NBIA's 23rd International Conference

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Conference Sessions

NBIA’s 2013 conference will feature nearly 60 sessions, each hand-picked by NBIA staff to reflect the industry’s most critical issues. These 75-minute sessions will include lectures, panels and roundtable discussions and offer educational opportunities for any experience level.

Monday, April 8, 9 – 10:15 a.m.

Beyond Facebook: Making Valuable Use of Social Networks

This session will help you put your social network to work for your clients. Discover how to create useful contacts at networking events and understand how to use social media as a business development and community education tool.
Rafael Garcia, Director, Ingenio, Montevideo, Uruguay
Sarah Zink, Director of Business Development, TECH Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas

Moderator: Sameer Singh, Enterprise Development Officer, novaNAIT, Duncan McNeill Centre for Innovation, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Crowdfunding Could Be Just What Your Clients Need

The 2012 passage of the JOBS Act created new possibilities for debt- and equity-based crowdfunding in the U.S. If you are new to crowdfunding, hear the latest on crowdfunding legislation, learn to identify the most appropriate crowdfunding platform for your clients, and explore how to assist clients with crowdfunding pitches.
Bob Cohen, CEO, Braintree Business Development Center, Mansfield, Ohio
Moderator: Jonathan Beninson, CEO, First Funder, Boulder, Colo.

Growing a Diversified Network of Clean-tech Incubators

The New England region has built a network of clean-tech incubators to share resources, best practices and access to client companies. Learn how these partnerships offer value to entrepreneurs by providing a breadth of knowledge, experience and tools often unavailable from a single organization. 
Alicia Barton, CEO & Executive Director, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, Boston, Mass. 
Tom Kinneman
, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, North Shore InnoVentures, Beverly, Mass.
Jeffrey Marks, Executive Director, Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech), Portland, Maine
Louis Petrovic, President, Resource Associates Inc., Boston, Mass.
Moderator: Michael Ryan, President, Association of Clean-tech Incubators of New England, Fall River, Mass.

Coworking and Your Business Incubator

In the last four years, more than 800 coworking spaces have launched in the United States alone. Explore the appeal of these alternative workplaces and learn best practices for implementing a coworking culture or adding a new revenue stream to your incubation program.
Bill Jacobson, CEO, WorkBar, Boston, Mass.
Jeff Joerling
, Business Development Manager, Turnstone, a Steelcase Co., Denver, Colo.
Brian Whipple, Program Manager, West Texas A&M University Enterprise Center, Amarillo, Texas
Moderator: Adrian Wallace, Executive Director, SEED Center Business Incubator, and Director, Lake Charles North Redevelopment Authority, Lake Charles, La.

Building a High-tech Incubator in Affiliation With a Technical University

This session will explore how to structure an incubation program for high-tech start-ups and which services are required to deliver relevant and successful pre- and post-founding support. Topics will include client screening processes and the integration of industry partners.
Charles Ross, Assistant Director, Enterprise Innovation Institute - EI2, Atlanta, Ga.
Bettina Vossberg, Research Project Leader, Technical University Dresden, Managing Director, HighTech Startbahn Incubator, Dresden, Germany
Moderator: Steve Hsu, Incubation & Venture Division, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Hsinchu, Taiwan

Perspectives on Incubator Sustainability

Explore the concept of incubation program sustainability, including different definitions that might apply. Presenters will explain pros and cons of different approaches to sustainability and address how incubation programs can create plans for achieving it based on their unique circumstances.
Jim Greenwood, President, Greenwood Consulting Group, Sanibel, Fla. 
Ed Hobbs, President and CEO, Toronto Business Development Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Moderator: Tom Rainey, Director, BioInspire, Peoria, Ariz.

Coaching Clients to Success

An experienced incubator manager and business coach will explain a coaching method that works for all entrepreneurs. This session will cover step-by-step processes to coach your clients to dramatic results and increase profitability.
David Terry, Executive Director, West Texas A&M University Enterprise Network, Amarillo, Texas
Moderator: Chris Warren, Managing Director, Warren Development Group, Glenview, Ill.

Forum: Developers

If you're developing an incubator or exploring the possibility of starting a program, join this discussion to learn strategies that could be right for your project based on the experiences of others.
Moderator: DeAnna Adams, Incubator Professional/Consultant, Denver, Colo.

