Louisiana Business & Technology Center, Baton Rouge, La.
He’s known to many in the industry as “Charlie Dag” because that’s how he signs his e-mails, including his frequent contributions to NBIA’s listserv.
But he is officially and formally Charles D’Agostino, executive director of Louisiana Business & Technology Center and Louisiana State University Innovation Park, and acting director of Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute in Baton Rouge, La. He is also the recipient of NBIA’s 2011 President’s Award, chosen for the honor by NBIA President & CEO David Monkman.
“Charles D’Agostino has a long history with this association, as a member for 20 years and serving for six years on the NBIA Board of Directors,” said Monkman in announcing the award at NBIA’s 2011 conference in San Jose, Calif. “He operates a highly respected and long-lived incubation program. With a history dating back to the late 1980s, this program has served over 2,000 businesses, graduated more than 300 clients and contributed to the creation of 10,000 jobs. He has appeared in 13 NBIA books and has contributed heavily to the NBIA listserv.”
The honor brought an uncharacteristic reaction from D’Agostino. “As I said in accepting the award, it was the only time in my 23-year history in business incubation that I was truly speechless. It was a great and unexpected honor.”
“I owe all of my success in the business incubation industry to NBIA,” D’Agostino says. “When I started in 1988, I was a sponge trying to learn everything from the association and the membership so I could develop a successful incubator program at LSU at the Louisiana Business & Technology Center. I received all the help, coaching, instructions and information needed from NBIA staff and membership that allowed me to develop the LBTC. I am forever thankful to NBIA, and now I have set it as my mission to mentor new incubator programs coming into NBIA.”
The gregarious, busy D’Agostino has not only assisted countless incubation programs, both on the listserv and away from it, but he is known as a tremendous advocate for LBTC’s client companies. For instance, when client Tin Roof Beer achieved national notice for its creation of the official LSU beer last year, D’Agostino did much to publicize the achievement and was widely quoted in articles about it.
In honoring D’Agostino, Monkman said that it was for “lifetime achievement in support of the business incubation industry.” D’Agostino, Monkman noted, “is certainly no stranger to this stage, having had five of his companies earn client or graduate of the year honors over the years.” LBTC also received NBIA’s 2005 Randall M. Whaley Incubator of the Year award and 2009 Incubator Innovation award.
Under D’Agostino’s leadership, LBTC has helped businesses acquire over $149 million in equity, grants and loans and complete nearly 3,500 projects, with more than 2,000 obtaining SBIR support. The program currently has 28 client companies that have created 140 full-time jobs.
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