NBIA's 23rd International Conference

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Highlights & Activities

Sunday, May 16

Innovation in Action Tour

12:30 - 4 p.m.

While Walt Disney is well-known for Mickey Mouse and theme parks, some of his greatest innovations are featured in this behind-the-scenes tour. See how Disney’s horticulturists create world-famous topiaries at the Walt Disney World Nursery and Tree Farm. A stop at Textile Services allows visitors to catch a glimpse of one of the largest laundry facilities in the world. Learn how Disney’s film career and life influenced Main Street, USA, a turn-of the-century-themed section of the Magic Kingdom, and then travel beneath this park to the Utilidor to observe its support services. This tour provides an opportunity to experience parts of Disney most guests never see.

Meet in the lobby at 12:30 p.m. and bring a government-issued ID.

Fee: $109

25th Anniversary Reception and NBIA Expo

5 - 7 p.m.

Celebrate NBIA’s 25th anniversary at Sunday evening’s opening reception. Stop by the registration desk to collect your name badge and materials, and then enjoy hors d’oeuvres. Meet fellow incubation professionals from around the world, and check out the NBIA Bookstore for new and hard-to-find titles about business incubation, entrepreneurship and economic development. Visit with our exhibitors at the NBIA Expo. Their products and services will make your life easier as you manage an incubator and provide support to clients.

For a preview of what some NBIA supporters have to offer, check out the links below.

Aon Affinity Insurance Services
Association of University Research Parks
BSA LifeStructures
EquityNet Services      

Monday, May 17

Breakfast: First-Time Attendee Orientation and NBIA Expo

Breakfast: 7:30 – 9 a.m.
First-Time Attendee Orientation: 8 – 8:45 a.m.

If this is your first time attending NBIA’s International Conference on Business Incubation, be sure to go to this special orientation session. You’ll find out how to make the most of your conference experience, meet other new attendees and learn more about how NBIA can help you.

During this time, conference veterans can enjoy the continental breakfast, chat with exhibitors at the NBIA Expo or browse the NBIA Bookstore.

Keynote Address: Jerry Ross

Luncheon and Keynote: 12:15 – 2 p.m.

Jerry Ross is executive director of the Disney Entrepreneur Center, a public/private partnership that is home to 12 business support organizations that provide entrepreneurs with free coaching, training and access to practical industry expertise. Ross previously served in leadership positions at AT&T, Ohio Bell and Goal Systems Software. His entrepreneurial ventures include Sky-Tracker of Florida, Semco Properties and Maverick Business Magazine. Ross is a certified business consultant through the University of Central Florida and a member of the Florida District Export Council.

Open Night

Sessions end at 3:30 p.m.

After a busy day of sessions, enjoy a night off from any planned activities. The Buena Vista Palace, conference headquarters, is close to Downtown Disney, an area of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. Meet up with a group of friends for dinner or take some time to regroup after a busy day of learning. If you want to attend one of Disney’s theme parks, NBIA has arranged advance ticket sales for Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom at www.disneyconventionear.com/NBIA. Special prices are available for entrance to a park after 2 p.m. and after 4 p.m.

Tuesday, May 18

Keynote Address: Alan Ladwig

8 – 8:45 a.m.

Alan Ladwig is the deputy associate administrator for public outreach in the Office of Public Affairs at NASA headquarters. He served on the NASA Review Team for the Obama transition and was a senior advisor to the administrator. Ladwig completed two previous tours at NASA. From 1993-94, he established and managed the Office of Policy and Plans at NASA headquarters. From 1981 to 1989 he was a civil servant at NASA headquarters and managed a variety of programs for the offices of Education, Space Flight and Exploration.

NBIA Awards Luncheon

12:15 – 2 p.m.

Join us as we honor the industry’s top incubation programs, clients and graduates. The winners of the 2010 NBIA Incubation Awards will be announced at this celebratory luncheon. Be on hand to congratulate those who have made important contributions to the business incubation industry through innovative programs, services and products.

Disney Entrepreneur Center Tour

4:15 – 7:30 p.m.

The Disney Entrepreneur Center (DEC) is a nationally recognized public/private partnership founded in 2003 through the joint efforts of the Orange County government, the University of Central Florida, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Walt Disney World Co. Entrepreneurs visit a shared facility to get assistance from a variety of service provider organizations or one of the community partners that reside there. Entrepreneurs can access free coaching, low-cost training seminars and networking events to accelerate business growth. Visit the center, take a self-guided tour of the facility, and meet some of the resident service providers to find out how they help entrepreneurs individually and in collaboration with other organizations at the DEC.

Fee: $49

Wednesday, May 19

Breakfast With Global Incubation Leaders

8 – 8:45 a.m.

The leaders of incubation associations from across the globe will sit down with NBIA President and CEO David Monkman to discuss challenges facing the industry. Enjoy a hot breakfast on the final day of the conference and learn where incubation is headed.

University of Central Florida Business Incubator Tour

12:45 – 5:15 p.m.

Bennet Complex
Bennett Complex

Explore two of the University of Central Florida’s business incubation facilities. Buses will travel to the Bennett Complex at the Central Florida Research Park and the Photonics UCF Campus, housed in the Center for Research & Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL) facility on UCF’s main campus. During this tour, you can visit both of these locations.

The Bennett Complex has 50,000 square feet of space for clients that need a large facility or laboratory and/or production services. Clients at this site typically have 5 to 20 employees and use between 1,000 and 7,000 square feet of space each. The Photonics UCF Campus has 21,000 square feet of laboratory space for technology development partnerships between industry and university researchers. As part of the CREOL facility, the photonics program accelerates the movement of innovative laser and optics technology into the marketplace.

Fee: $109