Monday, April 8, 10:45 a.m. – Noon

How Rural and Small Community Incubators Achieve Top-Level Performance

Results are out for the most sophisticated research ever undertaken of rural incubation programs – showing important factors that lead to top-level performance. Both statistical findings and case study analysis identify what it takes to succeed in rural regions and small communities.
Dinah Adkins, President Emerita, National Business Incubation Association, Portland, Ore.
Donna Armstrong Lackey
, Vice President, Carroll Tomorrow, and Director, The Burson Center, Carrollton, Ga.
Rick Roeser, Business Development Specialist, Wisconsin Business Innovation Corp., Spooner, Wis.
Carroll Turner, Director, Lanier Technical College Manufacturing Development Center, Gainesville, Ga.

Economic Impact Data: Why to Collect, What to Collect and How to Collect

Presenters will use industry examples to explain the practical aspects of economic impact data collection, including effective tools to use. This session will also explore the impact this type of data collection has on individual programs and the industry as a whole.
Greg Bean, CEO and Founder, Cybergroup – developer of incuTrack, Baltimore, Md.
Hattie Catania, Director of Customer Service, Cybergroup – developer of incuTrack, Baltimore, Md.
Tracy Kitts, Vice President and COO, National Business Incubation Association, Athens, Ohio
Moderator: Catherine Forment, Business Development Director, U.S. Source Link, University of Missouri Kansas City Innovation Center, Kansas City, Mo.

Managing a Successful Soft Landings Program

Want to develop a program to help client companies enter foreign markets, either from abroad into your domestic market or vice versa? Discover what programs to offer, and learn the conditions necessary for success and traps to avoid.
Jamie Coughlin, CEO and Entrepreneur-in-Residence, abi Innovation Hub, Manchester, N.H.
Catherine Pommier, Director, Montpellier BIC, Montpellier Agglomération, France
Paul Woodcock, Director of Planning, Regeneration & Culture, Rotherham Investment and Development Office, Rotherham, United Kingdom
Moderator: David Madie, Founder & CEO, GrowthWheel International, New York, N.Y.

Developing an Effective Entrepreneurship Training Program

Presenters will discuss how to devise an entrepreneurship training curriculum that will help you better serve your clients. They’ll also share tools for better assessing entrepreneurs’ strengths and weaknesses and cover what to teach, why to teach and how to teach it.
Andrew Corbett, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Babson College, Babson Park, Mass.
Ana Greif, Director of Business Development, Impulsa Business Accelerator, Tucson, Ariz.
Moderator: Ozan Sonmez, Corporate Solutions Coordinator, Ozyegin University Altunizade Mh., Istanbul, Turkey

Creating an Angel Network in Your Community

Attract more clients, find more funding for local start-ups and gain greater community support for your program, both financially and otherwise. Representatives of two programs share details about why and how they created incubator-affiliated angel networks and the benefits.
Bekah McCarley, Cowtown Angels Program Manager, TECH Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas
Darlene Ryan, Executive Director, TECH Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas
Jorge Varela, Assistant Director, TECH Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas
Joel Wiggins, President & CEO, Enterprise Center of Johnson County, Lenexa, Kan.

A Dialogue on Legal Issues in Incubation Management

Successful incubator managers understand potential legal challenges they face and create strategies to limit risks and ensure compliance with laws. Hear a panel of experienced managers discuss how they have handled certain legal issues over the years – and bring questions to participate in the conversation.
John Hanak, Statewide Director, Purdue Technology Centers, Indianapolis, Ind.
Terry Howerton, Partner, TechNexus, Chicago, Ill.
Mark Long, President, Long Performance Advisors, Ellettsville, Ind.
Leslie Lynn Smith, President and CEO, TechTown, Detroit, Mich.

