About Us

About Us: Partnering to grow Alabama's small businesses

The goal of the Virtual Entrepreneurship Center (VEC) is to increase the economic capacity of the Alabama's urban and underserved rural residents.

The overall objective of the center is to create a comprehensive entrepreneurship program that all can access. In order to accomplish this The VEC integrates the efforts of each of the partnering institutions as well as traditional and nontraditional program delivery method and technologies to accomplish the above objectives. VEC utilizes four major methods of reaching out to the public and providing training: Virtual Entrepreneurship Center website, Social Media, Youth Entrepreneurship Camps, and Regional Entrepreneurship Conferences.
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Alabama VEC Web Site

The VEC website serves as the primary online Edubirdie site for receiving entrepreneurship training via the internet. The site offers live and video on demand content as well as a host of training and informational materials.

Social Media
We use various social media platforms to recruit, evaluate, and track program participants. The center utilizes social media as a way to develop an online entrepreneurship community and address the needs of entrepreneurs as they seek to start as well as develop their businesses.


Our Services

Regional Entrepreneurship Conferences

Each of the partnering institutions conducts an economic development conference to provide onsite entrepreneurship training and workshops. These training can be attended in person or via the internet through videoconferencing.

As a result of accomplishing the objectives above the following outcomes will be achieved: increase the number of adults participating in extension entrepreneurship training; increase the number of youth participating in entrepreneurship training; increase the number of small business; and provide continuous education/support online for entrepreneurs in the state.

We believe that this unique Approach to entrepreneurship training provides a high quality cost effective mechanism to reach the public. The coordination of efforts by three land grant institutions to deliver one statewide entrepreneurship program that is both online and onsite is and innovation in extension program delivery.

Youth Entrepreneurship Camps

The Youth Entrepreneurship Camps provide entrepreneurship training onsite to young adults who are eager to learn more about business development and management. These camps feature lectures, team projects, group activities, and social events.


Our Team

  • Roger Richardson, PhD

    Extension Specialist Program Areas: Economic & Community Development Extension Office: Alabama A & M University Office Address and Contact Information: P.O. Box 967 Normal,,…

  • Prosper K. Doamekpor, PhD

    209 Morrison-Mayberry Hall Tuskegee, AL 36088 334/724-4406 334/421-1670 (Cell)

  • Arturo S. Menefee, PhD

    Extension Specialist Economic Devel Institute Program Areas: Economic & Community Development Extension Office: Economic & Community Development Institute Office Address and Contact Information: 210…


Daryl Jackson, J.D.
Jerry A. Mitchell
Tasha Louis-Nance, Ed.D.
Beverly Ann Spears, Ph.D.