Purpose and Heritage

The Small Business Advancement National Center (SBANC) was founded in 1990. SBANC was conceived and developed by Dr. Don B. Bradley III, Executive Director of the Center and Professor of Marketing at the University of Central Arkansas. Since its inception as the Small Business Institute Directors’ Association National Center, it has evolved into a multifaceted entrepreneurial and small business counseling and electronic resource information center.

Now a leading-edge facility, SBANC offers small businesses and entrepreneurs some of the most up-to-date information on advances in today’s small business technology.

SBANC’s purpose is to provide the following with the necessary resources to further their business and economic goals:

  • Small Business
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Educators
  • Students
  • Lawyers
  • Foundations and Associations
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Economic and Community Development Officers
  • Government Agencies
  • Small Business Counselors
  • International Trade Development Officers
  • State and Federal Legislatures

The main focus of SBANC activities is the promotion of the entrepreneurial spirit. This is accomplished through counseling, educating and training. These activities are provided locally, statewide, nationally and internationally for those interested in small business and entrepreneurship using the following methods:

  • Internet
  • E-Learning
  • Seminars
  • International Exchanges
  • Conferences
  • Newsletters
  • Counseling Sessions
  • Research
  • Internships

The Small Business Advancement National Center’s mission is part of the broader mission of the University of Central Arkansas and College of Business Administration, which is built on teaching, research and service.