National Business Incubation Association selects Orlando as new headquarters

August 7, 2014

August 7, 2014

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – The National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) the world’s leading organization advancing business and entrepreneurship, announced today it will relocate its headquarters and the formation of the Global Training Center for Business Incubation & Innovation to Orlando from Athens, Ohio, to service more than 2,200 members worldwide.

Orlando’s nationally recognized incubation and entrepreneurship resources have earned praise from Entrepreneur Magazine and American City Business Journals as one of the top places in the country to grow or start a small business. Orlando recently was ranked Florida’s top city for overall friendliness toward small businesses by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Thumbtack.

“NBIA selected Orlando because of its reputation as being the home of entrepreneurship and innovation, making it the ideal place to expand our programs and enhance our mission,” said Karl R. LaPan, NBIA’s Board Chairman and interim President and CEO. “The fact that the Orlando region has one of the best business incubation network systems in the world is icing on the cake.”

Already home to the National Entrepreneur Center – one of only two such centers in the nation – Orlando also boasts the University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program (UCFBIP) – one of the largest in the Southeast and named the 2013 NBIA Incubator Network of the Year.

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