School of Business and Industry
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Welcome to SBI!

The Florida A&M University (FAMU) School of Business and Industry (SBI), under the leadership of the founding dean, Dr. Sybil Collins Mobley, was established in 1974 to prepare talented students from around the nation and the world to not only survive, but to thrive in a competitive global market place.  Nearly four decades later, the outstanding record of SBI’s achievements is known worldwide, especially among corporate executives and recruiters who frequently visit SBI to observe and review its academic, professional development and internship programs as well as to recruit SBI students.   Tom Peters, in his bestselling book, A Passion for Excellence, described SBI as “the Marine corps of business schools: pride, poise, excellence!”... More > 

Announcements and Events



SBI Battle of the Decades


SBI Alumnus John W. Thompson, CEO of Virtual Instruments and Chairman of Microsoft

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Student Spotlight: Emmanuel Dawson, Nalani Kelley-Marsh, Earl Perry, Livi Grant, Keishon Smith

Mogals in the Making - FAMU SBI Team

Big Sean announced the winners of Moguls in the Making, which went to the team at Florida A&M University. Five hundred applicants narrowed down to 10 University teams competed for the honor, in this Shark Tank like competition. The students were awarded internships at Ally Financial, a $5,000 scholarship each, and MacBook Air computers. More >>


 Annual Heritage Day Celebration



Bria Walker

Alumni Spotlight: Bria Walker

"Walker, daughter of David and Harolyn Walker, of Apalachicola, graduated with the highest grade point average in the business school. a 3.97 gpa out of a possible perfect 4.0. She received the Distinguished Scholars Award, and tutored student athletes while in college. She now heads to Columbia University to earn a masters in accounting, specializing in enterprise risk management." Read More>>

Florida Small Business Development Center at FAMU

America's SBDC Florida economic impact: Since 2011, Florida SBDCs provided 513,107 hours of consulting to 74,669 client businesses, creating a significant positive impact on Florida's economy. Read More >>


Kids invited to participate in Lemonade Day 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Lemonade Day is back in Tallahassee for the fourth consecutive year. The FAMU School of Business and Industry is presenting this year's youth entrepreneurship education program. The event teaches kids how to make spending decisions, plan their product, and find investors. Tallahassee is the only city in Florida participating in National Lemonade Day. Read More >>


Renita Bryant

Alumni Spotlight: SBI Alum and Sundial Fellow Launches Internship Program With FAMU Career Center - Renita Bryant

After obtaining her MBA from SBI in 2005, Renita Bryant worked for some of the world’s largest FORTUNE 500 companies, including Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble. While in corporate America, she received several prestigious awards, including the J&J President’s Award and a P&G CMK Insight Award. In 2012, Renita founded Mynd Matters Publishing and in 2014, she left her six-figure corporate career and launched her second business, SightsSet, a consumer research firm. Both of her six-figure companies have seen exponential growth year over year.

Renita facilitates domestic and international workshops, most recently in Buenos Aires, Argentina and London, England. In 2017, she was awarded a Sundial Brands Fellowship and received an Executive Education Certification in Entrepreneurship from Dartmouth College. Earlier this year, Renita launched a literary scholarship in honor of her late mother along with a publishing contest for young children in her hometown of Fort Valley, Georgia, as a way to give back to her community. As if that were not enough, Renita is partnering with the FAMU Career Center to pilot a summer internship program between current HBCU students and African-American small business owners.


Clyde Ashley, Ph.D

FAMU SBI Community Mourns the Loss of Professor Clyde Ashley, Ph.D.

The Florida A&M University community is mourning the loss of Clyde Ashley, Ph.D., a professor of professional leadership development and economics in the School of Business and Industry (SBI). Dr. Ashley passed Wednesday afternoon, May 2, on campus in his SBI office. He had been employed with the University since 1987. “We extend sincere condolences to his family and will keep them in our prayers,” said FAMU President Larry Robinson, Ph.D.

