Featured Webinars

Joint InBIA and CBIA Webinar: Best Practices for Incubation Professionals

This joint webinar series produced by InBIA and the California Business Incubation Alliance discussed best practices in managing mentor networks for your center.


Krista Covey, President, First Flight Venture Center

Marc Martin-Casas, Illumina Accelerator

Thomas Hordam, We Love Mentors

Matt Gardner, CBIA

Inclusive Programming to Support Diverse Entrepreneurs

Ensuring entrepreneurs of all backgrounds have access to the resources and support they need to succeed is a significant part of having a thriving and innovative economy. This panel discussion will explore best practices in fostering inclusivity and specific efforts to increase entrepreneurial opportunities and resources for people of color. Find out how to identify target communities, initiate effective outreach, establish tailored programs, and continue inclusive momentum for entrepreneurship centers.


Duane Rollins, Vice President of Impact and Research, SEED SPOT

David Parker, CEO, Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll)

Gloria Ware, Director, KeyBank Center for Technology, Innovation and Inclusive Growth

The Post-Pandemic Entrepreneurial Support Organization (ESO): Creating a Model for the Economic Recovery

Moving towards the recovery will require a recalibration of your  Entrepreneurial Support Organization’s (ESO) business model. Rethinking everything from mission and target customers to service offerings and facility use will be necessary to enable your ESO to operate effectively in the “new normal”. In this timely webinar, Carol Lauffer of Business Cluster Development will walk through the steps for fine-tuning your ESP model and strategy in order to effectively tackle the challenges of the economic recovery and seize the upcoming opportunities.
Topics to be discussed include:
•   Recalibrating your mission and business model to the “new normal” and aligning on a path toward economic recovery
•   Focusing your program to help diversity your economy
•   Re-evaluating your target market segments and members
•   Assessing the needs of your members
•   Determining the service offerings and role of virtual services in the long term
•   Adjusting your facility for the health and safety of others
•   Marketing to reach new market segments
•   Planning budget and funding strategies for the recovery

About Our Speaker
Carol Kraus Lauffer
Principal, Business Cluster Development LLC

Carol Lauffer, Principal, Business Cluster Development LLC, advises communities and universities on innovative strategies to drive entrepreneurship and business startup in targeted clusters and industries. Carol has assisted more than 80 communities across the U.S. Her work includes the development and implementation of plans and programs to strengthen ecosystems, support entrepreneurship and launch new businesses; commercialize technologies and move innovative products to market; and diversify regional economies.

Prior to BCD, Carol was Managing Director of Panasonic’s corporate, venture-backed incubator in Cupertino, California and a Principal in its $100 million venture fund.

Carol is a former board chair for InBIA and recipient of InBIA’s President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2015.

Building Entrepreneur Impact at Scale in a Virtual World

Do you feel like you are spending more time than you would like in the tracking of entrepreneurs and their progress against milestones?

Are you looking for new ways to reduce the time and money needed for your entrepreneurs to realize product/market fit?

Are you looking for ways to connect mentors to your entrepreneurs regardless of their geography?

Do you have the tools to enhance mentor and coach collaboration with entrepreneurs to support success?

Do you have training and education content you would like to deliver online but you aren’t sure how?

Join Pam Hoelzle, Founder and CEO of Entrepreneur Ready, as she shares best practices and a-ha moments throughout building her own startups, delivering 1:1 entrepreneur coaching, teaching entrepreneurship at the MBA-level and founding and growing a 3,000+ starter ecosystem at the University of Central Florida.

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