Susan Matlock is the founding President of the Entrepreneurial Center, a business incubation program that assists in the development of emerging service, light manufacturing and information technology businesses. The Entrepreneurial Center was recently named the 2000 Business Incubator of the Year in the mixed-use category by the National Business Incubation Association. In the Birmingham community, Susan has served as President of the Board of Directors of the Birmingham Venture Club and is a member of the Board of Directors of the UAB Research Foundation. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Regions Bank of Birmingham and was a member of the Board of Big B Drugs, Inc. before its acquisition. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Directors and Finance Committee of St. Vincent¹s Hospital and is Chairman of St. Vincent¹s for-profit subsidiary Ascension Corporation. Ms. Matlock was also one of the founding board members of the Alabama Information Technology Association and currently serves on its Board of Directors. She has a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has taught the Entrepreneurial course offered to Masters in Public and Private Management students at Birmingham-Southern College, where she serves on the Norton Board. She has recently completed the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management course offered by Harvard Business School. Ms. Matlock is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham and a graduate of Leadership Birmingham and Leadership Alabama.
Susan Matlock has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) from 1994-95, having previously served as NBIA Vice-Chairman (93-94) and Treasurer (92-93). In 1992 and 1993 NBIA and Coopers & Lybrand recognized a graduate of Entrepreneurial Center as the National Graduate of the Year from a mixed use incubation program. And, in 1997 NBIA and Coopers & Lybrand recognized an Entrepreneurial Center tenant as the national Tenant of the Year in a mixed use incubation program.
Ms. Matlock is a contributing author to two books on business incubation: Growing New Ventures, Creating New Jobs and A Comprehensive Guide to Business Incubation. Ms. Matlock has spoken at a meeting of European business incubator managers in Brussels; at the annual conference of the Brazilian business incubation association in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro; at the annual conference of the Australian/New Zealand Business Incubation Association in Sydney; at an Economic Development Conference called ³Sharing Successful Experiences² in Belfast, Northern Ireland; and teaches at the Finnish training program for entrepreneurial development in Helsinki. Ms. Matlock was founding Chairman of the Alabama Business Incubation Network and has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as the Financial Services Advocate of the Year for the State of Alabama.