Public Policy and Business Incubation

Demands on policymakers to encourage entrepreneurship and support entrepreneurial programming is conflicting with shrinking public finances and other political demands. Hear global leaders discuss the changing policy landscape, and learn how incubators can navigate these changes.
Heidi Humala, Task Manager, Global Network of Business Incubators, infoDev, Washington, DC
Daniel Kofi Andoh
, Managing Partner, Cicada Consulting, Accra, Ghana
Robert Sanders, Head of International Projects, European Innovation Business and Innovation Centre Network, Brussels, Belgium
Moderator: Terutaka Tansho, Collaboration Manager, Shimane University Collaboration Center, Matsue-shi, Shimane, Japan

Forum: University

University-affiliated incubators provide clients with access to helpful resources, but they also have unique challenges. Attend to discuss topics such as university-incubator relationships, funding sources, faculty involvement and more.
Moderator: Keelin O'Leary, VP Entrepreneurial Support, Genesis Centre, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada

Monday, April 8, 2:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Preparing Entrepreneurs to Pitch for Investment Capital

This session will examine the investment process – from researching options to closing the deal. You’ll learn how to determine when a client company is ready to seek outside investment and get ideas for helping them perfect the 10-minute investor pitch.
Sandra Cochrane, Technology Business Consultant, Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center, Kalamazoo, Mich.
Mark Long, President, Long Performance Advisors, Ellettsville, Ind.
Moderator: Ted Baker, President/CEO, Innovation Connector, Muncie, Ind.

Getting the Most Out of Professional Services for Your Clients

Are your clients benefiting from professional service providers, such as attorneys, accountants and consultants? Presenters will share various approaches to building service provider relationships and discuss resources incubator managers can use to assist their clients in managing these critical relationships.
Solomon Dartey
, Incubator Manager, Ghana Multimedia Incubator Center, Accra, Ghana
Brian Koh
, Director, NUS Enterprise, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Devin Morgan
, Co-founder and Of Counsel, Knull Group, Cooperstown, N.Y.
Moderator: Al Lopez, Executive Director, Economic Growth Business Incubator, Austin, Texas

Developing a University-Affiliated Student Incubator

This session will provide insight into opportunities and barriers when working with a university to develop and manage a student incubator. You will learn how to gain support within your academic institution and when and how to utilize university resources.
Katherine Cota-Uyar, Associate Director, John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa
Jennifer Fowler, LSU Student Incubator Director, Louisiana Business and Technology Center, Baton Rouge, La.
Olga Khotyasheva, Director, MGIMO University Business Incubator, Moscow, Russia
Moderator: Xan Pedisich, Operations Manager, Portland State University Business Accelerator, Portland, Ore.

Lift Into Incubation: The New Zealand Preincubation Story

Learn how an intensive, 12-week preincubation program uses a series of workshops and market validation exercises to accelerate an idea into a fast start-up or fail. Presenters will explain the program structure and provide insights on the successes and failures of participating companies.
Petr Adamek, Business Growth Manager, SODA Inc., Hamilton, New Zealand
Cheryl Reynolds, CEO and Founder, SODA Inc., Hamilton, New Zealand
Moderator: Fred Green, Director, Business & Industry Services, Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Innovating Through Incubation: A Corporate Perspective

Corporations are turning to business incubation in an effort to stay on the cutting edge of innovation initiatives. Learn about the incubation models they are developing, and find out what this trend means for the next generation of incubators.
Liz Gasser, Vice President, Business Operations, Qualcomm Labs San Diego, Calif.
Christopher Haskell, Head, US Science Hub, Global Innovation Sourcing, Bayer HealthCare – Global Drug Discovery, San Francisco, Calif.
John McIntyre, Managing Director, Citrix Startup Accelerator, Santa Clara, Calif.
Robert Urban, Head, Cambridge Innovation Center, Johnson & Johnson, Cambridge, Mass.
Moderator: Melinda Richter, CEO, Prescience International, San Francisco, Calif.

Creating an Effective and Engaged Incubator Board

Incubators need hard-working, experienced and committed boards of directors. Learn how to identify and recruit outstanding board members, give them the tools they need, prepare them to serve effectively, and get them and keep them engaged.
Karl LaPan, President & CEO, Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Carol Lauffer
, Partner, Business Cluster Development, Palo Alto, Calif.
Marie Longserre, President & CEO, Santa Fe Business Incubator, Santa Fe, N.M.

SBIR/STTR After the Reauthorization

Many incubator clients in the U.S. have secured government funding through the SBIR and STTR programs. Both were reauthorized in 2011 but with substantial changes. This session will explore those changes and identify characteristics of successful proposals and projects.
Juan Figueroa, Program Director SBIR, Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnership, National Science Foundation, Arlington, Va.
Jim Greenwood, President, Greenwood Consulting Group, Sanibel, Fla.
Moderator: Stan Tomsic, Executive Director, PortTechLA Innovation Center, San Pedro, Calif.