Please be advised of the following concerning service arrangements:

Friday, May 11, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Release of Balloons Memorial Tribute
Informal gathering with Ashley Family to share our memories of Dr. Ashley

School of Business and Industry, Front Lawn & Portico
500 Gamble Street
One SBI Plaza
Tallahassee, FL 32307

Saturday, May 12, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, The Wake
Funeral immediately following Wake

Watson Temple Institutional Church of God in Christ
665 W Brevard Street
Tallahassee, FL 32304

Richardson’s Funeral Home is in charge of the services


Steve Philistin

Alumni Spotlight: Steve Philistin

SBI Alumni Steve Philistin was nominated and selected to receive the Diversity & Inclusion award the last two out of the three years in the area of Leading the way.

"What does Leading the Way stand for: Illustrates personal commitment to global ONE Ford leadership. This person makes a significant contribution to the team by fostering excellence, working together inclusively, and role modeling Ford values in all interactions while holding people accountable for delivering results across the global enterprise."

Mr. Philistin was also selected to be a part of the team that will grace the cover of the Finance recruiting brochure. Ford has maintained an excellent relationship with SBI which has lead to a number of students joining the organization as both interns and full time hires. View the finance recruiting brochure >>


Roshell Rosemond Rinkins

Alumni Spotlight: Roshell Rosemond Rinkins

Liquid Courage Cosmetics, a Silicon Valley-based cosmetics company, was recently selected as a featured brand in the first-time Market at Macy’s retail opportunity. The company is bringing its popular highly pigmented lipsticks to the entertainment capital of the world at the Macy’s department store in the Las Vegas Fashion Show Mall (3200 S. Las Vegas Blvd). The brand will be available in the Market @ Macy’s first-floor pop-up section from April 8 through May 5. Read More >>


Annual Heritage Celebration

Annual Heritage Celebration

The School of Business and Industry (SBI) will honor 63 graduating seniors and MBA graduate candidates on Friday, March 30, 2018, at its Annual Heritage Celebration.

Each year, the School of Business and Industry honors its graduating undergraduate and graduate students for their achievement in completing their academic program and for earning the privilege of becoming members of the SBI Force. SBI Force is a family of SBI alumni dedicated to preserving SBI’s heritage and protecting SBI’s brand around the globe.

The invitation-only event will be held at the Tallahassee DoubleTree Downtown located at 101 South Adams Street.


Dr. Roscoe Hightower

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Roscoe Hightower

An interview between Dr. Hightower and Mike Petrusky with Kayrell Connections was published January 16, 2018 on The Facilities Management Innovator Podcast; Higher Education Programs in Facilities Management and Marketing is the subject of discussion. Read More >>


Dr. Shawnta Friday-Stourd

FAMU SBI Dean Friday-Stroud Appointed Interim VP of Advancement, Cotton Announces Resignation

Vice President of University Advancement George Cotton has resigned his position, effective today, January 5, 2018. Cotton also served as executive director of the FAMU Foundation.

President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., has appointed School of Business and Industry Dean Shawnta Friday-Stroud as interim vice president of University Advancement. The FAMU alumna has served as the permanent dean of FAMU’s nationally recognized business school since February 2010. Additionally, she served as one of the co-chairs of the Strategic Planning Workgroup that helped develop the University’s five-year strategic plan, “FAMU Rising.”

Friday-Stroud earned her bachelor's degree and master’s degree in business administration from SBI and a doctoral degree in business administration from Florida International University. Hudson Nwakanma, Ph.D., chair of SBI’s Department of Management and Marketing will serve as SBI’s interim dean during the transition.


SBI Force

As an alumnus of a SBI Graduate Business program, you are a member of our community for a lifetime. This community thrives when alumni share their time and talent, and grow in return. To find out more about how you can stay informed of SBI activities and get involved, please fill out the form below to describe your areas of interest:

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SBI Alumni and Friends Annual Fund Campaign

Excellence at the Florida A&M University School of Business and Industry is measured by our ability to transform students’ lives through our global business leader education program.   The curriculum and practicum at SBI gives our students the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in their chosen professions, and additionally, strengthens their ability to think critically in order to contribute constructively and productively to 21st century society... More >>

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