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Environmental Business Cluster: Producing positive impacts on the environment – and the economy

by Danaline McPhail Bryant

October 2008

NBIA’s 22nd International Conference on Business Incubation featured a green, environmentally friendly theme, and as it turned out, that was a serendipitous choice. That’s because the winner of the 2008 Randall M. Whaley Incubator of the Year award is the Environmental Business Cluster of San Jose, Calif.

The number of environmentally friendly companies is growing worldwide, but no facility is more committed to protecting the environment than EBC. That commitment is reflected in the incubator’s slogan: “Improving the environment one company at a time.”

When the winner was announced at the May awards luncheon in San Antonio, a loud, enthusiastic response came from the table where EBC staff members, associates and clients were sitting. Accepting the award were EBC Executive Director Jim Robbins, Assistant Director Chuck Erickson and John Weis, deputy director of the San Jose Redevelopment Agency, and they were cheered all the way to the rostrum.

“I want to thank NBIA for this great award,” Robbins said at the luncheon. “It has been a labor of love. We’ve kissed a few frogs along the way, but at least they were all green frogs.”

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Keywords: best practices, green entrepreneurship, technology incubator

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