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Our History

How we got our start

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • 1983

    Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) submits proposal

    Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) submits proposal

    January 3, 1983
    Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) submits proposal to Congress to accelerate job growth in economically disadvantaged areas in Nashville. ​
  • 1984

    Nashville Business Incubation Center established

    Nashville Business Incubation Center established

    January 1, 1984
    TVA appoints Growth Enterprises Nashville, Inc. board to oversee Phase II of the project that establishes the Nashville Business Incubation Center (NBIC).  
  • 1986

    NBIC opens as nonprofit

    NBIC opens as nonprofit

    January 1, 1986
    The Nashville Business Incubation Center opens as a nonprofit incubator.
  • 2002

    Mildred Walters becomes CEO of NBIC

    Mildred Walters becomes CEO of NBIC

    January 1, 2002
    Jennie Lemons retires and Mildred Walters becomes Chief Executive Officer.
  • 2012

    Angela Crane-Jones is appointed CEO of NBIC

    Angela Crane-Jones is appointed CEO of NBIC

    January 1, 2012
    Longtime Executive Director Mildred Walters retires; Angela Crane-Jones is appointed as Chief Executive Officer.  
  • 2017

    NBIC moves to TSU

    NBIC moves to TSU

    January 2, 2017
    GENI and the Incubation Center move operations from Tennessee State University.
  • 2019

    NBIC continues strong

    NBIC continues strong

    January 1, 2019
    NBIC continues its legacy as the premiere business development resource center in Middle Tennessee.