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Outlook on Leadership

In Outlook on Leadership, our president Dan Wyant shares his insights on leadership gleaned from more than three decades of managing entrepreneurial and conservation organizations.

Programs in Motion

Videos in this section are geared to help company founders make the difficult transition from being entrepreneurs to being leaders.

Plain Talk From Ed Lowe

During his life, Ed used “plain talk” to speak about the bottom line from the bottom of his heart. We believe these articles, which have been updated after his death, offer value for both your business and personal life.

Second-State Sensei

In the Second-Stage Sensei section, Dino Signore discusses a variety of challenges — from building infrastructure to scale and developing senior managers to keeping employees engaged.

Penny on the Edge

 “Penny on the Edge” champions those who are willing to go first and challenges readers to think differently about how we grow our economies. .

Entrepreneur’s Resource Center

Articles in our Entrepreneur’s Resource Center appeared in print and online newsletters published previously by the foundation. More than 1,000 articles addressing timeless challenges faced by entrepreneurs of all types.

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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.


PeerSpectives provides a confidential environment for discussing sensitive issues — both in their business and personal lives. Roundtables participants tell us that they have gotten new ideas on everything from marketing strategy and financial issues to dealing with difficult personnel problems. What’s more, the roundtables also spark accountability and strong bonds among members.


In contrast to relocation or startup initiatives, Economic Gardening® targets second-stage companies already operating in a community. It helps these existing businesses grow larger by assisting them with strategic issues and providing them with customized research.