Our Mission

At NBIC, our mission is to cultivate the growth and development of small businesses through one-on-one support, mentoring, programs, and classes.  Our vision is to be recognized, not only for being one of the most successful business incubation centers in the country, but as the best place to grow a sustainable small business in Middle Tennessee.  Our staff and Board of Directors include members of the community who are interested in the success and growth of small businesses; growing tiny acorns into mighty oaks.

The Nashville Business Incubation Center was established in 1986 to provide guidance in strategic business growth to qualifying small businesses in Middle Tennessee, and remains one of the most successful business incubation centers in the country to this day.  NBIC offers management and technical assistance to small businesses for up to five years through classes, programs, onsite mentoring, one-on-one business counseling and peer support.

On average, NBIC has an 86 percent success rate, and, the businesses that occupy space and are supported by the NBIC’s programs create an average of 41 jobs each year. Businesses are able to incubate at NBIC for up to five years, and, in the past five years alone, businesses served by the NBIC have created over 205 total jobs.

NBIC incubating companies are allowed to reside at  the center for up to five years, taking advantage of the center as a long-term accountability partner in helping the businesses grow their client base and create jobs in Middle Tennessee.


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.