Entrepreneurship makes le bon temps roule!

ASBE / EEP Joint Conference – New Orleans, LA
Conference Dates: September 28 – 30, 2016
Submission Deadline: August 15, 2016


The Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship is a well-established organization founded as a venue to present theoretical and applied research pertaining to the field of small business and entrepreneurship. The Entrepreneurship Education Project is a group of scholars working in two related domains: entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial ecosystems. This year we are excited to offer a joint conference as we engage in dialogue, present our research and thoughts, and Celebrate, Create and Explore Entrepreneurship!

Conference Registration

  •             Early Registration Rate (until August 26) $225
  •             Regular Registration Rate (August 27 – September 27) $275
  •             Late Registration (after September 27) $325

Submit a Paper — Deadline: August 15, 2016

Submissions can be made in one of three areas:

  1. Entrepreneurship & Small Business Theory and Practice
    Competitive paper track encompassing research in the area of entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial ecosystems, small business, practice, theory and/or application. Papers in this area can include any research in finance, accounting, law, management, marketing, technology, international as it pertains to entrepreneurship or small businesses.
  2. Entrepreneurship Education
    Competitive paper track encompassing research in the area of entrepreneurship pedagogy.
  3. Experiential Exercises Expo
    Competitive exercises track, in an expo and presentation format, where experiential exercises and classroom activities relating to entrepreneurship and small business are showcased.

All submissions will be blind reviewed. Please note we are using a rolling peer-review acceptance model, so papers submitted earlier will be notified earlier of the acceptance / rejection decision. All decision notifications will be made by August 20. Accepted papers and exercises will be included in the conference proceedings.

Publication Opportunity

ASBE’s Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship (JBE) will publish its 3rd Annual Special Issue on Entrepreneurship Education in partnership with EEP. Papers submitted to the Entrepreneurship Education area and the Experiential Exercise area will be considered for this special edition of the journal. In addition, Best Papers from all tracks are eligible for publication consideration in a regular issue. JBE seeks to publish work that increases theoretical and practical insights about small business and entrepreneurship, and has been doing so since its inception in 1989.

Conference Guidelines

All submissions will be blind reviewed. Before entering the blind review process, all submitted papers will be evaluated via electronic plagiarism software (self and others). Papers that do not pass this evaluation will be returned to the authors and not be entered into the blind review process. Submitted papers must not have been previously presented or scheduled for presentation, nor published or accepted for publication. Submitted papers also may be submitted to a journal (but not a conference) after the conference submission deadline, but must not appear online or in print before the 2016 ASBE meeting. Subsequent publication, with proper acknowledgement, is encouraged. If a paper is accepted, at least one author must register and present the work at the conference. If at least one author of an accepted paper is not registered for the conference by September 1, 2016, the paper will be removed from the program. Rule-of-Three: No one is allowed to be included as an author, presenter, or panelist on more than three submissions.


  • Best Paper Award: “Small to Medium-Sized Enterprise Characteristics and Performance: An Exploratory Examination of the Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners”, Mark D. Heileman, Timothy L. Pett, and Adrian Mayer.
  • Outstanding Educator Award—Eric Liguori

Keynote Speakers

 An Entrepreneurial Academic Leader Abroad:  Experiences from the United Arab Emirates

Geralyn McClure Franklin is an experienced academic leader, having served as dean of business in the United States at three different institutions for 11 1/2 years and interim dean at one institution for two years.  From August 2014 until June 2016, she led more than 3,000 students, 75 faculty, and 21 staff in the College of Business and Economics at the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain, UAE.   Dr. Franklin received her PhD from the University of North Texas.

Dr. Franklin has involved faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other stakeholders to set new, and in some cases transformational, strategic directions and initiatives at all of the business units she has headed.  She has been successful in securing external funding for student scholarships, faculty professorships, development and support of academic programming, faculty and staff development, building renovations, and the general needs of her units. Additionally, one of Dr. Franklin’s business schools was successful in achieving initial business accreditation from AACSB International, the premier accrediting body of business programs globally. Another college was able to expedite the initial business accreditation process while she was dean and later received initial business accreditation, and two colleges achieved maintenance of accreditation or continuous improvement accreditation under her leadership.

As an academic, Dr. Franklin has published more than 80 journal articles and 50 conference proceedings on human resource management, employment law, and small business and entrepreneurial issues In addition, she has co-authored five textbooks, most recently Employment Regulation in the Workplace, 2nd Edition (M.E. Sharpe, 2014).

Professionally, Dr. Franklin has been involved in numerous organizations and served in leadership roles throughout her career.  She is active in AACSB International, previously serving two three-year elected terms as a member of the board of directors and currently serving as a mentor and peer review team member.  Since June 2012, Dr. Franklin has been the senior vice president of finance and control for the International Council for Small Business, the first international membership organization to promote growth and development of small businesses worldwide and now with 16 country-based or regional affiliates and members from more than 70 countries.  Dr. Franklin is a past president of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, the Small Business Institute Directors’ Association, the Association for Small Business & Entrepreneurship, and the Southwest Academy of Management.  She has been named a Fellow of the three small business and entrepreneurship groups.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Franklin has consulted with small and entrepreneurial firms along with some larger organizations.  Dr. Franklin advocates for faculty to engage students in real-world business projects and encourage students to seek internships and study abroad or student exchange opportunities as part of their academic coursework and educational experiences.

An Entrepreneurial Start-up in the Production Industry

Quentin Edison Sanford is a theater industry innovator and disruptor. His most recent venture, Broadway Media Distribution, was founded in 2013. Since it’s inception, BMD has produced 45 original products that have been featured in over 18,000 productions and viewed by over 1 million audience members. In 2016 BMD signed a deal with industry leading literary agencies and is now the exclusive provider of scenic projection animation to over 150,000 theaters worldwide.

Organizing Team

  • Program Chair: Eric Liguori (cliguori@ut.edu) & Courtney Kernek (ckernek@se.edu)
  • EEP Liaison: Dr. Jeff Vanevenhoven (vanevenj@uww.edu)
  • ASBE Liaison: Dr. Bill Jackson (wtj@usfsp.edu)
  • JBE Liaison: Dr. Eric Liguori (eliguori@ut.edu)