Knowing when to leave: the fine art of hitting the road

20 Jun, 2018
June 29th will be my last day at the Edward Lowe Foundation. This marks the end of a three-year succession plan...

McCormick Stevenson Corp.

30 May, 2018
“I liked that Economic Gardening was an occasional interaction in a disciplined way, rather than something that took all of my time,” says Noel McCormick.

Southern Designs

14 May, 2018
Economic Gardening is no cookie-cutter program, says Tance Hughes, CEO of Southern Designs. "The researchers work with you, creating a custom plan to help achieve growth objectives.”

Learning to compete: the nonprofit’s answer to living in a world of silos

8 May, 2018
The number of ESOs is growing exponentially. On the surface this sounds wonderful. But when the space becomes overcrowded, things get messy...

No one-night wonder: MCSB goes 365

4 May, 2018
The new MCSB will help second-stagers scale larger and become even more successful — not only regionally but also at the national and global level...

Greenup Industries

20 Apr, 2018
“Before Economic Gardening, we didn’t have any kind of strategy," says Rodney Greenup. "Now we have one that defines what we will look like and who we will do business with.”

Out of Africa: Savanna restoration at Big Rock Valley

10 Apr, 2018
Once widespread throughout the Midwest, oak savannas have become an endangered habitat — something we’re trying to change at our headquarters property...

QDS Systems

9 Apr, 2018
“I really liked the pace,” says Stan Prutz, CEO of QDS Systems. “It didn’t drag on, and it was self-directed, which was important. The researchers focused on what we asked for.”

Grand Traverse Pie Co.

5 Apr, 2018
"The researchers weren’t telling us what to do, we were working together with them,” says Mike Busley, president of Grand Traverse Pie Co. in Traverse City, Michigan.

The importance of outside voices in our communities

3 Apr, 2018
There’s a new book on the market that presents a practical and comprehensive view of how to build an entrepreneurial infrastructure in our communities...