One Ministry, One Church, One Message Worldwide
ATLANTA, GA—April 23, 2015 – Creflo Dollar Global Missions, alonside World Changers Church International and Creflo Dollar Ministries, will join communities worldwide for Earth Day cleanup efforts this weekend. Earth Day brings out non-profit organizations, businesses, houses of worship and volunteer groups – from literally all across the planet – to better their own communities by picking up trash, planting trees, sprucing up parks and doing landscape projects, all in celebration of a now global movement that had its roots in New York City in 1970. Celebrated on April 22nd each year, Earth Day is now an international network, with activities and commemorative events in some 192 countries. For the second year, teams of employees, volunteers, parishioners and pastors from the Creflo Dollar Ministries family of companies will be out in force supporting environmental responsibility and Earth Day awareness. Organizers expect some 500 volunteers to participate, from World Changers Church International in Atlanta and New York, World Changers Fellowship Churches in some two dozen locations internationally, and Creflo Dollar Ministries regional offices on six continents.
Creflo Dollar Ministries is one of the largest and most influential ministry organizations in the world. Headquartered outside Atlanta, Georgia, the ministry has local churches, field offices, and missions outreach efforts across the globe. In addition to the flagship churches in Atlanta and New York, the fellowship churches and international field offices, Creflo Dollar Global Missions is sheltering the homeless, feeding families, digging water wells, building homes, fighting infectious diseases and providing disaster relief to people to people in crisis every day. Archie Collins, the Director of Creflo Dollar Global Missions, understands the vital importance the ministry’s involvement in Earth Day efforts. “Our goal is to become an integral part of the community, wherever we are able to serve,” says Collins. “We want to empower people to succeed in every are of life, and feel that it is important for our community to get out and contribute to the well-being of the larger community. The people in these communities are family, so it is only fitting that we pitch in and do our part.”
The project list for the Creflo Dollar Ministries volunteer groups is quite diverse, including landscape projects at several schools, cleaning up river banks, weeding and planting flowers, preserving wildlife habitat, putting down mulch and picking up trash – lots of trash – primarily from city streets and intersections that surround the ministry’s churches and offices. The plan is to expand the Earth Day cleanup outreach every year, to include many more projects in additional areas. The Creflo Dollar Global Missions team understands that there is more to ministry than just the spiritual…true influence requires engagement in practical things as well.
youth groups and have volunteers engaged in local cleanup projects across the globe this weekend. Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council will host its annual small business development conference – the 2015 Business Opportunity Conference and Expo – on May 4 - 5 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. The GMSDC – the state of Georgia’s leading small business development and supplier diversity organization – is celebrating 40 years of service to Georgia’s business community in 2015. The BOE, which attracts more than 500 small business owners, industry experts, supplier diversity advocates and corporate executives from all across the nation, has evolved into Georgia’s premier small business conference, known for providing a full two days of workshops, speakers, exhibits, networking and business-building opportunities targeted specifically to small business in Georgia. The theme for 2015 is Realizing Tomorrow, which reflects on the GMSDC’s commitment to helping its stakeholders achieve their goals. This year commemorates 4 decades of facilitating profitable business partnerships that create jobs and stimulate Georgia’s economy, in service to some 500 corporations and more than 700 Minority Business Enterprise firms that make up the GMSDC community.
“The BOE is a unique annual convergence of resources, companies and people that only come together in this forum,” says Stacey Key, the President and CEO of the GMSDC. “In a fast-paced, technology-driven marketplace that is ever-changing, our goal is to be the source for whatever our constituents need to be successful. When our corporate partners and small business owners need information or assistance, we want them to look to the GMSDC. The BOE is the best place to start on your journey into the Marketplace of Tomorrow.”
One highlight of this year’s BOE is Part 2 of the 2015 Financial Summit – Access to Capital on May 4th. Small business owners who attended Part 1 of the Summit – a full day of informative sessions on credit, sources of capital and lending standards in April – will have an opportunity for a one-on-one follow-up meeting with lenders to review documentation and get advice on applying for much-needed business capital. The 2015 BOE features Individual Procurement Conferences, a kind of ‘conference within the conference’ where corporate partners share the specifics of their particular procurement environments with small business owners who wish to become suppliers. Attendees will have access to a Technology Hub, hosted by a group of IT and technology providers, where they can explore the latest and greatest in software solutions and other technology for small business. There will be a Prime Vendor Reception, where business owners may network with Tier 1 suppliers who need sub-contractors to fulfill their contractual commitments.
The anchor activity of the BOE is always the ever-popular matchmaking event and trade fair on Day 2. Buyers representing more than 40 global brands – including Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, the Home Depot and many others – will be on hand for one-on-one meetings with MBEs to discuss their capabilities. These meetings allow GMSDC corporate members to build relationships with new suppliers that often lead to business partnerships.
Registration is required for all events. Visit gmsdc.org/boe for conference registration and information.About the GMSDC
The Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (GMSDC) is a not-for-profit organization that fosters value-driven partnerships that may otherwise not be possible between corporate entities, ethnic minority-owned businesses and government entities in the state of Georgia. With nearly 450 national and local corporate members and more than 700 certified minority business enterprises, the GMSDC celebrates nearly 40 years as a leader in supplier diversity and minority business development in Georgia. The GMSDC is headquartered in Atlanta and is an affiliate of NMSDC. For more information, call 404-589-4929 or visit www.gmsdc.org.