The Advisory Board is comprised of representatives of the small business community, reflecting the varied industry sectors and geographies of business in Alabama. The Board shall be advisory, versus management, in nature. Alabama SBDC Network Staff are often invited to attend these meetings, along with a representative from the SBA District Office in Birmingham. Board members shall be recruited that are visionaries, willing to serve as advocates for the Alabama SBDC network. Board members shall play a productive role as advisors to the network, willing to utilize their contacts and affiliations to further the development of the program statewide.
Advisory Board Members
Abe Harper, Jr
Governor Kay Ivey on Tuesday announced she is tapping Stacia Robinson to serve as director of the Alabama Office of Minority Affairs. Nichelle Nix, who has served in the role for the last six years, is moving to the private sector to practice law.
Robinson comes to the post from BeneChoice Companies, LLC, a benefits and financial choices company. She also serves as district manager of Colonial Life Insurance Company. The governor describes Robinson as a small business champion. Robinson’s expertise in business involvement includes employee benefits design and administration, as well as advertising consulting and professional speaking.
Robinson also recently sold her BNI-Business Network Int’l Franchise, which she owned for 25 years. Further reiterating the fact that Robinson is a champion of small business, her involvement locally in Montgomery includes serving on the Industrial Development Board of Montgomery, the Leadership Council of the NFIB, the Alabama Small Business Commission, among many other ventures. She was also the first African American female to serve on the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors. As chairman of the Marketing & Promotions Task Force for the Council of Small Business Enterprises (COSBE), she won an ADDY award for the “Buy Greater Montgomery” campaign. Robinson is excited to bring her experience to the Ivey Administration.
A military career brought this Denver, Colorado native to Alabama. While spending seven years in the Air Force as a communications-computer officer, she completed her Master of Science degree in Counseling and Human Development at Troy University in Montgomery. Prior to that, she received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics degree from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Governor Ivey remains focused on keeping Alabama innovative and preparing the state’s students and workforce for the economy of tomorrow, and she believes that Robinson will be a helpful hand in that effort.