Kirstie Chadwick, CEO and president of the International Business Innovation Association and Hurley Buff, CBBI and CBIC director
The Cleveland Bradley Business Incubator has been selected as the Rural IMPACT award winner for the Month for April by the International Business Innovation Association. In addition, by earning a monthly InBIA award, CBBI is in the running to receive one of InBIA’s three Incubator of the Year awards, which will be announced in late April at InBIA’s annual conference in Dallas, Tx.
"The International Business Innovation Association is a global nonprofit organization with over 2,200 members that lead entrepreneurship support programs in 62 countries. InBIA provides industry best practices through education while enabling collaboration, mentorship, peer-based learning and the sharing of innovative ideas for entrepreneurs across the globe. InBIA is the largest member-based entrepreneurial support network in the world. For over 30 years, InBIA has remained the leader in providing the best industry resources for building thriving entrepreneurial ecosystems through sustainable entrepreneurial programs across a wide scope of industries and disciplines. InBIA is the go-to organization for business incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces and other entrepreneurship support organizations who are dedicated to nurturing the unique startups in their communities," officials said.
“It is with great honor we present this award to the Cleveland Bradley Business Incubator,” states Kirstie Chadwick, CEO and president of the International Business Innovation Association. “We congratulate CBBI for the amazing program which serves the entrepreneurs in your community.”
“I was thrilled when I learned of the award,” states Hurley Buff, CBBI and CBIC director. “CBBI has long been a long standing member of the InBIA. The expertise and support this organization provides to entrepreneurial programs globally is invaluable to small entrepreneurial organizations who do not have access to local resources. In 2012, I completed InBIA’s educational program and earned a certified business incubator director diploma. I praise the organization for offering an opportunity to increase the level of knowledge for incubator directors.”
"Business Incubation programs offer a network of support to newly formed businesses to include low overhead, state of the art phone and internet connections, educational opportunities and technical assistance, all aimed at reducing the risk of failure for start-up ventures. Currently, there are an estimated 1,400 business incubation programs in the United States," officials said.