October 15, 2012

State of Alabama
Press Release: Alabama Department of Commerce

Alabama Small Business Development Center Network Announces New State-Wide Advisory Board



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News Release

Release Date:  October 3, 2012

Contact: Michael Brooks (205) 348-1582

Release Number: FY13-101

Internet Address: http://www.asbdc.org/

TUSCALOOSA, AL – The Alabama Small Business Development Center Network announced the appointment of a new advisory board for the purpose of developing strategies to assist the Network with creating and growing small businesses in Alabama. The newly-formed Alabama SBDC Network Advisory Board recently held its inaugural meeting in Birmingham to discuss ways to assist the Network with its mission to support Alabama’s small businesses in the areas of business start-up, capital access, international trade, and government procurement. Members of the board include:  

Danny Bittner, Senior Vice President/Business Development
Southeastern Commercial Finance, LLC, Birmingham

J. Phillip Bozeman, Owner,
Bozeman Grocery, Inc., Sumiton

Victor M. Brown, Vice President for Minority & Small Business Development
Birmingham Business Alliance, Birmingham

William C. Cummins, Executive State Director (Chairman of the Board)
Alabama SBDC Network-The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

Lee Conn, President
Birmingham Motorcycle Co. LLC, Birmingham

Edward Deitz, Senior Vice President-International Banking
First Commercial Bank/Synovus Bank, Birmingham

Scott Green, President
Creative Concepts, Inc. d/b/a Pucker Powder, Irondale

Harry B. Grier, III, Owner
Arch Business Consulting, Inc., Dothan

Pammie Jimmar, Small Business Manager
Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County, Huntsville

Felecia L. Jones, Executive Director
Black Belt Community Foundation, Selma

Hilda Lockhart, Director-International Trade Division
Alabama Department of Commerce, Montgomery

Kib McKibbens, Director
Governor's Office of Small Business Development, Montgomery/Tuscaloosa

Nisa Miranda, Director
University of Alabama Center for Economic Development, Tuscaloosa

Eddie F. Postell, Manager-Office of Small Business Advocacy
Alabama Department of Commerce, Montgomery

Tracy Rouse, President
Alabama Safety Products, Inc., Oxford

Thomas A. Todt, District Director-Alabama District Office (Ex-Officio Member)
U. S. Small Business Administration, Birmingham

Cheryl S. Williams, Owner
Spherion Recruiting and Staffing, Mobile

The Alabama SBDC Network, established in 1980, is a university-based economic development program for small business counseling and training in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Alabama SBDC Network is part of a national organization of 63 SBDC state networks with over 1,000 field counseling centers across the USA and is an accredited member of the National Association of Small Business Development Centers. Participating universities in the Alabama SBDC Network include: Alabama State University, Auburn University, Jacksonville State University, Troy University, The University of Alabama, The University of Alabama Huntsville, The University of North Alabama, The University of South Alabama, and The University of West Alabama. For more information on the Alabama SBDC Network go to http://www.asbdc.org/.


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