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Norcross, Ga., Businesswoman Re-elected to Board of International Association


            ATHENS, Ohio—Bonnie Herron, vice president and chief financial officer of Intelligent Systems Corporation [AMEX:INS, www.intelsys.com] and executive director of the Intelligent Systems Incubator, has been elected to her second term on the board of directors of the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA). 

            Herron helped create and develop the Norcross-based technology incubator sponsored by Intelligent Systems. Since 1990, she has had overall responsibility for the incubator program, which has been home to more than 45 early-stage companies. The Intelligent Systems Incubator is the longest-running privately funded incubation program in the country.

            Business incubators help emerging businesses survive the risky start-up phase by providing an array of business support services, such as flexible leases and on-site business counseling. The goal of these programs is to graduate successful firms that create jobs and build wealth in their communities. Since 1980, incubator clients and graduates have created more than half a million jobs in North America. More than 900 of these programs now operate in the United States, up from 12 in 1980.

            As vice president and chief financial officer of Intelligent Systems, Herron also is responsible for financial and SEC reporting, investor relations, corporate governance and legal issues. She is actively involved in numerous  technology-related ventures supported by Intelligent Systems.

 Herron serves on the boards of the Technology Association of Georgia and the Atlanta Venture Forum, as well as the ICAPP Advisory Council. She previously has served on the boards of the Southeast Software Association and the American Electronic Association Southeast Region, and has presented and moderated sessions at NBIA conferences. Herron currently serves as first vice chairperson of NBIA’s board of directors and chair of the association’s conference task force.

With about 1,200 members from more than 50 nations, NBIA 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.

            NBIA’s 15-member board of directors, made up of representatives from North America’s leading incubators, governs the organization. The group meets three times a year to discuss association business, including educational programming, finances, member recruitment/services and publications.





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