Alabama SBDC at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH)
Ms. Hilary Claybourne, Center Director
225 Church Street, Suite 319
Huntsville / Madison County Chamber of Commerce
Huntsville, AL 35801
To speak with an SBDC Business Advisor at UAH, 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:
Michelle Kloske is a senior business advisor and training coordinator at the Alabama SBDC at the University of Alabama Huntsville since 2019. Michelle was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. She has an associate’s degree from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Michelle is an enthusiastic and creative business advisor. Through her varied experiences, she is uniquely skilled to assist clients in the retail and service business and assisting food and beverage clients navigate the complex nuances of the industry.
Michelle began her career as an accountant specializing in payroll, taxes, and government reporting, for a defense contractor in the 8A program in Huntsville. She left the traditional workforce upon the birth of her first daughter. During her time as a stay-at-home mom of three girls, she was a top-selling consultant, she worked as a part-time accountant for a nuclear engineering firm, and she founded a small business specializing in custom apparel selling in her online boutique, craft shows, and directly to organizations. Additionally, she spent extensive time volunteering to chair large fundraising galas raising nearly half a million dollars for her children’s schools. In 2014, Michelle returned to the traditional workforce full-time as the accounting manager, events coordinator, and membership director at a country club. She worked with all aspects of the organization to help the formerly bankrupt club become a thriving small business. Michelle truly loves working with SBDC clients. She utilizes her wealth of personal experience and friendly personality to help her clients realize their entrepreneurial dreams.
Arlena Fulling is a Business Advisor at the Alabama SBDC at the University of Alabama in Huntsville . She is a marketing expert, entrepreneur & educator. Most recently having spent time in higher ed as a college instructor, she is following her passion of working directly with and for the small business community. As a small business owner herself, she is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs thrive. Her experience brings an added benefit to SBDC clients who are seeking to build an online presence or launch an e-commerce business. Arlena attended Columbus State University and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Belmont University.
Foster is a former UAH SDBC Center Director and now works part-time as a Senior Business Advisor. Foster has taught International Business at UAH as an Adjunct Lecturer since 2002. His professional career includes over 35 years in risk management, international business, government contracting, and business and professional development. Foster has a BA from the University of the Pacific and an MA from the Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Foster also speaks Spanish.
Ms. Kris McBride has an extensive background serving our community and in the Defense Industry. Kris retired as a V.P. of SAIC where she served as Deputy Program Manager (DPM) for $1B Systems Engineering Services contracts with over a hundred project teams and more than 2000 fulltime equivalent personnel from SAIC and 150+ funded subcontracted companies delivering systems, software, hardware, network, and test engineering, transition support, fielding and user support, training support, configuration management, quality engineering, senior level program support. Kris has extensive experience in the software industry serving as an Executive Manager for Intergraph, as President of Sigmatech, a Small Disadvanted Business. While at Intergraph, Kris managed several international projects and sales with the United Kingdom, Sweden, Singapore, Japan and Saudi Arabia.
Kris has a BA in Computer Science and Mathematics (double major) from The University of Tennessee, and a MS Computer Science, The University of Alabama in Huntsville. Kris has served in several leadership positions including Board of Directors Chair for the Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Immediate Past President (Region) of the Association of the United States Army’s (AUSA), President-Nominee of the Rotary Club of Madison, Alabama, and member of the Huntsville Committee of 100. Kris is committed to providing assistance and serving as a bridge between our small business community, prime contractors and government agencies.
Mr. Marc Jacobson has an extensive background serving our community and in the Defense Industry. He recently retired from serving as the City Administrator with the city of Madison, AL, has served in leadership roles with the Chambers of Commerce and several community and non-profit boards of directors. Marc retired as a V.P. of SAIC managing over 900 employees, subcontractors and small businesses, providing engineering support for Army systems at Redstone Arsenal, with a portfolio valued at $165M in revenue. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel having served for 25 years in the Active and Army Reserves. Marc is Chapter Executive Vice President – Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA), member/Past President – Rotary Club of Madison, board member/Past President – Better Business Bureau (BBB) of North Alabama and is a member of Committee 100. He has over 33 years working in government contracting.
Marc has a BS in Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a Master of Administrative Science (MAS) from Johns Hopkins University. He is a graduate of both Leadership Greater Huntsville and Leadership Alabama. Marc’s extensive experience managing programs from local, city and federal contracting. He is passionate about providing opportunities for growth in government contracting for our local small businesses and economy.
Earl Johnson retired from Federal Services in 2016 after thirty years in contracting as a Contracting Officer for the Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal, AL.
Dr. Earl C. Johnson attended Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University (Alabama A&M) where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Telecommunication. He worked for a short period after graduation at and NBC Television affiliate in Columbus, GA. Having later received his call into the ministry, he earned a Bachelor of Theology Degree from American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, TN with honors (Magna Cum Laude). He then further his theological studies at Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in Birmingham, AL and received a Masters of Divinity Degree. In addition, he earned a Doctorate of Ministry Degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Louisville, Kentucky.
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