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.




Angela Crane-Jones

Executive Director

Executive Director Angela Crane-Jones has served the Nashville Business Incubation Center  (NBIC) since 2003, being appointed to this role, after progressive experience with the organization, in 2013. Previously, she served as Interim Executive Director, where she 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. She began her tenure with NBIC as Assistant Director from 2003 – 2012, Mrs. Crane-Jones took an active leadership role in securing consulting services for the center’s clients, developing community resources and developing programs supporting the needs of NBIC clients. 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. Read Angela’s blog here.