Jesse Erickson, Director of Catalyst Innovation Center in Bradley, Illinois, is pursuing an Incubator Management Certificate from the National Business Incubator Association (NBIA). Erickson, who attended the NBIA 29th International Conference on Business Incubation from April 25-29 in Denver, anticipates completing his comprehensive training in focus areas including facility management, marketing, revenue generation, sustainability, intellectual property, entrepreneurial ecosystems and industry clusters this September.
Catalyst Innovation Center, a regional research and entrepreneurship collaborative of Olivet Nazarene University, Riverside Healthcare and the Economic Alliance of Kankakee County, will provide 140,000 sq. ft. of space at Ken Hayes Industrial Park for engineering student projects, corporate R&D, coworking and small business incubation. The facility is slated to open in fall 2015.
The National Business Incubation Association is the world’s leading organization advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship, serving more than 2,100 members in more than 60 nations. Each year, the organization provides thousands of professionals with information, education, advocacy and networking resources to bring excellence to the process of assisting early-stage companies. An elected, voting board of directors representing the world’s leading incubators governs the association.