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In celebration of NBIA’s 25th anniversary, we are running a yearlong series that examines how the association has developed since its humble beginnings in 1985. Read on for the second part of the series: a look back at some of the biggest changes in the business incubation industry over the last 25 years.

What a difference 25 years makes: How incubation has changed since 1985

by Corinne Colbert

April/May 2010

The business incubation industry that launched NBIA in 1985 bears little resemblance to the one we know today. There were far fewer incubators, offering far fewer services, and very little was known about what entrepreneurs needed and how to help them.

As NBIA celebrates its 25th anniversary, we’re taking a look back at the association’s earliest days and how things have changed over these two-and-a-half decades.

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Keywords: best practices, client services – general, history of business incubation, NBIA programs

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