National Business Incubation Association; Your source for knowledge and networks in business incubation

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Member Testimonials

"The greatest value for my NBIA membership is the ready networking access to fellow members who are experts in business incubation. " — Dave Lohr, Executive Director, Virginia Biosciences Development Center

"As a newbie to the business incubation industry, I found the information provided by the NBIA gave me the ability to quickly come up to speed. Now as an experienced manager, I continue to rely on the information to keep me informed and up-to-date on best practices."— Linda Clark, Former Director, Ohio University Innovation Center

"I can say with certainty that the information I gleaned from NBIA books, newsletters and conferences has been invaluable and helped us get the Santa Fe Business Incubator off to a good start. After more than eight years running our program I still refer to my NBIA books and publications when I have questions, want to develop and improve our program, or sometimes for the inspiration we need when faced with challenges." — Marie Longserre, President & CEO, Santa Fe Business Incubator

NBIA Membership

Why should I join NBIA?

NBIA has everything you need to help you excel at growing new companies. Whether you’re an experienced manager or a novice, an incubator staff member or an economic development professional, an academic or a consultant, NBIA is your source for knowledge and networks in business incubation.

Who belongs to NBIA?

  • Incubator developers
  • Incubator managers and staff
  • Economic development professionals
  • Academics interested in entrepreneurship and small business development
  • Incubation and entrepreneurship consultants

What do I get from my membership?

Instant access to the world's largest network of business incubation professionals. Post questions on the NBIA Member Listserv to get fast answers, advice and information from your peers. Look up nearly 2,000 colleagues anywhere in the world in the NBIA Member Directory.

Targeted professional development. Improve your skills and show your dedication to excellence by completing NBIA's Certificate of Incubator Management. Share ideas and insights with peers at NBIA's International Conference on Business Incubation. Get in-depth training at Fall Training Institute or the Preconference Institute. And participate in just-in-time education from your desk with NBIA Webinars.

News and information from the world's only publisher dedicated to business incubation. NBIA brings you practical information you can apply to your program. Stay in the know with our RSS news feed, as well as our regular e-mail alerts.

A voice in the incubation industry. NBIA advocates for business incubation as a vital and viable economic development tool to policymakers and decision makers around the globe. We'll keep you up to date on the issues and trends that affect our industry. And we offer tools to help you speak up for your program in your community.

Recognition opportunities. The NBIA Incubation Awards are the industry's top honors for outstanding business incubation programs and their clients and graduates. The Soft Landings International Incubator designation tells foreign companies that your program is poised to help them enter your domestic market.

Member-only discounts on NBIA events and publications, plus savings through our Partners. NBIA members enjoy significant discounts on registrations for conferences and training events, as well as our unrivaled library of incubation books and reports. And through the NBIA Partner Program, you can save thousands of dollars on products and services that make your job easier. Some of those discounts are available to clients and graduates, too!

How do I join?

To join online with a credit card just click here. To download a paper application you can mail in with a check, click here. If you have questions, please contact Member Services at 740-593-4331 or

Contact NBIA

Phone: (740) 593-4331
Fax: (740) 593-1996
PO Box 959
Athens, OH 45701-1565

If you have questions about NBIA membership, contact Mary Ann Gulino at