Alabama SBDC at Jacksonville State University
Mr. Ken Grissom, Director
700 Pelham Road North, Merrill Hall
Jacksonville, AL 36265
To speak with an SBDC Business Advisor at JSU, please complete our online client registration form. Our one-on-one advising services are confidential and offered at no charge to Alabama’s entrepreneurs and small business owners, but we are required to collect basic demographic information for our funding partners. All information is reported in aggregate form (# veteran-owned business, # women-owned businesses, etc.)
Your Local Small Business Experts:
Ken Grissom has served multiple roles with the SBDC at JSU, including Government Procurement Specialist, Business Advisor, and since 2014 as the Center Director. Grissom earned his undergraduate and MBA at JSU. Prior to joining the SBDC in 2011, Ken had worked as a businessman, owning and operating restaurants and other commercial projects.
Mary joined the SBDC at Jacksonville State University on October 1, 2020, as a Business Advisor, and has spent much of her time since helping clients work through Covid-19 related issues such as PPP and EIDL. Outside of her disaster-assistance activities, Mary’s focus is on helping companies with business planning and strategy. Before joining the SBDC, she served as the Bursar of Jacksonville State University. Mary is a graduate of JSU, and is proud to be a JSU employee. She received a BS in Business Administration, (Accounting and Finance) from JSU in 1986. Before joining the staff at JSU, Mary owned a retail business for 10 years, worked in public accounting and also worked in banking. “I feel that these years of varied experience helps me in assisting the clients of the SBDC at JSU.”
Lindsay Frey is the Government Procurement Specialist with the JSU’s PTAC program, which is co-located in the Small Business Development Center. Lindsay’s family has a long history of entrepreneurship in the Oxford, AL area, so she knows first hand the struggles and rewards of small business ownership. Lindsay started her career as the manger of her family’s jewelry business, later becoming the Community Outreach Manager for a chain of non-profit dental offices. From there, she accepted a position at the Anniston Army Depot’s Contracting Office where she worked very closely with the Director of Contracting and the Small Business Liaison. With the experience she gained at Anniston Army Depot, she was able to shift her career to helping small businesses wanting to sell their goods and services to the government in her current role.
Anna has been employed at JSU since 2014. She serves as a Grants Administrator & Financial Analyst in the Small Business Development Center. Prior to her employment with SBDC at JSU, she worked in banking, and local government as a financial officer. She has over 19 years of expertise in the financial services industry. Anna has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Computer Information Systems and a Master’s degree in Accounting. Anna is a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM).
Tonya joined the Alabama SBDC at Jacksonville State University as a Business Advisor in September 2021. Tonya has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer information Systems and Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Project Management. Prior to employment with the SBDC, Tonya was a Disability Specialist for 10 years with the Disability Determination Service (DDS), an entity of the Social Security Administration. From her experience with the DDS, she has gained knowledge working with clients and researching policies and procedures to meet their specific needs. She feels that the skills learned at DDS will be a viable asset to her role as a Business Advisor.
Secure File Upload
Registered clients that are working with one of our Business Advisors can use the form below to securely upload financial documents. Never email sensitive financial documents. If you were referred by a lender, and are not already a client of the Alabama SBDC, please register here first.
Please ensure that all documents are properly labeled before uploading them.
For example, “ABC Manufacturing Balance Sheet 2020.pdf” is preferable to “Scan112233.pdf” or “Balance.pdf”
This is a secure upload, provided by Box. Box is ISO 27001 and ISO 27018 certified for its Information Security Management System and privacy protection as a PII processor, and has been granted an Authority to Operate and is listed on FedRAMP.gov as a FedRAMP compliant system at the moderate impact level. Box maintains a SOC 1 report based on the SSAE 18 standard, SOC 2 report based on the ISAE 3000 standard, and SOC 3 report based on TSP Section 100a from an independent third party.
Your data can only be accessed by the Capital Access Program. The CAP team will retain working files such as the global cash flow analysis in a secure system, and will delete personal financial information once the consulting engagement has concluded.
If this upload option does not work for you, please notify your Business Advisor.