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Founders Award Honorees

Mark Weinberg

Mark Weinberg has been a familiar face to the NBIA board and staff since its earliest days. From 1987 through 1997 he served two full terms as an elected, voting member of the board and several years in a nonvoting capacity as official Ohio University liaison to NBIA. Throughout this time, he has consistently used his expertise, contacts and resources to benefit NBIA, the university and business incubation.

It was Weinberg who helped form the partnership that brought NBIA to Ohio University, a relationship that continues to thrive. After conducting early research on rural business incubation, he found himself on the NBIA board of directors. He joined David Allen in convincing Ohio University to bring NBIA to the campus. He also successfully persuaded then-incubator-manager Dinah Adkins to take on the task of incubating the Association. The board knew Adkins, a frequent speaker at SBA conferences and a charter member of NBIA representing the Ohio University Innovation Center.

Weinberg played an instrumental role in the reorganization of the NBIA board in the late 1980s. He wrote several grants to help support the organization during its first years in Ohio and worked continuously to gain resources and political clout for NBIA. He used his own staff resources to assist in early industry surveys, chaired numerous committees including the Association’s Nominating and Research committees, and he served as NBIA vice president. On the day-to-day level, Weinberg offered advice and counsel to Executive Director Adkins while the organization stabilized and grew, and he jokes that he was also her political operative and psychologist.

Adept at organizational development, Weinberg assisted with the formation of teams to conduct research and book projects such as The Art and Craft of Technology Business Incubation. He assisted in developing new and promising relationships between NBIA and the university’s College of Business Administration. As the primary institutional supporters of the Association, Weinberg and Ohio University also cosponsored the publication Business Incubation: Building Companies, Jobs, and Wealth.

A political science professor at Ohio University, Mark founded both the Ohio University Institute for Local Government Administration and Rural Development (ILGARD) and the university’s Center for Public and Environmental Affairs. Together these centers are involved in applied research and give technical assistance to state and local governments and development organizations. Both programs are now part of the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, which Weinberg directs.

 

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