Leadership Retreats

Retreats at the Edward Lowe Foundation give entrepreneurs a unique opportunity to step away from daily distractions and really focus on building their business.

What makes us different?

Second stage relevant content

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Peer-oriented learning

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Inspirational setting

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Helping today's growth entrepreneurs

Leader Retreats at Big Rock Valley (BRV) is a series of educational programs for second-stage entrepreneurs — those who have moved their businesses beyond the startup phase and are striving for continued growth. Our retreats provide the techniques and tools that growth entrepreneurs need to take their companies to the next level.

Your takeaways include:

A new framework from which to view your business.
• Greater insights into your strengths and leadership style.
• A clearer vision about your company’s direction.
• Practical tools and techniques to accelerate growth.
• The ability to think differently about yourself, your people and your organization.
• Stronger bonds with your peer group.

At first, I had no idea what to expect; then I realized the sessions guide you to interactions with the other entrepreneurs, and the networking is fantastic. My second retreat was even better. I left enlightened, emboldened and re-energized.

— Pete Colan, founder of SportCrafters in Granger, Indiana

Our facilities

The Tower of Tomorrow

Opened in 2010, this state-of-the-art facility is LEED certified and features a geothermal heating and air-conditioning system. Recycled materials, as well as stone and wood from the foundation’s property, have been used throughout the building.

Boxcars

Five renovated railroad boxcars provide overnight housing for guests. Each features two bedrooms, a large bathroom and a sitting area. The cars have their original floors and new tongue-and-groove paneled interiors that have been built with wood from BRV.

Guest Houses

Several renovated farmhouses, many dating back to the 1830s, provide additional housing. Although equipped with modern conveniences, much of these buildings’ original construction has been preserved. Guests will share a house with their peers, but have their own private bedroom.

Amenities

Running and hiking trails, a fitness center with weights, treadmill and elliptical machine, and a leisure center with games, TV and free Wi-Fi.

Scheduling a retreat

Fees

$800 per participant, which includes program facilitation, lodging, meals, snacks and nonalcoholic beverages.

Travel to BRV

We’re located at 58220 Decatur Road in Cassopolis, Michigan. The closest major airports are Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway or Detroit Metro. Nearby regional airports are in South Bend, Indiana, and Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Check-in

3-5 p.m., please arrive by 5 p.m. If you’re early, feel free to explore the property and relax.

Attire

Be comfortable! We do many outdoor activities, so jeans are perfectly acceptable.

Book now! Space is limited, so we recommend reserving your retreat early. For more information about specific program content, logistical information or available dates, email Rita Phillips at rita@lowe.org