Society of Business, Industry, and Economics

April 15 – 17, 2020 SOBIE 2020 ACADEMIC CONFERENCE SANDESTIN GOLF AND BEACH RESORT You

April 15
– 17, 2020

SOBIE 2020 ACADEMIC CONFERENCE

SANDESTIN GOLF AND BEACH RESORT

You are invited to participate in the
22nd Annual Academic Conference of the Society of Business, Industry, and
Economics

(
http://www.una.edu/sobie
) on
April 15-17
at the spectacular
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
(
http://www.sandestin.com
) in
Destin, Florida
.

SOBIE
offers a wonderful opportunity to share your research with your colleagues and enjoy the
spectacular

Sandestin Resort:
http://www.sandestin.com

. 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.

Mission

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.

History

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
:
[email protected]
.

Publications

SOBIE
publishes a peer-reviewed academic journal,
JOBIE
. Please contact Keith Malone, Editor:
[email protected]
.

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

Proceedings

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 at 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. Student research is presented separately.

Student research is presented separately.

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
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
:
http://www.una.edu/sobie/register.php
.

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

Cost

SOBIE
offers an affordable conference rate of
$275
. 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
$161
. Please make your hotel reservations separate from the conference registration, by
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
.

Make your hotel registration using the special
SOBIE
conference code,
23U2DX
.

Sandestin Group Reservations:

http://www.Sandestin.com/23U2DX.aspx

Phone: 800-320-8115

Fax: 850-267-8221

Bayside

Guest Room: $161

One Bedroom: $186

Two Bedroom: $211

Luau

Studio: $186

One Bedroom: $206

Two Bedroom: $286

Beachside

Studio: $248

Two Bedroom: $348

Area Airports

Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (Panama City; about 30 minutes east of
Sandestin):
http://www.iflybeaches.com/

Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport:

FlyVPS Airport – Fort Walton Beach Airport, Destin Airport, Pensacola Airport, Panama City Airport

Pensacola International Airport:
http://flypensacola.com/

Payment

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:

SOBIE

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:
[email protected]
.

Conference website:
www.una.edu/sobie

With warm regards,

Cameron Montgomery

Delta State University

President
,
SOBIE 2020

David L. Black

University of North Alabama

Conference Chairman
,
SOBIE 2019

[email protected]

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