The Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship is a nonprofit organization established to promote economic development in Greensboro and the surrounding area. To do so, it operates a business incubator designed to support new or emerging businesses. Since its inception in 1987, the Center has graduated 130 businesses, and 80 percent of these have succeeded, a rate well above the national average of 44 percent. Moreover, through a partnership with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Bryan School of Business and Economics, the Center offers an Entrepreneur Assistance Support and Education (EASE) program, which provides graduate-level marketing and accounting interns and discounted graphic design services to local entrepreneurs. Since its inception in 2006, EASE has provided support to over 100 area companies.