April 12-15, 2016




You are invited to participate in the 18th Annual Academic Conference of the Society of Business, Industry, and Economics (http://www.una.edu/sobie) on April 12-15 at the spectacular Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort (http://www.sandestin.com) in Destin, Florida.

SOBIE offers a wonderful opportunity to share your research with your colleagues and enjoy the spectacular Sandestin Resort, a destination conference site. Bring your family to enjoy the beach, the resort, and all the Emerald Coast offers in recreation, dining, shopping, and entertainment!

Sandestin offers SOBIE guests the conference rate for the weekends before and after the conference. Extend your stay! Enjoy a cerebral break at 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 business and economic research, as well as 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 was founded on the idea that peer-reviewed research at small colleges and regional universities was viable and needed to be recognized. Faculty, non-academic professionals, business people, doctoral candidates, graduate students, and undergraduate students are invited to participate.

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


SOBIE was founded in 1999 by 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 through research as an extension of the classroom.

Inspire the next generation of scholars by encouraging your students to attend SOBIE. Many students use this opportunity to present their senior theses.

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.

To view JOBIE, go to: http://www.buildingthepride.com/jobie/.


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

Conference Schedule

Sessions begin each day at 7:30am, allowing you time to enjoy Sandentin. On Thursday, sessions begin at 9:30am after the plenary breakfast. The speaker for our keynote address will be announced t a later date.

SOBIE attempts to honor your preference for presentation. Depending on the volume of submissions for Tuesday, these requests may be moved to Wednesday. Usually, sessions are grouped by subject and limited to three papers to allow time for discussion and review.

PowerPoint and web access will be provided. If you have your Powerpoint presentation prepared by April 1, please forward it to sobie@una.edu.

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

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 14.

Hotel Accommodations

SOBIE offers a variety of accommodations for you and your family, starting at $139. Please make your hotel reservations separate from the conference registration, by Saturday, March 12, 2016.

Make your hotel registration using the special SOBIE conference code, 2376ST.

Sandestin Group Reservations:
Phone: 800.320.8115
Fax: 850.267.8221

Guest Room, $139
One Bedroom, $165

Studio, $163
One Bedroom, $185

One Bedroom, $223

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 by check, either by your university or personal check. Early payment is preferred, but payment will be accepted at the conference. If your 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,

Brett King, SOBIE 2016 President
University of North Alabama

David L. Black, SOBIE 2016 Conference Chairman
University of North Alabama