Nominations for BIANYS Board of Directors

Call for Nominations for BIANYS Board of Directors
Nominations close May 21, 2023

The BIANYS Board Nominations Committee would appreciate your recommendations for candidates for the BIANYS Board of Directors 2023 election to take place at our Annual Meeting on June 9th in Binghamton. Any Member may nominate candidates for director, subject to review and approval by the Nominating Committee. Each director shall be at least eighteen years of age. Directors shall be elected by the Members from the slate presented at the Annual Meeting of the Members by the Nominating Committee.

BIANYS board members work together to advance business incubation, acceleration, and mentorship in New York State by tackling difficult issues and problems, exploring traditional and nontraditional ways to address them, and challenging each other in a collaborative spirit. The Nominating Committee seeks candidates who will bring wisdom, effectiveness, candor, and creative thinking to the board. In choosing among nominees to develop the election slate, the Nominations Committee considers candidates’ backgrounds and experiences in six areas:

1. Contributions to business incubation and the innovation ecosystem;
2. Strategic planning experience;
3. Thought leadership;
4. Operational leadership;
5. Experience assessing and administering finances;
6. Contributions to BIANYS activities.

In the Nomination Statement on the submission form, please comment directly and specifically on these six dimensions of the nominee’s qualifications for board membership (or your own, in the case of self-nominations), in addition to whatever other attributes you believe the Nominations Committee should consider.
The following FAQs describe what it means to be a member of the BIANYS Board:

What do board members do?
• Oversee the governance of BIANYS.
• Set strategic direction for the association to meet the needs of members and the business incubation community
• Review and approve the proposed budget and dues structure.
• Evaluate executive performance.
• Serve as an ambassador for BIANYS.

When do board members meet?
The board meets every two months:
• Jan/Feb by phone
• March/April by phone
• May/June at Annual Meeting (at a member’s facility in New York State)
• July/August by phone
• August/September by phone
• October/November at a member’s facility in New York State

How long do board members serve?
Elected members serve three-year terms. The Board terms are staggered, with three members up every year for a total of nine board members.

Are board members compensated?
Board members receive no compensation or honoraria for their services.
Board members act in the broad interest of BIANYS, not as representatives of specific constituencies. Therefore, those you nominate (yourself included if you choose) should possess qualities of vision and leadership and be able to commit the time and energy required for a three-year term beginning on June 9, 2023, at the board’s meeting at the BIANYS 2023 Annual Conference in Binghamton, New York, and ending after the regular board meeting at the annual conference held in 2026.


Our Mission

Advocate​ for resources available to incubator-based enterprises and other issues affecting them.

Promote entrepreneurial activities of incubators within the state with relevant programming.

Network business incubators, incubated companies, and others interested in the innovation economy of New York State