incubators are probably most noted for providing a positive sharing-type
environment for creative entrepreneurship. They will often offer
counseling and peer review services, as well as shared office
or laboratory facilities, and a generally strong bias toward growth
incubators are located within business parks where the prime motivation
of the developer is to help hatch acorns, which will then outgrow
the incubator and move into larger, more "freestanding"
facilities. These business park facilities are particularly important,
because they so often provide incubator amenities such as banks,
accounting firms, attorneys, restaurants, health clubs, etc.,
in close proximity to their incubator facilities. They also facilitate easy, hassle-free moves from incubators to free standing.
management groups will often maintain electronic or print directories
of other business service firms in or near the incubator, too,
many of which may sometimes offer discounted services for emerging
firms. Services can include everything from website design, to
marketing, to health services to haircuts.
including many MABI members, are in the academic or State domain,
where the principal thrust is limited mostly to the hatching stage,
with limited ability to accommodate new entities beyond their
earliest phases. Whether publicly or privately sponsored, however,
incubators are there to encourage and assist young firms to develop
new products and services, and to help provide more and better
jobs for the citizenry.
Most Massachusettes business
incubators can readily provide either furnished or unfurnished
office space, or both. For laboratory facilities, many will offer
either chemistry or biology set-ups, most often with an option
to select units with laboratory hoods. Many members at or very near Cambridge and MIT.
is credited with teaching his followers to "Dig the well
before you're thirsty," and that can certainly be related
to the age-old process of networking, which occurs so well in
the incubator environment. Networking opportunities as part of
a modern business setting are an exceedingly important part of
any incubator or other shared start-up spaces.
Association of Business Incubators (MABI) was organized in 2006
by Eric Anderson to provide an informal opportunity for members
to communicate with each other on matters of mutual interest.
In addition, our website provides a vehicle for communication
with the general public and for informing and educating the public
about the opportunities that currently exist in our respective
full-time work is as Executive Vice President of Cummings Properties, LLC, Woburn,
MA. Like most MABI members, Cummings Properties has a particular
interest in reaching out to entrepreneurial activities of all
sorts. It specializes in suburban Boston opportunities Along I-95 and I-93 both north and west of the city.
Properties owns and manages more than nine million square feet
of office, research, laboratory, retail and distribution space
in 10 communities around Boston, it is in the unique position
of being able to offer low cost incubator space to new companies
with an entrepreneurial spirit.
new companies get off the ground in affordable, professional office
space, these growing companies will, in turn, create new jobs
and those employees will then help support other local businesses. Cummings Properties' more than 2,000 client firms range in size from 200 square feet to more than 100,000 square feet.
It truly becomes
a snowball effect
and Cummings Properties believes in getting
that ball rolling by supporting young entrepreneurs.
Association of Business Incubators (MABI) is a member of National
Business Incubation Association, the world's leading organization
advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship. MABI was created
for the purpose of increasing support for business incubation
programs in Massachusetts, enhancing public awareness, sharing
experiences and exchanging referrals.
incubators interested in joining MABI are strongly encouraged
to first link to this site, and then contact Eric Anderson at
781-983-2211, or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. While this
website is very much in its infancy, it is growing, and will become
another effective way to provide worthwhile contact among our
for visiting massincubators.org. We would greatly appreciate your
thoughts and suggestions. Please contact any of our members if
you would like additional information on Massachusetts office,
laboratory, or research incubator space. For information about
Massachusetts Association of Business Incubators, please e-mail
us below, or call Eric S. Anderson at 781-983-2211.