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Rural Business Incubation Focus of ARC Event

August 24, 2001

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the National Business Incubation Association are sponsoring a conference Oct. 21–23 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to focus on the importance of business incubation to rural economic development and to share best practices by successful incubators across the nation. 

More than 75 business incubators in Appalachia are helping rural communities create new companies, find innovative ways to take products to new markets, and increase the odds for new business success. The conference will seek to encourage the creation of more business incubators in the Appalachian Region. 

More than 20 experts in rural business incubation and development finance will address the conference, including sessions on revenue generation strategies; marketing the incubator; employee and entrepreneurial training; incubator goals, mission, and outcomes; incubator systems; product development; marketing support for tenants; financing business growth; and others. 

The registration fee is $95. For conference registration information, visit: www.arc.gov/infopubs/incubate.htm or contact Wilma Dantzler at 202-884-7751.