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Program Requirements

NBIA Certificate ProgramThe following four daylong workshops must be completed in person at NBIA’s events to earn the certificate. NBIA offers certificate workshops each year during its Preconference Institute (held in conjunction with NBIA’s International Conference on Business Incubation) and its Training Institute. See the schedule of workshops for more information and specifics about upcoming events.

To complete the certificate, you must be an NBIA member and be enrolled in the program.


The Fundamentals of Incubator Management
This workshop covers the numerous challenges faced by incubator managers, from defining a mission and governance structure to achieving financial self-sustainability. Topics include establishing policies, recruiting clients, developing graduation criteria, generating revenue, handling leases and other agreements, and more.

Serving Client Companies
This workshop covers the programs and services an incubator offers as well as best practices for coaching clients. Specific topics include teaching business basics, creating service provider networks, setting up financing programs, sharing services and space, and more.

Facilities Management
This workshop addresses various aspects of overseeing the operation of the building that houses an incubation program. Topics include managing lease agreements, collecting rents and service fees, cutting costs in innovative ways, and more.

This workshop encourages greater understanding of the business creation process by first examining the concept of entrepreneurship and then exploring the start-up company life cycle. Topics include the definition of entrepreneurship, characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, how to encourage local and global entrepreneurial activity, current and alternative start-up models, and more. 

If you started the certificate program prior to June 2012, click here for more information about recent changes to this program and to learn about your requirements for program completion.

Contact NBIA

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