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The mission of the Small Business Institute® is to be the premier provider of professional development for those engaged in experiential student team consulting and related entrepreneurship education, research and activities.  SBI is the link between business, education and community.

Photos from the 2018 SBI Conference

2019 SBI Conference

The Magic of Small Business

Doubletree at the Entrance of Universal Studios 

Orlando, FL

February 14-16, 2019

Call for Papers

Letter from our President - Dr. John Batchelor

On behalf of the Small Business Institute® (SBI) Board of Directors, members, and small business people everywhere, welcome!

For over four decades, academicians, business practitioners, and community leaders have gathered across the nation to present and discuss strategies in education, business, and community engagement. We have achieved this level of success and interdisciplinary collaboration in many ways.

Our annual conferences feature exceptional refereed and peer reviewed competitive papers, best practices, workshops, abstracts, and student consulting project submissions. The SBI Journal (SBIJ) showcases scholarly research articles and cases in the fields of small business management, entrepreneurship, and field based learning. As one of the official journals of the SBI, SBIJ is recognized as the applied and pedagogical instrument for projecting and supporting the goals and objectives of SBI.  Our Journal of Small Business Strategy (JSBS) explores both conceptual and empirical-based applied research.  JSBS features articles that contribute substantially to the understanding of small business strategy, with the small business/entrepreneurship educator, small business owner/manager, and the small business consultant in mind.

SBI is the premier organization dedicated to experiential learning and small business inquiry.  The organization has consistently demonstrated its’ commitment to students, faculty members, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

I invite you to explore our website and examine the many member benefits and collective contributions that demonstrate our unwavering dedication to fostering entrepreneurial education together.


John H. Batchelor, Ph.D.
President, The Small Business Institute®

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