The System for Integrated Growth (SIG) is made available to second-stage companies through organizations and government agencies in their communities. Visit SystemForIntegratedGrowth.org to learn where the program is offered.

Just-in-time expertise — where your company needs it most

Are you struggling to scale your company? Like many second-stage business owners, you may be noticing systems that once served you well are starting to show cracks — or that you need new skills and information to continue to grow profitably. The
System for Integrated Growth ® (SIG) addresses issues that impact your growth, whether they are internal problems or outside the walls of your company. For example, SIG can help you:

  • Learn how to recruit, retain and develop talented employees.
  • Get a handle on your financial management and understand what your books are telling you.
  • Bring in best practices on supply chain and operations to complement your managers’ working knowledge.
  • Prepare to export — from documentation to identifying global markets and setting up distribution channels.
  • Explore new markets, create prospect lists for those markets or analyze competitors.

SIG is delivered virtually through a SWAT team of business experts, a series of phone calls and a secure, online portal so you never need to leave your office.

The SWAT team doesn’t dictate a particular course of action, but provides best practices and valuable data to help you better manage and grow your company. Experts in their respective fields, SIG specialists operate under the guidance of the Edward Lowe Foundation, a national expert on second-stage companies.

SIG is ideal for companies at pivotal points: For example, even though your company is growing, you may feel overwhelmed — you don’t know what you don’t know. You may need to build a senior management team, but lack employees with in-depth knowledge in certain areas. Or you may be running on all cylinders and ready to take that next step towards increased sales and new markets. Whatever your situation, SIG can provide expertise for continued success.

Fees Costs may be covered by local, regional or state organizations. In locations where a host organization is not available to subsidize costs, please contact Paul Bateson.
Time commitment  About 8-12 hours spread over 2 months.
Focus areas HR (recruiting and retention as well as compliance), operations and supply chain, acounting and finance, global trade, sales and marketing, succession planning, secondary market research, online marketing and customer prospecting.
Logistics The program kicks off with a call between the CEO and a SIG team leader to clarify your company’s greatest needs. Next, you talk with SIG specialists to dive deeper into those pain points. Specialists then prepare their deliverables and schedule follow-up calls to walk you through those materials. Finally, the team leader conducts a debriefing call before wrapping up the engagement.

The System for Integrated Growth (SIG) program differs from other types of business assistance in several ways:

It’s a virtual program.
Information is delivered to participants by a team rather than one person.
Rather than generalist counselors, SIG specialists are private-sector consultants who have been vetted by the Edward Lowe Foundation.

The System for Integrated Growth addresses issues that impact your growth, whether they are internal problems or outside the walls of your company.

The System for Integrated Growth is designed especially for second-stage growth companies. To see if you qualify, please answer the following questions:
Is your annual revenue between $1 million – $50 million?
Yes | No

Does your company have 6-99 employees?
Yes | No

Is your company privately owned?
Yes | No

Is your company based in the U.S?
Yes | No

Does your company have intent to grow?
Yes | No

Getting started

Companies will be asked to submit an online application and provide revenue and employment amounts for the past three calendar years, the current year and projections for the next two years. You’ll also be asked to list where assistance is needed. Your program administrator can help you think through these initial issues.

If accepted into the program, we’ll schedule an interview between you and a SIG team leader to start the process.

Ed Lowe’s legacy

Ed Lowe often talked about breaking down brick walls — challenges that stood in his way while growing his company. Although Ed overcame the odds despite a lack of structured assistance, he wanted to help future generations of entrepreneurs. Together with his wife, Darlene, Ed launched the Edward Lowe Foundation in 1985 to provide greater support and resources for entrepreneurs. In addition to the System for Integrated Growth, the foundation also offers a variety of educational retreats and peer learning programs for second-stage business owners, presidents and CEOs

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SIG is not a program where consultants give you advice, rather, they listen and provide insight so that you can be more informed and make a better decision. It is after all, your business.

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