Forum: Kitchen/Food industry

If you manage a kitchen or food-related incubator or are interested in starting one, attend to discuss the opportunities and challenges of this type of program. Topics could include working with regulatory agencies, creating marketing co-ops and more.
Moderator: Lou Cooperhouse, President & CEO, Food Spectrum, Princeton, N.J.

Tuesday, April 9, 9 – 10:15 a.m.

Roundtable: Lessons Learned in Virtual Incubation

Is your program associated with a community college, looking to partner with one or simply interested in virtual business incubation? Join this session to learn from community college leaders who will discuss the challenges and benefits of this business model.
Frank Keith, Executive Director Emeritus, Incubators at Burlington County Community College, Mount Laurel, N.J.
Tim Putnam, Associate Director & NACCE Fellow, North Iowa Area Community College John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, Mason City, Iowa
Brooke Robbins, Assistant Director, Southeast Community College Entrepreneurship Center, Lincoln, Neb

Establishing an Incubator Loan Program: What to Expect

Join this session to learn the steps in establishing an incubator loan program. Topics will include identifying loan solutions for clients at various stages of development, establishing the right lending products, securing funds, and understanding options for administering the program.
Devon Laney, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Client Services, Innovation Depot, Birmingham, Ala.
Chuck Wolfe, President, Claggett Wolfe Associates, Auburn, Calif.
Moderator: David Hughes, Business Development Analyst, Appalachian Regional Commission, Washington, D.C.

High-impact Marketing Strategies for Incubators and Entrepreneurs

The Ocala Power Plant Business Incubator reached  82 percent occupancy within six months of opening, primarily due to its high-impact marketing strategies. Learn ways your incubator can communicate its strategic messaging and expand its influence via the Web, social media and more.
Kevin Reed, Director, Ocala Power Plant Business Incubator, Ocala, Fla.
Valerie Reed, Founder, Pyxis Media Group, Ocala, Fla.
Moderator: Julie Gustafson, Executive Director, Macomb-Oakland University INCubator, Sterling Heights, Mich.

University Incubation: The UMass Story

This panel will provide strategies for supporting start-ups and promoting entrepreneurship across incubation program models and industries, including mixed-use, life sciences, clean-tech and biotech. They will illustrate how to collaborate across a diverse university system and with state, private sector and regional communities.
William Brah, Executive Director, Venture Development Center, UMass Boston, Boston, Mass.
Marla Michel, Director, Scibelli Enterprise Center, Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield, Mass., and Director, Community Engagement, UMass Amherst, Amherst, Mass.
Kevin O’Sullivan, President & CEO, Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, UMass Worcester, Worcester, Mass.
Steve Tello, Associate Director, Medical Device Development Center (M2D2), UMass Lowell, Mass.
Paul Vigeant, Director, Advanced Technology Manufacturing Center, UMass Dartmouth, Fall River, Mass.
Moderator: E. Douglas Banks, Associate Vice President for Economic Development, University of Massachusetts, Boston, Mass.

Client Selection Tips and Tools

Incubation program success depends on client quality, but ensuring the companies you accept are the ones who will go far is not easy. Attend this session to learn effective client selection processes and the importance of having good screening tools.
Shelley Hessian, Manager of Incubation & Entrepreneur Programs, Innovacorp, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Timothy Peoples, Director, Purdue Technology Centers of West Lafayette, West Lafayette, Ind.
Moderator: Lisa Smith, President, North Star Innovation Partners, Point of Rocks, Md.

Global Best Practices and Case Studies in Food Incubation

This session will highlight best practices in food business incubation from case studies and interviews with successful programs of all sizes around the world. Learn how to increase your chances for success if you’re developing or enhancing a food incubator program or creating a food industry cluster.
Lou Cooperhouse, CEO, Food Spectrum, Princeton, N.J.
Moderator: Mark Long, President, Long Performance Advisors, Ellettsville, Ind.

