December 2010                                                             A monthly newsletter for Faculty, Staff and Friends of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center Celebrates Grand Opening

Coastal Bend Business Innovation CenterThe grand opening for Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi's Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m. at its new location in the University's Flour Bluff building at 10201 S. Padre Island Drive. Reception and tours will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Speakers will include University President Flavius Killebrew; Mayor Joe Adame; Eloy Salazar, chairman of Corpus Christi Business Job and Development Corp. Board; Dr. Moustafa Abdelsamad, dean of the College of Business; and Richard Bell, director of the Business Innovation Center.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi established the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center in 2009 as part of the College of Business to stimulate job growth by encouraging entrepreneurial economic development of companies that, once established, are committed to remaining in the Coastal Bend. A key component of the Center is its innovative incubator program that nurtures entrepreneurial startup companies by providing targeted resources and services to accelerate their growth and ensure long-term success.

The business incubation program promotes cross-disciplinary academic and entrepreneurial programs utilizing University faculty and staff to maximize the potential for success. By extending the services and expertise to help them become financially viable, the program helps new companies create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods, commercialize new technologies, and strengthen local and statewide economies. The Center is currently working with around 40 company clients.

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