Norcross firm among
top 10 technology incubators
By Dinah Adkins
President and CEO
National Business Incubation Association
Special to GwinnettForum.com
FEB. 21, 2003 - - The Intelligent Systems Incubator of Norcross
has been ranked a top-performing technology incubator in a report
produced by the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA)
following a 12-month analysis of United States technology business
The Intelligent Systems Incubator ranked in the top ten programs
with an information technology or electronics focus in terms of
average revenue growth, average employment growth and average equity
investment in incubator companies. Average revenue and employee
growth are two keys
indicators used in the industry to measure client and incubator
The ultimate goal of an incubation program is to facilitate the
business success of its client companies. The Intelligent Systems
Incubator has created a program that provides technology entrepreneurs
with the resources they need to create high-growth enterprises,
which has benefited both the entrepreneurs and the business community
as a whole.
Bonnie Herron, executive director of the Intelligent Systems Incubator,
adds: "The NBIA study validates our approach to technology
business incubation. Our entrepreneurs tell us they value our on-site
coaching, access to a peer network and flexible facility options
that support their developing businesses without squashing the entrepreneurial
drive. In 2003, we are introducing an Entrepreneur's Resource Group
which will expand our peer coaching and networking to technology
companies beyond the incubator walls."
The top performer ranking is the latest recognition of the incubator's
standing in the industry. The incubator's Herron was recently elected
chair of the Board of Directors of NBIA, following election to a
second term on the board.
In 1999, NBIA honored an Intelligent Systems Incubator company
with a Client of the Year award. The industry research team conducting
the study examined the make-up and performance of technology incubators
across the country to determine the characteristics key to high-performing
programs. Seventy-nine programs participated in the study, which
was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Office
of Technology Policy.
About Intelligent Systems Incubator - The Intelligent Systems Incubator
is a program of publicly traded Intelligent Systems Corporation
[AMEX: INS] and is one of the longest running, privately sponsored
incubators in the country. Since 1990, the Intelligent Systems Incubator
has helped more than 50 companies by providing entrepreneurs with
access to the business expertise of incubator executives, peer interaction,
shared services, flexible lease terms and an extensive network of
resources. Information about the Intelligent Systems Incubator and
how to join the incubator or the Entrepreneurs Resource Group is
available at www.intelsys.com
or by contacting Bonnie Herron, 770/564-5504, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About NBIA - With about 950 members, the National Business Incubation
Association is the world's leading organization advancing business
incubation and entrepreneurship. It provides thousands of professionals
with information, education, advocacy and networking resources to
bring excellence to the process of assisting early-stage companies.
Information about NBIA and business incubation can be found at www.nbia.org.
world calls for more public relations effort
By Elliott Brack
editor and publisher
FEB. 21, 2003 -- The world has changed, as we have known it. But
sometimes we may not realize just how much the world has changed.
The Battle of New Orleans was fought during the War of 1812 even
after peace was declared, since communications was poor then. Back
during World War I, sometimes our nation learned days later of news
coming out of Europe.
Time World War II came, radio was a constant chronicler of up-to-the-minute
news. We could keep up with the advances of our troops throughout
the world far better than in the first war. We even heard Edward
Murrow, Walter Cronkite and others broadcasting live from London
during the actual blitz. It terrified us, yet American felt safe
across an ocean from such activity.
By the time the Korean War came about, we were more up-to-the moment
in activities, but still radio was the most immediate medium. Then
Viet Nam, with those nightly television pictures beamed back of
American bloodshed, brought us a new dimension to the war, and helped
end that questionable venture.
These thoughts came to mind as the world measures the American
thrust to seek to stabilize the situation in the Middle East, and
in Iraq in particular, with the threat of war.
Now through satellite technology, we can actually follow people
into battle, watch missiles fall in real time, and see casualties
erupt before our eyes.
President Bush is now facing the response of the world's nations
concerning the possibility of war. Modern communications gives people
in distant parts of the world not only the ability to see events
taking place, but to be part of modifying world opinion.
