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Atlanta, Ga., Businesswoman Named Chair of International Association Board

             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, was elected chair of the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) board of directors during an October meeting in Columbus, Ohio.

            Herron, one of the founders of the Norcross-based technology incubator, has had overall responsibility for the incubator program since 1990. Since its inception, the Intelligent Systems Incubator has been home to more than 45 early-stage companies. The incubator, which is sponsored by Intelligent Systems Corporation, is the longest-running privately funded incubation program in the country. In 1999, NBIA honored one of the Intelligent Systems Incubator companies, ChemFree Corporation, with a Client of the Year award. 

            Business incubation programs catalyze the process of starting and growing companies by providing entrepreneurs with the expertise, networks and tools they need to make their ventures successful. These programs help emerging businesses survive the risky start-up phase by providing them with an array of business support services, such as flexible leases and on-site business counseling, with a goal of graduating successful firms that create jobs and build wealth in their communities.

            “I am honored to be chair of NBIA this year and to work with such a talented group of board and staff members who are dedicated to advancing best practices in business incubation around the world”, commented Herron.  “For more than ten years, it has been very rewarding to work with entrepreneurs in our incubator program as they build their companies.  I look forward to continuing that work, learning from my colleagues in NBIA and contributing to the growth of the incubation industry.”

            In addition to her role as Executive Director of the Incubator, Herron is vice president and chief financial officer of Intelligent Systems with responsibility 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 also 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 previously served as first vice chair of NBIA’s board of directors and chair of the association’s conference task force.

About NBIA - With about 950 members, the National Business Incubation Association 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. Information about NBIA and business incubation can be found at www.nbia.org.

About Intelligent Systems Incubator – Since 1990. the Intelligent Systems Incubator has helped entrepreneurs succeed by providing a supportive environment that does not squash the entrepreneurial drive.  Entrepreneurs can focus on business development without having to deal with facility and infrastructure hassles. They also have access to the business expertise of incubator executives and benefit from peer interaction, shared services and an extensive network of resources.  Information about the Intelligent Systems Incubator and how to join the program is available at www.intelsys.com or by calling Bonnie Herron, 770/564-5504.

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