National Black MBA Association conference comes to Atlanta this week

The Georgia World Congress Center is shown on Thursday, April 16, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Ron Harris, Pool)

As Atlanta reflects on the 1906 Race Massacre this week, when white mobs stormed the city’s Black neighborhoods, displacing families and destroying Black-owned businesses, the city is simultaneously preparing for a massive business conference for Black entrepreneurs and executives.

It comes as Atlantans are also struggling with an affordable housing crisis, plus some of the highest inflation rates in a major U.S. city.

National Black MBA Association Board Member Cassius Butts joined WABE’s “Morning Edition” to discuss which companies will be present, and how do city leaders balance Atlanta keeping its allure for entrepreneurship and small business opportunity, while also allowing big tech companies to move in amid the pandemic.

The NBMBAA conference takes place Sept. 27 – Oct. 1 at the Georgia World Conference Center.

Lily Oppenheimer contributed to this report.