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EquityNet Sponsors and Presents at 2012 Annual NBIA International Conference

Atlanta, GA -- EquityNet showed its support for entrepreneurs by sponsoring the National Business Incubation Association’s (NBIA’s) 26th annual International Conference on Business Incubation on May 6-9 in Atlanta, Georgia.


Business incubation programs facilitate 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. Approximately 7,000 business incubators operate worldwide.


"NBIA is an excellent partner and is vital to our goal of market adoption among entrepreneurs, business supporters, and investors," said Matthew Imhoff, EquityNet VP of Business Development. "We are pleased to be a long time partner of NBIA and we continue to look forward to years of future support and increased collaboration between our organizations."


"We are pleased to have EquityNet's support of and participation in NBIA's International Conference on Business Incubation,” said Sheila Buckley, NBIA Director of Development. “EquityNet's presence at the conference and continued support to NBIA is greatly appreciated and we look forward to working with EquityNet this coming year."


The four-day event in Atlanta, Georgia, included more than 60 workshops and roundtable discussions, exhibits, and tours of area incubators. The workshops offer targeted, in-depth training to incubation and economic development professionals. Knowledgeable incubation practitioners and other industry supporters lead the workshops, providing strategies for effective entrepreneur support and techniques to strengthen incubation programs.


NBIA choose EquityNet President and CEO, Judd Hollas, to led a workshop entitled “Tools to Help Clients Plan and Fund Their Business.” Mr. Hollas discussed and provided a visual overview of nine software tools for business opportunity evaluation, planning, and fundraising, including primary capabilities and utility, visual examples, cost and usage characteristics, and appropriate client company usage for each tool presented. Among the tools presented were Gust, Planet Eureka, Invention Evaluator, and EquityNet.


In summarizing the“Tools to Help Clients Plan and Fund Their Business” workshop, Mr. Hollas noted that “an incubator manager must be well-versed in the latest tools to help entrepreneurs with business planning and funding. This workshop introduced and characterized software tools and online systems to assist entrepreneurs in everything from business planning and modeling to investor prospecting and fundraising.”


The workshop “Tools to Help Clients Plan and Fund Their Business” was attended by over 40 individuals, including both experienced incubator managers and those who are new to the field of assisting and supporting client companies.


The National Business Incubation Association is the world's leading organization advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship. Learn more about the NBIA conference here.

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