On January 15, the annual the Academic Small Business Alliance Program (ASBA) Kickoff & Pairing Reception at the Hill Student Center welcomed nearly 30 Disadvantage Business Enterprises (DBE) in Birmingham and 29 student interns. The event was an opportunity for both to meet and discuss expectations for the Spring 2017 semester.

During the event, former ASBA intern Steven Banks gave an inspirational speech on his journey through the program, which received a standing ovation from the crowd.

The program also served as a networking opportunity for business owners to connect and share ideas.

“Each business contributes to the revitalization efforts in Birmingham, and they serve as a great resource to our student interns,” said Demetria Scott, Program Administrator for the UAB Department of Small Business Inclusion.

ASBA keeps the program fresh and innovative through constant updates and improvements to ensure an impactful experience.

“ASBA student interns enjoy the process of learning first-hand what it takes to start and keep a successful business running,” Scott said. “Every day, they are immersed in thought-provoking and engaging business strategies to improve the business practices of their respective employers.”

If you’re interested in learning more about the program or to sign up as a DBE business partner, please contact Demetria P. Scott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (205) 934-9349.