Nowdays, a gathering in Paris, or Japan, or Canada, is broadcast
back to the United States, and around the world. Suddenly public
opinion can be swayed--both ways--by events in any part of the world.
Can President Bush, or any world leader, operate in a communications
vacuum like wars in the past? Of course not. The entire world is
caught up in struggles virtually like each person is at events.
Deaths in a Chicago dance club, or torching of a train in Korea,
impacts people locally. You can be virtually any place and be aware
of the world's news. From Germany recently, I saw the same pictures
as you of a satellite exploding. The entire world is on everyone's
Layer on another element: email. This becomes a very personal communication.
Now individuals, throughout the world, can influence others as never
before. Have your international friends asked you about the situation
in the Middle East? Mine have.
President Bush and Colin Powell are point men advancing the cause
of war, while a questioning and skeptical world wonders.
The world has drastically changed. Now American must win a battle
for public opinion before taking military action, or even getting
any respect at the United Nation. And it is tougher than every before.
That's what the outcome of our ease of communication. That is how
the world has changed.
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2/21: Florida post
office flew flag upside down all day
Editor, the Forum:
Although not an excuse for not flying the flag half-staff upon
the passing of a former postmaster, please remember that our postal
workers are often over-worked, under-paid, and sometimes under-educated,
at least in some of the finer points of flag etiquette.
Example of a past breach of flag etiquette: For an ENTIRE DAY,
the flag was flown upside down (a sign of dire distress) at a
post office in Florida. There were no special circumstances or
happenings in our nation or the town or the facility (no postal
workers going "postal").
It was a wonderful day at the beach, postal delivery trucks were
going in and out making normal deliveries, customers were being
served at the front counter. Still, no one corrected the flag
position the entire day. (Of course, even though having driven
by several times that day, I didn't make the effort to stop by
and point it out to the postal workers, either.)
There are several good sites on the Internet with information
on proper flag etiquette.
Here are two of them:
-- Annette Gelbrich, Norcross
2/21: Three Gwinnett sites set up for "CPR Saturday"
The American Red Cross annual free "CPR Saturday" will
be held March 1 at three Gwinnett sites. Early registration is
encouraged. Kaiser Permanente is sponsoring the event for the
seventh consecutive year.
Classes will begin at 9 a.m. at Hopewell Baptist Church, Norcross;
Collins Hill High School, Suwanee; and Cannon United Methodist
Church near Snellville. New classes will start every half-hour
until the last class begins at 2 p.m. The training takes about
Early registration is encouraged. For details and to register,
call the Gwinnett Red Cross Service Center at 770-963-9208. Registration
can also be done on-line at www.redcrossatlanta.org.
General information is available by calling 1-800-Red Cross (733-2767).
2/21: Atlanta History
Center gets new director
The Atlanta History Center today announced the appointment of
James H. Bruns as executive director of the organization. Currently
with the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., Bruns has served in various
museum professional positions, including founding director of
the National Postal Museum and director of development for the
Smithsonian, responsible for institution-wide fundraising and
"We're delighted to welcome James Bruns, a veteran museum
executive, to the Atlanta cultural community," said Thomas
D. Hills, chairman of the Atlanta History Center Board of Trustees.
"Jim brings a depth of leadership and museum experience that
will build on the excellent work accomplished by History Center
staff. We're confident that the organization will continue to
thrive under his leadership."
Mr. Bruns has been a visible part of the Smithsonian for more
than 20 years. Most recently, Bruns was director of development
at the Smithsonian, where he coordinated raising millions of dollars
in commitments for the organization as well as launched a new
endowment campaign. Bruns previously served as director of operations
for the under secretary for American Museums & National Programs,
with advisory responsibility for policy, planning, programs and
operational matters for nine museums. During the 1990s, Bruns
established, created and managed the National Postal Museum, with
an annual operating budget of $3 million and a monthly attendance
of 50,000 visitors, making it the Smithsonian's most popular venue
"off the National Mall."
OF THE DAY
Similarity of war
"You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake."
-- Jeannette Rankin, first female Congressperson (1917-1919),
and again, 1940-41. She was from Montana.
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