Meet Our Team

  • Aaron Toran, Jr.

    Program Director

    “Learning and sharing, that’s what makes the world go round,” shares Aaron Toran, Jr.

    Aaron Toran, Jr. is Program Director with the Nashville Business Incubation Center, one of the leading growth spaces for entrepreneurs and small businesses in Nashville. With a goal to enhance the lives of others through knowledge and access, Toran will use his expansive experience working with businesses to ensure the success of those he counsels. In his position, he is specifically charged with program sustainability, as well as managing partnership and collaborative relationships.

    Prior to his start with NBIC, Toran spent the last 14 years in a variety of positions working on policy and community awareness while forming a solid reputation for realizing missions, goals, and objectives. Those positions include: Manager of Accounting/ I.T. with the Arthritis Foundation; Volunteer and Resource Coordinator with Catholic Charities of Tennessee; Job Developer and Mentor Coordinator with Project Return, Inc.; and two-term VITA Site Coordinator with the United Way and the Internal Revenue Service.

    A native Nashvillian, Toran completed matriculations at Fisk University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Master’s degree in Public Administration, with a Certification in Nonprofit Management, from Tennessee State University.

  • Angela Crane Jones

    Executive Director

    Executive Director Angela Crane-Jones has served the Nashville Business Incubation Center since 2003. As Assistant Director from 2003 until the spring of 2012, Mrs. Crane-Jones took an active leadership role in securing consulting services for the center’s clients. As acting Executive Director, she has forged business relationships with the Small Business Development Center, U.S. Small Business Administration, IRS, Veterans Affairs, and Operation Stand Down among others to provide additional training and educational opportunities for the businesses at the Incubation Center and Entrepreneur community at-large.

    Prior to joining the center’s staff, Mrs. Crane-Jones was owner/operator of two Dairy Queen Restaurants where she gained valuable experience in retail and food operations, marketing and forecasting. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and Master of Arts degree from Tennessee State University.