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Wednesday, Jan. 12
Developers’ Prep Course
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

A must-have course for anyone starting a business incubator! Developers’ Prep Course breaks down the complexities of developing an incubation program into steps that will help you create a self-sustaining program. Topics include conducting a feasibility study and developing a business plan; locating and attracting prospective clients; achieving intended goals; and marketing an incubation program. Whether your program is in the conceptual stage or already knee-deep in development, you can’t afford to miss this workshop.
Jonathan Gorham, President, Gorham Associates, Woodbridge, Conn.
Fee: $350 NBIA members*/ $390 nonmembers*

Bringing SBIR Funding to Your Incubator Clients
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The U.S. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is one of the most popular funding options for technology development in small businesses today. Incubator managers and staff need to know the ins and outs of the SBIR program to help clients successfully access the more than $2 billion that is available annually. An experienced incubator manager and an incubator SBIR coach will take you step-by-step through the dynamics of proposing, winning and managing SBIR awards. You will take home a wealth of resource materials, along with a roadmap for creating a successful SBIR support program in your incubator.
Fred Patterson, President, The SBIR Coach, Austin, Texas
Joel Wiggins, Director, Austin Technology Incubator, Austin, Texas

Fee: $350 NBIA members* / $390 nonmembers*

Thursday, Jan. 13
Technology Commercialization: Turning Innovations Into Enterprises
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Back by popular demand! Learn about effective technology commercialization models that can help you ask critical questions of entrepreneurs, reveal entrepreneurs’ strengths and weaknesses, evaluate an innovation’s commercialization potential, estimate costs involved in launching and sustaining a venture, and identify key milestones for start-up companies. Gain practical skills to help your clients take a strategic approach to turning innovations into enterprises.
Randy Goldsmith, President and CEO, San Antonio Technology Accelerator, San Antonio, Texas
Fee: $350 NBIA members* / $390 nonmembers*

Microenterprise Development: What You Need to Know
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

In every country, microenterprises constitute a majority of the businesses. Whether they’re located in rural, urban or suburban areas, microenterprise entrepreneurs face similar difficulties, not least of which is access to capital. This interactive workshop will provide information and practical guidance for launching an effective microenterprise development initiative. Learn about the role, goals and strategies of microenterprise development and how to effectively communicate the importance of microenterprises to potential stakeholders.
Elizabeth Williams, Williams & Associates Inc., Atlanta, Ga.
Fee: $350 NBIA members* / $390 nonmembers*

Bioscience Incubators: Coming Together
1 – 5 p.m.

Incubator professionals who work with bioscience firms deal with many unique issues. The demands of specialized facilities and equipment, regulatory compliance, specialized financing needs and an industry marked by rapid growth make it necessary to exchange information as often and efficiently as possible. Get together with other experienced bioscience incubator professionals for a facilitated discussion in which you can relate common issues, share best practices, and learn what has and hasn’t worked in other programs. Members of NBIA’s Bioscience Forum organized and will facilitate this workshop, which is open to anyone working with bioscience companies or developing a bioscience incubator.
Patti Breedlove, Incubator Manager, Sid Martin Biotechnology Development Institute, Alachua, Fla.
Jim Robbins, Principal, Business Cluster Development, Menlo Park, Calif.

Fee: $125 NBIA members* / $155 nonmembers*

Friday, Jan. 14
Sector-Focused Incubation: Technology and Social Enterprise Models Working Together
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Developing a sector focus can enhance incubator performance and foster long-term sustainability by targeting particular market segments. In this workshop, participants will learn about cutting-edge, proven sector-focused models for social enterprise and technology incubation. This multisector focus enables incubators to achieve strong financial returns, promotes social innovation, and creates solutions for underserved markets and populations. Learn how these models work and how you can develop a sector focus for your new or existing incubator.
Amber Nystrom, Director, Social Fusion, The Women’s Technology Center, San Francisco, Calif.
Jim Robbins, Principal, Business Cluster Development, Menlo Park, Calif.
Valerie Tappin, Incubator Manager, Technology Innovation Centre, Kingston, Jamaica

Fee: $350 NBIA members* / $390 nonmembers*

Retooling for Rapid Growth
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Today's most successful companies are embracing three powerful new concepts: (1) international outsourcing and offshoring; (2) turning products into services ("service-izing"); and (3) a renewed dedication to Internet technologies. This workshop will delve deeply into how companies can leverage these trends to create rapid growth. Lean how these concepts – individually and together – can help your clients cut costs, increase customer loyalty, and deliver value to customers. Also learn how to put these concepts to work for your incubation program.
David Gilroy, Partner, Wakefield Group, Charlotte, N.C.
David Worrell, Director, Emerging Business Services, Triarch Capital Partners and columnist, Entrepreneur magazine, Charlotte, N.C.

Fee: $350 NBIA members* / $390 nonmembers*

Growing the Successful Entrepreneur
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Successful entrepreneurs must master both “hard” technical skills and a management approach that utilizes “soft” skills – intentional strategies that build effective business relationships and provide impeccable, consistent customer service. Effective business relationships sustain long-term contracts and help build professional networks, while remarkable customer service nurtures loyalty, increases market reach and generates customer satisfaction that can help create new business opportunities. This workshop will use lecture, demonstrations, role playing and case studies to assist you in helping your clients to inspire customer confidence, improve customer service, build repeat customers, network efficiently and enhance their reputations.
Paul Terry, Principal, Paul Terry & Associates, San Francisco, Calif.
Fee: $350 NBIA members* / $390 nonmembers*

*Add $75 on-site fee after Jan. 7



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Workshops

Developers' Prep Course

Bringing SBIR Funding to Your Incubator Clients

Technology Commercialization: Turning Innovations Into Enterprises

Microenterprise Development: What You Need to Know

Bioscience Incubators: Coming Together

Sector-Focused Incubation: Technology and Social Enterprise Models Working Together

Retooling for Rapid Growth

Growing the Successful Entrepreneur

 

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