Accelerator Strategies for Business Incubators

As business accelerator programs continue to gain popularity, a growing number of incubators are building accelerator-type services into their programs. Learn how two incubators have successfully incorporated accelerator techniques into their business incubation programs.
Steve Corbett, CEO, e-Centre at Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand
Jennifer Simon, Executive Director, Ohio University Innovation Center, Athens, Ohio
Moderator: John Hanak, Statewide Director, Purdue Technology Centers, Indianapolis, Ind.

Forum: Clean Technology

Find out what other incubation programs are doing to support cleantechnology businesses. Forum participants will explore the unique challenges these companies face, potential funding sources, strategies for attracting clients and more.
Moderator: Vincent DeVito, Partner, Bowditch & Dewey, Boston, Mass.

Tuesday, April 9, 10:45 a.m. – Noon

Roundtable: Dealing With Unexpected Challenges in Business Incubation

Incubator professionals examine their toughest and most unexpected challenges in candid detail, sharing what went wrong, why it went wrong and how they recovered from the fallout. Attendees will leave aware of potential pitfalls and armed with first-hand advice for solving dilemmas.
Steven Bares, President and Executive Director, Memphis Bioworks Foundation, Memphis, Tenn.
Julie Gustafson, Executive Director, Macomb-Oakland University INCubator, Sterling Heights, Mich.
Leslie Lynn Smith
, President and CEO, TechTown, Detroit, Mich.

Making the Ask: Capital Campaigns and Your Business Incubator

Ready to raise significant dollars for your incubation program or a specific project? Join this session to discover steps for success and materials needed to run a capital campaign. You’ll also learn about mistakes to avoid, campaign phases and how to make the ask.
Sarah Zink, Director of Business Development, TECH Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas
Moderator: Joann MacMaster, Director, Arizona Center for Innovation, Tucson, Ariz.

Focus on Preincubation and Postincubation

Preincubation programs help spur entrepreneurship and create a potential client pipeline for incubation programs. Second-stage or economic gardening programs assist incubator graduates by keeping them on an accelerated growth path. Learn proven models and how to adapt them for your community.
Carol Lauffer, Partner, Business Cluster Development, Palo Alto, Calif.
Tom O’Neal, Executive Director, University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program, Orlando, Fla.

Creating an Entrepreneurial Culture

This session will highlight the importance of entrepreneurship in your incubation program and your community. You’ll learn the six critical factors of an entrepreneurial environment as well as ways to use training programs to enhance a culture of entrepreneurship in your program.
Sandra Cochrane, Technology Business Consultant, Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center, Kalamazoo, Mich.
Lori Emerson, Business Accelerator Manager, SPARK Central Business Incubator, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Megan Reichert, Manager, Venture Accelerator, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Fostering Economic Growth Through Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Learn strategies for building innovation clusters, engaging stakeholders and setting up innovation centers to foster entrepreneurship and business success. The presenter, who is developing innovation centers in the U.S. and across the world, will share expertise gathered during his years of experience.
Ranch Kimball, President and CEO, CIC/Partners, a division of Cambridge Innovation Center, Cambridge, Mass.
Moderator: Jack St. Pierre, Executive Director, CAN BE, West Hazleton, Pa.

Ask the Experts: Industry Pros Field Your Questions

Have questions about business incubation and NBIA? Attend this session to ask seasoned experts for their opinions and get a better sense of the state of the industry. Panelists will include NBIA’s former president and CEO and both domestic and international incubation professionals, including former incubator award winners.
Dinah Adkins, President Emerita, National Business Incubation Association, Portland, Ore.
Marla Michel, Director, Scibelli Enterprise Center, Springfield, Mass.
Catherine Pommier, Director, Montpellier Agglomeration Business and Innovation Center, Montpellier, France
Jim Robbins, Partner, Business Cluster Development, Menlo Park, Calif.

University Incubation: Lessons Learned

Presenters will explain how they have created entrepreneurial ecosystems within university settings to generate new business development. They will share the challenges they’ve encountered and the solutions they’ve found and provide suggestions for how others can apply their lessons learned.
Anil Dhundale, Executive Director, Long Island High Tech Incubator, Stony Brook, N.Y.
David Hamilton
, Director, Business Development, Clean Energy Business Incubator Program, Stony Brook, N.Y.
Maren Ohaks, Program Director, New Ventures Facility, University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.
Moderator: Merina Bigley, Operations Manager, New Ventures Facility, New Ventures Center for Commercialization, Seattle, Wash.

