DUNN – The North Carolina Business Incubation Association has honored Nancy Blackman, director of Central Carolina Community College’s Small Business Center in Harnett County, with its David J. Batten Incubator Manager of the Year Award for 2009.
Blackman received the award in recognition of her support, dedication to and work for the association. Gene Fornaro, interim president of the NCBIA, presented the award at the association’s Fall Conference Oct. 1-2 in Asheville.
“I am very honored that they recognized me for my work with the association,” Blackman said. “At NCBIA, we’ve been assisting start-up and existing incubators through educational programs and conferences for a long time.”
Blackman, of Dunn, holds the office of secretary for the NCBIA. She has been director of the college’s SBC in Harnett, as well as director for Triangle South Enterprise Center, in Dunn, since 1990.
She also operates the Intermediary Relending Program for the Dunn Area Committee of 100, Inc., which provides USDA-Rural Development loans for businesses in Harnett, Lee, Cumberland, Sampson, Johnston, Hoke, Richmond, Anson, Columbus, Duplin, Robeson, Bladen, Brunswick, Montgomery, and Scotland counties. During fiscal 2008, she oversaw the disbursing of approximately $1.3 million in loans.
This is the second time that the NCBIA has named Blackman the Incubator Manager of the Year. She previously received the honor in 2006. Also in 2006, the Dunn Area Chamber of Commerce named her its “Woman of the Year.”
Blackman owned and operated family farming and trucking businesses for 20 years prior to becoming the SBC-Harnett director for the community college. She holds an Associate in Applied Science in Accounting degree from the college.
The NCBIA award is named for David J. Batten, who was the CEO and general manager of Brunswick EMC until his death in 2001. He was on the board of directors for the N. C. Business Incubation Association during the early stages of the nonprofit’s formation and was instrumental in starting three business incubators in Brunswick and Columbus County.