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N E W S   R E L E A S E                     


Nov. 8, 2012






Russell Seymour, Director, Economic Development


James City County Business and Technology Incubator client wins

Virginia Business Incubation Association Award


JCCBusandTechBreathe Healthy, a James City County Business and Technology Incubator (JCCBTI) client, has won the 2012 Donna Noble Award from the Virginia Business Incubation Association (VBIA.)


The Donna Noble Award is presented annually to a client operating within a Virginia Incubator. The winner must be nominated by an Incubator manager who is a member of VBIA and must have exhibited exemplary accomplishments. The Donna Noble Award is named for the late Donna Noble, an early board member of VBIA.  Mike Vahey, CEO of Breathe Healthy, accepted the award at the annual VBIA conference in Charlottesville, VA.


Bill Bean, JCCBTI Manager, stated, “We are delighted for Mike to win this award. His company has made tremendous strides since he joined the Incubator; the Donna Noble award certainly is a well-deserved testament to Mike’s hard work and subsequent success.”


Breathe Healthy manufactures and sells a unique line of breathing masks that are commonly used for allergy relief and protection from dust, pollen and germs. Their customers range from asthma sufferers to pet groomers. The company began operating in the area in 2009 and has been a JCCBTI client since 2010. Additional information about Breathe Healthy is available on their website,


Vahey attributes much of his company’s success to the many programs and services provided by the JCCBTI including considerable engagement with the College of William & Mary’s Mason School of Business and Entrepreneurship Center. 


JCCBTI was founded by James City County and its Economic Development Authority and is currently managed by the College of William & Mary. The Incubator offers its clients a wide-range of services tailored to their business’ individual needs, including educational programs through the Mason School of Business; development of business and financial plans; access to local service providers; and introduction to financing and funding resources. Incubator clients can range from fledgling companies to existing businesses that are transitioning to new locations.


Entrepreneurs who would like to find out more about becoming an Incubator client should contact Bill Bean at 757-221-7825 or More information about the Office of Economic Development is available at


Pictured from L to R: Mike Vahey, CEO of Breathe Healthy and Bill Bean, JCCBTI Manager



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