Forum: Student Incubators

Many educational institutions are working to engage the next generation of entrepreneurs by starting student incubation programs. Join the discussion on existing program structures, what strategies work best and much more.
Moderator: Thea Chase, Managing Director, Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Tuesday, April 9, 2:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Public Relations and Advocacy for Your Incubator

Raising awareness about your program can result in more community support, increased funding and a more robust pipeline of clients. Join this discussion to get tips and tools for promoting your program with the media, government officials, your community and beyond.
Tracy Kitts, Vice President and COO, National Business Incubation Association, Athens, Ohio
Erik Pages, President, EntreWorks Consulting, Arlington, Va.
Moderator: Terry Howerton, Partner, TechNexus, Chicago, Ill.

Roundtable: Developing Youth Entrepreneurs

Encouraging young people to have entrepreneurial mindsets could have a significant impact on your region’s innovation landscape. Presenters will explain how they are engaging youth through unique programming and then open the floor for discussion on the best ways to reach tomorrow’s business leaders today.
Donna Deeds, Executive Director, Center for Advanced Professional Studies, Overland Park, Kan.
Ellen Fischat, Enterprise Development Manager, Seda Mandela Bay ICT Incubator, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Scott Kreshel, Accelerator Manager, Center for Advanced Professional Studies, Overland Park, Kan.
Sipelo Lupondwana, Centre Director, Seda Mandela Bay ICT Incubator, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Conducting a Complete and Credible Feasibility Study

This session will discuss the components of a comprehensive feasibility study. Learn a structured process for assessing the factors that will drive demand and impact feasibility, such as service area; market activity; programmatic support, leadership and financial sustainability; and competitive and collaborative forces.
Gordon Hogan, Director, University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program, Orlando, Fla.
Chuck Wolfe, President, Claggett Wolfe Associates, Auburn, Calif.
Moderator: Preeta Banerjee, Assistant Professor of Strategy, International Business School, Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass.

Accelerating Commercialization and Impact of Life Sciences

Gain a better understanding of the life science industry and how to structure a successful life science incubation program. Learn key trends that could affect the industry, and discover how to identify, price and deliver value-added services for your biotech clients.
Matthew Hudes, U.S. Managing Principal, Biotechnology, Deloite's Health Sciences Practice, San Francisco, Calif.
Melinda Richter
, CEO, Prescience International, San Francisco, Calif.
Moderator: Lori Emerson, Business Accelerator Manager, Ann Arbor SPARK, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Managing a Network of Incubators

In some situations, developing a network of incubators makes more sense than having a single program. Presenters will explore different types of incubator networks, including university-affiliated, sector-based and for-profit. Topics will include identifying revenue sources, building relationships with stakeholders, network management and more.
Tom O’Neal, Executive Director, University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program, Orlando, Fla.
Michael Reddy, CEO, Furntech, Cape Town, South Africa
Joanne Willett, Marketing and Innovation Centre Director, Oxford Innovation – Business and Innovation Centres, Oxford, United Kingdom
Moderator: Russ Yelton, President and CEO, Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, Flagstaff, Ariz.

Rural and Regional Business Incubation Strategies

In rural areas, building a network of incubators allows program staff to share resources and provide support across a broad geographic region. Presenters will discuss potential obstacles, address the importance of purpose-centered and market-driven programs, and provide implementation tools and techniques to successfully develop and operate regional programs.
Jeff Reid, Incubator Director, West Texas A&M University Enterprise Center, Amarillo, Texas
Rick Roeser, Business Development Specialist, Wisconsin Business Innovation Corp., Spooner, Wis.
Moderator: Edward White, Executive Director, Platteville Business Incubator, Platteville, Wis.

International Perspectives on Science Parks and Business Incubators

This session features three perspectives on the linkages between incubators and science parks. Learn how incubators can leverage the assets of a science park (and vice versa) from three internationally known programs.
Mason Ailstock, Vice President of Business Development, Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina, Research Triangle Park, N.C.
Tim Ellis, Director, Waterloo Accelerator Centre, David Johnston Research and Technology Park, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
'Azra'i Bin Shu'ib, General Manager, Head of Incubation and Technopreneurs Development, Technology Park Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Moderator: Jim Currie, ATECH Program Director, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Wooster, Ohio

Forum: Women and Minority Entrepreneurs

Join this forum to discuss best practices for working with women and minority entrepreneurs and to brainstorm ideas for encouraging women and minorities to start businesses.
Moderator: Angela Crane-Jones, Acting Executive Director, Nashville Business Incubation Center, Nashville, Tenn.

