At Big Rock Valley (BRV), our 2,600-acre learning campus, the foundation hosts a diverse retreat program for growth-oriented entrepreneurs and the organizations that support them. (We also conduct training retreats for Economic Gardening® practitioners and facilitators who lead PeerSpectives roundtables.)
Our educational series for entrepreneurs, Leader Retreats at BRV, targets founders, owners and key executives of second-stage businesses. These companies typically have 10-99 employees with annual revenue ranging from $1 million to $50 million — and have a desire to grow larger.
Leader Retreats at BRV help entrepreneurs address the unique challenges they encounter during second stage, such as building a strong management team, developing internal infrastructure and managing organizational change. The goal is to help second-stagers think strategically — and learn how to transform that strategic thinking into action.
Because working with second-stagers is a completely different ballgame from helping startups or small businesses, we also host programs for entrepreneur support organizations (ESOs). These sessions help participants understand second-stagers and deliver the kind of tools and resources their clients need to continue growing. Participants also learn how to work with other ESOs to learn best practices, leverage resources and build a supportive entrepreneurial culture throughout their region.
In both our entrepreneur and ESO retreats, there is an emphasis on peer learning. Curriculum is relevant and hard-hitting, and participants walk away with new insights, tools and techniques that will enable them to be more dynamic, effective leaders.
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