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.