NBIA's 23rd International Conference

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Highlights & Activities

Sunday, April 19

Kansas City Tour

Kansas City TourAfter the bus departs the Westin at 11:45 a.m., the tour begins with on-your-own dining at Rozzelle Court Restaurant, located in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. After lunch, you’ll have a guided tour of the museum’s collections. At 2:30 p.m., the bus will depart Nelson-Atkins for the National World War I Museum. Explore the interactive exhibits and learn about this wide-reaching war, which involved 36 countries and almost 65 million soldiers. For an additional $4 fee, you can climb the 45-step Liberty Memorial Tower. The bus will leave the WWI Museum at 4:15 p.m. to return to the hotel. If you’d like to stay longer, the museum is open until 5 p.m., and it’s a short walk to the Westin.

Fee: $89

Opening Reception and NBIA Expo

Opening ReceptionSunday evening’s opening reception is the official kickoff to the 23rd International Conference on Business Incubation. After you collect your registration materials, meet up with old friends and make new connections. Stop by the NBIA Bookstore for new and hard-to-find titles about business incubation, entrepreneurship and economic development. Take time to explore the NBIA Expo, where you can chat with sponsors who offer innovative products and services that can help you manage a successful incubator. 

Monday, April 20

Breakfast: First-Time Attendee Orientation and NBIA Expo

If this is your first time attending NBIA’s International Conference on Business Incubation, plan to go to this special orientation session. You’ll meet other new attendees, learn more about the organization and the services we offer, and find out how to make the most of your conference experience. Meanwhile, conference veterans can enjoy the continental breakfast, talk with exhibitors at the NBIA Expo or spend time browsing the NBIA Bookstore.   

For a preview of what some NBIA supporters have to offer, check out the links below.

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Association of University Research Parks OneMedPlace             
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EquityNet Services       Virginia Ball Center      

Keynote Address

Carl Schramm

Carl Schramm is recognized as one of the world’s foremost thinkers on the importance of entrepreneurship to a nation’s economic growth. He has led the Kauffman Foundation to develop innovative programs aimed at transforming entrepreneurship education, the technology transfer process, the availability of seed capital for entrepreneurs, and economic research. He also has been instrumental in the formation of partnerships with governments and organizations around the world to stimulate entrepreneurship internationally. His recent books, Good Capitalism, Bad Capitalism and The Entrepreneurial Imperative, are regarded as emerging classics, providing new insight into the U.S. and international economies. In 2007, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez tapped Schramm to chair the Department of Commerce’s Measuring Innovation in the 21st Century committee. Trained as an economist and a lawyer, with experience in business, public policy and academia, Schramm has founded and cofounded several health-care finance and information technology companies.

Open Night

Open NightAfter a full day of conference sessions, enjoy a night off from planned activities. Meet up with friends for dinner or take some time to regroup after a busy day of learning. With the conference hotel’s proximity to the Crown Center Shops, there are many stores and restaurants right at your feet. For those more adventurous and eager to explore the city, the Power and Light District is sure to delight. This neighborhood is a fresh locale for late-night entertainment, as many of the bars and restaurants stay open until 3 a.m. Don’t stay out too late, though – Tuesday’s sessions begin at 9 a.m.

Tuesday, April 21

Keynote Address

Thomas Hoenig
Thomas Hoenig

Thomas M. Hoenig is president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. As one of 12 banks in the Federal Reserve System, the Kansas City Fed participates in setting national monetary policy, supervising and regulating commercial banks and bank holding companies, and providing financial services to commercial banks and the U.S. government. Hoenig directs Federal Reserve activities in the 10th Federal Reserve District, which includes Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wyoming and parts of New Mexico and Missouri. He is also a member of the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee, the key body with authority over monetary policy. Hoenig started at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City as an economist and later was a senior officer in banking supervision during the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s. He also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

NBIA Awards Luncheon

NBIA Awards LuncheonThe industry’s top incubation programs, clients and graduates will have a chance to shine as we announce the winners of the 2009 NBIA Incubation Awards. During this festive luncheon, NBIA will formally recognize those who have made important contributions to the business incubation industry through their programs, services and products. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of those whose hard work has benefited their communities, their economies and their industries.

Arts Incubator of Kansas City Tour

Kansas City is home to the unique Arts Incubator of Kansas City, which helps artists turn their work into viable businesses. There, artists have access to studio space, meeting rooms, office equipment, metal and woodworking equipment, spray booths and more. The incubator helps clients with grant writing, portfolio development, press releases and exhibition opportunities. Housed in a warehouse built in 1923, the Arts Incubator of Kansas City is in the Crossroads Arts District – one of the top arts communities in the nation. The incubator also is expanding into two satellite locations in the Crossroads area.

After arriving at the incubator, explore the building through a self-guided tour and meet the artists, including painters, illustrators, writers, sculptors and photographers, as well as jewelry, graphic and fashion artists.

Wednesday, April 22

A Conversation With Dinah Adkins and Closing Breakfast

Dinah Adkins
Dinah Adkins

Dinah Adkins, president and CEO of the National Business Incubation Association, has been involved in the incubation industry since 1982 and assumed management of the association in 1988. When Adkins took over, the association had fewer than 200 members. Under her direction, NBIA has grown to more than 1,900 members representing 53 nations. In October, Adkins announced that she will retire from her position as the association’s chief executive following the organization’s 23rd International Conference on Business Incubation in Kansas City, Mo.

In this plenary session, Adkins will talk about the industry’s evolution during her career and where business incubation is headed in the future. Enjoy a hot breakfast buffet with colleagues and learn about Adkins’ contributions to the industry and her insights into current incubation issues. 

Enterprise Center of Johnson County Tour

After the sessions end, we will travel half an hour to Lenexa, Kan., for a tour of the Enterprise Center of Johnson County. Founded in 1994, this incubator works with companies in the IT and telecommunications, business services, life science, and clean technology sectors. ECJC offers its clients business consulting, workshops and other educational training, access to funding resources, and more. Since 1999, ECJC companies have created 767 jobs, raised more than $54 million from outside investment and generated more than $45 million in sales.

Fee: $49