to foster and expand mutually beneficial economic opportunities between certified minority business enterprises (MBEs), corporations, and government entities within the State of Georgia; and to help build a stronger, more equitable society by supporting and promoting minority business development.

GMSDC is a non-profit organization established in 1976 as a regional office of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. As one of the largest of 39 Councils nationwide with the largest number of certified and ethnically mixed MBEs in the Southeast region, GMSDC is comprised of a network of corporate members and certified minority business enterprises.

GMSDC serves as a credible, one-stop source for identifying and accessing qualified minority suppliers. For minority entrepreneurs the council represents opportunities to enhance the business and competitive infrastructure while providing increase exposure to significant business prospects.

The core activities that define GMSDC are:

MBE Certification

Minority Business Development

Corporate and MBE Matching

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National Association of Minority Contractors

The National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC) is a nonprofit trade association that was established in 1969 to address the needs and concerns of minority contractors. While membership is open to people of all races and ethnic backgrounds, the organization's mandate, "Building Bridges - Crossing Barriers," focuses on construction industry concerns common to African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans.

Members not only avail themselves of basic services, but also actively participate in NAMC's Midwinter and Annual Conferences, held every year in March and June, respectively, in a new city around the country, Members also take advantage of the Fall Chapter Retreat held annually in Washington, D.C. NAMC's regular meetings provide excellent opportunities for participants to gather cutting-edge information, help shape the direction of the organizations, and compare notes with their industry friends, associates and business acquaintances.

Covering 49 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands, NAMC's membership base includes general contractors, subcontractors, construction managers, manufacturers, suppliers, local minority contractor associations, state and local governmental organizations, attorneys, accountants, and other professionals. Organizational funding comes from membership dues, federal and state government grants, and private sector grants and contributions.

NAMC's mission is to:

- Provide education and training to minority contractors in construction.

- Promote the economic and legal interest of minority contracting firms.

- Advocate law and government actions, which meet the concerns of minority contractors.

- Bring about more equitable and wider procurement and business opportunities for minority contractors.

- Reduce and remove the barriers to full equality, which confront minority contractors.

- Build bridges between minority contractors and the parties and entities with which they must work.

- Create a forum for sharing information, developing and maintaining the highest professional standards and mutual support.

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Technology Association of Georgia

TAG is dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of the state's technology industry and provides leadership in driving initiatives in the areas of policy, capital, education and giving. TAG also brings the technology community together through events, initiative programs and networking opportunities.

TAG was launched in January, 1999 with the merger of three of the state's largest technology organizations: the Southeastern Software Association, the Business and Technology Alliance and Women in Technology. At its launch, TAG became one of the largest technology organizations in the country. Today, TAG's mission is to help Georgia's technology companies speak in a strong voice. The Association helps members connect with companies that use their services. TAG serves as a liaison with Chambers of Commerce statewide and beyond to attract new businesses and employees to provide TAG members with information on the legislative agenda that impacts them.

While TAG isn't a lobbying organization (the charter prohibits lobbying), the Association helps prioritize the issues facing Georgia's technology companies by working closely with other organizations like AeA and its Technology Leadership Coalition (TLC). TAG doesn't duplicate the efforts of lobbying groups - it collaborates with them.

TAG's Societies are large groups that include women in technology, software development, healthcare, marketing and local groups of tech professionals around the state. TAG's SIGs, or special interest groups, encompass more than a dozen disciplines, from conducting business internationally to raising capital, from outsourcing to project management, technology in entertainment to offshore development solutions.

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