Posted March 30, 2010 Atlanta, GA
Enterprise Innovation Institute
Donna Ennis, project director of the Georgia Minority Business Enterprise Center (GMBEC), has been named one of Atlanta's Top 100 Black Women of Influence by the Atlanta Business League. Funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency and operated by Georgia Tech's Enterprise Innovation Institute, GMBEC helps emerging and existing minority businesses experience significant growth and sustainability and generate long-term economic impact through the creation of jobs and revenue.
Since 1994, the Atlanta Business League has published its annual list of "Atlanta's Top 100 Black Women of Influence." The list include black women in the metro Atlanta community who have reached senior level positions within their professions, are leading entrepreneurs in their industries or have attained the ability to influence large public bodies politically. In addition to professional accomplishments, the "100 Black Women of Influence" have demonstrated their commitment to the citizenry of Metro Atlanta by maintaining significant involvement and participation in community and civic activities.
"Donna Ennis was selected as one of Atlanta's Top 100 Black Women of Influence because of her commitment and dedication to growing minority businesses," said Leona Barr-Davenport, Atlanta Business League president and CEO. "Very simply put, she cares and is results oriented. Her work speaks for itself!"
Ennis is responsible for the strategic direction, marketing and outreach, and operations of the GMBEC and assists clients with strategic, business and market planning; marketing research and communications; public and private procurement, finance and operations; and business process improvement. She has more than 25 years of experience in marketing, communications, public relations and business development, with emphasis on identifying company needs and matching them to the appropriate resources.
"The Georgia Minority Business Enterprise Center plays a vital role in facilitating the growth of both emerging and established minority businesses in Georgia," noted Stephen Fleming, vice provost in the Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute. "Donna Ennis has been the driving force behind the Center's success, and I am pleased to see her hard work and dedication recognized in this way."
Ennis is also a member of the board of directors of the Georgia Resource Capital and the National Center for the Prevention of Home Improvement Fraud and on the board of trustees of Atlanta Unity Church. She has a bachelor's degree in communications from Boston University and a master’s degree in public administration from Georgia State University.