April 14-17, 2015




You are invited to participate in the 17th Annual Academic Conference of the Society of Business, Industry, and Economics (http://www.una.edu/sobie) on April 14-17 at the spectacular Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort (http://www.sandestin.com) in Destin, Florida.

SOBIE offers a wonderful opportunity to share your research, visit with your colleagues, and take a cerebral break from school.

Sandestin (http://www.sandestin.com) is a destination conference site for SOBIE. We encourage you to bring your family to enjoy the beach and all the resort and surrounding areas offer you to experience in recreation, dining, shopping, and entertainment!

As a special favor to SOBIE participants, Sandentin offers the conference rate for the weekends before and after the conference. Extend your stay! Enjoy the beach!

Please share this invitation with your campus colleagues and businesspeople who you think would benefit from participating in this conference.


The SOBIE mission is to encourage business faculty members to respond to current economic and market issues, and find practical solutions to the many problems business people and public policymakers confront.

SOBIE invites both traditional and interdisciplinary research. Research is essential to the continuity and pursuit of knowledge. The seeds for economic growth, market innovation, more effective business practices, consumer trends, and greater profits often come from the ideas we germinate through our research.

SOBIE is based on the idea that viable, peer-reviewed research at small colleges and regional universities needed to be recognized. Faculty, non-academic professionals, business people, doctoral candidates, graduate students, and undergraduate students should attend.

SOBIE's journal, JOBIE (Journal of Business, Industry, and Economics), is listed in Cabell's directory.


SOBIE was founded in 1999 by the Doug Barrett and the late Jim Couch, both from the University of North Alabama, with about 30 participants from 5 schools.

SOBIE is now the premier academic conference for small and regional universities, attracting participants from almost every state, several countries, businesses, and government agencies.

Student Research

Since its inception, SOBIE has made a commitment to advance the academic and career opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students.

Research is an extension of the classroom, preparing the next generation of scholars - inspire their future, enhance their resume! Many small liberal arts colleges encourage their students to attend SOBIE to present their senior theses.

SOBIE is especially proud of its long, impressive list of student alumni! Each year, several former SOBIE student presenters returned as professors. Please encourage them to make SOBIE a highlight of their academic career, preparing them for graduate study or their careers.

SOBIE waives the registration fee for students. However, they should register for the conference. Students are eligible to compete for awards recognizing their research. For consideration, please submit complete student papers by April 1 to Doug Barrett: jdbarrett@una.edu.


SOBIE publishes a peer-reviewed academic journal, JOBIE. Please contact Bob Armstrong, Editor: rwarmstrong@una.edu.


SOBIE publishes proceedings for each conference. The guidelines are available on our website (www.una.edu/sobie).

Conference Schedule

Session begin each day at 7:30am, allowing you time to enjoy Sandentin. On Thursday, sessions begin at 9:30am after the plenary breakfast.

The reception and other events, such as SOBIE Golf, SOBIE Tennis, and SOBIE Beach Volleyball will be announced.

SOBIE attempts to honor your preference for presentation. Sessions are usually limited to three subject-area papers to allow ample time for discussion and review. PowerPoint and web access will be provided. Student presentations are grouped together, separately.

Submission of Papers and Conference Registration

Please make your conference registration, separate from your hotel room, by Saturday, March 12: http://www.una.edu/sobie/register.html.

Attach an abstract only. Please specify your research area, as well as your co-authors. SOBIE allows you to submit one additional paper.


SOBIE offers an affordable conference rate of $190. Your conference payment includes a breakfast on Thursday, April 16 and a complimentary copy of JOBIE.

Hotel Accommodations

SOBIE offers a variety of accommodations for you and your family, starting at $134. Please make your hotel reservations separate from the conference registration, by Saturday, March 12, 2015.

Make your hotel registration, using the special SOBIE conference code, 2374CF.

Sandestin Group Reservations:
Phone: 800.320.8115
Fax: 850.267.8221

Guest Room, $134
One Bedroom, $184

Luau 1 Bedroom:
Studio, $157
One Bedroom, $184

Beachside Studio: $215

Flight Accommodations

Southwest Airlines has service to the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport located in Panama City, FL, about 30-45 minutes east of Sandentin.

Southwest Airlines: http://www.southwest.com/

Southwest Airlines: http://www.southwest.com/travel_center/routemap.html

Airport: http://www.iflybeaches.com/

Map of area surrounding airport: http://www.iflybeaches.com/contact


Once you complete the conference registration, please submit your conference payment to the address below. All payments should be made either by your personal check or by your university. Early payment is preferred, but payment will be accepted at the conference. If you school requires a W-9, please forward it to this address or bring it to the conference. For your reference, SOBIE's tax ID is: EIN 26-1843624.

Make checks payable to SOBIE and mail to:

David L. Black
POB 5198
One Harrison Plaza
University of North Alabama
Florence, AL 35632

Contact Information

Please contact David L. Black, SOBIE Conference Chairman: sobie@una.edu.
Conference website: www.una.edu/sobie

With warm regards,

Mark Foster, SOBIE 2015 President
University of North Alabama

David L. Black, SOBIE 2015 Conference Chairman
University of North Alabama