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August 26, 2013

The Edward Lowe Foundation has completely redesigned (YE), its online research tool. In addition to a slew of enhancements, the new platform provides more up-to-date data — including calendar year 2012 — making it easier for economic development professionals to track business activity, identify growth companies and target their programs more effectively.

Attention, capital-hungry entrepreneurs: New UNH research can help ‘show you the money’ PDF icon

June 12, 2013

To continue building their companies, growth entrepreneurs depend on short-term, liquid sources of debt financing such as bank loans, even though winning a thumbs-up from bankers is no cakewalk. Yet University of New Hampshire researchers have shed new light on how entrepreneurs can influence their creditworthiness.

Healthy companies and healthy regions: Connecting the dots PDF icon

May 15, 2013

Researchers at the Edward Lowe Foundation’s Institute for Exceptional Growth Companies (IEGC), University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Northern Illinois University (NIU) have advanced the longstanding theory of regional income convergence — and revealed new insights about the geographic dynamics of the U.S. economy.

Sustained growth: a new view of job creation PDF icon

February 13, 2013

Traditionally researchers have looked at either absolute growth or relative growth to evaluate how much or how fast businesses are expanding. Yet IEGC research fellow Gary Kunkle points to  a third metric, sustained growth — the number of times a company expands over a period of years — that provides new insights into economic development.

Pepperdine study finds businesses backed by private-equity and venture-capital funding have significantly stronger sales and job growth PDF icon

December 6, 2012

Both private equity and venture capital financing dramatically accelerate sales and job growth of small and medium-sized U.S. businesses, according to a new study being released by the Institute for Exceptional Growth Companies (IEGC) and Pepperdine University.


New leadership structure at Edward Lowe Foundation PDF icon

December 3, 2012

The Edward Lowe Foundation Board of Trustees has announced a new leadership structure following the resignation of Mark Lange as executive director, who will leave at the end of 2012.

Edward Lowe Foundation to host public open house PDF icon

November 26, 2012

The Edward Lowe Foundation will host a public open house from 1-3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, to showcase its new headquarters building.

New look, new data: YE website gets major makeover PDF icon

March 9, 2012 (YE), the Edward Lowe Foundation’s unique tool for tracking economic performance, has launched its redesigned website — with NETS data for calendar years 1995 through 2009.

Edward Lowe Foundation to ring NASDAQ bell on Oct. 4 PDF icon

September 29, 2011

To celebrate its new Institute for Exceptional Growth Companies (IEGC), the Edward Lowe Foundation will ring the NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell on Tuesday, Oct. 4. The ceremony will take place at the NASDAQ MarketSite Studio in New York at 3:45 p.m.

Data differential: NETS provides greater coverage, more variables than traditional data sources PDF icon

September 27, 2011

Until recently, researchers seeking data on company growth and employment changes have had to rely on government statistics based on ES-202 data. Yet the National Establishment Time-Series (NETS) Database provides a new option that enables researchers to track establishment-level data.

Spotlight on job creation: When it comes to generating new jobs, it’s existing companies — not new startups — that have the leading role PDF icon

August 11, 2011

New startups are often billed as the stars of economic growth. Yet according to a paper being released by the Edward Lowe Foundation, it’s actually existing, expanding companies that contribute most to U.S. job creation. In fact, from 1990 to 2008, existing companies generated 71 percent more new jobs than startups.

Edward Lowe Foundation wins C2ER award for YE+ PDF icon

June 10, 2011

The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) has recognized the Edward Lowe Foundation for excellence in economic development research. The foundation was honored for YE+, a subscription platform on its website that provides researchers with advanced capabilities for tracking business activity and job growth.

Edward Lowe Foundation receives $730,000 grant from the NASDAQ OMX Educational Foundation for research on job creation and capital access PDF icon

May 2, 2011

The Edward Lowe Foundation today announced its new partnership with the NASDAQ OMX Educational Foundation to establish a new research and education institute focusing on job growth and capital access for developing companies in the United States.

Edward Lowe Foundation hosts 6th annual Young Entrepreneurs Day PDF icon

April 25, 2011

Twenty-six aspiring entrepreneurs from Cassopolis, Dowagiac, Edwardsburg and Marcellus high schools participated in Young Entrepreneurs Day on Thursday, April 21.

Fire damages Edward Lowe Foundation headquarters building PDF icon

January 23, 2011

A fire broke out early this morning in the headquarters building of the Edward Lowe Foundation. The foundation’s alarm service reported the fire, and several local fire departments responded, led by Penn Township.

Young entrepreneurs consider being their own boss PDF icon

April 15, 2010

This marks the fifth year that the Edward Lowe Foundation will sponsor two Young Entrepreneurs Day events that give high school students from Cass, Van Buren and Berrien counties a chance to jump-start career plans. wins IEDC award PDF icon

October 8, 2009

The International Economic Development Council has honored the Edward Lowe Foundation for, its online research tool that tracks business activity in local communities and across the country.

In search of snakes: Zoos to launch five-year massasauga study at Big Rock Valley PDF icon

April 27, 2009

The Edward Lowe Foundation will host approximately 25 zoo officials when members of the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Species Survival Plan (EMR SSP) hold their annual meeting May 4 to 8 at Big Rock Valley, the foundation’s headquarters in southwest Michigan.

New data shows that expanding companies have a greater positive influence on net new jobs than new or relocated companies PDF icon

October 31, 2008

When it comes to economic-development, the recruitment of companies typically takes center stage and grabs headlines. Yet what really drives new jobs is the expansion of existing, local companies, according to (

Enviro-weather debuts in Cass County: High-tech weather network supports agricultural decision-making PDF icon

October 15, 2008

Farmers in Cass County will now be able to get more accurate, up-to-date information for planting and crop-management decisions, thanks to a new high-tech weather station that the Edward Lowe Foundation is hosting for Michigan State University at Big Rock Valley

Jump-starting old growth: foundation sets stage for unique ecosystem PDF icon

October 7, 2008

The Edward Lowe Foundation is trying to accelerate development of old-growth forest, a disappearing ecosystem that plays a critical role in biodiversity.


The Edward Lowe Foundation opens Information Center to the public PDF icon

June 26, 2008

On Wed., June 25, the Edward Lowe Foundation will host a grand opening of its Information Center, located at the foundation’s Decatur Road entrance. The building, which resembles a one-room schoolhouse from the outside, has served various functions over the years, but now houses a historical exhibit of Ed Lowe’s business ventures and initiatives to…

YourEconomy: New tool provides timely, detailed information about business communities PDF icon

May 15, 2008

The Edward Lowe Foundation is launching an online resource center that enables visitors to take a closer look at business activity in their local communities — and across the country.