Dr. Don B. Bradley III – Executive Director
Dr. Bradley is an internationally known small business consultant and speaker having worked for many years in promoting and advising small business owners. He has served as the Vice President of Publications for the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) and is a Past President for the International Council for Small Business (ICSB). He continues to serve as the Small Business Institute Director at the University of Central Arkansas and has worked very closely with the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) for over 40 years. Bradley has served as the national President of the Small Business Institute, the Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and the Marketing Education Association. He served as President of the Arkansas Chapter of the Institute of Supply Management (NAPM, Arkansas). Bradley previously served as Senior External Vice President of the International Council for Small Business and as a Board Member at Large, Family Business Vice President and Program Chairman of USASBE and also served on the USASBE Board of Director. He, along with the help of U.S. Senator Dale Bumpers of Arkansas, is the founder of the Small Business Advancement National Center at the University of Central Arkansas. For many years he has worked as an advocate for small business in Washington, D.C.
His work experience has included being a salesman, advertising director, chief executive officer of a bank, and Vice President of a training and development company. Since 1971, he has been President and Chief Consultant of a family-operated consulting firm, American Marketing Group LLC of Conway Arkansas. He was a monthly contributor to the business section of The Log Cabin Democrat newspaper on issues pertaining to entrepreneurship and small business and is currently an editor for the weekly newsletter published electronically by the Small Business Advancement National Center, which is celebrating its 21th anniversary this year. This newsletter services over 87 different countries and is one of the leading contributors to entrepreneurial and small business education throughout the world. Dr. Bradley was the editor of the Small Business Institute Journal. He was also instrumental in the founding of the Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship, the Journal of Family Business, and the Journal of Small Business Strategy. The Small Business Advancement Electronic Resource (www.sbaer.uca.edu), which is a part of the SBANC ideal, is an online resource provider in many aspects of small business. SBAER has been a leading innovator in entrepreneurial and small business education, as well as training, since its inception in 1991. It has pioneered many new innovations over the Internet as it has grown to becoming truly an electronic library.
He has worked with the Small Business Administration on the district, regional, and national levels. He is the recipient of the SBA Veteran’s Small Business Advocate of the Year at the district and regional levels. Dr. Bradley also received the 2002 Small Business Journalist of the Year, from the SBA Little Rock District Office. He received the Entrepreneurial Leader in Education Award in 2012 from the SBA. Bradley has directed and worked on numerous SBI cases at the University of Central Arkansas and is currently serving as Executive Director for the Small Business Advancement National Center, which received an award for innovation from the Southwestern Business Dean’s Association. Through grant writing, he has been instrumental in gaining over $4,000,000. Dr. Bradley has worked with Winrock International on rural economic development.
Internationally, Bradley has worked with universities and small businesses in Australia, Argentina, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, South Korea, Singapore and Wales.
Bradley has a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a MS from Indiana State University and a BS from Bowling Green State University (Ohio). He has presented numerous articles at professional meetings, published several journal articles, authored a text book on retailing, and has been the recipient of the outstanding paper award at the International Council for Small Business’ International Conference in Sydney, Australia, as well as the outstanding paper awards at the Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference, Small Business Institute Conference (SBI) and Allied Academies. Dr Bradley has received the Small Business Institute’s Homer L. Sanders Mentor Award at the Small Business Institute’s National Conference. Bradley also received the Outstanding Educator Award from the Federation of Business Disciplines (FBD) and the FBD’s Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Outstanding Educator Award at the FBD Conference. He is an author and former executive board member for the Virtual University (Canada) for Small- and Medium- Sized Enterprises and noted as an international leader in web course development for entrepreneurship and small business. Bradley is a Fellow of the Small Business Institute, the Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, the Allied Academies and USASBE. Dr. Bradley has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, INC Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes, and many other noted business publications.
He is married to Jan Bradley who is retired from Kimberly Clark Corporation and is co-owner in the American Marketing Group, LLC. Dr. Bradley has three children: Christina Relyea PhD, who has a doctorate from Idaho State University in Biology (Stream Ecology); is owner of Western Ecosystem Bioassessment in Bigfork, Montana and is an instructor at Flathead Valley Community College. She has one son, Dale; Angie Huselton MBA, who is the Director of Physician Services and Business Development for the Conway Regional Health System and is married to Chris and has a daughter Kalyn and a son Ryan; and Don B. Bradley IV MBA, who is a President and Loan Officer for First Service Bank in Conway, Arkansas, is married to Sara and has a son, Don V (Bradon), and a daughter, Bree.