ATLANTA,GA —August 02, 2016– On August 9-11, 2016, Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell will host approximately 1,000 entrepreneurs and small business owners at the 5th Annual “Back to Business” (B2B) Conference. The FREE event will include networking, speakers and panel discussions that expose attendees to the depth and breadth of the city’s robust business ecosystem. Since its inception in 2010, the annual conference has attracted nearly 4,000 participants.
The B2B Conference helps Atlanta entrepreneurs navigate the procurement processes and enhance business opportunities, with a particular focus on supporting minority, veteran and women-owned enterprises. Attendees can network and learn best practices from industry experts including leaders from the Technology Association of Georgia, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the General Services Administration, the Georgia Restaurant Association and the Atlanta Business League, among others.
The 2016 B2B schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, August 9 – Entrepreneurism in the Restaurant Industry (6pm – 8:30pm)
Location: Georgia Pacific Building- Auditorium, 133 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
- Participants: Greg Cole, Owner of Nancy’s Pizza; Tim Keane, Commissioner of Atlanta’s Department of Planning and Community Development; Jay Bandy, Goliath Consulting; Kevin Greiner, President and CEO of Gas South; Archna Malhotra Becker, President of Bhojanic; Moderated by Ryan Costigan of the Georgia Restaurant Association
- Exhibitors include First Data, Restaurant Depot, Citizens Trust Bank, Gas South, PSG Construction, Fifth Third Bank, Heartland Payments and Fin Tech Solutions.
Wednesday, August 10 – Government & Private Sector Partnerships in Technology (6pm -8:30pm)
Location: The Gathering Spot, 384 Northyards Blvd. NW, Bldg. 100 Atlanta, GA 30313
- Participants: Dawn Patrick, Partner – Cherry Bekaert; Tim Horton, Vice President-Cyber Security Products – First Data; James T. Jones, President – RacelQ Engineering; Mike Neumeier, Owner and Principal – Arketi Group.; Moderated by Tino Mantella, CEO – Technology Association of Georgia
Thursday, August 11 – 2016 Back to Business Event (9am – 1pm)
Location: Atlanta Metropolitan State College, 1630 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, 30310
- Procurement fair with approximately 100 public corporations and federal, state and local agencies on hand to discuss exhibitors their procurement opportunities and processes.
“Bringing these groups together during ‘Back to Business’ supports small business growth, which is a catalyst for new jobs,” said Council President Mitchell. “Ultimately, this can help accelerate Atlanta’s ability to lead in key sectors such as technology, hospitality, construction and manufacturing.”
About the 2016 Back to Business Conference
The Back to Business (B2B) Conference is Council President Mitchell’s free educational, training and business networking event for all businesses, including minority, veteran and women-owned companies doing business or interested in seeking business with government and corporate entities. More than 30 public and private vendors will be on hand to share information about procurement opportunities within their organizations. The annual event is free and open to the public.