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platinum level sponsors
Ohio's Edison Technology Incubators:
Akron Industrial Incubator, BIO/START, Business Technology Center, Edison Technology Incubator/BioEnterprise, Lewis Incubator for Technology, Youngstown Business Incubator, and the Center for Technology Commercialization

Ohio's Thomas Edison Program, a premier program in the Technology Division of the Ohio Department of Development, offers assistance to new companies through the Edison Technology Incubators. The incubators were created to offer concrete assistance to emerging, growth-oriented companies and to encourage and support entrepreneurs through the development stage of their businesses.
gold level sponsors
PricewaterhouseCoopers serves technology incubators nationwide. We can help you with feasibility, tax exemption, performance assessment and more. Call Pete Collins, (212) 259-4496.
silver level sponsors
The Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) is the small business division of the Greater Cleveland Growth Association, Cleveland's Chamber of Commerce. With nearly 16,000 members, COSE is the largest local small business organization in the United States.

Hewlett-Packard Company is a leading global provider of computing, Internet and intranet solutions, services, communications products, and measurement solutions, which are recognized for excellence in quality and support. Begun in a garage in Palo Alto, Calif., in the 1930s and now a $47 billion company, HP strongly believes in encouraging the dreams of entrepreneurs.

IBM If you're looking for new ways to stay ahead of your competition, handle growing volumes with speed and finesse, build and create communities, and keep your customers happy, IBM's leading-edge scaleable solutions and programs for Net Generation companies will put you in the zone.

Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership offers practical tools for entrepreneurial success. These resources, created by entrepreneurs and the Kauffman Center, include audiotapes, CD ROMs, books and Entreworld at
bronze level sponsors
BP Amoco is one of the world's top three oil and gas companies. BP Amoco's main activities include exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas, refining and marketing of petroleum products, the manufacture and marketing of petrochemicals, and a burgeoning solar business.

The Cleveland Foundation is the nation's oldest and second largest community foundation with an endowment of $1.5 billion. In 1999, grants to various nonprofit and public organizations in the Greater Cleveland community exceeded $50 million.

Dun & Bradstreet, the world leader in business-to-business information and services in the credit, marketing, purchasing, and receivable management areas, is committed to forming partnerships to help small businesses do BIG business. Visit our display at conference to find out more.

Edison BioTechnology Center, Inc. was created to encourage and assist Ohio's research institutions to commercialize life science technologies within the state. EBTC stimulates the growth and formation of companies by improving access to cutting-edge technologies, clinical and scientific expertise, gap financing and other capital sources, management and senior staff recruitment and more.

Euclid is "The eBusiness Infrastructure Architect." The Silicon Valley, venture-funded startup's products, solutions, and services enable rapid design, development, and testing of high performance and scalable eCommerce platforms. Euclid has multiple offerings for consulting, implementation, operations, and scaling.

The George Gund Foundation, a private, nonprofit institution, was established in 1952 to contribute to human well-being and societal progress. The goal of advancing human welfare remains as program objectives and emphases are modified to meet society's changing opportunities and problems.

Japanese Association of New Business Incubation Organization (JANBO) works to create new businesses to achieve regional economic self-sufficiency and reinvigorate local communities and the Japanese economy. JANBO provides technological, human resource, and other assistance, and conducts national and international information exchanges.

MoneyHunt plays a key role in the growth of small business. Through TV, radio, print, live events and the Internet, we deliver tools and advice to support entrepreneurs from idea to IPO. MoneyHunt guest companies have raised more than $250 million.

The North Carolina Technological Development Authority, Inc. (TDA), is a private, non-profit economic development corporation with a mission to create jobs and wealth throughout North Carolina by supporting the formation and success of entrepreneurial, innovation-oriented business ventures.

The Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC ) Program, a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration's national SBDC Program initiative, provides in-depth small business counseling and training through 50 community partnerships statewide.

Ohio's Thomas Edison Program promotes technological innovation, industrial competitiveness, and business development on Ohio. The program has three components: The Edison Technology Centers, the Edison Technology Incubators, and the Federal Technology Transfer Centers. Call (614) 446-3887 for information.

The Ohio University Innovation Center, established in 1983, is one of the oldest university-related business incubators in existence. We strive to support the creation of regional wealth and jobs by making available the resources critical to the success of new and emerging businesses.

Ohio University Regional Entrepreneurship Initiative, part of the Voinovich Center for Leadership and Public Affairs in partnership with OU's College of Business, will provide an on-line technical assistance network for development organizations and businesses in Ohio's 29 Appalachian Ohio counties.

The Prudential Foundation,, founded in 1977, is an independent philanthropic entity funded by The Prudential Insurance Company of America. The Foundation has contributed more than $250 million to nonprofits and community groups for causes supporting children's and families' self-sufficiency and healthy communities.
Link: is the private capital community's only membership-based referral service and information hub for entrepreneurs and private investors. Offerings include advice from industry experts to entrepreneurs and an introduction service that refers entrepreneurs with fundable opportunities to appropriate investors.

XPLANE is a group of artists, designers and visual thinkers. We turn complexity into clear, effective communication. Our work includes web interfaces and environments, presentations to investors, and brand development. Yahoo!, eSteel, Rolling Stone, and Business 2.0 have been XPLANED. Have you?
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Supporters of Special Events and Services
Cleveland Tomorrow
Edison Polymer Innovation Corp.
Northeast Ohio Technology Coalition
Ohio Aerospace Institute
Pacific Gas & Electric
Realty One Corporate Relocation
Shorebank Enterprise Group
Today's Business Products Inc.

Additional Exhibitors
ADCI/VOCA works in developing nations to create and promote small and medium enterprises, cooperatives, credit unions and rural and community infrastructures, using qualified professionals as volunteer consultants and trainers.
Biddle Insurance Services, Inc. offers quality financial and insurance protection at the lowest possible costs for NBIA members and is committed to superior, responsive and caring service.
The Executive Committee (TEC), an international membership organization devoted to CEOs and entrepreneurs, is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and enhancing the lives of its 7,000 members.
Integrity Office Solutions provides a turnkey office infrastructure package integrating design, engineering, construction, technology, furniture, A/V, security and relocation at guaranteed project times/costs for expanding/relocating companies.
Media Blox, Inc. provides turnkey, service bureau solutions for the acquisition, management and measurement of Internet media assets. The service greatly reduces technology costs for startups.
NBIA's 15th International Conference on Business Incubation will be hosted by the Pacific Incubation Network in San Jose, Calif., May 19-22, 2001. Experience the Silicon Valley where entrepreneurship, new technologies, collaborative business models and access to capital converge with incubation!
Palo Alto Software's Business Plan Pro™ is PC Data's #1 rated business-planning software. The newest product,, provides a secure website for entrepreneurs and experts to create a business plan collaboratively.
PR Newswire transmits company news to media, investors and consumers via a global wire, satellite and Internet network, delivering news to critical audiences worldwide.
Space-Wise Technologies, Inc. produces Internet publication software that ties floor and site plans to multi-media files, allowing incubator professionals to market real estate, manage facility build-outs, and assist tenants in accessing the Internet. is an application service provider to high-tech startups. We provide venture acceleration services, connecting entrepreneurs with qualified service providers, board of advisor candidates and investors.

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