Are you in business and wishing you could help artists to flourish? Are you a closet artist by night and a “suit” by day? Why not build an Arts Business Incubator in your city and start it in an area of the city that needs to be revitalized the most? Not only can you help local artists flourish, like Adrienne Fritze is doing with her Arts Business Incubtor in Portland Oregon called Working Artist LLC, but you will revitalize other small businesses in the neighborhood from the rich culture you create by doing so.
Now that I have enticed you to consider this as a real possibility, let me introduce you to the organization that can help you get started:
The National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) is the world’s leading organization advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship. It provides information, education, advocacy and networking resources to bring excellence to the process of assisting early-stage companies worldwide.
Its mission is to provide training and and information on incubator management, development issues as well as tools for assisting start-up’s and fledgling firms.
NBIA also conducts research, compiles statistics and produces publications that provide hands-on approaches to developing and managing effective incubator programs. In addition, the association tracks relevant legislative initiatives and maintains a speakers’ bureau and referral service. It also creates partnerships with leading private-sector and public-sector entities to further the interests of the industry and its members.
Here is a list of NBIA’s stated objectives from their website:
Provide information, research and networking resources to help members develop and manage successful business incubation programs
Monitor and disseminate information about industry developments, trends and best practices
Inform and educate leaders, potential supporters and stakeholders of the significant benefits of business incubation
Build public awareness of business incubation as a valuable business development tool
Expand capacity to create valuable resources for members and our memberâ€™s members through partnerships
Engage and represent all segments of the business incubation industry
To learn more about NBIA click here.