GMEN 20th Anniversary Celebration Conference | September 15-17, 2017 | Atlanta, GA


The GMEN 20th Anniversary Celebration Conference Registration is now open! We strongly encourage early registration to receive discounts and invitations to special events in advance of the conference. Detailed program information and updates will be communicated on this page and via email. We expect to sell out, register today!

Conference Pricing

-each conference ticket includes one awards dinner ticket

$199 through September 8

$300 between September 9 - September 15

REGISTER HERE for Conference Tickets!!

Awards Dinner Pricing

-awards dinner ticket without conference admission

$65 through September 8

$75 between September 9 - September 15

REGISTER HERE for Awards Dinner Tickets!!


Since its founding in 1997, the Georgia Micro Enterprise Network, GMEN, has worked to build the capacity of micro enterprise organizations around the U.S., with a primary focus on the State of Georgia.  As the Georgia state association for micro enterprise, GMEN provides the primary infrastructure for assembling and disseminating information on U.S. micro enterprise development to MDOs across the state. With GMEN's support, its members have successfully grown and developed over the past 20 years.  The number of disadvantaged entrepreneurs served has grown; the types of services offered have increased. GMEN's members helped businesses start and grow, creating and sustaining jobs. GMEN’s role in this development through its Training and Technical Assistance, program administration, research, and leadership has been critical. With the Conference theme “ME-GA: Celebrate, Evaluate, Innovate” from Micro Enterprises to Mega Businesses”, the 2017 Annual Meeting will challenge participants to outline a vision for the future of the micro enterprise field, where entrepreneurship can be made available and accessible to all, including the poor, underserved and dislocated middle class to become engines for job creation and economic growth across the state of Georgia.


During the conference we will focus on a celebration our past, evaluating our present and innovations needed for our future growth and sustainability. Attendees will be challenged to generate “3 Big Bold Goals” around Working Group topics that will serve as a blueprint for action.




At every conference GMEN recognizes individuals and organizations who have made a difference in the lives of Georgia’s entrepreneurs. During our 20th Year Celebration we will also recognize the “Pioneers of Our Field” that have provided support to our work in the early phases, some who even today continue to support our work. The Celebration Dinner with a “Hollywood Flair” is an event you don’t want to miss! 


Allen Entrepreneurial Institute and Conference Center
3235 Evans Mill Road, Lithonia, GA 30038  

Phone: 673-526-9655


Experience “Hollywood of the South” at the Allen Entrepreneurial Institute! The filming site of the Own Network blockbuster series, “GreenLeaf” the Allen Entrepreneurial Institute is the eco-center of entrepreneurial creation, growth and innovation in Georgia. Conveniently located in the new City of Stonecrest, AEI is less than one mile from Interstate I-20. Guest can Uber directly from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport just a few miles away. This exclusive, “invitation only” site sits on 140 acres of exquisitely appointed land is within a few miles of Stonecrest Mall. 

Your stay at the host hotel for the GMEN 20th Anniversary conference will be a once in a lifetime experience, one you will never forget!

We have negotiated the guaranteed lowest rate at the hotel for our guests. These rates are available on a first-come, first-served basis. As our room block always sells out, we strongly encourage early reservations.

Make Your Hotel Reservations Here 


We are pleased to offer a 10% discount for air travel on our Official Airline, Delta. Reservations and ticketing are available via Select “Book Your Flight” and enter Meeting Code .


Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
6000 North Terminal Parkway, Suite 4000
Atlanta, GA 30320
(800) 897-1910
(404) 530-7300



The GMEN 20th Celebration Conference is open for Media Partnerships, to request media credentials for the event, please Click Here.



The Annual Meeting would not be possible without the support of volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please. CLICK HERE


Erica Bracey, Coordinator –

Phone: (678) 571-7378

General Questions: 





Georgia Micro Enterprise Network (GMEN)
233 Mitchell Street SW, Suite 250
Atlanta, GA 30303

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