How to Start a Business Incubator
Incubator managers & directors come to us from around the globe for the sole
purpose of having a self-sufficient business incubator that accelerates client growth.
(If this is not your intent, we recommend and endorse
the National Business Incubation Association.)
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Welcome to the most
authoritative source on the net to have your questions
answered quickly regarding self-sufficient business incubation.
From funding, to site
selection, to screening clients,
to creating client development programs, we're here for you!
In the event you plan to
start a business incubator,
have been given the task of rebooting a failing
incubator, managing a business incubator to
self-sufficiency, or revitalizing a blighted
commercial area/district, you will save
significant time, money and energy
by having us guide you through
We can work within your budget!
An effective business incubator provides the resources, environment and
methodology to accelerate business growth.
FACT #2: A successful business incubator creates more revenue
than it consumes.
FACT #3: More business incubators have ceased operations because the
funding was withdrawn than all other reasons combined.
FACT #4: The available public funding for business incubators continues
to decrease and this trend is not likely to change.
FACT #5: Virtual Business
Incubation is expanding, where incubator clients receive the benefits of a
structured development program, mentor, business coach and advisory board, without the
requirement (and expense) of physical office space.
Our mission is to have more incubators/accelerators created, become and remain
We've operated our
incubators quite successfully since 1983, completely without external funding. We are
entirely self-sufficient. We teach our clients how to be that way, too, and our consulting
services span the globe.
As history, we pioneered "hands-on" entrepreneurial
development programs to accelerate business growth for entrepreneurs in emerging
#1) the very precise design of a custom tailored development methodology
exactly formulated for the unique resources, attributes and aptitude of the individual entrepreneur;
#2) an Advisory Board, Mentor and Professional Development
Coach comprised of experienced
#3) replacement of the cumbersome business
plan with the advanced Business
#4) the convenient availability of virtually every resource the start-up business
owner is likely to need in an environment
conducive to rapid growth;
#5) a powerfully effective weekly Business
Building Breakfast for professional development, leadership training and business
Our experience is that for those incubators that really can grow client companies outside
funding is not required.
The Incubator Self-Sufficiency Group was created as a service bureau to the
small business incubation industry for economic development corporations, communities,
universities, consultants, career professionals and others interested in establishing or
investing in small business incubators and for currently established incubators wishing to
upgrade client development methodologies and become self-reliant.
The ISSG is the result of an independent research project
commenced in 1977 to conclusively demonstrate that:
1) Incubators do not require public funding.
A) A cooperative association
of local business owners, for instance, is a powerful and expedient route to funding a
business incubator while creating part of the training structure.
2) Incubators can be entirely self-sufficient.
A) Incubators can utilize Assessment Fees to screen prospective
clients, Enrollment, Program and Use Fees to cover costs and a modest Development Fee in
the client companies to achieve self-sufficiency.
3) The hands-on business experience level of support personnel (mentors, guides, advisors,
counselors) determines the success rate of the client companies.
A) Avoid support personnel without successful hands-on
business ownership experience.
4) Incubators actually accelerate business growth.
underwritten by Services Cooperative
underwritten by The Kauffman Foundation.
5) Data compiled along the way:
A) Startup companies spent $102,236,640,000 in 2006 (latest data available and we
had to compile it). Breakdown by states is available by clicking here.
B) Information on business incubators, click here.
C) Important notes about the business incubation industry, click here.
D) Valuable and inexpensive incubator guides, click here.
The ISSG was the first
such in the nation to provide the comprehensive range of consulting services and
technologies required for the diversity of the industry using no external financing.
The ISSG is sponsored
by Services Cooperative Association, a not-for-profit, educational
organization of business owners, and is responsible for the Texas Business
Incubator Association's "Beta Project of Efficiency, Curriculum and
Certification". The first certified business incubators in the nation were Texas
business incubators via a program developed by the ISSG.
The ISSG provides for
the education and enrollment of the community and the support technologies for all aspects
of small business incubation including site selection, construction or renovation,
staffing, staff training, client attraction - screening - retention - growth - support
systems and equipment, computer networks and telephone systems designed for business
The ISSG provides
answers for: feasibility, validation of incubator service area, type of facility, host
community participation for the incubator project; reference contracts for incubator clients,
mentors, advisors and advisory boards; reference guides for mentors, advisors and
exit interviews; the relationship between not-for-profit sponsors and for-profit
The incubator development methodology is uniquely tailored, case by case, to the specific
resources of the host community to address the aspects of marketing, operations,
administration and financing of the incubator from both public and private sectors.
The ISSG uses client development methodologies
pioneered by Texas' oldest business incubator, the Entrepreneurial
Development Center, a for-profit economic development corporation, which has
operated since 1985 without one dime of public funding.
Incubator client development methodologies include an effective screening process for prospects, advisory boards, mentors, a professional
development coach, instruction in business overviews (and not business plans),
technology transfer, project commercialization, marketing strategies, accounting, finance,
personal selling skills, entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial development training
programs and manuals.
The ISSG practices
self-sufficiency and, as a demonstration of capability, is entirely self-sufficient. No
public funds, grants, contributions, gifts or donations are sought or accepted.
Self-sufficiency is maintained entirely by fees for services and products to clients.
To find out more about the Incubator
Self-Sufficiency Group, call, write, e-mail
or visit today.
Click here for more information about
visits to the SCA incubators.
Click here for
considerations on starting an incubator.
There's much more that we can tell you about us (like we were first in the industry to
call incubators "accelerators" because incubators accelerate business growth).
However, more importantly, we'd like to know much more about you, like your vision for
your community, aspirations for growth and what your incubator might look like in 3 to 5
The significant call volume activity being consistently
generated on this page now necessitates a preliminary screening fee and I'll consult with
you at the rates shown with no contract required. Make your selection from the schedule
below and connect on Skype (ID is dean.kring) or call me at 713.932.7495
Your fee is not processed should you not be completely satisfied at the
close of our session.
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View a few past clients here.
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For Incubator Guides, Reference Agreements
and Manuals, click here.
Find an incubator funding guide here.
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