Metro Orlando’s incubation and entrepreneurship infrastructure, already nationally recognized, has added another asset. The National Business Incubation Association, which serves more than 2,200 members worldwide, is relocating its headquarters from Ohio.
Also, the NBIA announced the formation of the Global Training Center for Business Incubation & Innovation in Orlando.
The NBIA joins the National Entrepreneur Center — one of only two such centers in the nation — and the University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program, one of the largest in the Southeast.
Initially, The National Business Incubation Association considered more than 30 cities for its new headquarters, narrowing its final list to Orlando, Atlanta, Denver and Phoenix. Karl R. LaPan, NBIA’s board chairman and interim president and CEO, looks forward to the potential synergy with his new neighbors. “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,” he says. “The fact that the Orlando region has one of the best business incubation network systems in the world is icing on the cake.”