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68 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, July 3 - July 9, 1998 Lewes. man receives Business Incubators Founders Award John R. Cox of Lewes, presi- dent of JRC Consulting, was one of 14 individuals who received a Founders Award from the Nation- al Business Incubation Associa- tion (NBIA) during its 12th In- ternational Conference on Busi- ness Incubation, held May 31- June 3, in Philadelphia. These awards recognized criti- cal contributions to the business incubation industry and the asso- ciation during their early years. Business incubators accelerate the successful development of entre- preneurial companies by provid- ing mentoring, financial assis- tance and professional services to start-up firms during their most vulnerable years. Sponsored by local governments, economic de- velopment organizations, univer- sities and colleges, business incu- bators assist in creating networks of resources targeted to ensure company success. In all, there are nearly 600 business incubators in North America, up from only 50 in 1984. Business incubation has also grown rapidly throughout the world. NBIA created the Founders Awards to honor those who most influenced the business incubation industry - the pioneers who devel- oped incubation as a flexible and cost-effective tool for economic and entrepre ................ neurial devel- opment. As director of the Office of Private Sector Initia- tives at the U.S. Small Business Ad- ministration' s COX (SBA)'s Washington, D.C. headquarters in the mid-1980s, Cox became the primary contact for anyone seeking information on business incubation. Under his leadership, SBA held the first series of na- tional conferences on the topic and published the industry's first directors, newsletters and techni- cal assistance manuals. Cox's ef- forts to promote business incuba- tion resulted in explosive growth of the industry. He headed up nu- merous other SBA programs, eventually retiring as associate ad- ministrator for financial assis- tance, the top senior management official in charge of all SBA loans made nationwide. An approachable person, Cox believed strongly in what he was doing and was able to channel his spirit to his young staffers at SBA. "We saw that business incubation was a good thing for the agency to support and would have a lasting effect on small business. It was an exciting and fun time," Cox noted. Passing the mantle of leading the industry to those he brought together, Cox moved on to other roles. At one time he directed the Service Corps of Retired Execu- tives (SCORE) and the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC). He ended his tenure at SBA as an associate administrator for financial assistance, the top se- nior management official in charge of all SBA loans made na- tionwide. Today he runs his own consult- ing business, JRC Consulting, which serves the lending industry and government organizations in developing economic develop- ment strategies, lending programs and commercial lending training and problem solving, with special emphasis on small business. Clients have included the SBA; The Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina; Goleta National Bank; and The Geneva Companies. He is also president of Busi- nessDataSource, a financial infor- mation company providing small business financial data and analy- sis to those entities supporting small business through financing programs and securitizations. He can be reached at 644-4069. Landon graduates Army War College William H. Landon of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Lewes, graduat- ed from the U.S. Army War Col- lege, Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, Pa., on June 6, 1998. The U.S. Army War College is the Army' s graduate-lev- el institution for military strategic stud- ies. It pre- pares senior officers, in- ternational fellows and government LANDON executives for the highest level government posi- tions. Former graduates of the War College include President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Admiral William Halsey and Generals George S. Patton, John Pershing, Omar Bradley, Ridgway and Norman Schwarzkopf. Landon is a 1970 graduate of Cape Henlopen High School and holds a master's degree in public administration from Shippensburg University. He is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and the son of John T. Landon Jr. of Milford and the late Ethel B. Landon. Landon is married to the former Jill Evans, a 1971 Cape Henlopen :!iiH!ih:l::graduate, who teach- es high school English in Sierra Vista. They have two daughters, Laura Lee, who will be a fresh- man at the University of Delaware in the fall, and Brittany, l !, at home. The Landons divide their time between their home in Ari- zona and their summer residence in Lewes and attend Lewes Pres- byterian Church. 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