are considerable. The Volkhov international business incubator (VBI) combines the characteristics of the traditional small business incubator with the objectives and methodology of empowerment or microenterprise
incubators, plus the functions of a business services centre and a training centre. A particularly important component is its equipment leasing programme, which is of great benefit to clients who are otherwise
unable to access credit, and to the incubator which derives a large part of its income from interest payments. It has now attained 75 per cent sustainability, despite the current economic crisis.