Good news for small and medium-sized manufacturers around the nation


NIST MEP Meets Deadline to Issue Emergency Assistance Program Funding
The CARES Act provided $50 million to NIST MEP to fund the MEP Centers for the implementation of projects to assist manufacturers in preventing, preparing for and responding to impacts related to COVID-19. As of June 30, all 51 MEP Center applications for nearly $50 million in CARES Act funding have been processed and approved. NIST MEP staff are grateful to the NIST Grants Management Division team for their support in the monumental achievement of administering all 51 awards within 81 days after the request for applications was issued!

Each MEP Center’s application included a project plan on how they would help manufacturers in their area recover from business and supply chain interruptions, apply for private insurance claims and disaster loans from the Small Business Administration, and access other resources at the federal, state and local level.

Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is a public-private partnership with Centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico dedicated to serving small and medium-sized manufacturers. Last year, MEP Centers interacted with 28,213 manufacturers, leading to $15.7 billion in sales, $1.5 billion in cost savings, $4.5 billion in new client investments, and helped create or retain 114,650 jobs.


ACCESS 2020 is an entrepreneurship program launched by TiE Atlanta Angels to close the mentoring and funding gap between women- and minority-owned businesses.

While women – and minority-owned companies are trailblazing the entrepreneurship scene, access to capital, mentoring, and the right network remain as barriers. ACCESS aims to set the stage for business owners to present their product or service to established angel investors from TiE Atlanta.

This forum will be closed for submissions on May 15, 2020 with qualified participants announced by June 5, 2020.

To qualify, companies must meet the following criteria:

  • Early stage, Seed, Seed+
  • At least one female or minority founder/cofounder (Asian American, African American, Hispanic, Latinx)
  • Post Revenue
  • Must be able to provide proformas, financials, and investment goals upon request
  • Business plan summary
  • Location preferred: Georgia, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee


FIRST PLACE – $50,000 & opportunity to present at TiECON Atlanta 2020
SECOND PLACE – $30,000
THIRD PLACE – $20,000

All placed companies will receive: Three months of mentorship with TiE Atlanta Charter Mentors; Two tickets to TiECON 2020 on September 25, 2020; One year of TiE Atlanta membership for up to 2 co-founders