Local Executive Completes Incubator Management Certificate Programby Hot Off The Press (Release) on Jun. 25, 2012, under Press Releases
TUCSON, Arizona—Joann MacMaster, Director of the Arizona Center for Innovation, a business incubator and accelerator located in Tucson, AZ at the University of Arizona (UA) Tech Park, recently completed the National Business Incubation Association’s Incubator Management Certificate Program.
The educational program provides a comprehensive and practical overview of the tasks and responsibilities of managing business incubators, which are programs that accelerate the successful development of start-up and emerging companies by providing entrepreneurs with resources and services. Launched in 2007, the certificate program is designed to enhance managers’ skills and to provide them with opportunities to gain ideas for building stronger relationships with key constituents, providing effective client services, ensuring incubator sustainability and more.
NBIA officials say receiving a certificate is a mark of distinction verifying mastery of incubator governance, services and policies. “We thought it would be helpful for NBIA to establish a base of knowledge that every incubator manager should know, regardless of the type of incubator they run,” said Tom Strodtbeck, NBIA director of events and international programs. “The certificate program is a way for people to track their progress in gaining that knowledge.”
To receive a certificate, incubator managers must complete a total of 24 hours of training, including three full-day workshops designed specifically for the program and five elective 75-minute sessions offered at NBIA’s annual conference. Workshops and sessions cover a range of topics, including incubator finances, strategic planning, graduation policies and procedures, client selection, and facilities management.
Business incubation programs, such as The Arizona Center for Innovation, catalyze the process of starting and growing companies by providing entrepreneurs with the expertise, networks and tools they need to make their ventures successful. NBIA estimates that in 2005 alone, North American incubators assisted more than 27,000 start-up companies that provided full-time employment for more than 100,000 workers and generated annual revenue of more than $17 billion.
The Arizona Center for Innovation (AzCI) is a technology innovation center and business incubator located at the UA Tech Park. AzCI is an innovation center that promotes technology development and commercialization. One major element of AzCI is helping local entrepreneurs and inventors transform their innovation ideas and discoveries into successful companies. To learn more about AzCI please visit www.azinnovation.com <http://www.azinnovation.com> or contact (520) 382-3260 / firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> .
The National Business Incubation Association is the world’s leading organization advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship. It provides thousands of professionals with information, education, advocacy and networking resources to bring excellence to the process of assisting early-stage companies. Visit www.nbia.org <http://www.nbia.org> to learn more.