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Membership Details

Membership Categories

Membership fees are not affected by your location. NBIA welcomes and serves members from around the world.

If your organization operates or sponsors an incubation program (either for-profit or nonprofit), or if you represent an economic development agency or other nonprofit entrepreneur support organization, you are eligible to select one of the following three categories:

If your organization is exploring business incubation or actively developing an incubation program, you are eligible to select the Developer category and receive the NBIA Developer’s Toolkit (valued at more than $250):

If your organization is a for-profit entity that is not developing or operating an incubator, the size of your organization will determine which of the following categories you may select:

If you are an individual who is not associated with a business incubation program (developing or operating) and you meet the criteria listed, you may join NBIA in one of these categories:

Member benefits by category

All Silver, Gold and Platinum members receive:

  • Member rate for conferences, NBIA Training Institute and Webinars
  • Member discounts on books from the NBIA Bookstore
  • NBIA Member Listserv access
  • Access to and listing on the online Member Directory
  • Access to members-only pages on NBIA Web site

All Developer members receive:

  • Developing a Business Incubation Program: Insights and Advice for Communities
  • Best Practices in Action: Guidelines for Implementing First-Class Business Incubation Programs, Revised 2nd Edition
  • Waiver of one $40 administrative fee to the NBIA Incubator Management Certificate Program
  • The archived Webinar, “25 Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Became an Incubator Manager”
  • A match with an industry expert through the NBIA Mentoring Program
  • Member rate for conferences, NBIA Training Institute and Webinars
  • Member discounts on books from the NBIA Bookstore
  • NBIA Member Listserv access
  • Access to members-only pages on NBIA Web site
  • Membership certificate

All individual members receive:

  • Member rate for conferences, NBIA Training Institute and Webinars
  • Member discounts on books from the NBIA Bookstore
  • NBIA Member Listserv access
  • Access to and listing on the Member Directory
  • Access to members-only pages on NBIA Web site

Silver Membership

Eligibility: The joining organization operates or sponsors an incubation program, or represents an economic development agency or other entrepreneur support organization.

Number of people receiving full membership benefits: Three (3). See Membership Benefits page for a complete listing of benefits.

Number of incubators eligible for a basic listing on the NBIA Links to Member Incubators page: Two (2).

Annual dues: $525 (U.S. funds)

Additional members? Not applicable. If you would like more than three individuals in your organization to benefit from NBIA membership, consider joining in either the Gold or Platinum categories.

Click here to join as a Silver Member.

Gold Membership

Eligibility: The joining organization operates or sponsors an incubation program, or represents an economic development agency or other entrepreneur support organization.

Number of people receiving full membership benefits: Six (6). See Membership Benefits page for a complete listing of benefits.

Number of incubators eligible for an enhanced listing on the NBIA Links to Member Incubators page: Three (3) – a primary incubation organization and two branch incubation organizations. An enhanced listing allows the inclusion of a logo and a short paragraph describing each incubator.

Annual dues: $695 (U.S. funds)

Additional members? Not applicable. If you would like more than six individuals in your organization to benefit from NBIA membership, consider joining in the Platinum category.

Click here to join as a Gold Member.

Platinum Membership

Platinum MemberEligibility: The joining organization operates or sponsors an incubation program, or represents an economic development agency or other entrepreneur support organization.

Number of people receiving full membership benefits: Twelve (12). See Membership Benefits page for a complete listing of benefits.

Number of incubators eligible for an enhanced listing on the NBIA Links to Member Incubators page: Four (4) – the primary incubation organization receives top billing and three branch incubation organizations receive an enhanced listing. An enhanced listing allows the inclusion of a logo and a short paragraph describing each incubator.

Annual dues: $995 (U.S. funds)

Additional members? If you would like more than 12 people in your organization to benefit from NBIA membership, you may add additional individuals to your membership for just $50 each. Simply choose the “Platinum +1” additional members category for a 13th individual member or the “Platinum +2” additional members category to add a 14th individual member. For additional individual members beyond 14, contact info@nbia.org.

Click here to join as a Platinum Member.

Developer Membership

Eligibility: The joining organization is exploring business incubation or actively developing an incubation program. This membership is available only for one year, at which time members can renew at the Silver, Gold or Platinum level.

Number of people receiving full membership benefits: Three (3). See Membership Benefits page for a complete listing of benefits.

Number of incubators eligible for an enhanced listing on the NBIA Links to Member Incubators page: None (0) – the developer category will not include a listing in the online list of member incubators, since these incubation programs are still in development, not up and running. The organization must renew as a Silver, Gold or Platinum member to be listed on the NBIA Links to Member Incubators page.

Annual dues: $525 (U.S. funds) [Includes the NBIA Developer's Toolkit, valued at more than $250]

Additional members? Not applicable. If you would like more than three individuals in your organization to benefit from NBIA membership, consider joining in either the Gold or Platinum categories.

Click here to join as a Developer Member.

Consultant/Vendor/Service Provider

Eligibility:Joining organization wishes to offer its products or services to NBIA's organizational members, is not developing or operating a business incubation program, and employs five or fewer staff.

Number of people receiving full membership benefits: Three (3).

Note: These three named members must have a formal relationship with your company, such as being staff, a board member or owner. The additional members might be physically located at a site different from the joining member’s location.

*Be sure to note the two additional benefits available to members in this category. See the Membership Benefits page for a comprehensive listing. See Membership Benefits page for a complete listing of benefits.

Annual dues: $750 (U.S. funds)

Click here to join as a Consultant/Vendor/Service Provider.

Corporate

Eligibility: Joining organization wishes to offer its products or services to NBIA's organizational members, is not developing or operating a business incubation program, and employs more than five staff.

Number of people receiving full membership benefits: Four (4).

Note: These four named members have a formal relationship with your company, such as being staff, a partner or a board member. The additional members might be physically located at a site different from the joining member’s location.

*Be sure to note the two additional benefits available to members in this category. See the Membership Benefits page for a comprehensive listing. See Membership Benefits page for a complete listing of benefits.

Annual dues: $1,500 (U.S. funds)

Click here to join as a Corporate Member.

Emeritus Retired Membership

Eligibility: An individual who is retired from the business incubation or entrepreneur support industry who wants to stay involved with NBIA. To be eligible, he/she must no longer be working in the industry and earning no money in it, even in a consulting role.

Annual dues: $119 (U.S. funds)

Click here to join as an Emeritus Retired Member.

Student Membership

Eligibility: An individual who is a full-time undergraduate/graduate student and who is not employed in the business incubation or entrepreneur support industry (may be an intern). This category is not open to those employed in the industry who also attend college courses. Upon graduation or employment in the industry, individual must transfer out of this membership category.

Annual dues: $119 (U.S. funds)

Click here to join as a Student Member.

Individual Faculty Membership

Eligibility: An individual who is an instructor/professor in an undergraduate or graduate level school of business or entrepreneurship. This category is not open to those employed by a college/university that is developing or operating a business incubation program. If the college or university begins developing or operating a business incubation program, the individual must move out of this membership category into an organizational membership.

Annual dues: $329 (U.S. funds)

Click here to join as an Individual Faculty Member.

Contact NBIA

Phone: (740) 593-4331
Fax: (740) 593-1996
PO Box 959
Athens, OH 45701-1565
info@nbia.org