Wednesday, April 10, 9 – 10:15 a.m.

Roundtable: Jump-starting Your ‘Starting a Business’ Program

This session describes how to offer a basic entrepreneurial training program in your community that is easy to prepare and informative for attendees. During this discussion, presenters will review a class outline and discuss the key topics for prospective entrepreneurs.
Michael Donahue, Vice President Incubation, Toronto Business Development Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Judy Dunstan, Manager, Business Incubation, City of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Brad Rickelman, Assistant Director, Meridian Technology Center for Business Development, Stillwater, Okla.

International Perspectives on Arts Incubation

Find out how arts incubators are encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship within creative industries. Presenters will explore models for arts incubation in Europe and the U.S. and explain how these programs can foster greater creativity in other sectors.
Lisa Canning, Director and Founder, The Institute for Arts Entrepreneurship, Chicago, Ill.
Mary Spaeth, Ph.D. Candidate, Business School in the Faculty of Business and Creative Industries, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, United Kingdom
Moderator: DeAnna Adams, Incubation Professional/Consultant, Denver, Colo.

Building Technology and High-growth Companies in Rural Areas

This session will cover the benefits of and the keys to developing a successful rural incubator with sponsorship from a public university and local economic development programs. Learn to stimulate start-up growth and foster an entrepreneurial culture in rural areas.
Jonathon Benson, CEO, Wyoming Technology Business Center, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyo.
Philippe Chino, Executive Director, Campbell County Economic Development Corp., Gillette, Wyo.
William A. Gern, Vice President of Research and Economic Development, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyo.

Building an Incubation Program That Lasts

Learn procedures to help ensure smooth staff transitions at all levels within your program. Presenters will explain strategies such as building a strong management team, documenting procedures, keeping an open dialogue with staff and managing community expectations.
Jeff Saville, Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation, Vice President, Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, Phoenix, Ariz.
Russ Yelton, President and CEO, Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, Flagstaff, Ariz.
Annette Zinky, Vice President Flagstaff, Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, Flagstaff, Ariz.

Strategies for Effective Client Mentoring

Learn different approaches to providing clients with the mentoring they need to achieve success. Presenters will explain the programs they have developed and provide tools and strategies you can use to implement similar processes at your incubator.
Gordon Hogan, Director, University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program, Orlando, Fla.
Thomas Hordam, Consultant, Centre for Innovation and Regional Development, Slagelse, Denmark
Moderator: Charles McCaffrey, Director, Business Incubation Center, Springfield, Va.

Leveraging Logistics to Improve Incubation Processes and Accelerate Client Growth

UPS’ consultative customer approach and world class logistics expertise help companies of all sizes overcome challenges and exceed goals. Learn how to adapt this highly successful “whiteboarding” model to business incubation to improve productivity and accelerate client growth.
Tom Langa, Small Business Marketing Manager, UPS, Atlanta, Ga.
John Schaub, Customer Solutions Group Supervisor, UPS, West Columbia, S.C.
Adam Sever, Small Business Marketing Supervisor, UPS, Atlanta, Ga.
Allan Ward, Customer Solutions Group Manager, UPS, Atlanta, Ga.

Revenue Generation Strategies for Business Incubation Programs

Incubators find themselves under increased pressure to find new revenues as public finances shrink. Two dynamic, experienced incubation professionals will show you ways you can leverage your program to enhance existing revenue streams and create new ones.
Thea Chase, Managing Director, Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, San Luis Obispo, Calif. Darlene Ryan, Executive Director, TECH Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas Moderator: Tom Strodtbeck, Director of Events and International Programs, National Business Incubation Association, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Forum: Bioscience

Meet other bioscience incubation professionals and share ideas. Possible discussion topics include designs for shared lab space, tips for managing energy costs and innovative budgeting ideas.
Moderator: Kevin O'Sullivan, President and CEO, Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, Worcester, Mass.