...Incubators offer start-up businesses shared services, access to equipment, flexible leases and expandable space – usually but not exclusively under one roof. They provide management assistance, access to financing and exposure to business and technical support services. The
goal is to graduate businesses in two to three years that will be able to go out on their own and be successful, create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods, commercialize new technologies and strengthen local and national economies. ...At its most basic level, a business incubator is an economic development tool designed to accelerate
the growth and success of entrepreneurial companies through a range of business support services. The most successful business incubators match services to the needs of local communities. ...The Central Gulf Coast has nine business incubators. They run the gamut, from those that specialize in high technology businesses to those that welcome nearly any type of business, including light industrial operations. ...There is one business incubator in the Central Gulf Coast that, unlike the others, does not have a central facility but does provide incubator-like services to start-up operations in the county. Another incubator provides services primarily to minorities and women businesses.