by Corinne Colbert
In 2010, NBIA celebrates its 25th anniversary. While many equate the association’s development with Dinah Adkins —a founding member and the association’s chief executive from 1988 to 2009 —she is far from being its sole influence. Fourteen of those industry pioneers were honored with Founders Awards at NBIA’s 12th International Conference on Business Incubation in 1998.
“Although many people have made the business incubation industry a flourishing economic development tool, the pioneers are responsible for its very existence,” says Adkins, NBIA president emerita. “They put down tenacious roots that no political wind, no drought of funding, no storm of latest fads could disturb.”
In the kickoff of a yearlong series looking at NBIA’s development over 25 years, we remind you of the people who helped make it possible —and how they continue to serve entrepreneurs and incubation.
Keywords: history of business incubation, NBIA programs
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