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Thomas Nelson, Associate Director SBI, College of Business.

Thomas Nelson is a lifelong entrepreneur. He started his first business at sixteen, and worked almost exclusively for himself into his thirties. He started or operated over a dozen businesses before being drawn into academia.

Thomas holds a PhD from the University of Louisville in entrepreneurship, where he received an academic fellowship.  He also holds bachelor’s and masters degrees from Ball State University, where he graduated magna cum laude.

In addition to his dissertation Thomas has coauthored several refereed journal articles in various entrepreneurship and education journals.  He has taught, researched, and developed programs, contests and curricula at three universities. He has consulted for businesses from a few employees to Fortune 500 companies.

Currently, Thomas creates, supports and teaches entrepreneurship at the University of South Alabama.  His focuses include creativity, design & entrepreneurship, nontraditional entrepreneurship, and forgiving business models & processes. Proficient with traditional business plans, the business model canvas, Myers-Briggs Personality Assessment, and the Simplexity Problem Solving Process, Thomas helps nascent entrepreneurs, small and mid sized businesses, governments, and non profit organizations with a variety of business challenges and development areas.

He resides in Mobile Alabama.