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Conference Sessions

With more than 70 sessions to choose from, including lectures, panels and roundtable discussions, NBIA’s 2006 conference will offer something for everyone.

Click on the following links to view detailed listings of sessions for each day of the conference.

Monday, May 1 | Tuesday, May 2 | Wednesday, May 3

Wednesday, May 3

Sessions, 9 – 10:15 a.m.

Best Practices in Microenterprise Development

Disadvantaged populations face unique challenges in the small business world. Presenters will describe best practices for helping these population groups – including women and minorities – develop microenterprises. Topics will include identifying funding sources and providing technical assistance.
Colleen Barta, Assistant Director, William M. Factory Small Business Incubator, Tacoma, Wash.
Tiffany McVeety, Director, Community Capital Development, Edmonds, Wash.

Using IT to Your Incubator’s Advantage

Shared technological infrastructure can save money and attract clients, but concerns about security and management deter many incubator managers from setting up a shared network. This session will address these concerns and explain how to start a safe and effective information technology network at your facility.
Evan Jones, Director, @Wales Digital Media Initiative, Cardiff, Wales

Incubating the Local Food Economy

The local food economy can be a rich resource for creating jobs and generating revenue. Based on the experience of a program in Appalachian Ohio, this session will explain different aspects of running a shared-use kitchen incubator, including how to assess local resources and collaborate with the community.
Larry Fisher, Director of Food Ventures, ACEnet, Athens, Ohio

Critical Success Factors for High-Tech Start-Ups

Based on the experiences of a technology incubator that has served more than 95 start-ups, this session will identify characteristics successful companies share. Learn about methods to enhance mentoring services for high-tech companies and gain tools to help technology clients make their business plans more attractive to investors.
John Fini, Executive Director for Technology Initiatives, Emerging Technology Centers, Baltimore, Md.

Fostering an Innovation Ecosystem

Complimentary companies and institutions can create an environment ripe for business development by streamlining the stages between concept creation and product commercialization. Learn to identify critical challenges, successfully translate ideas to nascent firms, help these firms grow and ultimately develop a critical mass of innovation support in your region.
Yali Friedman, Chief Knowledge Officer, New Economy Strategies, Washington, D.C.

Soft Landings

Last year, NBIA awarded Soft Landings designations to two NBIA members [Is that true?] through a new program to recognize incubators for assisting nondomestic companies as they become established in the incubator’s home market. Representatives of these programs will explain their interest in working with nondomesetic companies, describe their services and highlight their successes.
Mark Bradley, CEO, ATP Innovations, Sydney, Australia
Agnes Flemal, Manager, Wallonia Space Logistics, Liege, Belgium
Moderator: Dinah Adkins, President & CEO, National Business Incubation Association, Athens, Ohio

Starting an Arts Incubator on a Dime

Incubating the arts can be a good way to foster local creative talents and attract new businesses. Find out how to assess the arts/creative entrepreneurial climate of your community, find affordable and appropriate space, and create a program that supports your community’s unique needs.
Jeff Becker, Executive Director, Arts Incubator of Kansas City, Kansas City, Mo.
Janice Schonwetter, President, HR by Design, Overland Park, Kan.

Sessions 10:45 a.m. – noon

Help Clients Find the Right Price

Pricing goods and services can be difficult. Too often, new companies use their competitors as a baseline instead of assessing actual costs. This session will provide tools for helping clients accurately calculate overhead expenses and determine the best selling price for their products and services.
Alan Hauff, Small Business Specialist, University of Missouri – St. Louis, St. Louis, Mo.

Financing New Incubator Development

Financing the development of new incubators often requires a variety of funding sources. This session will examine the difference between equity and debt funding for new incubators, describe public financing programs such as New Market Tax Credits, and explain how incubators can leverage private capital.
James Carras, Principal, Carras Community Investment, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Incubating Developing Nations: A Mutual Learning Process

Many incubation professionals from developed countries want to help developing nations create successful incubation programs, but they don’t always recognize the potential reciprocity of such relationships. This session will explore new paradigms for incubation in developing nations, focusing on an exchange of ideas and using real-life examples to generate discussion.
Peter Harman, Deputy CEO, UKBI, Birmingham, England
Julian Webb, Managing Director, CREEDA Projects Pty Ltd., Canberra, Australia

Incubating New Technologies in Israel

In Israel, financial support from the government plays an important role in incubating new technologies. However, it is difficult to justify such government involvement in a free market. Israeli incubation professionals will share their experiences and discuss how the relationship between incubators and the government can benefit all parties involved.
Avri Maoz, General Manager, Yozmot HaEmek Technological Incubator, Migdal Haemek, Israel
Rina Pridor, Founder and Director, Technological Incubators Program, Tel Aviv, Israel
Meir Teichner, General Manager, Kinarot – Jordan Valley Technological Incubator, Jordan Valley, Israel

Roundtable: Current and Future Best Practice

Benchmarking incubator activities can help ensure that programs are in line with client and stakeholder needs. Beginning with a presentation on the activities and benchmarks of an incubator striving for international best practices, this discussion will highlight what best practice is and how incubators should set best practice goals.
Moderator: Charles Lindop, Director, Business Programs, ATP Innovations Pty Ltd, Sydney, Australia


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