CBBIC Celebrates Entrepreneur Week with Business Graduation Ceremony

Published: October 03, 2013

CBBIC Celebrates Entrepreneur Week with Business Graduation Ceremony

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas— The first graduation ceremony in the history of the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center (CBBIC) was held Wednesday, Oct. 2 at the CBBIC.  Graduates included Rugged Cycles, Amistad Community Health Centers, Risper’s Signature, and Great Sage, Inc.   

 “I am so proud of all the accomplishments of these graduates. I am confident that they will continue to progress and our program will continue to grow and succeed,” said Dr. Moustafa Abdelsamad, Professor for the College of Business.

Graduates received a plaque from the CBBIC and a monogram briefcase from Bill Cone, Director of the CBBIC.  

“The criterion to graduate is simple,” said Cone. “They must first outgrow the space we can provide them, and then prove not to need our services.” 

Following the graduation ceremony, the CBBIC hosted an Entrepreneur open house. Small business owners and other entrepreneurial minded individuals in the area are encouraged to attend and get to know representatives from area economic development entities that focus on small business including the Small Business Administration, the Small Business Development Center at Del Mar College, micro lender Accion, area chambers of commerce, and economic development corporations.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi established the CBBIC in 2009 to promote higher education, research commercialization, and economic development. A key component of the Center is the innovative incubator program that targets resources and other services to accelerate their growth and ensure long-term success.

Since its inception the Center has created more than 400 full and part-time jobs, generates over $2.6 million dollars in annual salaries, and has helped to build over 50 new companies.