Sep 01, 2023
Don McKneely, Chairman & CEO MBN USA

When Don McKneely started his first business diversity publication in 1988, he was seizing an opportunity. An entrepreneur in the community media space, he saw that the Texas business world didn’t have a publication about minority-owned businesses.

“I saw that there was a need to close that gap in terms of bringing together the women’s business community, the minority business community and the corporate and civic business communities,” he said.

The result was Minority Business News, a publication focused on diversity and inclusion that for its first four years covered developments involving both ethnic minority-owned businesses and women-owned businesses. In 1992, as the women’s business community began to gain traction and wanted to pursue its destiny in the supplier diversity arena, McKneely rolled out Women’s Enterprise magazine.